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 want my vote in the 2022 Federal Election to be informed. I did the same for the Coalition
The Labor Party website says it all better than I can , if you are seeking details this is the best place to go.
Essentially, Labor's policies are their 'manifesto'; unlike the Liberal Party's "We Believe", which essentially explains why the Liberal Party acts the way they act.
Here's my summary of Labor's 2022 policies:
1 Voter - Comment on Labor Policies 2022
The Labor Party has revealed a holistic list of policies that should appeal to a wide range of voters. I am concerned that there are some omissions that could result in some revisions. Interestingly, the issue of China has not been confronted aggressively head-on, but in a more realistic and tactful manner than the Liberal Party's approach. The Labor policies have no mention of immigration, population growth, off-shore detention or infrastructure spending on such items as roads, rail, airports etc., though the "buy Australian" could easily encompass these.
I find Anthony Albanese a far more trustworthy leader than Morrison, who is a proven liar. Albanese does not have the religious bias of Morrison, I see this as a plus and as a Labor politician I don't expect the level of cronyism that we have seen under the LNP. Labours support for an ICAC is a huge plus. Albanese's media presence is not as strong as Morrisons, this may reflect his more conciliatory personality; I see this as a plus after Morrisons elitist steamroller style. Anyway, we are voting on the policies not the person and it would be prudent to remember this.
"Signing onto an ambitious review of global tax rules led by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Labor also plans to raise nearly $1.9 billion from boosted transparency measures and Tax Office reporting requirements, including stopping firms with links to offshore locations such as the Cayman Islands and Bermuda from winning government contracts."
CONSIDERATIONS FOR ALL PARTIES
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. The core of this myth is the Lima Agreement, signed in 1975 by the Whitlam Government ; both parties have adhered to this agreement ever since.
We have made trade agreements with countries who are involved in ethnic cleansing, exploit workers, no living wage paid commensurate with the countries living costs, child labour, working women living in poverty, no OHS, no quality control, no recycling or environmental considerations because this happens off our shores. .....
How is this level? How can Australia be competitive? Currently we are not! Our manufacturing industries have gone and our biggest exports come from mining. Coal exports contribute to global warming even when they are burnt off our shores.
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. I would also like to see some loyalty from those neighbours that we have supported over decades along with firm commitments to adhere to agreements.
Realistically, we tread a fine line in the Pacific regarding our neighbours who are being financially courted by China. So do we keep destroying our own manufacturing industries, which makes us an even softer target for China? Dammed if we do and dammed if we don't!
I do like Labors "A country that makes things again" and "Buy Australian" policy, supported by their " National Reconstruction Fund " however I perceive a clash between these policies and many of the trade agreements made under the Liberals.
Labor policy ignores the issues created by Australia’s rapid population growth. Historically, both Labor and the LNP want a bigger Australia and increased immigration. Infrastructure is currently decades behind population growth. Covid has shown us that our hospitals and medical services can't cope in an emergency with our current population. How can our cities function while infrastructure is being upgraded at the same time as continued massive population growth? The congestion issues in Melbourne evidence this problem.
AUSTRALIA IN THE PACIFIC - CHINA
There is no way throwing money at our neighbours will counter-act the Chinese influence, they are well entrenched. Trying to buy Australia's safety in the Pacific would require a far larger purse than Australia can provide and a more polite, conciliatory approach than Morrison or Dutton has so far been capable of delivering, unless incitement to war was the aim.
Unfortunately, when it comes wooing our nearest Pacific neighbours the victory will go to the country with the biggest cheque book, that's China, not Australia. Morrison has gone a long way to alienate the Prime Minister of the Solomon Islands, who recently signed an agreement with China. This has the potential to place Chinese weapons within reach of Australia.
Labor recognises threat to Australia from China, the signs are there, A.S.I.O has been warning us as have other experts. ignoring this is naïve, however Labor has chosen a more conciliatory policy in this matter. From 'The Conversation ' : " Labor’s seven-point Pacific plan will include a boost to development aid, support on climate infrastructure, improvements to Pacific labour arrangements both to help address economic challenges in the Pacific and ease Australia’s agricultural worker shortages, and a restoration of bipartisan parliamentary engagement." and "Shadow foreign minister Penny Wong said: “Scott Morrison has dropped the ball in the Pacific, and as a result Australia is less secure”. The resulting vacuum “is being filled by others – who do not share our interests and values.”
On this Penny Wong is correct, Morrison has done a lot of damage but getting into a bidding war with China for favorable treatment will see Australia loose out every time. It is unfortunate that some of our Pacific neighbours have shown no loyalty to Australia despite years of aid. 'The Conversation' outlines Labors Seven Point Pacific Plan, which is largely based on aid to our neighbours, strengthening relationships, ramping up Pacific Maritime Security Program and deliver an Indo-Pacific broadcasting strategy. A very tactful response that is intended to keep the peace.
From the Liberals Peter Dutton The Conversation quotes “The only way that you can preserve peace is to prepare for war and to be strong as a country, not to cower, not to be on bended knee and be weak”. This type of war talk and sabre rattling, is likely to inflame the Chinese and provoke even more sanctions and threatening responses.
Ask yourself -
Do you want a war with China directed at Australia? This is where Dutton is leading Australia, and China has warned us in no uncertain terms.
In the event of a war China -v - Australia, who is more likely to win?
Who is prepared, has the largest army and military machinery?
Are our allies, namely the USA, UK and NZ likely to be of any functional assistance against the might of China?
The USA hasn't won a war in years, can you rely on them to even enter a Pacific stouch that will initiate a world war? They haven't stepped in to assist Ukraine, will they help us?
At what cost?
Surely treading the line that maintains Australia's identity and sovregnity, whilst respecting China is a more logical approach? Let's face it, Australia already has a large part of our population from China and a huge Chinese investment in real estate and businesses.
My take on this issue
Dutton and Morrison think a war with China is fesable?
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