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Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp on Tuesday 18 February. http://sharonfirebrace.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/18-2-14-john-passant-aust-national-university-g20-meeting-age-of-enttilement-engineers-attack-of-austerity-hardship-on-civilians.mp3 (0)

My interview Razor Sharp 11 February 2014
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No rest or pension for the weary

Australia would be better off if workers would die sooner. That seems to be the consensus of the country’s elite, writes Kim Doyle in Red Flag. But two reports released in November concluded that, given that older Australians can’t simply be killed off, the solution to the “problem” of increased life expectancy is for most of us to work harder and longer.

The Productivity Commission and Grattan Institute reports each recommended lifting to 70 the age at which people can access the age pension and expanding the GST to include fresh food, health and education. They also propose to force pensioners to mortgage or hand over the equity in their homes to help cover aged care costs.

The Productivity Commission predicts that lifting the eligibility age of the pension will allow the government to pocket $150 billion over 50 years and increase the workforce participation rate of older workers from 3 percent to 10 percent.

In early November, the Coalition axed government contributions to the superannuation funds of workers earning less than $37,000 a year.

At the same time, it announced it was scrapping a proposed tax on the funds of superannuants earning more than $100,000 a year from their funds. The Treasury’s own figures show that, in 2012-13, just under a third of the value of all available tax concessions went to the top 10 percent of superannuation holders.

Both the Productivity Commission and Grattan Institute reports cite increased expenditure on health and the age pension as the main pressure on the budget. The Grattan Institute report claims to have examined all “realistic reforms” that would contribute $2 billion a year or more to the federal budget.

What about abolishing subsidies to the wealthiest 10 percent of superannuants? Ditching these handouts would save $15 billion a year. Removing tax loopholes like negative gearing would save billions more.

What’s more, absent from most commentary is any acknowledgement that rich people live longer than workers. A Sydney University study, “Death, Dollars and Degrees”, in 2011 showed that the richest 20 percent of the population live on average six years longer than the poorest 20 percent.

Criticising a similar proposal in the US, Nobel laureate Paul Krugman wrote in the New York Times: “[Y]ou’re going to tell janitors to work until they’re 70 because lawyers are living longer than ever.”

– See more at: http://redflag.org.au/article/no-rest-or-pension-weary#sthash.94ppNBwY.dpuf

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Comment from Lorikeet
Time December 12, 2013 at 4:21 pm

Once money hungry bankers take over every possible government service, asset and utility, they will hammer the government will bring in Euthanasia to get rid of the poor and the destitute, once all of their money is gone.

Unemployment and underemployment are both huge drains on the government’s budget. Job creation and an end to Free Trade Agreements would soon have the coffers refilled.

Comment from Lorikeet
Time December 12, 2013 at 4:42 pm

The government would be spending less money on Health if it means tested the Medicare Rebate and stopped bulk billing clinics from undercharging those who can afford to pay.

This would also help to stop smaller medical practices from going to the wall. I’m sure bulk billing in the corporate sector will cease AFTER they have kneecapped ordinary Australian medical and dental practitioners and those working in allied fields. After that we can expect to be robbed blind while they continue to build their empires throughout the world, using OUR superannuation contributions.

Money could be saved on Health if the government retained a reasonable cap on the Private Health Insurance Rebate.

Now that there are workers everywhere complaining about the loss of jobs and various other workplace aggravations, I have just one thing to saY:

“Don’t come complaining to me if you have voted for Labor/Greens or Liberals, especially if I had already given you the lowdown on what they were like BEFORE you voted for them AGAIN!”

Comment from Ross
Time December 12, 2013 at 9:39 pm

John we just need a turnover tax on all businesses. In discussion with a Prof of taxation he said the whole system is slanted towards a few elites and the whole tax act needs scrapping.

A 1 -2% turnover tax will get everyone because there will be no deductions. Businesses with small margins just add this to their costs.eg Real Estates charge 7% for managing properities. This would increase to 9% .

Give tax the KISS principle and we all benefit.

Comment from John Richardson
Time December 16, 2013 at 5:14 pm

Hi John.
Why is no-one in this country talking about introducing a “Robin Hood Tax” …. all the more-so if our politicians are unwilling to abolish all the crooked subsidies & rorts being paid for by the working class …. http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/salman-shaheen/financial-transaction-tax-britain_b_4426984.html?utm_hp_ref=tw
?