What hope do we have? Millennials are history’s most disillusioned generation

Faith in democracy is at an all-time low, but lower for millennials.

Millennials more disillusioned with democracy than any generation in history

Millennials are more disillusioned than any other generation in history, says a new study from the Centre for the Future of Democracy at the University of Cambridge.

Faith in democratic politics may well be at an all-time low for most generations, but it’s lower for millennials than any other age group.

In what was hoped would be a “wake-up call” for politicians back in December 2019, an Australian National University (ANU) report revealed that public trust in government was at an all-time low.

The Australian Election Survey of 2100 voters found that 25 per cent said people in government could be trusted – the lowest trust levels since the post-election survey’s inception in 1960.

In 2007, trust in democracy was at an all-time high. A little more than decade later, it hit bottom.

“I’ve been studying elections for 40 years, and never have I seen such poor returns for public trust in and satisfaction with democratic institutions,” said lead researcher Professor Ian McAllister.

“This is a wake-up call.

“Winning back the people’s trust and satisfaction would appear to be one of the most pressing and urgent challenges facing our political leaders and institutions.”

It seems governments are still not yet ‘woke’.

But it’s not just Australia’s government that is guilty of uninspiring politics.

Earlier this year, a Centre for the Future of Democracy report found that dissatisfaction with democratic politics in developed nations had increased from a third to half of all individuals over the last quarter of a century.

From Europe to Africa, as well as Asia, Australasia, both Americas and the Middle East, dissatisfaction with democracy jumped from 47.9 per cent in the mid-90s to 57.5 per cent in January 2020.

According to the researchers, 2019 “represented the highest level of democratic discontent on record”.

Then the COVID-19 pandemic hit.

And it may have been the best thing to restore trust in Australia’s government.

At the outset of the pandemic in Australia, two-thirds of Australians felt the government was handling COVID-19 well.

Australians are still satisfied with the government’s handling of the crisis, with Prime Minister Scott Morrison “well ahead in terms of being viewed as competent in his handling of the outbreak, followed by Giuseppe Conte, then Boris Johnson, and then Donald Trump”, according to a September 2020 IPSOS report.

However, globally, distrust and dissatisfaction in democracy is at an all-time high, says the largest ever study of attitudes towards global democracy, which revealed how, in almost every global region, 18–34 year olds are the least satisfied with democracy.

Almost five million respondents of all ages in more than 160 countries between 1973 and 2020 were asked about their degree of satisfaction with democracy in their country.

The study, conducted by Cambridge researchers collaborating with the HUMAN Surveys Project, revealed that millennials are more disillusioned with democracy than generation X or baby boomers were at the same stage of life.

“This is the first generation in living memory to have a global majority who are dissatisfied with the way democracy works while in their 20s and 30s,” said Dr Roberto Foa, lead author of the report from Cambridge’s department of politics and international studies.

“By their mid-30s, 55 per cent of global millennials say they are dissatisfied with democracy, whereas under half of generation X felt the same way at that age. The majority of baby boomers – now in their 60s and 70s – continue to report satisfaction with democracy, as did the interwar generation.”

At the turn of the century, satisfaction with democracy among millennials was higher than in their parents’ generation.

However, since the global financial crisis of 2008, millennials have lost faith harder and faster than preceding generations.

And while history may suggest that younger generations’ attitudes towards politics and authority soften with age, it seems both millennial and gen X trust levels are still steadily waning.

“In fact, the idea that young malcontents soften in attitude as they age is now reversed the world over,” says a Eureka Alert report.

“Millennials and gen Xers have grown steadily less satisfied with democracy as they have advanced in life.”

‘Economic exclusion’ may be to blame for this attitude, with high youth unemployment and wealth inequality the strongest predictors of the satisfaction age gap.

“Higher debt burdens, lower odds of owning a home, greater challenges in starting a family, and reliance upon inherited wealth rather than hard work and talent to succeed are all contributors to youth discontent,” said Dr Foa.

“Right across the world, we are seeing an ever widening gap between youth and older generations on how they perceive the functioning of democracy.

“This democratic disconnect is not a given, but the result of democracies failing to deliver outcomes that matter for young people in recent decades, from jobs and life chances to addressing inequality and climate change.”

Still, there have been glimmers of hope for democracy, mainly due to a ‘populist wave’ of the past five years.

It seems younger people like populist leaders of both left and right.

“Countries electing populist leaders see sharp turnarounds in disenchantment, to the point where young people appear more satisfied with democracy under populists than under moderates,” said report co-author Daniella Wenger.

Populism feeds on division,

“The prevalence of polarising attitudes among millennials may mean advanced democracies remain fertile ground for populist politics.

“The populist challenge must shock moderate parties and leaders into action beyond cosmetic rebrands. If it does so, populism may still prompt democracy's rebirth, rather than the onset of its gradual decay,” said Dr Foa.

Are you satisfied with democracy? Do you feel younger generations have good cause to be dissatisfied with democracy?

