I'd just like to start out by saying I grew up in a poverty line family. My dad had to leave school at the age of 14 after his dad died and he needed to work on the family farm to keep things running. He's also dyslexic so was never able to hold a steady job for most of life. My mum left school at age 15, once again because her family couldn't afford to support her any further through school, so out she went to work. My brother and I survived on hand me down clothes and cheap clothes from K-mart and Lowes. My dad did odd jobs, mum cleaned middle class families house for money. We scraped by. Luckily they were able to support me through university, reinforcing my belief that education isone of the best ways to escape poverty!
At what point should a person or family not be entitled to Government assistance?
I feel if you can afford to pay the rent, provide 3 home cooked meals a day for the family, buy clothes as requried from K-mart then you don't have the right to any Government money.
Australians seem to have stopped taking responsibility for their actions, and want to blame anyone else but themselves when life gets a bit tough.
Governments have pandered to the desire to blame someone else, or use vote buying transfer payments to make it look like they are doing something beneficial. The nanny state has to stop. People have to relearn how to stand on their own 2 feet, how to budget, how to not spend more than they earn, not tkae on more debt than they can afford.
I pay ~ 30K in tax each year, and I want it spend on more productive things like infrastructure and education (especially primary schools and TAFE), or just cut taxes and stop the churn!
Why do I feel this way
In the last year a record number of:
* Cars were bought;
* record levels of Australians had domestic and International holidays
Yet the media keeps reporting on how tough life is.
Mortgage rates at historically low levels - something like $600 a month less than when Howard lost office (for the avg home loan that's lower than practically any property value in a capital city)
Yet the Australian public is whinging about how hard it is to get by.
There's so much angst about electricity prices, yet a lot families think nothing about how much they're spending on mobile phones and internet access. Nearly half of Australian households have foxtel, yet life is SOOOOO hard.
My last electricity bill for a 3 adult share house was averaging just 7kwh / day - 617Kwh in total. What shocked me on the bill was that a single person avg was supposedly 943, and a 4 person was avg a whopping 1753. What are these households doing to be such energy hogs
Yet family tax benefits, child care rebates, private school funding, keeps on growing and growing.
So it's over to you. Please keep this discussion as fact based