Comments on David Alexander “Be prepared for a fatter, big-taxing government”, 16/04/2010, http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/opinion/be-prepared-for-a-fatter-big-taxing-government/story-e6frg6zo-1225854277773
That is one of the reasons that I think there should be independent, competitive and public institutions that are not influenced by the government of the day to provide the public with independent analysis, views and opinions.
Treasury, while generally has been good, cannot be relied upon to be completely independent, given that it has to serve the government of the day and the government’s role in appointing and sacking its key personnel. For example, it is difficult for a Treasury Secretary to contradict the government’s view or policies, because it means the secretary may have to go if that occurs often.
The public and taxpayers will be better served by funding some independent institutions.