Stop Julia Guillard’s Flood Tax and Keep Your Freedom

I didn’t vote for Julia Guillard and more than half of Australia didnt either but now you are going to have to pay her.

Forcing people to pay the flood tax is killing the recognition of all the Australians who give voluntarily

If Julia just took her beak out of the Australian’s pockets and let them donate or help out on their own free will. 2 things would happen:

  1. More money would go to those who need it
  2. More money would come from those who can afford it
  3. It would cost the government less to rebuild because people would be happy to oblige and help.
  4. People who donate and help would get the recognition they deserve as opposed to be forced to give

When you are forced to give, like when you pay your personal taxes, you don’t enjoy it and you don’t feel any recognition for the hardwork you put in to build the roads, schools and hospitals. A thank you note would be nice from the taxman, you do pay his salary and all his mates which help collect the money.

  • Are you going to get any recognition when you hand over a 1% levy? No.
  • Are you going to feel that its actually going to the people in need? No.
  • Are we better off that we have someone intervening in a process which would happen naturally? No.

One thing which really struck a cord with me was Joel’s piece about how Australians naturally help their mates. More so Australians naturally help each other and don’t need to be coerced to do it. I saw that in the fires in Sydney in the 90’s and I see it at the beach all the time, when something goes wrong.

Why we never wanted and don’t want Julia Gillard anymore

When Julia Gillard was campaigning she kept using these types of words:

These are all dangerous thoughts.

What do we need to change in Australia? – The country is fine. Everythings actually pretty amazing. Anyone who screams about change and leadership together is looking to take control. We dont want more control in Australia. We already have the government in our ears, eyes and pocket. We don’t want a your plan, we have our own plans.

Fundamentally, we don’t need you, Julia or any other government to control us and guide us. We can do it ourselves.

We can clean up the flood damage, just like we already have mate to mate. Just how we did in other tragedies. I am saddened at Julia’s quest for control and her disbelief in the fundamental Australian quality of mateship.

Stop fighting for the plan you want to impose on us Julia, we don’t want you to control us. To tax us more. To spend our money. We can do it ourselves and we won’t need to pay as many government officials salaries along the way to do it. Do you want to be handing over your house’s title because the government needs it. Save your house, save your freedom and get rid of Julia.

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6 COMMENTS
  • Peter B

    What concerns me is we all know how the Labor government blatantly wastes money. Where did our hard earned surplus go?? Oh – that’s right, part of it was wasted on the “Insulate your Roof” project we had to have which cost us all millions (and lives). What a disaster that turned out to be.

    If we had not have wasted all that money, we would have had ample cash suplus’s to pay for this whole clean in QLD.

    Gillard – you don’t even know the actual cost of the clean up yet you are very quick to jump the gun and impose this tax!!

    Hopefully the independents wake up and realize what a foolish decision they made at the last election and cast you out – the sooner the better.

  • Jennifer Gomes

    Dear Fred
    Julia is forced to impose a 1% levy as there was not nearly enough money raised to rebuild Brisbane.
    You do not need a “thankyou” as the sooner the Queensland economy is rebuilt then the sooner we all benefit in Australia. The Queensland economy is worth so much, compared with the NSW economy, for example.
    Your Uncle Lewis’s office is in the Brisbane CBD, next to the river, and he will return for the first time this week!!!
    If a Tsunami hit your Bondi home and your insurance did not cover it, and there was not enough donated money to rebuild it, then you would expect the government to help you.
    I do believe 3 storey homes on stilts, on the Brisbane floodplain, would be a good solution to future flooding problems.

  • admin

    To remove all doubt, I am not saying that we need money to repair and build QLD. That is assumed. But the method in which you get that money is what I challenge.

