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    Australian Federal election 2019:- May 18 election date



    Voters will go to the polls on May 18 to decide which party will form the next federal government.

    Key points:
    • Prime Minister Scott Morrison calls a federal election for May 18
    • He says voters have a "clear choice" between the Coalition and Labor's handling of the economy
    • Opposition Leader Bill Shorten vows to deliver "a fair go for Australians"


    Prime Minister Scott Morrison visited Government House early this morning to ask Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove to trigger an election.

    Mr Morrison said the election would offer a "clear choice" for voters between the economy the Coalition had overseen for the last six years versus "Bill Shorten's Labor Party".
    He argued it had taken five years to repair the economy Labor left behind when it lost government in 2013.

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    a "clear choice"..
    like choosing how you want to die, between stoning or crucifiction.

    It was once said that all political careers end in failure. This now seems optimistic: most of them simply carry on.

    How did we come to have such a complete lack of talent on every side of politics?

    Shorten or Morrison.... good grief...

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    Save looking at the election spiel it will boil down to this:
    Liberal party:..... Labor party bad. We good. Vote for us
    Labor party:....... Liberal party bad. We good. Vote for us

    If Liberals win:
    1:Life goes on as usual.
    2:The rich get richer the poor get poorer.
    3:The politicians get richer.
    4:If economy is good Government takes credit
    5:If economy is bad Government blames everyone except the government.
    6:First year ignore promises.
    7:second year do nothing.
    8:Third year give tax cut before election.

    If Labor wins:
    Repeat 1 - 8.

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    A big problem is that as voters get sick of both Shorten or Morrison, they do something really stupid and vote for One Nation instead.

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    I'll vote according the Party which ...

    1. Offers the most to me
    2. The leader which I like the most
    3. Agrees with most of my core values
    4. and, believe it or not, someone which has an eye for the future (10y + horizon)


    Essentially, I'm a small 'L' Liberal, but will swing if the weight of the above 4 points say vote the other way.

    ^ So, to the points above

    1. Offers the most to me
    Franking credits. Labor plans to remove franking credits for those in a low/no tax environment.
    The franking credits are a source of income for me. Usually around $4,000 - $6,000 but this year
    will be closer to $10,000 because of the RIO/Caltex/Woolies off market buy=backs.
    I could agree with Labor if they 'socialise' the use of franking credits and limit the refund to say $25,000.
    Any credits above that amount cannot be refunded

    2. The leader which I like the most
    I'm neutral on Morrison, but I don't trust Shorten's Union connections
    That sentiment is reflected in their various leader polls where Shorten trails/ed both Turnbull and Morrison.

    3. Agrees with most of my core values
    I liked Labor's focus to easing the financial burden on Cancer patients
    I like any political party which keeps Australia's population growth though a combination of Humanitarian and
    Skilled Worker Migration AND offers that Visa only to areas of lower density populations.
    As in not SYD/MLB/BNE for a period of 5+ years
    Has a healthy mix of social equity programs but supports small business and taxes the larger multi-nations appropriately.

    4. Someone which has an eye for the future (10y + horizon)
    Labor was all over the NBN with the FTTH. (Fibre To The Home)
    They got booted and the Libs went with the much lower cost FTTN. (Fibre To The Node)
    Smart move that as the FTTH costs would have blown out and become a millstone.
    Sure FTTH/Business has some excellent applications, but we are a wide brown land
    with limited population densities.
    So, that eye to the future? NBN will become less relevant as 5G and 6/7/8G come on.

    The Future Fund as $146 Billion in it's coffers as at FY18. It was set up to cover the future cost
    of some Employees Super.
    Those monies, the seed funding of $60 Billion came from our last major mining boom.
    But Australia can't be a mine forever so, in respect for intergeneration equity (leaving something
    for our kids) but some funding aside in future budgets to slowly convert those unfunded super account
    and convert future government super to user funded.

    Norway has an eye for the future with a National Fund with over a US Trillion ... now that is a country with vision.

    That's me

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    Here is the ballot paper.



    Very big and foldy.

    You have to choose at least 6 in preferential order for the senate and number all nine candidates for the lower house in order.

    Too complicated for my small monkey brain to do in a booth so I ordered a postal vote.

    The envelope glue has an unusually yucky taste.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David48atTD View Post
    So, that eye to the future? NBN will become less relevant as 5G and 6/7/8G come on.
    5G is a myth - https://www.theregister.co.uk/2019/04/25/5g_lies/

    fibre to the premises/home would have devastated foxtel and caused telstra/optus etc to lose a lot of money - which is why the liberals changed it to the sh1t that you have now
    the NBN would have been a defining moment in the tech sector for Australia and likley have produced a much greater boon to the country than it cost
    sure everyone would not have had fibre out in the country immediately , but coverage for 90+% of australian homes would have been exceptional

    the liberals set back the country 10+ years pandering to their corporate bosses

    I understand the concern over shorten and his union connections as they are mostly self serving scum who likely should be jailed

    I would be keen to see if labour raises the idea of the mining/gas supertax again but this time making sure the coup by the mining/gas companies cannot happen again
    the mining/gas sector is picking up again and a larger slice of obscene profits should come back to the australian people - some more intercity highspeed rail would be great

    Quote Originally Posted by Looper View Post
    The envelope glue has an unusually yucky taste.
    not toffee then ?

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    I like that this was done

    Shorten, who defied convention at the beginning of the campaign by being the first Australian party leader in decades not to travel to New York to meet Murdoch ahead of an election campaign
    we are seeing all the bob was wonderful gushing right now and I will not comment

    shorten is still another union apparatchik , but the pushback has to start somewhere

    and as a sidenote I hope palmer ends up in jail until his bloated corpse is dumped in the ground by a forklift

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    This is quite amusing..

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