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1 VOTERS OPINION on AUSTRALIAN POLITICS
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SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW LIBERALS & MATES FLY
JOE HOCKEYS’ FAREWELL SPEECH IN PARLIAMENT, CLOSELY RESEMBLES CURRENT LABOR POLICIES: NEGATIVE GEARING
Quote” “Negative gearing should be skewed towards new housing so that there is an incentive to add to the housing stock rather than an incentive to speculate on existing property,” he said. “We should be wiser and more consistent on tax concessions to help pay for that, in particular tax concessions on superannuation should be carefully pared back.” End Quote
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ARE LIBERALS A HIGH TAXING GOVERNMENT? TAX CUTS AND INDUCEMENTS
Quote” In this Budget we are providing tax relief to encourage and reward working Australians and reduce the cost pressures on households.
Tonight, I announce a seven-year personal tax plan to make personal income tax lower, fairer and simpler.
The plan will result in more working Australians paying lower rates of tax. It will be enshrined in legislation.
The plan has three parts.
1. Tax relief for middle and low income earners now.
2. Protecting what Australians earn from bracket creep.
3. Ensuring more Australians pay less tax by making personal taxes simpler.
Under our personal tax plan, 94 per cent of Australian taxpayers will pay no more than 32.5c in the dollar. That compares to 63 per cent if we leave the system unchanged.
This means more working Australians paying lower taxes on every extra dollar they earn. “End Quote
SOURCE- TRADING ECONOMICS
Quote" Australia's consumer price inflation edged down to 1.8 percent year-on-year in the last quarter of 2018 from 1.9 percent in the previous period and above market expectations of 1.7 percent.
It was the lowest inflation rate since the third quarter of 2017, mainly due to a marked slowdown in cost of transport.
On a quarterly basis, consumer prices went up 0.5 percent, after a 0.4 percent rise in the September quarter and slightly above consensus of 0.4 percent. It marked the highest quarterly figure since the last quarter of 2017.
Inflation Rate in Australia averaged 5 percent from 1951 until 2018, reaching an all-time high of 23.90 percent in the fourth quarter of 1951 and a record low of -1.30 percent in the second quarter of 1962." End Quote
1 VOTER COMMENT ON LIBERALS 16 – WE ARE NOT OK- AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENTS HAVE LOST THE CONCEPT OF FAIRNESS:
Various sources quote ABS figures, strangely some data differs for the same item/period. The ABS is not easy to navigate and locate succinct, connected information. Having said this, all data agrees Australia has a very extensive, expensive welfare support system when compared with other OECD countries. No wonder Australia is the country of choice for so many refugees and economic country shoppers who bypass Indonesia risking their lives on leaking boats in favor of Australia.
It's unclear if the data I have found on welfare and social support includes immigration and humanitarian welfare and support services. (Immigration and humanitarian support welfare- another gargantuan budget expense, I have dealt with this elsewhere)
There are figures and 'dammed figures'. Whilst the % of the Australian population relying on social support services has reduced % wise, the population has increased many-fold. When taking the population growth into consideration even the lower % is a huge number of people.
Based on my research I have made the following conclusions-
Australia has a very generous social support structure and budget.
Australia’s rental prices, power, fuel, transport, food, and medical care and aged care are all on the rise, wages are static.
The population has become accustom to voracious consumerism, ‘necessities for life’ have expanded and disadvantage now has a higher benchmark. e.g. My iPhone needs updating, my data plan isn’t big enough, I need another pack of cigarettes. Let’s go out for dinner
Poverty is on the rise for families, individuals and retirees who rely on social assistance benefits in part or full. For some the attitude above is a contributor to perceived poverty.
Inflation is not 0% and it is contributing to poverty. The G.S.T. and fuel taxes are not helpful to those on social assistance, the government gives with one hand and takes with the other.
Immigration is adding significantly to the budget costs for social assistance for humanitarian immigrants. For disadvantaged Australians this is creating resentful attitude that is dividing the community.
The ’jobs created’ and ‘working people’ data doesn’t count the non tax paying working visa internationals or those illegally over-staying their visas and working here. These workers are set to rise due to trade agreements. Many of these people are occupying jobs that could go to Australians.
The above groups all utilize Australian hospitals, need to live somewhere, use power, drink water and use our roads and public transport - all adding to the stress on infrastructure which has not kept up with population growth. This issue is also adding to population resentment.
No government has managed to successfully address the long-term welfare dependent people who could work but don’t want to. There is a growing sub- class of these entitled individuals, some stretching over generations.
Whilst some ‘rich’ individuals and companies are using various ‘legal’ methods to evade tax the figures also show that a small number of very rich are paying a very large % of tax. Government needs to make companies pay their tax!
Where are the measures and new legeslation to make the very rich / companies that are avoiding tax, legitimately/ otherwise pay the appropriate tax, these loop-holes need to be closed.
The myth of the trade ‘Level Playing Field’ has decimated job opportunities for lesser skilled workers in Australia. These manufacturing jobs have gone offshore to countries who have no /little quality control, O.H.S., superannuation, child labor laws, minimum wage laws etc. There is nothing fair in competing production costs with these countries. Australia always looses.
