The time has come again for NSW voters to choose between dumb and dumber. We now have a political landscape where the voter is stuck between two established political parties who have little interest in putting the people of this state first. NSW lays claim to the status of “The Premier State”, but it now looks and feels more like a banana republic after 16 years of a self-serving and deceitful Labor Party government.
Last year the Labor Party instructed the regulatory authority (IPART) to raise power prices in the midst of slowing economic activity. This unnecessary price increase has put tremendous pressure on NSW families who are already reeling from the increasing cost of living increases due to poorly implemented State and Federal policies. We are constantly spun by the Labor Party’s highly-paid spin merchants that the politicians are looking out for us, that they are delivering value and securing our future, but we know better – they have been looking out for themselves.
The state government denied speculation that the power price increases were related to a federally-sanctioned ETS (Emissions Trading Scheme) or sale of the government-owned supply, both retail and wholesale. Many citizens still believed the forked-tongue words coming from the Labor snake pit; but there is now irrefutable proof that, with the privatization of the NSW grid, the people of this state were misled! Who gave Kenneally and her conniving congregation the right to sell our economic security to foreign buyers at the lowest price possible and then to prorogue parliament so that her shonky little deal could not be publicly scrutinised? Would the people of this state have agreed to this deal? I believe that the people of this state do not want the sale of this state’s grid system to be compromised to interests that only have profit in mind. This farce of a sale (some would call it a ‘fire sale’) is yet another reminder of the incompetence and deceit we face from the Labor state government – which must be removed from office.
The politicians of this state have been taking advantage of the voters and this must be brought to an end. Liberal/National, Labor and the Greens will continue to take advantage of the state whenever they are elected. All three parties share the same goal, which is to lord it over the rest of us, while paying us lip service through their spin merchants on how they are looking after us! This political elitism and mindset has to change! If you had your car serviced by a mechanic who threw oil over your interior, used second-hand oil and overcharged for the mess HE made, would you go back to the same workshop?
In another shady deal, the NSW Govt. pushed for the $5.3 billion Rozelle Metro against the wishes of Inner West residents. I live in Rozelle and did not encounter any support from locals for this white elephant. If this project went ahead it would have been a permanent black hole for the NSW taxpayers. Regardless of vocal public opposition, the government pushed on with this project without any consultation.
Eventually people power triumphed over the greasy wheels of state Labor and the project was cancelled at a massive cost to taxpayers. Estimates for compensation are now over $600 million, due to disrupted businesses, property compulsorily acquired, construction contract breaches and continuing legal action. It amazes me that the politicians behind this project have not been locked up for their lies, deceit and wasting of taxpayers’ money.
And the madness continues for Inner West residents with the new two-lane Iron Cove bridge. The $175 million Iron Cove Bridge duplication is being built on a lie, with the State Government quoting grossly exaggerated figures to justify the project. I’m flabbergasted to see such a huge amount of taxpayers’ money spent on ad hoc infrastructure; all they have achieved is moving a bottleneck.
- Metro history:
- Cost of Rozelle Metro:
- Cost of Iron Cove Bridge:
- Iron Cove Bridge ‘statistics grossly exaggerated’:
Support business and jobs by abolishing payroll tax.
Payroll tax is a massive extra cost to NSW business. This burden needs to be abolished so NSW businesses of all sizes and nature are able to employ more people and continue to grow. Abolishing this anti-capital and anti-growth tax will hopefully inspire other Australian states to follow suit.
It amazes me that a business with wage turnover of $638,000 or more per month is levied with an unnecessary 5.45% payroll tax. The hiring of a new employee may push a company across the threshold and lead to the full rate of taxation levied on their entire wage bill – that’s not fair to the business owner, nor is it fair to the unemployed who wish to gain employment.
The vast majority of firms are those that employ less than 20 people and most do not pay payroll tax, as they have not reached the imposed levy. I’m sure that many small business owners resist employing extra staff to avoid being pushed over the threshold. This practice is keeping some businesses inefficiently small. This is bad for businesses and bad for economic growth.
The 2008 Grant International Business report shows that 29% of Australian companies rank employment-related taxation as the greatest constraint on their businesses, followed by taxes on income or profit.
