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BACKGROUND & RECENT HISTORIC LABOR POLICIES:

 

This page examines the 2019 Labor policies against those for the 2022 election. There are very distinct similarities, though the 2022 policies are somewhat more vague on detail and some omissions. Hopefully the Australian electorate will recognise the need for a huge 'U Turn'  away from the Liberal Parties policy direction. The past few years have been a hard lesson for all Australians. We need a Leader who we can trust and policies that benefit the majority not just the very rich end of town. I have no objection to policies that assist business and provide motivation , but when that assistance moves into the realm of assisting businesses that don't need the assistance because they are already very successful, cronyism that excludes other realistic options, and benefitting the obscenely wealthy, above the strugglers, I draw the line. I don't believe a war with China is winnable or a good idea. The Liberals have had their chance and shown their true colors. Ordinary Australians can't weather another term of Liberal Government and I believe that Labor would listen to the views of the majority.

REFUGEE SETTLEMENT: the U.N.

Australia is one of only about twenty countries worldwide that participate formally in the UNHCR’s refugee resettlement program by accepting quotas of offshore, UNHCR-referred, humanitarian entrants each year.

Australia’s Humanitarian Program annual planning intakes (for both offshore and onshore entrants) have hovered between 12,000 and 13,750 places since 1996 (with the exception of 2012–13 when the Labor Government increased the intake to 20,000)

NOTE- Some of the alternative parties ‘policies include leaving the United Nations.

 

https://www.aph.gov.au/About_Parliament/Parliamentary_Departments/Parliamentary_Library/pubs/rp/rp1011/11rp06

BOTH PARTIES ARE IN AGREEMENT ON MULTICULTURALISM

 

1973 – Al Grassby, Labor Minister for Immigration in the Whitlam Government issued a reference paper entitled A multi-cultural society for the future.

 

Coalition Parliamentary statement on racial tolerance- 

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In October 2016, the Liberal Party formally reaffirmed its commitment to racial respect. The Prime Minister moved a statement on racial tolerance in the Australian Parliament's House of Representatives.

The statement read:

'That this House:

reaffirms its commitment to the right of all Australians to enjoy equal rights and be treated with equal respect regardless of race, colour, creed or origin.

reaffirms its commitment to maintaining an immigration policy wholly non-discriminatory on grounds of race, colour creed or origin.

reaffirms its commitment to the process of reconciliation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, in the context of redressing their profound social and economic disadvantage.

reaffirms its commitment to maintain Australia as a culturally diverse, tolerant and open society, united by an overriding commitment to our nation, and its democratic institutions and values and.

denounces racial intolerance in any form as incompatible with the kind of society we are and want to be.

The statement was supported by the Opposition Leader and carried unanimously.

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1V COMMENT

I firmly believe that Multiculturalism as it was originally envisioned has served its purpose and is now creating a divided Australia; the existing Australian population is suspicious and untrusting with good cause. The ‘Somalian youth gang’ violence in Melbourne is an example of ‘failure’.  The existing Australian public expects immigrants to be grateful for Australias’ generosity, obey our laws, make an effort to contribute in a meaningful way. Violence and a sense of entitlement beyond those of Australian Citizens does nothing to build a positive attitude towards migrants. IMO it’s not up to Australian Citizens to make even more efforts regarding new immigrants, immigrants have responsibilities too.  The Somalian community is small and yet is over-represented in violent activities.  We now appear to have ‘flexible law’ and expectations that accommodate wildly differing cultures. Australia has no cultural identity and any nationalism is viewed as xenophobic. Any discussion on this topic is quashed and viewed as racist.

CHINESE INVASION BY STEALTH

SEE 1 VOTER - ON CHINA

For me personally, the willingness of BOTH the Coalition and past Labor governments to bend to Chinese interference, allowing purchasing of Australian assets is a huge concern. This issue has so far not been addressed in Labors policy statement. They will have to walk a tightrope to satisfy retaining our sovereignty and China's demands. Almost anything is better than war IMO

RECENT - HISTORIC

The Age November 6, 2018

Quote “ In his Lowy Institute speech, Shorten insisted that a government he leads will avoid "worst-case assumptions" about China or "pre-emptively framing China as a strategic threat", and that Australian investment in Pacific island nations won't be about "the strategic denial of others". But he also began by listing Mr Xi's "China Dream" as one of five major sources of international uncertainty. "It's hard to think of an important issue for Australia's future ... where China will not be an influential player," he concluded.

The pledge to appoint a global human rights ambassador came after references to Cambodia and the Philippines, but the Opposition Leader went on to raise the plight of China's Uighur population in questions after the speech.