Homelessness was virtually un-known 40 years ago and is now a growing problem in the inner city.There is a general perception that immigrants receive prefferential treatment over homeless Australians.
Care for Australian citizens with mental health issues and return service men and women is woefully inadequate, the government focus is on population growth, immigration and children, those that are here on the ground already and in need are ignored.
The government needs to change its’ focus and serve the population that is here now before throwing money at the Asia Pacific Region. This measure smacks of being a defensive tactic to fend-off any hostilities towards Australia. In a competitive situation Australia will not beat China.
It is not sustainable to continue the level of population growth, bringing with it a large welfare and social services budget expenditure, when wages (and hence tax income) are flat lining. With the stated lower taxation policy the tax income is set to be further reduced.
It is not fair to continue the massive population growth driven by immigration whilst muzzling the Australian populations right to discuss this with the cry ‘racist’. Surely Australians have a right to decide on compatible mix and numbers of immigrants?
Despite Liberals line that welfare is for the most-needy and disadvantaged it appears to be missing some of those that are least able to support themselves (pensioners, disabled, those with mental health issues, returned service people) whilst supporting a section of the community that could work, but won't.
IMO it is manifestly unfair to continue to 'hit' pensioners and people who are on the cusp of retiring with more changes and cuts to their retirement planning whilst stating that in the future retirees should not rely on the existence of the pension. The domino effect of this is more reliance on the pension (if it still exists) and more poverty for this sector.
IMO these issues will culminate in massive social unrest and divisions in the Australian population, nobody wants this to happen but this is where we are heading if the population isn't listened to.
FROM THE LIBERALS BUDGET 2018-19 -INFRASTRUCTURE
Quote” Record infrastructure investment. $75 billion is being invested over a decade in highway upgrades, congestion busting roads, rail projects, inland rail, improved local roads and a new airport. This will cut travel times and create jobs. “End Quote
1 VOTER COMMENT ON LIBERALS 17: INFRASTRUCTURE IS YEARS BEHIND Victoria is the fastest growing state in Australia and the second largest behind NSW. The Liberal infrastructure budget is wildly disproportionate as far as federal government investment in Victoria goes and manifestly unfair.
Victoria and NSW have taken the majority of new immigrants and the livability of Sydney and Melbourne has deteriorated dramatically due to congestion and failure of planning. I don't know any Victorians who are not frustrated and angry about victorian infrastructure. Th efollowing graph proves my point re funding. As a Victorian I do not accept the Liberals infrastructure budget and will not vote Liberal. SEE UPDATE BUDGET 2019 following
Coalition 10-year National Infrastructure Plan-Graph 2018-2027
CLIMATE , THE ENVIRONMENT, ENERGY
Coal is projected to emerge as Australia’s largest export earner, generating $58.1 billion for the 2018-19 financial year
Australia’s high-grade metallurgical coal is amongst the world’s best for modern steel making, while Australia’s high-energy, low-ash coal matches the needs of Asia’s high-efficiency, low-emissions (HELE) coal-fired power plants
WHAT IS THE NATIONAL ENERGY GUARANTEE AND WILL IT REDUCE POWER PRICES
Quote” Australia has been left floundering for years without a proper policy to deal with climate change and this has seen coal-fired power stations close down, electricity prices skyrocket and widespread blackouts.
Former prime minister Tony Abbott said if there was 36 per cent renewable energy by 2030, as suggested by the modelling, this would drive prices higher.” End Quote
ADANI - I DESPAIR! Why are we allowing this environmental vandal? Federal Government sanctions the trashing of our environment:
ADANI GROUP FILES PLEA IN INDIA HIGH COURT TO STALL FRAUD INVESTIGATION
Quote” The mining conglomerate is asking the court to quash a request to produce information regarding its coal imports from Indonesia. Mining conglomerate the Adani Group is trying to prevent Indian authorities from accessing its business records as part of an investigation into an alleged $4bn fraud by power companies.
The request is part of an investigation by India’s Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) into a $4.4bn alleged fraud by 40 power companies including six Adani subsidiaries. ” End Quote
Quote” Adani have already brought their shonky business practices and environmental destruction to Australia. It proves beyond a doubt that Adani can't be trusted to build the world's biggest new coal mine. And they definitely can't be trusted with a billion taxpayer dollars to do it. ” End Quote
FROM ABC .NET:
ADANI - WATER USAGE
Quote” The Federal Environment Department ruled against the advice of the Government's own water experts when deciding Adani's North Galilee Water Scheme, in Central Queensland, did not require a full environmental assessment.” End Quote
More links - Adani:
Adani plans to draw 12.5b litres of water and there will be no environmental impact statement
Adani coal terminal releases more water into wetlands near Abbot Point port
Adani provided 'persuasive' evidence of 'illegal' water bores, environmental lawyers say
1 VOTER COMMENT ON LIBERALS 18: - CLIMATE, COAL & WE ARE POWERLESS
Why is Australia doing business with Adani? How does backing Adani's giant coal mine aid the planet in general?
