Friday Flash Poll: Which election issue matters most to you?

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 A federal election has been called. The political players are ready. The banners are unfurling, and the battle lines are drawn.

Cue the drummer boy. Prepare for an onslaught of sloganeering, rhetoric and policy promises tied up in pretty pink bows.

Bring on Federal Election 2019.

YourLifeChoices has been seeking your feedback all year, trying to get a handle on which policies, measures and plans matter most to baby boomers and retirees.

In our 2019 Insights Survey, 73 per cent of the 7760 respondents told us that the Government was not doing enough to support retirees.

We asked about which areas our politicians needed to address. These requests included:

  • ability to earn more without reducing pension entitlements – 62.27 per cent
  • increase the Age Pension – 58.7 per cent
  • better access to Centrelink – 44.95 per cent
  • more entitlements – 35.54 per cent
  • more pre-retirement information – 31.85 per cent
  • training programs before retirement – 22.4 per cent
  • more health information – 21.5 per cent.

We’ve also narrowed down the top five election issues from our Friday Flash Poll: Which election issues matter most to you? They were: 

  • Increasing Age Pension payments
  • Health/Medicare
  • Energy and climate change
  • Border security
  • Aged care.

And based on results from other Flash Polls we’ve run throughout the year, we also know that universal dental care and franking credit policies matter to you.

But which issue matters most? Why not tell us so we can present the burning issue to the two major parties and some major players to see which of them will help make your retirement better.

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Which retirement issues have we missed? Which party will look after you? Why do you think older Australians are so far being overlooked?

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    My response to the question is HONESTY AND DECENT BEHAVIOUR.
    The government fails abysmally on both as it has no morals and shows all the signs of (protected) criminal behaviour.

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      Look in the mirror Mick “HONESTY AND DECENT BEHAVIOUR”. I followed your comments years ago when you were spouting for us all to vote Independent.
      Your comments lately are showing your true colours as a Labor Troll.

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      Yeah and it goes as well for Di Natale and his cohorts

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      I have ALWAYS been honest and I find your assertions reprehensible.
      I did and still do advocate Independents as long as they are not shopfronts for the Liberal Party. As far as plugging Labor I have also stated on many occasions that my number one priority is to see the back of the crooks who now call themselves a government. Thereafter I’ll assess how Labor is going (in the first year!) and start agitating for Independents and an Independents Party.
      Given some of the blatant smearing from government sponsored trolls on this website, including you from what I read, I think its a bit rich claiming I am a Labor troll when I put up facts rather than the lies and smear coming from your fuhrer. There’s a difference and I’ll stand on my morals and record.

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      I agree with you Mick, the last 5 years have been woeful and chaotic.

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      Mick, correct spelling without the umlaut is Fuehrer. It also infers Adolph Hitler. It is reprehensible to compare the PM Morrison with Hitler, and an insult to all who fought against the Nazi tyrant. Perhaps you should study a little history to better enlighten you.

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      That’s NEVER going to happen, MICK, unless you throw OUT ALL or MOST of the current lot! The big stick is needed right now!

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      Good on you , Mick. I might not agree with all of your opinions, but I would fight for your right to voice them WITHOUT being abused personally or criticised for them.

      We are all correct, for ourselves. What’s right for you right now might not be always right for me.

      Don’t you all love a democracy? No thought police (sorry, Libs), no spying on your email or your homes (sorry, Libs), and so on.

      Actually, Democracy sucks. Half of the population has an IQ below 100, and so we get stupid results in elections, like Brexit, Trump, and so on. Bring on benevolent dictatorships??

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      We agree with Mick, prefer the Independents but will see who they give their preferences for before we vote. Have given up totally on the Libs.

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      Mick you will be waiting a long time for that.

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      Celia, don’t wait to see who gets their preferences, you control that by voting Below the line. it may take a little longer to fill in the form, but it’s worth it.

