Australia's Prime Minister Julia Gillard has raised the prospect of a one-off tax to help pay for the devastation wrought by severe flooding.I wonder how people here would view that possible trade off?
"There will be spending cutbacks and there may also be a levy," Ms Gillard told ABC on Thursday evening.
Opposition leader Tony Abbott attacked the levy idea as unnecessary.
"There's a right way and a wrong way to find that money," he said, adding that the government should cut back its own spending before taxing Australians, and scrap the controversial A$36bn broadband network plan.
[I did wonder whether this should be in FC but felt it was relevant here]