22nd Feb 2019
The issues that will decide the next federal election
The issues that will decide the next federal election

With one in seven Australians aged 65 or older, it goes without saying that they will play a huge part in deciding who will be in power after the 2019 federal election.

Many older Australians look forward to the next big event that will shape our nation – the 2019 federal election. There are many issues besides banking and financial institution misconduct that need to be addressed, such as addressing pension poverty, the ‘retiree tax’ debacle and solving the aged care crisis. As a major player in the next election, we thought we’d ask you which issues will most influence your vote.

Will the party that promises lower energy bills get your vote? Will your decision be made on Age Pension increases? Or will responsible action on climate change sway your preference?

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And of course we welcome your opinions in the comments section below





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    Poppsy
    22nd Feb 2019
    10:47am
    If we don’t look after the environment nothing else will matter.
    MICK
    22nd Feb 2019
    11:28am
    Fantastic comment. The environment is one thing but extinction is the number one issue which business and the governments it controls (all of them) will happily destroy the planet if there is money in it. I see this attitude from some posters on this website as well. Its sad that some will sell out future generations for a buck but that's the human race at work and the failure of the left to control the contagion which will claim the planet should we laugh off what is happening.
    On that point where's Lothario and his merry band of trolls?
    jackie
    22nd Feb 2019
    12:35pm
    I didn't think the survey was fair because it only allowed you to choose 3 things when life is never so simple. The survey would have been better to address all the contents and put them in a number format from most urgent to the least.
    Misty
    22nd Feb 2019
    2:37pm
    Many people filled out this poll more then once judging from the number of responses, over 2,000 from 774, maybe they did it this way Jackie to get their views noted.
    Miss Piggy
    22nd Feb 2019
    3:17pm
    Thank you Poppsy. Intelligent thinking. Succinctly stated and the base root of all other considerations.
    floss
    22nd Feb 2019
    10:56am
    WATER.
    Zen
    22nd Feb 2019
    11:00am
    I have a strong belief that as 'elders' we have a responsibility to future generations - to children & those yet to be born, to live in a society , on our incredible planet in a way that enables them to contribute their unique talents in service to the flourishing of the whole system.... the living systems that support life on earth. We are not separate from these systems ... we must live in harmony with them if life is to flourish on earth. We cannot retreat into narrow self-interest or simply furthering our family's interests particularly if they are violating the earths natural systems.
    MICK
    22nd Feb 2019
    11:30am
    I agree but tell that to anyone who makes a living out of death, destruction and misery.
    The death of our planet is no more than collateral damage to those who are making a buck and those who don't care as long as their own needs for the life of Riley are being met.
    The problem in the world is basic: the human race. Malthus was correct in his forecasts.
    Anonymous
    22nd Feb 2019
    11:41am
    People need to stop breeding like cockroaches, the only thing not on the extinction list is humans
    TREBOR
    22nd Feb 2019
    11:45am
    We should be abandoning the sewerage factories to their own fate and preserving Lifeboat Australia for our own first... sorry 'bout that. We simply cannot save the world, and we will drown trying.

    Time to lock the gates and restore this nation to some sanity.
    jackie
    22nd Feb 2019
    12:38pm
    trood....I agree...We are in plague proportions globally. A Word Order Law like China implemented in the past could save the planet.
    libsareliars
    22nd Feb 2019
    12:43pm
    Agreed Zen.
    Gypsy
    22nd Feb 2019
    1:44pm
    Wonderful comment Zen. And I do agree with Jackie that allowing only 3 options is a bit short! I will be basing my vote on a lot more than just 3 issues.
    Gypsy
    22nd Feb 2019
    1:44pm
    Wonderful comment Zen. And I do agree with Jackie that allowing only 3 options is a bit short! I will be basing my vote on a lot more than just 3 issues.
    ardnher
    22nd Feb 2019
    2:14pm
    in my opinion we have to have affordable and reliable electricity. without it people will really suffer. Labor wanting a target of 50% renewables is crazy. it should be done gradually. I am not interested in the results of this silly, inaccurate survey. the only reliable poll will be the result of the next election.
    Adrianus
    22nd Feb 2019
    11:34am
    Border Security is a must.
    Energy prices need to be reduced for a number of reasons, but specifically to help industry and older lower income renters.
    Infrastructure, particularly water.
    These are the 3 most important from that list. Its not to say that others don't rate.
    TREBOR
    22nd Feb 2019
    11:40am
    We have border security and always have.. having no borders contiguous with any other nation, we are girt by sea and thus our borders are safer than most. As for immigrants - they are perfectly legit - as for refugees, they are either vetted and arrive same as immigrants. As for detention, all asylum claimants are held in detention and there is no fundamental difference between offshore or onshore detention, with the single exception that this government has decreed that any held offshore will never settle here no matter how valid their claim.

