Saturday March 31 2018
I had fully intended to write about this delicate subject when all of a sudden things seemed to gather pace and no balls seemed to be flying everywhere. Late polished swingers, I’m told. In fact as a pensioner contemplating one’s final years I felt obligated to.
Things like the cost of one’s death become paramount when we face our final curtain. Funerals don’t come cheap. At the risk of sounding morbid, the cost of the bloody thing can put you in the grave sooner rather than later.
So when, as they have for many years, the government puts in $1300 to help out, you have to feel grateful. God bless ’em. Then when you find out that this meagre gift towards ones departure, after many years of toil towards taxes, is to be taken from us to lessen the government’s surplus, one cannot help but think, at such an inappropriate time, about the politics.
Then low and behold, as if by government decree there it was in the comments section of my recent post: “Can you please help me?”
Terry2 had written it for me: “A story about the queen of cringe and the death of the Funeral Expenses Allowance” …
“The big concern I have at the moment is the way the likes of One Nation with no intellectual substance can be so easily manipulated by the coalition government to do things that are patently stupid.
Crikey reports that on Monday night in the Senate, One Nation supported the government’s welfare crackdown bill, the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Welfare Reform) Bill 2017, which would among other measures have cut access to (and the level of) bereavement payments to people who had lost a spouse : the $1,300 payment was part of a government package of cuts meant for low-income households to assist in funeral costs. A budget saving of a whopping $1 million.
The vote in the Senate was 30/30 as two One Nation Senators failed to turn up. Cormann then called for another vote as the two Senators (Burston & Georgiou) had since entered the Senate. Clearly they had no idea what was going down, as they adopted the One Nation default position and voted with the government carrying the vote 32/30.
When Hanson realized what she and her One Nation numpties had done by assisting Michaelia Cash in getting this nasty piece of legislation through, effectively restricting access to this bereavement payment, she then pretended that she had sought to exclude the bereavement payment from the legislation.
So, after assisting the government to get this through the Senate she then told journalists that she had tried to “save” the bereavement payment after helping the government to get it through.
One Nation in extreme confusion then ran out a smoke screen and tried to blame Labor for trying to kill off the bereavement allowance even though Labor had argued and voted against it. Malcolm Roberts – remember him – who now works for Hanson actually tweeted that Labor were going to vote to kill off this bereavement allowance.
Hanson has since gone into damage control and told journalists that she is working with the government to retain this bereavement payment even though the legislation has already been passed with the help of One Nation.
Now it seems that they are going to vote with the government to reduce company tax for major corporations !!!
These people give me a headache!”
My thought for the day
“The knowledge that the one and only life we are living is but short should make it all the more precious.”
PS: Have you ever known a government as miserable as this? I have decided on a green funeral. That should lower the cost.
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