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Ok so I stumbled accross a blog by Jamie McIntyre on 21 ways to improve Australia and seemingly make us more productive, rich and efficient. I don't so much agree on all the topics but most of them I agree 100% on.

 

Anyway have a brouse and tell me what you think. Keep in mind most of these 'Improvements't seem to be directed toward small and medium sized business. So if you are the type of person who only wants to ever have a 'JOB' then many of them might sound bad. However if you ever wanted to be self employed, look to invest and basically be your own boss they will make more sense.

 

 

 

21 Ways to Improve Australia by Jamie McIntyre

 

 

1. Establish a sovereign wealth fund

 

This is one thing I and others have lobbied to have implemented for years.

It is critical to preserve Australia’s wealth after the mining boom and to ensure our government doesn’t waste the boom years generating large mining revenues.

In fact, all proceeds from the mining tax should go to such a fund with the goal of building a sovereign wealth fund comparable to those of Norway and Dubai.

Such a fund also could be used to help stabilise and ‘lower out’ currency by shifting some of our wealth into overseas markets to diversify and expand Australia’s sovereign wealth and better balance global inflows.

So what does our current Government say about a sovereign wealth fund?

They reject it.

Mainly because they want the mining tax revenue and other boom revenues from the once-in-a-lifetime mining boom to fund their budget deficits.

That’s what’s expected of governments with a long-term history of spending.

 

2. Banish carbon tax

 

This controversial tax introduced by the current Government, against the wishes of the majority of Australians, will cause significant economic losses for little gain.

Firstly, a carbon tax that does little to help the environment is an unjustified waste of time and money.

If its purpose was truly to benefit the environment and less about profit and bribing certain sections of the population, a possible solution is to simply create an incentive for renewable energies industry. All major commercial polluters such as coal companies would be taxed a certain amount per tonne to contribute towards an approved renewable energy fund or project.

This means 100% of any monies raised go direct to the creation and support of renewable energies.

Significant polluters could even be given the opportunity to create their own renewable energy divisions as long as it meets the predetermined criteria.

This means many larger carbon emitting companies would be incentivised to invest into renewable energy projects directly and in many cases they would turn it into a division within their companies to potentially profit from eventually.

Thus it becomes an investment for companies, not so much a tax.

This is a much more co-operative approach resulting in a direct, positive, long-term contribution to helping the environment whilst minimizing the negative financial impacts.

It also will avoid the tens of billions of Australian revenue that will simply go offshore over the years as a result of the current carbon tax which will drain our economy and fail to invest in Australian Renewable Energy Projects.

 

3. Banish mining tax

 

The mining tax on the other hand has already damaged Australia’s global reputation.

If such a tax is necessary, we need to ensure 100% of it goes into a Sovereign Wealth Fund or Future Fund.

Australians would be more inclined to support a mining tax if it was going to directly benefit the future of our nation, unlike the proposed tax which will simply prop up budget deficits of a Government that can’t spell the words ‘fiscal responsibility’.

Something not too expensive that mining companies could accommodate however would raise significant cash-flow direct to a Sovereign Wealth Fund.

This would be a much easier sell and as long as it wasn’t excessive.

 

4. Build a High Speed Rail system

 

I’ve raised this issue before and I really think this type of infrastructure project needs to happen.

It’s received some positive press recently and the idea may actually get off the ground. But it could take 15 to 20 years before it’s a reality.

Initially the rail project should start with Newcastle to Sydney, and then extend to Canberra and Melbourne.

In Queensland it should start with Sunshine Coast to the Gold Coast via Brisbane, eventually connecting in Newcastle – thus connecting Brisbane with Melbourne, covering the large majority of Australia’s population.

Admittedly, to complete such a large project will require anywhere from $60 to $100 Billion dollars. However redirecting fossil fuel subsidies, and other cost savings could fund this.

The $16 Billion the Government wasted on the BER school program could have been put into infrastructure like this, or least into completing the Brisbane to Melbourne Freeways. Unfortunately the Government squandered that opportunity.