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LAST ELECTION

CHINESE DONATIONS TO BOTH LABOR & LIBERAL PARTIES

An ABC investigation last year revealed Chinese businesses were by far the largest foreign-linked donors to both major parties.

Labor Party member Sam Dastyari was previously General Secretary of the New South Wales branch of the Labor Party. He was the first person of Iranian origin to sit in the Australian Parliament.  As a Senator, Dastyari was the subject of a Chinese-related donations scandal, which eventually led to his resignation from the Senate on 25 January 2018.

Whilst these are State Government’s issues, these are graphic example of the Labor mindset and the lack of control the Federal Government has:

Quote “Premier Daniel Andrews and Chinese Ambassador Cheng Jingye today finalised a Memorandum of Understanding between Victoria and China on the initiative – making Victoria the first and only Australian state to reach an agreement on the Belt and Road Initiative with the Chinese government.”

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Meanwhile in Perth “Updated 1 Feb 2019 Huawei's 4G contract for Perth trains is under scrutiny have? The West Australian Government announced yesterday it is reviewing its contract with Huawei, after allegations of fraud, theft of trade secrets and breaches of international sanctions by the company were released by US prosecutors.

The Government has always maintained its $205 million contract with Huawei to upgrade the radio network for its trains was not a security risk, but should we now be concerned?

What is Huawei doing for the WA Government?

Last July, Huawei won a contract to build and maintain a new digital 4G radio network for the Perth train system, including the new railway line to the airport.

 

From abc.net.au/news:

Plans for Chinese-backed coal-fired plant in NSW's Hunter Valley

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Chinese state-owned China Energy Engineering Corporation (CEEC) plans to build 2000MW of new coal generation in the New South Wales Hunter Valley, north of Sydney.
CEEC is reportedly a key investor in one of China's largest military-civil investment vehicles and recently signed an energy and infrastructure deal with Egypt's military ministry.

Boasting 160,000 employees, CEEC built China's famous Three Gorges hydroelectric project. 
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ASIDE FROM THE CHINESE  ENCROACHMENTS IN THE PACIFIC -

WHAT ABOUT  IN  AUSTRALIA?

A demonstration of China's intent in Australia and permitted by the NSW Liberal State Government. But here we have a Chinese firm owning vital Australian infrastructure. Doesn't anyone care about China owning vital trade routes in the future? (Belt and Road)And China isn't a threat! A.S.I.O. has warned our government. Dan Andrews, Victorias' Labor premier has signed Victoria up to the Chinese Belt and Road agreement! This agreement was overturned by the Liberal Government in 2021

LABOR URGES CLOSER TIES WITH CHINA - LAST ELECTION

The Australian Financial Review - Andrew Tillett

Sep 24, 2019

Australia should embrace closer military co-operation with China, Labor deputy leader and defence spokesman Richard Marles has declared, labelling attempts to define Beijing as an enemy a "profound mistake".

In a significant speech for a self-described China hawk, Mr Marles told an audience at Beijing's Foreign Studies University on Monday that Australia was able to maintain the US alliance while also developing ties with China that went beyond just the economic.

INVEST IN CHEAPER, CLEANER ENERGY 2019 LABOR POLICY - LAST ELECTION

Better regulate power prices – with a new regulated capped offer protecting families and small business from price gouging by big energy companies.

Invest in cheaper, cleaner renewable energy – to deliver 50 per cent of power from renewable sources by 2030.

End the power privatisation mess – keep Snowy Hydro in public hands, and put an end to incentives for states to privatise their electricity assets.

Better regulate power prices – with a new regulated capped offer protecting families and small business from price gouging by big energy companies.

Stronger gas export controls – to keep Australian energy prices down and protect local manufacturing jobs.

Future proof our energy network – by supporting new battery-storage, transmission lines, gas pipelines and dams.

Support a just transition to renewables – helping workers and communities as ageing coal plants close and are replaced with cheaper, cleaner renewables.

 

Empower businesses and communities – with support to access renewable energy and cut energy waste.

 

1V COMMENT - All good ideas but HOW? Is there a buy-back scheme hidden somewhere? Given that energy supply and mining have been privatised, how can the government control prices or exports? It is immoral to allow exporting coal overseas, if burning it is unsustainable and contributing to climate change here, it's the same overseas.  Stop Adani mining coal in Australia, they have proven their untrustworthiness here and in India. Calling a halt to gas and oil export will have the domino effect of putting the brakes on one of Australia's biggest export industries. It's a balancing act, you can't have an action without a reaction.