    Most who arrive by boat and are then held offshore under that caveat, are found to be legitimate refugees.

    On the other hand, the very vast majority of illegal immigrants arrive here by plane and not boat, and the very vast majority of those who claim asylum are rejected.

    Hope that clears it up for you.
    TREBOR
    22nd Feb 2019
    11:42am
    Indeed energy supply needs to be reduced for exactly the reasons you cite. Business must be finding it a near impossible task to keep up.

    Water - perfect.. we need something mega done there and it falls into infrastructure.
    TREBOR
    22nd Feb 2019
    11:43am
    Dag... energy supply cost..... thank you, Blackbaird the Privateer.. hope you do poorly in your new overpaid and over-entitled job, you cretin.
    bob menzies
    22nd Feb 2019
    11:59am
    I share Adrainus views but would a budget surplus to the top 3 and make it a top 4 - as without the money the other things can't happen.
    Old Man
    22nd Feb 2019
    12:04pm
    Just a small point, Bob, those illegals who arrive by 'plane hold a legitimate visa which has been granted because they have found to be acceptable persons to enter Australia. Those illegals who arrive with the help of people smugglers oftentimes have no papers to prove who they are.
    jackie
    22nd Feb 2019
    12:49pm
    Border Security is a myth...More illegals arrive by plane along with contrabands than boat. No social security for new arrivals wether they be refugees or migrants. They can support themselves through work instead of languishing in some detention centre. Cut down the number of migrants so that our infrastructure is not overloaded. Legalise all illicit drugs just like how gambling, prostitution and alcohol was. The money could go where it is needed instead of criminals.
    Paddington
    22nd Feb 2019
    1:04pm
    The ENVIRONMENT should be first and foremost. We owe it to future generations to protect the planet and as already stated not much matters if that is ignored.
    Therefore, renewables not coal! Water protection is of course a big yes as it a part of the environment. It seems if we can get the environment right we have made a massive inroads into making a right order of priorities.

    Border protection is a scare campaign to persuade people that what really matters (above) is ignored!
    Misty
    22nd Feb 2019
    2:45pm
    Of the 900 refugees brought to Australia for medical treatment by the Coalition only 1 has been returned to the Island Detention they came from, also just because the people coming by plane have passports how do you know they are not false, if you watch any of the Border programs on TV you will see that quite a few try to get here that way.
    TREBOR
    22nd Feb 2019
    4:38pm
    Yes, OM - I am aware that most such are over-stayers on visas. That situation is not anathema to a claim for asylum, since a declaration of refugee status may be made at a port of entry, so a visa is needed to get to a port of entry.

    I've long mooted that a ship of a sovereign nation at sea is a 'port of entry'.... ergo, a 'boat person' has as much right to the same treatment.

    But that's just me....

    Lack of papers, yes... a real problem.
    Adrianus
    22nd Feb 2019
    10:02pm
    Bob Menzies, great minds think alike as they say. I too had Budget surplus as my 4th. But cut it because its a no brainer.
    Rae
    23rd Feb 2019
    7:47am
    We can have a budget surplus year after year if we increase poverty, cut services and hope private debt increases to make up the slack. It's a structural balance.

    What do you want to risk? A sovereign default which we have never had but other countries use regularly or another banking crisis and recession. Remember all banking crisis end in recession except that last one thanks only to Swan and the budget deficit he used to prevent one. I now think he should have let the banks fall over and a lot of excess would have been eliminated and not allowed to fester. It would also have sorted out the issue of retirees depending on unsustainable bank dividends for income.
    Adrianus
    23rd Feb 2019
    9:03am
    Rae, you read too much of the Guardian.
    Adrianus
    23rd Feb 2019
    9:03am
    Rae, you read too much of the Guardian.
    Rae
    23rd Feb 2019
    3:41pm
    No I read economic text books. You should give it a try.

