Had it not been for the booming, confident presentation by Scott Morrison of the latest mid-year economic and fiscal outlook this week, it would have been easy to conclude that this was just another Wayne Swan special.
When Scott Morrison replaced Joe Hockey as Australia’s Federal Treasurer in September, I had high hopes for him. I thought,
This blokes’ been kicking a few goals. He might be the right man for this job, who’ll take his job seriously and really start cutting expenditure.
Silly me, it wasn’t to be. Morrison’s giving me the big impression that he’s a fiscal wimp.
What’s with these people?
There is a dearth of good leaders in the world, today. Those willing to take unpopular but necessary decisions, for the betterment of the community and the national good, overall. Can you see them around? They seem to be as scarce as hen’s teeth.
Thirty years ago there was Reagan, Thatcher, and Pope John Paul II. Put together, they knew something about the need for small government, less tax and more freedom. And more importantly, they had the beginnings of a Christian view of government, which (to a lesser or greater degree) they sought to implement.
When a nation has been poorly led, the people get used to it. They think, “This is normal.” When there has been government largesse for a decade (as has happened in Australia, under both Labor and Coalition governments), getting out of this very bad rut requires someone with sufficient foresight and courage to lead the way, and it won’t be easy.
Of course there would be some negative political consequences from such action. But the sad thing is that there is little courage in the Parliament today.
The reality is that the Coalition government has achieved very little in terms of reining in government spending, let alone actually cutting it year-on-year, which would lead to much more rapid fiscal consolidation.
And this should be the painful reminder we need. Political change needs to be preceded by social and religious change, which begins with the church. The desires of the people need to change through a focus on the kingdom of God, not on “what my government can do for me.”
Don’t make the mistake I’ve been making, thinking there could ever be lasting and positive changes coming from Canberra, or a political leader. The lasting and positive changes need to begin in God’s house first, because that’s God’s way.
Oh, that the salvation of Israel would come out of Zion! When God restores His captive people, let Jacob rejoice, let Israel be glad (Ps.53:6).
 Judith Sloan, “Middle Australia needs to Contribute it’s Fair share of Taxes,” ‘The Australian,’ 19/12/2015.
 Judith Sloan.