So the government is announcing the “lifetime cost” of social welfare payments today to soften the ground for cracking down on beneficiaries.
By coincidence they’re also in the process of rushing through changes to the emissions trading scheme that will cost the taxpayer billions of dollars in corporate welfare.
Oddly they seem to have no inclination to draw attention to the “lifetime costs” of that set of benefit payments.
Clearly National believes paying (mostly) multinational companies billions of taxpayers’ dollars to pollute the atmosphere is good but giving people with debilitating sickness a subsistence payment is bad.
Governing is about priorities. Today this government is making its priorities very clear.