Well, I have just received my latest rates notice, and it is almost $1000 more than last year. This is because I am just above the magical “you are a sponging plutocrat” level of of my land apparently being worth more than $450,000.
I would not mind so much if it was being matched by genuine attempts to rein in over-expenditure, and structural reform. But, every couple of weeks, we see hundreds of thousands of dollars of handouts for no measurable outcome to people who have been encouraged by advertisements to ask for it. We see millions expended on measures to “Save the Planet”, which on any objective level will do no such thing. At the most trivial level, we see money that others have worked for lavished on “public art” which the public detests.
Meanwhile, at some point in the future, the ACT government promises that structural reform about stamp duties and so on will materialise. But for today, another $1,000 thanks.
That is the action of a government that has no intention of managing spending, but is glad to take extra revenue when the opportunity arises.