Start your engines: the election race has begun!

Parliament doesn’t start until Monday but the key players are already moving into their positions. Yesterday, Bill Shorten announced that a Labor Government

Parliament doesn’t start until Monday but the key players are already moving into their positions. Yesterday, Bill Shorten announced that a Labor Government would rally behind education, promising to pump $4.5 million into education via Gonski funding, as part of a ten-year education plan worth $37.3 billion.

“We are running for instance, in mathematics, now 17th in the world,” the Labor leader said. “Imagine if you will, if Australia was coming 17th in the medal tally at the Olympics, the Government would certainly do everything it could to fix it.”

Meanwhile, Malcolm Turnbull has drawn the line in the sand, saying the government is all about reigning in the spending and getting the shaky economy back on track.

He told 3AW radio, “This is not going to be a fistful-of-dollars election campaign — from us, anyway. I think the Australian people recognise that we’re in a tight fiscal environment, tight financial environment, and any new programs will have to demonstrate how they’re going to be paid and what offsets or what new sources of revenue will fund them.”

One of the more contentious measures is a potential increase to the GST, which Labor has rejected outright.

Labor insists it’s all about families and older Australian, declaring on the party website, “Our seniors deserve opportunities and support that will allow them to contribute to society through business, education, employment and volunteerism.”

Liberal declares that “supporting our seniors” is one of the core responsibilities of the party.

At this stage, the question is this – do we want to spend our way out of the doldrums, or save? So what’s it to be, Australia? Will we choose to be frugal or flush?

Either way, it’s going to be a marathon, not a sprint. Today the Prime Minister hinted at a Spring election around August, September or October. The coalition leads 55 per cent to 45 per cent, it’s narrowest margin since Mr Turnbull moved into the top job, so be prepared for a long, long campaign.

Are you looking forward to the election? Who would you vote for today and why?


    • True, but it has to be one or the other. I am of the belief that GST will not rise. MT has said that it is only on the table to look at. Does not mean it will come to fruition as the Labor party keeps telling us. If I vote for a minor party, who knows where their preferences will the highest bidder I suspect. Liberals are the better choice..just need to get rid of MT.

    • Debbie Bryant. Indeed it will be. I do not like these lead ups as promises made are promises not kept by any party. If I vote for say the ALA, they say their preferences go to whoever has made a better deal. Independents are fine, but untimately it has to go to a major party. I doubt there will be the same partnering as Labor/Greens as they proved it doesn’t work. I think I am going to have lots of headaches between now and then. Being Liberal strong, I just have to go with them.

  1. I know who I am voting for and it won’t be the party who wants to cut pension, and who has cut Pandadol Osteo off the PBS, nor I will be voting the lies told at the last election and the Liberal Party might have ditched Abbott..but they still have his policies

    • And we mustn’t forget that they have also raised the cost of medications for pensioners and taken MRI off the medicare list which will affect breast cancer screening. And the next step is to make us pay for all blood tests etc. These things will affect pensioners more than any other section of the population. And once they put the GST up it will add around $5000 per year to our expenses yet we haven’t been given any indication that they will increase the pension to cover this.

    • Same Libbi this government is dangerous and if elected in all cards including our homes are on the cutting board if liberals get in again. My life depends on MRIs and PET SCANS all of which have been cut by liberals. Even with a very high level of private insurance it is going to be very difficult for me. I can only feel the anger and the worry for those who are nit in my position.

    • Yes going to be very hard for us ” a bad year ahead ” old Turnbull wont be getting my Vote ” all bloody crooks “”

    • If this government get back in with a majority in the senate, we are well and truly screwed

    • I won’t be voting for the Libs that’s for sure, any party that chooses to treat Pensioners the way the Libs do and cut all our benefits, can GET STUFFED.

  2. maybe channel 10 can broadcast it as 2016s biggest loser

  3. I don’t know who I will vote for yet, I have no faith in the Libs and not a lot of faith in Labour.

  4. don’t want a money spending government but don’t want the GST to be increased either. what a conundrum.

