It’s time for Labor voters to pay for their fair share

It now looks like that Labor and the Greens will support a tax increase for people earning above $85,000 a year, rejecting the Government’s proposed universal increase of the medicare levy from 2% to 2.5% Once again, those who voted for big government are nowhere to be seen when the bill arrives. All those people who gave a Gonski and said, “We’ve have an obligation to fully fund the NDIS” have gonskied.

The great 19th century French economist Frédéric Bastiat said that, “The State is the great fiction through which everyone endeavours to live at the expense of everyone else.” As it turns out all the people who vote Labor, the Greens, Nick Xenophon or Jacqui Lambie don’t like paying taxes. How odd. It’s almost as if these people want the state to steal from others and transfer their income to them. It’s always Labor who talk about people paying their share, but maybe it’s time their voters started to pay theirs.

Most Australians have only experienced one income tax increase in the last 20 years (Gillard’s Medicare Levy increase). For an entire generation of Australians there is no connection between increased government spending and increased taxes. These people continue to vote for big government programs, whether they be increased childcare subsidies, renewable energy subsidies (climate waste), the NDIS or Gonski with no understanding that these programs need to be paid for. Labor put two huge programs into the forward estimates and the Liberals have refused to cut funding to existing programs in way that doesn’t require legislative change (hint: you don’t need legislation to pass through the Senate to cut the ABC’s funding in half).

It’s often said that, “taxation is the price we pay for a civilised society”. If this is true, then all citizens of a nation have an obligation to pay their fair share of taxation. This means that all that can pay, should. Yet we now have a situation where 3.6 million households or one third of all households pay no net tax. In other words, they receive more from the government than they contribute. This leaves the burden of paying for the public services we all benefit from on the remaining two thirds of households. This percentage of households who make no net contribution continues to increase. These aren’t poor households, these are middle income households who reasonably should be expected to carry their own weight. If they vote for big government, they should reasonably expect their taxes to increase. The household with two $75,000 incomes should pay their fair share.

It may be the case that it will only be after people experience the shifty hand of government stealing an increased share of their income that they may appreciate the case for smaller government. That all these programs won’t be paid for by some imaginary 1% or a big new tax on multinationals. There’s only two ways to pay big government: increased taxes or more debt. Increased debt is unsustainable and no one seems to want to pay the increased taxes.

As much as I reject the argument for tax increases, if people continue to vote for bigger government they should be made to pay for it. The people who vote for big government need to be told, “No shirking your shout. You voted for Labor, NXP, Lamby and the Greens. Time to pay up!”

Justin Campbell
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6 Comments on "It’s time for Labor voters to pay for their fair share"

  1. I was actually told by a leftie a few weeks back that as government can print money, our debt does not exist. This seems to be becoming a mainstream thought. I’ll laugh very hard in a few years when taxes have to be raised and spending cut significantly to service this debt.

  2. Labor, Greens and the rest of the parasitic socialist scum who support them just continue to walk around with their hands out, bludging on the productive members of society. It’s past time that a complete review of our taxation system is undertaken in order to encourage people to better themselves and reward success.

  3. Socialism – a failed experiment encouraged forever by the dumb Labor party and Greens who expect others to constantly fund their inept attempts at enforced ‘fairness’.

  4. The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s” money.
    Margaret Thatcher

  5. It’s frequently a different story when everyone else in the room who you have been pointing at and admonishing turn to you and say “ok, over to you now, these are the rules you demanded everyone play by.”

  6. Point of this article gets back to what do people expect from Government? and they should know it has to be paid for by their taxes, sometimes disguised under names like fees, levies, rates.. etc..

    As an adherent of paleoconservatism, in my view, government should be minimal. But it seems in this day and age, that is very unfashionable and somewhat “primitive”.

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