Excellent article by Ross Gittins today.
He makes the point that voters react to the question of who are the better economic managers - Labor or Liberal - instinctively rather than rationally.
He writes in part;
I believe something similar operates in our unconscious attitudes towards the two main political parties. We see the Liberals - the party of the bosses - as the party best suited to run the country.
And that's it - the assumption surely the business people can run the economy better. It matches up with reasons why not all citizens supported replacing autocracy with democracy - surely the lords and kings know better.
In the election Bob Hawke had a stump speech he used at launches and fundraisers where he made the claim for Labor as being the better economic managers - citing the reforms he and Keating made and the way the Rudd Government responded to the GFC.
To that I always add the Whitlam Government for the 25% tariff cut and the Trade Practices Act.
Both parties can screw up on anything. Rational voters would think about what was being said.
There is no way that Abbott-Robb-Hockey are a strong economic management team.
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