Who’s the Daft Bint??

I decided that, as a fairly permanent dweller in Queensland, I should pay attention to the election circus.

Crikey!

Either these clowns are dropping balls they’re supposed to be juggling, or my maths skills are deteriorating faster than I thought possible.

I followed Anna Bligh’s twitter. OK, fairly quiet, but occasional tidbits of info. Like this –

Apprenticeship and Traineeship Incentive Scheme announcement

Beauty! I thought. While I don’t have a vested interest these days, long in the distant past of my career, I got my start via a traineeship which provided tax benefits to my employer.

Now, as some kind lackey in Anna’s office explained to me over Twitter – the vast majority of it public – the new incentive means that an employer pays NO payroll tax for a new apprentice, PLUS gets a discount of 25% of what that apprentice’s payroll tax would have equalled, off their current payroll tax bill. So, if they employ a new apprentice, their payroll tax actually goes down, rather than up. Nice, huh?

Now, I’m not dumb. Honest. That bit I could understand no worries. This is the bit that confuses the hell outta me – claimed to be a quote straight from the horse’s mouth –

“That means a business with 20 employees including five apprentices could now pay no payroll tax for their entire workforce,” Anna says.

Errr…

How the HELL does that work?

Patiently awaiting your feedback on the question raised in the title of this post – who’s the daft bint?

Whose maths skills will soon lead her to ask, “How many eggs in this dozen?”

Update: Hubby kindly pointed out that payroll tax in queensland only comes into effect once you have a certain number of employees. Research led me to the conclusion that he wasn’t quite right on that score. Payroll tax is payable, as far as I can tell, once your wages bill hits one million dollars.

I’m still trying to puzzle out the significance of 20 employees, 5 of them being apprentices. If you have further information, feel free to explain in words of 2 syllables or less 😉

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7 Responses

  1. yup

    that just made no sense at all!

  2. Daft bint. Yes, yes indeedy.

  3. LOL
    C’mon, stop beating around the bush…surely Anna was thinking of all the pollies in State Parliament? 😛

  4. I should point out here, that I am the person responsible for the ‘daft bint’ concept, and am in no way implying that Anna Bligh (or someone in her office) called me a daft bint 😀

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  6. Daft Bint indeed. Has anyone cleared it up?

  7. Leechbabe – nope. Not that I’ve seen. God forbid politicians should make sense 🙂

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