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    tisme
    23rd Oct 2020
    10:38am
    democracy is what ever the current govt says it is , we have what ever rights they choose to give us or not
    Buggsie
    23rd Oct 2020
    10:43am
    Roll on the inevitable revolution! Democracy has failed every sector of the community except our political masters and their wealthy cronies - they are all doing very well, thanks for asking. Every society throughout history has reached its peak and then failed - we are probably next and the current generation of young people have every reason to lay the blame at our feet. Maybe the anarchists have got it right after all.
    ozjames70
    23rd Oct 2020
    5:47pm
    I totally agree with you Buggsie. The current distrust and clear criminality of the politicians and wealthy is the stuff of revolution. And many of those who might wave it have trained in on-line warfare.
    Joyful56
    24th Oct 2020
    1:37pm
    I agree with both Buggsie and ozjames70.
    Hoohoo
    25th Oct 2020
    8:20pm
    I don't believe anarchism is the answer at all, but our definition of democracy is the problem. How can we say we have democracy when both dominant political parties take donations. For what? No kickback?
    Alan
    29th Oct 2020
    12:53pm
    What is a realistic alternative? Mob rule? Communism? - we know now about the millions of deaths from Communism; Islam - remembering it is a political ideology which essentially makes females the property of men, condemns homosexuality and does not allow freedom from or of religion. If your father is Muslim you are considered to be a Muslim even if you are raised by your mother in a different faith and can be executed for apostasy in some countries.

    Anarchists destroy the society in which they live. They have yet to demonstrate that they are capable of rebuilding a better society on the ashes of the past.

    Democracy has its problems but doesn't seek to kill people because they have different opinions. If enough people are dissatisfied with the government of the day then there is the option of getting rid of it and installing a new government. The alternative has to appeal to the majority of the people otherwise we have a de facto one party system. In the ACT in Australia we have a defacto one party system of the left (by the next elections, the same party will have been in power for 24 years). The potential opposition has failed to get its act together and has been pursuing policies which are not attractive to the majority of people. For them to win government they need to get a significantly higher percentage of the vote than the Labour Party as the minor parties will support the Labour Party even when the Liberal party gets the largest share of the vote).
    floss
    23rd Oct 2020
    10:50am
    The country is now run by spin doctors and lobby groups .Union membership down so will wages decrease.There is now no one to stop the greed is good group doing what ever the country will take.As they say you only get the Government you deserve .
    Buggsie
    23rd Oct 2020
    11:11am
    I don't think that I deserve the current government - after all, they were mostly voted in by the wealthy, the brainwashed and those rusted on one party voters who never think for themselves.
    KSS
    23rd Oct 2020
    1:01pm
    Union membership down because 'the workers' are able to choose whether to join or not. That is democracy. Clearly 'the workers' don't see the value in the union or they would sign up.
    Jim
    23rd Oct 2020
    4:18pm
    So Buggsie you agree that the LNP create more wealth than the other mob, if the majority of wealthy people vote LNP and the LNP get voted in, that must mean that they are in the majority? As for the hardened voters for a particular party I can only agree, I live in the Illawarra and there has always been a strong vote for Labor, the result is that no matter which party gets in we get overlooked, Labor doesn’t need to give us anything and the LNP have given up trying to get a foot in the door. This applies at both Federal and State governments, so we are screwed no matter who gets in.
    Fedup
    23rd Oct 2020
    6:22pm
    Buggsie, the LNP were mostly voted in by Queensland. If you take the Qld results out of the last election, Labor actually won.
    Anonymous
    24th Oct 2020
    7:18am
    And that matters because, Fedup? Surely you don't seriously believe we would have a better democracy, better government, or healthier society if Labor won? If so, you are one of the 'rusted on' who have supported the destruction of democracy.

    We don't have a democracy, because the people are not being represented appropriately by the politicians they elect. Power cells form to dictate policy that pleases certain sectors, often based on the financial support the sector offers, and politicians are compelled to comply with the dictates of the power cells. The theory behind our system works, but the practice fails because of greed and corruption and the seemingly unbreakable two-party system. Both parties are equally bad. Independents and minors can't break through the two-party stranglehold to do any good, no matter how sincere they may be - and many are not, but simply stand for election with a hidden agenda of their own.

