PEOPLE HELL-BENT ON WASTING GOVERNMENT SUPPORT

A POINT ABOUT PRIORITIES TO PONDER

PEOPLE HELL-BENT ON WASTING GOVERNMENT SUPPORT

It’s amazing that people are crying out in alarm about how they will keep themselves financially afloat once JobKeeper and JobSeeker payments are reduced at the end of September.

Meanwhile the Territory yesterday (15/4) was reported as spending $4 million on alcohol as outlets opened for limited and qualified (alcohol with a meal) trade.

I think that those who have been gifted with government largesse through these payments, should have had that money put into a basic card and not into their bank accounts. That money should have been quarantined from expenditure on alcohol, cigarettes and gambling.

That money was allocated with genuine living expenses in mind and was not a ‘gift’ to be squandered on non-essentials. The benefit was to help people with living expenses and so much of that money seems to be misappropriated.

Sadly, the squandering of this money is just one more example of how short sighted many people happen to be and how they expect that the government will ‘nanny’ them in times of pecuniary scarcity. Just one more example of the abrogation of self responsibility by those who should know better.

And guess what. They will continue to expect the government to bail them out of difficult times. They will expect banks to continue to go easy on loan repayments. They will continue to expect landlords to offer rentals concessions. They will continue to live like the grasshoppers in Aesop’s Fable.

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