The Abbott Government is degenerating into extremism and harebrained schemes, the Greens warned today after the revelation the Coalition was considering privatising Australia Post and student debt.
Greens communications spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said the Government should rule out privatising Australia Post.
"Millions of Australians rely on Australia Post for an essential service - particularly with the now vast online retail sector. Privatisation will see corners cut and costs raised," said Senator Ludlam.
"The last time the Liberals sold a public communications enterprise - Telstra - it meant massive job losses and increased prices.
"Once a public asset is sold - it's gone: the sugar hit to balance the books is fleeting, but the asset is gone forever.
"Keep in mind these privatisation schemes are ideological - not practical. There is no ‘budget emergency' - even the Coalition has dropped that hoax. We don't need to sell the family silverware or throw students to the wolves."