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Smaller Government has failed, but let’s cut taxes anyway – Sydney Morning Herald

Contracting out the provision of public services to private operators cuts costs at the expense of quality. Just look at the aged care sector.

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There was a time when aged care was provided by governments, particularly in Victoria and Western Australia. But as the population has aged, successive federal governments have sought to limit the role of government by having aged care provided first by religious and charitable organisations and then by for-profit businesses.
The reports authors note how little we spend on aged care. Countries with well-functioning aged care such as the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden and Japan spend between 3 and…

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