TUESDAY'S budget appears likely to cut the top tax rate, following the strongest hints yet given by Prime Minister John Howard.
Mr Howard fuelled speculation about the 48.5 per cent rate (which includes the Medicare levy) coming down when he declared it was "important in any society to reward excellence".
"We should never allow envy to creep in if we are to have a total society in which we recognise that there are some people always that will be more heavily rewarded than others because of their skill or good fortune and the returns they get for taking a risk," Mr Howard told 3AW.
You gotta admit, that's a novel way to attempt to put a good spin on TAX CUTS FOR THE RICH BEING PAID FOR BY CUTTING WELFARE. And isn't it good to know that excellence, outstandingess and skill are measured purely BY HOW MUCH YOU EARN? Obviously lower tax brackets are complete losers and deserve no tax breaks whatsoever.
For FUCK'S sake.