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 What Shorten hopes nobody will ask

15.05.19. Around 3am this morning the ABC’s Radio National played an interview about politics in Australia today, among the young—the product of today’s learning institutions. Their concerns were many and the mantra repetitive—two, two’s are four, three, two’s are six rote.
Immigration, climate and foreign aid were paramount although senseless in their spoken solution. “Australia is a rich country and can do better,” emphatically pressed. Among the examples proffered: 62 billion refugees on the move. Coal must go—100% renewables are essential. Electric vehicles only, etc, etc.
Completely not understood nor mentioned in the dialogue was how this rich country, seriously over weighted by the “entitlement” set would do all they demand burdened by a total government debt of $870 billion as of 6am and growing? The much advertised “surplus” seems to confuse!
News Corp Editorial: Fast forward. It’s Sunday morning. The polls got it right, the Morrisons are packing and Bill Shorten will be sworn in as Australia’s 31st prime minister at Yarralumla. Self-funded retirees are anxious about their loss of franking credits; childcare staff are anticipating 20 per cent pay hikes courtesy of taxpayers. 

Source: Editorial, News Corp

Time to reveal how Labor would change the nation

But after ceaseless spin and rancour stretching back to last year, most Australians are in the dark about what the change of government will mean for them and the nation.
Rewind. As most voters prepare to head to the polls in three days, it is time the Opposition Leader answered significant questions on issues that could reshape the nation’s economic and social structures. The Coalition has demonstrated its policies for three years, including the time since Scott Morrison became Prime Minister in August. But while Labor’s big-spending, big-government, big-taxing promises have dominated the campaign, major questions remain unanswered, relating to a broad range of issues.
For all the hot air surrounding it, the costs of Labor’s climate change policy is a big black hole. Mr Shorten has been unwilling or unable to detail its cost to the economy, business, electricity prices or GDP growth. Companies cannot plan for costs when they do not know how many international permits they can buy and how much they will cost. That cost could have a major impact on profits and jobs. Climate economist Brian Fisher, who served both sides of politics in government, calculated that Labor’s 45 per cent emissions reduction target by 2030 would cost GDP at least $53 billion and possibly much more. His concerns were dismissed by Labor’s climate change spokesman Mark Butler as “a complete crock of rubbish”. But so was Mr Shorten’s claim, early in the campaign, that electric cars could be charged in eight to 10 minutes. Or hours. Provided a charger was available. Or affordable.
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“Change the Government. Change the Rules” the ACTU ads said, promising hefty wage rises. So did Mr Shorten. After promising childcare workers a $10bn taxpayer-funded wage subsidy, Labor left open the possibility of a similar package for aged-care workers. Or not. Nor is it clear how Labor would manipulate the industrial umpire, set in place by Julia Gillard, short of destroying its independence. It has promised to create a “living wage” for low-paid workers and to restore Sunday penalties. But however much it forced businesses to pay such increases, it could not, short of nationalising the corner store, force them to retain staff they could not afford. That would be bad news for jobs.
Among the jobless, Australians subsisting on $39 a day would wonder in the event of a Labor win when the party would launch its promised Newstart inquiry and how long it would take. The Australian Council of Social Service wants the allowance almost doubled to at least $75 a day. The allowance is too low, but the costs of lifting it would need consideration.
After a Labor win, workers earning $180,000 or more would wonder how long a Shorten government would make them pay its 2 per cent “temporary” deficit levy, taking their marginal tax rate to 49 per cent, one of the highest in the developed world. When a blue-collar worker earning $250,000 raised the issue in Gladstone, the answer was as clear as mud. Mr Shorten said: “We’re going to look at that.” Opposition workplace relations spokesman Brendan O’Connor said his leader was just “being polite”. Officially, the levy would be lifted when Labor deemed the federal budget was in “sustainable, healthy surplus” — much of which would depend on a Labor government’s propensity to spend.
The party’s commitment to social spending, especially on education and health, is not in doubt. What remains unknown is how the extra $14bn promised for state schools across the next decade, including $3.3bn in the first three years, would be spent to lift standards. Tens of billions of extra dollars have failed to do so in recent years under both major parties. Labor’s deputy leader, Tanya Plibersek, has said quality teaching is the key to improvement. In the past, however, Labor’s uncapping of university places, a mistake it is committed to repeating, caused entry levels for teaching and other degree courses to plummet.
Important questions also abound across other vital portfolios. Mr Shorten has already called for submissions on Labor’s planned Productivity Commission inquiry into health insurance. But it is not clear what he wants the review to achieve or how Labor’s 2 per cent, two-year cap on premiums would affect patients’ payouts or membership levels, which have fallen to their lowest level in a decade for hospital cover.
How would Labor balance Australia’s security and trade interests with China amid the US-China trade war? Both major parties have been urged to ditch surpluses and bring forward tax cuts to steer the economy through sluggish growth. Labor has yet to explain whether it would take the security services out of the home affairs portfolio and which minister would be in charge. Nor is it clear how Labor could reconcile its promises to ban workplace discrimination against LGBTIQ people while pledging to allow religious schools to retain their faith ethos.
After a long campaign and the phony war that preceded it, it is not good enough that the nation could find itself with a new government on Saturday night while so many serious, questions remain unanswered.

