1 VOTERS OPINION  on AUSTRALIAN POLITICS

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ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE COALITION GOVERNMENT

A comprehensive list of (almost) everything the current Australian government has done

 
 
 
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HISTORIC- 2020

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HOUSING AFFORDABILITY

 
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"An increase was widely expected after consumer price inflation spiked in the March quarter, with both headline and underlying inflation climbing to their highest levels in more than two decades. The size of the increase, though, was 10 basis points larger than the 0.15 percentage point rise, a surprise that sent stocks lower and the dollar higher.eserve Bank interest rates: RBA lifts official cash rate to 0.35% in first rise since 2010"

 

COST OF LIVING

 

Between March 2021-2022, headline inflation in Australia appears to have risen by a distressing 5.1%, with the cost of non-discretionary items (which low-income Australians spend most of their incomes buying) spiking by a startling 3% in the March 2022 quarter alone.

Meanwhile, wages appear to have only risen by 2.4% in 2021. This means that the price of goods grew faster than salaries 

 
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April 2022

  • Consumer prices have risen at the fastest pace since the introduction of the GST in the early 2000s

  • The RBA's preferred measure of inflation is 3.7 per cent, well above the top of its 2-3 per cent target

  • The inflation numbers were well above economist expectations and increase the chance of a pre-election interest rate hike next week

 
 
 

WAGES - Us

 
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Wages rose just 0.4 per cent in the June quarter 2021, a figure much lower than experts had anticipated, according to official figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

 
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IT’S NOT JOBS WE’RE SHORT OF, IT’S JOBS THAT PAY DECENT WAGES

.........." people (who)  have jobs, but aren’t able to find as many hours as they’d like – is a bigger problem today than it was 50 years ago.

The proportion of the working-age population holding a job now stands at 63.8 per cent – the highest it has ever been.

And the biggest winners in this have been young people. Their rate of employment is 4.6 percentage points higher than it was two years ago. The rate for people aged 25 to 64 is up 1.9 percentage points, while the rate for those aged 65 and over is up 0.4 points

Now that our borders have reopened, the demand for workers will increase, but so will their supply. If employment does grow by 1.3 million in the next five years, it will be mainly because of population growth, coming mainly from immigration.

since a year or two before the Coalition’s election in 2013, wages have struggled to keep up with the rising cost of living.

INSECURE WORK ISN’T A MADE-UP PROBLEM. IT ISN’T NORMAL. AND IT ISN’T INEVITABLE

"That world of stable, secure work is long gone. It has been eroded badly as various forms of insecure work spread through the labour market. Especially for young workers, the idea of a permanent waged job with normal entitlements now seems like a far-off dream.

JOBS

 

THE WORKING POOR INCREASED UNDER LNP – POVERTY

 

Under the Morrison Government wages are going backwards – with the cost of living rising by 3.5% over the last 12 months, while wages increased by just 2.3%.

 

Under the Morrison Government, there are at least 70,000 fewer people doing an apprenticeship or traineeship than there were almost a decade ago.

 

More temporary work and short-term contracts means less secure work


LABORS National Reconstruction Fund- The $15 billion Fund will provide loans, guarantees and equity to support projects that create secure well-paid jobs, drive regional development, and invest in our national sovereign capability, broadening and diversifying Australia’s economy.

The Australian inflation rate gives the lie to Morrison’s claims of strong economic management

 
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POVERTY

 
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Dr Chris Martin, a housing policy expert at the University of New South Wales, said the prime minister’s comment was “a real let them eat cake moment”.

The complete 2022 Australian budget: choose what matters to you

“Thirty percent of low income people on the private rental market do not have $500 in savings for emergencies, let alone a 5% deposit for a home loan,” Martin said.

INDUE CARD - CASHLESS DEBIT CARD

The card may only be used at certain retail outlets so certain people profit from it. It can't be used at Aldi stores which are quite a bit cheaper than Coles or Woolworths.

Where can the card be used and for what

INDUE CARD - CASHLESS DEBIT CARD

LABOR PROMISES TO SCRAP ‘PRIVATISED’ CASHLESS WELFARE CARD IF ELECTED

Anthony Albanese says trial scheme, run by financial services firm Indue, introduces ‘profit motive’ above public interest

“But the idea of a privatised organisation running the welfare system like this and doing it in a way in which they have an interest in its expansion, that’s the thing.

“They introduced the profit motive above what is the public interest. It’s the public interest that’s got to count here. And under Labor, that is precisely what we would do.”

 

See also - Pensioner & Elderly Poverty 

1  VOTER COMMENT - Looks like the Indue Card will be more like the Cashless Cash Card looking at the following graph:

WHAT A DISGRACE!

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CLIMATE CHANGE

 
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Budget 2022: here’s what you need to know

Critical science-funding opportunities have been ignored, say the experts.

 
 

March 2022

“Despite one-off funding for research and science during the pandemic, in 2021 the Australian Government’s investment in science was 0.56% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) – which is lower than comparable nations, and less than R&D investment in 2010,” he says.

...  the Morrison government plans to cut climate spending if returned to power at the next election, slashing funding for clean energy agencies and other climate initiatives by 35% over the next four years. 

Moreover, there’s no new direct funding in the budget for renewable energy generation projects, or for electric vehicles.

