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 Politics: the folly of a three-legged race

14.05.19. Various polls suggest that the Coalition is firming up as the political race speeds toward 8am Saturday morning. The entire affair conjures up images of a kids’ three-legged race. Awkward bodies of different sizes struggling for unison in step, skewing left and veering right in their bungled plight, then tripping up in a twisted mess just short of the finish line. Well, … there’s always the egg-and-spoon race to the table of plenty and the losers are us—as usual! The race is a diversion—the following is compulsory reading before you vote.
The last week of an election campaign is always the economy week. Governments have no money of their own, other than what they take from us. Nothing in an election campaign is more important than economic management; and economic management must ­involve growing the economy, not shrinking it. If we can’t grow the economy, all this boring talk about hospitals and schools, and what will happen to cancer patients and dental ­patients, is meaningless. 

Source: News Corp Editorial

If you’re voting for Australia, you couldn’t have a bar of Labor

Sadly, the Labor Party, ahead in the polls, is all about redistribution, entering every corner of our lives and taking money from us to spend where it thinks it should be spent.
I have been a speech writer to a prime minister. I was always instructed to write that people know best how to spend their money, not governments. It is, after all, our money. All of it. So we are entitled to ask what these endless promises, without detail, will cost.
But when Bill Shorten was asked on the ABC about the cost of his energy policy, he said the question­ was “dumb”.
When Scott Morrison asked him in the last debate about the cost of his energy policy, he said the question was “dishonest”.
Labor must think it has solved the “cost” issue by announcing last week its “costings”. But really, they tell us nothing. What will it cost the economy when you take from people, or tax them, to the tune of $387 billion?
Mr Morrison told me last week that if he was riding Winx, she would not win a race. There would be too much weight on the horse.
Well, just as weight can stop the best horse in the world, so it can destroy a winning economy.
Look at the weight piled on this economy if Labor wins. The $387bn is just the start of it. Stand negative gearing on its head and rents will go up. How much will that cost young people?
The negative gearing changes will mean fewer investors in the housing market. You try to sell your house and the price will go down. How much will that cost the person in Struggle Street?
Where were these “costs” mentione­d in the costings?
Take franking credits from a million Australians, attacking their retirement incomes. Do they go on to welfare? What will that cost?
And if this franking credit theft only applies to shareholders in Australian companies, won’t this stop Australians investing in such companies? What will that do to the share price for every other shareholder? What will that cost?
What will be the cost when you jack up the salary of childcare workers by 20 per cent and every other service provider wants the same deal? Where is that “cost” spelt out?
And then the uncosted energy policy. What other leader would get away with describing any question about the cost of the energy policy as “dumb” and “dishonest”?
Does anyone think that a 50 per cent renewable energy targe­t won’t involve profound cost?
The Greens, in coalition with Labor, want a 100 per cent target.
If you are going to reduce carbon­ dioxide emissions by 45 per cent, what will that do to the agriculture sector and the transport sector? They are responsible for as much carbon dioxide emissions as the electricity-generating sector. Are we going to kill off dairy cows and beef cows because they break wind? Are we going to take planes out of the sky and cars off the road?
Can someone answer these “dumb” questions?
What is the cost to struggling Australians when 300,000 of them could lose their jobs because of the uncosted energy policy?
What is the cost when your wages sink and you still have to pay the bills?
What is the cost to business, to investment and to households when your electricity price could increase by up to 60 per cent?
What is the cost to the economy when American energy price­s are a quarter of ours, so busines­s migrates to America and takes the jobs with it?
What is the cost to Australians who scratched and saved for their retirement via superannuation only to find Mr Shorten is going to rip $34bn from them?
We have seen the cost to one Australian in Gladstone when he asked Mr Shorten for tax relief for workers earning $200,000. He knew the cost to him of his margina­l tax rate going from 47 per cent to 49 per cent, under Labor, once you hit $180,000. Mr Shorten did not have the guts to tell the fellow he was going to tax the tripe out of him. Instead he said: “We’re going to look at that.” The bloke says he was suspended from work the following day.
Mr Shorten’s coalition partner is the Greens. They want death dutie­s. Imagine the cost of that to battling Australians. As David Scully of Marrickville wrote yesterday: “Say it for what it is, Bill — a tax on aspiration, inspir­ation and perspiration. The more successful you become, the lower the incentive for achievement. The negative gearing of success.”
Or as Terry McCrann summed it up brilliantly in this paper on ­Saturday: “Even on the most generou­s interpretation, what a Shorten-Bowen government promises to deliver makes the Whitlam-Cairns government of the 1970s infamy look like a model of conservative, careful and limit­ed government in comparison.”
If we are voting for Australia on Saturday, you couldn’t possibly have a bar of any of this.

