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In amongst all the numbers and percentages in Tony Shepherds report for The Menzies Research Centre, the one standout, staggering stat, the only thing we really need to know is this: More than 50% of Australians pay no net tax.
That is, whatever tax they do pay, is eclipsed by what they receive in benefits. In all the blather about sustainability in recent years, this is the standout and if doesn’t make Australians wake in fright then all hope is lost. With the government on a one seat knife edge and Labor ramping up and fine tuning their harum scarum robo calls and more concerned with identity politics, there’ll be no getting the toothpaste back in the tube any time soon.