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2024 federal budget: Dick Smith and Allison Langdon pledge to give their $300 rebate to charity


Australian businessman Dick Smith has urged his fellow millionaires to donate their $300 energy rebate to charity after the Albanian government announced a payment for all households.

Even Australia’s richest person, Gina Rinehart – whose net worth is estimated at $46 billion – will be hit with $300 in electricity bills next financial year.

Current Affair presenter Allison Langdon took aim at the politics of the federal budget on Wednesday night and urged other well-to-do Australians to follow her lead and donate extra cash to charity.

“For many, (the payment) puts food on the table, helps with the bills. For others, it’s small change,” she said.

“Let’s test the $300 energy rebate for ourselves. If you don’t need it, donate it.»

Allison Langdon (pictured) pledged $300 to charity after it was announced that every household in Australia, even the wealthiest, would receive $300 off their electricity bills.

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Mr Smith, whose net worth is around $60 million, appeared on the show to officially join the ‘300 Campaign’ by pledging his rebate.

“Not all of us need that money. Millions of Australians are doing well,” Mr Smith said.

«I’m going to give my $300 to the Salvation Army and I’m asking everyone if you’re feeling well to do the same… It means the money won’t be wasted.»

Mr. Smith selected Meriton billionaire Harry Triguboff to join the cause.

“If you can’t give a billion dollars, why don’t you just give $300? You’re gonna feel good, mate,” he said.

Dick Smith (pictured) pledged to donate his $300 discount to the Salvation Army and urged other

Dick Smith (pictured) pledged to donate his $300 discount to the Salvation Army and urged other «well-to-do» Australians to do the same.

OzHarvest founder Ronni Khan is willing to take $300 from the hands of wealthy Australians to help give food to those who need it most.

If 1,000 people donate their $300 rebate to charity, OzHarvest would be able to deliver 1.2 million more meals to Aussies struggling to put food on the table.

«This is incredible… I’m sure people will embrace this opportunity,» Ms Khan said on the show.

Australian households will not receive $300 in cash, instead it will arrive in the form of rebates on their electricity bills of $75 each quarter.

While this relief will be a much-needed break for many, experts fear that it will only drive out soaring inflation.

The move also stumped wealthy Australians who wondered why they were being offered extra money when they didn’t need it.

Australian voters have slammed Dr Chalmers (left) and Prime Minister Anthony Albanese (right) for giving a discount to

Australian voters have slammed Dr Chalmers (left) and Prime Minister Anthony Albanese (right) for giving a discount to «wealthy» Australians who don’t need it

«Flat energy savings of $300 is a lazy and reckless policy,» one voter wrote online.

«Rich Australians don’t need it, and many struggling Australians need a lot more.»

Another said: ‘I don’t need $300 off my energy bills. People on Centrelink need enough money to live.

“Why is everyone getting a $300 rebate on energy? Some people are really struggling right now, others are doing well.

«Why waste money on those whose spending hasn’t slowed down when others are choosing between food and heating?»

One angry Australian called the Prime Minister directly and told him the money would be better spent helping the housing crisis.

“Hi Anthony Albanese, thank you for taking $300 off my utility bill. The only problem is I don’t have a damn power bill because I can’t afford to live anywhere,” they said.

Tasmanian Senator Jacqui Lambie (pictured) has launched a furious attack on the government's energy rebate, which is handed out to every Australian household regardless of income.

Tasmanian Senator Jacqui Lambie (pictured) has launched a furious attack on the government’s energy rebate, which is handed out to every Australian household regardless of income.

Independent Tasmanian senator Jacqui Lambie criticized the budget for the money – particularly the lack of means-testing for the $300 energy rebate.

«I don’t like people like me and the super rich out there who got a $4,500 tax cut,» she told ABC Insiders shortly after the Budget on Tuesday night.

«All you poor people out there, what can I tell you, and we get the $300, aren’t we means tested?» Are we back in the days of Covid? We’re just throwing money away, left, right and centre.

“You’re too lazy to test means. We don’t need $300. I can assure you.’

About 10 million households are expected to receive the rebate, while one million small businesses will get $325 off their bills.

The energy rebate, announced Tuesday night by Treasurer Jim Chalmers, is set to begin July 1.



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