Can Libs sell raising taxes for 90 per cent of workers?

Well, if nothing else, it’s bold. Possibly even brave. But Peter Dutton’s Libs appear to be going to the next election promising tax rises for around 90 per cent of Australian workers.

Going to be fascinating to see how they make that work.

Labor and Anthony Albanese, on the other hand, have to sell that while they have a broken a promise, they have done so in the national interest. Given, the mess they made of the Voice last year, that is no sure thing.

But surely, Dutton’s challenge is the harder one and not just because politicians breaking promises is hardly a new thing.

The Libs have already promised to reverse Labor’s changes to the proposed stage 3 tax cuts. Which means they are going to have to persuade 90 per cent of Australian workers that they should happily give up their new tax cuts so that people already earning more than $200,000 can take home a little more cash each week.

Sure, Labor has dudded somewhere around 1 million Australians with these last-minute changes, but they have just given around 11 million workers more money. In a cost-of-living crisis. That does seem quite significant.

And it’s not like those earning $200,000 a year are not receiving a tax cut. It’s just that it’s been reduced from about $9000 to about $4500 a year.

The sympathy should be in short supply.

I’m sure it’s all a coincidence that those shouting loudest about Labor’s perfidy would all be in that $200,000 plus category.

Labor has been clearly been wrestling with this for a while. Trying to weigh the political damage of the broken promise against the need to inject a little more fairness into the tax system.

Happily it found it had the required backbone.

The world has changed markedly since Scott Morrison announced the plan for stage 3 tax cuts in 2018. . Covid, wars, and inflation have all changed Australia. Many Australians are struggling with day-to-day costs of living. Charities are experiencing record demand. They all report that people, including those in full-time jobs, who have never needed their services are turning up at their door for the first time looking for help.

In this environment, to implement a tax cut that massively favours the 3 per cent of the population that earn more than $200,000 a year is little short of obscene.

Albanese has been hammered in recent times to do more to help middle Australia cope with this cost-of-living crisis. This is his answer.

It’s good to see Labor find its voice again and remember who it is supposed to be represent.

This week’s reading has been a little slow.

Finished Peter Temple’s Truth and moved on to John Le Carre’s Legacy of Spies. I came a bit late to Le Carre. I do remember trying to read Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy quite a few years’ back but not making it to page 50. It all seemed rather convoluted. But a couple of years later after watching the film version with Gary Oldman I gave it another crack and then fell in love with the whole Le Carre world. Read the ‘Karla’ trilogy, plus quite a few others and for a while read nothing else. Anyway, about half way through Legacy of Spies. Thorougly enjoying it.

There is nothing in the Subaru’s CD player at the moment as I haven’t been to the library. But I can plug my phone into the car and on the Libby app is Adrian McKinty’s The Detective up Late, the latest Sean Duffy thriller. Duffy being a Catholic cop in the Northern Ireland police during ‘The Troubles’. I know McKinty found a lot more success with his novels The Chain and The Island, but while both are fine, they are not a patch on his Duffy series.