Can these people go any lower

Every morning, every day, Spartacus wonders whether Australian politics can get any lower, cheaper or more disgraceful.  And then every subsequent morning and every subsequent day, Spartacus discovers that yes, it can still get lower, cheaper and more disgraceful.

Now Spartacus does not wish to tarnish the entire Labor Party; there have been quality members before (Peter Walsh and pre-PM Paul Keating come to immediate mind) and there will likely be quality people in the future.  But this current crop of Labor members, particularly those in leadership positions, are a most disgraceful group of people.

Put aside the whole Emma Husar business for a moment.  Actually, lets not.  Can you imagine the response of the Labor leadership were such allegations made against a Liberal member?  How about someone in the “evil” private sector?  There would be no pleas for natural justice or allowing the process to run.  None.  If such an allegation were made in any other work place scenario, the Labor leadership team would be out there screaming like banshees for vigilante justice.

But there seems no end of hypocricy no depth they won’t plumb when it comes to this lot.  Take for example the Deputy Leader of the Opposition, the Hon. Tania Plibersek and take for example this comment:

Pauline Hanson voted with the Liberals to cut school funding and voted to cut family benefits while she voted herself a massive $7,000 a year tax cut. Australian voters deserve to know the truth about Hanson’s voting record in Canberra.

Yep.  You know what else Australian voters deserve to know about is the truth about Tania Plibersek.

Let’s start with the fact that Ms Plibersek earns 55% more than Pauline Hanson ($315K vs $200K) so hence her tax cut would be even greater than Ms Hanson.  Will Ms Plibersek be writing a cheque to the Australian Tax Office for the tax cut benefit she will receive?

How about the fact that Ms Plibersek’s husband, a high earning NSW public servant, earns nearly 3 times (300%) what Ms Hanson earns ($580K vs $200K).  He too will get an even greater tax cut than Ms Hanson.  Will Ms Plibersek’s husband be writing a cheque to the Australian Tax Office for the tax cut benefit he will receive?

(PS – Not a bad living in the Plibersek household on a combined taxpayer funded income of $900K or the annual income tax of 50 average tax payers.)

Australian voters also deserve to know whether Ms Plibersek has ever voted against a Parliamentarian salary increase?  After all, a pay rise or a tax cut has the same effect on the individual’s bottom line.  And even if Ms Plibersek has not, will Ms Plibersek be writing a cheque for the value of her most recent Parliamentary pay increase to the Australia Tax Office?

Australians also deserve to know whether the Labor party and Ms Plibersek specifically are against tax cuts because all working Australians benefit whereas when it comes to Parliamentary pay increases only benefit, you know, Parliamentarians like Ms Plibersek.

What a pitiful and disgraceful line of inquiry and an pathetic lack of response from the government.

Here is a Sparta-Hint for you LNP simpletons. Set up a program at the ATO whereby those people who think income taxes are too low can make voluntary contributions.  If they really believe that taxes are too low, they should first lead by example before demanding others pay more.

They are all a disgrace.

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21 Responses to Can these people go any lower

  1. Roberto

    Can these people go any lower?

    Of course they can. We all know there’s no limit to the depths to which they can sink.

  2. .

    Australian voters deserve to know the truth about Hanson’s voting record in Canberra.

    Notice she did not say “taxpayers”?

  3. Notice she did not say “taxpayers”?

    Now there is an insightful observation. Brilliant spot dot.

  4. Dr Fred Lenin

    Spartacus you are right ,not all alp members have been corrupt lying cheating bastards only 99.9 per cent ,the other wings of the party are less the gangrene communist wing is 99.8 per cent ,and the turnbull wing a low 98.9 per cent haven’t checked the other dross in olitics. Yet.

  5. Cassie of Sydney

    “Can these people go any lower”.

    Yes they can and they will. And yet we on the right are always told to be “dignified”. Even last night, I attended a CIS talk where Jeremy Sammut, in response to a question, basically said that “we need to be dignified” and that when they go low, we go high. WTF! I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. I felt like screaming. No wonder we are losing the battles. When we have wimps who disparage Southern, Milo and others who will fight and who will get dirty. I am tired of the wimps and traitors on the right who think that this war will be won by “being nice” and “being polite”. Yes that really worked for Tony Abbott who was always dignified. We are in a war and you don’t turn the other cheek when you are in the trenches. You throw the bombs back. You use Alinsky against them, in fact you “out” Alinsky them. And the precious fetid smug lefties don’t like it when they are on the receiving end. Neither Plibershit nor her druggy husband have ever had a real job, both have sponged off the taxpayers and both should be exposed for the parasites that they are.

