hamishm wrote:So are you willing to pay more tax to achieve this?
On Q&A last year one of the conservative pollies (might have been B. Joyce) thought he had a winner when he asked the audience "hands up if you want to pay more tax?"
About 80% of audience hands went up. Owned.
Tax pays for roads, hospitals, police, schools, utilities, etc. It is how the tax is distributed back into the community that is important. Currently a lot of tax goes to subsidise inefficient industries such as coal, and inefficient ways to move people around cities such as car infrastructure. John Howard was a master of redistributing tax to sectors that did not really need tax assistance, but would vote for him because of it.
Wealth is always redistributed in any society. A low taxing society like the U.S. redistributes wealth upwards. A high taxing society like Sweden redistributes wealth more evenly to all members.
Australia is somewhere in the middle.