You're not bitter, are you? Some guy with a cigar and a Roller scared your mum when she was preggers with you?
Nope, it was a man with a pipe in a Bentley.
Slimy Corporations and media barons pay taxes too.
That's debatable! Media magnate Kerry Packer openly bragged that he paid fewer taxes than his employees on the lowest incomes. That's it, you see, the wealthy can pay accountants to minimise their tax bills to almost nothing... too often leaving the lion's share to the average income earner.
The loss of income to the slimy corporations means a reduction in taxes to the Govt...ergo the Govt has an interest in seeing piracy stopped/reduced too.
Yes, and I well imagine the Australian government would actively pursue any actual 'pirates' operating within its jurisdiction, but when it comes to prosecuting illegal file downloaders, the general consensus in our courts is that the RIAA and such can go and get stuffed... that our ISP's are NOT internet police, but service providers, and thus should not be expected to enforce file sharing restrictions or penalties on users... as was determined in the recent RIAA case against iinet Australia.
Govt has an interest in tobacco as well....a damn sight MORE unseemly interest....how much of it is TAX?
It [smoking] kills...it costs the community a shitload in medical.....the poor bastard [little guy] who smokes has to pay way too much to the corporate bastards...no wait...to the government.....
It's a tax that affects the poor, addicted smoker more than the wealthy whose budget can sustain/handle the price hikes.
Get 'em hooked...then tighten the screws.
It's probably just an accepted form of 'ethnic' cleansing....if the adiction doesn't kill 'em then poverty will...
Thank f**k I gave up, then!!! Cos I'm one of the poor bastards who couldn't afford the medical bills, not on top of all those effing taxes and exorbitant tobacco prices. Besides, if I'm to undergo any form of cleaning, ethnic or otherwise, I'll buy my own soap and scrub up myself.