My family and I sit right on the cusp of this means testing - I am a shift worker, so it could literally come down to whether or not I work a public holiday or not.
Intellectually and economically, I can understand where the government is coming from. I agree, those of us who are earning above the $150k figure probably should be able to cope without that extra $400 - $1000 a year.
However, I really don't understand why people seem to think that higher income earners should just "put up and shut up"? I don't understand why people seem to think that my family should be HAPPY that we will have to pay an extra amount of money just because I am rostered on to work New Years Day?
We probably can afford to pay the extra. We have a very manageable mortgage, we own 2 old cars that we purchased second hand and outright with our savings. DH only just got his first Xbox 360 this year, because we have always put our savings and mortgage before things like that. But just because we can afford it does not mean that we have to joyfully give up yet another few hundred $$$.
I also don't understand all this "well you choose this and you choose that" arguing. Yes, DH and I chose to save a deposit and buy our first place young. We chose to forgo holidays and brand name clothes so that we could put our money into savings and repaying our mortgage. I choose to stay in a job I hated so that I could work extra hours on the weekend while DH was working and studying towards bettering his career on the side. I chose to work weekends while my friends were out drinking and partying. We chose to wait until we were financially stable to have our kids. That does not make me right or anyone else wrong, That makes my decisions MY decisions, same as all of yours.
If they were taking away something that meant that people under the 166k threshold away, wouldn't it upset you? Even if you knew that you could afford it? Nobody wants to pay more than they have to, and there is nothing wrong with being upset when you are the one that is affected. It is human nature!