What sort of country do we want to live in?

Though I hate getting tangled up in politics, a friend sent this article, followed by 75 things the Institute of Public Affairs, (IPA), has recommended abolishing. It is a frightening list, considering the government has begun at the top and is working down. I shall leave you to read the article, if you are interested, and just copy the list below. Can you see this making a better Australia or creating a big division between the rich and the poor and stepping backwards?

http://ipa.org.au/publications/2080/be-like-gough-75-radical-ideas-to-transform-australia

1 Repeal the carbon tax, and don’t replace it. It will be one thing to remove the burden of the carbon tax from the Australian economy. But if it is just replaced by another costly scheme, most of the benefits will be undone.

2 Abolish the Department of Climate Change

3 Abolish the Clean Energy Fund

4 Repeal Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act

5 Abandon Australia’s bid for a seat on the United Nations Security Council

6 Repeal the renewable energy target

7 Return income taxing powers to the states

8 Abolish the Commonwealth Grants Commission

9 Abolish the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission

10 Withdraw from the Kyoto Protocol

11 Introduce fee competition to Australian universities

12 Repeal the National Curriculum

13 Introduce competing private secondary school curriculums

14 Abolish the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA)

15 Eliminate laws that require radio and television broadcasters to be ‘balanced’

16 Abolish television spectrum licensing and devolve spectrum management to the common law

17 End local content requirements for Australian television stations

18 Eliminate family tax benefits

19 Abandon the paid parental leave scheme

20 Means-test Medicare

21 End all corporate welfare and subsidies by closing the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education

22 Introduce voluntary voting

23 End mandatory disclosures on political donations

24 End media blackout in final days of election campaigns

25 End public funding to political parties

26 Remove anti-dumping laws

27 Eliminate media ownership restrictions

28 Abolish the Foreign Investment Review Board

29 Eliminate the National Preventative Health Agency

30 Cease subsidising the car industry

31 Formalise a one-in, one-out approach to regulatory reduction

32 Rule out federal funding for 2018 Commonwealth Games

33 Deregulate the parallel importation of books

34 End preferences for Industry Super Funds in workplace relations laws

35 Legislate a cap on government spending and tax as a percentage of GDP

36 Legislate a balanced budget amendment which strictly limits the size of budget deficits and the period the federal government can be in deficit

37 Force government agencies to put all of their spending online in a searchable database

38 Repeal plain packaging for cigarettes and rule it out for all other products, including alcohol and fast food

39 Reintroduce voluntary student unionism at universities

40 Introduce a voucher scheme for secondary schools

41 Repeal the alcopops tax

42 Introduce a special economic zone in the north of Australia including:
a) Lower personal income tax for residents
b) Significantly expanded 457 Visa programs for workers
c) Encourage the construction of dams

43 Repeal the mining tax

44 Devolve environmental approvals for major projects to the states

45 Introduce a single rate of income tax with a generous tax-free threshold

46 Cut company tax to an internationally competitive rate of 25 per cent

47 Cease funding the Australia Network

48 Privatise Australia Post

49 Privatise Medibank

50 Break up the ABC and put out to tender each individual function

51 Privatise SBS

52 Reduce the size of the public service from current levels of more than 260,000 to at least the 2001 low of 212,784

53 Repeal the Fair Work Act

54 Allow individuals and employers to negotiate directly terms of employment that suit them

55 Encourage independent contracting by overturning new regulations designed to punish contractors

56 Abolish the Baby Bonus

57 Abolish the First Home Owners’ Grant

58 Allow the Northern Territory to become a state

59 Halve the size of the Coalition front bench from 32 to 16

60 Remove all remaining tariff and non-tariff barriers to international trade

61 Slash top public servant salaries to much lower international standards, like in the United States

62 End all public subsidies to sport and the arts

63 Privatise the Australian Institute of Sport

64 End all hidden protectionist measures, such as preferences for local manufacturers in government tendering

65 Abolish the Office for Film and Literature Classification

66 Rule out any government-supported or mandated internet censorship

67 Means test tertiary student loans

68 Allow people to opt out of superannuation in exchange for promising to forgo any government income support in retirement

69 Immediately halt construction of the National Broadband Network and privatise any sections that have already been built

70 End all government funded Nanny State advertising

71 Reject proposals for compulsory food and alcohol labelling

72 Privatise the CSIRO

73 Defund Harmony Day

74 Close the Office for Youth

75 Privatise the Snowy-Hydro Scheme

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18 thoughts on “What sort of country do we want to live in?

  1. petspeopleandlife

    Terrible. I live in Texas, USA and yes, over here the wealthy pay less in taxes than the lower and middle class. Politicians in my opinion, have become very much a part of the problem and are in cahoots with those that helped put them in office. It’s a mess over here and many people are disenchanted with the government.

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    1. bkpyett Post author

      petspeople and life, it sounds so similar for you in Texas. What has happened to common sense?
      We have a State election next weekend, so it will be interesting to see what happens. Not that it will make a lot of difference, probably!

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  2. kanzensakura

    Don’t matter the country, politicians are clueless regarding the constituents. And we have a president who doesn’t care about the will of the people! ..shakes head….thank you for following my blog. I hope you will visit often and always feel wecomed.

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    1. bkpyett Post author

      Thank you Kanzensakura for your welcome. I hope that you will visit often and feel welcomed here too! ๐Ÿ™‚
      Let’s hope that politicians everywhere will improve and work towards a peaceful, loving, healthy planet!

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    1. bkpyett Post author

      I think you are right Hilary! Such damage can be done in such a short time. Our ABC, your BBC equivalent, is under threat being reduced by millions of dollars in subsidies. I think we need your system of every householder paying a fee to maintain it. 500 jobs are being lost to start with. The ABC not only services Australia but many surrounding countries. It is essential for an unbiased news coverage. This is just one more area being threatened. Climate change agencies were the first hit.

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  3. JF

    I am not an Australian and I have only a master degree in economics. However, I know that in all countries government agencies have the worst productivity than private companies and are inefficient. So why is it bad for a country if some agencies or projects privatised?

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    1. bkpyett Post author

      That is just the tip of the iceberg JF. I know we look at things differently, but the gap between the haves and the have nots is increasing. The law allows the wealthy to avoid taxation which is left to the less well off to support the millionaires and billionaires who don’t pay a cent. That is not fair in my book.

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      1. JF

        Barbara, my daughter just passed very difficult exam and became certified Dr. of Pharmacy. Her salary increased. In our country more and more people are on welfare. So the gap between working people and the rest of population increasing. It has nothing to do with millionaires.

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      2. bkpyett Post author

        Congratulations to your daughter JF! I guess our wires are crossed. It isn’t the normal person evading taxation, it’s the big industries, such as Apple and Google who are not paying their fair share. Unemployment is another issue that is growing here too, no easy answers there….

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    1. bkpyett Post author

      Reading this list made me see how devastating things could be if we allow this government to continue reducing peoples’ rights. It will be interesting next week to see how the people vote in Victoria. Hope you enjoyed your sojourn in Geelong yesterday! ๐Ÿ™‚

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      1. M-R

        My friends in Geelong believe that the Liberals are pretty much on the nose, and that there’ll be a change, again.
        I look forward to reading more of the usual garbage from TROWC regarding the reasons for this …

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