The easiest solution would be for government to offer subsidies to anyone who installs solar panels, and a higher subsidy for those who also instal batteries. All factory rooftops should have subsidised solar panels and batteries. BUT - How does this work when the government has sold off power supply to private enterprise, isn't this acting in direct competition with their interests?

Where's the policy on anti fracking? 

WAGES PENALTY RATES 2019  - 2022, implied but not stated?

Restore penalty rates – to deliver fair pay for up to 700,000 workers.

See Labor Backflip on penalty rates

 

NEGATIVE GEARING 2019 previous election - not mentioned 2022

 

Level the playing field for first home buyers – by reforming tax concessions for property investors so they don’t have an unfair advantage when purchasing existing homes. See Capital Gains 

Abolish negative gearing for new investors wanting to buy existing properties.

 

1V  COMMENT -  How stupid is this one!

The flow-on effect will be more sprawling development in the outer margins of cities and rural towns where there is a screaming lack of infrastructure- public transport, schools, hospitals, roads, water supply etc. etc.  More environmental destruction and usurping farm-land, more species extinction! The list goes on.

 

So, renters, often the poorer / under-employed / young families will be pushed out into outlying areas where rentals will be lower. The result – more crime. Examples of these types of developments are areas in- Cranbourne, Sunbury and Melton in Victoria.

This stupid idea, first pitched by Labor leader Bill Shorten before the last federal election, is that it would give first home buyers more opportunity to get into the housing market. Except it’s ‘arse around’, most first home buyers and young families target new, larger homes.

 

This idea will actually limit the new home stock for first home buyers because they will be competing against investors for new homes.

 

Better to stop the ability of non-Australian Citizens to purchase any real-estate in Australia. This move would certainly lower the competition and price fight at home auctions.

News.com Quote

Any policy that harms self-funded retirees or citizens aiming at being self-funded is inherently counter-productive as the result will be more retirees seeking social welfare, or is Labor happy to see elderly sleeping rough.

abc.net.au

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If you abolish negative gearing on investment properties, there's a strong argument that rents would increase," Mr Hockey said on the ABC's Q&A.

Mr Hockey said that in the 1980s, when negative gearing was briefly removed, there was a backlash from investors who increased rents to "replace the lost income" negative gearing had provided. "The net result was you saw a surge in rents," he said. Now this is a possibility if this dumb idea is enacted, primarily for existing homes being rented out.

Under Australia’s taxation system, negative gearing rules allow investors in both property and shares to write-off the cost of borrowing used to acquire an asset as well as other holding costs against all income, not just the income generated by the asset. It enables investors to deduct property expenses from their taxable income where they add up to more than is earned from rent. Deductions can include interest payments on a loan, necessary maintenance and depreciation on a property's value.

The impact: Existing investors won’t be affected. Limiting future property negative gearing to new housing will encourage new developments but logically see investors reassess existing properties, which could reduce demand. Having said that, positively geared property can be a good investment in its own right.

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Housing-industry-insiders-issue-negative-gearing-warning

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If you own your own property, under Labor's policy it will be worth-less. If you rent your home under Labor's policy you will pay more," Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said in a social media post last month.

Chief economist at UBS George Tharenou said he was worried about the effect the change would have on the economy. "My concern would be that if you were to make a material change to tax policy at the same time as banks are tightening lending standards, it could exacerbate what's already a downturn into something more serious," End quote

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www.abc.net

THE MASTER BUILDERS ON NEGATIVE GEARING

Labors’ controversial policies ahead of next year's election to end negative gearing for the purchases of existing homes would harm the construction of new dwellings, research by Master Builders Australia warns. Commissioned modelling by Cadence Economics predicts a $11.8 billion hit to building activity and 32,000 fewer jobs.

If Negative Gearing is Removed or Reduced, The Government Will Have to Provide Public Housing to Accommodate “Renters”.  Now this result is a no-brainer

Negative gearing changes 'could tip Australia into recession', warns John Symond

 

PENSIONS 2019 -LAST ELECTION

Guarantee pensions – no changes to the pension age or rebates for pensioners.

1V LNP increased the pension age during their last term

 

HEALTHCARE 2019 - LAST ELECTION

End the Medicare Freeze – addressing rising out-of-pocket costs and keeping healthcare affordable.

Cap private health insurance premiums – with increases capped at no more than 2 per cent for the next two years.

Invest in more beds, doctors and nurses – to cut waiting lists for elective surgery and unclog emergency departments.

Deliver new MRI machines – with Medicare licenses for the suburbs and regions that need them.

