Sorry to continue with the political theme, which normally I do my best to avoid, but… can someone possibly explain to me how a budget gap of 11 billion dollars can be ‘a difference of opinion’?
“We used slightly different assumptions and slightly different data and it’s just a matter of judgement,” says Andrew Robb. “They (the independents) will give us an opportunity to explain why this is a difference of opinion, not a costing error, and they will move on.”
Then Hockey weighs in with “”We stand by our numbers. We stand by the fact we will deliver an $11.5 billion surplus.” So apparently you can avert 11 billion dollar holes by means of positive thinking and reaffirmation.
There’s still some comic relief, luckily (even if you thought we had exhausted every variation of double entrendre based on the word ‘stimulus’). “Mr Swan rejected a suggestion the second stimulus package was too large. The figures had confirmed the wisdom of the government’s stimulus strategy, its size and the timing of the withdrawal, he said.”