We all know that feeling when we go to use a tool or vehicle or other bit of machinery and find that its broken.
Even if its not actually a flat tyre we feel deflated, cheated even, by something that was supposed to be all set up ready to go.
That's kind of how I feel about our government: its a broken machine. Distasteful as the whole corporate welfare thing is, its really just a symptom of a dodgy control module, or something.
Its not that surprising really - we've always been vulnerable to hijack by the PM and a few close pals. In a way, we're lucky that it doesn't happen more often.
I don't know how to fix this, but I'd settle for a firm commitment to analytical rigour. You want a road? OK, then prove its a good idea and you can have one.
That would be a great outcome, but how do you enforce it?