There is more than a little bit of irony in Nick Xenophon or Brendon Grylls arguing that Julie Bishop, Mathias Cormann and I have not done enough to get back more GST for WA. South Australia is a beneficiary of WA’s lost GST. The argument that WA should get more GST is one WA Federal Liberals put forcefully and frequently, including to Nick Xenophon. To think Nick would offer anything resembling support for that case is about as likely as a turkey voting for early Christmas.
The traditional lament about our personal security has been that we no longer live in a world that our parents recall, where you could leave your doors unlocked without fearing a break in. Now we can add another end of innocence to the bygone days as the pace of technological change speeds up towards the internet of everything. The early days of digital connectivity, when we could leave our digital doors unlocked without too great a fear of a break in now seem a distant memory.
In the modern digital age some things capture the public attention and imagination and some things do not. Ironically, in a kind of triumph of the trivial, the things that are not really of much practical importance or real effect to people’s lives and well-being appear to have a wildly disproportionate ability to capture public attention.