01 May 2014
I Don't Want To Pay For This...
So let me get this straight,
If I earn over $80,000 I am going to be asked to pay for the $68 billion that Joe Hockey has added to the deficit by his party's policies.
I have to pay for Hockey's $9 billion gamble on the Aussie dollar going down.
I am going to have to cough up money to give billions to the worst polluters so they can upgrade their factories, and many more billions in fossil fuel subsides to wealthy mining companies.
I am going to have to pay women on very high salaries almost $3000/week to watch their nanny look after their kid for 6 months whilst they get a rebate for employing her.
I am going to have to pay for a huge fleet of fighter jets to protect me from who? Do you really think we can beat China in a war? If America needs us to help then I am sure they would provide the jets. Hey we could even lend them an airbase to use their own bloody jets to bomb whoever the hell they want to next time. Won't it all be done by the unmanned drones that I will also be paying for?
Tony is spending over $10 billion on his war games against asylum seekers. I refuse to pay for that. I don't want to pay over $1 million for Jim Molan to be our Special Envoy never to be heard from again. I don't want to pay $200,000 for every orange life raft that gets used once to set asylum seekers adrift on the ocean. I don't want to give billions to a security firm that maims the people they are hired to protect.
I don't want to spend billions on roads whilst ignoring public transport. I want cost benefit analyses done by Infrastructure Australia and I want THEM, the experts, to decide on priorities rather than our Infrastructure Prime Minister for Women and Aborigines.
I don't want to spend $40+ billion on a National Broadband Network that I won't even be hooked up to.
I don't want to pay over $600 million for Tony to buy two big new planes to fly himself and his entourage of Murdoch press, film crews, and businessmen around the world in VIP luxury.
I don't want to spend over $5 million on bomb-proof BMWs to drive Tony around even if they did give his daughter a job.
I don't want to pay millions for Tony Abbott to fly backward and forwards to Canberra because he decided to live at Kirribilli House so Margie could keep working and he could keep surfing. When John Howard did that it cost us over $18 million in flights to and from Canberra.
I don't want to pay for a Royal Commission into the Home Insulation Scheme. There have already been 8 investigations which have made many recommendations. This is a pointless political witch hunt that you want US to pay for. Same for the RC into unions. We have ICAC and similar bodies, as well as the police and judicial system, who already have the resources, experience, and authority to deal with corruption and intimidation. Why not set up an integrity department that keeps an eye on all you bastards.
I don't want to commit to paying for a never-ending search for a Malaysian plane. When there was any hope of survivors then all hands on deck for sure. But I fail to see why we are now footing the bill for a search that may never bear fruit just so Tony can grandstand. It was a useful distraction for him for a while but it's time to say, sorry, we couldn't find it, and let the Chinese pay to keep searching if they wish.
I don't want to pay $20 million for marriage guidance vouchers for newlyweds even if it is Kevin Andrews' area of expertise/income.
I don't want to reward Tony's pollie pedal sponsor Cadbury with $16 million to reintroduce factory tours.
I don't want to pay $10 million to the Manly Sea Eagles to upgrade their grandstand so Tony, their number 1 ticket holder, can watch in comfort. Or $5 million to Rupert's Brisbane Broncos, hell we just gave him an $882 million tax rebate for historic losses on currency transactions. Thanks for that almost $1 billion hole in the budget Rupert.
Must I pay $4.3 million for a research company to trawl through millions of Australian social media posts to advise the government on its immigration policies? Between Scott Morrison and the immigration department alone, you already employ 90 spin doctors. What are THEY doing that you need to pay millions to someone else to look at stuff that is freely available?
All of these reviews and audits and consultants and white papers and green papers are costing us a fortune. The Commissioners of Audit were paid $1500 a day each. Does this imply that NONE of your policies had any basis in fact or solid grounding or research behind them and now you must pay people to make them into something credible? Why use PriceWaterhouseCoopers when we have Treasury, Finance, the Productivity Commission, the Parliamentary Budget Office? Am I to pay for you to get the answers you want to hear?
I don't want to contribute $2.2 million legal aid for farmers and miners to fight native title claims.
As Opposition Leader, Tony Abbott claimed over $1 million a year in entitlements, on top of his salary. I don't want to pay thousands of dollars for him to take part in fun runs and charity rides.
I don't want to pay for jobs for the boys like $320,000 for Tim Wilson who had a job made for him and gifted to him with no qualifications, experience, interview, or application process.
I don't want to pay for George Brandis' bookshelves or Tony's designer rugs.
If we keep the carbon tax and the mining tax and cut all the above wasteful expenditures then we will be a long way towards cutting the deficit without ME having to foot the bill for your decisions which, might I say, show you have absolutely NO idea about spending priorities. I doubt any of you have ever had to work to a budget before because you are making a god almighty mess of it and if I am going to pay to get us out of trouble then I want a say on how it is spent!