Why is someone on Newstart allowance and Gina Rinehart both fined $180 for breaking the speed limit by 10km? Why is someone on Newstart allowance and James Packer both fined $1000 for being drunk and disorderly? This is stupid.
I think fines should be pegged to income, perhaps based on the last tax return or perhaps deducted from future returns, but incrementally applied.
$180 to Gina Rinehart is literally loose change but for someone on a basic allowance it is not far off a full week’s income. This strikes me as overly punitive to those on a low income and non-punitive to the wealthy. Outrageously unfair.
Apologies if this issue has been previously raised.