Queensland Unions will continue to make comment about ensuring a fair and equitable society in Australia - especially around the issue of taxation and provision of public services like health and education.
QCU General Secretary Ros McLennan submitted this letter to the editor in response to comments from federal Treasurer Scott Morrison, and it was published in The Courier-Mail on 26 August 2016.
It was with great interest that I read that LNP Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison wants to target those in Australia “too accustomed” to government help (Morrison warns of debt disaster, The Courier-Mail, p10, 25 August 2016).
Mr Morrison believes there are too many who are net beneficiaries of the government than contributors - Australians never paying more tax than they receive in government payments.
He is right that there are some in our society who continue to avoid paying their fair share of tax and perhaps now is the best time to work together to make our system a little fairer.
With this in mind, I look forward to Mr Morrison's plans as to how to recoup the billions of dollars lost each year from the hundreds of major corporations and large private companies who pay no tax through profit shifting and other creative accounting methods.
I also look forward to Mr Morrison announcing the shelving of plans for the LNP's proposed $50 billion handout to business.
When he considers how to balance the budget books he should on his own privileged upbringing with free taxpayer funded education and universal healthcare rather than attacking the living standards and safety net of the next generation of Australian citizens.
Queensland Council of Unions
Here's how it appeared in The Courier-Mail: