Now that the Coalition can govern albeit with a miniscule house majority, heres my take on Australias’ recent federal elections and how it affects ordinary Australians. Labor did see a glimmer of hope but there just wasn’t enough convincing evidence for a change in Australian politics.
It’s a real shame for Labor the Howard government decision to support the war in Iraq didn’t come out prior to the elections. Bairds’ lockout laws aimed at providing more revenue to the casino and council removals and mergers to push through Westconnect infrastructure are surely pro Labor also.
Gone are Australias’ traditional left and a right major philosophical political poles; one favouring the established financial institutions and corporations, the other supported by the working class and its organizations. In its place is a race to please middle Australias consumerism and its desire for economic development to feed it.
While Labour was prepared to throw a bit of skin in the game using the “Medicare Scare” to convert voters to their cause, the Coalition seemed happy to sit back and rest on its laurels resulting huge supporter base swings and seat losses. All the while, under the cloud of confusion, Hinch the Human Highlight finally found a politician to vote for (himself) and Pauline Hansons’ One Nation returns to continue to embarrass Australia internationally.
Turnballs’ election night attack on the CFMEU, a growth regulation mechanism and Labor support base, sounded more an excuse for poor party performance than a justification on party activity. Coalitions aim to erode union power ensuring developers and investors easy access to growth, was aided by questionable conduct within the CFMEU realm.
Coalition political policy continually enables large corporate organizations, already imbued with economic mandates for profit such as Telstra, to set unrealistic rates above the average Australians affordability levels. Recent independent reports reveal that not only do they charge more but that we should accept their poor service as a sign of what is to become commonplace given their reluctance to invest in infrastructure.
Google and Facebook are another two examples of international organizations able to cash in on weak policies, operating in Australia while paying minimal or no tax while repatriating revenue offshore. Australia needs strong policies to provide balance to ease the burden on our weaker sections of society.
Armed with even a rudimentary understanding of economics, it is clear that Australias’ current policies help to raise the average market price of goods and services above average Australian consumers affordability. This disparity will increase what is already a great divide in Australias’ unsustainable wage gap rather than balance it.
Australia needs balance, that is; investing in local small businesses, the sector that makes up the majority of our GDP; Invest in mechanisms to cater for our aging population, poor health sector and healthcare dependant; and invest in education. Aboriginal issues must have a more visible platform that inculcates into everyday Australia not just NAIDOC Week. I think we can look forward to another pro corporate government however the warning bells have tolled loudly hopefully there is some hope that balance is a direction not just a hope.