Business Council Jennifer Westacott
Business Council of Australia chief executive Jennifer Westacott.

Do you have an opinion about what the government should do after the pandemic? If so, stand in line. Every think tank, lobby group and rent-seeker in the country is currently in Canberra, following Winston Churchill’s supposed advice to “never waste a good crisis".

Their general idea on the right side of politics? Post COVID-19, the government needs to cut red tape. Property approvals should be fast-tracked. Welfare benefits must return to their previous levels to avoid budget blowouts.

The Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) thinks that “the government must focus on transitioning as many Australians out of taxpayer-funded wages and employment as soon as possible". But, to quote Mandy Rice-Davies, they would say that, wouldn’t they?