Hi Shane...engaging Peter Costello, former federal Liberal/National party Treasurer to audit the books of the former Blair Labor government was going to produce the worst possible financial result and the politics of that appointment immediately after the unfortunate election of the now lamented Newman government was seen and is known to be a sham.
The Napthine Liberal government in Victoria lost the election, as much because it over-promised and because it was secretive about the business case of the then proposed, now cancelled $16 Billion East-West toll road project that was going to serve a very limited clientèle of mainly conservative voters who would have enjoyed a faster ride to Melbourne airport and left the rest of us wondering when any PT projects after the now completed state/federal Labor funded and successful Regional Rail Link through Melbourne's west was finished.
Fortunately the voters saw through the Liberals nonsense, despite the constant manufactured outrage of the Murdoch press about how shocking the election of a state Labor government in Victoria would be and we will soon have a more balanced view of PT and roads projects which will be based on their merits by the soon to be established Infrastructure Victoria.
Fortunately also for the Newman government it has a virtually insurmountable electoral advantage, so will probably be re-elected in 2 weeks time.
I'm not sure how exactly PC was employed by the govt. ie as a contractor or through his partnership company for which there are a number of high profile partners and work. But what you are saying to me is that in the reported headed up by PC is that he lied, or manipulated the data on the state of Qld financial affairs?
Qlder's want to know the truth and how bad it really is. We were BS'ed for too long, his why the ALP retained only 10% of the seats in the house. Did PC play on the politics during this? Yes. Should have he? No.
To me to truely judge how good a politician is and their performance is by looking at what they do and work offered to them post leaving govt, especially the younger ones. The former Qld Premier had to leave the state because she was basically unemployable in Qld and still things were slow and the former Treasurer I cannot find anything on although perhaps he has just managed to stay below the radar. PC however has had plenty thrown his way and as mentioned above has a partnership in a high profile company.
You cannot hide the fact that Qld was nearly $80B in debt with a growing annual black hole in the budget, much of this was in the annual budget papers. Qld has more Debt than NSW and Vic combined and alot of it is linked with any for of income.
In Vic, agree E-W project killed the govt, but a few LNP voters I know said the govt wasn't much chop anyway, so maybe just icing?
Abbott needs to pull his head in and start following the infrastructure rules he implemented. As for dual or sometimes even tripple funding of most PT, road, water, power, etc and other projects. I am 100% behind stopping this. When I vote federal I am focused on defense, international policy, health etc etc, not my daily commute! Also if I am trying to get a branch line built, who is accountable. Dilute the funding arrangement, dilute the accountability!
Newman, despite his bad arrogance will probably get back in, Qld LNP certainly will and probably deserve to continue their plan. They have done alot of hard work across the board especially health and PT has progressed more many would have guessed it would. Qld ALP like NSW ALP was very good at announcing rail projects, but few were actually built and most via dual and in some cases triple govt funding.