by Ross Womersley,
CEO of the South Australian Council of Social Service
Before we go attacking or defending tomorrow's State Budget, I wonder if we could think more deeply about the broader context.
Inevitably, the Budget debate (like all Budget debates) will be characterised by announcements of new initiatives which may or may not be good, but which hide the real day to day expenditure of government. There will be claims of “the biggest taxing Budget ever” (which applies to almost every government simply because of inflation and growth), and there will be the self-interest of groups who (genuinely but sometimes unhelpfully) believe that what is good for their sector/industry is good for the state as a whole.