 

 “The Australian government has promised it will deliver net-zero emissions by 2050 for the road transport sector,” Broadbent says. “Unless there is a considerable increase in spending on infrastructure to enable the electrification of road transport, our recent research has demonstrated that promise could not be achieved by 2050.”

 

DOES A BELIEF IN THE END TIMES INFORM SCOTT MORRISON’S RESPONSE TO THE CLIMATE CRISIS?

“this is a prime minister who can shift ground on almost any issue, and he can do so with conviction because his faith teaches him that God is always on his side.”

…….”his complacent response to a burning continent has seen an increasing recognition that there may be a strong link between his personal beliefs and political actions, and that his Pentecostalism may be having some impact on climate policy.”

SCOTT MORRISON'S VIEWS ON CLIMATE CHANGE, UNIONS AND LABOR'S FAIRNESS TEST


Australia would not revise its pledge to cut carbon emissions during the next term of parliament despite global calls for Prime Minister Scott Morrison to do more to tackle climate change.

 
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COALITION ACCUSED OF SITTING ON ENVIRONMENT REPORT TO AVOID DELIVERING ‘MORE BAD NEWS’

 

‘THEY ARE LYING’: UN CHIEF ATTACKS AUSTRALIA’S CLIMATE APPROACH AS IPCC REPORT RELEASED

Governments ‘are lying’ about climate change policies, says UN secretary-general

UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres says the current climate change initiatives by governments internationally are “a file of shame”, warning that the world is “on a fast track to climate disaster” in a speech made following a “damning” report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

 

“DANGEROUS RADICALS:” U.N. TAKES AIM AT AUSTRALIA OVER FOSSIL FUELS AND CLIMATE LIES

" Australia received the dubious honour of being recognised by the IPCC as a country where lobbying and opposition from fossil fuel industries has had the most success at frustrating climate action.

“Obstacles include both entrenched power relations dominated by vested interest that control and benefit from existing technologies, and governance structures that continue to reproduce unsustainable patterns of production and consumption,” the IPCC report says."

 

 

SUPPORT FOR MINING  AND FOSSIL FUEL

AUSTRALIAN FOSSIL FUEL SUBSIDIES SURGE TO $11.6 BILLION IN 2021-22

https://australiainstitute.org.au/post/australian-fossil-fuel-subsidies-surge-to-11-6-billion-in-2021-22/

 

“PERVERSE:” AUSTRALIAN FOSSIL FUEL SUBSIDIES WILL TOP $22,000 A MINUTE THIS YEAR

While climate-damaged communities wait for their money, $22,000 per minute in public subsidies is still going to fossil fuel corporations.3 If re-elected, Morrison's Liberal-National Coalition will keep this going — and SLASH investment in climate solutions.4

 

The first priority for parties and candidates who want your vote must be to stop making the problem worse. This means:

  • Start by ruling out new coal, oil and gas subsidies

  • Then review all federal fossil fuel subsidies by the end of 2022 to inform the next federal budget

  • End subsidies for drilling, pipelines and infrastructure for fracking methane gas in the Beetaloo in the NT

  • And ultimately remove public funding for coal, oil, and gas.

Together with our wider movement, we've stopped dirty money before and we'll do it again. We (Get-Up) blocked the unpopular $1 billion loan to Adani before the Queensland state election,6 we stymied the $8 billion "Coalkeeper" subsidy

 

 

MATT CANAVAN (NATIONALS SENATOR) SAYS AUSTRALIA DOESN’T SUBSIDISE THE FOSSIL FUEL INDUSTRY, AN EXPERT SAYS IT DOES

SCOTT MORRISON

 
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“Only a Liberal government can recognise that Mums and Dads around the country are struggling to pay the electricity and gas bills each month and then put taxpayer money into the expansion of a top shelf liquor manufacturer”.

PAUL BONGIORNO: NOT BEING SCOTT MORRISON GETS BETTER BY THE DAY FOR ANTHONY ALBANESE

https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/2022/03/15/paul-bongiorno-anthony-albanese-scott-morrison/

Scott Morrison’s response to the flood catastrophe is being likened to his equally tin-eared blame shifting over the Black Summer bushfires.

 

How the Prime Minister thinks hiding behind bureaucratic process can protect him from flood victims’ angry sense of abandonment is a mystery.

 

Australian prime minister Scott Morrison has been forced to address allegations he repeatedly lies as the fallout from his disastrous trip to the G20 and the Glasgow climate conference continues.

Two weeks after the French president, Emmanuel Macron, labelled Morrison a liar on the world stage, the Australian leader defended himself against accusations he is routinely loose with the truth, culminating with a talkshow radio host baldly asking if he had ever told a lie in public life.

“I don’t believe I have, no. No,” he said on Friday morning, before laughing.

THE MOST ABJECT FAILURE OF LEADERSHIP IN LIVING MEMORY

Prime ministers are supposed to make the case for change and then discipline their governments. Scott Morrison does not fulfil this most basic task.

The way politics is supposed to work is that the leaders of parties put forward a case for a policy ambition, and how to achieve it. This policy ambition is based on the greater national interest. The policy is developed and collectively endorsed by the federal cabinet.

The Coalition’s climate change policy has not been about net zero, but a big fat zero.

The A.F.R.!

 
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