Tuesday May 10 2016
1 It’s going to be a stretched and arduous campaign. Labor is promoting the idea that a future Australia, an innovative, healthy and prosperous one, will depend on better education for our children and a world-class health system. It argues that the money saved by addressing tax rorts, tax evasion, taxpayer-funded subsidies and taxpayer-funded reductions in company tax is better spent on health, the environment and education. Jobs can be created in the new economy. In short, it’s about a fairer share of the nation’s equity to address inequality.
The Coalition argues that every need of every citizen can be addressed by using taxpayer funds to subsidise big business together with the rich and privileged because they alone generate the prosperity of the nation. That by using taxes to aid business they will create jobs and growth. It’s the notion that the poor and middle classes will be looked after by the drip down effect from the wealthy.
Of all the recent elections this one offers a distinctive choice, even a stark one. It’s two distinct philosophies, both to do with tax. One, that tax should serve the common good, or two, that tax be reduced for the wealthy in the hope that their wealth will leak into the poorer areas of society.
So we have a choice. Well for me there isn’t one. I’m locked into voting for a fairer society.
“In light of the Coalitions statement that they reject the full funding of Gonski I can but repeat the following and I shall do so many times prior to the next election”.
“For the life of me I fail to understand how anyone could vote for a party who thinks the existing education system is adequately funded and addresses the needs of the disadvantaged”.
“There is no greater need than the need for equality of opportunity in education”.
The reader might conclude that in drawing a distinction of the use of tax between the two major parties is just creating a class war. My answer to that is that the big end of town don’t need any reduction in tax rates. They are making enormous profits as it is. The rich and privileged don’t need to evade tax. They need to pay their fair share of it.
If it’s a class war it’s a bit one-sided. Corporates continuously lobby government for handouts. Right wing governments fight to give them all the assistance they can. The middle and lower classes have no fight in them. Some of them even vote for the bastards.
2 The Coalition would also argue that you should vote for them because they are the better economic managers. You should ignore it.
These facts are supplied by Alan Austin:
- Labor’s last deficit, 2012-13, was $18.8 billion.
- That was achieved when many OECD countries were still in recession.
- The deficit for 2013-14 was projected by the department heads to be $30.1 billion.
- After nine months of the Coalition it blew out to $48.5 billion.
- The department heads projected the deficit for 2014-15 to be just $24 billion.
- After 21 months of the Coalition it blew out to $37.9 billion.
- The department heads projected the deficit for 2015-16 to be just $4.7 billion.
- After 32 months of the Coalition that has now blown out to $39.9 billion.
3 Three polls were published on Monday. Newspoll has 51/49 to Labor. IPOS has the opposite and Galaxy has them 50/50.
The Crickey Bludgertrack summarises this way although it must be said that unless there is a uniform swing the polls won’t disclose, it’s obvious that for Labor to win 22 seats the election will be fought seat by seat.
UPDATE: BludgerTrack has had a feel of the four new opinion polls and found them to be, if not exactly budget bouncy, then tending to ameliorate what was probably an excessively favourable reading for Labor last week. The Coalition is now credited with having its nose in front on two-party preferred, assisted by a ReachTEL result that was better for them than the headline figure of 50-50 made it appear.
Morgan had some interesting figures on preferred PM. Turnbull 57% (but down 19%) still preferred Australian PM. Shorten 24% (up 10%) after Federal Budget handed down.
4 GPs are certainly not happy with the government’s plan to trying to enforce a GP co-payment by stealth by extending the freeze on Medicare rebates for another two years, saving them almost a billion dollars and forcing doctors to put their prices up. Posters are going up in every waiting room in the nation warning patients of the government’s plans. The bastards would privatise the Parliament if they had half the chance.
5 How could anyone seriously vote for a party that has performed so pathetically – that has so many unfair policies? Firstly with a leader in Tony Abbott who was nothing more than a grubby uncouth loudmouth gutter politician. Secondly, in the short time he has been in the job Malcolm Turnbull has proven to be the most hypocritical Prime Minister in our history. A party full of obnoxious liars with a ‘right to rule’ attitude. A party that has been in power for three years and on the eve of an election finally tells the country that it has a plan.
A party that argues it is the one better placed to govern for the next three years when it hasn’t done so for the past three. A party that has wasted three years into which nothing will be recorded by political historians as being worthwhile.
A party who boasts a plan for growth and jobs while there are more people looking for work now than at any time in the past twenty years. A plan three years in the making. Are the people of Australia really going to reward such abysmal governance with another term? Surely not.
A party that thinks Climate Change is an invention of the left to replace communism.
I had better stop there, my fingers are cramping.
Why reward a bad government with another three years? It’s tantamount to giving your approval to do the same thing again. You wouldn’t do that to your children.
My thought for the day.
“We dislike and resist change in the foolish assumption that we can make permanent that which makes us feel secure. Yet change is in fact part of the very fabric of our existence”.
PS. The Panama papers go online today.