It is correct that drugs is a waste of money for the country. It takes money into an illegal ******, so gets untaxed, it costs a lot of police and health services.
So it needs to be attended to.
Whether cutting welfare is the solution to this issue is the question here?
If anyone believe that it would solve or partially solve the issue has never met someone addicted to drugs.
If this government was really interested in saving money it would look at tax invasion by big business. The lost revenue in that area is abysmal.
Apple for instance has paid less than 1% of taxes on their profit made in Australia. That's $8B of revenue lost. $8B.
Let's focus on the real tax/welfare abusers of this country.
Last edited by ExcuseMyFrench; 02-06-2014 at 09:40.
I don't have an issue with it IF they are using it as a way to assist drug users to get the help they need.
The dole is barely enough for people to afford the basics so buying drugs would, most likely, mean they're giving up those basic necessities which can't be good.
I just heard on the radio news, they won't be going ahead with it.
Not because its unfair, but because they don't see enough cost savings in it - they're basically trying to definitely save money and this was floated as an idea, but rejected.
So watch this space, there will obviously be other ideas to cut it.
Which brings me to this question. What would you do to save money on welfare?
Whilst I agree there is no debt crisis, I do think there should be ways of helping long term unemployed people (without disabilities) have less reliance on welfare for all of their lives. But I have no idea what that is.
no @VicPark I'm sure you wouldn't be happy to know that I am only paying .05% of income tax on my $180k salary?
Same goes for businesses... Why would it be ok for a business generating $27B of revenue in Australia to not pay any tax?
It is tax evasion and we should fight it. Actually I'm very glad that the ATO thinks differently from you VP and are investigating such frauds
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