Step right up

For some reason, I get posts from Families Australia, courtesy of the Department of Human Services, on my Facebook page.  And here is the latest entry:

Parliament is yet to pass legislation to end the Schoolkids Bonus. This means the next instalment will be paid in January 2014. If you’re eligible and your child is starting primary school or moving onto secondary school in 2014, make sure your child’s education details are up to date in your Centrelink online account.

Wow … the implications is that Parliament is wrong to be passing this legislation, but in the meantime, make sure you don’t miss out.  Tells us a lot about the mentality of the people (PR types, perhaps?) who work in the Department of Human Services.

It also reminds me of that famous quote of Jefferson – it’s like a Christmas treat for Cats:

A government big enough to give you everything you want is strong enough to take everything you have.

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13 Responses to Step right up

  1. Rabz

    A government big enough to give you everything you want is strong enough to take everything you have.

    Not any more – electoral oblivion would await, hence the Liberals softcockery.

    Steyn’s written at length to that effect in relation to the quote above.

  2. michaelfstanley

    Wow … the implications is that Parliament is wrong to be passing this legislation

    Really?

  3. drowner

    Wow … the implications is that Parliament is wrong to be passing this legislation, but in the meantime, make sure you don’t miss out

    I think you might be reading a bit too much into this.

    If the bonus isn’t cancelled, they have to pay it. If people are eligible, they have to pay them – and whilst the bonus exists, they have some obligation to ensure they find those people.

    I think the alternative – a government department executing policy based on ‘likely’ legislative amendments is far, far worse.

  4. cuckoo

    A government big enough to give you everything you want is strong enough to take everything you have.

    Completely agree with the sentiment, but no evidence that it’s an actual quote from Jefferson. Well, as Mark Twain said, Sh!t happens.

  5. Infidel Tiger

    A government big enough to give you everything you want is strong enough to take everything you have.

    Gerald Ford, not Jefferson. A nice sentiment but absolute bullshit. Big Government removes freedoms but never entitlements.

  6. Ellen of Tasmania

    A nice sentiment but absolute bullshit.

    Anything you think you have now, you only have because they let you. And they only let you keep it if you keep it the way they say.

  7. boy on a bike

    “Those children you have that are eligible for the bonus – you didn’t make them”.

  8. Ant

    Can’t agree.

    Big government is made up of individuals. Individuals generally operate out of self interest on a day to day basis. In extreme circumstances, they operate exclusively out of self interest – except in vary rare and exceptional circumstances.

    It’s a basic human trait.

    Therefore, a big fat bloated government will be only too bloody willing to take the lot away – including entitlements – as soon as its own nest is threatened by economic reality.

  9. Mr Rusty

    Big Government removes freedoms but never entitlements.

    Is that what was meant? I read it as the Government can take everything you have via taxes and then redistribute it however it pleases.

  10. Oh come on

    I thought it was Goldwater. Right. To the internet!

  11. Oh come on

    IT: but the people that are entitled can change.

  12. Bruce

    Parliament is yet to pass legislation to end the Schoolkids Bonus.

    It passed in the Reps on 20th Nov.

    So Labor will take credit for opposing the repeal in the Senate while simultaneously bemoaning Abbott’s debt. Brendan O’Connor was doing the latter on 7 network news this morning.

    I think Chris Pyne should print up a pack signs with “I am a Hypocrite” written on them and ceremonially attach one on to each Labor MP’s seat in the House of Reps.

  13. Des Deskperson

    ‘Tells us a lot about the mentality of the people (PR types, perhaps?) who work in the Department of Human Services.’

    I don’t think it’s overtly political, it’s the old ‘Social Security’ culture, it’s your duty to ensure that people get every last taxpayer-funded benefit they’re entitled to, the thought that it might embarrass or undermine the government wouldn’t have occurred to anyone.

    On of the paradoxes of the old ‘Socials’ culture is that this zealousness on behalf of clients was coupled with an utter contempt for the clients themselves, the ‘bennos’ in ‘Socials’ argot. I doubt if all the Centrelink/DHS rebadging has changed this very much and DHS remains, with Tax, Customs and Immigration, as on of the acerebral Commonwealth agencies.

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