Instead of more largesse for our wealthiest 3%, let's re-issue Brendan Nelson's posters with "contributing to the common weal" added as a fair dinkum Aussie value. Then we could issue medals each year to our best taxpayers: Taxpayer of the Year (separate wage-earner and property speculator categories), Young Taxpayer of the Year (for beneficiaries of Family Trusts) and Most Improved Taxpayer (for coming clean about off-shore activities). Additionally, we'd have the Rural Resilience Award (for least government hand-outs).
Surely recognition and naming rights for a bridge, hospital ward or school oval would encourage taxpayers more than simple greed. Besides, it would be nice to see people from outside of Toorak with their names on civic institutions for a change.