Sure, according to the Daily Telegraph report on the NYE fireworks and how much they cost the State economy makes around $133 million by putting on this huge display of entertainment, fireworks and state-of-the-art pyrotechnics, but has anybody actually asked how this benefits the homeless, the pensioners, those on disability, the many wonderful organisations that depend on donations in order to help both people and animals in trouble, in grief, in bushfires, in floods, etc, etc?
With age and disability pensions always under strict scrutiny by the Federal Government, and let’s not even go into the charities, homeless and others in need, people in Australia can no longer live on a pension. If one is lucky enough to own their own home, they may just get by on the paltry sum the government dishes out grudgingly as a “thank you for working and paying taxes all your lives. Now it’s our time to really kick you while you’re down and cut back on pensions.” Lovely, isn’t it?
Why are we spending so much for a 12-minute firework display that will not necessarily benefit those in need?
Why are 1.6 million NYE revellers celebrating like crazy when the world has been besieged by so many atrocities in 2014?
Below are some of the events that have taken place in the last 12 or so months (and which I’m sure will keep on taking place in the future):
- People in the streets getting run down and killed by irresponsible drivers
- Senseless murders galore, both in Australia and around the world
- The Sydney Siege, which IS now labels “a good job” even though the wacko that pulled this one off was not with IS but was trying to make an Islamic statement of some kind
- 132 schoolchildren gunned down in cold blood in Pakistan by the Taliban
- AirAsia flight QZ8501 plunging into the sea and killing over 160 passengers and crew
- Horrific flooding, landslides and typhoons taking and/or ruining thousands of lives in the Philippines: Jangmi, Hagupit, and in 2013, super typhoon Haiyan to name a few
- The disappearance of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 and the shooting down of flight MH17
Okay, I think you’re starting to get the idea.
So call me “killjoy” if you wish, but I didn’t go down to the waterfront to watch the fireworks last night (and I can even see them from my street, but I didn’t bother to even go out there either). I had no cause to celebrate Christmas nor New Year, except to light a candle to say a silent thank you (to any higher power that’s listening—if they exist at all) that at least I managed to stay safe along with my cat, members of my extended family (my parents have already left this pathetic planet), plus friends.
Perhaps people celebrate in order to forget for a day that we live in an extremely cruel world that often has no meaning and worships money instead. If this is the case, great—BUT do we really need to waste $7.2 million of taxpayers’ money to do this when we could have been a bit more conservative by putting on a fireworks display without all the entertainment, pyrotechnics and other useless activities that will not even be remembered once most people recover from their hangover?
Finally, the $133 million that goes into the economy may create some jobs (although these may only be temporary), but most of this money will go into the pockets of those who are already rich and well provided for. The government will pocket a substantial slice of this income, too, but they’ll still keep taxing us to maintain the social security system, the health system, the government system, the education system, flood relief to farmers, to build roads, and to fund other infrastructure projects that in the end we never get to see. More importantly, however, they will line their silk purses further so they can go on living in gorgeous mansions, fly first class all the way, and live a celebrity kind of life.
Therefore, you can rest assured that I will not be looking forward to the even more expensive, grander, flashier and even more spectacular fireworks for NYE 2016!