And our generous Treasurer has us tax cuts that amount to $4 per week for everyone earning less than $60k. What really gives me the tom-tits is that the Conservative bastards who are doing this got their university education when it was FREE for everyone.
I spoke to the bloke I might be getting a job with. He asked me what sort of salary I'd be looking for. "Oh, I'll not go crazy!" I said. "I think I'd be worth $35k to $40k a year."
There was a long silence. "We pay our top MSCE tech $35k" he said.
I think I priced myself out of a job. I mentioned I'd take part time work if they can't place me full time.
No wonder 90% of Australia's computer industry is concentrated in Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney. A MSCE in Sydney could ask $50k easily get it. There are many advantage in living away from a bloody big city, but they are not worth a $15k pay cut. Looks like I'll have to move if I want to pay off this debt.
Fearless prediction for next year's budget: those who can least afford to pay get it in the neck, again.