    We have never had a sovereign default. We have had banking crises. 1890s, !973, 1989 to 92 being especially bad.

    The structural balance is caused by a government surplus needing private deficit to balance unless you decide to cut services or welfare.
    Bellbird
    22nd Feb 2019
    11:39am
    Those of us in our 70s don't have much time left. However surely we have to prioritise what we leave to our precious kids and grandkids: humans must start to protect the planet's environment. There are no jobs on a baked planet. Extreme climate events will destroy society's stability and health if unchecked. In the short term, reducing inequality is important: we have a society now where the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. What a disgrace.
    musicveg
    22nd Feb 2019
    5:43pm
    It already is happening in some countries, why they want to seek refuge elsewhere.
    Grateful
    22nd Feb 2019
    11:46am
    Yes, let's have a fair dinkum MAJOR project that we can all be proud of!!!
    Catching all the surplus rain from the Far NQ tropics and transferring it to the west of Queensland and NSW, either by enlarging and diverting existing waterways, or by supplementing them with pipelines.
    A Major project to be sure, but, we CAN and MUST do it.
    It is a massive waste of money and emotions in trying to "support" our grazing communities in those "desert" areas that are continually devastated by either drought or floods.
    Let's not continue with band aid "solutions" let's FIX it permanently.
    How great would that be for ALL Australians!!!

    The next "dream" for me is that we MUST have more base load power!!! It will be just once more for many generations, to develop the cleanest BUT MOST CERTAIN and cheapest power generating energy source available and NOW.

    To my mind, everything else is just sugar coating or like painting over rust.
    What is the major legacy that anyone born after 1950 can remember and be really proud of for the generations of children that will follow them? Surely a sustainable water and energy supply must rank very highly, WE have failed miserably in both areas, allowing petty politics and ideology to destroy both vital issues and look at us, huge power bills, blackouts and devastated communities, CAUSED by OUR failures.
    Sen.Cit.90
    22nd Feb 2019
    3:11pm
    Yes Grateful, NT could become a major energy and water supplier bigger than the Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric scheme, with pipelines to supply water wherever needed.
    Misty
    22nd Feb 2019
    3:50pm
    The young future vioters of Australia, and else where in the world, are warning Govts now to concentrate on Climate Change and the Environment, as that is what they will be voting for when their turn comes.
    Anonymous
    22nd Feb 2019
    4:02pm
    Young future voters - pffftttt
    Brainwashed by leftie school teachers
    Those silly kids will grow up one day and realiize what crap they been taught be the social justice snowflakes
    TREBOR
    22nd Feb 2019
    4:39pm
    Hmmm ... yes... but the same school system turns out the parasites and vultures of the future as well..
    Knows-a-lot
    22nd Feb 2019
    4:51pm
    The private school system turns out brainwashed born-to-rule toffs with an overinflated sense of entitlement who have no sense whatsoever of social justice, hence invariably vote for the "unrepresentative swill" of Lieberal-Nazional Party vermin.
    musicveg
    22nd Feb 2019
    5:44pm
    And why does private schools get more funding that public schools, I wonder?
    Old Man
    22nd Feb 2019
    11:50am
    What matters differs from person to person and generally revolves around how those matters affect the individual. It's all OK to make feel good statements about climate change but the reality is that it doesn't really infringe on daily living. How much we have to spend can mean the difference between living and existing so those dependent on welfare and pensions will have a different opinion than those who are comfortably off.

    The Green left want to close mining in all of its forms and use the excuse that it will save the planet but omit the result of their ideology. Warren Mundine wrote an excellent article about what mining does for the average person from coal fired power stations from mined coal to the building industry using mined sand.