A rail network is also more environmentally friendly than air travel and takes congestion off the roads, which are expensive to build and maintain.

The fast rail network could eventually pay for itself and help Australia move into the 21st Century.

 

5. Provide Australia with a value for money National Broadband Network – NBN

 

The current $42 Billion NBN is overpriced and a poor return on taxpayer’s money – who will be asked to pay twice for it (with our taxes first, then again every month to use it).

A household being able to download movies at home isn’t what I call “Nation Building”. And consumers won’t pay for the highest speeds because it will be too expensive and they simply don’t need or want it.

The Government has already projected in its NBN plans that most households will only take up the packages offering 25% of its full speed. Most people won’t pay the extra because that speed is more than enough.

That’s a lot (billions) wasted on a system that, for the most part, won’t be fully utilized and isn’t necessary for non-business activities.

Sure an NBN would be great and everyone agrees that faster broadband is critical. But an effective one focused on at least the capital cities having fast broadband initially would be a good idea. One that covers a large majority of the population for a fraction of the cost would save a good $20 to $30 Billion and still enable faster broadband for regional Australia.

Just imagine what else could be done with $30 Billion in savings – and still achieve a similar broadband outcome.

 

6. Eliminate State Governments

 

Why do we need them? They’re costly and ineffective.

Why should we carry the massive costs of 3 layers of Government? Not to mention the extra administrative burdens on business as well as additional taxes and inefficiencies.

I mean why isn’t education, transport, health and infrastructure all Federal and a singular nationwide system, rather then State based. Are we not one country?

Think about how much would this save in time and money. We’re talking Billions per month.

We can have State appointed ministers to represent the interests of each state instead. And I’m sure no one will be upset about fewer politicians and less elections to vote in.

 

7. Build a new large Dubai type city in North Western Australia

 

Such a city could attract massive international investment. It could provide desperately needed lower cost housing in Australia. And better service the booming mining industry in the Pilbara region by reducing the number of “fly in fly out” workers.

To meet the demands of the mining boom infrastructure projects in the pipeline there’s a need for hundreds of thousands more workers in Western Australia.

The region has water and would have ample jobs and new immigrants would be encouraged to move to this new city.

It also would provide WA with a second large city (which it desperately needs) and would reduce infrastructure costs of the other major cities.

Overcrowded cities such as Sydney are already paying Australians incentives to relocate out of Sydney. Because it’s cheaper for Governments to do so than to invest in further infrastructure in already overcrowded cities.

Plus being located in North Western Australia would mean the new city becomes a gateway to Asia.

You can also check out my previous article about this CLICK HERE

 

8. Ban compulsory Voting. Instead, only those that qualify get to Vote

 

I mean how communistic is it to force people to vote? A true democracy is freedom of choice.

Every Australian deserves the right not to vote – especially when many don’t find either choice competent or worthy of a vote.

Voting should be for those who want to vote, are educated about the state of affairs in the country and actually care who is elected.

We should create an application process with a few basic hurdles. That way, only those truly committed will qualify.

Let’s say 30% of the population is committed enough and interested enough to want to qualify to vote – that would eliminate political bribery we see now.

Because the political parties would know that these 30% of the population that want to vote are better educated about the affairs of the country and can’t easily be misled or bribed to vote for them.

It would lead to a better and more accurate political debate and less pork barrelling.

We need a true democracy where everyone has the choice to vote - which includes the choice not to vote for either option. Then politicians would be held more accountable.

 

9. Financial Planning Commissions banned

 

I can’t take all the credit for this happening; however I have been an outspoken critic of this industry for over 12 years.

I’ve been attacked and harassed by regulators for being a major critic of this industry, but I’m willing to stand up and educate Australians. They need to know that the majority of the financial planning industry are not financial experts, but rather commission driven sales people largely employed by the banks to flog their managed funds. These funds, by the way, lost a lot of money in the Credit Crisis – and yet they still charge the poor investor fees for achieving that!

Finally in recent times ASIC has cottoned on that, yes, the industry has been commission driven and bias, and that things need to change. Well done ASIC.