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      I agree George. The lot needs to go before the LNP are worthy of being considered a real alternative to Labor in future. Class war is understood even from the blind masses and ther are consequences even with media propaganda machines behind you. We have all had enough and this lot is going. Even the Murdoch machine will be unable to pull a large enough rabbit out of its hat this time.

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      Liberals, Labor and Greens to go, MICK, all of them are in the same boat. No honesty or decent behaviour.
      We need a clean-out to get fresh perspectives in Canberra – that people’s needs are important, not the politician’s salaries & perks. Also, an end to the shifty party policies which further their own ends at our expense.

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      Mick I know the present government has suffered some internal strife but what evidence do you have that they are crooks? Please share.

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      Mandy, I agree. There is no more evidence to show that the current government, warts and all, is no worse than the Labor Party which Mick loves so dearly.

      I once gave Mick a dose of his own medicine and called him a troll, and he responded “So you claim I am trolling. I’ll offer you the same response I always do: provide your facts. Ones which are not just propaganda statements and which stand scrutiny. YOU CAN’T.”

      So my oft repeated challenge to Mick, using his own words to me, “provide your facts. Ones which are not just propaganda statements and which stand scrutiny.” Include in the explanation why there was nothing wrong with the Mediscare campaign, and maybe tell us why the Liberals are irretrievably divided yet Labor has survived the Rudd/Gillard fiasco.

      Finally, for the record, I am a swinging vote rand routinely support neither party, I always vote for the party which I hope to be most likely to promote the national interest. This can sometimes be a difficult decision to make, but not in the case of the forthcoming election.

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      Mandy, I agree. There is no more evidence to show that the current government, warts and all, is no worse than the Labor Party which Mick loves so dearly.

      I once gave Mick a dose of his own medicine and called him a troll, and he responded “So you claim I am trolling. I’ll offer you the same response I always do: provide your facts. Ones which are not just propaganda statements and which stand scrutiny. YOU CAN’T.”

      So my oft repeated challenge to Mick, using his own words to me, “provide your facts. Ones which are not just propaganda statements and which stand scrutiny.” Include in the explanation why there was nothing wrong with the Mediscare campaign, and maybe tell us why the Liberals are irretrievably divided yet Labor has survived the Rudd/Gillard fiasco.

      Finally, for the record, I am a swinging vote rand routinely support neither party, I always vote for the party which I hope to be most likely to promote the national interest. This can sometimes be a difficult decision to make, but not in the case of the forthcoming election.

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    I agree with you Mick. There must be more transparency with politicians. They represent us

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      Yes No more commercial in confidence should be allowed for government contracts. For goodness sake this is public money they are spending so the public has a right to know who is getting it and how much.

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      uNFORTUNATELY FOR mICKS COMMENTS i BELIEVE THE RISE OF INDEPENDENTS HAS BEEN THE KILLER WHERE GOVERNMENTS CANNOT RUN THE COUNTRY WITHOUT KOWTOWING TO A CROSS BENCH, AND THE INDEPENDENT MOVEMENT OF EX LIB BANKS, AND HER LIKE, IS ABOMINABLE , TREACHEROUS AS IS MALCOLM TURNBULL , WHO IS IN THE TOILET NOW IN MY OPINION
      AND THE OPPOSITION LEADER CAN NOT BE TRUSTED, FULL STOP. DI NATALE IS A DISTURBED INDIVIDUAL WHO SHOULD RETIRE FROM POLITICS .THIS MAN HAS INNER PROBLEMS I THINK HAVING SEEN HIM AND SOME OF THE STUFF HE COMES OUT WITH.

      But independents stymie governments and it is why we are stagnated in Australia .
      Also I believe we must go to 4 year terms , for government and eight year time limit for politicians unless re elected PM , we get stale and old career trough feeders and it needs to end, long term nuisances I call 20 and 30 year politicians especially senators, it is a waste of money , and they do nothing.