    My opinion, and I make this statement because it is what affects me and my family, is that I want mining to continue, more coal fired power stations which I feel are needed until renewable energy systems are made more reliable and affordable, safer borders and for Australia to get out of the Paris agreement which takes our funds and does nothing.
    casey
    22nd Feb 2019
    1:09pm
    Well said Old Man. I agree.
    Misty
    22nd Feb 2019
    3:53pm
    Well Old Man that is not what the young, future voters all over the world want, they are alreading protesting in Europe, the UK and this week in Australia, for GOVT action on Climate Change and the Enviroment.
    Old Man
    22nd Feb 2019
    4:54pm
    I was asked what I wanted, Misty, not what I thought others may want. As you have mentioned "young, future voters", I wonder whether a 6 year old has enough knowledge of both sides of the discussion on climate change to make an informed decision. I ask that because at the last protest by schoolchildren there was a group of 6 and 7 year olds holding placards.
    jackie
    22nd Feb 2019
    9:06pm
    Old Man...Shares in renewable energy would make more money. Moving forward.
    Misty
    22nd Feb 2019
    11:07pm
    Of course I don't agree with children that young Old Man, oK for teenagers to protest but definately not 6 and 7 year olds.
    KB
    22nd Feb 2019
    11:51am
    Very true Poppsy. Young women under 30 were surveyed and said that that they do not want children due to no action on climate change and the impacts of climate change on future children
    KB
    22nd Feb 2019
    11:51am
    Very true Poppsy. Young women under 30 were surveyed and said that that they do not want children due to no action on climate change and the impacts of climate change on future children
    jackie
    22nd Feb 2019
    12:57pm
    Most young women under 30 are intelligent, have access to contraception and are aware that children cost a lot of money in a world of so much instability and so much doom and gloom.

    No child asks to be born.
    TREBOR
    22nd Feb 2019
    4:40pm
    All women under 30 are in the same range of intelligence, some are better educated etc.

    Just saying...
    jackie
    22nd Feb 2019
    10:32pm
    TREBOR...They aren’t in the same range of intelligence. They are more educated than sisters of previous generations.
    TREBOR
    23rd Feb 2019
    10:41am
    You said it yourself - more educated... that's not more intelligent...
    Not a Bludger
    22nd Feb 2019
    12:09pm
    This survey is very biased/skewed and the results should be ignored
    For example, franking credits"is not shown as an issue in its own right and can only be mentioned under Öther"
    Even I did not realise this until too late'.
    Paddington
    22nd Feb 2019
    1:05pm
    Well, money won’t count if you cannot drink the water or breathe the air!
    Not a Bludger
    22nd Feb 2019
    4:38pm
    Rubbish Paddington - stupid comment.
    TREBOR
    22nd Feb 2019
    4:41pm
    Franked credits has struck the iceberg and is sending up flares that the other ship thinks are celebratory... it will soon go down.
    Sundays
    22nd Feb 2019
    7:04pm
    I think Franking Credits has had more than eneough AirPlay
    Rae
    23rd Feb 2019
    8:01am
    Have you ever been anywhere and the credit system failed or the food, water and fuel were cut off? It's pretty chaotic and apart from the cash in your wallet you start wondering if that gold bracelet on your wrist will help.

    Many of us had incomes cut by Hockey. Mine was cut 15%. We managed and so will the shareholders who relied on franking credits. At least in your case you have options. I was locked in through purchase of an income stream.

    So far I've replaces around 40% of the lost money through saving and investing but outside of the highly risky Superannuation/ Centrelink systems.
    Adrianus
    23rd Feb 2019
    9:21am
    Thank you for noticing that NAB.
    I think the Bowen/Shorten Franking Credit tax grab is one of the most unfair, discriminatory examples of inequality perpetrated by a government I have seen in a long time.
    Adrianus
    23rd Feb 2019
    9:21am
    Thank you for noticing that NAB.
    I think the Bowen/Shorten Franking Credit tax grab is one of the most unfair, discriminatory examples of inequality perpetrated by a government I have seen in a long time.
    Misty
    23rd Feb 2019
    11:46pm
    Not a stupid comment at all NAB and Adrianus, the air and water in some countries isalready so polluted people ger sick there and look what is happening to the water in the Murray Darling Basin, pollution big time.
    Lescol
    22nd Feb 2019
    12:42pm
    Hi Not a Bludger', I aborted doing the survey for that reason. Much too much biassed and a great opportunity has been wasted. cheers
    fordyoot
    22nd Feb 2019
    12:50pm
    Franking credits are not an issue. Crooked greedy dishonest politicians are an issue. A proper federal ICAC is imperative. Not a secret LNP body 'Looking into matters' as is proposed. The NBN is a complete mess. Poverty and low wages are rampant and are killing the economy. The government's stance on the environment is appalling and practically non-existent, like the Environment Minister.
    Australia is between 5 and 10 years behind the rest of the world on many matters and no amount of chest beating and navel-gazing helps. The so-called budget surplus is a joke.10 year budget projections based on last months trade is a joke.
    LNP manifesto will be, borders, labor, money, borders, labor, money, money tax rorts, labor, money, money, borders.
    jackie
    22nd Feb 2019
    1:01pm
    fordyoot....All politicians are crooked because they all a puppets for corporations. Corporations will continue to rule the world while they have shareholders. The ICAC is run by corporations and will prove nothing too.

