Dunno what will happen tomorrow. But I can tell you how much wind there’ll be in the Year 2071.

July 8, 2010

Sometimes people ask why I’m always talking about Treasury Department mistakes (some of them are here and here and here). Dunno about you…but I reckon it matters if governments get stuff wrong.

On Monday we discovered a new Treasury tactic. They’ll now pick and choose what they tell the Australian people.

Treasury boss, Ken Henry got asked at a parliamentary enquiry how much Julia Gillard’s mining tax backdown would cost over the next ten years – HE REFUSED TO ANSWER! Here are his exact words.

Apparently it’s all too hard to estimate what will happen in 10 years time. Oh! – but different rules apply for climate change. Treasury are happy to tell us that in 2100 – NINETY years from now – 19% of renewable electricity will come from wind (no, not 18% or 20%. EXACTLY 19%).

There’s loads more examples. Look at Graph 5.26 on page 127. Treasury can be even more precise – here’s what will happen in 2071. This is what the IPA thinks of government predictions.

In Tuesday’s The Sydney Morning Herald, Professor George Williams rightly complained about the draconian powers of the Australian Building and Construction Commission. People can be compelled to testify against themselves and the right to silence has been eliminated. But where were the civil libertarians in March last year when the IPA told you Kevin Rudd’s emissions trading scheme did exactly the same thing??? (I guess civil liberties don’t count when polar bears enter the equation.)

From the Nanny State files. In London if you let your kids walk to school you’ll get dobbed into social services by the headmaster. Boris Johnson had this to say about it in the Telegraph on Monday. It could be worse… in New York last year, Lenore Skenazy was called the ‘worst mum in America’ for letting her 9 year old son catch the subway home. Yep, I’ll bet that’s the worst America’s got. Here’s Lenore on ABC radio last year talking about it.

And Boris reckons England were hopeless at the World Cup because no-one plays tennis.

Here’s what IPA staff have been talking about this week: In The Age today Sinclair Davidson said the government is digging a bigger hole for itself over the resources tax, and in The Drum on Monday Alan Moran wondered if it would raise any money anyway. In The Drum on Tuesday Chris Berg declared 2009 the year of disappointment for the Left. In Friday’s Canberra Times Julie Novak said it was time to give the states control over the GST.

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