Comments on Jack the Insider Blog “The states still rate”, 14/04/2010, http://blogs.theaustralian.news.com.au/jacktheinsider/index.php/theaustralian/comments/the_states_still_rate/
People are seldom always satisfied with government services, so it is expected that the State governments bear the main blame for the public dissatisfaction.
Had the federal government been providing services, the situation could be even worse. The home insulation, the BER, the NBN, etc, are all relevant example. The question is: what has the federal government done well, especially the Rudd government?
An important benchmark is international comparison with similar countries, how our government services compare to theirs'.
In that respect, Australia may not be necessarily worse than them and is likely to be better.
So one has to be realistic and have the correct perspective.