    Here are 3 alternative and more capitalistic ways to get the money:

    • Do a big donations drive on tv and internet asking for people to give money. If I gave money to that I would feel better about doing it. Its the fundamental feeling of giving that you want to tap into, instead of the imposing taxes and taking money from people. You dont have to take the money from someone when they are already handing it over.
    • Give tax credits for infrastructure projects. The companies that are actually going to get the money that is raised could get tax credits for providing better prices and therefore delay the costs incurred by the government to smooth out the budget. Those infrastructure projects might spur on a bit of new business!
    • Leave the opportunity open for the big banks and other corporations that are stand to benefit from the government spending the most to donate funds. Clearly there is going to be some serious money shelled out to the companies that are going to rebuild the infrastructure. From the schools projects in the past it seems like they profit supernormally from this because governments struggle to spend money frugally. Perhaps with the new abnormal profits which these companies are going to earn in the future in order for them to be preferenced in the tenders that will occur, let them rally their support by donating funds to a “Future Australia!” fund.
  • David

    I am a person who likes facts and figures, so I am going to weigh into this debtate armed with some researched statistics and verifiable facts. This is what I think about the new flood tax:

    1. The Federal Treasury’s best estimate is that the cost to the government of rebuilding will be $5 billion. This actaully pales in significance compared to the bill that the insurance industry is facing, a bill of over $10 billion. In fact, because this event has triggered many of the reinsurnace contracts, it is actually european reinsurance companies that will pay most of the cost of this disaster. However, $5 billion is still a lot of doe, the government needs to come up with it somewhere.

    2. There are a number of places that the government could find extra money, although it is true that no matter where you cut money, someone will complain. Some have said we should stop giving as much foreign aid, which we currently spend $3.8 billion per year on. Others suggest we save ourselves $5 billion and only order 50 instead of 100 of the new F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Jets which have been ridled with problems in development and may be obsolete by the time they are delivered. Or perhaps we could get the razor out for projects like refurbishing the Australian Embassy to the Vatican (which is a separate building from the Australian Embassy to Italy, but is in the same city) which cost Australia $4.3 million last year. Other projects that come to mind are the that in the first seven months of the Rudd government, the prime minister’s overseas jaunts cost taxpayers just over $600,000, according to a register of parliamentary travel. In short, in my opinion the government is a very wasteful spender and giving them more money to churn through in administration is likely to result in less of a net benefit to the community than when the money is cycled through the economy naturally.

    3. Although it is an important part of the national economy and I don’t want to belittle the human tragedy that has occured in Queensland, it is not quite true that Queenland’s economy is larger than New South Wales’. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, New South Wales’ gross state product last financial year was $401,716 (million $AUD) and Queensland’s was $254,550 (million $AUD) making Queensland only 62.5% of the size of New South Wales. Also, Queensland currently benefits disproportionately from the imposition of the GST which is collected based on economic revenue and distributed back to the states irrespective of population, putting states such as New South Wales at a serious distributional disadvantage.

    Anyway, that is my two cents worth. Basically, I think that the government is already wasting money on some ridiculous things and it would be possible to save the money by cutting wasteful government programs. Also, I think the real problem is that the building standards in the area are not adequately designed for the eventuality of flood. THe government can protect people not simply through the giving of money, but through changes to the way buildings are built, and where they are built so that vulnerable structures are not built on a flood plain in the future.

  • Jeff

    I have A very open and honest thoughts & feelings for our community. But Please most don’t have the basic respect to even place there rubbish in the Bin. FREE Will is a cost no nation can afford or give . Life is open attacked jugged bye the people that care less for our, Earth. It seems after all gossip and judgment of person or person,s not known bye one has the great insight. But never ask of there history of course never gossip what these person’s have tried given and lost of their selves . Australia is THE Best if YOU don’t LIKE our country LEAVE . With all our Best wishes

  • admin

    Hi Jeff,
    Thanks for your comment.
    I just left Berlin, have recently been to Vietnam and visited many former eastern block countries (Hungary, Czech Republic, Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia) and did quite a bit of research into everyday life. I personally would much prefer “Free Will” over anything else.

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