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Letters to the Editor

From time to time, a commentary on the world will bubble up inside of me to the extent that I'm forced to write a letter to my local, metropolitan, daily newspaper, The Age. This is where I blow of some steam. Feel like venting too? Add your own comment or visit my homepage.

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Tax Cuts Not The Only Way

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.



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