Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Wages of Sin Keep Draining; It's Okay to Crack Down on Welfare Recipients, but What about Everyone Else

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Wages of Sin Keep Draining; It's Okay to Crack Down on Welfare Recipients, but What about Everyone Else

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LIFE AS I KNOW IT

LESLEY APPS

TALKING personal income isn't really kosher, or in Pauline Hanson's case, halal, but given the vast differences in some people's extraordinary earnings and perks I can understand why many are reluctant to hint at such details in mixed company.

Here in the Clarence we have the full gamut of occupations but are more notably fluent in low-earning languages than the high-end you could hazard a guess.

From welfare recipients and exploited low-earning fields, to professional and executive salaries -- and a few thousand shades in between. It's extraordinary how the lowest-paid can function at all while those into six figures must live like royalty in a place like Grafton.

There's nothing wrong with this if a person's skills and output is relative to the number of dollars they earn but I can't tell you the number of times stories about highly paid folk, from all over Australia, who, let's face it, are doing stuff, all in the grand scheme of things.

It's like there's some kind of special club out there for that category of salary earner, a place where it's not what you actually do, it's what you appear to be doing.

Sometimes this illusion take weeks, months, years before any tangible evidence of talent or acumen is revealed. Quite often, it's never forthcoming. Even when the latter is the case, they often receive a pat/push on the back and are paid an extraordinary amount to be relieved of their so-called duties. Gaaarrrrrrhhhh.

As far as the bottomless pit that the public purse still appears to be despite talk of debt, debt, debt, it's not hard to imagine the unemployment rate would massively spike if government processes and departments and their affiliated corporations were audited with the same axe some private companies have had to endure.

There's no question the government's internal systems are propped up in gobsmacking defiance of everything else around it. …

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