Liberty in Australia: Monumental Stupidity™

Pictured: Malcolm Turnbull (Prime Minister of Australia) with a Chicken McNugget superimposed onto his face.
Pictured: Malcolm Turnbull (Prime Minister of Australia) with a Chicken McNugget superimposed onto his face.

Pictured: Malcolm Turnbull (Prime Minister of Australia) with a Chicken McNugget superimposed onto his face.

It should go without saying that, just as the extreme left wing can destroy freedom through censorship and virtue-signalling legislation, the conservative parties of the world can do just as much harm to the freedom of people.

In Australia, a ‘plebiscite’ created by the Liberal-National Coalition will act as a poll to determine whether people are for the right of LGBT couples to marry. To clarify, this is in no way legally binding, but is in fact, your stock standard ‘Are you for this?’ poll. This poll, however, will waste precisely 160 million dollars of taxpayer money (for what could have just been tacked on to a census taken by Australians last month). Furthermore, the initial waste of taxpayer money does not yet satisfy the monolithic government entities and as such, campaigns ‘For’ and ‘Against’ marriage equality will, without a doubt, waste more of the Australian people’s money.

The conservative ‘Liberal’ Party shall attempt to drain taxpayers of money for a simple attempt at placating those fed up with a system which has consistently failed them.

A person in Australia within a middle income bracket of 37,000 to 80,000 dollars per year is taxed $3,572 with an additional 32.5 cents tax for each dollar.

To clarify: We are wasting well over 160 million dollars on a makeshift poll that is already conducted on a widespread basis in Australia and simply could have been tacked onto the Census.

James Raynes, a graphic designer, has estimated through crunching the numbers that the additional advertising to sway people on the plebiscite and the initial cost totals in at roughly 200,000,000 dollars. Raynes concluded that this would be equivalent to 311,284,046 Chicken McNuggets. This equates to 12.86 nuggets for everyone in Australia (although, discounting vegetarian and vegan people brings this number to 13).

This satirical piece has highlighted the disgusting abuse and hindrance of the government and inadvertently promotes the brilliance of a capitalist system. Through a laissez-faire society, there would be no limitations upon marriage besides consent from the parties involved, and the opinions of the populace would not be able to directly impact and influence the decisions of the individual.

Through the Pentagon losing 6.5 trillion dollars of taxpayer money in America, we can see a civilisation breaking apart at the seams of a government apathetic to the peons bellow them, and in Australia we see the breaking of civil liberties and the theft-through-taxation that is consequently used to placate those in need of a bond and unity on a new level.

Assuming it costs 150 dollars to get married through a licensed celebrant, we can deduct that without the government dominating unfairly over people’s lives, every taxpayer would save a tonne of money by not being forced to pay for a plebiscite. Without the state further peeping into people’s lives by forcing celebrants to carry licenses, we can assume that the average cost of a marriage between two people would be one hundred dollars without the expensive registration. This would leave fat wads of cash in the pockets of every day citizens.

What does the government lose through allowing people to be happy? Granted, the democratically-elected party distances themselves from LGBT communities, however, that shouldn’t negate people’s individual rights. Yet again, the pathetic and perpetual evils of collectivist thought clamp down on people’s wallets and liberties.

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David McManus

David McManus has an extensive background in youth politics and of advocacy with regards to the libertarian and anarcho-capitalist movements. David draws his values from the works of Stirner, Hoppe and Rothbard. He is currently a student in Australia with a passion for writing, which carries into a healthy zest for liberty-based activism. Despite an aspiring career in politics, he considers himself a writer at heart with a steady niche for freelance work.