    You want a better world stop buying shares.
    Anonymous
    22nd Feb 2019
    11:27pm
    Rubbish
    Corporations are owned by people , so people rule the world
    TREBOR
    23rd Feb 2019
    9:40am
    Rubbish - people own shares in corporations - a few with the most actually own the corporation. You don;t run around saying "I own Telstra"... you run around saying "I've got Telstra shares."

    Welcome back, Lothario...
    Lookfar
    22nd Feb 2019
    1:30pm
    Old Man, you may be pleased to know that not only is solar and wind much cheaper than coal fired power stations, it is also cheaper including storage, - this link is to the article by the CSIRO and the AEMO, - you know who the CSIRO is and the AEMO is the Australian Energy Market Operator, if anyone knows, those two do, so you can let go of coal now, for the benefit of your family.

    https://reneweconomy.com.au/csiro-aemo-study-says-wind-solar-and-storage-clearly-cheaper-than-coal-45724/?fbclid=IwAR04YW2cugW21F3Pwdxih_g6ZcbIqLo1Hw8tosztMaBA9XLPriIiydNdgLI
    musicveg
    22nd Feb 2019
    6:38pm
    Thanks for posting the facts Lookfar, but too many people here have shares in coal, gas and oil and are hanging on for dear life.
    0606
    22nd Feb 2019
    1:55pm
    Zen you've got it right. Unless we counter climate change and prevent the destruction of millions of species we won't have a world to live in. And then how much will it matter what price electricity is and how large or small our pensions are etc. etc.?
    Misty
    22nd Feb 2019
    4:03pm
    So true 0606 and the youg of today are realising this and when it is time for them to vote they will do so accodingly, for a cleaner, healthier world.
    TREBOR
    22nd Feb 2019
    4:42pm
    (0606.. D Day?)
    0606
    22nd Feb 2019
    1:55pm
    Zen you've got it right. Unless we counter climate change and prevent the destruction of millions of species we won't have a world to live in. And then how much will it matter what price electricity is and how large or small our pensions are etc. etc.?
    Cruiser
    22nd Feb 2019
    2:11pm
    Was Liberal, cannot continue to support the shambles that has materialized over the last few years, will now vote labor or independent.
    Arvo
    22nd Feb 2019
    2:14pm
    Will the party that promises lower energy bills get your vote?
    -yes but only the party that offers a saving of more $1,000 per year (not the piddly $200)-get serious!!!
    Will your decision be made on Age Pension increases?
    -yes
    Not or ! but in addition-
    responsible action on climate change sway your preference?
    - only if it is alongside of the other two issues I mentioned above
    Rae
    23rd Feb 2019
    8:04am
    I'm still waiting for the last %
    $500 savings promised. Promises are not reliable when politicians are them.
    Adrianus
    23rd Feb 2019
    8:55am
    Arvo, to do a more believable what if calculation you need to go further.
    A $200 saving or a $700 increase over the life of a Labor / Greens / Union government?
    Adrianus
    23rd Feb 2019
    8:55am
    Arvo, to do a more believable what if calculation you need to go further.
    A $200 saving or a $700 increase over the life of a Labor / Greens / Union government?
    TREBOR
    23rd Feb 2019
    10:44am
    When a politician's lips are moving the only sound is non-core promises....
    Misty
    23rd Feb 2019
    1:09pm
    What do you think of the Coalition's energy announcement today Arvo?, a few consumers, those who do not check out the deals of energy companies, for various reasons, they just stay with the same one all the time, may find their bills will be about $218 less for the year but probably won't make much difference to those who shop around for a better deal.In fact the Energy Commission has said this deal could increase the cost of energy to those people who do shop around, what no of Energy Policy is this one that has not come to anything? maybe about 3 or 4 I think.
    Rae
    23rd Feb 2019
    3:54pm
    Yes Misty shopping around obviously has them rattled. Wait until the insurances start getting cancelled. They have so much money it is unlikely they understand people trying to get by on lower and lower incomes. All these people whining about their credits. I had $10 000 cut from my income by Hockey and the concessions. They might just have to cut back and do some work to replace the lazy income received without much effort all these years.

