I'm late to this thread but I do find it a worthwhile one. The way I see it, we're all involved in deciding how and where our country goes and we do ourselves a disservice if we step out of that conversation because then our opinions won't be heard or considered. Politics happens to be one of the most recognised ways of doing that, but it's not the only one and I agree that the sector has been successful in alienating most of its constituency.
I personally do not support most of what is proposed in this budget. I don't believe it is equitable and I do believe that equity is both an Australian value and something that assists us in building a strong country long term. I'm particularly concerned that a lot of policy appears to be based on ideology rather than data so I have no confidence that we're going to benefit economically or as a society.
@Looney pretty disgraceful ranting there. People don't share your world view so you question their intelligence, experience and ability to think.
I agree with you on corporate welfare though, I think the government should stay out of the markets, it's either a government service or it's a free enterprise - if it needs government help it's probably not viable or the founders are not so good, otherwise they could raise venture capital.
Some questions regarding your points?
:: $4.5 billion to Mining ::
Does this include the fuel rebate/other tax rebates which every business can claim? What's the real figure for direct subsidies?
:: $9 billion to superannuation tax concessions to the top 5% ::
Are these concessions means tested to prevent the bottom 95% from the same benefit? If people want to put aside for their retirement, why shouldn't they get a tax break? I guess you are all for pension cuts too.
:: $11 billion for subsidies for investments, held mainly be the wealthy ::
Are these subsidies also means tested to only include the wealthy? I do question why the government is subsidising investment though. are these subsidies or tax breaks?
:: $15.0 billion in tax cuts for the top 10% ::
How do you figure?
Tax rates 2013/20154 http://www.superguide.com.au/how-super-works/income-tax-rates#Income_tax_rates_for_20132014_and_20122013_financial_years
NOTE: The the only marginal rate increase was to the top bracket.
::One year of these subsidies will pay our debt for 3 years.::
No, it will pay the interest on the debt for three years, it will pay nothing off the debt.
I believe in equity of opportunity. If you can't make it, you get a minimal safety net.
The Australia I grew up in was a place that provided everyone with the opportunity to become what they choose. A place where if you have a dream and you take the steps to make it happen, you can achieve it. If want to be a multi-millionaire, I can be, it' up to me. Society doesn't owe me a living, it won't recognise my brilliance, if I am a loser or I fail it would provide me with a base level safety net. That is all I expect, nothing more, if I fall to the bottom of the ladder, I don't expect to be comfortable.
Your concerns over uni fees are just plain fear mongering. De-regulation doesn't mean price rise, it may it may not. If it does, so what we have a lack of non-degree skills in Australia so it could be a good way of changing that.
::The latest sending Sri Lankans back to their torturers is too far for me, not for some who care not one hoot for decency or international law.
Now I want you to think about that, we are sending desperate people back to the scum who tortured them.::
Are talking about the economic refugees who were coming to Australia for work and a better life? The ones are are now on bail for illegally leaving the country - yeh persecuted people get bailed all the time. And let's not forget that Labor was sending refugees back to Sri Lanka, so if you are going to jump up and down, be consistent.
::There is no "left" or "right" in Australian politics, it's "right" and "far right". But along with being able to earn a living, we should be giving a shit about others with less opportunities::
There is a left, it's called the greens. As far as the major parties go, I'd call them both fairly central, there is definitely no far right (some individuals maybe, but not a major party). We wouldn't have the dole or support, public education, public health, public transport if it were. We spend a lot of money on foreign aid and we do have a refugee program, we have public schooling available for all and welfare programs/payments for the unable/unfortunate.
As for your comparison with Nazi Germany, you've got to be joking, that's pathetic and just plain offensive. Give me examples of Australia sending people who are victims of genocide back to be slaughtered. Actually, let's play your game, give me an example where we've knowingly sent people back to be tortured.
You may be happy being able to earn a living, I'm not, I want to be globally successful and be able to buy a Lamborghini, and a jet and a big boat and I want to go into space. The good thing about our country and the global economy, is that I can do all those things. Sounds like if you guys got your own way we'd all just be comfortable living on 50-60K a year and give everything else away.
@Dave kudos to you, I know you've done volunteer work overseas and it's something you are passionate about, you've put your money where your mouth is - good on you.
You know what I'm passionate about? Helping businesses make more money by leveraging tech and efficiencies, and helping people get better services as a result. You don't see me expecting everyone to pay more taxes to make it happen.
I you want something done Looney, don't expect everyone to agree with you and foot the bill, do what Dave did and do it yourself. Besides which I think you are banging your head against a wall, the country voted, overwhelmingly, I think you are a vocal minority.