1V for 2022 - All parties must address the NDIs on many levels, not the least being returning disabled people over the age of 60 bak onto the NDIS rather than the pension  (LNP removed them from the NDIS). Disability over 60 costs no less than disability under 60, infact equipment probably costs more.

EDUCATION 2019 - LAST ELECTION

Give every school the funding it needs – with more teachers and resources to give students greater individual attention and extra support for kids with special needs.

 

Two years of pre-school education for every child – quality universal preschool education for three and four years olds taught by qualified early educators.

Create more apprenticeships – waiving upfront fees for 100,000 TAFE students and making one in ten positions on infrastructure projects an apprenticeship.

Build better TAFE – invest $100 million in TAFE upgrades and guarantee public TAFE receives two thirds of vocational education funding.

More university places – end the Liberals cap on university places and help 200,000 more young Australians graduate from university over the next decade.

Labor pledges $300m to students with disabilities ahead of federal election

1 V COMMENT  A good idea as long as these additional places go to Australian students. TRaining and education are all very well as long as there aare jobs to go to afterwards; otherwise, we will continue to have a well trained un-employed population. 

STAND UP FOR WORKERS 2019 -LAST ELECTION

Better paid and protected jobs

Stand up for the pay and conditions of workers.

See level playing field

Crack down on dodgy labour hire – ensuring labour hire companies must provide workers the same pay and conditions as those employed directly.

Stop sham contracting and fake casuals – so workers can’t be forced to be ‘permanent casuals’, and companies can’t avoid their obligations by getting staff to register as contractors.

Close the gender pay gap – taking action to deliver equal pay for equal work by forcing big business to report on their pay gap publicly.

LOCAL JOBS FOR LOCAL WORKERS 2019 - LAST ELECTION

Labor will build local, buy local, and employ local for government projects to deliver more jobs and opportunities in outer suburban and regional areas.

1V COMMENT – Much needed to get Australia self sufficient again.  But, why did Labor support the China Free Trade agreement that permits 5,000 temporary workers into Australia?

I'm hoping that Albanese's Labor has seen the errors of their ways in 2022

 

LAST ELECTION 2019 - Workers Visas

Crack down on the abuse of 457 visas – by limiting them to areas of genuine skill shortage and requiring positions to be advertised in Australia for local workers first. 

1 V COMMENT -  Done: 457 Visas were abolished 18 March 2018 by Turnbull government and replaced with the new Subclass 482 Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa.  The new visa enables employers to access a skilled overseas worker if they can't find workers with the required skills in Australia. However, the various free trade agreements actually permit thousands of international workers into Australia; so one move negates the other realistically.

LAST ELECTION 2019 - Use Australian Made on Government Projects

Use Australian grade steel – when building public infrastructure projects.

Protect local manufacturers – by taking action against illegal dumping of cheap foreign products in Australia.

1V COMMENT - Hopefully this policy will be enacted . Again, the various free trade agreements will stymie this, and remember the issue of quality control: The  Andrews Labor Government purchased sub-grade steel for their new tunnel project, they have had to replace it. What about the Chinese cladding that is sub standard? 

 

OIL / FUEL -LAST ELECTION 2019

Create a government-owned reserve of crude oil and fuel would be created - Stocks have been below mandated levels since 2012, raising fears of severe shortages in the event of conflict as an important national security measure".

1V COMMENT - The Russian war against Ukraine has shown us how important this is. However, thinking outside the box here; Australia has huge amounts of LPG. Why not offer a Government incentice to convert vehicles to LPG and use our own LPG to fuel vehicles?

MILK 2019 - LAST ELECTION

A proposal for the minimum price that dairy farmers are paid for their milk, to be set by government.

"Labor believes government intervention is needed to save our dairy sector and our dairy farmers," "It is not acceptable for our farmers to be paid less than the cost of producing their milk”

Dairy farmers have been exiting the Australian industry since a major downturn began in April 2016. Figures released today showed Australia's milk production in the past financial year dropped by the greatest volume since the millennium drought

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1 V COMMENT - A fair price for all goods, not only milk. The situation for farmers in Australia is becoming like a 3rd world country. They compete against cheap imports and can't make a living. Australian fruit and vegetables are being dumped and farmers can't earn a fair wage. This must be addressed by any government

 

FAIRNESS FUND 2019- LAST ELECTION

Monday 25 February 2019 - Bill Shorten pledged a $640 million-dollar Fairness Fund to help consumers struggling with debt and victims of misconduct in the financial services sector.

Double the number of financial counsellors from 500 to 1,000, and quadruple the compensation limit for victims of misconduct to a maximum of $2 million dollars.