    Our usually busy Shopping Centre was very quiet yesterday. For a Friday the foot traffic has halved at least. Business is doing it tough.

    I fully expect to pay more as the LNP are incapable when it comes to helping any ordinary Australians. They only care about shareholders and big corporations and selling out assets or building new ones with our taxes to sell.
    Misty
    22nd Feb 2019
    2:33pm
    Obviously from the numbers in this poll many people voted more then once, is that giving a fair result?, I don't think so.
    Lookfar
    22nd Feb 2019
    2:51pm
    Hi Misty, i think that is the numbers of issues they voted for, - what was it 5? 6?if you voted for each issue your vote would be 6, if only 3, then 3.
    Misty
    22nd Feb 2019
    4:08pm
    Well under the one "other", you could go back and vote there for any number of issues as you can see from some of the answeres, Retirees Tax. Dividends, Franking Credits, same thing, one person could give half a dozen different answers to"other".

    22nd Feb 2019
    3:42pm
    The economy, jobs, budget surplus , stopping the boats, strong stock market and hence superannuation balances for all workers and retirees, housing affordability, supporting pensioners and encouraging SFR's, reversal of dumb clean energy targets that will stifle our industry and drive energy sky high.

    Only party I see addressing all of the above is the LnP, whereas my former party headed by Shorten is working against all of the above
    Lookfar
    22nd Feb 2019
    3:58pm
    had to laugh Lothario, there is your picture, sloth sunglasses and all, claiming that you are a former Labor Voter, - they don't pay former labor voters, the mob you work for, but apparently doing such dumb things as blowing the fact that you double post is fine by them.
    It says a lot, both about them and your 'statements'.
    Anonymous
    22nd Feb 2019
    4:03pm
    Can you stick to the topic and not abuse posters whose comments you do not like
    Thank you
    Misty
    22nd Feb 2019
    4:10pm
    Talking about yourself again Lothario/FLV.
    Lookfar
    22nd Feb 2019
    4:15pm
    That is not abuse Lothario, it is just pointing out that you did what you must agree is quite dumb, putting a pic. of Lothario on a post of FormerLaborVoter, certainly revealing an intent to deceive us YLC members and also quite possibly a lie.
    Misty
    22nd Feb 2019
    4:17pm
    Poor FLV/Lothario, those multiple personalities must be driving you mad, today on another site , as Lothario, you apolagised profusely for abusing some people over the years and said you would never vote LNP again, it really must be hard to never know from one minute to another who you are, Lothario or Former Labor Voter.
    Anonymous
    22nd Feb 2019
    4:18pm
    No idea what your are talking about Misty
    Misty
    22nd Feb 2019
    4:42pm
    look at the comments under one of the other topics mentioned in to day's YLC'S, the one about pensions, and you will see your name and comment there.
    TREBOR
    22nd Feb 2019
    4:43pm
    Proof positive.. has someone filled or emptied your fridge while you were away yesterday?
    Sen.Cit.90
    22nd Feb 2019
    4:43pm
    Lotario, You always cop abuse when you comment, at least your comments make sense and not simply those who follow the sensationalism media news. The media almost always look for trouble rarely commenting on the good. I too was a Labor voter that has turned to LNP.
    The last election I did fall for the advice of a commenter on these columns and voted Independent now realising he is merely a Labor troll diverting votes away from the LNP.
    Sen.Cit.90
    22nd Feb 2019
    4:45pm
    Spell check; Lothario on my last comment :-)
    Knows-a-lot
    22nd Feb 2019
    4:55pm
    "I too was a Labor voter that has turned to LNP."