How about we make financial planners produce a track record of investing and make sure they’re financially educated about investing before being granted a license…

I mean would you go see a doctor who has no real life practical experience at surgery? So why do people take the advice of licensed financial planners, who in many cases have never invested in their life? That’s like the blind leading the blind.

 

10. Remove stamp duty

 

One of the biggest challenges Australia faces is labour immobility, as many Australians won’t move or relocate to find work. One reason for this is the cost of selling the family home and buying a new one, which incurs a restrictive amount of stamp duty.

Stamp duty – at least in the short term – should be abolished for people relocating to regional, rural and mining areas. In the long term, stamp duty should be abolished altogether.

One of my previous ideas is to build a new large Dubai-type city in North Western Australia.

Such a city is needed to house many of the 750,000 workers needed by 2050 and to lower the cost of housing. A city of this type would provide a gateway to Asia.

Let’s say we build a city the equivalent size of Brisbane or even Newcastle (which could be built in two years if constructed in China). If we are talking about a city of only 400,000 people the size of Newcastle, proper strategic planning could see this city built within 10 years.

Many large mining companies would help underwrite the development for housing in collaboration with governments at State and federal levels.

The Government could provide incentives such as home buyers’ grants, no stamp duty and lower tax rates for Australian families to relocate to help solve employee shortages in mines. Many more would migrate if a modern attractive city with low cost housing was built.

 

11. Negative Gearing Reduced Or Banned

 

Despite being a property investor myself and having a vested interest in negative gearing continuing forever, I’m still predicting it will disappear within 10 -15 years in Australia.

Why? Because negative gearing is the best legal tax scheme going around.

Why try some dodgy offshore tax scheme and wind up going straight to jail (thanks to Wickenby), when you can negatively gear property legally; have the government help fund your retirement and save a small fortune in tax?

However the problem is that Negative gearing distorts our property markets.

It causes excess monies to be invested into Australian houses. And less into more productive uses such as funding for companies to grow and employ more Australians. Or vital infrastructure projects to improve our productivity and wealth. It creates a sense of false wealth through high property prices.

So even though it would be in my (and many others) best interest to keep negative gearing… instead of being selfish, shouldn’t we be focused on the greater good of our country?

 

12. Turn Australia Post into a bank to compete with the top 4 banks

 

I’ve lobbied for this for sometime. It’s a no brainer and would help with much needed competition in the banking industry, which is heavily consolidated.

This consolidation occurred largely because the Government panicked unnecessarily during the credit crisis and allowed CBA to buy Bank West, and Westpac to buy St George. These 2nd tier banks should only have been allowed to merge or be bought by banks outside the top 4, to create a 5th major bank and therefore, further competition.

In New Zealand NZ Post has successfully transitioned to become a successful bank. And if the kiwis can do it – surely we can too!

As a bank Australia Post would greatly improve regional Australia’s banking services as well.

I’m so appalled at the lack of banking competition I’m funding the launch of a consumer website called www.swapbanks.com.au (it’s launching soon).

This site will help consumers access better interest rate deals off lenders as well as cheaper electricity and insurance etc.

By forming large online consumer groups collectively Australians can use their consumer power through group buying to negotiate better deals. Especially on home mortgages, insurance, credit card rates and electricity.

 

13. Eliminate Payroll tax

 

This tax is absurd. To tax employers for creating jobs – only a bureaucrat could be dumb enough to create such a thing.

I believe it will lead to further outsourcing of jobs overseas. In fact I already do it in my companies to reduce payroll tax bills, and I’ll continue to do so. That means Australians are losing jobs due to the tax disincentives.

At least in the short term pay roll tax should be removed from companies with less then 100 staff. That way small to medium businesses can grow and employ more people, before being bled to death by incompetent state governments who mismanage our money.

Did you know the state governments were supposed to remove payroll tax in return for GST revenue when GST was introduced? It’s true, but they failed to.

Few employees realise that companies pay 4 to 5 % payroll tax on top of each employee’s salary (on top of superannuation).

That’s approx. $2,500 for someone on $50,000. And $5,000 for someone on $100,000 – plus 9% for super.

