1 VOTER LOOKS AT LIBERAL- COALITION

POLICIES AND PERFORMANCE

1 Voter research on Liberals is sourced from the Liberals themselves,  and various public media sources, available A.B.S. data and greater minds than mine. It is submitted here to help voters make an informed choice at Australian Federal Elections

 

The best indicator of future behavior is past behavior, so let’s look at the Liberals performance and policies. Can we trust them? Can they deliver their plan? Are they pro Australia and Australians? Can they function given their differences with the Nationals, and the Liberals alliance with Clive Palmer and big business?

SUMMARY THE LIBERALS ACTIONS - 2022

 

1 VOTER -COMMENT1 – My summary on the economy: Is this safe, sustainable and has potential for future growth? 

The liberal Parties own website contains their manifesto "We Believe", this page essentially explains why the Liberals have governed the way they have.

In Australia, privatisation "has occurred principally among enterprises providing traditional public services such as transport, communications, electricity, and some publicly owned providers of financial services (Graph 4). For the Commonwealth, sales of transport and communications enterprises were most significant."

“The Australian Energy Regulator (AER) "draft determination and benchmarking data shows that privatised electricity networks are more efficient and deliver lower prices to consumers."

You have to be kidding ! I have to say this has not been my experience with energy, public transport, telecommunications etc.

Why so much privatisation - power, water, telecommunication, transport, NDIS, INDUE etc ?

No wonder trust is broken: everything that’s gone wrong with the NDIS -The NDIS rollout is an abject failure - Crikey.com

Lawyers leave NDIS agency in droves as challenges to decisions double - SMH

Quote Liberals We Believe

"we work towards a lean government that minimises interference in our daily lives; and maximises individual and private sector initiative"

In equal opportunity for all Australians; and the encouragement and facilitation of wealth so that all may enjoy the highest possible standards of living, health, education and social justice.

That, wherever possible, government should not compete with an efficient private sector; and that businesses and individuals - not government - are the true creators of wealth and employment.

In preserving Australia's natural beauty and the environment for future generations."

 

Ahh ha ! That explains it! If you are born in a less than equal situation, disabled, poor, etc. I wouldn't expect much help from the Liberals

Ok what about taxing the obscene earnings of gigantic businesses, even a little?

Quote Liberals We Believe

"In government that nurtures and encourages its citizens through incentive, rather than putting limits on people through the punishing disincentives of burdensome taxes and the stifling structures of Labor's corporate state and bureaucratic red tape."

Household names: 168 Australian companies have paid no tax since 2013

AND

Hundreds of companies pay no tax, says ATO as it releases latest corporate tax transparency data

Sound fair? Sounds like "mates rates" to me and a huge disincentive for ordinary working families on lower incomes. The rich become onscenely rich while the average person struggles.

So what is government there to do?

 
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RECENT  HISTORY - LIBERAL GOVERNMENT 

If we rely on the claims made by the Liberals pre the 2019 election they would have Voters believe that economically Australia  was in in good shape. Startlingly, data has revealed quite the opposite, the Liberal claims could more accurately be labelled lies.

The Australian Economy  was already Crashing- 

These updated links will provide corrections to the Liberals misinformation-

Global Economic Warning Comes As Australia Falls Into 'Per-Capita Recession

Remember When Australia Had The World's Best Economy?

Liberal Nationals Government Has Sent The National Debt Through The Roof

World’s Best Economy: Australia Loses Top IAREM Ranking Under Coalition

A Recession May Be Inevitable - Even Desirable

Australian Economy At It’s Lowest Ebb In 27 Years

 

......despite Liberals claims that economically we are in good shape regarding the balance of trade.

In my opinion there are very clear red flags that warn of very tough times ahead because -

Australia relies primarily on mining exports to stay solvent.

Australia does not process any quantity of the minerals mined here.  Plus,transport to China for smelting then back here to be used contributes to global warming.

Minerals and oil are not renewable resources, once they are gone, they are gone.

Mining is in the hands of a few companies and takes place in states with the lower populations compared with N.S.W.  and Victoria.

Mining has detrimental impact on the environment and specifically water and negatively impacts farmers and communities.

