Australia is still playing catch up with the rest of the civilised world in many ways. Lack of spending, investment & ongoing modernisation of infrastructure by previous governments and a lack of foresight means there is lots to do with the tax revenues. Everyone complains about the state of things but also complain about taxes. You can't have it both ways. When the government does try & do something with forward thinking. eg NBN, thats wrong too. As already pointed out on here, Australia has managed to avoid the worst of the GFC, partly by government actions, but this has cost lots of money to do. Nobody complained about that. We all have limited funds, and we choose what to do with those funds. Tax rates will always vary, and the levy is just that. A variable. We have to make adjustments to our budgets constantly as prices of goods & services vary month to month & if you really can't cope with a couple of dollars a week extra in tax, you really are in deep doo doo. Food, fuel & mortgage rates will all be going up in the coming months too. Maybe it's a wake up call for some that they need to reassess their outgoings. For me the levy is a coffee a week. I like my coffee but I will have to cut down.
I pay lots of taxes for which I see no benefits as I don't have a busload of kids, but thats how it works. It would be great if I could get a Ferrari bond, instead of a baby bond but I can't. So whilst I am subsidising everyone elses kids, and will pay the levy, NBN, & whatever else the government decides to tax me for, its my choice to live here and to live by the system of government and democracy that allows me so much freedom, and a decent standard of living.
We are all so lucky we forget just how lucky we really are. A little sacrifice and a bit of compassion for those who need it, be they Queenslanders, homeless, boat people etc. is all that is required. Have we all really become so selfish?