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      The only way to have REAL transparency is to ban donations from all Corporations, including Unions. The only Party advocating for this is the Greens.

      I don’t like Di Natale, Shorten or Morrison much personally, but it is their policies (or lack of them) that will attract my vote. John, you can’t say those things about Di Natale without giving a reason, else you appear unintelligent.

      On the subject of Independents, they can be great ESPECIALLY if they hold the government to account. But they can also be very dangerous if they’re just a front for a major party or radical group. Of course their policies will align one way or the other, but they must remain truly independent if they are worth anything at all. I say be very careful when voting for Independents just because you’re sick & tired of Labor or Liberal/National, because their preferences may end up helping someone over the line like Fraser Anning or Pauline Hanson. Don’t get sucked into voting for Clive Palmer’s party. He’s promising everything to suit everyone but of course he won’t deliver – he just wants political power. Last election he sucked Al Gore into coming to Australia, on the pretense he wanted to do something about the climate crisis. Al Gore appeared on TV with Clive only to find out the lie/truth on air!

      The only thing I agree with you is to have 4 year terms in office. Have it on the first Saturday in November (or whatever month). Stop the nonsense & game-playing of “calling” an election date.

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      Sorry to inform you, john, but government has no absolute right to govern a country – they must operate within the confines and restrictions of our form of democracy.

      There is no Divine Right of Elected Government….. any more than there was a Divine Right of Kings etc in the past…. Divine right has been thrown out by democracy, so don’t try handing it to a majority in the house…. there is no mandate… only the wishes of the people as expressed by their voting.

      Someone mentioned Der Fuehrer above…. that is what you are suggesting we have here…. Ein Fuehrer and his minions dictating everything as they choose….

      No thanks…

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      Fixed election date? Sound better than giving a bad government four years…. if they can’t do the job, three years is more than enough…

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    Both major parties have attacked the retirees. Those who worked and saved. Shortens Retiree Tax Grab is unacceptable and he is a liar when he says it will only affect the wealthy. The wealthy wont be affected but it will destroy the low income retiree. His comments that he doesnt care about retirees because he doesnt need their vote shows he cannot be trusted

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      Agree without reservation mike. The difference is honesty and only one side valuing democracy whilst the other side is trying to install its own form of dictatorship. Changes in legislation over the past 6 years should be road map to where this lot is heading and the manner in which Morrison has started his campaign should irk all of us.

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      What a short memory that you have Mick regards dictatorship. Have you forgotten Conroy’s attempt to control the press, with Gillard’s blessing already?

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      I’d add Conroy as well to the Australia Post demise and ruination, by employing Ahmed Fahour as CEO and allowed him to pay a fortune to himself, Conroy and Rudd I think, who appointed Fahour who was the ruination of the service , and is seemingly dropping off its legislated service standard obligation too.
      They are all union lackies to me, even no factionRudd, he succumbed to himself , hah, and Shorten the back stabbing mate of our first female PM.
      Yes I am an “EX” what ever, but with great reason. I am also not voting again for my old party until they become what they were.

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      Shorten or Bowen are either stupid or lying through their teeth. Either way we can’t afford to have them run the country.

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      OG, we can’t afford to have them NOT run the country. The current bunch of corrupt morons are wrecking it.

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      Sceptic – Conroy never controlled the Press. Total BS from a government cronie. In fact the Murdoch propaganda Press managed to topple a functioning government for its coal mates.
      Don’t what they are paying you but get another job.

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      Knows-a-lot What data do you have about the “bunch of morons” being corrupt and wrecking the country or are you one of those that swallowed Labor’s Medi-scare during the last election?

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      Knows-a-lot, if you are so knowledgeable, how come you are not wealthy?

      I dislike OG intensely, disagree with him often, and have been known to berate him aggressively (as I think he will attest), but I respect the fact that he clearly knows more than most here or he wouldn’t be in the position he is in. And you clearly know less than most or you wouldn’t be where you are.

