LETTER: Democracy the big winner of election

WHILE Malcolm Turnbull will be licking his wounds after the election and Bill Shorten will be disappointed at falling short of victory, the one big winner in the wash-up was democracy.

A strong opposition gives the government the opportunity to be more circumspect when drafting legislation and to "reach across the aisle" when sensible and constructive policy is proposed.

Standard and Poor's have put us on notice and economic think tanks have emphasised that Scott Morrison's spending cuts alone will not cut the mustard.

Clearly meaningful changes to superannuation, negative gearing and capital gains concessions must be implemented.

Also, the AMA suggestion to increase the Medicare levy should be considered.

Revenue measures such as these will reduce the budget deficit by billions of dollars.

F. CARROLL, Moorooka



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