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A letter to our Aussie cuzzies…




A condolence letter sent to our Aussie cuzzies…



from:     Frank Macskasy
to:     Sydney Morning Herald <letters@smh.com.au>
date:     Sun, Sep 8, 2013 at 4:13 PM
subject:     Letters to the Editor


The Editor
Now that Australian voters have made their decision at the ballot box, they can look forward to a change in government.  They can also look forward to tax cuts promised by incoming PM, Tony Abbott.
But what else do Australians have to look forward to?
Well, if his government is anything like the National government we’ve had since 2008, Australians can also look forward to cuts in Federal government spending; massive redundancies in the state sector; a rise in unemployment;  cuts to social and other government services; union-busting and fall in wages;  and a resulting recession as a drop in spending flows through your economy as a whole.
Here in New Zealand, that is precisely what has happened, with cuts to everything from early childhood education to border bio-security control (with resultant influx of foreign pests).

As for tax cuts – beware of sneaky governments. They tend to raise charges, sales taxes, fringe taxes, and other government fees to make up for the revenue shortfall.

So welcome to our world of fiscal austerity; entrenched high unemployment; and lower and lower wages.

You seem to have caught our ‘bug’ – the “New Zealand Disease”.
I wish you luck. You’ll be needing it.


-Frank Macskasy

(Address & phone number supplied)



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  1. Priss
    8 September 2013 at 5:08 pm

    I honestly don’t think the Australian voter has a clue what’s in store for them, Frank…..

    They’re about to get a hard lesson in NZ style neo-liberal economics.

  2. Perth Glory Rocks
    8 September 2013 at 5:23 pm

    I voted for Abbott. Starting to regret it already. Shit shit shit

    • Matthew
      8 September 2013 at 6:36 pm

      For your penance PGR say 3 holy Maries and 3 Shit Shit Shits.

    • 8 September 2013 at 7:26 pm

      Then you are, with all respect, not clever.

    • 8 September 2013 at 9:08 pm

      The only option yesterday.

  3. 8 September 2013 at 6:08 pm

    Congratulations Australia. You’ve just cut your own throat. No wonder Rupert Murdoch is cackling so gleefully.

  4. James
    8 September 2013 at 6:52 pm

    It’s all part of Key’s cunning plan to stop Kiwi’s moving to Australia.

  5. Macro
    8 September 2013 at 7:55 pm

    As Einstein once said:

    “Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former”.

    And as Joseph de Maistre said:

    “In a democracy people get the leaders they deserve.” Not that Rudd is any better than Abbott.

    Australians only had to look across the ditch at the disaster that is the NZ “economy” to realise that 4 years of austerity, union bashing, and laissez faire government is the road to ruination.

    But then we live in the Age of Stupid – and I fear the “lucky country” is just about to get very unlucky..

  6. 8 September 2013 at 8:25 pm


    The ozzies are definitely in for a rough road.

    Thats for real now waht are all those kiwis who ran for the ozzie big buck’s gonna do.

  7. 8 September 2013 at 9:07 pm

    They are welcome to it too.

  8. Will Scott
    9 September 2013 at 6:59 am

    Yes. Unfortunately, Ockers, you would not let all those Kiwis arriving in your land raise your intelligence. Frank is right, enjoy the neoliberalism, not. You will find out, to your detriment, why all those Kiwis came across the ditch.

  9. Theodore
    9 September 2013 at 9:36 am

    There’s an old saying, “a clever man learns by other’s mistakes”. It appears that our Aussie brothers and sisters have not learned from ours.

  10. Theodore
    9 September 2013 at 9:38 am

    Thankfully, Australians were not stupid enough to deliver the Senate into the tender care of Abbott and his cronies. There may yet be a brake on Abbott’s nastier right wing polices.

  11. 10 September 2013 at 4:25 pm

    That’ll teach Aussies to ignore whats been going on in their own backyard.

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