    Clearly senility has set in, Sen.Cit.
    Anonymous
    22nd Feb 2019
    5:00pm
    Thank you Sen.Cit.89 - you are one of the few sane intelligent voices on here
    Mal
    22nd Feb 2019
    3:45pm
    I agree Jackie. Not enough choices with only 3 to choose. Education is a big one as well.
    Lookfar
    22nd Feb 2019
    4:31pm
    Yes Mal, education is important, look at the posts of Lothario above yours, where he, as FLV, says to Misty he has no idea what she is talking about, - the sad thing is that it is true what he says, he has no idea, can't connect the two obvious things that he has posted a pic of Lothario but calls himself LSV.
    The education system has a long way to go..
    Adrianus
    23rd Feb 2019
    9:13am
    Mal, is it possible there will be no education after the next election? We found out that Medicare didn't disappear so its quite likely the schools will still be around. Yes even the empty ones which Gillard built.
    Adrianus
    23rd Feb 2019
    9:13am
    Mal, is it possible there will be no education after the next election? We found out that Medicare didn't disappear so its quite likely the schools will still be around. Yes even the empty ones which Gillard built.
    TREBOR
    23rd Feb 2019
    10:46am
    Give me a list of these empty schools..... on my desk by 1200 hours... GO!
    Adrianus
    23rd Feb 2019
    11:22am
    You don't get around much do you? I've covered most of Australia Bindaredundat as well.
    Misty
    23rd Feb 2019
    11:35am
    That comment does not answer Trebor's question Adrianus.
    kinkakuji
    22nd Feb 2019
    4:12pm
    Once Australians had vision. They saw a country that could be turned from dry desert to productive farmland. They saw a country that could have manufacturing and science and be the equal of any other country in the world. Now our “vision” is about closing down industry, mining and farming. We were once “can do”. Now are “can’t do”. Our elites care more about transitioning and obsess about which toilet to use rather than ensuring all people have fulfilling work. They are more concerned about destroying our borders and importing people who don’t share our values than in building a strong united people. We are a shadow of our former selves, living on the proceeds from selling off the family farm and our parents silver cutlery. It can’t last much longer.That was when politics was actually for the country. Both sides. Politics is now about keeping in the job. That’s it. They will sell any illusion to do so. Further we are too polarised now to ever come back. Getup has signalled that. Now here is our ‘Treasurer in waiting’; who really knows what he’s talking about !!!!
    Brilliant oratory from Chris Bowen ~ The Shadow Treasurer of Australia (Chris Bowen) actually said these words:
    "The Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) has clearly shown that the unfair Turnbull Govt tax cuts offer no benefit to those who don’t pay tax. This is plainly unfair, that people should not get a tax cut just because they don’t pay tax".
    God help Australia if we inherit this imbecile.
    kinkakuji
    22nd Feb 2019
    4:12pm
    Once Australians had vision. They saw a country that could be turned from dry desert to productive farmland. They saw a country that could have manufacturing and science and be the equal of any other country in the world. Now our “vision” is about closing down industry, mining and farming. We were once “can do”. Now are “can’t do”. Our elites care more about transitioning and obsess about which toilet to use rather than ensuring all people have fulfilling work. They are more concerned about destroying our borders and importing people who don’t share our values than in building a strong united people. We are a shadow of our former selves, living on the proceeds from selling off the family farm and our parents silver cutlery. It can’t last much longer.That was when politics was actually for the country. Both sides. Politics is now about keeping in the job. That’s it. They will sell any illusion to do so. Further we are too polarised now to ever come back. Getup has signalled that. Now here is our ‘Treasurer in waiting’; who really knows what he’s talking about !!!!
    Brilliant oratory from Chris Bowen ~ The Shadow Treasurer of Australia (Chris Bowen) actually said these words:
    "The Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) has clearly shown that the unfair Turnbull Govt tax cuts offer no benefit to those who don’t pay tax. This is plainly unfair, that people should not get a tax cut just because they don’t pay tax".
    God help Australia if we inherit this imbecile.
    Adrianus
    23rd Feb 2019
    9:08am
    Wasn't Chris Bowen Immigration Minister in the Gillard Government when bodies were washing upon the shores of Christmas Island? He's the one with the sadim touch. Its a midas touch in reverse.

    He and his mate Bill Shorten stand for nothing. They are windsocks.
    Adrianus
    23rd Feb 2019
    9:08am
    Wasn't Chris Bowen Immigration Minister in the Gillard Government when bodies were washing upon the shores of Christmas Island? He's the one with the sadim touch. Its a midas touch in reverse.

