Quite often, I have been so incensed about some government policy, hypocrisy, lying or criminal behaviour, that I feel I must write something, only to find that someone has done a much better job than I could. There have been a few of these recently. The first concerned Malcolm Turnbull’s assertion that he donates all of his salary to charity. That may well be, but he was not quite being genuine about how it helps him minimise his tax. Most people, when they think of a charity, think of an organisation to which you donate money to help the homeless, the very poor, the disabled or others without the ability or the equipment needed to read or write stuff such as this. Most people would think of charities like the Smith Family, the Salvos and Vinnies. However, Malcolm Turnbull doesn’t seem to think of charities like these. He donates his salary to the Turnbull Foundation.
While his government is obviously looking after the wealthy and their corporations, from the few records that are available (from 2015) it seems that Turnbull’s charity does also. Recipients of donations from the Turnbull Foundation included: Biennale of Sydney ($25,000, Lucy Turnbull was a director); Australia Chamber Orchestra ($20,000); Rhodes Scholarships ($200,000); Sydney’s Scots College ($10,000); and the Australian National University ($70,000). He probably thinks the homeless just need to get a better job.
You can read more detail about the FIGJAM* philanthropist here:
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