 

Labor to hit banks and financial institutions with $640 million levy

1V COMMENT - No mention of this issue in the labor 2022 Policies.  The LNP have done a lot to remove lending restrictions for vulnerable applicants, they have largely ignored the recommendations of the Banking Royal Committee. Any Labor Government needs to address the root cause of these problems rather than mopping up the results of innaction. Stop misconduct in the financial sector.

 

BUILD A STRONG ECONOMY THAT WORKS FOR ALL 2019 - LAST ELECTION

Expand our public transport network

Build better roads and safer highways

Upgrade regional bridges

1V COMMENT: Not specifically mentioned in Labor Policies 2022

 

INVEST IN DAMS ,WATER ,INFRASTRUCTURE  2019 -LAST ELECTION

Millions of fish were killed by drought, excessive irrigation extraction and the draining of Menindee lakes says Labor funded report. 

1V COMMENT: Not specifically mentioned in Labor Policies 2022

 

FREIGHT & LOGISTICS 2019

Deliver a freight and logistics network fit for purpose

1V COMMENT: Not specifically mentioned in Labor Policies 2022

 

TOURISM INFRASTRUCTURE 2019

Finance new tourism infrastructure – with a billion-dollar fund to invest in tourism projects across northern Australia, in Western Australia, Queensland and the Northern Territory.

1V COMMENT: Not specifically mentioned in Labor Policies 2022

Why spend so much in these least populated states? Anything to do with mining?

 

PACIFIC INFLUENCE 2019

Sydney Morning Herald Fergus Hunter October 28, 2018

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Pacific push as a critical step to prevent Australia's neighbours becoming the "least developed nations on the planet" rather than an attempt to counter China's growing influence.  The steep rise in Chinese financing has triggered concern in Australia and elsewhere about the Chinese government's growing influence and the potential for "debt-trap diplomacy". End quote

1V COMMENT- See previous comment

Creation of a government-backed infrastructure investment bank to help meet the immense development needs of the Pacific and cement Australia's role in the region.

increase the government's foreign aid to the region and facilitate greater private investment in development projects to ensure Australia is the "partner of choice" for Pacific nations

Shortens vision is for Australia to actively facilitate concessional loans and financing for investment in these vital, nation-building projects through a government-backed infrastructure investment bank. Our neighbours in the Pacific are looking for partners to help them build infrastructure – and as prime minister, I intend to make sure they look to Australia first."

1V COMMENT- This was Shortens idea back in 2019. The 2022 Labor Policy gives no clear direction regarding how exactly Australia is going to aid our pacific neighbours; but clearly we must or suffer the consequences of not doing so.

WIND BACK THE EXCESSES IN DIVIDEND IMPUTATION - ELECTION 2019

WHAT IS A DIVIDEND IMPUTATION?

Dividend imputation was introduced by then Labor Treasurer Paul Keating in the 1980s to stop the double taxation of dividends received by shareholders.

Back then companies would earn a profit, pay their 30 per cent company tax, then pay a dividend to shareholders from these after-tax profits which would then be taxed a second time at the shareholders’ marginal rate.

Dividend imputation attaches a tax credit to dividends. If a company pays a 30 per cent tax on its profits, its dividends carry a 30 per cent tax credit. For a taxpayer on a 45 per cent tax bracket, the dividends would be taxed at 15 per cent.

Any policy that harms self-funded retirees or citizens aiming at being self-funded is inherently counter-productive as the result will be more retirees seeking social welfare, or is Labor happy to see elderly sleeping rough.

The biggest impact will be felt by self-funded retirees who structured their investment portfolios so they pay no tax, plus super funds in the pension phase that also pay no tax.

1V COMMENT - Not mentioned in Labors 2022 Policies. Not a good idea due to the impact on super funds ands elf funded retirees

Cap deductions for use of accountants

1V COMMENT - Not mentioned in Labors 2022 Policies. 

REVERSE MORRISONS TAX CUTS FOR MILLIONAIRES - ELECTION 2019

Reverse Morrison’s tax cut for millionaires – ask the top tax bracket to pay a little more so we can pay down the Liberals’ debt in a responsible way.

1V COMMENT - Implied in Labors 2022 Policies. Bravo! Essential! 
 

 ELECTION 2019 -  OTHER LABOR CAMPAIGNS

Act on Live Sheep Exports- Labor wants to end cruelty in the live sheep export industry.

Protect the ABC-Now, more than ever, Australians need the ABC – our strong, trusted and independent public broadcaster

1V COMMENT - Not mentioned in Labors 2022 Policies. Yes please, Bravo

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