{ 14 comments… add one }
  • Pensioner Pete 14/05/2019, 7:26 am

    If either of the major political parties ‘win’ the election race, we all lose.

    My hope is for both houses of parliament to be ‘hung’ with agreements in place with independents/minor parties to allow for government of the nation. After the dust settles, we have a far better chance of a government which will actually govern for the people and not the vested interests as has been the case for decades.

    • TommyGun 14/05/2019, 3:45 pm

      You’re right, PP, in the absence of a “first past the post” voting system it is imperative that independents take away the “power of the Party”. Being governed by a “Party” is not what this country needs…each electorate needs to be adequately represented and that is not happening.

  • Cliff 14/05/2019, 7:55 am

    The problem is – and it is s huge one – that those who should read this will not.

    We face a huge problem with first time voters who are filled with what can only be called religious zeal for the new ‘religion’ of climate change and they will NOT hear any counter argument to what they KNOW to be ‘the only way’. Having grown up in a world of soft options made possible only by those they have been taught at school to despise – that’s us – with them, who pays for it never enters the equation.

    • TommyGun 14/05/2019, 3:48 pm

      Yes Cliff, as I noted yesterday; none of the squealing little 18 yo Lefties will pick up The Australian and read it. Few of them have held a job for more than a few months but they all know how the world should be run…and yet they get to vote some fat moron or idiot Green into power.
      The voting age should be raised IMO to 25.
      If you have a job, you get 2 votes.
      If you have a mortgage, you get 3 votes.
      If you have kids you get another vote.

      • Neville 15/05/2019, 12:18 am

        Interestingly, TG, this multiple votes idea was mooted as a background theme in Neville Shute’s book “In the Wet”. A most SERIOUSLY good read.

  • Lorraine 14/05/2019, 7:58 am

    PP trust is dead when it comes to political Parties, do you really think a bunch of independents are going to be more trustworthy going forward, than the Governance on show as of now. The policy from Labor screeches ,tax and tax and even more tax, they should not be in the race.

    • Pensioner Pete 14/05/2019, 8:28 am

      Lorraine: I ‘trust’ none of them, however, for a seismic shift to occur within politics in this country, what is needed is a loss of power by the major parties with a corresponding gain of power by quality independents/minor parties.

  • Aktosplatz 14/05/2019, 8:49 am

    I have already voted. As I have said before, it’s a race to the bottom.

    In my choices Greens are last with Labor next to them. Liberals are in the middle because of the LINOs in the party who are globalists and want the Paris Agreement to stay. I believe I have found the true mix of patriots as independents, people like PHON, Aust. Conservatives, Fraser Anning’s Party and part of their teams.

    We want strong leadership with integrity which puts the needs and rights of Australia first over and above the globalists who are wrecking our economy on behalf of a more sinister, bigger picture.

  • Biking Voter 14/05/2019, 8:52 am

    Preferential voting simply explained and why you get the government you didn’t vote for.


  • Penguinite 14/05/2019, 8:59 am

    We need a Farage to speak TRUTH. He has guided the British population on the road to Brexit, in the face of significant political obstacles. The people appear to have listened and look like giving Farage his head, to secure “a seat on the EEC Board” on May 23rd! I have a feeling that Scomo will lead the Libs to a resounding win and forge a new direction with Tony Abbott back in the saddle. However, as they say, a week is a long time in politics!

  • c 14/05/2019, 9:18 am

    Oh well, come sometime next Sunday the House of Reps. will be known but will it really mean anything? The make up of the Senate will dictate the future of this country for the next 3 years. Should the Labor/Green coalition get a majority then we are stuffed however should the Libs/Nats supported by UAP, Conservatives, Phon get up (no pun intended) then may be there could be a little light at the end of the tunnel.

  • J.K. 14/05/2019, 10:09 am

    We can only hope.

  • Cliff 14/05/2019, 10:52 am

    I don’t even get to decide how far down the list I will put the Libs on the green sheet in my electorate – it’s such a safe Labor seat, they’re not even fielding a candidate.

    • Neville 15/05/2019, 12:22 am

      Yeah, you get that.
      I also, with a safe Liebor seat, but at least I have a Lib, and also a One Nation, a United Australia Party, a Western Australia Party, an Australian Christians, a Socialists, and a Greens. I can vote according to my principles, more or less as PP has been espousing, but Liebor will get up in my electorate.

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