Caro’s Flotsam and Jetsam: who cares about the budget edition

Yes, the Age of Entitlement is over, and yes, this is the Budget We Had to Have, but by god, isn't there anything else to talk about?

Jane Caro

Novelist, author and social commentator

Phew! I wrote this article the day before the budget was announced, which means I don’t have to talk about it to the exclusion of everything else. This is partly because by the time you read this, we’ll all know what’s in it but it’s also because, even though it’s not out yet, I am bored sobless by it already. I won’t ignore the (cue terrifying reverb) “End of the Age of Entitlement, Share the Pain Budget” (*unless you are rich, *unless you send your kids to a fee-charging school, *unless you are a church, *unless you are a mining company, *unless you are a large-scale polluter, *unless you have generous superannuation, *unless you have negatively geared investment properties, *unless you invest in fully franked shares, *feel free to add your own exemptions) because it’s impossible, but do not abandon hope (about this column, anyway): there will be lots of budget-free content.

To get the gloomy budget stuff out of the way; I liked these two pre-budget articles particularly. And look, in keeping with the current obsession with “balance”, one Ross Gittins is having a go at Labor at this one in the Fairfax press, and in this one Peter Martin is having a go at the Libs, also in Fairfax press.

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One thought on “Caro’s Flotsam and Jetsam: who cares about the budget edition

  1. Kevin_T

    “Which inevitably brings me back to Australia’s version of an austerity budget. Is Dennis Curran giving us a window into our own future?”

    If you are under 30, lose your job, and don’t have the opportunity to live with your parents, then, yes, a foodbank will probably feel like a godsend in the not too distant future. If, after 6 months, when you “qualify” for the dole/Newstart, you also have to have a permanent residence to get it, then your chances of getting out of poverty will be about stuffed.

    Still Australia’s poor apparently deserve this because Labor didn’t allow us to have the recession we had to have, and supposedly destroyed our economy by keeping a decent proportion of people employed who would have otherwise lost their jobs and so much more.

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