It's a stark realisation of our perverted priorities.
Over a ten year period, Heritage, Culture and Recreation spending goes from $840million to over $2billion -an increase of about 150%. Yet over the same period, the fundamental priority of the state, police and defence, has its spending increase by about 25%.
Another eye-opening figure is Social Welfare - it increases about 50%.
Core Crown expenses increases to $78billion, from $54billion. That's an almost 50% increase in government expenses over ten years to 2016.
One question: How are we going to pay for these increases? How on earth is this country going to find an extra $24billion?
Answer: It can't. We will print money and the poor will be the losers.
Australia is looking very, very good right now.