Great comment last night on Q & A
LIONEL SHRIVER: Briefly, I just think that when you suddenly bring in any huge tax of an entire industry of that size, you send a little shimmer through the commerce of your entire country, because you highlight the potential capriciousness of government and the rather frightening capacity of any government at essentially take all your money.
JOHN RALSTON SAUL: But that’s how we actually got public education. That’s how we got healthcare. We taxed people who said they would never be taxed. That’s how we did it. We took money from people who had the money and put it into the public purse then built universities and schools and public swimming pools and so on. I mean, that’s what democracy is about is the – I’m not speaking in favour of this tax. I’m saying, “That’s how we built the public good which produced this audience and us.”
LIONEL SHRIVER: I’m not saying, “No, we shouldn’t have taxes.”
JOHN RALSTON SAUL: Oh.
LIONEL SHRIVER: But you might feel a little differently if suddenly while we were sitting here foreign writers who came into Australia were stripped of their assets by 90 per cent and they just past that law.
JOHN RALSTON SAUL: Yeah, might.
PETER CAREY: Well, what’s wrong with that?
LIONEL SHRIVER: You might not come back to the Sydney Writers’ Festival.
JOHN RALSTON SAUL: I enjoy the Sydney Writers’ Festival unpaid.
TONY JONES: If it was a super profit tax, you’d have to be a really big best seller, so you probably wouldn’t mind. This is Q&A, the program that gives you the chance to ask the questions you want answered. …
Notice the editorialising by Jones at the end. He’s very generous with other peoples money.