POST WAR AUSTRALIA - JOHN WINSTON HOWARD WRITES
Winston Howard writes:
meeting of my war cabinet agreed to issue this plan to simplify the
has never been an option for my government. Four months of adverse polls
have taught me that I must continue to push ahead with making
individuals take responsibility for their well-being.
the past, my government has been guilty of electoral socialism. Whenever
we have provided an inducement, we have made the same offer to everyone.
instance, in 2004, all first-home buyers got $7,000. In my most recent
budget, all pensioners got a $400 top-up against the cost of their
utilities. Last month, all carers got the same one-off payment of
the past, this strategy has served us well at the polls. Successive
victories have allowed me to convince voters why they cannot depend on
government hand-outs. They have learned the evils of welfare dependency.
That is why they have turned against a
set of inducements. Clearly, that blanket approach now smells of the
discredited socialist idea of equality which imposes sameness. Rightly,
the Australian voters want no more of pattern bargaining in our
my government will be offering every citizen an Individual Ballot-Box
Agreement (IBBAs). Inducements henceforth will be tailored to the
particular needs of each personality. I have no doubt that this new
system will be even more popular than individual workplace agreements.
They will certainly be even more flexible.
of the novel nature of my leadership on this issue, I should perhaps
provide some guidance of what will be expected of electors between now
and the only poll that counts.
instance, a rusted-on Labor voter will be able to exchange his vote for
a complete set of false teeth, with a life-time of adjustments for
shrinking gums. A doctor’s wife could swap her franchise for a
face-lift. Merchant bankers might consider a commutation of a future
sentence. Students whose scores fail to gain them entry to any
Australian university can ask to have their fees and living expenses
paid at an overseas university.
these are only suggestions. Every voter will have the flexibility to
email his or her request to which ever government department seems most
appropriate. My foreign minister assures me that there is no reason why
Australia should not have multiple ambassadors in Rome. Don’t be shy.
only exception in the small print is that you will not be able to trade
your vote for a new government.
added advantage of my new policy is that the IBBAs are bound to prove so
popular that there will be no need for my government to spend a cent on
have the assurance of the leader of the opposition that he agrees in