We need a better environment for business. My general philosophy is that we should have as few taxes as possible. Lower taxes put money back in the economy and individuals will use the money in more creative ways than the State Government ever will. We need to develop more businesses in NSW, which will employ more people.
Not only does this tax damage employment growth but it also raises costs, which reduces our domestic and international competitiveness.
This tax is impeding growth and one of the best ways to drive growth and welfare for the people of NSW is to create and sustain real jobs by abolishing payroll tax.
- NSW Office of State Revenue (payroll rates):
- Payroll Tax concerns:
Help derail the government Gravy Train.
Members of parliament, both state and federal, at one time held an honorary position; in other words, the member was not paid a wage, instead the honorable member was financially compensated by a small remuneration for his time spent, for working as a parliamentarian outside of his normal occupation, from which he made his normal living.
Haven’t they come a long way since those days?!
The lurks, perks and salaries now paid to our sitting members have become a perpetual gravy train for politicians who now, in the main, have never worked in private enterprise. And it is the taxpayer who funds this elitist club, which commands the most extravagant remuneration and superannuation outside of the world’s richest people.
Today’s politicians do not offer value for money. Most have gone into parliament straight from school, where general life experience will never be learned.
Would you hire someone to run a company who has no management skills?
The people of NSW should not have to fund a gold pension for state politicians once they retire. Most Australians through their working years will work diligently and pay high taxes in the hope that they will receive a small pension to supplement their retirement. This is in stark contrast to politicians who avoid the real issues and thus produce few solutions to our growing problems.
Support NSW Coal Industry
The coal industry is vital to the NSW and the world economy. The Labor and Green parties firmly believe that this industry needs to be shut down and be replaced with exorbitantly-priced renewable energy sources that we cannot afford.
Due to international demand, Australian coal exports increased in value by a whopping 148% between calendar years 2007/8 to 2008/9. In the calendar year 2008/9 Australia exported over $58 billion worth of coal, making it our biggest export.
An estimated $6.8 billion in royalties from mining over the next four years will help pay for essential NSW services, like police on the beat, nurses in our hospitals and teachers in our schools. The mining industry now directly employs 35,495 people and more than three-quarters of the new jobs in 2009-10 were created in regional NSW. Including the 43,718 jobs in minerals processing, the sector supports a further 355,000 jobs indirectly, which means 12 percent of the State’s employment is directly or indirectly connected to mining. The growth in NSW’s mining industry is not expected to slow down anytime soon, with 50 new minerals projects or extensions worth $13.4 billion expected to generate 5000 jobs over the next decade. Coal remains the State’s biggest merchandise export earner.
The government has no effective plan in producing adequate energy for our ever-growing needs. Labor and the Greens have not come up with any realistic alternate industry that will replace the export income that is generated through the coal industry. In fact, they won’t be happy until we are all out foraging for berries on the jungle floor. Without coal, the lights would go out.
- NSW Coal Industry facts:
- Australian Coal industry facts:
- NSW increasingly vital to mining industry:
Oppose Carbon Tax or ETS
NSW State politicians need to send a clear message to Canberra by challenging the theory behind anthropogenic climate change and exposing the Green agenda for what it is – just another great big TAX on everything. We need politicians who will stand up for the economic interests of our state. To introduce a carbon tax or an ETS would destroy the Australian standard of living, which is exactly what would occur under the environmental policies of Labor and the Greens.
The left have perpetrated the lies and hysteria behind this scam. We have too much to lose with this giant new TAX, which will send more businesses offshore, causing unemployment, higher interest rates and despair in the general population – all for a non-existent problem.
The effects of a carbon tax on electricity prices have been calculated by adding the carbon tax per ton to the total costs of electricity generation. Instructive as this approach is, it overlooks the vitally important point that it is impossible for so-called green energy to replace centralised base load power generation.
Stop funding to divisive official multicultural industry.
It has been recognized by several European nations that the policy of multiculturalism has failed. We need to repeal this authoritarian policy, which is driving divisive wedges into our society and elevating those cultures that refuse to assimilate, while denying native Australians a voice in who should be allowed to settle here.
