After the funk of Wednesday seeped into Thursday and my brain synapses devolved to that of a root vegetable I am happy to say that Friday has me fighting fit. Which is a good thing considering our latest federal budget as it seems it’s not enough for us to pay a medicare levy each fortnight out of our pay and then on top of that pay a penalty levy of over $1000 come tax time for not taking out private health insurance.
NO it seems that our government has decided that we have to pay an extra co-payment each time we go to the doctor, pathologist or have an x-ray as well as an increase of $5 on each prescription item. To make this extra fun for the family they’ve also removed the family tax benefit which will pull between $80 to $100 a fortnight out of the take home pay of the average wage earner with a family.
Not to mention your children will be paying more for higher education that ever before with higher rates of repayment and lowering the amount needed to be earned to start making the payment. Should they find themselves unable to find employment they will be eligible for support for only six months of the year and only after some serious hoop jumping.
Just in case we get too cosy we now have to fear a future where the age to receive the seniors pension has been increased to 70 years, after all can’t have all those oldies just sitting around lollygagging now can we. After a life time of work it seems our government feels that it is being too generous to those who have been the working backbone of this nation for the past 50 years and has decided to not only increase the age requirement but reduce the value of assets owned as part of the means test. Just the thing to keep these old folks busy, selling the family home that they have worked all their lives to own to eke out an existence at a time in their lives when they should be enjoying the benefit of all the taxes they have paid during their working years.
Of course big business and mining has got its mention in this budget – they will have the heavy burden of tax breaks and the removal of the carbon tax as well as subsidized fuel for mining companies and their employees while the rest of Australia can expect an increase of about 4 cents per litre.
The truly interesting thing about this budget is the overall shock Australia wide, even from conservative radio and TV shock jocks who normally have public orgasms over LNP policies.
This time they seem to be unified in the utter disbelief of the blatant and unabashed lies of Joe Hockey [the Treasure] as he tries to say that this government has kept its promises to the people when in actual fact they have broken every single one of them other than those related to big business and the carbon tax. [which let’s face it we wouldn’t have called them on for breaking those ones]
It is also these blatant lies told during the election campaign that has led to the petition to call for a double dissolution of parliament by the Greens, the Independents and the Labor Party. Should you wish to show your support please follow the link in this sentence to the Change Org Petition and let this government know that they will be held accountable.
If you watch Abbott’s face during the speeches over the last few days when he is called to account for the lies he spoke the only way you can describe it is to call it what it is – Smirking. He’s smirking and I would like to know why he seems so little troubled by what is really something very serious. The lies he told were not inferred, implied or referred. He clearly stated these promises on which he campaigned with billboards on No Cuts to Education, No Cuts to Health, No Cuts to the Pension along with a number of others and he has broken each of them. He gained office on the basis of these promises and has disregarded the wants and needs of the population by breaking all of them. I want an explanation of how a person, one supposed to be a servant of the people, can justify this behavior to the extent that he finds being called on it amusing.