Perhaps, Julia Gillard should have said that her overriding promise was to do something about Climate Change, so you could ignore anything else she said. Although that’s not exactly what the Liberals are doing. They seem to be saying that, while getting the Budget back “in order” is their main promise, none of the others were broken, because only Labor charges taxes and nothing’s being “cut”, organizations are just having their funding reduced or taken away. And anyway, the Commonwealth has nothing to do with schools or hospitals.
But there’s been enough ink about broken promises. In fact, it’s starting to concern me that people are so worried about what they said, that they aren’t spending enough time examining what the Federal Government is actually doing.
For example, perhaps I missed it, but I understand that $5 from the co-payment goes to establishing a fund for medical research. But who’s going to be doing the medical research? Is it going to be government organizations? (Hardly, given this government’s belief that private is always better.) Or is it going to multinational drug companies such as Glaxo-Kline? What does Amgen do exactly? Mm, hope there’s no perceived conflict of interest here…
I mean, people can be so picky about things like that. In spite of there being absolutely no hint of corruption, several Liberal ministers in NSW have decided to stand down just because a company – Australian Water Holdings – was in receipt of money from the state, some which appeared to end up being donated to the Liberal Party. The Premier himself stood down, but that was nothing to with donations. It was something to do with alcohol and a faulty memory.
I’m not really across this, so perhaps, a more knowledgeable journalist can do a bit of research into how this fund is going to work. And what safeguards will prevent Labor turning into a “union slush fund”, because – as we all now – that’s what they’re like.
But that’s not the only question. I also read that those under 30 wouldn’t be eligible for the dole after six months. That the government would only support you in the form of subsidies for employers. But what happens if you, for example, take a temporary job for a couple of weeks or months? Does your six months start again after that? Is it part of your six months? Mm, might be simpler just to stay on the dole unless you’ve got an ongoing job.
And if you’ve just left school, or are a new jobseeker do you have to wait six months before being eligible. Will that apply to people who go back to school to re-train? Will they have to wait six months? And, if it does, will it include mature age people like those who are re-trained after losing their job at a car plant?
And if you’re unemployed, but get pregnant in those six months where you’re eligible for the dole, are your eligible for Abbott’s Paid Parental Leave Scheme?
And if I’m an employer who wants this government subsidy for hiring someone who’s been unemployed for six months, what happens if it doesn’t work out? Do I have to pay the money back? Do I have to fill in forms?
For a government that was pledging to remove red tape, life is sure getting complicated.
Ah, and I didn’t even notice how much they’ve set aside for their Direct Action Plan, let alone how much the abolition of the Carbon Tax is going to cost them in the next year. Perhaps there’d be less red tape if they just kept it and there’d be no need for most of these other measures, because – as it was costing us all so much – it must have surely been an enormous revenue raiser.