    KSS is right about the unions. I am only one among millions who resented being forced into a union and took the first available opportunity to exit. The unions are just as corrupt as any politician and their leaders are just as greedy. And unions operate as power cells, dictating Labor Party policy and financing Labor Party activities. They carry a great deal of blame for the death of democracy.
    Bundabergian
    23rd Oct 2020
    11:08am
    Real democracy works well, especially in smaller communities where all individuals are valued. What we have is nothing like a democracy. The only ones who are valued are the pollies themselves, who then continue to award themselves ridiculous money, bonuses and pensions, and Cartier watches.
    Buggsie
    23rd Oct 2020
    11:12am
    And give house keys to their corrupt lovers.
    ozjames70
    23rd Oct 2020
    5:50pm
    Totally agree if it was a real democracy, but our preference system means whoever you vote for, it it one of the two big parties or their coalitions. To call it a democracy is rubbish.
    Anonymous
    24th Oct 2020
    2:15pm
    The preferential system isn't the problem, ozjames70. The ignorance of voters who stupidly allocate preferences according to instructions issued by parties is the problem. No party or politician gains a preference unless the voter allocates that preference. All the deals in the world collapse if voters wake up to themselves.
    Sen.Cit.90
    23rd Oct 2020
    11:14am
    I wonder has this dissatisfaction with governments spread into Communist countries e.g. China Russia, North Korea??
    I wonder sometimes if these countries are sowing the seeds of discontent
    with all the rallies and media reporting.
    Buggsie
    23rd Oct 2020
    11:30am
    Don't think so. Look at the issues we face - 1% of the Aus population owns and controls 90% of the wealth, there are no long term plans for the future, aged care is a mess and unlikely to be helped by the outcome of the Royal Commission given the current opposing positions of the two Royal Commissioners, the economy has tanked and was already on the way long before Covid 19 hit, real unemployment is around 10% not 6.9 as the LNP govt says. Seems as if we have done it all ourselves - we don't need help from China, with its booming economy and long term plans for the future. The phrase "garbage in, garbage out" used by computer programmers applies equally to our current LNP govt in Canberra these days.
    KSS
    23rd Oct 2020
    1:08pm
    No Sen.Cit.90 because those regimes don't allow dissent. And it is almost impossible to get a good cup of coffee, artisian beer or a good chardonay there as well. It would be far too uncomfortable for people dissatisfied here to move there and be happy.

    And Yes there is very much foreign state interference in Australia particularly China. And they do it through the student body in particular along with spying on Chinese migrants, putting pressure on ethnic Chinese business owners and the like all to push the China messaging. Russia is not far behind, it is just not as obvious. Look at the poisonings of Russian dissedents abroad.
    Moongold
    23rd Oct 2020
    1:28pm
    There are people 'behind the scenes' trying to obtain global control. To achieve this capitalism has to be crushed, and that is what's going on at this present time. Then socialism will be able to, as it always has done, bring all of us to our knees financially and enable that control to take hold. Watch the YouTube videos of Prof. Walter Veith for instance, and you'll see how this has all been planned, and not just recently.

    23rd Oct 2020
    11:30am
    "Populism feeds on division" .... HUH? Silly me for thinking that "populism" was a synonym for "democracy"

    ALSO: If only we had citizen-initiated referendums, as they have in Switzerland, and gave citizens the power to sack incompetent/lying politicians, then my trust in democracy would be revived.

    Maybe then politicians would not go against the will of the majority and waste huge amounts of money to virtue signal on the globalwarmingSCAM.
    KSS
    23rd Oct 2020
    11:44am
    You have the power to "sack incompetent/lying politicians" it's called democracy through the ballot box!
    Anonymous
    23rd Oct 2020
    11:55am
    "it's called democracy through the ballot box!" .... Yeah right every 3 or 4 years.
    In between, the pols are virtual dictators.
    A citizen initiated referendum would keep them on their toes and stop them from engaging in tricks such as changing party allegiance after being voted in.
    Sen.Cit.90
    23rd Oct 2020
    12:16pm
    Spot-on Channeling.
    I've suggested looking at Switzerland's method of government a number of times on this forum.
    KSS
    23rd Oct 2020
    12:59pm
    ChannelingOrwell and you would get nothing done because polititians would be too scared of taking the hard decisions for fear of upsetting the squeakey gates.
    Anonymous
    23rd Oct 2020
    1:07pm
    "polititians would be too scared of taking the hard decisions"

    GOOD!

    By "hard decisions" you obviously mean UNPOPULAR decisions against the welfare of the community, such as a useless, sneakily introduced, carbon tax which Tony Abbot thankfully repealed after a landslide election victory promising to abolish it.
    Triss
    23rd Oct 2020
    4:16pm
    Wasn’t a citizen-initiated referendum one of Pauline Hanson’s policies, CO? She seems to have forgotten about it.
    Anonymous
    23rd Oct 2020
    5:25pm
    KSS wrote "polititians would be too scared"... EXACTLY HOW THEY SHOULD BE!


    "When government fears the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny." Not sure who said it ....

    Bring on more power to the people!
    ozjames70
    23rd Oct 2020
    5:57pm
    You can't sack politicians because the backroom deals protect them. Oh yeah, these imbeciles on over $500K per year also have memory problems. When I look at politicians who have grown their personal wealth 20 times in two terms, but can't run a State or a Country, it becomes clear we are all being played for suckers.
    jaycee1
    24th Oct 2020
    8:25am
    KSS :You have the power to "sack incompetent/lying politicians" it's called democracy through the ballot box!"
    You WOULD have democracy through the ballot box IF you didn't have preference votes going to parties/people you hadn't voted for.
    It should be ONE PARTY, ONE VOTE! There should be no preference votes at all!
    Anonymous
    24th Oct 2020
    2:13pm
    jaycee1, votes don't go to anyone YOU didn't vote for unless YOU mark the ballot paper accordingly. Parties can only recommend how you allocate your preferences. They can't dictate to you. The problem is people's ignorance. If everyone stopped reading 'how to vote' cards and simply voted according to their own personal preferences, preferential voting would work a treat - actually better than first past the post. The theory is sound. It's the implementation that is problematical and that's solely down to the ignorance of the population. Your best defence is to tell everyone you know to ignore how to vote cards and ignore advice as to how to number preferences. Vote 1 for your preferred party, 2,3 etc. for YOUR preferred second, third and fourth etc. choices.
    ollie
    23rd Oct 2020
    11:38am
    A true democratic government is judged by the media that is something that is missing in this country when one billionaire who supports one party owns 70% of our media and spreads propaganda and lies and governments are not held accountable then you find corruption and incompetence and that is what is happening in Australia.
    Buggsie
    23rd Oct 2020
    11:45am
    What about the ratbags on social media exercising their "democratic rights" to spread fake news, nothing but lies and propaganda believed by the masses in their millions.
    Anonymous
    23rd Oct 2020
    1:02pm
    "What about the ratbags on social media exercising their "democratic rights" to spread fake news"

