I have been left wing ever since I learnt about politics, it was my major at Uni. To me the priorities of left wing politics are primarily social justice and equality. Of course we all want individual liberty but I think this is just interpreted differently. I don't have much faith in the idea of just increasing income tax from those at the top of the income scale, I would prefer to see greater value placed on making the playing field more level for all but that doesn't mean bringing those at the top down to the bottom. There will always be the more talented, blessed, brainier, industrious individuals among us and they should be recognised and rewarded accordingly.
I am a firm believer that there should be greater transparency in government spending and agreed measures of economic and social prosperity. How are we supposed to make a call between parties if we can't get a big picture? All we get is "she said/he said" rather than objective indicators of success.
I think one thing the ALP is putting in place - the independent board to cost policies is a FANTASTIC idea. Admittedly, we don't know how independent they are the results should be available for public scrutiny but in principle I don't think the idea can be faulted.
On a final note, one person's government spending is another person's investment in the public. The subtle yet strong influence of words cannot be understated.
At the end of the day I guess I can't get my head around why any woman or reasonable man would want to vote for a party with someone leading it that is so blatantly backward in their views on women and the environment.
Last edited by Blessedwith3boys; 26-02-2013 at 13:48.
To set my record straight, I'm all for high taxes. I'm all for wealth redistribution for all essential services. I believe that paying tax is a good thing, and if you find yourself in a high tax bracket you should count your blessings, because it's not only the result of hard work but also the result of advantage and a good dose of luck.
My concern is when people view income tax as the only way out of financial difficulty. No, in such circumstances we all need to tighten our belts and stop expecting money to fall from the sky.
Yes I are but high income can come purely from working your @rse off and grafting from the bottom, not every one in high tax bracket it lucky or has advantaged life, some and many are pure bloody grafters. So yes I'm all for tax but I don't think that ever one who pays high tax is just lucky
"If wealth was the inevitable result of hard work and enterprise, every woman in Africa would be a millionaire." George Monbiot
You may have worked hard, as have we. I can't speak for you but it was luck I was born in this country, luck I was born with all my limbs, luck I wasn't born into a family battling addiction, and luck I was born into a family that valued education.
It's luck we were born into a situation where hard work *could* result in success.
I agree that we are lucky to be born or live in this country but that is the same for working and none working people, born with out disability again lucky but between two able bods working hard living Australia the difference can be pure hard work
Intelligence? Motivation to work? Physical prowess? Lack of depression? That sense of humour that gets you over the line during an interview? A winning smile? (They say that something as simple as straight teeth can help at interview! Pure luck to be born with them or into a family that could afford braces).The support of a loving family? Even just being born at the right time, eg during a mining boom.
The fact is that many people work incredibly hard, and never achieve financial success. So it *must* be a combination of things.
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