Bill Shorten makes his election pitch… but is it enough to win your vote?

With an early election becoming an increasing possibility, the pressure is on Labor to offer a powerful alternative to voters. Bill
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With an early election becoming an increasing possibility, the pressure is on Labor to offer a powerful alternative to voters.

Bill Shorten has just made his pitch. The Opposition Leader has pledged to fight for five key issues:
“A fair taxation system, standing up for Australian jobs, [and] a properly funded Medicare system — where it’s your Medicare card, not your credit card, that determines the level of your health care,” he said.

“We’ll fight it around schools, TAFE and universities, where working class and middle-class kids, every child, gets every opportunity in every school and we’ll fight it on making sure we’ve got fair dinkum policies on renewable energy.

Shorten said he would oppose the idea of an early election every step of the way, suggesting the Turnbull Government needs to “stop threatening the Australian people with the threat of early elections, just to cover up their lack of action on the economy of Australia.”

 The possibility of going to the polls early has been floated a lot in recent weeks. According to the ABC, Malcolm Turnbull is seriously considering the possibility.

With the Senate expected to reject an upcoming bill (the reinstatement of the Australian Building and Construction Commission), this could be trigger for a double dissolution.

Turnbull told reporters on Friday that a double dissolution is “obviously available in circumstances where bills have been rejected within the appropriate time period”.

He also spoke against Labor’s proposed plans on investment properties: “Every home owner in Australia has a lot to fear from Bill Shorten … his policies will make your home worth less”.

“You have to look at it very carefully you have to apply great care and attention, you need to you need to use a scalpel if you like, not an axe — and what Bill Shorten has done, he has set out to smash the residential housing market.”

Shorten accused the Coalition of trying to distract attention away from the countless questions they’ve gotten this week: why is the Australian Government taking so long to reveal its planned tax changes?

“This is desperate stuff from a Prime Minister who has broken his promise to provide ‘new economic leadership’,” said Shorten.

“His Treasurer is off with the pixies and the Prime Minister is flailing desperately behind,” he said.

Are Shorten’s proposed priorities important to you? Is it enough to affect your vote one way or the other? And how do you feel about going to the polls early?

 

  1. And Turnbull immediately plays a fear card by declaiming that Labor’s proposed changes to negative gearing will mean that every Australian’s home will decrease in value. The bastard!

    • Aside from the fact that it’s complete bullshit, what would he know about finance.

  2. I started typing after the first budget, when Abbott started his attacks on pensioner and have not stopped typing since, Bill Shorten does not have to do a thing to win my vote, Tony Abbott ensured I would vote ALP when he started his attacks on Baby Boomers and as for DD, well all I can say is..IT IS ABOUT TIME 🙂

    • if albert albanese or chris bowen were leader yes while bill shorten leads them no mr promises is all he is does nothing

    • Peter Spence I am sure Anthony would not like you renaming him, no matter who leads I vote for the policy and the party only an idiot votes for the leader, they don’t last

    • Peter Spence You are a Liberal voter, your Facebook likes tell the story 🙂 you had no intentions of voting ALP no matter who leads

    • HS  

      The straw that broke the camel’s back in supporting the Liberal Party was when they were handed the proposal to instigate “Aged Pension – Loans Scheme ” against the value of Aged Pensioner’s home. Up to now the Aged Pensioner’s home that they live in is exempt from the Asset Test. This is in addition to the admission of the previous prime minister that he lied to the people of Australia so his party could win majority votes and in addition to the previous Treasurer who recklessly misinformed the public that they were not entitled to the Age Pension despite the fact that the Act under the Constitution states in black & white print that the Aged Pensioner who “qualifies” is “entitled” to pension payments. For these and the vehement constant attacks against baby-boomer Aged Pensioners the Liberal Party must pay the ultimate price of, losing government.

  3. More than enough to win my vote, Shorten has NEVER suggested that he would cut pensions and it was the ALP and The Green and Independents who stopped the Liberals in the Senate. But should the ALP lose the next election, The Liberals will cut and probably do a lot worse to us Pensioners

  4. More than enough to win my vote, Shorten has NEVER suggested that he would cut pensions and it was the ALP and The Green and Independents who stopped the Liberals in the Senate. But should the ALP lose the next election, The Liberals will cut and probably do a lot worse to us Pensioners

    • Can’t believe an Australian can be so easily deluded by what the media says? Malcolm set out to destroy Tony Abbott and the Liberal Party! He has succeeded! Australian Liberty Alliance will now take its place. It will be backed up by One Nation, CDP, Rise Up Australia and a host of other groups that want this country back! But take a pen to the booth and make sure you fill in below the line! Study what it is you want before filling it out! Scap Mal’s Lib’s, Bill’s Corrupt Union Party and the treasonous Greens!

