Can You Spare Any Change?2 February 2011
The man has flipped!
Queensland has had quite horrendous flooding over the last few weeks with houses in some areas totally submerged under water. Many people have died. Large numbers of people have lost all their possessions and their homes. Infrastructure is ruined. And, wonderful to report, the donations have rolled in to help.
Tonight a cyclone is expected to hit Queensland and it will be the worst in living memory (and they have some pretty horrendous cyclones in north Queensland). So these poor people are about to be battered again.
The Government decided to introduce a one-off levy for the tax year 2011-2012 (starts 1st July 2011) where those earning less than $50,000 p.a. pay nothing, and a sliding scale from there. $55,000 p.a. is 48c a week, $100,000 is $4.81 p.w. up to a maximum annual salary of $300,000 when you will pay $43.27 p.w. The money will be used for the massive infrastructure bills.
The leader of the Opposition, one Tony Abbott MP, has today urged party supporters to contribute to a fighting fund, so that the Liberal Party can stop this levy. They’re asking people to give money so that they can stop us giving money.
May I suggest that if you have any spare change, you put it in a collection box to help Queenslanders NOT give it to Tony Abbott to score party political points on the back of people’s misery.