{ 17 comments… add one }
  • DT 15/05/2019, 7:29 am
    • Pensioner Pete 15/05/2019, 7:37 am

      DT: I read this article this morning on Michael Smith’s website, what surprises me is the FACT, the MSM are not running headlines on this action, nor are the ABC given the importance of the allegations and the prominent person accused. So given the Cardinal Pell matter, I smell hypocrisy running rampant in the MSM and the ABC.

      • DT 15/05/2019, 7:58 am

        Situation normal PP, protected species.

  • DT 15/05/2019, 7:30 am

    Questions remain unanswered?

    Exactly as Union controlled Labor want at this point in campaigning time.

    • Honeybadger 15/05/2019, 8:05 am

      If half the population don’t care about unanswered questions then they reap what they sow. Trouble is the other half who do care, get to share the inevitable misery. Would love the lights go out for them and not the rest of us.
      If Shorten happens just have to hope it’s a debacle and he gets booted out in 3 years.

  • Lorraine 15/05/2019, 8:15 am

    the complicit media , really has been sickening, as Shorten is given the free pass. Obama almost wrecked America aided by the press, who picks up Australia and makes it great again after Labor.

    • DT 15/05/2019, 8:30 am

      Foreign influence is in part the problem, a while back George Soros invested a few million dollars in CH9 shares.

      GetUp is of course part of the network of foreign influence.

  • Jarrah 15/05/2019, 8:21 am

    All this will be in vain, as Shorten WILL NOT win this election, he is going to lose the unlosable election. He may just win a key to the cells, courtesy of the brave Kathy.

    • DT 15/05/2019, 8:33 am

      Maybe a repeat of 1993 when Keating Labor anticipating an election defeat were returned to government without a hung parliament but a vert close result.

      And despite the impact of the recession Keating said we had to have because he understood the over heated economy from excessive lending a borrowing after deregulation of banking and finance. The worst recession in 60 years.

    • bushwanker 15/05/2019, 12:03 pm

      Dear God I hope you are right J. What I fear is the Green’s influence over Labor. It’s hard to pick the difference between loony Green candidates & Labor candidates.

  • Cliff 15/05/2019, 9:02 am

    From the headline, I expected the question Shorten didn’t want asked involved his actions at a Labor youth camp on the Bellarine Peninsula in 1986, involving – at the very least – supplying alcohol and cannabis to minors who were supposedly under his adult supervision.

    Setting aside for one moment the far more serious allegations that have been made about his behaviour towards one individual underage female, surely the MSM should be aggressively pursuing the allegations involving those minors consuming alcohol and cannabis whilst under Bill Shorten’s supervision, as they surely would be had that supervisor been Tony Abbott.

    Faint hope…

  • Penguinite 15/05/2019, 9:32 am

    Questions have been asked but not answered! Because it worked on Turnbull Labor have decided that the “Mushroom” tactic works best. Keep us in the dark and feed us on BS-BS!!! Judging by Labor’s irrational responses, of late, they are starting to feel the pressure of the Scomo-led fight back! Rope-a Dope worked for Cassius Clay (unable to use his other pseudonym) and looks like Labor is succumbing too???

  • ibbit 15/05/2019, 9:52 am

    Labor frightens me, particularly with their plans for the social fabric of the Country.
    What they do best is conquer and divide with lies, emphasis on some having it better than others, so we will take it of them and give it to you – for no other reason than the seeking after power, not the betterment of the Country.
    I agree that Shorten is worse than Whitlam, but unfortunately not enough people know the history of the Country, including that of past governments.
    I get to feeling quite homicidal when I think of what is in store for us should the left win.
    .

    • Pensioner Pete 15/05/2019, 11:58 am

      ibbit: I know the feeling when thinking of what is in store for us should the left win, thus my trusty .3oh is by my side whilst I sit here in my rocking chair on the front porch listening to a song from the movie, Deliverance. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsC4kf6x_Q0 In the hope we will be delivered from the impending doom assured by a victory of the forces of the left.

  • Jarrah 15/05/2019, 2:36 pm

    Michael Smith’s website now saying Kathy and her Barrister have been to see Victoria Police with new evidence in the Shorten rape matter, To Wit, a list of witnesses prepared to come forward. Could be all on, Bill.

    • Cliff 15/05/2019, 10:00 pm

      Too late to affect the election though Jarrah. That’s if the highly politicised VicPol actually do anything about it, even with a list of witnesses, which is debatable.

    • DT 16/05/2019, 12:24 pm

      I understand that the George Pell conviction based on one only eye witness who was the alleged victim has set a precedent for Kathy to apply again for justice.

      The delicious extra is that the Pell “victim” was located by VicPol to obtain evidence he had not come forward with earlier over decades past. Kathy reported to VicPol soon after the alleged rape.

      I don’t know how the Vic DPP could refuse her a day in court now.

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