Over the five years I’ve lived here, I’ve realised that there are multiple Australias; there’s a metropolitan privileged Australia inhabited by the politico/media class, there’s the sprawling suburban Australia with its waddling obese sugar and carb addicts, a country/farming/resources Australia physically and culturally remote from 90% of the other Australias (ironic, as they are the most productive) and, of course, there’s the human living museum/zoo of remote Aboriginal communities, incapable of sustaining themselves but also unable to lift themselves off welfare dependence while their children die at the same rate as in Zambia.
These multiple Australias can be distilled down further to just two; those who are immune to the consequences of their actions and the rest of us.
Scan through the linked news article and weep silently at the multiple indicators that you and I are not living in the same country as these looters.
Good to know Clive, you morbidly obese oxygen thief. In a functioning economy, privately owned companies which make poor decisions and find themselves insolvent go out of business, making room for better, more efficient companies. That’s how capitalism works, or at least it did until 2008 when the world decided that 200 million murdered people wasn’t a big enough clue that Socialism is bollocks.
Cretaceous Clive’s chutzpah continues though; not content with allegedly using his company as an ATM to fund his political campaign, he now wants us to refill the damn thing, like some spotty junior bank clerks on the morning shift. Be grateful that we don’t have to wipe the previous evening’s vomit of the keypad, at least.
Let’s just ponder that for a moment;
1. Clive mismanaged the company to the point of destruction and allegedly illegally took money out of it for personal use.
2. He now demands taxpayers bail him out.
3. If he doesn’t get it, the taxpayer will have to pay the wages/redundancy bill anyway.
4. This is an election year and Turnbull’s not looking so good in the polls. Perhaps the support of an independent is a price he’s prepared to make us pay for him to remain in office.
Clearly Clive believes he lives in the Compensation/Entitlement Australia.
Other people who live in that Australia include taxi drivers in South Australia who just got handed several tens of thousands of dollars each to help them cope with the fact that their business model of speculating on ownership of a government-regulated taxi “plate” has been broken by Uber.
Also, workers at Holden and Ford factories who manufacture cars that none of us want to buy have been receiving millions of dollars of our cash in compensation for years and, when the last shite car has rolled out of the factory, no doubt they’ll have a load more coming their way to help them all retrain to become web developers, aromatherapists and pet groomers.
In the other Australia, the rest of us have to live with the consequences of our actions and decisions without the comfort of a taxpayer funded compensation bank account.
But, given that we have such a high turnout at elections where we vote for the people who make these decisions to spunk our cash on the fickle, corrupt and just plain stupid, it’s unsurprising that the politicians believe that we agree with their actions.
What’s that you say, “compulsory voting“? Maybe it’s time you started drawing a cock on the voting slip from now on with the words “none of the above, thanks“.