    FYI: That's democracy!
    Anything less is undemocratic CENSORSHIP such as we currently see on Facebook & Twitter censoring conservatives, the Biden crime family exposé & any opinions they don't like!

    Anyone should be able to see all opinions and make their own judgement on their veracity.

    That's democracy.
    Ollie apparently hates democracy and free speech.
    Strummer
    24th Oct 2020
    7:09am
    Our justice system works on the premise that if you make an accusation you must provide proof or the accused is innocent. Therefore, Biden is innocent.
    KSS
    23rd Oct 2020
    11:43am
    As usual contributors sheeting this to the Government.

    What about what is being taught in schools and universities? Just this week we find out that the number of kids sitting the HSC that cannot actually read or write and have to have the questions read to them has more than doubled! Meanwhile they are very conversant in climate change activism, gender fluidity, LGTBIQ rights (no responsibilities), Marxism ideology towards family and society, BLM (not All lives matter note) and general civil disobedience - they just can't write about it! The massive thrust to rewrite national and international history is so ridiculous given those defacing Cook's statues don't even know what he actually stood for (and it wasn't about destroying Aboriginal populations!).

    It is no wonder then that democracy may seem under pressure. It is not discussed, diverity of opinions is not allowed even in teritary education, free speech has been under threat for years, people tell lies in polls (which is why the polsters get it so wrong) because they do not want to be publically denounced. Mr Morrison is quite right in his description of the "quiet Australian". To be otherwise is to subject yourself to public ridicule at best and loss of livlihood at worst with the public pile on through social media to be expected if you even hint at descent. Just take a look at comments on this forum to see this cannot be contested.
    Buggsie
    23rd Oct 2020
    11:47am
    KSS you make all of my points for me, thanks.
    Anonymous
    24th Oct 2020
    7:35am
    KSS, you are so right! I argued with a university student about an incident in history that I witnessed first hand. She insisted it didn't happen, but later admitted that she knew it did but her professor would fail her if she acknowledged the truth about the matter.

    History books have been rewritten to lie about that particular aspect of history. I wrote to Kevin Rudd when he was Prime Minister asking him to acknowledge it and he replied that it never happened. A friend then wrote a book about it but no less than 20 publishers declined to print it, saying it was 'politically incorrect and socially unacceptable to expose this particular truth'.

    I am now watching as my granddaughter is indoctrinated with the BLM rubbish, LGTBIQ rights, gender fluidity, etc. She IS highly literate and intelligent, but she is being brainwashed in university. I suspect she actually knows the theories she is touting are BS, but doesn't dare to stand up for her beliefs because she would be ostracized. (I recall the vicious attacks on anyone who declared their opposition to same sex marriage in the lead up to that referendum.) She has been deceived about history - taught from texts that rewrote stories of the past to please vested interest groups. And she is being deceived - as we all are - by false statistics from studies and surveys rigged to support the demands of vested interest groups.
    Couldabeen
    23rd Oct 2020
    11:54am
    Democracy really does mean "Majority rules". And the poor snowflakes don't realise, nor want to accept that not everyone gets everything that they want.
    The "millenials" are a generation that have never had it so easy. They are born into a standard of living that preceding generations could only dream of and it is the preceding generations have built it so that it is so good now.
    Every thing that can make life easy and interesting is within reach for those prepared to make an effort. All the necessities and luxuries of life are affordable when one is realistic about what is needed versus what is wanted.
    The discontent is along the lines of wanting the free icecream but complaining if they have to get out of bed and actually go out to get it.
    The jobs are there, just maybe not their dream job.
    Housing is affordable, just maybe not in the suburb or town of first choice and not the four bedroom (each with ensuites) and both a formal and informal dining room with ocean views.
    The democracy that we enjoy in Australia may not always give us our first choice of representative, but all are accessible to everyone in the electorate.
    Every citizen of this country can form their own political party and stand for election, or just stand as an independent. We can all shape the democratic future that we believe in.
    Every one living in Australia at present has the probability of a long, healthy and free life as long as they don't let the ratbag left of politics take it all away from us.
    Buggsie
    23rd Oct 2020
    12:26pm
    Dream on, Couldabeen! Your premises are based on us having an electorate that could give a sh..t.
    Anonymous
    24th Oct 2020
    7:46am
    Couldabeen, I agree with a lot of what you say. Certainly 'millenials' want it all right now, without having to exert any effort, and the realists among them (and there are some) are being silenced by vested-interest media singing lies about how hard it is for the poor little darlings.

