Smith’s call for growth con­trol

Townsville Bulletin - - NATION - MATTHEW BENNS

MIL­LION­AIRE busi­ness­man Dick Smith is launch­ing a $ 1 mil­lion TV ad cam­paign to­mor­row to pres­sure politi­cians to cut im­mi­gra­tion and in­crease taxes on the su­per wealthy.

And he will be hand­ing out toy pitch­forks to warn of the vi­o­lent “rev­o­lu­tion” to come if noth­ing is done.

“I am do­ing this for my grand­chil­dren be­cause you can­not have end­less growth and end­less greed,” he said.

Mr Smith has hired ac­tor John Stan­ton, from the 1980s Grim Reaper AIDS cam­paign, to voice the dis­turb­ing ad that warns of vi­o­lence on the streets if pop­u­la­tion growth goes unchecked.

“It is so dis­turb­ing peo­ple in my of­fice said they did not want their chil­dren to see it but it is what we see on the news ev­ery night,” he said.

Mr Smith has started the Dick Smith Fair Go cam­paign to en­cour­age politi­cians to de­velop an im­mi­gra­tion plan that more than halves the cur­rent num­ber of peo­ple ar­riv­ing in Aus­tralia ev­ery year.

“It’s the same sized cake. If there are more peo­ple then the amount ev­ery­one gets to share is smaller,” he said.

He has put the ma­jor po­lit­i­cal par­ties on no­tice.

“Next elec­tion I will put $ 2 mil­lion into mar­ginal seats sup­port­ing the party that has a pop­u­la­tion plan,” he said.

“This has noth­ing to do with party pol­i­tics.

“As a na­tion we need a pop­u­la­tion plan like ev­ery Aus­tralian fam­ily al­ready has – it’s just com­mon sense.”

Mr Smith’s cam­paign is also call­ing for a greater tax on the su­per rich.

“Aus­tralia’s wealth­i­est 1 per cent own more than the bot­tom 70 per cent, that’s 17 mil­lion Aussies,” Mr Smith said.

“I am a mem­ber of that 1 per cent club and we can cer­tainly af­ford to pay more tax,” said Mr Smith.

But in­stead of in­creas­ing tax on bil­lion­aires he said they were get­ting an­other tax cut.

He called for taxes for the very rich to be bumped up to the 45c in the dol­lar lev­els of the 1970s that was the go­ing rate when he made his for­tune.

The ad cam­paign will be launched by Mr Smith and ra­dio host Alan Jones at The Hil­ton Ho­tel in Syd­ney to­mor­row morn­ing.

Dick Smith un­leashes his pitch.

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