Stephen Cable: No matter the question, government is the answer

In an excellent article in The Australian this week, Nick Cater does a skilful dissection of the Northcote by-election in Victoria. For those who might not have heard the news, a seat that has been Labor since 1927 went to The Greens. Amazingly, the Andrews government, that seems to have more in common with Che than Chifley, was not left enough for this electorate.

Some of the seat’s statistics of are quite illuminating. Apparently, there are ten times more teachers than truck drivers and twenty times more university lecturers than brick layers. The most interesting statistic of all however, is that 58 per cent work in the public sector. It seems that when government workers are in a position to decide, they vote for more government and there is no party more in favour of larger government than The Greens. It is no coincidence that the growth of government both in sheer numbers of workers and intrusion into every area of life has seen a rise of the big government party vote. Here in Queensland, we are in the final stages of a state election campaign and in the seat of South Brisbane, The Greens are also within grasp of a win. The advertising we’re seeing is the normal childish simplicity we expect from The Greens. Good vs. Evil arguments, terms like ‘big corporations’ and ‘greedy profits’ or similar are mentioned a thousand times on one pamphlet. This is followed by promises of utopia for all if only you will let The Greens make all of life’s decisions for you. There little mention of the environment but lots of talk about the government running everything. Cheap housing, cheap public transport, abundant cheap energy (from the government of course) and free childcare. It all sounds great to the naive and those who don’t grasp history and use it as a guide.

Where government advances, liberty retreats. Victoria has been the centre of this in Australia but even a fool like Daniel Andrews isn’t intrusive enough for the government workers of Northcote.

The message is clear, if you want to scale back The Greens you need to scale back the size of government. If we don’t we will continue to feed the parasite that is destroying us.

Stephen writes at cablecritique.com and for Liberty Works in Brisbane.

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56 Responses to Stephen Cable: No matter the question, government is the answer

  1. John Constantine

    Once Australia is deindustrialised, everybody entitled to a good job will have to be employed by the State.

    Nasty deniers won’t get good State jobs, so be careful what you say and who you vote for.

    The Ponzi will never end, Comrades.

  2. entropy

    Clearly, the government should do something about it.

  3. Tom

    Stephen Cable and Jacinta Price (second link) are analysts and writers I would like to hear more from at the Cat. Great stats from Stephen Cable about the flood of Filth-voting public service parasites who stole Northcote from the Liars. This is where we are at in this civilizational backwater: Marxists in the education system have spent half a century diseducating our children about the homicidal, totalitarian evil of communism, as a result of which communism’s 21st century incarnation, the Greens, are now flavour of the month among people who know nothing about history.

    The fact that our current prime minister is a communist sympathiser who has surrounded himself with communist advisers has cemented in-your-face Big Government as the crushing centrepiece of the rollback of liberty in Australia.

    It is also crushing the economy, which — like Obama’s America — is mired at the edge of a technical recession. As America’s economy booms in the next year, the MSM’s constant disinformation won’t be able to hide the fact that we backed the wrong horse. We are a socialist suburb of Europe. God help us.

  4. Empire

    I was going to post links to the ECQ disclosure map, but it mysteriously shat itself in the last 30 minutes. It may be temporary…

    https://www.ecq.qld.gov.au/Map

    Anyhow, total disclosed gifts this morning for South Brisbane was approx $1.3M. Queensland Greens accounted for only $23,000 of the total. The big money was union donations to ALP.

  5. Shy Ted

    Local government are the same, empire builders.

  6. John Constantine

    A socialist suburb of borderless Europe?.

    What a brilliant idea Julie Bishop.

  7. hzhousewife

    Stephen Cable and Jacinta Price (second link) are analysts and writers I would like to hear more from at the Cat.

    These are good suggestions for Credlin to interview.
    I know Foxtel boxes re being returned at a great rate of knots, but quite a few surprising people have mentioned to me this week that they tuned in to Credlin. At five nights a week she has a LOT of airtime to fill, so may be able to bring up a lot of diverse topics esp having things in the background ready for slow news days over the summer. I hope they are giving her good funds for staff.

  8. duncanm

    It really is astounding..

    It all sounds great to the naive and those who don’t grasp history and use it as a guide.

