User Pays

Rated 5.00/5 based on 4 reviews
What if we took our political leaders' rhetoric seriously? What if we implemented their dodgy policies in real life? In this chilling parable, the User Pays doctrine is examined as applied to a typical Australian family.
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About Tabitha Ormiston-Smith

Tabitha Ormiston-Smith was born and continues to age. Dividing her time between her houses in Melbourne and the country, she is ably assisted in her editing business and her other endeavours by Ferret, the three-legged bandit.

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Review by: Brenda Evans on March 6, 2015 :
A powerful look into political dogma gone wrong. Tabitha Ormiston-Smith, a skilled storyteller, doesn't disappoint with her political parable, who's plot deals with a couple blindly following a delusional belief to a horrifying and shocking conclusion. A must read.
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Review by: Ella Medler on May 29, 2014 :
A thinking person’s political parable – short and chilling – showing all-too-clearly the hazards of following political dogma without giving it even the most cursory discerning, intelligent thought.

Very well-written, though too short for me. I would have liked to have seen this story more developed. Perhaps the author may have plans to build on this idea – it certainly has merit, in my view. In this day and age, following doctrines sheep-like is an extravagance humanity simply can’t afford anymore.

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Review by: Patti Roberts on Feb. 28, 2014 :
Haunting and disturbing in a twisted kind of way.
This ebook is a short story that takes no time to read. It takes you quickly into a dark and twisted place that is entertaining in a morbid kind of way. I hate to believe there are parents actually out there like this, but I know there are, for whatever their selfish reasons, that is what I find so disturbing, Things like this happen.
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Review by: tony parsons on Feb. 24, 2014 :
Rod (Darl) lived in a 3 BR in Werribee, with his wife, Sharon (hairdresser, Shaz), & their children Johnny (11), Suzie (7) and Roger (3 months), the dog, Rover, & the cat, Fluffy. On the W/E they liked to have family fun.
Rod & Sharon were having a morning breakfast conversation about Mr. Abbott who had suggested User Pays (tax).
Rod told Sharon the 2 kids didn’t contribute so let’s not feed them.
Later an ambulance & the police was seen at the house 11 Wombat Drive, the neighbor Mrs. Weatherby had called. A downward spiral for the whole family occurs.
Cool book cover, great font & writing style. Wow, a very well written horror, crime, now-a days could be a true-to-life short story (book). It was very easy to read/follow from start/finish & never a dull moment. Quite a few twists/turns. No grammar errors, repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of interesting scenarios & a great host of characters. This could make a great movie or TV series. As a former social worker I’ve worked with similar families but not quite like this 1. No doubt in my mind a very easy rating of 5 stars for this book.
Thank you for the free short story (book)
Tony Parsons MSW (Washburn)
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