Friday Flash Poll: Who do you trust?

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The Coalition has tax cuts, investment in infrastructure and moderate spending on healthcare in mind.

The Opposition has declared war on cancer, plans to get the NDIS sorted and promises greater tax relief for low- and middle-income workers.

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the electioneering phase of Federal Election 2019 – expected to be called at any minute by Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

It is believed the election will be called on or around 18 May. The PM wants to pick a date to make sure that his budget isn’t grilled in Senate estimates hearings.

In elections past, votes from older Australians have been seen as low hanging fruit. This time around, it seems they are being ignored. In fact, older Australians have very little to gain from either party’s policies.

Too often in the past, retirement savings have been used as a cash cow to subsidise government spending. Now that eyes are off your nest eggs, though, there is not much to chew on for older Australians looking for a party that will help them have a comfortable retirement.

Sure, the Coalition’s super changes will help some pre-retirees, as will both parties’ pledges to give you better access to medicines, diagnostic services and scans. In fact, with health being such a big concern for older people, the money measures may not factor in as highly as many would initially assume. Besides, cheap or free medical services – promised by both parties – means money in your pocket, as will a $75 ‘rebate’ on energy bills, so there is that …

The Coalition also has the advantage, or disadvantage – depending how you look at it – of having a full budget presented, whereas Labor has so far only presented the ‘sweeteners’ without costings to prove it can do what they say.

Finance Minister Mathias Cormann believes Labor would simply raise taxes when in office to pay for its measures.

“You can’t trust anything that Labor is saying because they are not giving you any details,” he said. “There is no details in costings.”

Mr Cormann has also skirted his party’s ability to back up its claims with numbers. When asked the hard questions by journalists in the Federal Budget 2019 lockup on Tuesday about the perceived surplus and how tax cuts would eventually only really favour high-income earners, he chose rhetoric rather than actual answers. He mostly reverted to replies containing the phrase “who do you trust?” It seems the Coalition is hanging its hopes on recent economic records that put the Opposition in the seat of power during the GFC – which many say we may have largely avoided due to Labor’s economic savvy.

So, now that both parties have hinted at their intentions for future government, and just ahead of an election being called, we want to know which party is ‘doing it’ for you right now.

Why not take part in our Friday Flash Poll and let us know?

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Which party will be better for older Australians? Why? We welcome your opinion in the comments section below.

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    I am surprised that so many are voting for this Government despite the appalling job they have done.

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      Labor is even worse.

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      it’s a Stockholm Syndrome-style, white people genetic defect, they want to be ruled and told what to think and how to act

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      Excuse me please, this was once a free country, not any more?
      It’s their thoughts and decision and they will vote accordingly.
      I have the feeling that you would go somewhat berserk if someone interfered with your vote

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      Totally agree with you jackie, it’s got me tossed how people could vote for them too.

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      danielboonjp-Educate yourself-
      What are two genetic disorders?
      Monogenetic disorders are caused by a mutation in a single gene. The mutation may be present on one or both chromosomes (one chromosome inherited from each parent).
      Examples of monogenic disorders are: sickle cell disease , cystic fibrosis, polycystic kidney disease, and Tay-Sachs disease.
      Examples of genetic conditions that are more common in particular ethnic groups are sickle cell disease, which is more common in people of African, African American, or Mediterranean heritage; and Tay-Sachs disease, which is more likely to occur among people of Ashkenazi (eastern and central European) Jewish or French Canadian ancestry. It is important to note, however, that these disorders can occur in any ethnic group.
      The Stockholm or Helsinki syndrome is not prevalent to only white people. The syndrome is psychological not genetic.
      Now look up the definition of racism.

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      If you want to know what the Libs have achieved read this….for instance under Labor when last in office unemployment was 5.7% it is now 4.9% lowest since 2011…90,000 less on welfare.

      https://www.liberal.org.au/our-plan/key-achievements

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      Yes, it is shocking, jackie, given how they attacked part-pensioners with the nasty Asset Test changes from Jan 2017, based on a Budget Emergency lie (now they have heaps to hand out tax cuts, including massive tax cuts from 2024 for the Rich), being a broken promise (No cuts to pensions), without even Grandfathering (say over 10 years) as retirees cannot change their income and it did not allow pre-retirees time to make any changes. Disgusting number of broken promises should never be excused by the electorate, otherwise this is going to become the norm.