    They don’t even need to grasp history, they just need to look across the pond to Venezuela.

    .. but being ‘teachers’, they’re too ignorant to do even that.

  9. H B Bear

    Not forgetting the CFMEU purchased the Greens a few years ago either.

  10. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    It’s Whitlamism all over again, with the added bounty of a new religion of Greenery, a messianic ‘saving’ of the planet. The government always sounds like the answer, until it isn’t. Money grows on trees, and it is there for the picking; they will seriously tell you the government can simply print some more of it. They have no idea whatsoever about even the most basic fundamentals of economics and trade. Mention Venezuela and these naifs will simply rattle on about oil and external influences. Anyway, that’s South America, they’ll say, and that isn’t us here in Australia. Good intentions and the road to hell? They’ve never heard of such a thing. Communism? That’s Russia and it’s different here. We do socialism, which is sensible and kind and caring and helpful.

    Our schools and especially our universities have ‘educated’ a generation of Marxist destroyers without any idea of history. The Green religion and its economics is nothing more than a Cargo Cult: manna from heaven. It really is time we started saying that loudly to those who believe. Cults always end badly.

  11. There little mention of the environment but lots of talk about the government running everything.

    When I read the above I initially read it as:

    … lots of talk about the government ruining everything.

    I think my initial reading was equally accurate, but in a different context.

  12. iampeter

    No matter the question, government is the answer

    I’m not sure many posters at the Cat disagree with this.
    Most here seem to support more government for everything ranging from gov run schools to regulating marriage and immigration.

    So if you’re looking for support for limiting government, this doesn’t seem to be the forum for that.

  13. peter cavanagh

    Sky are forcing all their in-house lefties onto Credlin, They are a real nuisance. I cant understand why media companies pander to the left because as Fairfax has found the left never spend their own money and they will send you broke.

  14. Empire

    Organized Slime® have tipped about $200k into Trad’s campaign since the election was called with another $100k in the preceding three months.

    They won’t be happy if she loses.

  15. Robber Baron

    As a resident of the Northcote electorate I can attest to the infestation of lunatic big government here. The local council even wants to change the name of the federal electorate from Batman to “Simon Wonga” and Batman Park to “Be Be Jern, Billibellary and Gumbri, all significant Elders in the Wurundjeri Tribe.” For long-term residents like me, you could always find an “elder” sitting at the picnic tables with a nice cold one at the green strip next to the Preston Football Ground. They would even engage you in conversation on occasion when they needed a handout. The erasure of the founder of Melbourne, John Batman will happen; the determination of Kim Le Cerf and the other ganGreenous “representatives” will ensure this.

    The change in this area is rather stark for me because I have been living in SEA for the last 6 years and have only returned in July this year. The number of sandal-wearing people is extraordinary. The electorate used to be full of Greeks, Italians and working class poms. Now, they are nearly all gone. Their children have left home and most have probably died off or moved in with their children in the outer suburbs. A new wave of “know-it-alls” have moved in and are telling us how to live our lives. And Nick is right about “educators” moving in. My neighbors had died and their house was purchased by a couple of teachers who promptly utilized the front garden as a place to grow vegetables and hang their laundry.

    Northcote has changed and isn’t going to change back any time soon because the only people that can afford to live here are government employees.

  16. Empire

    Northcote has changed and isn’t going to change back any time soon because the only people that can afford to live here are government employees.

    This isn’t a bad thing in the long run. It will save on transportation costs when they are inevitably rounded up for banishment. Once the slime is relocated en masse to Maralinga, some good value real estate opportunities will open up.

  17. Tom

    Nzhousewife, my impression is that Sky have given Credlin ZERO staff apart from a producer to churn out the same low-rent formula they’ve assigned to Blot (opening monologue + feature interview + panel discussion = 48 minutes + ads = 1 hour). Without a team of two or three good researchers, she can’t produce anything original, apart from what is in her Rolls Royce brain, and she will be burnt out in a year.

  18. Nerblnob

    I’m hearing everything Lizzie said.

    You can add:
    Hazelwood closed down because greedy coal companies. Corollary of …
    Electricity costs because privatisation
    “Big corporations blah blah”

    The observable fact that more government hurts small businesses and suits big corporations fine doesn’t compute with them.