    • John Faust I will never vote for any party that bases its policy on hatred bigotry and racism.. I will not be voting for any of the parties you mentioned

    • LNP has n’t said they would cut pensions. It is the Labor party that said the LNP would . It’s the Labor party that said the LNP would rise the GST too. But it was the labor department MP that brought a GST rise to the table in the first place.
      Has your pension gone down since LNP came to power?? I doubt it . The LNP have not decided on anything yet. They are just trying to find ways out of the tremendous debt Labor left the country in after their term Having to pay one billion dollars a month interest on the money borrowed by the labor government has left Australia very vulnerable and with a huge burden. Heaven hello Australia if the government Labor party gets back in again quickly. We need to pay off their debt before we can start spending again.

      • HS  

        Susan, the Liberal Party already has cut the Aged Pensions. The last two bi-annual Pension rate increases were in the vicinity of about $3 per fortnight compared to the $12 per fortnight under the previous Labor Government.

      • Tha That is silly, Susan, they have cut pensions. Nurses, teachers, ambos, police and firies having taken their allocated pension from the State Super have been severely cut by changes to the way their income is assessed. My sister and brother in law lost $10,000 from theirs. You can’t say these are wealthy people either. For myself, next year I lose $600.00 a month. I had no objection to changing the cut off limit but what really bites is the change in the taper rate under the assets test. My generation did not have compulsory super until the mid 80s. As a woman I had 10 years out of the workforce to raise my children. I was a carer for my husband for 6 years and had to retire early for medical reasons. I built my modest super by hard work, salary sacrificing and adding a small inheritance to it. This government only cares about the corporations, not people and the sooner they are gone the better. Nothing more than a bunch of Neanderthals!

    • stop telling lies sue western, they put cuts the CPI rise before the senate, that is a cut for pensioners, do you think we have been asleep for the 2 and a half years? The reason it was not cut is because the Senate blocked it

    • Susan Weston
      I agree with you! Everyone only votes for what is good for them personally without regard for the country.maybe sacrifices have to made by all!

      • HS  

        Trudy, because it’s about the people and not about the $200,000 a year politician salaries and their superannuation and their entitled government pensions. It’s about the people. Of course, people will vote for what’s good for them.Why should Aged Pensioners, who sacrificed their lives in the past working hard, working long hours, paid their high tax and levies, contributed billions of dollars to the education, health , the economy, the manufacturing and the retail commerce in Australia be included in the ‘all’? . We’ve done our bit in the past. How about forcing ‘all’ major banks, regulating them, to sacrifice few billion dollars of their net profits each for the next 5 years instead of pointing finger at Aged Pensioners to be included in the ‘all’?

    • Sue Western the Liberals put the cuts to the Senate where are all still sitting now the Senate rejected it, and as for the GST it was The Liberal Government to bought the issue up. Abbott and Hockey championed a rise to the GST

    • you and Trudy live in fantasy land Susan, Abbott and Hockey took these cuts to the senate and Turnbull supported it in the Cabinet

    • you must be very well off then to make a comment like that!!! If so LNP might take your pension off you to pay for their wage & The depts they have got our country in also!!!

    • Shorten is TOTALLY IRRESPONSIBLE when it comes to finances. Rudd and Gillard got us into this mess and eventually we will have to pay the debt back or become another Greece. If people want this or that, want to keep this or that entitlement then it must be paid for and the only way to do that is INCREASE TAXES. Back Stabbing Bill would find out very quickly that he can’t keep on spending like no tomorrow he’d have to find the money either by upping taxes or cutting spending. End of the day folks there are a lot of middle class welfare entitlers bitching about having their child care allowance cut or this or that cut, it will happen folks unless taxes are raised. There are NO other options taxes must go up to pay for our generous standard of living…..

      • HS  

        Craig, if it wasn’t for consumer’s generous standard of living the economy of our commerce would be further down the drain. You are right though , the Leader of the Labor Party seems like a reckless person but so are the Greens and the Liberals.

    • Libbi Elliot where have you been??!!!this LNP government have done more damage to this country than any government before it ever.