We rely on trade with China as our primary export and import trading partner, in 2021 -22 they are applying pressure to Australia to toe the Chinese Communist Party line or else!

Should this relationship break-down Australia would have no manufacturing and a lot less exports! Recent events in 2022 have shown Australia how tenuous this relationship is.

Despite Australia manufacturing almost nothing and exporting almost no manufactured products, some figures still manage report that manufacturing is on the rise!

Covid and Australia's fraught relationship with China have demonstrated the need for Australia rto start manufacturing again, processing and using our own raw materials

Currently our economy is dangerously un-diversified and heavily reliant on a few trading partners. Update - 2022 with Covid, the Russian war against Ukraine and China's actions this problem has magnified. At least Labor has identified this issue.

Do we trust China or are we placing the country dangerously beholden to China?

Read 1 Voter - On China

Michael Pascoe: Australia’s spooks go dangerously rogue – or lie. Or both

" Australia’s biggest security failure since Chinese hackers stole the plans for ASIO’s headquarters is playing out in plain sight without a murmur of complaint or discipline."

The employment figures are ‘rubbery’ as they don’t take into account travelers and students on working visas and the under-employed and as little one hours work per week is counted as "employed". Ordinary working Australians with a full time job aren't making a living wage.  

There are world-wide major red flags regarding wages growth.

Despite the employment figures allegedly on the rise, poverty in Australia is also on the rise.

Australian Poverty In Graphs: It's A Desperate State Of Affairs

 

The Rich are Getting Richer and the Poor are Getting Poorer -

Australia produces and exports LPG, why aren't we using this fuel in our vehicles?

Rich List: Billionaires Multiply As Profits Surge, Wages Stall

Liberals have negotiated/ are negotiating several trade agreements with Asia Pacific countries, whilst this has the potential to diversify our trading partners, it comes with several VERY undesirable trade-offs : Foreign workers here on working visas rather than employing Australians, Live Animal export

The China–Australia Free Trade Agreement (CHAFTA)

The Liberals appear unable to negotiate any agreement that doesn't include a flood of international working Visas.

 

CHAFTA -more visas for Chinese workers in Australia 

International Trade Agreements With China And Indonesia Have Down Sides

The ‘growth’ and ‘stability’ of the Australian economy is fragile, primarily because of the Global Economy and I.M.O. Australia's adherence to removing import tariffs - 'The Level Playing Field' and negotiating work visas for international 'trading partners'. 

The China–Australia Free Trade Agreement (CHAFTA)

 

Was this agreement worth the text on the computer screen it was written on? In 2021 China has refused imports of Australian wine, meat and grain.

W.A. Workers Missing Out On Thousands Of Jobs As Mining Companies Hire Overseas Workers

 

Mining Union Calls On Adani To Guarantee Local Jobs – Not delivered

DELIVERING OUR PLAN 2019 - 2022

From the Liberal Party website:

This year, we will deliver the first budget surplus in a decade. LIE- No they didn't , it's was only prediicted in future years IF  they stay in power

Australia's welfare dependency is at its lowest level in 30 years. SPIN- Not because poverty has reduced. Because the process, paperwork and qualification for welfare is too difficult and denies the poorest. Poverty is on the rise and Liberals are closing services. Wage growth is stagnant and under-employment (part-time) is growing, Australia now has a new category - the working poor.

Financial Review John Kehoe Feb 26, 2019

Weak Incomes for Years to Come, International Monetary Fund Warns

Quote” Real incomes are poised to barely grow over the next six years and living standards are destined for a slowdown, unless a wave of major economic reforms and technology innovation by business can unleash a productivity boom like in the 1990s.

The International Monetary Fund has projected that incomes …” End Quote

 

And   Financial Review John Kehoe  Feb 26, 2019

Quote”The economy's persistent under shooting on wages and productivity is putting Treasury's budget and economic forecasting framework under pressure ahead of the federal election.” End Quote

 

1 VOTER – COMMENT2 Liberals optimistic outlook for wages growth is not supported by financial forecasters. Without growth both the Liberal and Labor promises will be impossible to fund without loosing ground and going into debt. Based on Labors massive spending promises this situation will be  even more dire for Australia under a Labor government.