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      O&W asks “if you are so knowledgeable, how come you are not wealthy?” – a case of pot calling kettle black? And then you brush OG with faint praise “clearly knows more than most here or he wouldn’t be in the position he is in” yet he does not assert he his wealthy in a materialistic way. Knowledge and wealth do not necessarily go hand in hand.

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      Farside, OG has said he earns $100K a year from investments. That’s smart! Knows-a-lot has whined that he has nothing. That’s dumb!

      I agree that knowledge and wealth don’t always go hand in hand, but 99% of the time, the knowledgeable are more than moderately prosperous in material terms by the time their children are grown and they are contemplating retirement.

      As for ‘pot calling kettle black” – NO. Definitely not. Despite both my partner and I being raised in poverty, as orphans, and struggling with major health and family health challenges, poor education, and low-paid jobs, we retired fully self-funded and moderately comfortable. Knows-a-lot had an advanced university education and didn’t manage to achieve that. I think we’ve demonstrated far more knowledge and ability than most. If we’d faced fewer major challenges and/or enjoyed better opportunities, we would be very wealthy, so yes, luck plays a big part. But NOBODY in Australia who is knowledgeable is poor I retirement. NOBODY.

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      O&W, re the pot and kettle conundrum, I put it out there you consider yourself knowledgeable but not wealthy or are you saying that you are wealthy? Clearly you have done what you can in life with the cards dealt you but don’t for a moment think you are the only couple to experience challenges. Sweeping statements that nobody knowledgeable is poor are rubbish if you do not know everybody’s story.

      As for the Geezer, to be honest I don’t take that much notice of old mate’s banter with you as much is intended to get your panties in a twist and respond predictably. Schadenfreude can be a wonderful amusement! Perhaps he is both knowledgeable and wealthy however I don’t recall him ever claiming to be wealthy. I recall his oft given encouragement to retirees to spend their savings to provide a decent standard of living. No point grizzling about being an impoverished SFR just so you can be the richest corpse in the cemetery. Perhaps he might weigh in with an update on his unique situation.

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      Very true, Farside. No-one can say that knowledge protects you from poverty, not OlderandWiser (or even OnlyGenuineRainey, whose story sounds identical to OlderandWiser’s).

      Some people literally have to choose between looking after sick &/or disabled children/family, or pursuing work, let alone a career. I admire people who do this – they are choosing love over money. The thing is they are happy with their choice because they refuse to compromise their love & dedication.

      Who says money makes you happy anyway? If you’ve turned into an unpleasant beast in your pursuit of money at all costs, then you’ve thrown the baby out with the bathwater. Such people make miserable life partners because they’re horrible to live with. Their families put up with them because they’re addicted to the money but in their hearts, they hate them.

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      Hoohoo, I said 99% of the time knowledge and wealth go hand in hand. And they do. And I certainly never said money makes you happy. I have made the choice to work much less and be a carer. I have never engaged in the ‘pursuit of money’ to any degree that resulted in misery or hurting others. You are assuming a great deal.

      My point was that a person who had great opportunity and failed ought not to be claiming superior knowledge to folk who had less opportunity and succeeded.

      I don’t personally like OG much, and many of his comments are designed to stir others, but the fact remains that Knows-a-lot displays no knowledge at all, and OG is clearly quite knowledgeable.

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      Again, you are presuming that smart people only desire money – they can’t be smart if they’re not rich.

      You are conflating intelligence with greed, but not all smart people are motivated by money. I’d go as far as to say smart people are motivated to be successfully happy, which may have bugger-all to do with riches or fame. I would put a lot of clever artistic people in this category – they are driven to create, much like a woman may be driven to have children. Money simply doesn’t come into the equation.

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    A federal ICAC should come first. We need to clean up the favours and special deals for mates before our polllies will start acting for the majority and putting this country first.

