Why is it that polls curiously show a justifiable distrust of Bill Shorten yet show a constant affection for Labor? Well, the electorate has reached an entitlement tipping point where it simply cannot afford NOT to vote Labor.
When one third of total budget outlays is spent on welfare, almost one million people continue to receive a disability pension and half of all Australian families receive more in handouts than they pay in income tax, it’s an entitlement sinkhole heading for a Greek vortex.
According to Canberra University’s National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling, 85 per cent of all single-parent families pay no tax, (after welfare benefits are deducted) while 55 per cent of all single-parent households also pay no tax, half of all childless couples pay no tax and a quarter of all families with multiple children also pay no tax.
So why wouldn’t the Party of “no cuts to anything” poll well?
Worse still, why wouldn’t a conservative Party agree to maintain the entitlement gravy train just to gain Office only to be kicked out of Office because it couldn’t maintain those entitlements and balance a budget at the same time? Polls are now reflecting that tipping point.
The welfare pot is also being exploited by Muslim men who use multiple wives and foster-care benefits to receive up to $3,500 per week.
Centrelink general manager Hank Jongen admitted these payments were being made to multiple wife relationships.
"There's nothing preventing them from being in more than one 'member of a couple' relationship at a time," he said. "In these cases, Centrelink pays each person the relevant income-tested payment at the partnered rate.
“Muslim men have married several wives in their country of origin or at local mosques so these unions are not recognised under Australian law by State-based registries.” Hmmm, so how come Centrelink recognises them?
And how come if I try to take a second wife I cop serious frying pan injuries or finish up in jail over polygamy laws?
Now for another COAG talkfest over tax shortfalls where Tony Abbott will insist that all States need to agree on a GST increase. Well, that’s a load of frog droppings, the GST is a Federally imposed tax, under a Federal Act and the Federal Government can change it or bloody abolish it if it wants!
Besides if anyone thinks the States will agree as one to a GST rise they are playing with their dongers. Let alone think they will agree to percentages of GST dispersal.
The truth is that Abbott will not raise the GST simply because he will lose political skin without a cent to show for it, so he wants the States to lose the political skin because they are the only recipients of the tax. A predictable gridlock.
Of course the top end of negative gearing and superannuation deductions should be targeted but that will cost Abbott even more skin, so that also won’t happen.
But the real pot of gold is the GST take and as said here often before it can only operate effectively under State imposition where they can collect what they need at the rate needed and wear the resultant political cost instead of hiding behind the Federal frock pretending it’s not they who are taking our money for their respective excesses.
Once the welfare tipping point favours the Party of “No Cuts to Anything” and “No New Taxes” it quickly becomes a runaway train on a collision course with reality.
Geese stop laying golden eggs, production moves offshore, people stop working, a brain drain exits to more equitable climes, no tax is collected and the Xanadu welfare State is established until no more money can be borrowed and anarchy sets in.
… but Labor and the Greens, assisted by Fairfax and the ABC, will finally be able to claim victory.