Questionable leadership by all political parties
Determining and implementing a tax regime which aims to keeps our nation content and productive, is clearly not an easy task. Given it would be mission impossible for many of us; we rely on our elected leadership to execute such measures to ensure unity, security, prosperity as well as planning future needs which will enhance our nation’s reputation as the Lucky Country.
Some of this we see and too much we do not.
Many of us are weary of political point scoring, bickering, the lack of mutual understanding and co-operation. Ironically it seems, the only times we experience political unity (apart from personal gains) is when we go to war (often unwisely) or during serious tantrums by Mother Nature.
Many of us are weary of the poor standards set by governments of any brand with too frequent accounts of wasteful expenditure, lack of bipartisan support for future projects, splintering national unity and violating the very base of leadership with poor examples (Do as I say, not as I do) such as:
– Serious cuts to welfare and yet continuing to accept frequent increases to already lucrative parliamentary salary and allowances. At the same time
– wasteful and expensive expenditure, individually and collectively, while urging thrift from the nation at large.
Among many questionable organisations is a very expensive Discrimination Board which far from being productive, spews out political correctness from an unedited homemade bible. Far from uniting, it fragments our people with a theme of “them and us”
Spending billions on a conventional submarine fleet which will be operational in 25 years plus, despite the incredible speed of advanced science and technology as evidenced by the fact that other countries already have drone surface and underwater vessels on the drawing board.
The list goes on and on.
If only we had the vision to pay more attention to the basic essentials of our society which are needed to ensure there is a tomorrow. One of which is the education of our most valuable national asset, our youth, including physical, mental and social disciplines to meet the demands of an increasing complex society. They will not master such essential skills by texting.
Tax by all means, but can we have more sense and purpose to what we do with it?
Today’s Ned Kelly
Ned Kelly robbed Banks to give to the poor
He was a hero to the people, no matter where he rode
Today his iron is worn by others who steal even more
Their pockets heavy with coin as they dine in rich abode
Politicians give from one hand and take more with the other
Always on Budget Night, smoke and mirrors are at play
Thus, no matter what is said, they’ll still tax your poor old mother
By hook or by crook, young, old and in between in many a sly way
The fingers of Government are in every pie and prods you, soon or late
GST, Licenses, Registration, Tolls and many tricks and ruses unseen
Big Buckets, barrows and trucks of gold pour through treasury gates
Yet national debt grows; and always is a red light and never, never green
Whenever struggling folk dig deep into mostly empty pockets
The greedy tax man is grabbing precious family crumbs as his share
If you dare to claim a deduction with a docket
Watch out for the red tape which will soon become your nightmare
Another budget speech has been given to all
Glib political chameleons have spoken and confusion reigns supreme
Our people have doubts with tomorrow’s journey and its Ports of Call
Mind you; we’re still not too sure where we’ve already been
Once were promises of infrastructure and intent for even the North
New roads, dams, hospitals and the world’s food basket for all to see
The order was given for all of us to get ready to go forth
Now cobwebs and moss gathers where the rolling stone was to be
Ned of course knew none of this future deceit and foul play
He was honest enough to say “Give me your gold or there’s strife”
If he had owned a crystal ball, and known of the legalized robberies today
His last words could well have been “I was born too early; such is life”
George Mansford © May 2018