Q&A star Duncan pockets $60,000

Duncan Storrar had no idea that when he asked a simple question on Q&A this week, it would changed his life.

It all kicked off last week, with the release of the 2016 budget. In it, politicians revealed how stupidly out of touch they are with everyday people by giving tax cuts to high-earning Australians who really don’t need it.

Last week in this column, I got my strop on about tax cuts. Or should I say, tax cut, as lower earning Australians were afforded precisely nothing.


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Full disclosure: I will benefit from the government’s decision to shift tax thresholds, thereby gifting me an extra $6 per week.

Fuller disclosure: I don’t want it. I won’t notice six bucks. But someone like Duncan Storrar would, as he explained during Q&A this week:

“You’re going to lift the tax-free threshold for rich people. If you lift my tax-free threshold, that changes my life. That means that I get to say to my little girls, ‘Daddy’s not broke this weekend, we can go to the pictures’.

“Rich people don’t even notice their tax-free threshold life. Why don’t I get it? Why do they get it?”

Duncan was so spot-on. In fact, I’d be happy to give my $6 away every week. I don’t need it; other Australians do. Is there a way to get that kind of ‘pay it forward’ program off the ground?

Watching Q&A, as Duncan shared a little about his background, I was moved. I wanted to reach into the TV to give him $50 to take his kids to the movies. Evidently, so did the rest of Australia!

A viewer called Samuel Fawcett started a GoFundMe page with a goal of raising $6,000 for Duncan.

Aussies have backed in spades. As of writing it has raised $60,000 and growing. What fantastic display of what it means to be Australian – it’s all about banding together to give a mate a hand when he needs it.

Duncan is said to be overwhelmed at the attention, and isn’t sure what to do with the money. I for one hope his family splurges on a holiday.

At the very minimum, he can now take his girls to a double feature at the pictures this weekend – with popcorn and over-priced coke to boot.

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