iInformation is power and puts strength behind your words . I've done some of the research for you here. Don't be a zombie voter , the two party dominance is not unbreakable.
Pro Labor? This research will get you thinkng
1VOTER RESEARCHES THE LABOR PARTY
I researched the Labor Party because I wanted the facts and data. I wanted to look at their policies and consider their past record when they were in power. I wanted my vote in the 2019 Federal Election to be informed. I did the same for the Coalition
1Voter - Comment 1 on Labor-
After conducting this research on Labor, their current policies and past performance demonstrate that Labor is incompetent. My research has cemented this opinion. My opinion in no way endorses Liberals as a viable option
Labor’s plan is for massive spending: IF funding for this level of expenditure was realistically available, surely the Coalition would have revealed a more generous spending budget leading into an election. I would be gob-smacked if Labor has costed their plans and knows that the funding is actually available. Either the majority of these initiatives will not happen or Australia will fall back into a huge deficit.
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Labor proposes many worthwhile infrastructure projects, of which most were critical years back. There is no way with the current immigration led population growth (and cost) infrastructure will ever catch up. Stop population growth!
Bottom line- Labor needs to tell the truth, keep Australia solvent while funding their promises. Their policies fall well short of generating the funds required for such massive spending.
PREDICTION - Undoubtedly , if/ when they are elected they will roll back spending/promises saying that the financial position they inherited fron the Coalition is worse than theywere led to believe.
POLICIES – Some huge gaps in policies, consequences poorly thought through and simplistic but over-the-top vote buying will fool a lot of voters.
Labor policy ignores the issues created by Australia’s rapid population growth, they want a bigger Australia and increased immigration
How does lowering income tax for those who already pay the least tax pay for Labor’s big spending policies? It may stimulate certain sectors of the economy, and support our gigantic appetite for overseas imports which in turn creates a massive problem for our rubbish tips.
The high spending without a proper plan to improve jobs, manufacturing and the tax paying baseline (other than taxing those who are already supporting the country, even more tax) mean these initiatives will once again drive Australia into theRed IF they are ever enacted.
The truth about who pays the majority of income tax surprised me. You can’t get blood out of a stone and continually hiking income tax for the alleged ‘high income earners’ is a dis-incentive for investment, personal effort and is unfair.
The ‘Elephant in the room is the myth of a ‘Level Playing Field’ (tariffs lifted for imports and exports, allegedly especially with our so called 'trading partners'). No party is addressing this. We make trade agreements with countries who exploit workers, no living wage, child labour, no OHS, no quality control..... How is this level? How can Australia be competitive? Currently we are not,our manufacturing industries have gone and our biggest exports are come from mining.
Labor lacks a policy (does the Coalition) for making those who can work, and who choose not, give something back to the community that is supporting them.
The scope and range of proposed infrastructure projects look like the federal government will be Australia’s biggest employer, either directly or indirectly via contractors and sub-contractors
Removing negative gearing and dividend imputations for investors purchasing existing properties, it will have dire consequences for renters, housing, the building industry, the environment and self-funded retirees. Winding back the dividend imputations taxes the same money twice.
Another attack on self funded retirees - winding back the tax discount for Capital Gains from 50% to 25% for newly-purchased assets held for more than a year, meaning that for those assets three quarters of each gain will be taxed instead of one half.
Labor lacks a policy for retrieving GST on international internet sales transactions, the internet has virtually killed 'bricks and mortar shops' and the associated employment.
Labor policy ignores the issues created by Australia’s rapid population growth, they want a bigger Australia and increased immigration. Yes they do plan new infrastructure, which is currently decades behind population growth. How can cities function while all this alleged infrastructure is happening at the same time as continued massive population growth?
Labor’s energy and renewables policy (whilst absolutely must be addressed) is un creative and un-workable, for many reasons. Shorten's recent comments on electric vehicles demonstrate minimal understanding of the related issues or the reality.
Labor’s 2019 policies requiring massive funding make me think they will reprise their historic failures in managing the budget
A Government backed investment bank specifically funding projects in Asia Pacific sounds like a vehicle for disaster. There is no way throwing money at our neighbours will counter-act Chinese influence (not that Labor believes this is an issue). To me this sounds like the Australian Government trying to buy Australias safety in the Pacific. The victory will go to the country with the biggest cheque, meanwhile back in Australian we are saying 'what about funding Australian projects instead of allowing the likes of Adani and the Chinese to buy us?'
