IN response to Eloise Rowe (Letters 6/2/18) that Labor is spending too much money.
Labor is spending money to provide jobs for workers who will pay taxes to reduce Queensland’s “so-called debt”. THERE is no such thing as “affordable housing” in this day and age. Everyone struggles with the cost of living, especially housing.
The high cost of rentals in short supply and rising home ownership costs, make living untenable for many who end up homeless. Successive governments' agendas are not focussed on the impact of life’s expenses. With wages and government welfare incomes stagnant for the past decade, things are hardly going to change for the better too soon. Investment in the lives of the poor and needy, falls short of the mark and is never a priority.
Struggling with the cost of living is a balancing act in the best of households. Job security is a pipe dream. Rising prices and a limited supply of housing, government or otherwise, only exacerbates the shortfall. Adding insult to injury, we see the national and state debt increasing, despite legions of politicians with their handsome remuneration, big business with their billions in profits, while the majority struggle with basic housing, fuel and food.
The Great Divide, between the haves and have-nots, is a bridge too far. Advance Australia Fair is obsolete for the rest of us.