Bread for circuses 30/4/2005
Melbourne has the MCG, Telstra Dome, Melbourne Stadium, Laver Arena and Olympic Park (the last done up a few years ago at a cost of millions to taxpayers so a few thousand fans could watch Melbourne Storm rugby league games).
So the festering Bracks Government, justifiably under fire for taking the Feds GST money while retaining its own myriad state taxes, has announced it will build a $100m stadium — seating a miserly 20,000 spectators — for league and soccer games.
Fantastic! a $100m facility to house Greek v Macedonian riots. A great asset for the people of say, Ballarat, Geelong, Mildura and Warrnambool.
Reckon it might be a big thankayou for all those ethnic branch stacks over the years?
Of course, much of the funding for this monument to rotten government will come from the newly increased tax on poker machines. And who’ll pay for that? Oh, just the poor suckers in the underclass suburbs and regions who are addicted to the infernal thieving contraptions. You know, the people who when they had jobs were working class and voted Labor. They still vote Labor but you can bet your boots they won’t have the readies to attend league and soccer matches in Bracks Stadium.
I guess with an emerging dumbed-down generation, courtesy of modern Labor education policies, it’s a stretch to expect the majority of Victorians to imagine life without so many unnecessary government handouts and promises.
We can only hope a few with powers of persuasion can convince their contempories that anyone can do a lot more with money in their own pockets instead of giving it unnecessarily to self-serving arseholes in government.
Failing that realisation, one can only hope that Federal Treasurer Costello — well and truly pissed off at Howard’s announcement he’s not stepping down — will vent his spleen on Premier Tax and turn off the GST tap until unnecessary state taxes are removed.