You live, you learn, yes? And living through the pandemic - and our leaders' response to it - has learned me well and good.
Day by day it becomes clearer what we value in this country, and what's to be cast off into the dirt. The good, the bad, and the not much in between.
I'll tape this list up somewhere prominent so we can all add to it as we are learned some more.
Good: Going to the footy and being way too close to your mates, or whoever those guys are. Quiet Australians.
Bad: Going to an anti-racism protest to show your support for the Black Lives Matter movement. Noisy Australians.
Good: Tradies and their skills, who have been supported by another massive stimulus package. Love a big bulging stimulus package, along with pictures of well-cut men in hard hats.
Bad: Artists, musicians and theatre performers, who saw their companies collapse without audiences to buy tickets ... and when the funding rescue came it was reliant on getting a production up - which takes months and is impossible without audiences. Haha gotcha, latte sucking luvvies.
Good: Homeowners who undertake renovations worth more than $150,000 and therefore can get $25k from the taxpayer under the JobBuilder scheme because it was just that last $25k holding them back.
Bad: Losers who need to renovate but don't have $150,000 so they get nothing.
Good: The Catholic churches and four private universities, both able to use the JobKeeper payment to find their continued payment of presumably JobRelevant priests. Don't know about you but the reason I pay taxes is to save churches from having to spend their reserves.
Bad: Public universities and their thousands of staff, specifically excluded from the JobKeeper despite suffering massive revenue downturns which have cost thousands of jobs in the sector.
Good: Pubs, which will have their numbers capped at 300 under new restrictions, despite patrons everywhere showing they are unable to abide by distancing rules.
Bad: Kids' sport, which is heavily restricted, such as only 10 spectators per basketball team. While there's 300 at the pub. Because that makes money.
Good: JobRelevant university degrees such as science, technology, teaching, engineering and nursing, which will be cheaper with more government subsidies.
Bad: Arts and social science degrees, the fees for which will almost double because communication, history, politics and critical thinking are not JobRelevant skills and we all know those arts faculties juts produce Black Lives Matter protesters anyway.
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