    • Susan Weston, you are living in another world to the rest of us. You mustn’t read any unbiased opinion pieces just LNP propaganda. They have no,policies, no budget not anything. Worst gov ever

    • Craig Ritchie another LNP voter who has lived in a far away place for the past 10 years or so. The LNP would never have got us through the GFC, completely devoid of ideas then and now. The so called mess was Abbotts way of winning an election by telling the voters how bad it was under labor, thankfully because nothing passed the senate we are still ok, if the LNP win the election this year watch out unless you are on $100,000 or more a year and most of us are not.

    • Trudy Munzberg sorry I vote for the greater good and the ALP will always deliver on that, the coalition are only in it for what they can do for their mates

    • Trudy Munzberg sacrifices are never made by the coalition, only by the people they deem to be beneath them such as you and i

    • Trudy Munzberg there is one VERY critical word you omitted when you say sacrifices should be made by all and that word is proportional.That is proportional to income and assetts

    • I agree with everything that has been said in these posts. The truth is in there somewhere.

    • You got that right, this particular Liberal government is dead set on destroying everything that has taken a damn long time to get.

  5. Once again not much information here. However I will say that I do not like Labor’s proposed Negative Gearing policy. I think it will have an enormous effect on house values. Apart from that waiting for some details from both parties.

  6. Once again not much information here. However I will say that I do not like Labor’s proposed Negative Gearing policy. I think it will have an enormous effect on house values. Apart from that waiting for some details from both parties.

    • People may be able to afford to buy houses if negative gearing was curtailed. House values are false elevated because of negative gearing

    • Jan Gulliver It will be wonderful for buyers I agree but catastrophic for sellers and anyone who has an existing mortgage. The real estate market in our country town has been in freefall for the last 4 years and a local real estate agent tells us that there is no bottom in sight. People in the 3rd tier are dropping $300,000 and $400,000 to sell their houses which is not good. We have 1st tier sellers down to $160,000 for a 1960s house in good condition with new bathroom and kitchen on 1/2 acre block in town. I really do wonder where low prices will go. This legislation would accelerate this process. It will also be a problem for people with existing mortgages. The banks revalue property on a regular basis, at the moment they are valuing down which can be a problem for the debt/security ratio. There are some cases where the value of the property has fallen so much that the bank wants people to make bulk reductions to their mortgages to bring the debt/ security ratio back into line with bank policy. In some cases the mortgage is more than the valuation. Taking investment buyers out of the existing market will only make this problem worse.

  7. I am ashamed to admit this, I voted Liberal in the last election and regretted it almost straight away but I won’t be repeating that mistake again for the rest of my life. I voted for worry and stress for myself and my wife because that is ALL the Liberal Party gave us

  8. I am ashamed to admit this, I voted Liberal in the last election and regretted it almost straight away but I won’t be repeating that mistake again for the rest of my life. I voted for worry and stress for myself and my wife because that is ALL the Liberal Party gave us

    • David James, if this is confession time, I also voted LNP many moons ago. Man was I stupid, but it’s ok as now I am older and wiser. 🙂🇦🇺

    • thanks lee that makes me feel better and see you can teach an old dog new tricks 🙂

    • oh David not you mate you write fine posts . You really care about people . Your a good decent man. And now Lee . has confessed. I have you both in my make believe government along with Rosalind. And with Libbi of course as Prime minister . It would be a fine government

    • thanks Brian we appreciate you, but you should be PM these Liberals have worn me out lmao

    • Oh shite forgot Fred . And a couple of others. Getting a bit long in the tooth now. But our side has some magnificent posters. And Rosalind we will go everywhere on public transport . Because it will be brilliant and easy when we’re running things lol

    • Yes it is hard to admit when you vote LNP, but well done for coming clean, there are thousands more like you I suspect

  9. Yes this is what a future Labor government should be doing, I am also for negative gearing, I am no expert but they are saying that this is what’s needed for young people to buy a house, good 🇦🇺

  10. Yes this is what a future Labor government should be doing, I am also for negative gearing, I am no expert but they are saying that this is what’s needed for young people to buy a house, good 🇦🇺

    • I have been saying that for ages. Give the young ones a go at buying their own home. I have seen programmes where peope have up to twenty houses. They are in it for the money . O ne said, he is providing rental properties for people.

    • Shirley Gurney, I saw something on the news last week where certain politicians own multiple properties, no wonder so many are against changes to negative gearing. 🇦🇺

  11. You work it out, The Liberals have been toying with the idea of selling your home and Pensioners living off the proceeds . You will be much worse off under a Liberal Government if you have to sell your house

  12. You work it out, The Liberals have been toying with the idea of selling your home and Pensioners living off the proceeds . You will be much worse off under a Liberal Government if you have to sell your house

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