 

14. Form a taxpayers’ union

 

I’m not a unionist. I believe Unions often over abuse their power and that’s why they are in decline. However, the one Union I would back is a taxpayers union, funded by taxpayers.

I believe taxpayers should be able to influence and even dictate where their money is spent; they should have the power to delay payments of taxes to enforce the wishes of a majority of taxpayers.

Taxpayers need more direct control over government spending and perceived waste.

 

15. Create a New Political system

 

I agree this one is radical but…why even have political parties at all? Do they really serve the citizens interest in the most effective way?

Why not have elections or referendums based on policies, not parties. I mean, do we agree with all the policies of our preferred party? Of course not.

But we’re forced to vote for a party even though we might only agree with some of their policies. And when elected they claim a mandate to implement all their policies, even though we didn’t give them such a mandate.

Or, for example, they say their policy is “no to carbon tax”. Yet after being elected they implement a carbon tax, and use taxpayer’s money to run ads asking us to say yes to carbon tax…

Didn’t the majority already say “no”? And why even run ads asking us to say yes, when we don’t actually get a choice again to say yes or no?

It’s a classic case of why we don’t need political parties!

Not just because they can’t be trusted to do what you voted for, but because they do what they need for political survival, often ahead of the nation’s best interest or the majority.

My point is this: let’s vote on major policies – not parties.

We’d still have politicians (albeit less of them) but we vote based on policies and for politicians based on the quality of policies.

With technology today we can easily vote on major policies. And the ones that aren’t considered major enough, the elected politicians vote on. No more need for politicians to tow the party line.

Imagine the more honest, congruent, passionate debates when politicians can debate policy and not party politics.

Imagine how fast, simple, easy and accurate it will be when we as voters get to vote on major policy online.

 

16. Solve the problems of manufacturing high labour costs and shortfall of mining workers in one go

 

To do this we need to create a two tier structure for award wages. This means new immigrant’s move into the manufacturing, mining and rural sectors on a lower award base to reduce labour costs.

This helps struggling industries, such as manufacturing, which desperately need to lower labour costs or suffer more closures and job losses.

I know this is controversial and the Unions won’t agree, however the Unions can’t have it both ways: their constant demands to raise their members’ wages cost jobs.

Have they ever considered pay cuts to preserve jobs? Never.

I believe this is an obvious solution to compete with overseas manufacturing; otherwise it’s time to move to higher value manufacturing like Germany did.

Sure the Unions have their agendas to push and protect workers’ rights (which is important), but they must see the bigger picture.

Many immigrants arriving to Australia would be happy to work in rural areas for say 50% of the award wages currently on offer.

It could be a way for people to earn their way into Australia when they arrive: every year they work during their first five years in Australia, their award wage level rises until it then equals the national awards wages.

It would work as an apprenticeship for the sector and the worker.

A move such as this will dramatically boost Australia’s productivity and efficiency. It will also assist a mass migration of workers to who can help take advantage of a once in a lifetime boom.

A recent ANZ report highlighted as many as 750,000 workers will be needed over the next 30 to 40 years.

I’m not suggesting a move like this won’t deliver any short-term structural pain, especially taking into account the volatility of the manufacturing and tourism sectors. And this prediction is reliant on China’s continuing growth.

However, the radical idea of lower level wages for new immigrants for the first five years working in the manufacturing industry may be the only way this sector will survive.

 

17. Superannuation contributions increased to 18%…but not by the employer

 

For Australians to have a secure retirement they need about 18% put aside over a lifetime. Currently it’s at 9%.

I agree it needs to be higher, but the employer shouldn’t pay the extra. Why? Because they’re already carrying the burden, and to increase that burden will cost jobs.

Instead employees should be incentivized to match it. What I mean is, employers contribute 9% on the basis employees contribute 9%.

And there should be incentives of zero tax for the employees 9% contribution.

Don’t you think that would be a massive tax incentive? It would ensure all Australians are in a strong financial position come retirement and as a result our country would be in a strong financial position with less demands for pensions.

