Hmmm …. the last sentence of my letter was ironic. I trust The Age’s heading is also:-
A little more, please
In the troubled wake of having sold off our gas and electricity, we should have learnt that getting rid of our public assets can be fraught. It is an indictment on its short-term thinking that a Victorian government now launches another cash grab from rent-seekers for parts of the bay and the Port of Melbourne, instead of retaining those rents for a steady income.
The government is again reduced to selling off our heritage because it is too chicken-hearted to use the taxing powers granted to it by the constitution. No doubt Victorian governments of all persuasions will continue to extend a begging hand for extra funding from the federal government. A greater amount of GST perhaps?
Bryan Kavanagh, Mount Waverley