Wednesday 22 February 2017

Puppets hope wordplay will hide truth that masters pull the strings

The Jobs Budget/Jobs Initiative will not just be revenue neutral but jobs neutral too, writes Jody Corcoran

Published 17/04/2011 | 05:00

WHEN is a Jobs Budget not a Jobs Budget? Wh-en it is a Jobs Initiative, of course. And what is the difference? Nothing, other than the Government now wants to play down expectation it had quite cynically built up to get itself elected.

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There was more reassuring news on another front last week: consumer sentiment rose sharply in March, after the Government was elected; so sharply, in fact, as to record the third largest monthly rise in the 15-year history of the index.

Confidence is a fragile flower. We have been here before; last August in fact, during the hazy days of summer when consumers hoped that we had indeed turned a corner.

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