  19. Lizzie;

    Communism? That’s Russia and it’s different here. We do socialism, which is sensible and kind and caring and helpful.

    You forgot this one.

    (I was looking for a cute puppy video, but found this instead.)

  20. Rabz

    Most here seem to support more government for everything ranging from gov run schools to regulating marriage and immigration.

    FFS, you’re an offensive fucking imbecile.

  21. John Comnenus

    I voted for Abbott to cut the size of government. But he didn’t. Turnbull is busy increasing the size of Government. This will set up Shorten to really increase government. Government is bad at everything it does. Everything, bar nothing.

  22. I wonder if Australians would be attracted to a party which dramatically lowered spending, then paid off the Government debt quickly, and then diverted the surplus into the pockets of Australians.
    If the pocket-enrichment was large enough, self interest and the additional challenge of becoming wealthy through private sector effort might turn this country around.

    Just a theory. At the moment.

  23. Rabz
    #2565441, posted on November 25, 2017 at 10:15 am
    Most here seem to support more government for everything ranging from gov run schools to regulating marriage and immigration.

    FFS, you’re an offensive fucking imbecile.

    Eloquent and correct.

  24. Rabz

    Thanks, OSC.

    What is it with collectivists and projection?

    Terminal stupidity, presumably.

  25. duncanm

    OSC — any party that promised to cut gov’t to 30% of its current size, get out of health care and housing, and slash welfare would get my vote.

  26. iampeter

    FFS, you’re an offensive fucking imbecile.

    Wow seriously? You’re the only one that has been offensive so far?

    I’ve pointed it out before and it bears repeating: the Cat readership is older than your typical leftie 20-something, but seems to know far less than they do about anything and behaves just as badly if not worse when challenged in any way.

  27. John Bayley

    It pains me to say it, because Catallaxy has been one of my favourite sites for years, but iampeter is right.

  28. Louis

    Peter Beatie knew this well. He massively increased the size of the Queensland government because he knew that with enough public servants you can own the Queensland vote.

    It’s no coincidence the current QLD Labor government have been employing public servants at a huge rate of knots (16000) and the pay is higher than the ones lost under Newman. What they haven’t counted on is the fact that highly paid wymmyns working for government support Labor but love the Greens. The Greens give them everything Labor do plus virtue signalling. Teachers, nurses, doctor’s wives and public servants on 6 figures love their conspicuous compassion.

  29. Roger

    The advertising we’re seeing is the normal childish simplicity we expect from The Greens. Good vs. Evil arguments, terms like ‘big corporations’ and ‘greedy profits’ or similar are mentioned a thousand times on one pamphlet.

    I’ve noticed that, too.

    Greens voters, while usually found in high socio-economic areas indicating tertiary qualifications, appear to be among the least politically sophisticated cohort of voters.

  30. Supplice

    Just back from my local polling booth in South Brisbane. There was about 100 linear metres of Trad advertising banner wrapping the building’s fence, and Trad volunteers were 3-1 outnumbering everyone else. A pox on my for saying this, but I kinda-not-seriously hope the Greens twit gets up, if only to get Trad out of government for two minutes before she’s rehired as the chief of staff to Premier Palacechook.

  31. Dr Fred Lenin

    Re phrase ,”no matter what the problem ,government is never the answer”. If you want to stuff anything up totally get the career polliemuppets and their minions involved ,Total Failure is guaranteed . Just look at the economy ,migration of terrorists and career criminal ‘on welfare, electricity etc.etc.etc .

  32. Tel

    Government is bad at everything it does. Everything, bar nothing.

    They are good at creating more government.

  33. OldOzzie

    Some of the seat’s statistics of are quite illuminating. Apparently, there are ten times more teachers than truck drivers and twenty times more university lecturers than brick layers. The most interesting statistic of all however, is that 58 per cent work in the public sector.

    Could be describing Canberra and these people decide for all Australians

    In Canberra, the main occupations of people living in Canberra are 28.7% Professionals, 19.3% Clerical & administrative workers, 15.6% Managers, 10.5% Technicians & trades workers, 9.3% Community & personal service workers, 6.9% Sales workers, 5.0% Labourers, 2.7% Machinery operators & drivers, 2.0% Occupation inadequately described/ Not stated.

