LETTER: Budget numbers almost meaningless to average voter
THE obsession of political parties with surplus budgets only applies in Australia as comparable countries have much larger and long- standing debt and deficits.
The LNP made much of the debt and deficit under Rudd and Gillard, but in three years managed to triple the deficit and doubled debt, and still blame Labor.
To the average family, pensioners and other voters, the numbers coming out of budgets are almost meaningless and do not reflect the reality of life.
What does matter is that Australian people do expect their income levels provide a fair standard of living, and their taxes provide a fair safety net, and the necessary services such as health, education and social services, transport and defence.While the politicians and commentators prioritise the financial and fiscal balances, the people want more emphasis on the real things that make life liveable and pleasurable, and should vote accordingly on July 2.
MAX TANZERElliott Heads