One of the biggest criticisms voters and Labor have regarding Liberal policies is the perception that Liberal policy favors the 'big end of town'. Companies and their CEOS profits have outstripped workers wages and voters believe that this is unfair.The following graph illustrates this point:

In 2019 Australian voters  apparently approved of how Liberals were directing Australia's  future. Ignorance is not bliss - Know how the Liberals have performed

Give them the boot

 
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NAVIGATE LIBERALS

THE LIBERAL PARTY 

SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW LIBERALS & THEIR MATES FLY

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 1 VOTERS OPINION  on AUSTRALIAN POLITICS

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Source - Australian Bureau of Statistics 6202.0 - Labour Force, Australia, Jan 2019

UNEMPLOYMENT

The unemployment rate is now 5.1%. When Labor left office, unemployment was 5.7%.

Unemployment Graph

https://tradingeconomics.com/australia/unemployment-rate

1VOTER COMMENT- What about the older workforce who have simply given up on obtaining a job as employers only consider the younger applicants?

Fudging the figures by claiming 1 hour a week is "employed" may fool the statisticians but not the general public. What about the under-employed? What about those requiring 2 or even 3 jobs to make ends meet, or the casual worker with no job certainty or entitlements? This is simply not good enough! 

Whilst the following graph purports to show unemployment over several years, we all know that there are "figures and dammed figures".

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1 VOTER – COMMENT3 -Liberals and previous governments have studiously ignored the problems created by accelerating population growth. Covid has shown us just how our Hospital, ambulance and emergency services did not cope in an emergency situation with our current population. This is before we look at the effect  a ever-growing population has on the livability of our cities, water supply, farmland, climate change, wildlife etc. on the worlds driest continent.

 

The rate of population growth is far outstripping the number of jobs created and is accelerating.

Coupled with this is the trend for visitors on working visas to be prepared to work for less than the basic wage or part there-of. This is driving down wages and is not monitored or acted on, simply ignored by the authorities. 

 

The 'jobs created ' include 40%+ of jobs that are part time, and the population figures don't show all the foreign nationals on working Visas working in Australia and taking up jobs that could go to Australian residents.

 

Numbers of foreign nationals with working visas are set to increase with the China and Indonesian Free trade agreements including massive allocations for their workers in Australia. Why would a Government think this is good for Australia

According to the ABS the employment participation rate is only 65.7% and the under-employment rate is 8.1% in January 2019. Not that I believe these figures, but this means that around 34% of available workers are un-employed. Can we continue to afford this given there is a fair chance that the underemployed are under the poverty level and/or are receiving government assistance, 8.1%of employees termed 'underemployed' is significant. I find the way the ABS presents these figures as manipulating the truth. Poverty in Australia is a growth industry.

THE CENTRE FOR INTERNATIONAL ECONOMICS 2017

Final Report-  Australian Trade Liberalisation  -Analysis Of The Economic Impacts 

ON EMPLOYMENT GROWTH- WHERE ARE THE JOBS?:

MINING- Up , MANUFACTURING- Down

Hands up those unemployed who wish to move to the middle of no-where in 40 degree heat to mine minerals?

Quote "Employment growth has not been consistent across all (aggregated) sectors of the Australian economy. Reflecting longer-term trends in Australia and elsewhere in the developed world, over the 1986–2016 period, employment in the agricultural and manufacturing sectors fell by 26 and 17 per cent (respectively). Meanwhile, employment in the mining and service sectors grew by 121 and 97 per cent (respectively)." End Quote

Resources exports –Quote " including minerals, metals, coal and petroleum – were a record high $220 billion in 2017-18, up 11 per cent from the previous year due to rising exports of coal, gold, base metals and LPG.Aug 2, 2018" End Quote

https://tradingeconomics.com/australia/exports

Quote " The Australian resources sector plays a vital role in the Australian economy. The minerals industry is among the top five producers of the world's key mineral commodities. Additionally, Australia is the world's largest exporter of black coal, iron ore, alumina, lead and zinc and the second largest exporter of uranium. " End Quote