How serious are you?


Last December, Prime Minister Turnbull called for an “ideas boom”, and unveiled a package of measures to stimulate it.

“Our innovation agenda is going to help create the modern, dynamic 21st century economy Australia needs,” he said.

“Unlike a mining boom, it is a boom that can continue forever, it is limited only by our imagination, and I know that Australians believe in themselves, I know that we are a creative and imaginative nation.”

But the new money was minor — only A$1.1 billion over four years.

To put this into perspective, Australia spent A$1 billion on housing 800 prospective refugees at Manus Island for 4 years.

Not serious at all. Just like most politicians.