The Australasian Man Trap
One of the most important aspects of government from its own perspective is its funding lines.
What we’ve been used to in New Zealand, especially since the introduction of PAYE (Pay as you earn) is accept it and if you’re lucky you might get a tax return at the end of the year.
What many of us have noticed as separated fathers is the additional child tax that is forcible removed from us. This is where, as men, we need to start looking at the bigger picture. Many things are changing around us.
At the top of the list is the increasing tension between the superpowers, China and USA. They exist on opposite sides of the Pacific, and effectively sit above us, isolating Australia and New Zealand from the rest of the world. Both sides are behaving aggressively for possession of the pacific, and will do so, until they reach a point of conflict.
Both Australia and New Zealand Defence Forces will this year analyse the risks of this pacific tension and determine our own military requirements, for the near future. Nothing like being a bit strapped for cash at a time when you are looking at another inevitable global conflict.
We have since the late 1800s, developed and become reliant on agricultural exports, as the basis of our economy. More recently, we have seen the prominence and dominance of Fonterra and dairy products filling this space, however the global export giant is now in some difficulty as it enters its second year of trading at 60% of break even, and in the face of global economic uncertainty, and recession.
In terms of being a global giant we must not forget that while New Zealand has occupied 50% of the cross border trade, we produce a very small percentage of the global milk supply. We rely on shipping to get our product out. There are two problems of course, in that shipping during times of conflict is a bit dicey and unpredictable, and while we are closely allied to the US, as one of their strategic assets, we would lose one of our biggest customers, China.
You may not be familiar with the other recent posts, The Pillage of New Zealand Men The secret Secret-Court of New Zealand and New Child Tax Assaults in New Zealand and the changing nature of Child Support through the implementation of the new legislation in 2015.
What will also change is the relationship between the two jurisdictions of Australia and New Zealand. We will consider amongst other things this year, whether or not to have a joint ANZAC Military. If you’ve been following the conversation on child support you will have noticed, that in respect of child support New Zealand and Australia are a common jurisdiction already, with a singular boundary.
You may be following the new Australian Visa Policy: if they don’t like a man’s character, they lock him up with the choice of voluntary acceptance of deportation (never to return) or a long weight in a detention centre for a review. They’ve locked up 600 people in the last two years, and there’s no indication that’s slowing down.
Whether you have children in the Australia is immaterial; falling foul of this policy will see Dad living back in New Zealand or facing a long wait in detention. This will impact significantly on separated fathers. You will see in the new child support legislation the section to stop child support accumulating while incarcerated or hospitalised has been repealed. Fight your deportation and get a big bill, or accept deportation and lose seeing your children.
One could say a lot more about the complexities and possible scenarios that will arise from hostilities between the US and China, however before, and as this does eventuate, we will see an increasing strain on funding lines to a Government, that will increasing look to child support from the individual worker to fund its activities, as economic realities strain our economy.
For the next generation taxation and child support will be compliances beyond that which those of us here have complained so loudly about.
Whether you wish to be a father in such an environment is something anyone should give serious consideration to, and something we should be discussing with our children now.