Labor doesn’t recognise any threat to Australia from China, the signs are there, A.S.I.O has been warning us as have other experts, this is naïve and stupid. Labor has repeatedly spoken out in support of China.
White-anting sensible policy proposals made by the opposition is petty and unproductive. The fact that Labor is against stripping terrorists of Australian Citizenship beggars’ belief.
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I don’t want to see any more free-trade deals where our alleged friends remove tariffs and impediments to Australian imports that shouldn’t still exist in a ‘Level playing field of trade’ and for this ‘wonderful’ deal we allow thousands of visas for workers from their country. How is this supporting Australian workers if international projects use their own international staff? The recent C.H.A.F.T.A. and Indonesian Free Trade agreements were unilaterally supported by both Labor and the Coalition.
Both Labor and liberals have a conspicuous absences of policies addressing Australian issues such as homelessness, the ice epidemic, law and order, law reform, supporting an unwinnable war in Afganistan
WOULD LIKE TO SEE-
Realistic policies that are realistically costed
No more lies, sell your own policies, don’t trash the opposition.
More law and order policies dealing with- Ice epidemic, gang violence, repeat offenders, soft sentencing, focus on victims not perpetrators. (However, these issues are largely in the hands of State Governments.)
A complete moratorium on immigration of any sort until infrastructure catches up and Australian welfare issues are sorted out.
A government who views their first responsibility to Australians. Leave the UN.
BRANCHES– all states and National.
WHO ARE THE FACES OF THE PARTY? -
Bill Shorten-Leader, Tanya Plibersek-Deputy Leader, Penny Wong-Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, Don Farrell-Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Senate.
LABOR LIES ABOUT LIBERALS
If they can lie so blatantly about other parties to discredit them, can voters trust them to adhere to their own policies? Don't be gullible, read the facts.
Labor has blatantly lied about Liberal policies (I’m no fan of the Liberals either and won't be voting for them either). Their lies target some of voters’ major concerns and apart from being lies aimed at reducing the Liberals votes, demonstrate Labors’ previous failings and just how far Shorten will go to seize power.
The truth of the matter is that Liberals have similar policies (and omissions) to Labor and have made a start on /achieved much of what is in Labor policies
SCHOOLS AND EDUCATION
LABOR LIE – Liberals have made $17 billion cut to schools…”?
Source: Bill Shorten, 2018 Budget Reply (10 May 2018)
TRUTH- Liberal’s Government’s schools funding agreement delivers $37.6 billion in additional funding over the next decade (to 2029). That’s 62 per cent more funding per student, on average, over a decade.
LABOR LIE – Liberals have made $715 million cut to hospitals…"
Source: Bill Shorten, 2018 Budget Reply (10 May 2018)
TRUTH- Public hospital funding is increasing by more than $30 billion. The Liberal’s 2018 Budget fully funds a new five-year public hospital agreement with the states and territories that will deliver more than $30 billion in additional funding between 2020-21 and 2024-25.
Source: 2018-2019 Budget Papers
LABOR LIE – "In every single budget the Liberals have handed down they’ve tried to cut the pension."Source: Jenny Macklin, The Australian (19 March 2017)
"The Prime Minister is still cutting $14 from pensioners every fortnight."
Source: Bill Shorten, 2018 Budget Reply (10 May 2018)
TRUTH- The Age Pension increases twice a year, every year. Since the Liberal National Government was elected, pensions have increased by $107.90 per fortnight for singles and by $162.60 per fortnight for couples combined. Income Support for seniors is increasing by $7 billion - from $46.8 billion in 2018-19, to $53.8 billion in 2021-22.
Source: 2018-2019 Budget Paper No. 1 – Budget Strategy and Outlook (6-24)
LABOR LIE - "Right across Australia people are doing worse, the health system isn't working as well, because we've seen unfair cuts to Medicare."
Source: Bill Shorten, doorstop interview (23 November 2017)
TRUTH- Medicare investment is guaranteed and increasing by $4.8 billion. The Government passed the Medicare Guarantee Act which guarantees Medicare and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme with legislation. Medicare funding is increasing (Coalition Budget 2018) from $24 billion in 2017-18 to $28.8 billion in 2021-22 – an increase of $4.8 billion. More Australians are now seeing a doctor without having to pay. Last year 86% of GP visits were bulk billed – up from 82% in Labor’s last year. That’s an extra 27 million GP visits that were bulk billed.