The taxpayers of NSW should not be funding a policy that allows social engineering through the policy of Multiculturalism to take place, as this is slowly destroying our Australian culture and Australian identity. The Liberal/National, Labor and Greens parties all support this fascist policy, which uses a totalitarian ideology to suppress those who speak out against it. We must repeal this destructive policy.
The repealing of this policy would allow billions of dollars, otherwise spent in the pursuit of multicultural fantasies, to be released into desperately under-funded areas, such as hospitals and the police force, where they are most needed.
Say NO to Burqas.
Australians in general pride themselves on being an open society. The burqa is a most offensive chauvinistic and oppressive apparel, which goes against what freedom-loving Australians hold dear. It is a normal human expectation that when greeting or speaking to someone that we be able to see their face as part of the social exchange.
The burqa has no place in our tolerant state; we should not be forced to tolerate the intolerant. The burqa is banned in many Islamic and European nations, including Egypt, Jordan and France, due to the advocacy of sharia law and other extremist views that are associated with wearing the burqa
Fred Nile’s member’s bill to ban the burqa was defeated by the Labor, Liberal and Greens parties who voiced their opposition in a block vote, denying their own party members the right to a conscience vote. It is clear that Labor and Liberal do not value the true principles of democracy by allowing members of both houses to cast their own independent vote on this issue.
Allow the N.S.W. Police Force to effectively police.
It is no secret that ethnic crime is out of control in NSW, which is a by-product of the failed policy of multiculturalism. The western suburbs are a crime den with high rates of criminal activity coupled with high rates of welfare dependency and abuse.
It is a well-documented and researched fact that Labor will not punish the criminal gangs terrorizing the suburbs; and through their lax approach to ethnic crime, which is blindfolded by political correctness, the criminal element becomes more emboldened. We need a state government which is not afraid to call a spade a spade and is willing to take on ethnic gangs on realistic terms. We need a strong state government that will say NO MORE to gang-related and organised crime and jail terms will be encouraged to be applied to such offenders upon conviction.
We need a strong state government that recognizes that we are all citizens, and as such, must be treated accordingly in court. There must be no mitigating circumstances for religious or cultural backgrounds. It must be recognized by the courts that there can be no special preconditions that allow some lighter sentences compared to others when convicted for the same offence. The law is the law and we must ALL be subject to it regardless of cultural background. Until the advent of the ideology of Multiculturalism and its fascist partner, Political Correctness, the NSW Police Force was the premier law enforcement agency in Australia.
The police must be able to police; which means getting back to basic law and order issues. The criminal and anti-social offender must be made wary once again of coming under police attention. The police must be able to do their job without fear and with minimum supervision from semi-government agencies, which have little to do with policing issues. It is widely recognized that youth crime is out of control, and as one of the causes for the out-of-control youth crime we are currently witnessing, the Young Offenders Act must be repealed!
The NSW Police Force is in crisis, with many officers threatening to leave, blaming poor pay, red tape, mismanagement and an interfering state government. We need a strong state government that recognizes the importance of the police in our community, the need for better pay, less interference and greater funding.
- Perpetrator let off due to Young Offenders Act:
- More funding and better pay needed:
Call to Action
The people of N.S.W. for the past 16 years have been treated as third-class citizens by the Labor Party government of this state. The policies and self-serving blunders by the morally bankrupt Labor Party have seen our freedoms shrink and our state on the verge of financial ruin. The lacklustre response and the downright bi-partisan agreement to most of those blunders and policies by the Liberal/National coalition should also warn the voter of what to expect if Barry O’Farrell is elected premier. The APP aims to contest the coming state election and needs your help to assist at polling stations, or in any other way, so our message may be given out to a majority of voters. The time has come to fight against those wrongs that have been inflicted on us by successive socialist governments.
We need local activists to exercise their patriotism be helping us in our election campaign. If you have some time to distribute flyers in the electorate of Balmain before election day, help on election day at polling stations, or are able to donate funds so that we are able to run a professional campaign — please contact us. The funds would go towards printing colour how-to-vote cards, placards, radio time and paying for candidate costs.