Increasing pressure is being brought to bear on Australia's seven Governments to practise more economics in order to impose less taxation; but until that pressure grows stronger there seems small hope of any adequate action.
If I'd the right (said old George Jones) To tax a country till it groans, An' take an' levy tribute when I shouldn't; You think that I'd be toilin' here, Pinchin' an' savin' year on year? Well, p'raps I would; an' p'raps again I wouldn't. For human nature's awful weak, And men were evr prone to seek The easy way; an' it ain't so surprisin' That men, or Gover'ments, should dash Along the easy path to cash Before the hard road to economisin'. There's few will take the uphill road Unless there be the whip an' goad Of need, of stern necesity to twist 'em. But where the downhill track runs straight All are inclined to gravitate. An' there's the rub with all our social system. If I'd the pow'r (said old George Jones) To tax, an' live on easy loans, Well, p'raps I would be stern an' labor lovin', And p'raps I might be strong an' brave An' eager all the time to save, But not, I think, till someone done some shovin'.
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