      The problem also is the arrogance of Labor (Don’t vote for us: Bowen), bad policies (Franking Credits affecting SFRs at the lower end, but not the rich), Negative Gearing (protects the existing rorters with multiple properties including politicians, but will prevent the new / young buying new properties due to competition from the investors), radical gender agenda (will destroy western society built on Christian values), radical climate agenda (will destroy the economy and YOUR budgets) – the latter policies in particular being taken over from the Greens. They offer a de-facto Greens Govt – who in their right minds want that?

      BOTH Major parties and the Greens MUST be thrown OUT – we have tolerated them for far too long! Put them (the current MPs of these parties) LAST in preferences. The Retirees are one group ignored by BOTH, and must act to get rid of them BOTH, by using the strength of 3 Million+ retirees votes.

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    I trust NO ONE who enters parliament or who tries to. Right now they are attempting to BUY pensioner votes via heating, the opposition are using cancer too buy votes in their latest gob off! They are SICK people in this parliament, trying to manipulate people like this.
    Stuff the selfish bastards, I’ll not be giving any millionaires in the major parties my vote!

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    Older Australians will be dudded by which ever major party gets in, but particularly by Labor. Loss of franking credit rebate is huge loss for a lot of SMSF. If current system is such a rort, why isn’t it being cancelled for everyone, not just a section of the community. Labor’s FREE cancer treatment policy is also a furphy. We currently have Medicare rebates for GP services but GPs can charge much higher rates (it is after all a free society we live in) than the Government dictates. Won’t specialist continue to charge their rate of fees no matter what rate the Government says is appropriate.

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      The proposed ALP changes to Franking Credits and Negative Gearing will effect all persons that make use of the “rort” not just a “section of the community'”. It is just that the larger SMSFs and the higher income earners can absorb the loss to a greater extent.

      If you, personally, do not pay any Tax why should you get a “gift” at the expense of those that do?

      If you want to complain about GPs and Specialist Medical Providers charging above the Scheduled Fee, which is the amount an expert panel considers reasonable, then support a change to the Constitution that will enable the Government to set the the fee charged. After all they are the fundamental “customer” that pays for the service. At the moment the Medical Profession is the only section of the business community that has protection on fees enshrined in the Constitution.

      All Medical Services should be Nationalised!!

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      Negative gearing is a subsidy for renters. Take it away and you will pay lots more to rent.

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      Historically, OG, that has not happened.

      In my view the real issue is the rising price race caused by the banks over-lending on short equity, which has enabled some to accumulate numerous investment properties with little real collateral. Even the banks have realised they are running out on a very thin limb there.. finally.

      The result has been far too many house owners and too few home owners.

      That, to me, is the problem socially – the problem economically is that house hoarding has become a mainstay of our unbalanced ‘economy’, thus inviting further and further excesses and more effective control into the hands of hoarders and developers, which are devastating both the economy and the ‘culture’ of major cities.

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      Not to mention Trebor the massive number of immigrants into the country over the past five years creating a supply and demand situation. Plus Chinese investors squirriling $ out of China. No wonder Mr Trigerboff is the third wealthiest Australian and most of the top 250 are property developers !!

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      Not to mention Trebor the massive number of immigrants into the country over the past five years creating a supply and demand situation. Plus Chinese investors squirriling $ out of China. No wonder Mr Trigerboff is the third wealthiest Australian and most of the top 250 are property developers !!

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      Denis & Narelle and Old Geezer are right, cancer treatment is already free for most. Problem is that those who have not had direct experience with it will think Labor is fantastic for ‘thinking of making it free’. As far as ‘how will they pay for it’ goes, no problem there, the cost has been met for years, won’t upset the next budget at all.

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      Well said Huskie.

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    They don’t realise people just don’t trust politicians anymore.

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    I am not quite as cynical as some. I think most people putting up their hand for office are well intentioned. But I also know that whenever labor gets into power it ends in tears.

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      you may purport to be less cynical, but display the ignorance of the average voter

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      Good intentions vanish the moment the $4,000 p.w. plus perks times twelve start coming in. Touch is lost, reality becomes a buzzword, moving billions of dollars around creates a comprehension black hole when it comes to those on $270 a week… party politics enforce deal-making to suit the majors anyway, so only perhaps one or two incoming possibles are worth their salt.

      As for party sponsored possibles – wouldn’t vote for any of them – they are not your representatives – they are representatives of their party and its sponsors and its pets.