    He and his mate Bill Shorten stand for nothing. They are windsocks.
    Adrianus
    23rd Feb 2019
    9:30am
    There is something not right with Chris Bowen. Four Corners did that expose on Captain Emad the people smuggler, while he was operating his illegal people traffic trade under Bowen's nose. It took 2 weeks for Bowen to cancel his visa, which of course allowed Emad to flee the country. Back to Sri Lanka where he owned rental properties. I hope Centrelink stopped Emad's payments before he left.
    TREBOR
    23rd Feb 2019
    10:47am
    So now anyone in Australia that you choose is responsible for bodies washing up on Christmas Island... what about Italian shores as well? Same argument...
    Adrianus
    23rd Feb 2019
    11:16am
    I must have missed the news? Are we voting in Italy now??
    Adrianus
    23rd Feb 2019
    11:16am
    I must have missed the news? Are we voting in Italy now??
    Misty
    23rd Feb 2019
    12:51pm
    Funny that Adrianus, if you look at the top of this page you will see an ad, it says, "Retire in Italy".
    musicveg
    22nd Feb 2019
    5:40pm
    I would like to have picked more than 3, very hard to measure one up against another when so many issues are important. I would like to see the reduction of LEGAL immigrants, 180,000 just moved in, infrastructure, housing and jobs cannot keep up. And the environmentally destruction, tree clearing, loss of koala habitat, the list goes on, just to house more humans, we must stop the baby bonus and pay it to those who get sterilized to reduce the population.
    Lookfar
    24th Feb 2019
    11:41am
    Good that you have mentioned both population growth sources, musicveg - babies and immigrants, - of course from the Govt's point of view Immigrants are by far the cheapest, - it costs app. 1.5 million dollars to bring up a baby, educate it, send to tech or uni etc, and often imbued with the "life owes me" philosophy, on the job training etc, but immigrant has all those, and "have to make good" philosophy, so will work nuts off till death. - (excuse sexist allegory, women immigrants live longer so will work even longer), and tend to not rock the boat, - ie vote conservatively.
    Oz kids on the other hand will look more closely at the fuckw*ts in Govt and how they have stuffed up their (the kids) future, and be inclined to give new parties a go, - pity that few of the new parties offer very little extra.. - as I have said before on this site, - Politicians are elected due to their ability to see where the people want to go and are then jumping in front declaiming "follow me".
    Sort of fine but political parties lose elections because they start to think "we are leading".
    Sad really, same old sycophants, under the illusion that they have suddenly become real people, - no, time for them to go..
    ace
    23rd Feb 2019
    9:40am
    I would have ticked get rid of hard right in lib party but it was not there !
    DavoWA
    23rd Feb 2019
    10:48am
    Will not vote Liberal because they don't deserve to govern. Will not vote Labor because of Franking Credits policy. Looking for a credible Independent. Otherwise will vote Green.
    Adrianus
    23rd Feb 2019
    11:30am
    I feel for ya DavoWA, having to scrape the bottom of the barrel. Good luck mate!
    BTM
    23rd Feb 2019
    3:31pm
    DavoWA, know exactly how you feel, most of us are faced with the same conundrum. Spare a thought for us in NSW, we have both State and Federal elections between now and May, the first will be an indicator for how the second will pan out as there are many common issues involved.
    Anonymous
    24th Feb 2019
    4:25pm
    Oh no, DavoWA, not Green. They support Labor's attempt to rob retirees. They got the assets test reduction through, and now they are looking for more ways to take from anyone who isn't broke. They are socialists through and through - the worst kind, in fact, bordering on Communist.
    DavoWA
    23rd Feb 2019
    10:48am
    Will not vote Liberal because they don't deserve to govern. Will not vote Labor because of Franking Credits policy. Looking for a credible Independent. Otherwise will vote Green.
    Misty
    23rd Feb 2019
    12:49pm
    Independent votes usually end up with both major parties anyway DavoWA, so there is no getting away from a Coalition or a Labor government taking office next election.
    Reagan
    24th Feb 2019
    11:10am
    The election issue that matters the most to me is getting on with providing clean energy. I want to see more focus on renewable energy and recyclable energy.

    I want to see the bigwigs pay their fair share of tax and kids both aboriginal and white given the same oppotunities.
    musicveg
    24th Feb 2019
    3:31pm
    Watch ABC news tonight (24th Feb) or catch it later on the internet, story about AGL wanting to export more gas and destroy a mussel farm and beautiful Western Port in Victoria.


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