Mutual Obligation

While writing this.. I realized that I had certain ‘expectations’ of the Federal Government when I became dependand on them. Those expectations have changed as my experiences with recently introduced legislation has taken it’s toll. So I write this Blog..

I was surfing around the various Australian Federal Government websites last night. Yer.. Excitement.. Anyway..

Snapshot of Australia 1901

I happened on A Snapshot of Australia, 1901 from the ABS (Australian Bureau of Statistics) seems in 1901:

  • “the mean annual income per inhabitant (including children aged under 15 years) was £46.”

The reason I point this out is because the Politicians at that time were being paid:

  • “each senator and each member of the House of Representatives shall receive an allowance of £400 (four hundred pounds) a year, to be reckoned from the day on which he takes his seat.”.

Ref: As per the Constitution of Australia 1901

So in 1901 the average politician received 8.69 times (400/46) the average yearly wage.

Funnily enough.. In 2007 the average Senator or Member of the House of Representatives receives aproximately $250,000 per year.

Based on 1901 calculations we find:

$250,000 / 8.69 = $28,768 per year

2007 Average Earnings per Week

Acording to the ABS In the private & public sectors, Full-time adult ordinary time earnings per week is now $1,088.40.

$1,088.40 x 52 weeks = $56,596.80 per year

2007 Politician/Pleb Pay Ratio

$250,000 / $56,596 = 4.41 times.

Well it’s nice to see that the politicians are ripping us off less than they ever have before. Kinda gives me a warm feeling inside.

But they still consider themselves worthy of 4.41 times the average wage.

I understand that decent politicians need to be funded correctly to perform their tasks. But many politicians are far less than decent in their dealings with the public. Those politicians who fail to represent the wishes of the community do not deserve 4.41 times the average pay.

Independent Body Required

Lets have the means to report a politician who fails to represent us. Lets tie that politicians paypacket to their personal performance level.

  • Allow them to ‘earn’ more than 4.41 times the average paypacket but only if they perform at a suitably high enough level.
  • Give them a lot less than 4.41 times the average wage because they fail to perform.
  • Points Added for a high profile in the community etc etc
  • Points Subtracted for complaints etc etc
  • Give them ‘sick leave’ points they can ‘use’ at nominated times.

Lets get the politicians off their bums. Out in the community. Listening to what we actually want and getting it done.

Pay them according to their performance level.

Politician/Welfare Pay Ratio

I wonder what My 2 kids and I are worth in comparison? We get aproximately $485 a week with every rebate we can find.

$485 * 52 weeks = $25,220 per year

$250,000 / $25,220 = 9.91 times.

Removing the Bottleneck

Another way of looking at it is.. Getting rid of just one politician would clothe, feed, and supposedly totally support 9.91 families..

And thats the numbers for the small ‘p’ politicians.

The Treasurer, Prime Minister, and other cabinet members can get up to double this amount.

$500,000 / $25,220 = 19.82 times.

Don’t forget that they get a percentage of that income for the rest of their lives. This endless pension drains our economy.

Milking the Cash Cow

To think they ‘milk’ the system for what it’s worth and then refuse to provide a fair system with decent safeguards for the multitude.

Everyone pays tax. It’s that tax the Politicians feast from.

Even though I have been receiving Federal Governmnet assistance for some time. I payed my taxes into the system.

Play Fair

I gave the Federal Government all sales taxes when I was in business. I saw others who knew a ‘sales tax’ loophole existed. But I never gave in to temptation. Even though I knew most of the other retailers were doing a sales tax rip off.

Like a fool I religiously payed the sales tax on everything I ever purchased. If I was claiming an exemption. It was because I actually had a signed Exemption form. So when it is time for the Federal Government to help me. I expect it. Actually I demand it.

I gave the Federal Government over $250k in sales tax. Meanwhile I barely survived on 6-8% markup.. Compared to their whopping 21%.. :)

I feel I have fulfilled my mutual obligation.

Different Story Nowadays

But I feel betrayed when I realise that the Federal Government that is so happy to take my income when times are good. Are not so happy to return some of it when times are bad. In fact they make it down right difficult.

They fiddle with social security to make it damn near impossible to qualify for various payments that they supposedly offer.