I’ve offered for my life’s work – the 21st Century Educational system I’ve invested millions in to create – to be provided to schools and Governments royalty free.

 

18. Immediate change to immigration laws

 

This country desperately needs hundreds of thousands of more workers.

The mining industry and rural sectors can’t find enough employees to fill positions and it is slowing their growth.

It’s not good enough to say Australians should get all the jobs. The fact is Australians in many cases don’t want the jobs and in some cases won’t work as hard as those who desperately seek work. Another reason is that many Australians won’t move to mining regions or rural areas to get the work. For instance BHP ran full page advertisements in Wollongong to hire the 1,000 BlueScope workers who were laid off. However, hardly any will relocate to mining regions for a new job.

Australia’s development is therefore being delayed due to the government’s restrictions on immigration and its immobile labour force.

Another question is, why does Australia restrict migration from countries such as the United Kingdom, United States or Canada, when I have no doubt these people could easily assimilate? Try gaining a Visa to live in Australia; it’s almost impossible.

We should take refugees to help the less fortunate and many of these will contribute greatly to this country. However, Australia’s priority should be to encourage immigration especially from the West and other skilled nations who are headed for decade-long recessions.

Can we not as a country afford to be fussy and select the cream of the crop to be able to live and work Australia?

 

19. Financial Education to be taught at schools by those with a Ph D in Results

 

With such world leading technology, this much-needed modern education system could be provided to all Australians for minimal cost.

Think about it…why send our children to 20th Century schools designed in the 19th Century industrialization era (that sets them up for financial failure in life)? Let’s get into the 21st Century!

The current schooling system needs to embrace Financial Education and better equip the youth of today to excel financially.

 

20. $5000 Government Grant For Financial Education

 

Combined with Financial Education being taught at schools, I’d suggest a Government grant of $5,000 be made available to Australians who have finished school, but didn’t get a proper financial education. That grant would be used to invest in financial education courses to improve their financial intelligence.

But listen, it’s not money that’s needed to better educate this country; it’s simply better, proactive leadership.

 

21. Introduce Immigration Visa Fees

 

It is estimated that each year four million people are trafficked or smuggled, with the value of this criminal trade being approximately $10 billion per year. Apparently illegal immigrants are paying people smugglers as much as $60,000 each to be smuggled through Australian borders.

The fee often represents the asylum seekers life savings or those of their entire family, or even consists of contributions from their community. There are reports of false promises in terms of treatment, visas and even destination. Not only are they being misled but financially exploited with a faint hope of safely making it to Australia or ever becoming a legal resident.

Here is a simple solution.

The Australian Government should sell visas to raise necessary revenue while eliminating any need for people smugglers.

Increased Australian immigrants would fulfill Australia’s labour demand due to the mining boom, and many mining and similar industries would happily contribute towards the visa fees for skilled workers.

Imagine the current approximate 200,000 immigrants per year being granted visas that on average cost say $75,000.

That’s a massive $15 billion per year in revenue.

It may not completely solve the illegal immigration problem but would eliminate a lot of the commercial viability of people smugglers who are profiting from selling just the hope of getting to Australia.

Charging for immigration visas is something that needs to be urgently considered to not only meet labour demand but also to raise billions in new revenue for the country, while diminishing fraudulent and dangerous people smuggling.

 

Jamie McIntrye

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Needs more "remove Gillard".

 

Bish just went and gave the MP's a 3% raise. Bish ain't needed no mo'.

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19. Financial Education to be taught at schools by those with a Ph D in Results

 

This is a must. For some reason no one wants to talk about money, especially with kids. Kids choose a career path not even knowing what their earning potential will be.

It's crazy. The entire world uses a currency of some sort; it's how everything in the world works, yet kids are just expected to learn it themselves in the dark.

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I like the idea of removing political parties in favour of online voting.

 

I have preached this for years, and it would be as simple as somebody having to provide a government assigned ID number such as a TFN or Medicare number.

 

Alternatively they could have government run voting booths all over the place where you have to swipe an ID card along with a face scan then enter your votes on an automated terminal.

