By Situation Theatre 24/08/2015
There is remarkable news out of Canberra this morning as the Prime Minister embarks on his one week Contiki tour of Indigenous communities. Last December the man most qualified to speak on behalf of Aboriginal people, Twiggy Forrest, proposed a cashless welfare card to help powerful people gain more control over the lives of oppressed people. While universally condemned as a terrible idea, number one fan of terrible ideas Tony Abbott has endorsed the plan, but this move has radically backfired on the PM.
The head of the government, the Australian people, know a misdirected good idea when they see one. Starting today, all federal spending will be made via a welfare card, ensuring 80% of purchases are for the public good.
While 20% can still be spend on goodies like helicopter flights, tax cuts for the rich, fossil fuel subsidies and submarines, this will be a massive reduction in the government's addiction to harmful spending.
The public is buzzing at the prospect of exerting greater control over the toxic habits of our leaders.