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By Alan Kohler Posted May 29, The Coalition is now drawing up specific plans to raise Hilmer from the dead. The Coalition is planning to resurrect National Competition Policy if elected in September, including paying state governments to privatise.
Basically Australia has had an eight-year holiday from microeconomic reform thanks to the rising terms of trade, otherwise known as the resources boom. That holiday has to end whoever wins in September, but the Coalition is now drawing up specific plans to raise Hilmer from the dead, as it were.
As RBA Governor Glenn Stevens told a private audience of company directors this week, there are only two sources of rising national income - productivity and the terms of trade. With export prices declining, there is now only one.
Their report, known as the Hilmer reforms, led to 10 years of deregulation and privatisation by Australian governments, building on the financial and labour market deregulation driven by Bob Hawke and Paul Keating between and But by reform exhaustion had set in.
Tax revenue windfalls were recycled into welfare transfers, income tax cuts and public service pensions via the Future Fund, and WorkChoices became the much nicer FairWork. But the terms of trade peaked decisively in and with China now settling into economic growth in the 7-point-somethings and possibly 6, rather than above 10 per cent, that decline will clearly continue.
The National Competition Council, which came out of the Hilmer reforms, still exists but it is no longer the barnstorming body it was under Graeme Samuel, when it critically examined 2, pieces of legislation in a few years and doled out money to state governments for privatisation and other reforms.
As I understand it, the Coalition will re-energise the NCC and offer to return company tax receipts from newly privatised state enterprises for 10 years.
This has been a particular issue for the Queensland Government in thinking about the privatisation of its electricity assets, adding to the difficult politics of it. The Labor Government in Canberra has so far refused to consider donating any tax receipts from those businesses back to the state once they are privatised.
A Coalition Government will offer to do it for 10 years. On infrastructure, I understand the Coalition is looking at several models, including some form of Government-guaranteed infrastructure bonds. The advantage of this model is that the debt is "off balance sheet" for the Government.
Alternatively the Government could "rent" its AAA rating to private infrastructure developers. I understand they are looking at guaranteeing performance risk on infrastructure projects, but not construction risk. One of the key problems identified in the report was a lack of liquidity for infrastructure.
As for accelerated depreciation to encourage investment in plant and equipment as well as infrastructure, Hockey has to persuade his party to drop its policy of abolishing it. The Coalition has said it will abolish the mining tax, as well as the carbon tax, along with the business tax benefits that go with it.
If Australia is to keep growing national income as the terms of trade decline it needs a big increase in both infrastructure and operational capital investment.
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