In the table below I have compiled a short list of questions of fairness, reflecting our society. What do you think ?
|Is it “fair”?|
|Is it fair for Labour to now reject budget savings of some $5b that it proposed when it was in government?|
|Is it fair for the senate to reject withdrawing a tax cut that was introduced to compensate households for the impact of the carbon tax now that tax has been abolished?|
|Is it fair to run on going budget deficits funded by borrowing and thereby putting the burden on future generations?|
|Is it fair for politicians to make promises to the electorate that they later abandon when in office?|
|Is it fair that only the top 20% of earners pay more taxes than they receive in payments from the government?|
|Is it fair to have penalty rates which prevent employers hiring available workers?|
|Is it fair to have any welfare payments that are not means tested?|
|Is it fair to have lower paid workers through their taxes subsidise asset rich part pensioners?|
|Is it fair that superannuants do not pay tax on their income or earnings?|
My guess is that all of us will think of some as fair and some not. But that is the point. "Fairness" is in the eyes of the beholder.