I usually try and avoid political threads, so please lets not turn this into a labor/liberal bashing thread because they are each as bad as each other.
In response to Smurf in the NBN thread:
Where do our taxes go?
Electricty, Roads, Water are all privatised. Education is paid back via HECS. Health is private and/or paid for via the Medicare levy. Aside from defence, where does the rest of the tens of thousands of dollars a year i pay in tax go?