Poor old Chris Bowen, better known lately as the embattled Federal Immigration Minster.
What did Bowen do to deserve what some might call the political kiss of death portfolio? Sadly, immigration is one of those portfolios where you can easily divide a nation and end up being typecast in a way that sticks with you forever. Inevitably some people will love you and others will hate you. If you let too many people into the country you may be considered soft on border security. If you let in too few, then you’re considered mean-spirited.
Of course, on occasion you get a flamboyant immigration minister like Al Grassby. Whatever words could be used to describe Chris Bowen, flamboyant is certainly not one of them.
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With competition failing or under serious threat in key sectors of the economy, the Federal Government is struggling to find the answers or to make the tough policy decisions needed to restore real competition for the benefit of Australian consumers.
Why the struggle? It should be easy to stand up for consumers. After all, consumers are the biggest group in Society. In fact, so big that it covers everyone living in Australia. We are all consumers!
So why not do the right thing on behalf of consumers?
Quite simply, because the big end of town is so effective in stopping Governments and Ministers from doing so.
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