With the Australian economy about to tank, I cannot help but think this is a simple job-creation exercise by the unpopular encumbant Government (are Governments ever popular?) to sure up the voters. I fail to see how any perceived 'benefit' will outweight the inqury's cost and am left feeling it is a gross misuse of public funds that typifies the maxim "the public get the politicians they deserve".
With such a blatant raid on the public purse, I cannot help but think "has Australia ever really left its Convict past?"
With commodity prices falling, China cutting back on orders for raw materials and an overblown property bubble about to burst (or has it started alread - Banksia?) I worry for my Australia colleagues as they are about to enter the abyss that will be their worst recession on record.