Crunch time for high-maintenance Australia

Politicians can no longer maintain the public services we've become accustomed to without beefing up indirect taxes.

Australians have become high-maintenance. Whereas we used to drive Holdens and Fords, eat Weetbix, crawl about the web via dial-up modems and repair the old Simpson washer in the laundry, we now buy Audis and Beemers, eat organic muesli, enjoy mobile video-on-demand and throw out the washing machine before it’s broken for one with European styling.

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