What have YOURLifeChoices members had to say this week?
We’ve tried to leave behind the political quagmire of last week and concentrate on what else has been happening in the world. So, what has the YOURLifeChoices team had to say this week and, more importantly, what has been our members’ response?
Debbie kicked off the week by asking if Australians have lost sight of reality and if we’re failing to appreciate what we have. Supernan has a good understanding of our tax system and can’t believe how little tax high-income earners pay, “Having worked in the tax industry for many years I can confirm we now pay less than we use to due to tax cuts, concessions for low income earners. We are truly a low-taxed country. However I am often shocked by how little tax gets paid by high-income earners. Also how big companies pay almost no tax. But when Government – usually Labor – tries to bring in higher taxes, the three big companies who own all the media outlets start a fear campaign. Ordinary people fall for this! They think the tax cuts are aimed at the poor and there is an outcry against any increases. So the rich go on paying little or no tax. I suspect this will never change!”
Rachel has recently had first-hand experience of a huge electricity bill and can’t believe prices are due to increase again. Cat thinks it just getting beyond a joke, “I am in the position of being on a sole government pension and believe me, it gets harder all the time. I pay my account every pension payment day and hope I have paid enough when the account comes in. It really is getting beyond a joke. As elderly citizens we should not be in this position, we have worked all our lives only to struggle now.”
While Kaye couldn’t care less that Ellen DeGeneres has hit town, she does think it’s time we accept that same-sex marriage is inevitable. Rod63 is in furious agreement, “Absolutely a conscience vote. Then we would get a true reflection of what polls are telling us, which is that the majority of Australians feel the same as you, Kaye. The sooner this is dealt with and homosexual couples, male and female, can show their commitment to each other through marriage, as can heterosexual couples, the better. Let's grow up, get over it and move on.”
Drew finished off the week by explaining why the internet has slowed down all over the world, after a major clash between two internet giants. Ex-techie Aquatrek is just glad the internet still belongs to the people. “Being an ex IT pro guy who can hardly keep up with the accelerating technological changes nowadays, it’s no wonder to moi that these types of WWW wars are also being watched closely. Genuine cyber wars are going on every day between countries. It’s comforting to know that not one individual owner of the WWW exists, despite attempts by the ALP to instigate some form of national control. The future of the net rests solely in the hands of the billions of everyday users.”
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