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17.4.4 Net positive impact on government budgets?
We know that the total costs of tobacco use to Australian society are very great. But what is the picture if we look more narrowly at the current levels of revenue from taxes on tobacco products in comparison to the total levels of expenditure by federal and state governments that result from tobacco abuse?
Tables 17.9 and 17.10 indicate the impact of tobacco abuse on federal and state budgets in 2004–05.
Impact of tobacco abuse upon the federal government budget, 2004–05, ($m)
Outlays $m $m Receipts $m $m
Originally posted by pablos
reply to post by Retrovertigo
Amazing that the average Australian thinks that tobacco is a cost to the economy not a revenue raiser.The media is happy to present the figures of how much expenditure is incurred from tobacco related illness but refuse to follow this up with amount of revenue collected.Even fiercely anti smoking individuals should be disturbed at the sheer omission of data in these media presentations.
Originally posted by Full_Vision
Alright.. this might not be the place to bring this up, please do feel free to ignore me lol.. but on the topic of cigarettes, i find it strange that TPTB on one side, really do not give a toss about the people...at all.. our foods are filled with chemicals, our water and air itself as well, big Pharma pollutes the body and is encouraged for the people to use..yet they are raising taxes on tobacco products, putting slews of bans and laws and rules into effect in order to stop us, the populace from smoking at all claiming their concern of our health? Is it either 1-just a show to make the people think they care and are looking out for us, or 2- its the same psychology as when a child is told not to do something and they then want to do what they were told not to, more.. ?
Interesting artical OP
[edit on 29-4-2010 by Full_Vision]
Originally posted by mumma in pyjamas
reply to post by Full_Vision
Smokers are just the latest socially acceptable political scapegoat.
It has nothing to do with what the government thinks is "good" for us and everything to do with the distraction of the general populace in times of political uncertainty.
When Government feels the pressure of a discontented public they draw from a narrow field of political scape goats to create a feeling of consensus among the majority of the citizens.
Very few politicians are prepared to go out on a limb and find a new minority group to scapegoat.
So for any period time in history you can find a "safety goat" a group that you can routinely scapegoat and still receive support from the broader community.As time progresses the actual group may change but the basic principle remains the same.The particular scapegoat that you can safely demonise can be easily framed for such scapegoating via the media through propaganda campaigns,government announcements, policies and "findings".In this case the media have done an excellent job in presenting only a portion of the facts to facilitate the widespread objection to smokers within the broader community.
With most citizens believing that smokers cost the government money and have created a strain on health care, when in fact revenue outweighs expenditure i would say it was a highly successful campaign launched by the media and government to dehumanise smokers.
Originally posted by trueblue
reply to post by pablos
Im pissed off they treat smokers like second class citizens,
The news last week said that overweight australians are straining the hospitals more then smokers, Are they going to tax fat people next?
This is a greedy government !!!
Bloody hotdog 747 kevin.