    • I agree. Caught between the devil and the deep blue sea. And we must remember that what they say in election mode cannot be relied upon.

    • That’s easy Lynn. Any govt needs to stop tax avoidance, stop the overly generous super concessions for the rich, reign on negative gearing!

    • maybe if you look at the situation sensibly, you might just see raising the gst is not such a bad idea. put you labor ideals aside, and look at it with both eyes open.

    • Wayne Ferne would never agree to it going up. Remember when it was brought in and promised it was never going to be raised? of course he couldn’t promise for future politicians could he.

    • Going even further back, Howard said there would never be a GST under any government he led. Another liar. I have looked at it with both eyes open Wayne, and if you think the lower paid people won’t feel it more than the rich you’re delusional. Particularly if they put it on fresh food

    • GST should never be put on fresh food…it would definitely affect the less financially secure..and plenty of those ..with many job losses occuring..we should be encouraged to eat healthy..not discouraged ..going by our obesity adults and children..we need that help…and govt cutting back on health…not too smart.

    • Do your shop and add 5% as g.s.t.will on everything then times by 52 thats what the libs bring to the table.

  5. Neta Williams  

    If Turnbull is saying that they support seniors why is he cutting necessary health checks and why does he want 15% GST without helping seniors by ensuring they to live.

  6. Neta Williams  

    Whoops should have read by ensuring they can afford to live.

  7. Just when I thought my day could not get any worse. For the next 6 months we will be inundated with election promises that in all likelihood will not be kept. Neither of these gentlemen impress me. Who would I vote for today. I would look very seriously at an independent if there were one available. Preferences are a big issue.

    • Preferences are a huge issue for me. Lots of Independents give their preferences to the Libs

    • Yes, that is the problem with Independants. Makes it veryl hard to choose. Last time, If I remember correctly, we were not advised where preferences would go…

    • The main elements of the operation of preferential voting are as follows:
      voters are required to place the number “1” against the candidate of their choice, known as their “first preference.”
      voters are then required to place the numbers “2”, “3”, etc., against the other candidates listed on the ballot paper in order of preference; the counting of first preference votes, also known as the “primary vote”, takes place first. If no candidate secures an absolute majority – 50% plus 1 – of primary votes, then the candidate with the least number of votes is “eliminated” from the count.
      the ballot papers of the eliminated candidate are examined and re-allocated amongst the remaining candidates according to the number “2”, or “second preference” votes. If no candidate has yet secured an absolute majority of the vote, then the next candidate with the least number of primary votes is eliminated. This preference allocation continues until there is a candidate with an absolute majority. Where a second preference is expressed for a candidate who has already been eliminated, the voter’s third or subsequent preferences are used.
      Following the full allocation of preferences, it is possible to derive a two-party-preferred figure, where the votes are divided between the two main candidates in the election. In Australia, this is usually between the Labor and non-Labor candidates, although recent elections have seen a small number of seats dividing between Labor-Greens and Coalition-Independents.
      The distribution of preferences takes place in every electoral division in federal elections so that national two-party-preferred figures can be calculated.

    • There is a big fat bloke in Queensland that would take your vote. Can’t think of his name.

    • Thanks Christa Caldecott for your explanation…it reinforces to me that its a bit of a waste of time voting for anything except one of the major parties as we have a two party preferred system; whatever you vote, either ALP or Liberals will get your vote…please choose wisely…I know we are all peeved with the two major parties, but it is the system we have here in Australia 🌸

    • Someone should change the system then…obviously not Liberal or Labour will put forth an alternative idea…

  8. Neither side. Shorten is pathetic and Turnbull is Turnbull, and will eventually be replaced by Toxic Tony again, anyway.
    The only politician worth voting for is Nick Xenophon, but he’s an Independent.

    • Patricia Lanes He is – and has some excellent candidates ready to contest some of the both major parties seriously held seats

  9. yes we have no choice both bad as the other,its like trying to pick between aids and cancer

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