I'm a bit heart-sick today.
Everybody is talking about the budget.
Me, I will be fine. I am a high income earning medical researcher. I may be a beneficiary of the paid parental leave thing. I don't have kids in school. None of the raised taxes will be anything more crippling than an annoyance and a "golly, that's expensive". I do watch the ABC though...
I am fine because, as the daughter of a struggling single mum, I had the opportunity to go to university, to go and get a good vocational degree where the graduate employment rates were near 100%. I got youth allowance, which was enough to pay the rent on my dilapidated inner-city accommodation. It was bugger-all but it was enough.
Things have become a lot harder since then.
The government implores everybody to do the work, the heavy lifting, to get the budget back in the black.
I think it is grossly unfair to ask the poorest and most vulnerable to do as much, or more heavy lifting, than a big business.
I think it is beyond cruel that under-30's will be made to go without any income for 6 months if they can't get a job. People will lose the roof over their heads. There will be homelessness and despair. How do you expect people to recover from that?
It absolutely defies logic that we are limiting benefits and cutting jobs at the same time. In a world which demands high throughput and good results, we are forcing those about to retire into work until they are 70.
It is sorely ironic that 20 billion is being put into medical research, when it is being made more difficult for the poorest of us to see a doctor to benefit from the wonderful advances in medicine.
We don't need school chaplains. We need properly paid teachers and workable class sizes. What exactly are they playing at? Clowns.
It is alarming that most of the commentary on the budget in the Herald Sun was made by Andrew Bolt. Unfortunately, he influences votes. I wonder whether his readership will be affected, and whether that will cause any dissonance when they read his vitriol.
I want my taxes to go to the poor and vulnerable. I believe in universal health care and access to good and appropriate education for all.
If a society is unequal, we all suffer, one way or the other. There are many countries which demonstrate this.
I am sad for this country. I did not vote for these people. That is all I can say. I hope things change, for the better.