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      I am also calling for a federal ICAC WITH WIDE RANGING POWERS as well as legislation to stop the blatant right wing propaganda which grooms and deceives the public into voting for crooks in suits working for the big end of town, not the nation.

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      Absolutely essential, Dave R, however there are so many things wrong…the system of two parties (with their MPs toeing their line, not representing the people) doesn’t work for the people unless we put their seats at risk – by voting them OUT each time as soon as we see the MP is not working for us. Conscience voting should be the way.

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      Even a Federal ICAC wont achieve that.

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      A federal ICAC may look at paid trolls like you OG. I’d love to see your kind in front of the courts charged with perversion of the political process.

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      How is OG ‘perverting the political process’ Mick? He’s not telling any self-serving lies that I can see. He’s not ‘trolling’ nearly as aggressively and selfishly as the likes of Sundays, SFR and Knows-a-lot. So he supports the LNP? Why is that a crime and supporting Labor isn’t? Sounds to me like typical Labor logic. Your rights depend on you being in the ‘right box’. Minorities are favoured. Labor voters are favoured. The rest of Australia can be screwed.

      I despise BOTH major parties, but I don’t see OG doing anything worse than anyone else. I DO see Labor trolls being very unfair, divisive, insulting, rude and selfish. (In fairness, I see that with a minority of LNP supporters too. Robbo comes to mind. OG is mostly polite and respectful in his comments.)

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      Old Geezer’s stupid comment saying “Even a Federal ICAC wont achieve that” IS stupid because he gives no reason(s). How does HE know what a Federal ICAC could or couldn’t achieve?

      However, if OG is referring to GeorgeM’s comment about people voting out ineffective major Party MP’s, then that is, of course, a different matter. Of course ICAC can’t vote for an MP. Duh

      Dave R started this thread with his comment about corruption “… the favours and special deals for mates…”. Donations are corruption, in my opinion, & are the scourge of our democracy, where powerful (mega rich) people like Murdoch can sway the masses this way or that, depending on who will bend to his will & do his bidding.

      As I said earlier “The only way to have REAL transparency is to ban donations from all Corporations, including Unions. The only Party advocating for this is the Greens.”

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    during the coming weeks I would like to hear some honest straight forward answers for a change from all sides in the election. Very hard to get straight answers from the majority of our current crop of politicians. It would be nice if a STATESMAN/STATESWOMAN rose up from the present rabble we have

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      One side is much better than the other but I agree with your sentiments.

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      The Libs don’t know what a honest straight forward reply is luddite! They keep changing the goal posts and the subject.

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      Shorten is the biggest liar ever to hit the Australian political scene, and every thing Labor is saying has been PROVED to be untruthful. Their franking credit policy is a classic. Every single statement made to promote it is a proven lie. It is NOT attacking the wealthy. It is NOT taking from people with more than $2.4 mil. It is NOT a ‘gift’ or ‘rort’ but a fair refund of tax paid. Those being deprived are NOT costing the taxpayer money but contributing tens of thousands annually more than any refund received. And it was NOT introduced by the Howard Govt. but was planned as part of a Hawke Keating reform and enacted during the Howard reign as the final element of the Hawke/Keating plan with BIPARTISAN SUPPORT because it was evidenced to be fair and good for the economy.

      It will NOT save money because it will push hundreds of thousands onto the aged pension and destroy forever all incentive to save for retirement.

      And it DOES impact workers in Industry and Retail funds, with an estimated average 9% loss.

      And worst of all, Shorten has caused some of the worst social division, bullying and abuse we’ve seen in a long time, and he’s gloating that it doesn’t matter because the people he’s hurting don’t vote Labor. What a disgrace! And some of you want a leader who openly declares that he governs for the sole benefit of his supporters and the rest of the nation can go to hell?

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      I’d be very annoyed if I was paying a tax on my super contributions to find out that that tax was not going to the ATO but was being used to pay those in the pension phase more money because of the franking credits in the fund.

