Labor campaign spokeswoman Penny Wong tends to lull her audience into a hypnotic state. But this line hit us like a slap in the face. "I think a lot of people are tired of this costings debate, I'd quite like to be able to talk about something else," she told Seven News on Friday. Say what?(The Oz)
And with that, Wong joined the Hockey camp of inventing the lie that voters are bored by economics.
As far as I know, there's no 'costing' in the world that can establish that a policy is sound and appropriate, will be effective, will have no unintended outcomes, and will come in at the cost first claimed.
Nor is there any 'costing' that can establish that the opportunity cost of one policy over another is defensible - at least not in the land down under, since both of our major parties ignore such inconveniences.
These are the reasons why the empty 'debate' about costings should stop. It's a nonsense game, and the ALP and the Liberals are treating us like fools.
With only four days until votes are cast, we haven't heard a single concrete or coherent economic thought from Rudd or from Abbott.