Smith’s call for growth control
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.