Source: Department of Health, Budget 2018-19 - Guaranteeing Medicare
LABOR LIE - "Coalition..cutting more than $3 billion from TAFE, apprenticeships and vocational education – including $270 million in this year’s budget alone."
TRUTH- Under the Government’s ( as pre May 2019) Skilling Australians Fund – which will create 300,000 more apprenticeships over the next 4 years – the states receive more money per year on average than they did under Labor. The federal government does not directly fund TAFEs. The federal government provides money to the states which then spend it on apprenticeships.
For the first time we (Liberals) will provide financial assistance to apprentices with a Trade Support Loan of up to $20,000. This will assist them with everyday costs while they complete their apprenticeship.
The previous Labor government cut employer incentives for apprenticeships by $1.2 billion. Bill Shorten was the minister for employment who oversaw Australia’s largest recorded annual decline in the number of apprentices – 110,000 or 22 per cent in just one year (2012-13). Source: National Centre for Vocational Education Research – Historical time series of apprenticeships and traineeships in Australia from 1963 to 2017
LABOR LIE - "Liberals voted eight times to cut penalty rates"
Source: Bill Shorten, Hansard (10 September 2018)
TRUTH- It is the independent Fair Work Commission that sets penalty rates, not the government. It was Bill Shorten, as Julia Gillard’s Workplace Relations Minister, who set up the review into penalty rates which led to the independent umpire modifying Sunday rates for some retail and hospitality workers (in 4 out of 122 awards).
When he ran the Australian Workers Union, Bill Shorten made deals to lower penalty rates, including for retail workers at Big W, Target and Just Jeans. For a company called Cleanevent, Bill Shorten stripped penalty rates for low paid cleaners with no compensation, while his union accepted payments from the company.
LABOR LIE - "LIBERALS ARE ALL ABOUT THE RICH
Liberals don't make the rich pay enough tax.
Quote " Criticism of our strategy has been political in nature and has drifted to 1970s class warfare lines, claiming the Budget is “unfair’ or that the “rich don’t contribute enough”.
Whilst income tax is by far our largest form of revenue-
10% of the population pays nearly two thirds of all income tax.
2% of taxpayers pay more than a quarter of all income tax.
Maybe these taxpayers would argue that the tax system is already unfair.
Company tax is our second largest source of revenue.
Less than 1% of companies pay 62% of all company tax.
Just 12 companies in Australia pay one third of all company tax.
1 VOTER COMMENT: So, OK Labor has lied about the Coalitions actions and policies. Rest assured that Liberals have played the lies card too. In actual fact the truths regarding Labor and Coalition policies put Labor and Coalition policies close together, they are not so different. For me it's important that policies are funded and that whoever is in government can balance the budget.
Can I trust Labor? That’s a NO for me.
Can I trust Liberals? Another NO.
This is not to say that any of the Coalition budget measures are adequate for the Australian population that is growing way faster than government spending on services and infrastructure. The over-riding cause of this is unrestrained population growth is primarily attributable to immigration.
LIBERAL LIE - Every time the Liberals lie about Labor’s strong position on border protection, they are playing into the hands of the people smugglers and criminal syndicates who prey on the lives of vulnerable people.
TRUTH- Labor will never let the people smugglers back in business
Labor believes in strong borders, offshore processing, regional resettlement, and turnbacks when safe to do so. the way to Australia through irregular means by boat is closed, and it will remain so under Labor. Bringing people from offshore regional processing centres to Australia is not an option.
This is the policy Labor took to the last Federal Election and remains policy.
Manus Island and Nauru were set up as temporary regional processing centres but have become places of indefinite detention because of the Coalition Government’s failure to negotiate other third country resettlement options.
LABOR TOOK THESE COMMITMENTS TO THE LAST FEDERAL ELECTION
Increasing Australia’s annual humanitarian intake of refugees to 27,000 by 2025 to address the global humanitarian crisis;
Labor looks set to raise Australia’s permanent migration intake even further – to around 240,000 people a year – by adopting The Greens’ policy of raising the humanitarian intake from 18,000 currently to 50,000.