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      I’d be very annoyed if I was paying a tax on my super contributions to find out that that tax was not going to the ATO but was being used to pay those in the pension phase more money because of the franking credits in the fund.

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      OlderandWiser: There’s no fool like an old fool.

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      Knows a Lot, now there’s an oxymoron.

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      Olderandwiser – thanks for the laugh. Never seen you before and wondering what other name(s) you post under on this website.
      For the record your claims are the normal election smear from the LNP. Its like comparing Mount Kosciusko with Mount Everest. Not even in the same boat. No political party is as dirty as this government, which is why it is being deserted in droves. People have woken up to the truth and switched off from the party generated propaganda….like your post.

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      You have seen Only Genuine Rainey before Mick. Same old, same old but sadly now becoming desperate.

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      Not desperate at all, Sundays, because like OG, I’ll find ways to capitalize on the stupidity of the masses if they do the unthinkable.

      I keep on pointing out the wrongs of Labor’s policy in the hope that the stupid will wake up and do something to protect themselves from hurt. Probably a lost cause, sadly!

      What baffles me is how they can think doing the same thing over and over results in a different outcome? Poor now? A Pensioner? Then you got it wrong before and you would be well advised to pay attention to people who have done better, rather than keep harping that others should be ripped off more to give you bigger handouts. It’s NEVER going to happen. So wake up and learn how to help yourself. It is achievable. I pulled my family out of dire poverty. And I did it by paying attention to people who had MORE than me and learning from them – not by screaming for fatter handouts and more taxes on the rich.

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      Mick, keep dreaming. Fortunately, the odds of Labor getting it’s FC policy through in its current form are very minimal, but if it does a lot of folk are going to be cursing the day they were STUPID enough to believe Labor’s lies and vote for them.

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      I am curious as to how Labor intend to tax “the top end of town”. We all recall how the supermarkets were praised for the 10 cents per litre on milk to the dairy farmers but who ended up paying for it? How are Labor going to ensure the extra tax is not passed on to us?

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    It would be nice to get answers from straight out questions from our politicians on all sides when they are confronted. I just hope a genuine STATESMAN STATESWOMAN emerges from the present rabble we have to select from.

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    Sadly both parties have dumped leaders whenever they feel like it. They are also only interested to selling Australia to the Chinese. So sad when you think of the thousands of soldiers who fought for this country.

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    Jeez! I find it totally frightening to see how many dickheads are prepared to favour the Liberals for this election! I can only assume they are all fully self funded retirees for whom Age Pension and Newstart are not even on their horizon, and are totally blind to the vicious treatment these Liberal assholes have meted out to the disadvantaged in this RS Australian paradise.

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      Blatant propaganda is what Murdoch, Stokes and other right wing media do fearlessfly.
      Did you watch 7 News last night. The station should in my opinion be shut down.

      I am calling for legislation to stop the blatant gaming of the elections from the right wing media. That is corruption and the business cartel at work.

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      Yes I am appalled and disheartened too fearlessly by the sheeples who will only ever vote one way. They are greedy and will only ever put their own needs before the greater good – a true LNP trait.

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      They’re a breed. Mostly despicable people themselves.

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      Well they don’t realise that they are in the minority fearlessfly, the millions of Australians who do not NG or collect FC will vote for what affects them not for what affects other people even if they sypathise with them, that is just a fact of life and who can blame them.

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      Tide is turning rapidly to the Libs.

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      What a dumb statement, Fearlessfly. The SFRs you refer to HAVE to care about the Age Pension because your arsehole mate Short-on-integrity is going to steal their savings and force them onto the pension.

      I find it totally frightening how many dickheads are prepared to vote for a massive recession and total destruction of all incentive to work and save, and thus of the economy. No, LNP voters are not blind to the Liberal’s wrongs. Most of them actively oppose the evils. But they ARE intelligent enough to see that ripping off workers and pushing taxes through the roof to hand out to everyone else is going to destroy the nation completely.