    The main industries people from Canberra work in are 32.3% Public administration and safety, 9.5% Professional, scientific and technical services, 9.1% Health care and social assistance, 8.4% Education and training, 7.8% Retail trade, 6.4% Construction, 5.7% Accommodation and food services, 3.2% Other services, 2.4% Administrative and support services.

    Canberra losing grip on public service

    Canberra’s status as the undisputed heart of the Australian Public Service has slipped a little more this year with fewer than 38 per cent of Commonwealth bureaucrats now working in the capital.

    While the vast majority of APS leaders, the elite ‘Senior Executive Service’ are still based in the ACT, the proportion of federal public servants working in the territory has shrunk by 7800 since 2013, or about 12 per cent.

    But Canberra’s local territory and federal politicians from both major parties are aghast at the plans to move the Australian Veterinary Medicines and Pesticides authority to Armidale, in the heart of Mr Joyce’s New England seat, and at further erosion to numbers in the APS, easily the ACT region’s largest employer.

    The ACT Government expressed alarm at the idea of more public servants heading out of the capital, with the territory Labor Chief Minister Andrew Barr saying in his submission to the inquiry that the federal public sector was vital to the economic wellbeing of more than 450,000 people in Canberra and the surrounding region.

    The Chief Minister wrote that the ACT region, including with the surrounding local government areas of Yass Valley and Queanbeyan Palerang was home to more than 450,000 with about 20 per cent of workers from the NSW south-east and tablelands relying on job opportunities in the territory itself.

    “More than one-third of that workforce is employed in public administration meaning that the direct and indirect implications of Commonwealth job cuts do not only seriously harm the ACT economy, but also the workers and businesses in the surrounding regions that rely on those jobs,” Mr Barr wrote.

    He wrote the Armidale move is “another instance of Commonwealth employment decisions made without regard for the consequence of the ACT economy or the workers and businesses in the Canberra region that significantly rely on the economic activity underpinned by public sector employment.”

    Liberal Senator Zed Seselja wrote in his submission that he too was worried about the local economy if more public service jobs were lost or forced out of town.

    “To move public service agencies out of Canberra will have a far more consequential effect on the local economy than elsewhere in Australia,” Senator Seselja wrote.

    “The consequences are far wider than the raw job numbers in the public service, though, with thousands of people working in small businesses around Canberra who assist and serve the public also having their livelihoods threatened by agency moves.”

  34. Rabz

    FFS, you’re an offensive fucking imbecile.

    Wow seriously? You’re the only one that has been offensive so far?

    LOL. You truly are an irredeemable idiot.

    I’ll have to email Sinc to put a stop to this. You clearly are too stupid to be commenting here.

    Your claiming to be a poofter is not a get out of gaol free card for such fact and evidence free idiocy, you fucking moron.

  35. Rabz

    Most here seem to support more government for everything ranging from gov run schools to regulating marriage and immigration.

    Let’s unpack this:

    gov run schools

    I’ve long advocated shutting down the federal and state bureaucracies that are maladministering education and then sacking all the braindead, illiterate, innumerate, ahistorical imbeciles (aka “tachers”) that are abusing kiddies under the current system and making them reapply for their jerbs under a merit based selection exercise.

    regulating marriage

    I advocate “deregulating marriage”, which means the family kangaroo court and the CSA get shut down and the loathsome parasitic syphilitic imbeciles that turn up there and hoover shitloads of taxpayers’ money have to find a new scam. Shocking, I know.

    immigration

    I’ve long advocated shutting down the immigration bureaucracy and reducing immigration to a sensible target like, say, zero. Consequently, you don’t need an immigration bureaucracy that’s stuffed to the gills with foreigners, whores and quislings determined to destroy this country.

    Third world immigrants demand and are totally dependent on your beloved government, you fucking moron.

    Finally, to reconfirm what I’ve quite clearly stated above, you truly are a staggeringly stupid, dishonest imbecile.

    Now fuck off.

  36. Bruce

    If “government” is the answer, it was either a VERY STUPID question or it was a question about who to blame..

  37. Mater

    Northcote has changed and isn’t going to change back any time soon because the only people that can afford to live here are government employees.

