In The Australian today:
"Without the ground having been adequately prepared, Joe Hockey and his landing party have struggled to secure a foothold on the beach of entitlement. And as they prepare to crawl through hostile terrain in the Senate, more causalities lie ahead. What could have been done to avert the losses will fuel controversy for years to come. Earlier release of the Audit Commission’s dire fiscal predictions would have helped. So would hammering home the fact that Labor’s promises were entirely unfunded, and would never have been delivered. The Department of Finance’s incoming government brief said as much; but although the government dropped hints, it couldn’t quite bring itself to break the bad news."