Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Common sense ain't so comon...

I must be in quite a shit stirring mood today. I received the email below from my mum today and I couldn't help but send a reply...

Best email I've had for a while from the land of the long white cloud.

It certainly applies here too I think, so this is a message from another hard worker!!!

Message from a hard-working Kiwi


I work, they pay me. I pay my taxes and the government distributes my taxes as it sees fit.

In order to earn that pay cheque, as I work in the timber industry, I am required to pass a random urine test, with which I have no problem in passing.

What I do have a problem with is the distribution of my taxes to people who don't have to pass a urine test.

Shouldn't one have to pass a urine test to get a welfare cheque because I have to pass one to earn it for them??

Please understand - I have no problem with helping people get back on their feet.

I do on the other hand have a problem with helping someone sit on their arse drinking piss & smoking dope all day.

Could you imagine how much money the state would save if people had to pass a urine test to get a DPB cheque???

Please pass this along if you agree or simply delete if you don't.

Hope you all will pass it along though, because something has to change in this country, and soon!

Nevermind that you are required to take a urine test for safety and financial reasons for the company. The safety reason is an obvious one, the financial is not so obvious. Compensation payouts, lost production, reduced productivity all affect the bottom line of your employer.

But, you must take this whinge in context.

Of the total welfare budget of $96 billion, it is broken down in the following way:
  • $34.5 billion for the aged
  • $29.7 billion for familes with children (day care allowances, family assistance, baby bonus, etc.)
  • $13.1 billion for those with disabilities
  • $6 billion for veterans and dependents
  • $5.3 billion for the unemployed
  • $2.4 billion for administration (running Centrelink)

[figures from the 2007 Federal Budget]

The current rate of regular cannabis (most common illegal drug) usage in Australia is approximately 20%.

So we can estimate that 20% of dole users (maybe more) use cannabis on a regular basis. If you drug tested these people and eliminated them from the dole pool, you would save around $1 billion.

That $1 billion represents less than 0.4% of the total federal budget. Chasing 300,000 people for a urine test would be a big undertaking. How much would that cost, a few hundred million?

Really, is it worth it?

When $3 billion has already been spent on deploying troops to an illegal war, I reckon chasing some dole bludgers is the least of our concerns.

Sunday, August 19, 2007


In addition to John Gabriel's Greater Internet Dickwad Theory, comes a tidy little video from College Humor that illustrates John's theory perfectly.

Pure gold!