What is it with F*****G VOLUNTEERS ??? There has been a push to pay them a sum for 'out of pocket expenses', apparently some idiot committee has examined the issue and has said that the government (I don't know if they mean State or Commonwealth) should give them $300 per year. The same day I was listening to news radio, and sure enough they were interviewing a St Johns idiot who said that $300 a year was not enough and he would need at least $700 a year.
Why on earth should they get anything?? That is the idea of VOLUNTEERS is they give their time and energy for nothing. If they want to get money for their efforts let them charge the people who they volunteer for. If the service they provide is that important and of good quality I am sure that people will pay for it. Why should everybody else have to pay for some social friendless misfit in the CFA, St Johns or SES (I forgot lifesavers)etc to have a pretty uniform to drive around in? You will notice that it generally is people from these sort of organisations who ask other people to pay for their self esteem and social life.
You never hear the people who devote much time and energy to St Vincents, old peoples homes and many other worthy causes asking to be compensated or rewarded for their time. If the government decides to grant these dills a sum each year where will it end? Would it be restricted to the so called 'emergency' organisations? Wouldn't all community organisations be eligible for a grant? I am sure that nearly all organisations and clubs would be asking for money for their 'volunteers' and that they could justify by the benefits that their club provides to the community. Before you know it every volunteer office holder of every club and organisation in Australia will have their hands out asking the government to support their 'volunteers' it would cost a fortune with no end to the handouts.
No let the LONELY SOCIAL MISFITS continue to give their time and energy for free to pay the would only encourage them and worse it would increase their sense of self importance. Tha last thing we need is a SES volunteer thinking his work serving tea and coffee is that important that he gats paid for it.