    What I don't agree with, though, we have a democracy. The problem we face is that although we can theoretically elect the representative we want, that representative will be either compelled by party rules to vote according to the dictates of vested-interest power groups (regardless of the interests of those he/she was elected to represent) or will be suppressed and disempowered by the strength of the vested-interests power groups and the political party they support.

    Media indoctrination, corrupted statistical data, untruthful rewrites of history, and the activities of power cells (such as unions, industry lobby groups, etc) have destroyed any hope of us having real democracy.

    Even if we 'had an electorate that could give a shit' (to use Buggsie's turn of phrase), the people in that electorate would struggle to sift fact from popular fiction and would be unable to influence sensible policy because of the corruption in the media, schools and universities, unions, and other power cells.
    Horace Cope
    23rd Oct 2020
    12:13pm
    "Are you satisfied with democracy? Do you feel younger generations have good cause to be dissatisfied with democracy?"

    The alternative to democracy is too awful to contemplate. Democracy as a system, whilst not ideal, is way ahead of any other form of government. Australia enjoys democracy with a benign Monarchy and if the way we are being led by various governments is not acceptable then it's not democracy that is at fault. The fault lies with the way we choose our representatives, not the system that gives us that choice. Recent elections have given us smear and negativity from all sides of politics rather than positivity and policies.

    For some years Australia has moved slightly away from the two party system with voters choosing to support minor parties or Independents. This has led to more scrutiny when the ruling party wants to have contentious legislation passed without being "rubber stamped". What Australia needs is the truth in advertising laws to be extended to cover political promises and political parties being brought to book when promises are not achieved or simply forgotten about.
    Anonymous
    24th Oct 2020
    7:53am
    That would help, Horace Cope, but we also need an end to media lies and corrupted surveys and studies, rewrites of history, and other abuses of the power to influence public opinion.

    We need to break the two-party system completely and put an end to power cells (like unions and industry groups, for example) influencing political policy. It's far more complex than just implementing truth in advertising laws. We also have to have a way to ensure open debate and truthful reporting. Even Facebook and Twitter now claim the right to dictate policy by controlling public opinion.
    Sooty from Marketing
    23rd Oct 2020
    12:52pm
    " I want to give people this absolute assurance. No cuts to Education, no cuts to Health no changes to pensions, no changes to the GST and no cuts to ABC or SBS."
    Tony Abbot the night before the 2013 Federal Election (6/9/13).

    That’s not democracy, it’s an election promise which means nothing.

    The LNP since Tony Abbott has squeezed every cent possible out of the vulnerable in society, be it pensioners, the sick, the poor or the unemployed.
    Buggsie
    23rd Oct 2020
    1:27pm
    How true. Its not the so called left that we need to be concerned with, its the far right of politics which doesn't believe in fair taxation, sound education for all irrespective of socio-economic status, universal health cover for all irrespective of wealth and income and the right of women to equal opportunity and work. Tony Abbott is a prime example .... take away from the workers and give to the rich and Morrison is following the same hymn book.
    Anonymous
    23rd Oct 2020
    2:59pm
    Buggsie wrote "take away from the workers and give to the rich"

    Spoken like a true Marxist!

    Why don’t we remember the victims of communism?
    Marxism resulted in 100 million civilians murdered in the last 100 years Marxism has been tried 100 times in 100 years on 6 continents It has never worked Not even close, and always results in cultural destruction, immeasurable catastrophe, widespread death, and suffering.


    https://unherd.com/2017/11/dont-remember-victims-communism/
    Sooty from Marketing
    23rd Oct 2020
    9:09pm
    “Remember the past and lose an eye. Forget the past and lose both eyes”
    Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.

    “ All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others” George Orwell.
    Anonymous
    24th Oct 2020
    8:11am
    The LNP have done dreadful things, Sooty from Marketing. But surely you are not naive enough to think the ALP would have done any better? Different in some aspects, sure, but not better. Actually, if you examine ALP policy closely, it's designed to keep people down and ensure the rich retain their supremacy. The ALP just deceive the masses much more successfully. The LNP is open about supporting the rich. The ALP pretends to do the opposite but actually pursues exactly the same goals, only in ways that more effectively deny people the opportunity to rise above their station.

    In case you are deceived by ALP lies, here are a couple of examples that expose their real motives:
    1. They introduced the assets test on pensions, which effectively ensures that responsible living, planning and saving for the future DISADVANTAGES low income earners, because they can never achieve an asset balance that makes them better off than if they hadn't saved. They also introduced the income test to ensure that people who wish to continue to work and earn to the best of their capacity don't benefit from doing so unless they can achieve a high income level. These tests were purported to ensure tax funds supported the needy, not the greedy, but they work to suppress and keep people down.

