The word from Canberra was that the public sector can never be big enough, writes Henry Ergas.
THE 2020 Summit proposals form a very mixed bag. Some seem fanciful, and will doubtless be dispatched by the bureaucrats to that great resting place in the sky of ideas better forgotten. With others, tortured drafting, presumably reflecting the triumph of compromise over clarity of thought and expression, make it difficult to understand what, if anything, was intended. Yet others, such as the republic, a bill of rights and some form of treaty, have a degree of corrugated charm, recalling the old saw that there were plenty of good and new ideas, but the good ideas had little that was new, while the new ideas were far from good.