Providing $450 million in funding over three years to support the important work of the United Nations HCR both globally and in South East Asia and the Pacific;
Appointing an independent children’s advocate to represent the interests of children seeking asylum and legislating to impose mandatory reporting of child abuse;
Reintroducing the ‘90-day rule’ into the Migration Act, in addition to references to the UN Refugees Convention;
Reinstating access to the Refugee Review Tribunal and abolish the IAA established by the Abbott Government,
Abolishing Temporary Protection Visas (TPVs) which keep people in a permanent state of limbo and placing those found to be genuine refugees on permanent protection visas.
TEMPORARY NOT PERMANENT PROTECTION - HISTORY
In October 1999, the Howard Government formally introduced the practice of offering temporary, not permanent, protection for asylum seekers who had arrived unauthorised by boat and had been found to be refugees. Prior to that, short-term protection arrangements had only been offered for distinct groups in response to a humanitarian crisis.
In May 2008 the Rudd Government honoured an election commitment and abolished the Howard Government’s Temporary Protection Visa (TPV) category for asylum seekers and granted permanent protection to those still in the country on these visas (around 1,000 at the time).
Subsequently, the Rudd and Gillard Governments continued to reject calls by the Opposition for a reintroduction of TPVs in spite of the rise in boat arrivals.
The Coalition has consistently argued that increases in the number of unauthorised boat arrivals related directly to the abolition of TPVs
Labor- support an increase to the Medicare levy for those earning more than $87,000.
The Coalition is planning to hike income taxes across the board, through an increase in the Medicare levy, and it too argues this is fair because the revenue will be used to fully fund the $22-billion National Disability Insurance Scheme.
1 VOTER COMMENT ON THE NATIONAL DISABILITY SCHEME
Though this scheme is the ethically the right thing to do, the roll-out and funding at it’s inception by Labor has been ill conceived and requires severe tweaking that will have to be paid for. Like many of Labor’s policies, someone has to fund these services, and Labor has never managed to balance the books.
The pendulum swing from election to election, Labor-->Liberal, Liberal-->Labor, is getting shorter with each election.Short terms effectively hobble governments to achieve anything.
In 33 minutes of highly accusatory rhetoric (Opposition leader Bill Shorten) offered not a single sentence about how to fund the mountain of unfunded obligations Labor had left behind. Not a word about what taxes it would impose, what costs savings, efficiencies, sacrifices and hard choices it would make. What Shorten conspicuously omitted from Labor’s Shangri-La ''legacy'' was that after inheriting the strongest budget position of any of the world’s 20 largest economies, Labor ran up debt at a rate faster than any of these major economies and created a legacy of huge costs. These costs, locked into legislation, are only just coming on stream. They included the national broadband network, the National Disability Insurance Scheme and the Gonski education reforms, and are in addition to the rapid rises in healthcare and welfare payments for an aging population. Shorten did not even try to offer an alternative route in the real world, a road map of funding his promises when the government is already spending $1 billion a month servicing Labor’s debt. This debt was used for spending sprees that did little to raise productivity, infamously the ''cash splash'', the border protection debacle, the gold-plated, centralised, feather-bedded building national program for schools halls and the similarly afflicted home insulation program. "
The Coalition argues that the NDIS will have an annual funding gap of $4 billion when the scheme is fully operational in 2019. By that time, the states will pay about $10 billion and the Commonwealth just under $12 billion.
Of that cost, the Coalition expects $4.1 billion will come from the Medicare levy increase, $1.1 billion in redirected spending on existing disability programs and a further $1.8 billion in redirected spending from the states, leaving it $4.1 billion short.
The Coalition argues the gap will need to be plugged by spending cuts in the welfare portfolio or even a tax increase, but Labor remains deeply sceptical – typical of Labor!
1 VOTER COMMENT- Labor spends and puts Australia in the red but voters are sucked in by their ill-founded and un-funded generosity. Liberal tightens the purse strings, get the budget back into the blue but is perceived as mean and socially un-sympathetic. And so, on it goes.
Labor established the NDIS and is determined to defend its legacy and rubbishes the Coalition claims that it left the scheme only partially funded.
Once the NDIS is fully operational, it will be one of the biggest Government-funded programs after Medicare.
HISTORIC LABOR FAILURES -
Is Labor competent to implement their own policies?
Under Labor, over 50,000 illegal maritime arrivals arrived on over 800 boats. There were 1,200 deaths at sea.
Labor was forced to open 17 detention centres.
Under Labor, there were 8,000 children in detention.
Labors' border protection failures caused a budget blowout of over $16 billion.
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