1 VOTERS OPINION on AUSTRALIAN POLITICS
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LIBERALS - PG 3 OF 7
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SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW LIBERALS & THEIR MATES FLY
1 VOTER LOOKS AT LIBERAL- COALITION PAGE 3
POLICIES AND PERFORMANCE CONTINUED......
In 2018, Australia bought US$227.3 billion worth of imported products down by -0.6% since 2014 but up by 2.7% from 2017 to 2018.
WHAT DOES AUSTRALIA IMPORT?
telecommunications equipment/parts (computers and phones)
international freight transport*
(*to actually get all the stuff we like shipped or flown to Australia)
1 VOTER COMMENT 6 – I can’t remember the last time I purchased an Australian made T.V, washing machine, stove or fridge. There are no businesses that repair these items anymore, we just throw them out and buy a new one, the manufacturers seem to have built in redundancy into their goods and spares cost more than the whole. Once Australia had manufacturing industries, whitegoods, vehicles, a vibrant clothing and shoe manufacturing industry, now we don’t.
LIBERAL BUDGET SPEECH 2018 CONTINUED
INTERNATIONAL TRADE AGREEMENTS
Quote” Trade agreements with China, Japan and Korea have been delivered. We are working to deliver new agreements with Peru and Indonesia.
The new Trans-Pacific Partnership between 11 major economies in our region (collectively worth $13.8 trillion) will come into effect on 30 December.
Australia’s exports increased to $404 billion in 2017-18, up from $307 billion in 2012-13. In 2017-18 Australia had a trade surplus of $8.1 billion (compared to a deficit of $20.1 billion in 2012-13).”End Quote
AUSTRALIAN DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND TRADE
INDONESIA-AUSTRALIA COMPREHENSIVE ECONOMIC PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT
Quote” Australia and Indonesia signed the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA) on 4 March 2019. This agreement launches a new chapter in economic relations between Australia and Indonesia.
In addition to reducing non-tariff barriers to trade and simplifying paperwork, IA-CEPA will allow 99% of Australia's goods exports to enter Indonesia duty free or with significantly improved preferential arrangements. All Indonesia's goods exports will enter Australia duty free.
IA-CEPA will improve conditions for services suppliers and the climate for two-way investment. Australian services suppliers and investors will have greater certainty for entry and operation in the Indonesian market, helping to facilitate more Australian investment in Indonesia ).”End Quote
Quote” Australia and Indonesia will sign a free trade agreement next Monday, ending months of uncertainty. (March 4th)
The deal hit a wall in October, when Indonesia considered putting the imminent agreement on hold over Mr Morrison's statement he would consider moving the Australian embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.
Indonesia is a strong supporter of the Palestinian territories and repeatedly expressed its concerns with the embassy proposal.
The trade deal has been eight years in the making and should benefit Australian grain growers, with Indonesia agreeing to import 500,000 tonnes of grain tariff free.
Mr Morrison said in August negotiators had also secured lower tariffs, or greater access on live cattle, dairy and horticulture.
Indonesia wants greater access for Indonesians to work in Australia as well as support for its crude palm oil industry.”End Quote
Quote” The trade deal, which has been eight years in the making, will see Australian universities and health providers given access to the 250 million person market, as well as greater access for cattle, potato and wheat farmers.
The Department of Foreign Affairs estimates the trade between the two countries was valued at $11.2 billion in 2017-2018. Indonesia is Australia's eighth largest source of imports, while Australia is Indonesia's 14th largest export destination. ”End Quote
Quote” Senator Birmingham said Australian frozen meats, live cattle, feed grains, dairy, citrus and rolled steel would receive favourable treatment under the agreement.
But unions say the deal will hurt Australian workers, open Indonesia workers coming to Australian to potential abuse by employers and undermine national sovereignty by allowing international rulings on investment disputes.
ACTU president Michele O'Neil branded it a "dodgy deal" that favours unlimited temporary-visa holders. Union national secretary Paul Bastian says there's "no substantive evidence" the deal will benefit Australian workers. ”End Quote
Quote” The new Indonesia - Australia Comprehensive Partnership Agreement has no independent assessment of costs and benefits.
