Simon Collins found an actual, real, fair-dinkum “Average family”

Kelly Slattery, via NZ Herald

I missed this yesterday, but pimp-the-poor expert Simon Collins has switched to pimping Rich Pricks.  And he managed to find one with all these problems just hours after the budget!

A $20-a-week tax cut leaves one Auckland family still feeling “despondent” and planning to leave the country.

Kelly and Wayne Slattery, who pay $650 a week to rent a four-bedroom home in Botany, live on Wayne’s base income of $92,000 a year plus bonuses – slightly above the median Auckland household income of $87,500.

That’s too much to get any benefit from higher family tax credits, which for a two-child working family like the Slatterys will cut out at a household income of just over $90,000.

It’s way too much to get the new, higher accommodation supplement, which for two-child families in Manukau will cut out at household incomes of $78,000.

Poor Wayne.  His base income is a meagre $92,000 a year plus bonuses, and he is now “despondent” because he’s only getting another $20 more a week from that mean Mr Joyce.  

The Slatterys will get a $20-a-week tax cut because of higher income thresholds for the two lowest tax brackets. But Wayne Slattery, who is in the top 33 per cent tax bracket, is unimpressed.

“When you get up to what I’m earning, it doesn’t really give me anything, to be honest,” he said.

“To me, a tax cut is the Government actually cutting tax, not saying we’re going to give you a subsidy. It’s actually saying you shouldn’t be paying 33c in the dollar [income tax] plus 15c [GST] on just about everything you purchase. You are really paying half your income, 48 per cent, in tax

Wayne’s not wrong there.  By the time you’re only earning $100k, there is basically no point to living because the government takes 50% of your income in tax.

Which is why they are going to live in Australia.

But she has family members on Queensland’s Gold Coast and the family sees far better prospects there.

“I wouldn’t own a house in Auckland even if you paid me to,” said Wayne, trade director of the group that owns Super Cheap Autos.

“I don’t believe you can honestly tell me that a house in this area is worth $1.3 million when you can go to the Gold Coast and buy a house a lot better with a pool and air conditioning and you are paying $550,000 – half the price,” he said.

“I believe a lot of our young people will leave New Zealand solely because of housing. I have young guys working for me saying they will probably move overseas solely for that fact.”

Moving a family and household to the land of Oz costs about $20,000-$30,000.  So that’s one way.  If he regrets it and comes back, that’s half a year’s income down the drain.

But what amazes me is that less than 24 hours after the budget Simon Collins manages to find a family of whingers who can’t get by on $92k a year.

What a dickhead… the thresholds have changed massively… and he’s now worried about tax on just $2k when before that tax rate applied to $22k of his salary.

You can’t tell me he made his mind up to leave overnight.  He’s been planning this for a while.  He was going anyway.

He’ll be back in 2 years.  Whinging to Simon Collins about how shit Kiwis get treated in Aussie.

And still crying poor.


– Simon Collins, NZ Herald

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