    If we gathered all of these ‘like minded’ people into a couple of electorates, we wouldn’t have a problem. I say, encourage more of it.

  38. iampeter

    Sorry Rabz, you don’t get to roll in and engage in spittle-flecked ad-hominens to cover for the fact that you understand less about politics than children and then try to start a discussion AFTER that.
    I think over time any intelligent/insightful posters that pop up from time to time, never end up coming back to the Cat because of crap like this.

    I don’t care that you know nothing about politics at all, or that we probably disagree, but what I do care about is that because of your complete lack of knowledge, you will always get triggered almost immediately and don’t actually want, nor are capable of, having any kind of political discussion, anyway.

    This is supposed to be Australia’s leading Centre-right blog, not some nationalist/traditionalist/collectivist shit-show that too many Conservatives have turned the threads into.

    So no. It’s you who should go ahead and fuck off.
    You have no business on a right-wing political blog in the first place.
    And I know Sinclair is super tolerant and its his blog and he should do what he wants, but I think without some moderation all the intelligent posters get driven away by the absolute crazy’s like you.

  39. Rococo Liberal

    Why the vituperation, iampeter?
    Didn’t Rabz just prove his right wing credentials?

  40. iampeter

    Only Rabz has engaged in “vituperation” and I didn’t notice you asking him about that given he triggered like an SJW over nothing. Why is that?

    So, kinda not interested in anything he has posted after that, other than to say it’s more incoherent drivel where he has made no mention of “individual rights”, “rights protecting government” or “capitalism”, so he’s not right wing. Like many of the loudest, rudest posters here, he doesn’t even know how to talk about politics. I suspect that’s the reason for such easy triggering.

    Rabz is basically all the things he is trying to accuse me: “irredeemable idiot”, “poofter” and a good reason I think Sinclair might consider moderation to stop these nutters derailing every single thread and driving away thoughtful posters.

  41. .

    The Greens are also within grasp of a win. The advertising we’re seeing is the normal childish simplicity we expect from The Greens. Good vs. Evil arguments, terms like ‘big corporations’ and ‘greedy profits’ or similar are mentioned a thousand times on one pamphlet. This is followed by promises of utopia for all if only you will let The Greens make all of life’s decisions for you. There little mention of the environment but lots of talk about the government running everything. Cheap housing, cheap public transport, abundant cheap energy (from the government of course) and free childcare. It all sounds great to the naive and those who don’t grasp history and use it as a guide.

    This is what wins elections (to some extent) though.

  42. struth

    We need a new name for grandstanding pompous twats of the libertarian bent who are intent on virtue signalling their libertarian purity by abusing others who may question some aspects of their religion.
    Iampeteritis.

  43. Iampeter

    We need a new name for grandstanding pompous twats of the libertarian bent who are intent on virtue signalling their libertarian purity by abusing others who may question some aspects of their religion.
    Iampeteritis.

    Then you’d just be projecting and have read the entire thread backwards.

  44. struth

    I didn’t read the entire thread.
    Not with clowns like you dribbling on.

    You have virtue signalled many times on many other threads, in incessant stupidity, claiming anyone who doesn’t follow what you consider to be right wing as a lefty.

    It is your ignorance to reason and the fact that you feel the need to classify people as either for or against, right , or completely left wing, to put them in boxes that you have named, that actually makes you one of the most left wing characters here.
    Tone down the pompous bullshit that I know will be above and I may have read what you have to say.

  45. Iampeter

    Struth, you’ve both missed the point and are still just projecting your own behavior onto me.

    The issue isn’t what I think or what you think, we should be able to disagree and that’s fine.
    The issue is that when one person makes a post and the immediate response are the unhinged, ravings as we saw from Rabz here, then there’s really no point in having a comment section anyway.
    No discussion is possible.

    This happens all the time on the Cat, where people who are much older and so should be much wiser demonstrate the behavior of screaming children who do not have a good grip on their ideas and can only communicate in ad hominems when presented with a different viewpoint. It’s like talking to teenagers who have just discovered politics.

    It’s Sinclair’s blog an he can do whatever he wants, but when thread after thread are derailed by literal, screaming idiots, it might be worth moderating a bit.

