In Parliament today, Howard solemnly announced that five government departments had looked at Labor’s proposed amendments to the FTA, and all had agreed they would be completely impossible to draft. Latham just laughed at him – he might as well have announced that his advice had come from the Liberal Party secretariat.
We’ve reached the point where anything coming out of the Public Service can be assumed to be propaganda on behalf of the government. This assumption isn’t always correct, but when it matters, it’s usually right. Labor has contributed to this trend, but things are far worse now than when Howard came to office. If Latham wins, I hope he sticks to Labor’s promise to reverse this process.