The Australian Political Parties
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The commonwealth of Australia government
Welcome to our article (88) the Australian political parties
The government of Australia is the commonwealth of Australia, it is a federal parliamentary constitutional monarchy. It is attached to the commonwealth, and the head of the commonwealth is the queen of England. Well it sounds as if we are an English colony, but we are not, only the government is run on this British system, which is excellent, it is like a republic, since we vote to elect our government and this system is doing well all over the world. So, let us see who are the people that we vote for.
Now, in Australia there are two major political parties and some small ones. So, it is always one of the major parties alone or with the help of minor parties that forms government. Anyhow, when we want to talk about political parties, people want to ask, which party you think is better? I don’t know if they do that to make up their own mind, or to know to which party you belong and whether you are with them or against them.
In my view there are no better or worse parties, it all depends from what we the people want from them. You see, both political major parties have good policies and bad policies; people view these policies in different ways, according to which group of people they belong, what they do for a living and their needs, because in most cases this will influence to which group and party they will belong.
Having said that, now let us discuss which party is better for this group or that group. We have to say that whatever job people do, it influences them to choose the party they belong, which will be the party that could help them most; so, let look at the parties, starting with the Labour Party, since it is the largest single party.
Australia House of Representative
The Labour Party stands for the workers
The Australian Labour Party
I believe that the Labour Party is the workers party for good reasons, since they represent the workers unions, which helps the worker receive the proper wages from the employers and other things. The Labour Party has other good things, that helps the poor people, at least as much as the coalition party does if not more, because the Labour Party aims to pass laws that the poor people can benefit from; so, it is a good party.
The negative for this party is that they aim to make laws that penalize the people that are rich, they don’t care for the middle income people that own anything, as soon as you own something for them you are a rich person; so, this is the political party for the have-not and the workers that don’t own anything, because as soon as you have something in your name they want to collect more tax from you.
I don’t mind if they tax the rich, because they are rich, and they can still live in luxury, even if they pay more tax. But this attitude of taxing the people that have a few things to their names is wrong, because they are struggling people like the workers that don’t own anything, and my guess is that they are workers that have worked hard to own these few things, and they will continue to work hard, if they are encouraged with fair laws, that will let them grow.
But when this people see that they are being penalized with extra taxes, because they own something, they will be discouraged, this brings in a negative attitude, and it may not be the best result for everybody. You know, there are a lot of these self-starter and they pay a lot of tax, if they keep going, they may even become richer, and pay more tax to the government; so, the Labour party in this case should watch out what they are doing. They should let these middle-income people continue to work hard and grow. So, the Labour Party is not the party for those people that want to progress with hard work, or any other means they have. It is only good for the poor people and the workers that work for wages.
Now we have seen that the Labour Party does not care for the self-employed, who belong to middle income section, some of them may not even earn as much as the wage workers, but because they are self-employed or own a small business or something else, nobody cares for them. So, today I am still waiting for a political party that puts the self-employed at least at the same level of the wage workers.
The coalition Liberal and Country Party
Anyhow, a few years ago the middle-income people thought that the coalition was the better party for them; but it is not so anymore, because the coalition also fails to do the right things to these groups that are neither rich nor poor. So, both parties fail to make fair laws for the middle-income hard-working people of Australia. The social security system will completely fail them too, because they are not setup to help them, they are set to help the poor and have-not.
Now, let us see what the coalition does and who are the people that vote for them. The coalition favour the rich, therefore, it is the party for the rich people. It is formed from two main parties, the Liberal Party and the Country Party, they both aim for policies that makes people run their own business, but not for small business, because they class them as simple self-employed people.
Anyhow, the coalition likes the rich people that have their business and employs people, since they are setup and own their business and other things. This system works well, because it is self-driven, using the will of the people that are self-driven; this seems okay up to a certain point, because the self-driven people are business people that put making money first, so, there can be problems because they are greedy, but they must be greedy and work hard to stay in business, that is the only way to succeed. Some people don’t like them when they succeed, they don’t see the hard work they do, they only see these people gains and that upsets them. People need to see that these people are the self-driven people that helps run the economy, and they pay lots of tax, even after trying hard to minimize the tax, so, both parties have problem to solve.
