No, I don’t want. I don’t care if Julia says that it will be less than $1 per week, and only for 60% of citizens. I don’t believe her. It may be true, now, right now, but it won’t always be.
My experience of politicians issuing a ‘once-off’ tax, is that once in the previously unsupported becomes the expected. The rule of normalization. I don’t mean the statistical organisation of figures but the theory that once a appening occurs, and is accepted as having happened, it leads to the expectation that it may happen again. Society is sensitised to the possibility and from this sensitisation, comes expectation that it will.
We all recognise disasters of this level are rare. But by looking for out of the ordinary sources of income to fund them, even just this once, we are validating the availability of that potential source of income in the future, even under different scenarios.
(The following is not relevant at all to disaster scenarios but is mentioned to merely give you an idea of the process).
Remember Australia’s free tertiary education? Remember the ‘once off’ fee introduced to help fund university administration costs? Yeah, me too. My kids probably won’t go to tertiary level, in spite of their intelligence, because we simply can’t afford it.
Helping out the flood victims? Yes, so much yes. It being a dictated act, with lack of choice? No.
(And before anybody starts sending me nasty responses, I’ll have you know that I donated pretty much all of my last week’s salary to the Queensland Flood Appeal. Does this mean that prior donors get slugged twice? In short, are people going to be financially punished for genuine altruistic responses?)