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      Labor just do now know hoe to handle finances – we will be back in the red in no time with them.

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    Neither of the major parties will get my vote. They both use the public to get into power and then pander to their paymasters, respectively either big business or the unions and run the country according to their wishes. The tax system is based on failure; if you’ve worked hard, paid your taxes, supported bludgers through your working life and saved for your old age you get nothing, not even PBS benefits. When you join a club, register your car, pay your rates, you get a discount if your on a pension, nothing if you’ve worked hard and looked after your family. Multi-millionaires will still get imputation tax dividend credits but self funded retirees won’t. Any country that rewards failure and penalises hard work and success will go the way we are going, we end up making nothing, importing everything and living on more debt.

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      One party or the other will get your vote as that’s how the system works.

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      Old Geezer, not if I vote Independent and as appears very likely the National MP who has done nothing except deny progress and cut ribbons, mainly for non federal government projects for the past 15 years gets thrown out.

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      That’s a terrible attitude.

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      OG: It’s a sane attitude, rooted in reality.

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      Get rid of PREFERENCE voting…

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      Preference voting is here to stay. The best thing to do in that situation is to be very calm and assign preferences very logically & purposefully – I recommend a strategy as follows:

      Put No. 1 for your favourite candidate (supporting Retirees preferably),
      Put all extremists at the end,
      Put your No. 2 as the one who you think can win and who may be acceptable to you, and
      Put the remaining in between such that the sitting Major party MP is definitely below the alternative Major party candidate (always keeping the Greens, being extremists, near or at the end).

      If enough people do this, you will a) know you did your best, and b) hopefully the useless sitting MP will lose their seat.

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    Politicians are only in it for what they can personally screw out of the system to feather their own nests. I have no faith or trust in any of them, especially the LNP who are full of washed up wannabes and dinosaurs with no care for the country or its people except for their own miserable selves. Remember folks, politicians are there to serve us, not the other way around! A pox on both their houses!

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    Looks like there will be a lot of disappointed people.

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      Old geezer … you’re obviously one of the LNP sheeple flock and add weight to the saying ‘no fool like an old fool’ and make it harder for the rest of us …

      Your ignorance is the common thread in pretty much everything you post, the most recent being “Negative gearing is a subsidy for renters. Take it away and you will pay lots more to rent”

      Both LNP and Labor have tried to outdo each other in helping the more affluent.
      I will explain this as simply as I can for you (and others) to understand how negative negative gearing is …

      FHOG – first home owners grant was taking money from everybody to supposedly help people buy their first home, it just forced prices up

      Negative Gearing: where an LNP/Labor run government reduces tax-payers tax obligations and income from the tax-pool, that would otherwise go to hospitals, schools, old aged care facilities.

      Rental assistance: is where LNP/Labor governments take money from the tax-pool (that could be going to hospitals, schools, old aged care etc) and pass that onto Renters to prop up the income stream of property investors …

      Multiple property owners could not maintain these properties were it not from the double dipping presented on a silver tray by LNP and Labor politicians.

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      Wealthy people with multiple properties do not use negative gearing so are unaffected by Labor’s proposed policies.

      I don’t vote so can’t be a LNP sheepie. In fact I’m no longer on the electoral roll.

      Yes negative gearing is a subsidy for renters. Just watch house prices go down and rents go up under Labor.

      First home buyers can’t get a look in now unless they have 20% deposit. Even if houses fall significantly they still wont be able to get a loan and buy. If they do buy and prices keep falling then they won’t be able to keep them.

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      Old Geezer. Thank God you don’t vote if that’s your power of reasoning. If more people own their own homes so there are fewer renters, what would push rents up? If first home owners can’t afford to buy now why wouldn’t more be able to afford homes if prices came down? If the population keeps rising and more homes are therefore needed why would house prices keep falling? No other country in the world has negative gearing for housing and we have amongst the highest housing costs in the world relative to wages so please tell us of anther country with a growing population where housing prices have continued to fall over the long term?

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    If you vote for a minor party you won’t have a say in who runs the country.
    The Labor Party nearly wrecked the country last time they were in power.
    I don’t think they are any better now.
    All parties have their positives and negatives – the Greens are absolutely the worst.

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      so you’d rather vote for a party – that is a coalition of other parties – that is now a ‘major party’ and drive the country into the ground than try to be different?
      And please explain how Greens are worse …

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    I don’t vote on promises, I vote on what I see.

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