But who is going to look after the middle-income people of Australia? Anyhow, while we are writing these articles, we are looking which party is more likely to make laws that will benefit those middle-income people that are self-starter, even if they are only making ends meet, they are still working and earning their living. You see, these people need laws that can help them, in case their small business fails; because they are not rich to withstand on their own. It is like what is happening to the farmers today, they are self-employed, and they own properties. You see, even these people need help from the government sometimes, just like the have-not do. We will suggest something as we continue to write these articles.
Both political parties have faults
As we have said, the Australian political parties have a good side a bad side. The Labour Party works in favour of the workers, the coalition is too far in favour of the rich and forget the rest. The coalition believes that the rich people by trying to make more money for themselves, they will create more jobs, so, the economy will run better by itself, while the government doesn’t do much. The coalition can have the support of those middle-income people that are not rich. These people are more likely to follow the coalition, because they believe that it is more likely that the coalition make laws in their favour, since the Labour Party looks only after the worker that work for wages, so, there is no chance that the Labour Party helps them.
Here we are talking about the second largest group of people after the wage worker, these people are the core of the Australian economy, because they are so many and work hard. Anyhow, this group for their own reasons become self-employed, they work hard and if necessary, take risks to improve themselves.
Anyhow, most of them will try to own a house and other things, because they believe that their savings plus the superannuation contribution can help them to live a better life when they retire, most of them believe that if they are lucky and work hard, they may become rich enough, and will not need the government to help them when they retire. Anyhow, I believe that we need this group of people like that, which are self-employed and take risks, because it is from this group of people that successful people come from.
But I must say, that most of them are dreaming, and their dream may not become true, because only a few of them will get rich enough to retire and live on their savings and superannuation contribution without the help from the government. You see, most times what you do during your life, it does not work out the way you want. Anyhow, what happens to these people is that not only they don’t get rich, but also, they are rejected from the politicians, because no major party is geared to look after them, and that is not right.
Therefore, both Australian political major parties fail to look after those people that are not poor, and they are not rich ether, they are left on their own, but not only that, some political idiots make laws that hurts them bad, because they forget to put the people first. But before we do that, we need to tell you about, today Liberal political scene in Canberra.
The Liberals and Country Party in Canberra
Today Liberal political scene
Today, after electing a new Prime Minister in Canberra, if the Liberal and country party coalition want to continue to hold office after the next federal election, I believe that they need to overall many laws; they have this opportunity to do this, since their leader has changed, so, a new leader can change a few things to his liking.
We need to point out, that one of the reasons why they were not popular anymore, it was the budget when they changed the assets test, because many people were financially hurt. So, this new government must check and reset the social security system, because they made a mess of it, when the treasurer Joe Hockey, with then PM. Tony Abbott made a disaster, by changing the assets test and other things, because they needed more money and didn’t care about the people.
Only if they fix those mistakes, which I think is going to be the key issue for next elections, even if the politicians are not going to mention it, the public will not forget it, because they are hurt from the injustice and hardship it continues to bring.
It is upsetting, because what they have done is a contradiction to their own liberal principle, which people count on it. They believe that people should be free to do what they want, they should be competing to give the best possible service to the community, which these middle-income people do.
But then suddenly the middle-income people are put in a disadvantaged position, from laws that punishes them, just because they try hard to work and save money, so, they have some personal assets. Assets in your name are only good if they can give you added security and not be punished from stupid laws, just because the government needs more money. Now if the government needs this money, they should make sure that the people affected, don’t end up earning less than the normal minimum pension.
On this assets test subject, I am writing my next article, where I am going to show you what I mean, of course, what we are going to say is linked to the farmers that today are having a hard time, and the reason for that is that they cannot qualify for help from the government, because of the assets test. Anyhow, I want to talk about the assets test for the whole community. I know that they are only my personal views, but if I want my views to be known, then I need to write them down.
Anyhow, this article is becoming too long, and people don’t like long articles, because they don’t have time to read them. So, see you in our next article, Australia can do better, if those in power put people first. Anyhow, we will discuss about the assets test, and we are discussing the drawback it can produce. See you soon.
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