Earlier this week I was driving to work, and one of the topics that was on the radio, the Neil Mitchell show on 3AW was Welfare – the amount of money that’s being spent on welfare, a year. And it works out to be around about 5 million per person, per year.
Now, in our welfare system, we have firstly the people that have got to administer it, the people that have got to collect the money, the people who have got to give it out and the recipients. It’s the recipients that are getting the money, and it’s costing and adding up to the whole system bring in $5 million a year. Surely, there’s got to be a better way.
Now, one of the things that immediately comes to my mind, that if the Government turned around, and said to each and every Australian, “Alright, we’re going to give you $5 million, and that’s it. Then what we would do, is first year we’d have a hell of a booming economy, secondly the second, third and fourth year and the fifth year, we would save a heck of a lot of money. And while it may sound ridiculous to start-off with, we need to do something to have as welfare, it’s crippling our society.
And we would need to do something where it comes to an end. But until such time, as we change our society, just have people start accepting responsibility for their lot in life, then we are going to struggle and the economy just can’t afford it. It can’t afford to continue this type of operation.
People may say to me, “That’s very harsh.” But I was a minister’s son, and my father was the minister of a church then. And we would have homeless people come, and ask for handouts. And my father was administering money that was being paid by the parishioners into their plate each week.
And one of the things that happened was, that he would give money out, and then he would watch and they would go straight up on the street to have a drink. And so what he did was, there was a Milk bar across the road, which made wonderful hamburgers with mushroom. We went across the road, and got food vouchers. Some of them kicked food, others would turn around and say, “I’ve got a $10 food voucher, give me $5,” and they’d take the $5 and go out the pub. Then he had other people that would come and say, “Oh! I’m down on my luck. I haven’t got a job. Could I have a food voucher?” And my father would say, “Well, look, if you mow the lawns, I’ll give you some money.” And I can remember one person absolutely abusing him at the front door, at the manse. So, “Oh!. I don’t, I just need a food voucher, you know? I haven’t got any work, I haven’t got that.” But he wasn’t willing to work.
And what’s happening in society, in it is, it’s just perpetuating and perpetuating – that a family unit is accepting a lot less and less responsibility, for how the children in that family unit are brought up. Everyone else take responsibility as opposed to the family unit. And if you look at the Government, and if you want to start the Government to have a strong government, well then it’s start at the lowest level of government. And the lowest level of government isn’t the councils, and isn’t the state councils, the lowest level of government is the parents that have children. Because that’s where government starts. So, until such time, as we start to develop and people start to understand that they are role models to their children, and the role model is the trash that they are watching on TV – until we start to understand that and we start to teach the children that there is responsibility, and there is a future, and have them motivated, it will keep getting worse, and worse, and worse.
Then, I get back to saying that if I gave everyone $5 million, and they accepted responsibility. Of course, we aren’t going to have a 100% success rate, and of course some people that have got disabilities, and are disabled, are going to have to be assisted in managing that money. But we can’t continue as a society that keeps going down the way that we are going. You know there’s a saying and it is ‘You don’t govern people, you teach people correct principles, and let them govern themselves.’ And that’s what we need to get involved in as a society – teaching parents and teaching young children how to become parents, not based on what’s happening at the moment, because in a lot of families that’s not happening. But if you teach them correct principles, they will understand the reasons, and they will grow up. And one of the things that amazes me is that we say about teenagers. Now, when a kid first gets a license, in Victoria it’s 18 years old, which coincidentally is the same age that they can legally drink, which I don’t quite know how that works, because drink driving is one of the biggest causes of road accidents.
So what we need to do is, teach people correct principles, why the laws are there, teach them the results of what happens, and then let them govern themselves. We apply that to business, and what we need to do with our staff, if we are the owner of the staff, we need to teach the managers correct principles, and then let them manage. We need to teach the staff correct principles, and then let them do their job.
What we should do firstly in our families, is teach our kids the correct principles, and let them govern themselves. Then, in society, teach them correct principles. And where we’ve got these politicians that turn around and live somewhere else, and claim benefits, they’re the ones that are guiding the principles. And while ever we’ve got that type of situation, we will struggle as a society.
So, where we’re spending $5 million a year on each and every Australian, if we gave them that money, the first thing that would happen, would be, Australians would be better-off in years to come. Not a 100% better-off, but they would be better-off. And what we need is a strong government that will make a stand and say, “No. This is Australia. This is what we stand for. We stand for prosperity, we stand for giving everyone a fair go, and we stand for opportunity.”