Socialism swells

FORMER BHP Billiton chairman and National Australia Bank chief executive Don Argus said recently: "Social security and welfare spending now accounts for about 35 per cent of spending in the Commonwealth budget, with the government planning on spending $132 billion in 2012-13. On top of this, the states spend money on areas ranging from homelessness to pensioner concessions, with New South Wales earmarking 8 per cent of its spending for social security and welfare this year."

Can somebody please explain how we have changed from a country of hope and opportunity to one of socialism?

I certainly didn't vote to give most of my taxes away for people to live off my hard earnings and I am sure the majority of hard working Australians feel the same way.

- TONY GRIGGS, Flinders Island.