posted on Jan, 28 2005 @ 08:51 PM
Not really, we've had a bad run in the 80s with government in debt etc and now it is generally a MUST for any government at the moment to keep the
government budget in surplus and the Labor Party (opposition at the moment) reflected this in the 2004 election campaign, where they tried as hard as
possible to build economic credentials (promising to keep the surplus, not raise income taxes or GST etc) but they failed because of a liberal party
scare campaign on interest rates.
Anyways what i'm trying to say is that due to the strong economy and also good management of the budget which the liberal party has trumped as a
major selling point for themselves in the election economics is very, very scrutinized by both parties and keeping spending in check is a must as they
may lose the election if the numbers don't add up.
But that's just one facet where I think politically Australia is pretty good, other issues I suppose it's just like everywhere else in the West.