I can and will pay if I manage to get back again and need to do HQ, so no objections.
But I do have to laugh at the tears about people not paying. It is unfair that most are paying and some are getting away with it, that is probably the story here and the injustice.
But $16m in NSW, $xm in other states. These sums of money are trivial compared to the benefit that HQ brings (arguably the single most important action that has protected Australia in a sustained way). Also trivial in the overall context of spending on COVID .... for example there have been over 16 million COVID tests completed, and I received a bill for one of this (in error) and it was about $250 from memory. OK, that won't be the cost to the government, but say they're paying $50/test, then that's $800m right there!
I tend to agree and I don’t actually have a massive problem with the state governments paying for HQ either for AU citizens, don’t really care!