I don’t care how stupid a politician you are. You dont screw with the fundamental expectations of a generation. Just to post some budget surplus.

I expected to be treated ‘fairly’ and given a ‘fair go’. Instead they provide one one option. To eat (and do it their way) or starve (and do it your way). There is no ‘in between’ there are no ‘special circumstances’ there is no ‘Emergency Payment’. (unless your homeless)

Did I foolishly trust previous Governments not to ruin Social Security? sigh Yes I did… Well I was wrong.

Howards Popularity

Seems like 50% of the Australians think the sun shines out of the purified oraface of the Prime Mangler, John Howard.

Howard (like all Liberal/National party politicians) will have us all working for peanuts. Meanwhile the fat cats get fatter. The average wage will keep getting higher. But the working man will still be counting his pennies.

Its the top end of town where they get millions of dollars in bonuses, for 6 months of service, that drags up the artificial average wage.. Those on the ‘Boards’ the faceless ones who make the decisions.

The real average wage is probably around $650 a week. If ya lucky.. I would say..

Those scheming politicians justify their fat pay packets by comparing their services to that of a top paid executive.

Please.. Just don't annoy me..

I say to them. You want to upset my expectations? Then let me upset yours. Go back to your top paid jobs. You disgusting fat cats. If you dont want to accept a pay cuts. Go work for the Coporations. Leave the positions in Government open for those who really want to make a difference.

A good politician would accept pay cuts and an ‘independant pay performance review’ in the name of decency. Shame the rest of them into agreeing with a fairer system of pay. Just to make a real difference in this corrupt system.

Do away with this endless pension scheme while we are at it.

You wouldn't like me if you annoy me

These Politicians shouldn’t upset my expectations of ‘giving everyone a fair go’… I will reveal them to the Australian Community for what they really are.

Most of the Politicians are just mindless pawns of the Corporations they serve.

At the moment their Social Security policies are hidden from the mainstream public. Because not all people have to fall back on the Federal Government for financial assistance. But if they did. I have a feeling most would become as disillusioned as I have become.

Political Bribe

Another thing I have to comment on. Is that the sheer bribery that is happening just prior to the Federal Election. I find it particularly disturbing.

They are both out of control. Promises to do this. Promises to do that.. Whatever they have to say. Wherever it will win an electorate. Virtual Australian Tax Dollars being splashed around by both sides.

If I were Kevin Rudd. I think I would have taken the stance that he will behave fairly with the Australian public. Which will, of course, cost a heck of a lot more than the liberals were prepared to spend. But thats not my call to make. Just a hope.

Howard Government - The Good Guys?

The Howard Government is offering everyone affected by the Victorian Floods some cash. (Sorry to anyone severely affected) $1000 if your premises is unlivable for 48 hours. Better than nothing I guess. I wish my floor was flooded. I could do with the $1000.

I noticed that the Howard Government is particularly busy at the moment offering aid to various people in distress from natural disaster around the country. I counted 6 programs currently running in 2007. Election year.

Funny enough. Last year I only saw 2.

Just a good year. I guess. The year before was a good year too.. The Howard Government are normally very tight fisted with Tax payers dollars.

But 2007.. The Howard Government are busy helping people in distress. Which I dont take issue with. What I take issue with is the Howard Governments attitude when not in election mode.

Howard Government - The Bad Guys?

Not so happy to help then are they? The cash is kept tight in the fist. Why? Well.. Lokks like for lots of TV Advertising. So they can get re-elected… Dang it. We are being Bombarded over and over with millions of dollars worth of Howards unrelenting, brainwashing, political, TV advertising. That we (the Australian Taxpayer) paid for!!!

Pay the Doctors Correctly/Fix Government/Stop Wasting Money

They dont pay Doctors enough so that they will bulk bill. Everywhere Government Departments are just figurheads with funding slashed providing absolute minimal services at maximum cost to the public.

They have become privatised in almost all but name under Howard. As each department struggles to provide services under a Prime Minister and Treasurer who only want to post a budget surplus and care little for the people of Australia.

Yet that same Prime minister and Treasurer happily waste millions and millions on TV advertising and bribery to get re-elected.

Conclusion

Honestly Australia. Re-elect Howard and sign your rights, freedoms, and expectations futher down the dunny.


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