      WRONG MISTY. All Australian workers own shares and ALL Australian workers and most retirees will be impacted by franking credit policy. They are just mostly too stupid to know it. Poor idiots are voting for their own demise and don’t even know it.

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      The only Adult Australians not owning shares are those on welfare.

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      I’d be very annoyed if I was paying a tax on my super to find out that that tax was not going to the ATO but was being used to pay those in the pension phase more money because of the franking credits in the fund.

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      The Lieberal trolls here are delusioinal. The LNP will be GONE!

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      So many more important issues than refund of Franking credits. You’re scaremongering OWS is becoming more desperate. You’ve been at it for over 12 months. If you were going to change opinions, it would have happened by now. Just like Scott Morrison who shouts, and shouts and shouts. Won’t make any difference

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      On the money Knows-a-lot. The government funded trolls are at it. How can you tell an election is under way.

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      Sundays, the only reason there are more important issues (in the minds of fools) is because people are so stupid that they don’t read the policy, don’t understand the danger, and don’t even know they will be impacted. Goodness, how many times have I read an idiotic statement that ‘only the rich own shares’. The poor gullible nutters don’t even know that EVERY AUSTRALIAN WHO IS A MEMBER OF A SUPER FUND OWNS SHARES.

      And they haven’t worked out that EVERY AUSTRALIAN WILL LOSE under Short-on-brain’s dishonest and discriminatory policy. Poor fools will learn the hard way if they elect him. And the smart, like OG and me, will figure out ways to capitalize on the stupidity of others.

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    Forget all the above. If our government can not go in to bat for an Australian journalists who is an Australian citzen then what hope have we normal aussies. This us now an election issue.

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      Is he still an Australian citizen? He has been away a long time and might have accepted another passport. Prior to 2002 any Aussie becoming a citizen of another country lost the citizenship. Remember Murdoch when he became a Yank. He was also given Ecuadorian Citizenship and was stripped of it 2 days ago.

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      Yes Cowboy Jim but don’t forget that Howard changed the law regarding foreign ownership of media in Australia to allow Murdoch to take out U.S. citizenship allowing to own media in both the U.S. and here. Prior to Howard doing that for his mate Murdoch would have had to sell off all his media outlets in Australia. Seems like a case for an ICAC.

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      Yes Cowboy Jim but don’t forget that Howard changed the law regarding foreign ownership of media in Australia to allow Murdoch to take out U.S. citizenship allowing to own media in both the U.S. and here. Prior to Howard doing that for his mate Murdoch would have had to sell off all his media outlets in Australia. Seems like a case for an ICAC.

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      So true, Tom Tank. People like Rupert Murdoch are the ones pulling all the strings, so THEY are the real dictators, hiding like wolves in the sheep paddock & calling the shots to both major parties who accept donations from all sorts of riffraff companies who promote poisonous pastimes like excessive gambling, alcohol, etc.

      They’ve sold their souls & unfortunately, we’re the bunnies who have to cop the fallout. There are too many voters out there who fall for the propaganda of Murdoch, mainly because they’re frightened by the scaremongering, have low intelligence or they’re rich & therefore benefit along with all of the upper class.

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    I’ll vote for whichever party promises to stop the rorting, payouts etc ex pollies get when retire or voted out in their first one hundred days of being in office.

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      In that case you’ll vote Independent. This is my number 1 choice although I am backing Labor for THIS election only to rid the nation of a dictatorship in formation stage. Australians won’t know what hit them if this lot succeed and can expect to end up like average Americans. Not pretty.

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      Although it is disgusting the amount of money we pay ex pollies – including multi millionaires – it’s not just ex pollies that rort the system. Look at current MP’s also. I can guarantee that if all the fringe benefits were stopped, they would wouldn’t be so keen to espouse the line ‘working for the community good’.

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      Better not vote then.

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