Politicians To Share Burden Of “Burden Sharing” Budget

2 May

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From The Australian:

A CRACKDOWN on existing disability entitlements and a levy on higher-income earners are being considered as part of the Gillard government’s plans to fund the $15 billion-a-year national disability insurance scheme…

Yesterday Ms Gillard said reasonable options, even those previously rejected, were being considered. She said the concept of “burden sharing” would guide the government’s decisions.

The more who share the work, the lighter the load for all: business, families, institutions,” she said.

Fine.

But rather than starting with a “crackdown” on the usual populist political targets – people on Disability Support pensions, and “higher” income earners – how about we see our erstwhile “leaders” … well, lead … with a personal example.

Let us begin this concept of “burden sharing” with a May budget that includes a “crackdown” or “levy” on these high income earners –

Prime Minister Julia Gillard – $495,430

Deputy PM Wayne Swan – $390,627

Cabinet Minister – $328,698

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott – $352,517

Speaker – $333,462

Shadow Minister – $238,187

Backbencher – $190,550

Source: The “independent” Remuneration Tribunal.

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6 Responses to “Politicians To Share Burden Of “Burden Sharing” Budget”

  1. mick May 2, 2013 at 12:01 pm #

    I recall that NOT ONE OF THE BUGGERS voted against a pay rise FOR THEMSELVES. Many of our politicians are clearly “career politicians” who care a lot about being re-elected but have much less concern about the future of the nation. You can forget all the rhetoric, just look at what they do. It ain’t pretty. And get consensus on the really important issues like economic immigrants dressed up as (so called) refugees? Not a hope. Just try and get politicians to do anything for the national good rather than to get themselves into government, my main opposition to the Tony Abbot led opposition.

    In regard to being tougher on disability payments: well consider that over 1 million Australians are on this gravy train. Come on, this is a rort Barnaby and it needs to end unless we are to become the next Greek tragedy, which I suggest is already on its way.

    I agree with your premise though. The pain is for everybody else, not politicians.

  2. Kevin Moore May 2, 2013 at 1:54 pm #

    “THOU SHALT NOT JOIN THYSELF TO SUCH PERSONS AS ARE LIKE UNTO SWINE”
    The general epistle of Barnabus chap. ix

    “BUT why did Moses say Ye shall not eat of the swine, neither the eagle nor the hawk; nor the crow; nor any fish that has not a scale upon him?—answer, that in the spiritual sense, he comprehended three doctrines, that were to be gathered from thence.
    2 Besides which he says to them in the book of Deuteronomy, And I will give my statutes unto this people. Wherefore it is not the command of God that they should not eat these things; but Moses in the spirit spake unto them.
    3 Now the sow he forbade them to eat; meaning thus much; thou shalt not join thyself to such persons as are like unto swine; who whilst they live in pleasure, forget their God; but when any want pinches them, then they know the Lord; as the sow when she is full knows not her master; but when she is hungry she makes a noise; and being again fed, is silent.
    4 Neither, says he, shalt thou eat the eagle, nor the hawk, nor the kite, nor the crow; that is thou shalt not keep company with such kind of men as know not how by their labour and sweat to get themselves food: but injuriously ravish away the things of others; and watch how, to lay snares for them; when at the same time they appear to live in perfect innocence.
    5 ( So these birds alone seek not food for themselves, but) sitting idle seek how they may eat of the flesh others have provided; being destructive through their wickedness……….”

    http://www.sacred-texts.com/bib/lbob/lbob17.htm

  3. Richo May 2, 2013 at 3:29 pm #

    Shame on you BI. Don’t you realise that politicians are also doing it tough? I mean their pay rise for last year was a measly 80%!

    • mick May 2, 2013 at 11:39 pm #

      Rules for some and then rules for others. I did notice that none of the bastards voted against this. Not even My No.

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