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Bob Katter's footballer tax breaks are misguided and outrage the disabled community...

MEDIA RELEASE

Wednesday 27 March 2013

 “MP Bob Katter has really lost touch with reality this time if he thinks giving footballer players a tax break is high on the agenda of the Australian public. His focus needs to turn to those in our community who are in need rather than those who are put on a pedestal,” said Muscular Dystrophy Australia Executive Director, Boris M Struk.

 “Muscular Dystrophy Australia has lobbied the Government for tax breaks for families of disabled children to help with the cost of modifying their family car to enable them to transport their loved one in an electric wheelchair, but it has fallen on deaf ears,” said Mr Struk.

Katter’s controversial plan to give footballer players a “fairer tax rate” has outraged many in the disabled community who have had their needs put on the shelf only to have a trivial and self serving policy such as this gain attention.

“Sure footballers entertain us, but it is a lost cause trying to tug at our heart strings saying they only average a six year career on a measly $250,000 a year as that averages out to be about $100,000 a year over 15 years,” said Mr Struk.

 “At least these individuals have their health and are making a fortune benefiting from it. Even if they are let go in their late twenties, the majority are fit and able to find another job. Unfortunately this is not the case for those living with Muscular Dystrophy, a majority of which require round-the-clock care,” said Mr Struk. 

“How about Mr Katter focuses his attention on the people who actually need tax breaks. Families of those affected by Muscular Dystrophy are under huge financial strain and are in desperate need of more assistance,” said Mr Struk.

 “Unfortunately these children with Muscular Dystrophy haven’t been able to become sporting superstars, because apparently that’s what’s needed to get the attention of this misguided politician,” said Mr Struk.

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