Re: ‘Something is out of whack here’, The Weekend Sun, January 4, 2019. Well, I totally agree with A Bourne of Bethlehem.
Yes I certainly remember the days – late-1960s and 1970s when rents were cheap – at $4 to $6 per week! Mothers stayed home to mind the kids and life was truly sweet when the then-Government offered young families the ‘right to cash in their family benefit. Wow wee – this gave them a deposit to buy a section and build a house! What a true prize.
And my husband, a teacher, was able to take the family away in the Christmas holidays to stay at a motel for two weeks and often hire a bach up at Cooks Beach for another 2 weeks.
So what has happened? This is what I know, power bills are horrific and we can’t use wood-fired barbecues, rents are honestly disgusting, public schools have fees, and private schools receive Government support as well? This was not so in the 1950s.
How do we correct the system? The whole country must stand up and object to directors’ salaries – they don't need – as they already earn great money. Cut, cut and I repeat cut!
Legal fees - You Know we have triple the lawyers per capita than Japan… mmmm...
Clean up housing for the lower-income families – halve their rents – and reinstate no medical charges for families – nothing was charged 1950-1970s.
It really is time to practise Robin Hood tactics.Tax the higher-income earners and don’t let them off the hook. They will just have to resort to one car and fewer holidays!
A Wicksteed, Bellevue.