I know I have been away from blogging for a long time but I will talk more about that in the future, no drama just been flat out busy.
Last night the Australian Federal Government handed down a budget. I have been reading s lot of articles particularly about us childless taxpayers and that we didn't and never get anything in the budget's. generally most comments are self serving and don't achieve much and there is never going to be a way to make everyone happy.
For me, I don't expect anything. Yes I come from a double income couple although one of us is trying to get a small business off the ground and we did I guess receive a small tax break.
However I do understand people's frustrations at the money that gets dished out to families. Not entirely, I am happy that money goes to education, hospitals, research etc. I also understand that it is the children who will keep the country moving into the future.
There are good and bad in everything. Yes over the years there have been plenty of areas I have disagreed with. I never supported baby bonuses which basically paid people to have children. However I did support a level of paid parental leave to a point.
I am undecided about subsidised child care and am yet to form an opinion. I do think we sometimes fork out too much money for people to have children but I do want to support their education. Maybe the answer is to cap payments to families not just based on income but also limit government payments to only the first two children. I don't think it's fair for taxpayers to pay for someone who has large numbers of children to be paid welfare.
I also see that it is now we have huge gaps in the employment market, either from jobs that Australian's don't want to do or we don't have enough qualified people to do them. I would like to see funds put into attracting skilled migrants to this country. That may have people up in arms but I see it as a key area. I see regional towns suffering because for example they have a meatworks but can't get anyone to work them. We have a shortage of doctors and other professionals. So encourage skilled migration through both funding and where possible and safe don't make it so hard to transfer qualifications internationally.
I think some Australian's do have a sense of entitlement but unfortunately until the government trully makes welfare a safety net and starts to change community perceptions it will not change. We do have an employment system that makes it very easy to just do nothing. Just speak to those who work in the industry and you will hear how easy it is to avoid work and avoid the requirements such as Work for the Dole etc.
I believe politics plays a large part in this. Our political system makes it very hard for our leaders to do what is right simply because in Australia there is a three years term. So once a party gets into power and they start implementing the policies they campaigned on, you are in your second year and starting to think about the next election. There isn't a lot of time to make hard decisions without the thought of will this cost us the next election in the forefront.
There are lots of points that I could raise but in the end I think we need political and societal change to really make this country prosper and to be honest I'm not sure it will happen. I would like to think that we can all stop only thinking of ourselves and start to think of the bigger picture.