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June 18, 2024

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For Treasurer Jim Chalmers to say that it was ‘simpler’ to just give everyone the energy rebate of $75 per quarter is stupid but honest (yes Jim, very simple!). But to say the ATO does not have the ability to means test taxpayers is a lie. The ATO knows very well everyone’s: bank balance, interest earned, employment income, dividends earned on share portfolios, income from rental properties and foreign income. We know this because we see these amounts of income appear automatically in our tax returns.

I will be returning each $75 paid by the ATO back to them, as I do not need it. I ask everyone to ask themselves the same, and also repay each $75 as a clear message to the treasurer that he got this payment of taxpayers’ money completely wrong.

Robert Heard, Ocean Shores

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  1. I think if you listened again, or properly the 1st time round, you will find that he said it was the electricity providers who do not have the ability to means test consumers. Happy to help

    • Yes it was N.See. It’s also been explained that if you apply criteria beyond a government pension/allowance the administrative load involved is worth more that $300 per person!

      You may feel no need for cossie liv (COL) assistance; you are free (as is anyone) to return your $75 per quarter to the Government. I reckon there are many, not on any other income support, who may be grateful for the help.

      Really, if this is the main beef that can be raised about the budget, then I reckon Dr “Bimbo” Jimbo PhD (political science and international relations) has done a good job! In fact the juggling of anti inflationary measures with targeted COL relief has met with general acclaim from a wide range of respected economists.

      Who in the Echo thought up that demeaning little label for your letter?

  2. Robert didnt you read or pay attention to what the $300 rebate is about, it doesn’t go to you it’s taken off your bill. If you follow through then every quarter you can pay the government back which I doubt you will do. Maybe less listening to shock jocks and the Murdoch press would be enlightening.

  3. Gina, Clive, Twiggy, Dick, Mike, all very grateful for the much needed help for them paying their energy bills.

    Since when does the government just hand out money / $300 willy nilly to people that have zero need for it.
    This NOT responsible economic management. We have means testing to be eligible to receive government payments, to protect $’staxpayer.
    No wonder government debt is headed for $’s1trillions, $300 free for all payments isn’t helping.

    • Deary me Joachim, please read N See and my reply above. Yes there is means testing for government payments and concessions but there is generally more at stake than 300 bucks for all the administration.

      The likes of Gina, Twiggy etc and their ilk don’t make up the bulk of the population. Where would you make the cut-off? Besides income – or would you include assets as well? – for means testing, is generally not decided until you receive your tax assessment. Should everyone experiencing a financial tight spot ( job loss, illness etc) have to wait until that time in the cycle to receive energy bill relief? Come on think about it – you’re just looking for any possible excuse to bag Labor. Then tomorrow you’ll write passionately and accusingly about how tough everyone’s doing it!

      It’s also a device to get inflation down by half a percentage point – win, win – but that gets a little complex for many.

      What about your mate who wants to give a subsidised house to any first home buyer who shows up – sans means testing?

      • Lizardbreath, c’mon, you can’t be serious, trying to justify the obvious wasting of $’staxpayer.
        There is no excuse for it, If it was LibNat doing this, you and old matey Keithy would quite rightly be screaming your uproar in these very fine pages of The Echo.
        But the ALP somehow must always get the free pass on affairs.
        The model of energy bill relief from 2023, that is the way to help people and to protect $’staxpayer at the same time.

        • Oh dear the old mate Joachim is at it again, I really hate to say this but I suspect you are at least smart enough to realize that when the Labor Govt gives the money for bill relief directly to the energy providers, those providers do NOT have the means to means test who gets it and who doesn’t. But as usual you do not let common sense and facts get in the way of a good Greenspinning anti-Labor rant. You are not fooling anyone around here old son with your mischievous nonsense, least of all the voting public.

          • So Keith, how is what I wrote “the model of energy bill relief from 2023, that is the way to help people and to protect $’staxpayer at the same time”, all wrong?
            It was good policy, but this $’shelicoptyer cash second iteration just shows that the ALP is no better than the LibNat when it comes to vote buying.

          • I don’t recall you lauding the government on the 2023 energy bill relief – not at the time.

            I reckon it had at least as many problems in getting exclusively to where it was most needed than this iteration. No nation wide system will be perfect.

            But I forget, unless you Greens can get perfection you’d rather not do anything. You’d rather nobody got the money if Gina’s going to get it right? Then you’d carp on about how people can’t feed themselves.

        • Just read the explanations again REALLY slowly and let it sink in. Then address those points specifically rather than just repeating yourself.

          Stop to think that under the ‘23 scheme, some people who got relief – eg part pensioners, CSHCC holders – were probably way less in need of it than many who missed out. Policy across a population of nearly 27 mil isn’t that straightforward and won’t be perfect.

          Then – ask your friend Max CM why he doesn’t want to means test his housing policy.


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