There are no chapters committing both governments to United Nations standards for labour rights and the environment to prevent a race to the bottom. But it does have a chapter allowing foreign investors to sue governments if the investor can argue that a new law or policy has harmed their investment (ISDS). And it greatly increases the number of working holiday visas to be issued to Indonesian workers despite the evidence that many of these workers face grave exploitation in Australia. ”End Quote
ON THE CHINESE INVASION BY STEALTH AUSTRALIA IN ASIA PACIFIC- YES, CHINA IS A THREAT TO AUSTRALIA
Quote” Cubbie Station in Queensland, the Van Diemen’s Land Company dairy operation in Tasmania, Nicoletti Farms in Western Australia and a share in the vast S Kidman & Co cattle empire are just some of the well-known farming businesses now wholly or partially in Chinese hands.
In the past year alone, Chinese investors have been on an unprecedented buying spree of Australian farmland. According to the latest Register of Foreign Ownership of Agricultural Land, Chinese ownership of Australian farmland has increased tenfold in the past year, to 14.4 million hectares. “End quote
THE CHINA–AUSTRALIA FREE TRADE AGREEMENT (CHAFTA) IS A BILATERAL FREE TRADE AGREEMENT (FTA) BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENTS OF AUSTRALIA AND CHINA.
Amongst other negotiation regarding China lifting tariffs on Australian imports (If we were already trading on a ‘level playing field, why did these tariffs still exist?) There will be a Work and Holiday Agreement in which Australia will grant up to 5,000 visas to Chinese nationals for work and holiday makers. The free trade agreement was signed in Canberra, Australia between the two countries on 17 June 2015.
In Australia, the 457 visa was the most common visa for Australian or overseas employers to sponsor skilled overseas workers to work temporarily in Australia.
It has been abolished since 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.
Quote" Australian unions have been protesting against ChAFTA because of its impact on Australian jobs. ChAFTA removes many of the barriers to Chinese corporations doing business in Australia and allows them to bring in a Chinese workforce without even advertising the jobs to Australians.
ChAFTA allows Chinese corporations to sue the Australian government if new legislation impacts on their profits. This could have devastating consequences for agriculture and the environment.
It means that Chinese mining companies can sue the Australian government for passing stronger legislation to protect the environment. This is bad for farmers and environmentalists across the country fighting the coal and gas industries.
But it is important to recognise that ChAFTA works both ways.
Quote" Chinese State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) accounted for 84% by value of Chinese foreign investment in Australia. At the same time, SOEs have served as national ‘champions’ working for the advancement of China’s national interests. In some ways they have much in common with sovereign wealth funds. With the signing of the Free Trade Agreement between China and Australia,
Chinese investment in Australia is likely to increase. Our main concern here is to examine China’s government-controlled SOEs, their characteristics and what this might mean for the way in which their investments are regulated." End Quote
POTENTIAL NEGATIVES FOR AUSTRALIA:
No tariff reductions for sugar, rice, wool, cotton, wheat, maize or canola
If Chinese imports of beef or milk powders exceed certain limits, China has the discretion to apply additional customs duties.
Threshold for Foreign Investment Review Board screening of Chinese investments in "non-sensitive sectors" (ie. excludes agriculture, media, telecoms and defence) rises from $252 million to $1,094 million
Chinese firms will have some rights to sue Australian governments for policy changes that adversely affect their interests
Chinese investors in projects valued over $150 million will receive additional rights to bring in temporary migrant workers to Australia without local labour market testing
China is hell-bent on skewing the global economy in their favour, and are in no way tolerating the US’ efforts to bring them down, however insistent they may be. " End Quote
1 VOTER IN LIBERALS COMMENT7 – ON INTERNATIONALS PROPERTY OWNERSHIP & INFRASTRUCTURE, VISAS -
Why are we allowing Chinese Nationals and others any rights to purchase Australian property?
Mixed Messages- On the other hand - reduced the thresholds for scrutiny of foreign investment by the Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) significantly.
