A colleague points out the oddity of the current dispute between economic modellers NATSEM and the federal government. NATSEM have shown that the changes announced in the budget will reduce payments to single parents. The government’s response is "no, if single mothers work, they’ll be better off".
This opens up a whole new line of rebuttal.
- "No, these tax cuts won’t make the rich richer — if they give it all to charity, millionaires will be poorer."
- "No, invading Iraq won’t make more terrorists come to Australia — if they bring flowers, we’ll be safer."
- "No, drought doesn’t reduce the water supply — if you drink less water in a drought, you’ll actually have more."