Barr the builder – can he fix it?
In charting the course for the ACT’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, Chief Minister Andrew Barr has a simple choice. Simple because there isn’t really a choice to make. The only way up and out of the coronavirus-induced economic slump, as he sees it, is to go down. Down into more debt, down into more deficit. The alternative – austerity, cost cutting – would lead to “misery” and even worse and more lasting economic pain, Mr Barr says. To repair the economy, to save and create jobs and keep struggling industries afloat, his government has committed to pillaging its budget, at least temporarily.