Senator Eric Abetz has written an op-ed for The Spectator’s Australian edition, taking PricewaterhouseCoopers to task for the auditor’s report on the cost of a plebiscite on same-sex marriage. With the cutting title “PwC or PC?”, Abetz had some real zingers like “It is so ‘diverse’ (it should be called perverse) that one of their high fliers was warned off being on the board of the Australian Christian Lobby because of its views.”

But what Abetz really offers is his own economic analysis of a plebiscite:

And what about the beneficial stimulus of the sausage sizzles and cake stalls at polling booths? PwC presumably didn’t tell their clients the ‘opportunity cost’ foregone by engaging the proceeds of their fees on this tawdry exercise.”

Apparently the sausage sizzles and cake stalls will add enough to the economy to make up for MPs handing their jobs on to us.

Peter Fray

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