Monthly Archives: May 2013

I note that the compliance of much

27.05.13

Letter to the Editor

I note that the compliance of much of the media to Tony Abbott’s Trojan Horse approach this year because they are ideologically opposed to the ALP and does not give the population the balanced reporting that is required of the media. Elections should be a contest of ideas.

Abbott has gone from mongrel dog to Mr. Nice Man who still at this late stage is unwilling or unable to expose his policies. That the media does not question this man on policy, and question him hard is not allowing the public to have a balanced choice come Election Day.

It is not good enough for the public to like the Gonski reforms or the N.D.I.S. because they are Labor policies that will be dropped faster than a hot potato if the Opposition Leader is allowed to Trojan Horse his way into The Lodge without explaining what he would do if he were elected to office.

We had 12 years of LNP leadership from Howard that ended only 6 short years ago. I am for seeing where the Gillard plans would take us with education and disability reform, the LNP are not interested in such human exploits, for them money rocks their world, they are in effect the rich person’s slaves. They care naught about us ordinary Australians who struggle through life; to them we are collateral damage.

Think hard this election, do you want improved education for your children and/or grandchildren, do you want care to be provided for your ageing Aunt who suffers with depression, it’s up to you. I hope you will choose to vote for humanity instead of rich people.

Regards,

Shaun Newman

13 Laura Court

Deeragun, Townsville

North Queensland, 4818

Ph: 0747516184

Email – sne35565@westnet.com.au

The profile of a public servant

19.05.13

Letter to the Editor

The profile of a public servant follows. Who am I?

1. I have a workload so small that I can have every second week absent and my work does not suffer

2. I am trying to force other public servants under my charge to take a miserly 2-3% pay increase on their meagre wages while I have recently has a 29% increase to my half a million plus remuneration to increase it up to $674,000 per annum

3. I was the co-author of the LNP Costello –

Australian Industry Group

13.05.13

Letter to the Editor

Australian Industry Group CEO Innes Wilcox seemed to veer away from the LNP approach to the economy yesterday on the ABCs Insiders program.

Mr Wilcox said business could quite easily cope with a budget deficit provided it is believable and credible this is the Swan plan for our economy, Mr Wilcox also seemed to reject the slash and burn policy of the Coalition LNP who already have $70 Billion of cuts from the last proposed budget they presented the electorate in the 2010 election. With declining revenue this figure will blow out to $90 Billion they will need to find, the only way they can do that is austerity measures, cutting already reduced services, as we have seen in Queensland with our LNP State government cutting services to the bone, sacking at least 15,000 public servants including doctors and nurses.

We should not fear a deficit in a climate of decreasing taxation revenue to the government, we still have a strong economy, however I fear that the cuts that an LNP government would make would actually send our economy into recession, the economy is delicately poised at this stage and any major people punishing austerity cuts could see us in recession or depression, it’s a frightening thought. I am not the biggest fan of a Labor government but I can see the great work they have done at a time of economic peril to protect jobs and keep our country out of recession, if the LNP were to win the coming election I am fearful that all that good work could go down the drain.

Given that we are four months out from an election and so far the only policies that we can be sure of is ‘slow broadband’ and ‘maternity pay for the wealthy’ and a rehash of WorkChoices, I can find no good reason for the average person to vote LNP.

Regards,

Shaun Newman

13 Laura Court

Deeragun, Townsville

North Queensland, 4818

Ph: 0747516184

Email – sne35565@westnet.com.au

Those who are expecting

11.05.13

Letter to the Editor

Those who are expecting the continuation of Labor initiated schemes such as Gonski education reforms and the National Disability Insurance Scheme under an LNP government will be disappointed when they are either dropped or cut back to the bone, resembling nothing like the Labor envisaged proposals for raising the standard of education in Australia or caring for people with disability.

The coming federal budget will show a deficit of $20 Billion or more because revenue to the government has dried up, but Labor’ s top priority has always been people, whereas the LNP top priority has always been numbers. Although the last proposed LNP budget was $70 Billion short that would have to see a slash and burn approach to government services to get the numbers right.

The LNP will run hard this election trying to frighten the public about numbers that in reality are quite under control in this multi trillion dollar economy. If we were in debt to the tune of trillions like the USA or our numbers were tragic like Spain, then we would have something to be concerned about. Our government debt is around 10% of our Gross Domestic Product (GDP) which is well under control. Inflation is low, unemployment is low 5.4%, and our economy is doing well compared to many overseas nations, while we have Prime Minister Gillard and Treasurer Swan managing it.

