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Sydney Family Forced To Cancel Second Overseas Holiday

The Jones family in happier times, on January's Aspen holiday.

The Jones family in happier times, on January’s Aspen holiday.

In a sign of just how tough life on Struggle Street has become, the Jones family of Sydney today announced to family and friends that their Christmas holiday to Aspen had been scrapped. The Joneses earn just $250,000 a year.

Father of two Robert Jones said with the rising cost of necessities such as Foxtel and organic coffee, the family was forced to abandon the trip. “I can hardly afford to pay someone else to put food on our table anymore,” he said.

Mr Jones said his children were devastated. “It was something small to look forward to in what is otherwise a pretty tough life. Our last trip was in January; that seems like an age ago, especially for young kids”.

Labor MP Joel Fitzgibbon said he felt for the Joneses. “I’ve been there. Not being able to look your kids in the eye when you tell them that you can’t even afford to pay for their private ski lessons anymore, let alone a trip to the slopes. It’s the shame more than anything else”.

Mr Fitzgibbon said he would approach the Salvation Army on the family’s behalf to see what help, if any, could be offered.

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16 comments on “Sydney Family Forced To Cancel Second Overseas Holiday

  1. Love Freo
    March 30, 2013

    Very good. I shall read this to my Yr 12 English class in the low socio-economic school I teach in. They will undoubtedly regard the Joneses with all due sympathy and empathy. LOL

    • Gabe Brady (@GabeBrady)
      March 31, 2013

      Satire… it’s the ‘Average Australia’ low-soc group this is making fun of.

      • John
        March 31, 2013

        Nah, Love Freo is talking about a truly low socioeconomic school. The problem is with middle class australians.

  2. lizabeth
    March 30, 2013

    oh dear get rid of Foxtel and drink maxwell house change to bali ….very easy !!!!

    • Robert Jones
      March 30, 2013

      Bali? But the language there is all funny, and the food doesn’t come on porcelain crockery…

  3. g2-5bba245eb6db01d36e28de6648a6336a
    March 30, 2013

    Some time ago now but I had a well dressed woman with a toddler complain to me in all seriousness how difficult it was to make ends meet.

    I made sympathetic comments untill she bitterly said “And now I have to buy a new digital camera for our overseas holiday ”

    She actually believed she was poor and was doing things tough.

  4. Kittypony
    March 30, 2013

    Aust has done a spectacularly good job in crafting a victim mindset. During discussion on carbon monoxide monitors in rental homes, one mid 20’s nurse replied that it was unfair to put further financial pressure on ‘everyday’ Australians. I pointed out that it only applied to landlords ; CO2 detector ($40) and a once a year check of any gas-appliances (~$200). This still did not sway her. How is it that people who are second-third-fourth home/investment property owners are perceived as being “everyday” Australians? I fear for Australia’s future. This is just one blatant example from recent uni experience. I’d say this mindset is insidious amongst the majority of the Aust students in my Public Health course. “Australia can’t afford to…”
    The only thing Australia can’t seem to afford is a future.

  5. ScottMC
    March 30, 2013

    I think you’re being a little harsh, the Joneses have extremely annoying neigbours.

  6. Steve Byrne
    March 30, 2013

    what a bloody joke you should try being on a very low income and try to make ends meet i was a solo dad and only got paid 500 a week and i managed to pay for everything no holidays just the basic food power rent but i made sure i had a roof over our heads its about time you people dont know how good you have it or is it just a image big house new cars in the driveway oversea trips what does that teach your children nothing daddy will look after us as i said before what a joke and get over it

    ps: i have now quit my job after working for peanuts to get even less money and find it even harder to live due to medical reasons

    • jack
      March 31, 2013

      I guess the satire went straight over your head hey buddy.

  7. LOL
    March 30, 2013

    There are way more needy people the Salvation Army could help. At least they got an overseas holiday. We go camping for our holiday. Doesn’t even sound like they cook for themselves. Seriously wake up and see how people are really doing it tough, to say they are doing it tough is a joke!

  8. Gabe Brady (@GabeBrady)
    March 31, 2013

    This is reminding us that we haven’t got it so bad people, we are the ones this is making fun of. I worry for the intellectual future of this once great nation, this is obviously fictional, satire, a joke, not real, it’s poking fun at us, the average Australian, the people commenting above, the idea that the Average Australian even considers living on $500 a week hard. Try living in (insert any third world country in which 80% percent of the world lives), on $21 dollars a week with no social services and appalling medicine. With the strongest economy in the world and the fourth highest standard of living, does no-one in this country understand when to laugh at ourselves…? Satire folks, satire… oh and lighten up, life’s pretty good judging by the fact that refugees risk their lives to become the bottom rungs of our society. Imagine the hell hole that is 80% of humanities home. Bringing up kids by yourself in Australia is hard but at least more than 20% of them are going to live past 12 years old. That puts you ahead of 30% percent of humanity. The fact that you haven’t had someone directly related to you mutilated by torture puts you ahead of another 20% of humanity. Folks, this is making a very important point about whinging, whiny ‘Average Australians’ who have got such a ‘hard lot’. Make use of what we’ve got because more than half the world would kill to have half of what we’ve got. In fact the only reason why they don’t is because our military guarantees that we kill them first. A lot goes into protecting the ‘Average Australian’.

    • Mark Sheridan
      March 31, 2013

      Nail to hammer, “Ouch! My head!”

    • will_r
      March 31, 2013

      No. We live in Australia, not the third world. Are you suggesting our working poor move to Congo so they can feel better about themselves?

      500 a week with a family is probably somewhere above doing it tough, but not far above. If you can point me out a place with rent below 200 week within commuting distance of the job market, I’ll stand corrected.

      150K is wealthy. 26K is not.

  9. As satirical as this article is, there was actually a front page story in the Sydney Morning Herald a few years back with something very similar.

    And no, it wasn’t on April 1st either.

  10. Matt
    April 26, 2013

    I think I’m actually having more fun just reading some peoples comments

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