Martin Parkinson, Secretary of the Treasury, in this morning’s Fairfax article “You’ve never had it so good”:
I am not attempting to downplay the fact that parts of business face very big challenges … but the whole mindset is a bit overdone, it’s almost as if most Australians think we live in Greece … I think it is somewhat surprising that there isn’t more focus at a national level on the opportunities that are available to us, there is an overwhelming negative sense about some of the national discussion and debate … Australians have a lot to be optimistic about.
From Treasury’s internal strategic review of its operations released late last year:
A strong theme that emerged from consultations was that Treasury needs to have a greater understanding of stakeholders outside government, in particular how business operates and makes decisions … Another strong message from consultations was that at times a perception of arrogance in our behaviours can limit our external effectiveness.
Still got some work to do. (By the way, check out the organisations Treasury consulted in Appendix C of their review. Not one small business organisation!)