Graham Richardson puts the boot into the Abbott government this morning – mostly pointing to their now well-known and well-understood failures.
But then he does the “fairness” thing.
Families in the suburbs on low wages or even average wages of $60,000 will lose $6000 in government benefits. When your loss is 10 per cent of what you receive it is a bitter pill to swallow.
It is even more bitter when someone on $500,000 loses 2c in the dollar on their tax. That is $10,000, or not even enough to buy a good lunch in the expensive restaurants they frequent. It goes without saying that the family on $60,000 with a stay-at-home mum has to cop getting nothing from the government if it has another baby while a woman on $100,000 could get $50,000 in paid parental leave if Abbott’s pet proposal gets the Senate’s nod.
So that prompted me to go have a look at the distribution of taxation and welfare according to the ABS. The data are broken up by gross household income and then into quintiles.
Looks to me that those people on $60,000 have little to complain about on the fairness front.