Re the 457 visas – the number may have changed it’s I.D. but the terms of the new visa are identical- swing and slides!
The Indonesians have also shown a tendency to influence Australian government decisions, the most recent example being our possible embassy relocation to Jerusalem and the Indonesian governments reaction. I cannot conceive that Indonesia would tolerate any such interference in Indonesian government decisions, this response indicates that Indonesia does not perceive Australia as equals.
Re the Indonesian trade agreement, I can't see any Australians welcoming our support of the Palm Oil Industry as it destroyse Orangutan habitat. The live cattle export is also not acceptableto most Australians.
COALITION- ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL – AUSTRALIAN SECURITY ,PORT OF DARWIN, INFRASTRUCTURE:
LEASING ONE OF AUSTRALIA'S MOST IMPORTANT STRATEGIC ASSETS – THE PORT OF DARWIN
Quote” The simple reason why is "stupidity", said Neil James, executive director of the Australia Defence Association (ADA).
It's our biggest trading partner and the source of our greatest strategic anxiety. But do we really understand the Middle Kingdom? G'day China brings you different perspectives on China
Academics, politicians, lawyers, national security experts, viewers of Millionaire Hot Seat, the New York Times, even the former president of United States Barack Obama have all asked — how the hell was the sun-soaked NT Government allowed to lease off one of Australia's most important strategic assets to the Chinese without proper federal oversight?
And so it was in June 2017, when then-federal treasurer Scott Morrison stumbled late into the office of the NT News, the Territory's paper of record, while a Millionaire Hot Seat question flashed on the screen in the biggest television in the office.
Mr Morrison knew the answer all too well. "They didn't tell us about it!" Mr Morrison shouted, throwing his arms up in frustration, as the question hung on the screen: "Which Australian city controversially leased their port to a Chinese company in 2015?"
Landbridge Industry Australia is a subsidiary of Shandong Landbridge Group, which has interests in port logistics, petrochemicals, timber and real estate development in China.
It has also worked with state-owned companies like China National Petroleum Corporation, which supplies oil to Landbridge and allows it to sell fuel at retail pumps.
Its billionaire owner Ye Cheng had been named by the Chinese Government in 2013 as one of the top 10 "individuals caring about the development of national defence" and the company was later found to have extensive links to the Chinese Communist Party and the People's Liberation Army.” End Quote
ANDREW ROBB, FORMER LIBERAL TRADE MINISTER, IS NOW A SENIOR ECONOMIC CONSULTANT WITH THE LANDBRIDGE GROUP
Quote” Former trade minister Andrew Robb has slammed his ex-colleagues Malcolm Turnbull and Barnaby Joyce, as well as Australia's security agencies, over what he sees as anti-China sentiment. ” End Quote
ABC 24 APR 2018
Quote” Much has previously been made of Mr Robb's $800,000 Landbridge salary, but he said he had done nothing wrong. ” End Quote
CHINESE DONATIONS TO LIBERAL & LABOR
THE GUARDIAN , Paul Karp Mon 15 Oct 2018 16.23 AEDT
Quote” Amendments that could trump state donation bans or restrictions put Labor and Greens offside
A bipartisan push to ban foreign political donations is at risk of being derailed by Coalition amendments that Labor fears will effectively override state donation laws, after the government refused to back down and withdraw them.
In April the committee issued a joint report with bipartisan agreement to ban foreign political donations, the primary aim of the bill, after new protections for civil society groups were added.
The consensus to pass the bill was shattered when the government added two new amendments that federal donation laws override state laws where donations “may be used” for commonwealth electoral purposes.
Several academics warned that donations made without a stipulation on how they could be spent would therefore be governed by federal laws, even if they were spent on state elections. “ End Quote
Quote” In November, the Morrison government passed legal changes to override state donation laws, including Queensland’s developer donation ban.
While the Queensland developer donation ban has a “protective purpose” to prevent the distortion of politics or the perception of corruption, the commonwealth law is directed at “freeing up the flow of funds” from otherwise prohibited donors, she said.” End Quote
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