    2. They are now demanding an increase to the superannuation guarantee levy, knowing that because of the assets test any increase will reduce the incomes of lower income workers in the short term without improving their wealth later because any increase in their balance will only reduce pension entitlements. Of course the increase will support high income earners nicely by giving them far greater tax benefits, enabling them to load up the war chests that will support those who would never need a pension anyway to live out retirement in luxury. The tax concessions on super are costing the nation more than the total cost of the OAP and 80% of the benefit goes to the richest 20%. The ALP wants to increase the benefits to that 20% by increasing employer contributions to their super, but it refuses to do anything about the massive injustice that denies lower income workers a fair superannuation tax concession. It's policy to keep the lower classes down and boost the wealth of the richest, but it's ever so cleverly disguised as intended to ensure workers have more in retirement. (BTW. it will also ensure there is less money to pay pensions to today's retirees by redirecting more tax dollars to the coffers of high income workers)

    3. They sought to end the benefit of franking credits for people with no or very little other income, but continue to extend that benefit to those with other secure income to live on. The woman who invested in a few shares to secure her future, then had to quit work when a difficult pregnancy led to the birth of a disabled infant would lose 30% of her income. The boy whose grandmother bought him some shares to help fund his university education would lose 30% of his income. Retirees struggling to live on the small income a modest asset balance generated would lose 30% of their income. But high income earners and pensioners with multi-million dollar houses would be laughing with their ongoing entitlement. The ALP sought to effectively close one of the few remaining avenues for battlers to improve their economic status, while ensuring the rich suffered no loss.

    23rd Oct 2020
    12:53pm
    Interesting poster in the head picture stating that "capitalism is killing us"

    The poor deluded kids learnt this from the unrelenting leftie brainwashing currently going in schools.

    They are never taught about the about the huge body count resulting from socialism wherever it rears its ugly head.

    Know Someone Who Still Praises Marxism?
    Send Them A Copy Of Jordan Peterson's Preface To The Book 'The Gulag Archipeligo
    https://www.jordanbpeterson.com/podcast/foreword-to-the-gulag-archipelago-50th-anniversary/

    and the following ...
    Adherents of Marx at some level must like the mass killings. Perhaps they make them feel powerful.
    you’d have to be a pretty lacking in moral sensitivity to defend a thinker whose work sent millions of people to an early grave.
    65 million murdered in China, 20 million in the USSR, 2 million in Nth Korea, 1.7 million in Africa.
    The Left trying to rehabilitate Karl Marx? Let’s remind them of millions who died in his name.
    http://pjmedia.com/instapundit/178595/
    http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/timstanley/100244023/the-left-is-trying-to-rehabilitate-karl-marx-lets-remind-them-of-the-millions-who-died-in-his-name/
    Buggsie
    23rd Oct 2020
    1:28pm
    Have you been to Sweden? Its illuminating - a democracy built on social justice for all.
    Moongold
    23rd Oct 2020
    1:34pm
    You're on the knocker, CO! Please view Youtube videos by Prof. Walter Veith which prove (not just postulate) the global Plan that's been in place for centuries - especially the ones on the history of the Jesuits, and how all world leaders are connected by family or trained at the same institutions. Our freedoms are disappearing very rapidly and the centralisation of the financial systems and takeover by the group "behind the scenes" (who we aren't told about by ANY media as it's being controlled also) is progressing swiftly due to the success of this Plan - tragic, but as you'll see from his talks, all predicted and fulfilling. NOT any mere 'conspiracy theory', but simply the truth behind what we're being told we can believe.
    Anonymous
    23rd Oct 2020
    2:28pm
    "Have you been to Sweden? Its illuminating - a democracy built on social justice for all."
    But it ain't socialist! Sweden's King is Carl XVI Gustaf.
    Where did you get that idea?

    Sweden is a constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary system of government and unicameral Parliament. There are twenty-nine electoral districts and elections are held every four years. Parties must receive 4% of the national vote to receive seats in the Parliament.
    Anonymous
    23rd Oct 2020
    2:44pm
    "a democracy built on social justice for all" ... Like Venezuela?

    LEFTIST "LOGIC”!!
    Solar and wind power would be a perfect solution if evil people didn’t use so much electricity.
    In Venezuela ….If it weren’t for people wanting to eat our socialism would be perfect.
    sunnyOz
    23rd Oct 2020
    12:54pm
    Disillusioned? - Sometimes I think it should read DILLUSIONAL!!
    Moongold
    23rd Oct 2020
    1:23pm
    Well, the only alternative is socialism, and for whatever moans some may have about capitalism, it's the ONLY system that ensures any of us are able to both earn sufficient wages and save them. This present push is simply an uneducated agenda to destroy it, even though tried and tested for many, many decades. People don't understand that this is part of the One World agenda - looks good and glittery but the end result will be total poverty, inability to own our own property (including our homes) or say who gets to live in them (as was a few years ago tried in Africa). The system of capitalism was fought for by those who did understand these issues, and established sat great personal sacrifice centuries ago. It's not that it's 'failed' - it's just that there is a powerful movement trying to destroy it by making it APPEAR to have failed! The ultimate Plan is for global control. Choose socialism and we go back to the Dark Ages (literally).
    Buggsie
    23rd Oct 2020
    1:31pm
    Moongold, you need to get out more and get off the ratbag social media sites. By the way, the Morrison government supports globalisation which is the trade side of "one world", as you call it. That's why we don't make anything in Aus anymore.
    cupoftea
    23rd Oct 2020
    5:24pm
    Moongold did you write that your self or hear it on the Muppet show that is on 1400-1515 when the Parliament is allowed to sit
    Anonymous
    24th Oct 2020
    8:18am
    Moongold is right, actually. And yes, Buggsie, the Morrison Government does support globalisation, as have many governments before it. That's because the global power groups are controlling our government. The One World agenda is dictating policy to all governments.

