As Alexander Downer points out in today’s AFR, the fallout
of the Covid-19 pandemic is placing strain on government finances and could
lead to a severely distressed economy. There will be temptation to drift into
supporting political leaders who offer an easy way out of the problem - no
matter how implausible.
To protect our democratic way of life the various
governments in Australia’s Federation need to be cautious about the extent of
their autocratic decision making and seek ways of better engaging the public in
the tough decisions that must be made.