Fast forward to the day after the federal election if we woke up to find that Tony Abbott was Prime Minister and Joe Hockey was the Treasurer, what a continuing nightmare that would be, all the social gains as mentioned above gone, it would be a good day for numbers, sadly not for people.

Regards,

Shaun Newman

13 Laura Court

Deeragun, Townsville

North Queensland, 4818

Ph: 0747516184

Email – sne35565@westnet.com.au

Critics of the Australian economy

06.05.13

Letter to the Editor

Critics of the Australian economy perhaps are unaware of actually how well the Australian economy is actually doing, only two other countries on Earth owe less government debt than Australia, in the wake of the Global Financial Crisis the world is still in a great deal of financial turmoil, re examples such as Italy, Greece and much of Europe, Australia actually has it pretty good thanks to the Labor government’s handling of the Global Financial Crisis and its aftermath with the stimulus package.

This is why Prime Minister Gillard is so confident in Australians choosing to continue with her government into the future PM serves up spirit-lifting tonic for her troops TB 06.05.13. The Prime Minister is of the impression that her policies such as the NBN bringing super-fast broadband to every household in Australia enabling e-health to extend far into outback Australia, her education (Gonski) reforms lifting the standard of education for all school students in Australia enabling them to apply for better jobs, the jobs of tomorrow, her NDIS helping those Australians who cannot help themselves through disability, she is of the impression that everyday Australians will prefer her policies to those of the Opposition, and there is growing optimism in the Australian community that she will indeed scrape back.

With four short months to go the Abbott Opposition has only one policy out in the marketplace, which is for slow-broadband, where are their policies on Industrial Relations, Health, Education, and the Environment? Silence has been their stern reply when asked. After having gone through 12 long years of Howard government, only 6 years ago, people want to see that the LNP Coalition has learned something in Opposition and developed new policies with which to win our vote. With only four months left to convince us they had better get their skates on, either that or they are taking our votes for granted, again.

Regards,

Shaun Newman

13 Laura Court

Deeragun, Townsville

North Queensland, 4818

Ph: 0747516184

Email – sne35565@westnet.com.au

I am quite sure

04.05.13

Letter to the Editor

I am quite sure that many a North Queenslander would be interested in the size of the Bruce Highway contribution from the Coalition. This current saga began with Premier Newman announcing that the Queensland government was committing money and wanted the Gillard government to match it dollar for dollar.

The response from the Gillard government was to commit $4.1 Billion over the 10 year period, far in excess of what the Newman government was asking for. This would take the Labor government’s commitment in total to the Bruce Highway to 5.7 Billion overall.

Meanwhile back at the LNP (Coalition) we have seen varying amounts of funding levels discussed, more than nine months ago we saw Warren Truss National Party leader and a couple of LNP MPs travel the Bruce Highway on a convoy of deception and presumably reported back to Mr. Abbott who at that time answered questions about Bruce Highway funding thusly “ I am going to be making some very substantial announcements about the Bruce Highway in coming weeks” that was 26th February 2013, since then silence has been the stern reply. It is worth noting that the previous LNP government under John Howard contributed a measly $1.3 Billion over 12 years, the Labor government has contributed four times as much in half the length of time.

Mr. Truss made an announcement of $8 Billion but was quickly shafted by LNP shadow Treasurer Joe Hockey, who has also cast some doubt on funding the NDIS in the recent past. North Queenslanders have had a gutful of this attitude from Sydney based politicians, both Abbott and Hockey, we want a fair dinkum commitment to our section of the national highway, at present the only way we will see progress on the Bruce is to vote Labor.

Regards,

Shaun Newman

13 Laura Court

Deeragun, Townsville

North Queensland, 4818

Ph: 0747516184

Email

It is all here

03.05.13

Letter to the Editor

It is all here, in the pages of our daily newspapers, record road deaths, longest waiting times in the Emergency Department at Townsville Hospital, children still running amok on the streets late at night, car theft and petty crimes still prevalent, with no change in the minimum sentencing all this and the supposed ‘can-do’ government well into their second year in office.

What they were going to do when they got in, big talk, no action. The results are clear to see. They were going to reduce the cost of living, has anyone seen a reduction in their cost of living? I believe the cost of electricity is going up by 21% will that help pensioners and others on fixed low incomes?

Let’s face it, the LNP government has been a dud, has delivered nothing to everyday people and looks like repeating the Borbidge LNP government of the 90s, in as much as it looks like being a one term government.

Regards,

Shaun Newman

13 Laura Court

Deeragun, Townsville

North Queensland, 4818

Ph: 0747516184

Email – sne35565@westnet.com.au