Worth a blog post on its own merits. I suppose Anon did strike a defensive nerve.
A comment on a post was
Yes your just mean. Typical of a whole demographic of privledged selfish inner city types.
You have been lucky in life. I hope for your sake you never fall on hard times.
Mean I may be Anon, but it does not negate the point that Australia is a rich country and our taxes should pay for assistance for all social problems. Not that I have any spare cash, I do live in a property worth a considerable sum. When I am gone, half will go to young rels probably and the other to an animal charity. Animals don't whine and whinge and if they possibly can, will seek out their own shelter and food.
Yes, I am lucky, if you can call doing the same shit job for three decades to pay for the little I have.
I am lucky because I sacrificed to the max in the early eighties to buy a run down hovel in East Malvern. Doing the same job now, I could never afford a house in East Malvern, begging, borrowing and lying to get the money together, a whole $42,000, without knowing I could really repay the monies. This troubles me, as does the whole buying property thing for young people now.
To conclude, the government and our taxes should look after people and they ought not have to depend on charity. Charity for the poor is a terribly old fashioned view. Donations should be for the little extras in life, such as sports, opera and arty theatre.