Who gives a sh#t. I'm supposedly aspirational but I'll never forget what is was like living on the wrong side of the ledger. Doesn't stop me from enjoying the fruits on my success and I don't get worked-up because I can now pay more tax.I have a pretty diverse range of friends ranging from wealthy and extremely successful in their respective field(s) to retirees and people unable to obtain work in middle age and forced onto the dole/DSP or scraping by with dreadful casual/part-time service industry jobs. As an aside, someone I used to know who was highly successful in big-commission retail for years has now drank himself into the gutter and I've seen him in the city a few times living on the streets. His dad has been trying to help him but he's lost the plot completely, what can you do even with a caring, loving family.
Most of my circle are like RTT. It's all about how they work really hard and get taxed like b-ggery by socialist Labor governments. However they don't mind taking all that middle class welfare, and pocketing FBT benefits. Absolutely no empathy for anyone worse off. Of course they vote Liberal.
Labor will always put the broader welfare (i.e. health, education) of people ahead. For the LNP it's something they do begrudgingly ensuring enough is syphoned off for their benefactors in the private sector.
It's extremely difficult to be working class now-days, if not impossible. Even in Adelaide the rents and buying is beyond the scope of people working in rubbish very low pay service industry type jobs, that's if you can get one. It's nothing like it was in the nineties when good quality semi-skilled or unskilled jobs were seemingly everywhere, the sort of jobs that paid relatively well in comparison to the cost of living. I'm lucky enough to not be in that situation of hand-to-mouth crappy service industry work but I know a lot of people who are.
My point is: The paradigm never, ever changes. Doesn't matter if the LNP or the Labor Party are in office, economic participation that we used to have is seemingly shrinking and it won't get better regardless of which side of the duopoly is in power. Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen was saying recently that anyone who expected a government that would undo any of the wonderful work done by "Free Trade" agreements would be totally wrong... and it was the Labor Party that unleashed the Thatcherite beast on our country don't forget.
You know me well enough to know where I stand on these things...