By Liam McLoughlin 13/05/15
Can you feel that electric post-budget excitement? The birds are singing, the bees are buzzing, and the poor are once more completely fucked over by this government. Sources close to Abbott and Hockey say this year’s budget was again inspired by Tim Minchin’s anthem “Fuck the Poor”. Apparently they are huge fans of his work, but only if taken at face value.
The latest budget from this clown posse cuts aid to Sub-Saharan Africa by 70%. Programs such as the one which helps 750,000 people, mostly women and children, with things like clean water and sanitation, will disappear. But Australian small businesses have a tax break!
Aid to Burma has been cut by 40%. But the fringe benefits tax on mobile devices is gone!
Assistance money for rebuilding Afghanistan has been cut in in half. Yep, that’s the same Afghanistan we invaded and destroyed over the last decade. We’re not good for anything that will actually help that country, but if they’re keen for a good bombing, they should give us a call!
Australia’s aid contributions to Indonesia have been cut by 40%. Why help educate the young children of our neighbours when instead we can teach the Indonesian government a lesson about enforcing their own laws, AND get some sweet new patrol boats while we're at it?!
Since coming to office the government has cut $11.3 billion from the foreign aid budget. But just you wait for those submarines, what a pay off!
This development has some commentators worried Minchin’s songs “I love Jesus”, “Prejudice”, “I’m in a Cage” and “Ten Foot Cock and a Few Hundred Virgins” are also having undue influence over government policy.