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    Quote Originally Posted by Elijahs Mum View Post
    I really know nothing about our universities and found it interesting how the treasurer was saying they are not world class or have a good reputation worldwide? Is that true? And if so what's wrong with them?
    He just said that Australia should have more universities in the top 100 in the world but I fail to see how deregulating university fees will achieve that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by crankyoldcow View Post
    Actually the no newstart for 6 months gets even better. After you have been on it for 6 months, you then need to be off it for 6 months before claiming another 6 months.

    I hope there is funding for homeless shelters somewhere.
    Now that really has brought me to tears. Watch the suicide rate spike, just like in USA where all these poor kids can't pay off their student loans and can't get work and even filing for bankruptcy doesn't cancel the debt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by delirium View Post
    So the poorest should be taken to breaking point while the rich keep getting richer? Good lord.
    The less advantaged relying on government payments perhaps need to work at making their situation better so they can earn more money. No one should be relying on the government to pay them for the rest of their lives. My dh worked and studied darn hard to get into the line of work that paid the big bucks and made sacrifices for our family along the way, he should not be penalised for it continuously, the reason people work in high paying positions is to be in a better financial position but unfortunately the ridiculasly high tax you pay means it isn't the case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kimberleygal1 View Post
    The less advantaged relying on government payments perhaps need to work at making their situation better so they can earn more money. No one should be relying on the government to pay them for the rest of their lives. My dh worked and studied darn hard to get into the line of work that paid the big bucks and made sacrifices for our family along the way, he should not be penalised for it continuously, the reason people work in high paying positions is to be in a better financial position but unfortunately the ridiculasly high tax you pay means it isn't the case.
    Perhaps every job should be paying over 100k a year then. We wouldn't have low paying jobs if that was the case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NoteToSelf View Post
    No Newstart for 6 months?!?!? So you lose your job and....live on what exactly?!?!?! This astounds me
    I'm torn about this. I think that getting nothing for 6 months is rough, and agree with you because my mind BOGGLES at what people will live on and be reduced to in order to survive. But part of me thinks that unemployment benefits need to be harder to access to get more people back into the workforce before they become part of the "long term unemployed".
    I don't have a better solution or even an alternative though - I wish I did!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kimberleygal1 View Post
    The less advantaged relying on government payments perhaps need to work at making their situation better so they can earn more money. No one should be relying on the government to pay them for the rest of their lives. My dh worked and studied darn hard to get into the line of work that paid the big bucks and made sacrifices for our family along the way, he should not be penalised for it continuously, the reason people work in high paying positions is to be in a better financial position but unfortunately the ridiculasly high tax you pay means it isn't the case.
    That's what most people are trying to do by attempting to go to uni!

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    Quote Originally Posted by crankyoldcow View Post
    No, an individual on $150k does not pay 40% of their salary in tax. Our taxation is a tiered system and all residents are entitled to the tax free threshhold. Those on 150k are paying 37 cents on the dollar on income over $80k.
    I should know, my dh did it long enough. I will happily show you his income tax assessment. He was paying 37% tax on every pay!

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    Question (may be silly but I'm not sure how it works in this country).
    1. When is the next election?
    2. If (when) tony is ousted at next election what happens with the budget?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kimberleygal1 View Post
    The less advantaged relying on government payments perhaps need to work at making their situation better so they can earn more money. No one should be relying on the government to pay them for the rest of their lives. My dh worked and studied darn hard to get into the line of work that paid the big bucks and made sacrifices for our family along the way, he should not be penalised for it continuously, the reason people work in high paying positions is to be in a better financial position but unfortunately the ridiculasly high tax you pay means it isn't the case.
    Who said it's for the rest of people's lives. I just want to finish my primary teaching degree. I'm not a dole bludger, nor is my husband.

    I find it interesting you are happy now to claim handouts yourself now your income has dropped after going on about people standing on their own two feet and looking after their kids. Wait you say... it's not forever? Nope, nor is it for us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kimberleygal1 View Post
    I should know, my dh did it long enough. I will happily show you his income tax assessment. He was paying 37% tax on every pay!
    Well then he would've got a refund at tax time.

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