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Promises of the Never Never in campaign for dogs

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My grandmother used to have one of those calendars on her wall featuring dogs playing pool. Apart from the bulldogs providing a little humour, the calendar at least delivered a daily reminder of the year.

If only the 2019 federal election featured a dog calendar - because the way the budget and campaign are being framed, this year's promises are all about some time well off into the future.

This is the Never Never campaign, where every statement comes with an asterix noting that "not to be delivered before your eldest has finished uni, started a family and is facing their first hip replacement".

The Hustler by Arthur Sarnoff. Credit:

Elections are always about the future. The government and opposition of the day want to give voters a reason to support them, a reason to think tomorrow and beyond is better than the here and now.

Painting a vision for the future, however, is not nearly as expensive or fiscally irresponsible as locking in promises that will be rolled out over the years at a cost to future taxpayers and governments.

Most obviously, the Coalition is attempting to distract from the past by looking to the future - the far future.........

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