    One of the reasons for Trump's popularity - whatever you may think of him - is that he's had the courage to buck the global powers-that-be and stand up for what he thinks is right for America. What he thinks is right might not be good either, but he's had the courage to be his own man. Few leaders have shown such courage, and certainly none of ours - in recent times - have demonstrated conviction to do what's best for OUR country and people. They are puppets. A few very rich families (not Australians) are controlling our world, and our elected leaders are letting those families pull their strings.
    libsareliars
    23rd Oct 2020
    2:20pm
    Disillusioned with democracy - you betcha
    Viking
    23rd Oct 2020
    3:36pm
    Who said we live in a democracy, we simply don't! Democracy is 'by the people for the people.' There is no mention in that of 'by the mining industry for the mining industry' or 'by the unions for the unions.' The fact is we are compelled to vote for a bunch of greedy, self interested narcissists who once they have secured our votes then do the bidding for their paymasters. Let's look at some of the democratic decisions by our current government supposedly for the people.
    This government staunchly resisted a Royal Commission into the banking and finance industry which was ripping off $billions from the people. Was this for the people? The same government is now planning to relax some of the regulations which will again allow the banks to exploit consumers. Is this for the people? We have the makings of a good superannuation system but the current government is doing everything it can to devalue and destroy it. Members of the current government are working to hinder the industry super industry because it work too well for the people, to aid their greedy, inefficient banking friends. Is that democracy for the people?
    The majority of people (for whom democracy is supposed to be working) want the benefits of clean, green low cost energy backed up by the least polluting most efficient auxiliary systems. This long term investment can only take place if the government has a comprehensive energy policy which it continually resists. It has stumbled from coal to gas, both parts of the same paymaster industry.This government has totally failed over years to provide the leadership in providing this plan to supply low cost, reliable, clean energy from whatever source for the people.
    The aged care industry which represents by far the largest Corona death toll is the responsibility of the Federal Government. It is run not for the (aged) people but for the mainly foreign owned finance industry. Is that democracy? Even after a Royal Commission has highlighted its failings, the government denies its shortcomings and is trying to blame its failings on another level of government. Democracy for the people?
    For years the people have wanted a Federal Integrity Commission to ensure that democracy stands a chance. However this government dances around the issue, wants hearings in secret and to be impotent in investigating any past crimes. Is that for the people?
    Democracy is for the people not for the incumbents yet we have rorts after scams at all levels of government. Dodgy water deals by a minister with family interests, coal mine rorts, sports rorts, land deal rorts, hundreds of $millions of the people's money spirited away to paymaster controlled organisations which didn't know what to do with the money. $138 million spent on a Christmas Island PM photo opportunity and tens of millions since frittered away on keeping a harmless family of four incarcerated. State government council rorts, crumbling blocks of units where the approving lower level of government looks the other way. All of this in the care of governments who are pledged by law to be working in the best interests of the people they represent. That's democracy?
    It's hardly surprising that confidence in democracy is at its lowest level because it simply doesn't exist and the public's opinion bears that out.
    Tanker
    23rd Oct 2020
    3:49pm
    Instead of all the blinkered views being expressed why not look at our Democracy actually works.
    We are dominated by a two party system where money is gathered to fund elections. Where does the money come from and how is it declared?
    The money for the ALP is largely from Trade Unions while for the LNP business contributes healthy sums. The old saying "that he who pays the piper calls the tune". Combined with that there are numerous paid lobbyists haunting the corridors of power distributing largesse, in one form or another, to MPs and particularly Ministers.
    Surely then it has to be accepted that due to the lack of proper transparency our political system is wide open to corruption.
    The undue delay in introducing a proper fully independent ICAC Federally does create the worry that they are trying to hide something.
    A corrupt political system is NOT a democracy but is being run for the benefit of those who can pay. We are headed to a political system on a par with that in Britain during the 18th,19th and early 20th Century.
    BigAl
    23rd Oct 2020
    5:21pm
    The millennials don’t know how lucky they are. They have no idea of history of socialism and Marxism and the horrors of Mao, Stalin, Pol Pot etc. Unfortunately they have been told by everyone At home/school that they can be anything and expect to live like the Kardashians. After leaving school they face the real world where they may have to work 60 hours a week in a poor salary job. They simply fold, have no resilience and end up hating the world and join the throng of disillusioned. The education system has been so dumbed down with wokeness, cancel culture, gender fluidity and all the other crap to be nearly worthless. The school system needs a major overhaul and should teach life skills as a major core subject. The political system is broken. All parties now pander to the woke groups like BLM and are only interested in handing out money like confetti. 10 million now on some form of welfare. As Maggie Thatcher once said “Socialism is great until you run out of other people’s money”.
