Duncan Storrar, the star audience member from last night’s Q&A, has been launched into internet folk hero status after people sympathetic to his plight and equally as pissed at the Government‘s lopsided tax cuts in the budget took to the #IStandWithDuncan hashtag in droves to express their solidarity.
In case you missed it (which is fair enough, Q&A is either nightmarishly boring or a pointless shitfight), Storrar directed a question to Assistant Treasurer Kelly O’Dwyer about why people in higher income tax brackets were being given cuts when to them it meant nothing, whereas to people like him who have spent most of their lives earning minimum wage it would make a world of difference.
He got an answer in the form of some extremely vague waffling about trickle down economics (which are, for the most part, bullshit) and a horribly inappropriate and tone-deaf anecdote about café owners using their tax break to buy a $6000 toaster, which really only proved his point further.
Needless to say, the internet got mad:
Those who haven’t known disadvantage, struggle or suffering are numb to it. #istandwithduncan
— Drew (@andrewwhiteau) May 10, 2016
Still gobsmacked over a man struggling to raise his kids being told he should be grateful a cafe is getting a $6k toaster #istandwithduncan
— Juliet Butler (@stormyjuce) May 10, 2016
Clearly, the pollies are out of touch. We need a parliament which is more representative of all walks, not just business #istandwithduncan
— Kavita Jade (@kavita_jade) May 10, 2016
— Ripper T Productions (@Ripper_T_P) May 10, 2016
#istandwithduncan because his disadvantage – no fault of his own – is already being passed on to his kids.
— Blokey McBlokeface (@Hippopeteamus) May 9, 2016
#istandwithduncan Most people know people like Duncan. Very few know people with $6000 toasters.
— JaneAlcorn (@JaneAlcorn) May 9, 2016
Low income Australia doesn’t have the luxury of waiting for a trickle down miracle.
— Stephen (@TheAviator1992) May 9, 2016
— Kavita Jade (@kavita_jade) May 9, 2016
— Wendle (@wendyismyname) May 9, 2016
It’s getting pretty clear this election is going to mostly be about low-key class warfare between the people who need Government help to get $6000 toasters and people that just want to be able to feed their families.
Photo: ABC / Q&A.