  46. struth

    It’s Sinclair’s blog an he can do whatever he wants, but when thread after thread are derailed by literal, screaming idiots, it might be worth moderating a bit.

    Your leftism slipping out again?

    That need for control is hard to let go of, I take it?

    You are so left wing in your heart.

    However my point is, as I have already stated, that you come on here classifying people as either with you, or left wing, in a very left wing manner.
    You pompously decide who is left and who is right.
    Arguing about whether an idea is left or right wing is fine, but you come on here and start calling everyone and this blog in general as lefties and this a lefty site.
    It’s your bombastic approach that gets you the retaliation.
    Anyway, you are very left wing in your personality, even if not in your ideas, so that’s why you get the response.

  47. Rabz

    iampoofter – just a warning, you screechy little queen.

    Every time you post stupid offensive bullshit on this blog you’re going to be called on it.

    Now fuck off.

  48. Iampeter

    Your leftism slipping out again?

    That need for control is hard to let go of, I take it?

    Actually no, what I was saying was that its a private blog and Sinclair can ban me or he can ban you or he can moderate or he can do nothing, if he likes things the way they are. My expressing support for his property rights is NOT left wing, it’s right wing.

    That’s the thing: you presume to lecture me but then demonstrate, almost immediately, that you don’t know what the hell you’re talking about.
    It doesn’t make me pompous or “bombastic” to point out you’ve gotten it wrong, yet again.

    This is the reason I get the reaction I get: you guys don’t really know anything about politics, but spend large amounts of time on political blogs for some reason, so you have this unearned ego about it, that gets shattered the moment you encounter someone who actually knows what they’re talking about. That’s why when someone has even a slightly different position you guys melt down like children and just shut down the discussion, as Rabz demonstrated from his first post in this thread.

    You’re basically SJW’s. Except I actually think those kids have more understanding of how the world works.

  49. .

    You have virtue signalled many times on many other threads, in incessant stupidity, claiming anyone who doesn’t follow what you consider to be right wing as a lefty.

    Declaring a lower level of public spending is the simplest test of rightward leaning. Unless you define right wing as the terrible things lefties say about the right. We should not them define the “narrative”.

  50. .

    Rabz
    #2566469, posted on November 26, 2017 at 9:10 am
    iampoofter – just a warning, you screechy little queen.

    Every time you post stupid offensive bullshit on this blog you’re going to be called on it.

    Now fuck off.

    ???

    What the hell happened to you?

  51. struth

    This is the reason I get the reaction I get: you guys don’t really know anything about politics, but spend large amounts of time on political blogs for some reason, so you have this unearned ego about it, that gets shattered the moment you encounter someone who actually knows what they’re talking about. That’s why when someone has even a slightly different position you guys melt down like children and just shut down the discussion, as Rabz demonstrated from his first post in this thread.

    You’re basically SJW’s. Except I actually think those kids have more understanding of how the world works.

    Can you be that stooooopid?

    Are you taking the piss?

    You prove everything I said, right there.

    FMD.

    I reckon you aren’t real old, or else you have no excuse.

  52. Iampeter

    iampoofter – just a warning, you screechy little queen.

    Every time you post stupid offensive bullshit on this blog you’re going to be called on it.

    Now fuck off.

    You’re basically raving at this point and just describing yourself.

    Seriously dude, take some meds and take a nap.

  53. Tel

    What the hell happened to you?

    Rabz appears to have entered into a spittle flecked-ranting competition against some kind of quasi-libertarian mechanical Turk. It started out kind of interesting, then became more of an endurance event like watching the 12th round of a hard fought boxing match where both men are on the verge of collapse, sweating and bleeding in equal parts.

  54. OldOzzie

    Stephen Cable: No matter the question, government is the answer

    In a very strange, but correct article in The Australian, Grace Collier sums it up

    Our tax system rewards losers, so it reaps failure

    There is loud, pumping dance music, and lots of shouting and shrieking. Every Tuesday morning at the local sporting club, you will find me, and an excited gaggle of women, doing our best to play “extreme tennis”. In terms of fitness crazes, it is the new pole dancing.

    This is not tennis in the traditional sense, and not for the faint-hearted or noise-sensitive. Our male coach bellows instructions over the music, directing us in a series of crazy tennis games. We try to keep up and help each other, but most of the time it is chaos; the blonde leading the blonde.