What difference does it make if the coal is burned in Australia/ India it still affects the planet the same way?
Adani has been discredited in their homeland and so-far their practices in Australia shows they have no respect for Australian law or the environment
Why is the government contemplating funding infrastructure (rail) for Adani whilst neglecting infrastructure in our major cities?
Why aren’t all new buildings, especially factories, government supported to install solar panels on their expansive roofs?
The privatization of energy suppliers has not led to cheaper prices or power infrastructure keeping up with population requirements, essential services should be in the hands and control of the Australian Government.
Regarding lower energy prices, I hve yet to see anyone's power bill falling. (See following) This is a myth.
The Liberals Energy Guarantee has nothing to do with guaranteeing continuous power supply to consumers. These measures are too little, too late. The impact of population growth and climate change made these issues urgent 10 years ago!
Quote” The National Energy Security Board estimates annual power bills will fall by $400 on average for every Australian household from 2020, following the introduction of our national energy guarantee.
We will maintain our responsible and achievable emissions reduction target at 26-28 per cent, and not the 45 per cent demanded by the Opposition. That would only push electricity prices up.
And we will not adopt the 50 per cent renewable energy target demanded by the Opposition that will also only put electricity prices up.
All energy sources and technologies should support themselves without taxpayer subsidies. The current subsidy scheme will be phased out from 2020.
And we will keep the pressure on the big energy companies to give you a better deal. Already this has led to households saving several hundred dollars a year. ” End Quote
Quote” Deputy Nationals leader Bridget McKenzie has taken a swipe at her former leader Barnaby Joyce, saying Australia is frustrated with him amid escalating leadership tension and division over coal-fired power.
Mr Joyce is supporting a group of Nationals MPs who want a new coal-fired power station in Queensland
Mr Joyce is backing a group of Queensland Nationals MPs who want the Federal Government to underwrite a new coal-fired power station in that state despite opposition from the party's Coalition partners, the Liberals.
PLANS FOR CHINESE-BACKED COAL-FIRED PLANT IN NSW'S HUNTER VALLEY
Quote" 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.
Shadow environment minister Mark Butler voiced opposition to the plans in a statement of his own.
"Labor's long standing position is no taxpayer money should go to subsidising new coal power, and no carbon risk indemnity, which could cost taxpayers up to $17 billion, should be provided," he said." End Quote
1 VOTER COMMENT 19 – ON DIRTY ENERGY: Politicians Weazel words- So it's OK for government to permit another country to finance new coal power? The result for the environment is the same regardless of who finances it! Along with the CHAFTA agreement, if this happens there will be hordes more Chinese Nationals working in the Hunter Valley.
WATER -HOW SOON BEFORE THE WORLD RUNS OUT OF FRESH WATER?
Quote” Murray-Darling Basin plan: Barnaby Joyce says water theft allegations not a matter for Commonwealth. “ End Quote
1 VOTER ON LIBERALS COMMENT 20- WATER ABUSE - Australia is the driest continent on earth, our arable land is limited by poor soil and low/unreliable rainfall. Our cities are expanding onto the best remaining farmland. The majority of our population is clustered around the sea-board, as without water we die.
New dams have not kept up with population growth, and are they viable due to climate change? We cannot support endless growth in population. Water is a world-wide problem.
In Australia we have failed to come to terms with this problem and we are still growing water-hungry crops like cotton and draining aquifers like the Murray -Darling Basin and selling immense water rights to international farm owners and miners whilst draining water from human populations in towns downstream.
No federal government has/is addressing these issues significantly enough to make any impact. It’s time that there are federal laws that stop State Governments facilitating this abuse. Acknowledging that people drink and use water. supply is not optional! The Federal Government must be able to over-ride these types of State Government abuses.
MINISTERS BAIL – RAT’S FROM A SINKING SHIP!
The Morrison Government has lost two more of its ministers in the lead up to the election with both Christopher Pyne and Steve Ciobo announcing their decision to resign from politics. They join Kelly O'Dwyer, David Bushby,Nigel Scullion, Michael Keenan, Julia Banks ,Andrew Broad, Julie Bishop.
Quite a few ministers resigned when Turnbull was returned as leader then somehow returned when Morrison took the leadership.
When even the ministers in the Party exhibit so much disharmony, how can the voting public have faith in their plans for Australia? This is before you factor in working with the Nationals, with their own issues , and independents. What a mess!
Further on the topic of lies - one of the biggest boosts to the Liberal Party votes was the lie that Labor intended to introduce a death tax. Clearly both parties play the 'lies' game well. It's time that all parties are accountable for bald faced lies.
The Updates pages on this site will show how Adani has progressed and how the Liberal lies regarding the Australian Economy have come to light. The popular myth that Liberals manage the ecnomy prudently, is just a myth. Know the facts.
BUDGET 2019-2020- UPDATE
The promised funding will include $700 million to duplicate the South Geelong to Waurn Ponds track
Another $1.4 billion will go towards road improvements on arterial and unsealed roads in other parts of the state
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