July 30th 2005

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Articles from this issue:

COVER STORY: In the name of Allah, the wise and the merciful

EDITORIAL: Islamist terrorism: what it signifies

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Dangers of a national ID card

BIOETHICS: Review of human cloning and embryo experimentation

DRUGS CONFERENCE: Tougher approach on drugs urged

WOMEN'S HEALTH: Conspiracy of silence about breast cancer

WORKPLACE RELATIONS: New workplace reforms: the devil is in the detail

SUGAR INDUSTRY: Ethanol coming: but nothing for farmers

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: How to help countries to prosper

STRAWS IN THE WIND: Immigration - who cleans up? / Copping payback / To be or not to be? / Terrorism as ideology

CULTURE AND CIVILISATION: The Judeo-Christian legacy

CONSERVATION: Conservation vs. environmentalism

A national ID card? (letter)

Chirac's untimely taunts (letter)

Max wrong on tax (letter)

Revenue-raising stunt (letter)

BOOKS: CIVIL PASSIONS: Selected Writings, by Martin Krygier

BOOKS: BOY SOLDIERS OF THE GREAT WAR: Their own stories for the first time, by Richard van Emden

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Max wrong on tax (letter)

by Simon Greener

News Weekly, July 30, 2005

Max Teichmann's piece "Beazley's tax strategy" (News Weekly, July 2, 2005) has me wondering what has happened to a normally cutting intellect. It seemed just too "card-carrying", left-Labor a comment for me to believe that this was Max speaking!

I am one of Max's higher income-earners who has benefited from the Coalition's family allowances and tax breaks. I have a large family and we are a single-income family. Labor has done nothing for us over the past 30 years and their "income-splitting" policy at the last election was a joke.

It was about time that the Federal Government reduced the income tax on "higher income" earners; and about time we rewarded people for self-motivation and effort rather than constantly belittling them and penalising them.

I am sick of the tall-poppy syndrome that even Max seems to have adopted uncritically. In my view, we should encourage people to better themselves and earn more because it is these sorts of people who drive our economy.

Too many have left this country to work overseas because of the local high taxation. We need to attract these people back with positive taxation systems and messages that they are valued Australians whom we need to create the businesses and jobs that will pay those among us who are worse off.

Come off it, Max. The leopard hasn't changed its spots; it is still a socialist left, quasi-intellectual bunch of latte-drinking "do-nothings". It is this constant "lowest common denominator", "no responsibilities", "no requirement to better oneself" socialism that is part of the problem.

Normally a fan of Max, I'm just disappointed with this particular piece. Come back, Max, all is forgiven!

Simon Greener,
Allens Rivulet, Tas.

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