SHORTEN’S DEFICIT SOLUTION UP IN SMOKE!
Four-time Walkley Award winning political commentator and Churchill Fellow, has returned to the fray over concern that the integrity of news dissemination is continually being threatened by a partisan media.
Most people, including Bill Shorten, will claim that smoking causes cancer and if we can stop people smoking the health bill will diminish and people will live longer. Um... if they live longer the health bill will increase! It’s the aged who are responsible for the health bill blowout, so why not save a fortune and allow them to die sooner?... Give us poor old buggers free tobacco!
$55 in taxes for a packet of Drum that holds about 25 cents worth of tobacco and Shorten wants the tax component closer to $155. The trouble is now that smokers have been reduced to a mere 20 per cent of the population there has been an 80 per cent paralleled increase in diabetes and chronic obesity... far more expensive conditions to treat than anything “tobacco related”.
But it gets better, the union thug with the wandering willy suggests his grand tobacco plan will raise $4 billion per annum, (or as he says, $40 billion over 10 years) ah, that sounds better Bill. Whatever way he frames it, it is just another tax grab.
The most cynical part of this Shorten brain fart is that fewer and fewer smokers will be able to reach for an occasional fag. But all’s not lost! The ever increasing tax on tobacco might just make up for those who had to give it up to pay for food. So the tax gain stays the same.
The truth is that whatever is gained in tax will be lost with even fewer smokers. But Shorten is not known for lateral thinking and whoever pulled that $40 billion out of thin air is someone who actually believes smoking causes blindness, frostbitten toes, gangrenous limbs and deaths from bungee jumping.
Whatever Bill comes up with you can be certain it’s some kind of tax.