From the Fair Go For Billionaires campaign, this satirical commercial features fictional mining magnate Alan Billson sitting in a luxurious chair with a silver goblet of wine, warmed by an open fire as he talks about how money from the Mining Tax will incentivise people to get sick, “For me it’s about incentives. If they put some of this mining tax into hospitals, suddenly, people are incentivised to get sick. It’s outrageous.” It concludes with the text ‘ABBOTT UNDERSTANDS’, indicating Abbott’s support for billionaire mining magnates.
Fair Go For Billionaires was a CFMEU – Mining & Energy Division campaign opposing Opposition Leader Tony Abbott’s promise to repeal the new Resources Tax, thereby diverting tax dollars intended for public purposes back to rich and powerful mining companies.
Manic Studios was established for the trade union movement with the goal of producing satirical films and videos for union campaigns. Charles Firth, an Australian comedian and member of the famed The Chaser satirical comedy show, was the company’s creative director.
Author: J Bird, 2023