    Coach herds a dozen women on to just one court, where we are supposed to hit the ball, and not each other.

    Every time a shot is missed, the loser must sprint around the court perimeter. Unfortunately, in our age group this is out of the question; the best most can do is a wheezy Cliff Young shuffle.

    Last Tuesday, a new game was introduced. Two women were designated “champions” and placed on one side of the court, as doubles. The remaining 10, including me, were designated “challengers” and placed on the other.

    The challengers formed two lines, and the couple at the front had to play a rally of doubles with the champions opposite, with the intention of winning.

    The pair who lost the rally had to go to the back of the challenger line as losers. The pair who won the rally remained the champions or crossed the court to take the champions’ place as the winners.

    It was 30C. Half the court was shaded beautifully by large trees, but the other half was not and it was baking hot.

    The coach placed us challengers in the shade and the champions in the sun. There we stood, comfortable and cool, feeling grateful, even smug. The two champions stood opposite, rackets ready, sweltering and squinting. We giggled at their misfortune. What schmucks they looked, glistening and turning pink under the blazing sun. The game began, and each pair of challengers lost every rally, with determined force.

    All of a sudden, we had morphed into hopeless tennis players, missing by miles the easiest shots. To confess the truth, I was one of the worst; frankly, I couldn’t lose quick enough. I was terrified of winning and gleefully skipped to the back of the losers’ line every time we successfully lost.

    Initially, the coach screamed and shouted but soon gave up because he was being ignored. Eventually he stood there mute, utterly bewildered, trying to work out what on earth was going wrong.

    There was no point winning, you see, when the prize was hot discomfort. It was far more sensible to take it easy, sit back and lose, and remain comfortable and cool. Coach had set up the rules of the game all wrong. He had created a strong incentive for losing and, unsurprisingly, a bunch of hopeless losers is what he received in return.

    So it is with our tax system, in particular our income tax schedules, which now allegedly are under review.

    Scott Morrison is looking at our income tax system with a view to proposing tax cuts before the next election. Well, he may have a really hard look because our system is set up all wrong and needs the rules dramatically changed. Our tax game incentivises losing. We need fewer losers, more winners. So we must incentivise winning. Our system takes too much off those who are bright, who work the hardest, take the most risks and, yes, have the best luck, too.

    Our system incentivises us towards failure, and so the result is failure and an undesirable, tall poppy-hating culture. In Australia there seems to be no point in working overtime, working too much, trying too hard and becoming a champion. We punish those who try to create wealth. We sneer at our winners. We line up to lose and cheer ourselves on as losers.

    Virtually half the country lines up at Centrelink every fortnight with their hand out, without a moment’s thought towards the person who had to go to work to put that money into their possession.

    One half of our community supports the other half. Surely, everyone can see how ridiculous this is. Worse, the supported half seem insatiable; no matter how much they are given it is never enough and constantly there is loud clamouring for more.

    The Treasurer, to put it mildly, is a disappointment of the highest order. With regards to his tax proposal he is likely to do something characteristically foolish and self-defeating yet again. If he cuts income taxes it will probably be by a few measly bucks a week. This will be an insult that will infuriate, and hasten his demise.

    The government needs a circuit breaker and strong product differentiation from Labor. Wise heads within the government should push Morrison to turn the income tax system on its head. The system should drive wealth creation and reward self-sufficiency. People should be incentivised to earn as much as possible, to stand on their own two feet. Avoiding contact with Centrelink should become a source of pride and a national obsession, the ultimate goal everyone strives to achieve.

    There will always be people in our community who need support but there is no way that number is 50 per cent. At the moment, because of our tax system, dishonesty, mediocrity and failure are rewarded, therefore aspired to, and ultimately revered. Imagine how much better our country would be if all of that were totally reversed.

  55. Charlie

    All government workers (including academics suckling on the taxpayer teat) should not be allowed to vote. Problem solved.

  56. EvilElvis

    Geez, here we go, the old libertarian vs conservative thingo. Plenty of libertarians here, not many conservatives that I’ve seen.

    OldOzzie, excellent in its simplicity by Grace. If only in another life, swoon, sigh…

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