    Fedup
    23rd Oct 2020
    6:24pm
    Trump, Johnson, Morrison. I doubt it’s just Millennials feeling disillusioned!
    Poppa Bear
    23rd Oct 2020
    9:03pm
    Wasn't it Churchill who said - "Democracy is the worst system of government in the world - except for all the others we have tried."
    Fedup
    23rd Oct 2020
    9:09pm
    He also said, “The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.”
    Anonymous
    24th Oct 2020
    8:22am
    He got that right, Fedup!
    Strummer
    24th Oct 2020
    7:01am
    Democracy doesn't guarantee good government, but it does guarantee the ability to get rid of bad government.
    Anonymous
    24th Oct 2020
    8:23am
    We wish! It might give us the ability to replace one bad government with another. The two-party system ensures that we will have bad government. It's just a question of which bad?
    jaycee1
    24th Oct 2020
    8:18am
    Democracy only applies to the government of the day, the rich or those that are seen to be able to 'give' the government something they want.
    For everyone else it is a fallacy with a noose that is getting tighter every year.
    Joyful56
    24th Oct 2020
    1:37pm
    When a hand picked and stacked group are "leading" this country, why would we have any confidence in how our democracy is working?
    When we hear day after day of unaccountability for massive spending and see waste of millions of dollars to incarcerate refugees instead of making them productive members of their communities, when we see parliament repeatedly suffering "I vote the member no longer be heard", what level of democracy is at work - ZIP, ZERO, ZILCH, NADA etc. imho
    4b2
    25th Oct 2020
    10:43am
    We do not live in democracy in Australia. Any government that compels its constituents to vote under financial penalties or jail if they do not is a mark of lack of confidence in their ability to attract votes. It has been shown that removing compulsory results in a low (around 30%) voter turnout. This supports the distrust by voters in the MP's and would bees.
    The current government and PM is most secretive and under performing government we have ever had.
    We need total government reform. Why is it that secret ballots are required to elect governments but governments are not required to vote by secret ballot?
    The Upper house in the federal government is not a states house as it was set up to be in the constitution to represent the states rights.
    No wonder I choose to cast an informal vote at all elections, I don't trust any of them to represent the people.
    Viking
    25th Oct 2020
    12:32pm
    Isn't it amazing? Unfettered outrage and indignation because of the public revelation of a few $5,000 watches being distributed to party hacks at the GPO yet public service executive performance bonuses are routinely worth more than this. No indignation when $million bonuses are paid to executives for non-performance and on their sacking. No outrage and indignation about an over payment of $27 million to a party donor for a block of land. No indignation that in LNP held NSW $250 million in pork barrels was handed out to LNP electorates on the pretence of council amalgamations. No indignation that $100 million in sports grants was rorted and no indignation and outrage over the $128 million wasted on a Christmas Island photo opportunity by the same PM who is outraged by $20K worth of watches. The same Christmas Island that our Minister for the Interior proclaimed was purpose built for medical isolations but mysteriously isn't yet at a cost of over $30 million a year is accommodating four Sri Lankan asylum seekers who were gainfully employed in a regional town. Yes four watches are outrageously out of proportion to all of this disgraceful waste of public money. Interesting isn't it that a senior public servant employed as a mega financial watchdog can steal $118,000 from the public purse (no so much outrage there) and put it back when he's found out yet a junior with his fingers in the till goes to jail.
    No wonder the public are cynical about politicians and government when the country is led by loudmouth fakes like ScoMo.
    Roy R
    25th Oct 2020
    8:28pm
    Whenever politicians and parties are involved, true democracy cannot exist.
    Alan
    26th Oct 2020
    8:38pm
    I am an ACT resident. Democracy needs both a strong Government and a good Opposition to flourish and each should have a realistic prospect of being able to form a Government. In the ACT we have neither and the result is that we are doomed to a ALP/Greens Government for the foreseeable future. There are now electors who since birth have had experience only of a Labour/Greens Government and it is effectively a one party state.

    ACT residents are generally well educated and less interested in hip pocket promises. Unfortunately, the Liberal Party appears to have given up the battle to try form Government and for reasons best known to themselves have moved well to the right of the political spectrum guaranteeing both being permanently in opposition and therefore becoming irrelevant to political debate in Canberra.
    Viking
    26th Oct 2020
    9:34pm
    Alan, I think part of the problem may be that a fairly significant proportion of the ACT population still works for the Federal government and has experienced the big differences in style of both parties. The LNP historically politicise and denigrate the public service and see agencies as a tool of the government's ideology rather than administrators of good, fair government.
    Kranky
    28th Oct 2020
    10:49pm
    I'm all totally in favour of democracy, ever since it was introduced by the Greeks. However, I am far from pleased and greatly concerned at the way it is being undermined today, especially by those who gained some power, position or authority from the very democratic system that they attack. Yes, democracy needs a good shake up to dislodge those who misrepresent it.


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