The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #63557   Message #1034588
Posted By: The Fooles Troupe
13-Oct-03 - 09:33 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: What A Friend We Have In Johnny
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: What A Friend We Have In Johnny
I'm sorry..

I can't afford to travel far from Brisbane. I'm one of the mature age long term unemployed, and I've spent my savings. I've also been rather physically ill for most of this year and unable to work at all, even part time.

I couldn't make it up to the recent Laidley event, as i couldn't manage to drive that far. And I was unhappy, since I had been looking forward to it since last year, and the Toowoomba Accordion Festival was cancelled this year too.

And if I do manage to get 13 hours in one days counting cars for $10 an hour, "My Friend Johnny" - see the song! :-) takes half of it away BEFORE tax (no discounts for expenses in travelling to the job etc) - the liberals changed the rules after I became unemployed, and killed off "earnings bank" - so now if I earn more than $40 dollars a fortnight, they take (on a sliding scale) on average half of it away. And anyway while such fun purchases are good to amuse myself with in theory, in practice I can't afford too many luxuries like that...

Robin