  6. .

    Yes that really worked for Tony Abbott who was always dignified.

    Good for him.

    He also campaigned for a weakly conservative position he then backed down from.

    There’s your problem. Not civility.

    Balls.

  7. The LNP will say or do nothing because Turnbull is a Leftist, cut from the same cloth as all the rest.

  8. Confused Old Misfit

    Balls.

    Bernardi needs to grow a pair.

  9. David Brewer

    I’m not sure this works as an accusation of hypocrisy, since Plibersek voted against the tax cuts.

    You do have to wonder though how she manages such outrage at s0-called unfairness in government allocations when she and hubby are pulling in after-tax government-provided incomes totalling half a million a year or more.

    As for Australians deserving to know the truth about Hansen’s voting record, I wonder how many people who follow politics do NOT know that the tax cuts (which BTW are non-existent after allowing for inflation) only got through with One Nation support. It wasn’t exactly a secret.

  10. Just Interested

    Is Bernardi still in politics?

  11. Dr Fred Lenin

    Just interested ,the silence of the lambs ,he is behaving like the invisible SA “liberal” government which pays a public serv ant more than the President of the USA,I thought it was just the media punishing the Libs for beating their left mates by silence ,now it seems turnbullism has infected them so they are compliant with the global communist plan ,watch this space when Daniels gets beaten and the turnbull faction of the alp takes power .

  12. Rafe Champion

    As my late friend Tony used to say:
    “Cheer up’, they said, ‘things could be worse’ so we cheered up.
    And sure enough, things did get worse.”

  13. Sparty agree with every word. When on various other blog sites, especially when they used the “even Warren Buffett thinks it is not right he pays less proportionally tax than his secretary” line, I would reply, the US has something called the “Reduce the National Debt Fund”, in which people who think they are being under taxed may contribute. How much had Buffett paid (or insert name of other billionaires complaining they are not paying enough tax or want death duties (Bill Gates) ) ? If he was serious he would be contributing in the order of somewhere between .5 and 2 billion USD a year .

  14. miltonf

    Interesting how mr blubbersak has continued to prosper under an LNP government. Wasn’t one of fatty o’barell’s first moves to bring mr anna bligh down here?

  15. .

    Pauline Hanson voted with the Liberals to cut school funding

    Pilbersek does not understand diminishing returns.

    We could probably halve school funding and not see statistically significant differences in final results before school leavers entered the workforce.

  16. Spring is coming

    First they make their underlings pick up the poop. Then they take away the plastic bags . What a sh!t job.

  17. iain russell

    The Filth. Always were, always will be. The Filth.

  18. .

    Spring is coming
    #2774047, posted on July 27, 2018 at 9:27 pm
    First they make their underlings pick up the poop. Then they take away the plastic bags . What a sh!t job.

    Hahaha!

  19. Norman Church

    IIRC, the reason Buffett believed he was not paying enough tax (if that is an accurate characterisation) is not due to marginal rates being too low but because of the different treatment of the form of wealth accretion he enjoys compared to a wage and salary eatrner. And it was that ‘mischief’ to which Buffett’s comments are properly understood to be directed.

  20. David Brewer

    Let’s start with the fact that Ms Plibersek earns 55% more than Pauline Hanson ($315K vs $200K) so hence her tax cut would be even greater than Ms Hanson. Will Ms Plibersek be writing a cheque to the Australian Tax Office for the tax cut benefit she will receive?

    How about the fact that Ms Plibersek’s husband, a high earning NSW public servant, earns nearly 3 times (300%) what Ms Hanson earns ($580K vs $200K). He too will get an even greater tax cut than Ms Hanson.

    Actually neither point is true. There is no change to tax rates on incomes over $200K at any stage of the Turnbull tax “cuts”. When fully implemented they will reduce Hansen’s, Plibersek’s and Mr Plibersek’s tax by the same amount, about $7000, compared to applying the previous rates. P and Mr P will in fact get a smaller cut as a percentage of their income, and thus be less compensated for inflation than Hansen.

  21. Actually neither point is true.

    Fair point. Spartacus stands corrected in that the Plibersek household will not get a bigger tax cut. But it does not detract from the fact that the Plibersek household will still get the tax cut and the Parliamentarian pay rise and keep it all – and not give it back given it is apparently inappropriate to keep.

    If she wants to criticise the tax cut from a policy perspective she should do so. To claim those voting for the tax cut are doing only because of self benefit is disgraceful but consistent with current Labor Party politicing.

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