Let me relate closely linked but contrasting tales from the Labor and Coalition camps. Suddenly new figures showed that a centrepiece of the Liberal 2013 election campaign – to double the rate of small business creation in Australia – looks very achievable. On the government side, during the week, a friend of mine was yarning to a senior federal government minister who simply couldn’t understand why the government was unpopular and thought the unpopularity stemmed from bad and biased media and not policies.
Most Australians can list sins by the Gillard government, which have contributed to the bad polling. But none is more important than the government’s deliberate decimation of significant sectors of the small business community.