 

There are so many ways to improve on the current antiquated system.

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I like this 20. $5000 Government Grant For Financial Education

 

But not this 18. Immediate change to immigration laws

 

Why bring in immigrants to work in mines, when you can increase the pay and attract locals

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Like it says:

1. There isn't enough workers.

2. Most citizens don't want to move to a rural town.

3. Cheaper workers.

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1. Establish a sovereign wealth fund: Yep.... because thats really effective in the Eurozone at the moment...

 

2. Banish carbon tax: I'm a bit to and frow about this one... in some circumstances its good but there hasn't been enough transparency to how it works to allow me to judge how it work... it does actually seem like a good system...

 

3. Banish mining tax: NO!... f**k you... mining companies earn profits which rival the GDP of small countries I think they can pay a bit more tax... truth of the matter is mining companies would have to continue their business in Australia due to the geography of Australia to China and the high AUD when comparing to the rest of the world... mining is still cheaper for the mining companies even with the tax... hence why they are still mining here and still doing well..

 

4. Build a High Speed Rail system: Waste of money... I hate trains and you can fly a plane... chances are it would be more expensive than a plane ride to sydney so not for this one... it would cost quite a bit too...

 

5. Provide Australia with a value for money National Broadband Network – NBN: NBN is needed government needs to build it... end of story...

 

6. Eliminate State Governments: YES!!! first thing he have said that I can actually totally agree upon... they have become redundant... however, there is that accountability aspect... the states can hold the federal government to some form of account and ensure that there is no perferential treatment between states by the federal government...

 

7. Build a new large Dubai type city in North Western Australia: Australia does need another major city, however, there are logistical issues regarding this... money is a big one...

 

8. Ban compulsory Voting. Instead, only those that qualify get to Vote: YES!!! however, voting isn't technically compulsary... getting your name marked off is... you can always put in a blank paper... chances are that that those dumb enough who vote won't understand the Australian electoral system and their vote won't count anyway... however, democracy is for all... dumb and smart... they do have a say too... as much as you don't want them too...

 

9. Financial Planning Commissions banned: not a fan of this either...

 

10. Remove stamp duty: stamp duty is a state tax abolish the state government... you abolish stamp duty... stamp duty is like the states last ditch attempt to not have to grovel to the federal government for money and to make sure their books ain't cooked (thats what the GST is for too) unfortunately for them its not working... proving they are absolutely useless with money

 

11. Negative Gearing Reduced Or Banned: Abolishing negetive gearing would ruin the rental market... people buy an investment property to claim more on tax... it would take the incentive out of owning an investment property if you can't negetive gear... therefore creating even more of a rental property shortage then there is at the moment...

 

12. Turn Australia Post into a bank to compete with the top 4 banks: no... no... thats just stupid... that would be like making a donkey into a race horse...

 

13. Eliminate Payroll tax: fist bump... agree with this...

 

14. Form a taxpayers’ union: damn straight the taxpayer needs to have their say on where the money goes... rather then spending on wars 100,000 km away

 

15. Create a New Political system: Nothing wrong with the current system... there's just dickheads in charge at the moment thats all...

 

16. Solve the problems of manufacturing high labour costs and shortfall of mining workers in one go: Government has no say over how high the dollar goes... it is honestly a problem which is out of the governments hands and can only be corrected if the dollor becomes more inferior...

 

17. Superannuation contributions increased to 18%…but not by the employer: Superannuation is shit altogether... entrusting a bankster to gamble your money and then he takes the profits yeah thats a smart investment... people should be able to have more flexibility with their super money... eg... you have enough for a house deposit... use that super money for buying a investment property... or put it in a high interest account...

 

18. Immediate change to immigration laws: Immigration law is shit everywhere... deal with it...

 

19. Financial Education to be taught at schools by those with a Ph D in Results: so many logistical issues with this one...

 

20. $5000 Government Grant For Financial Education: NO!!! how about $5K just to get a proper education instead of having dead beat dickheads that live in Australia...

 

21. Introduce Immigration Visa Fees: nah... thats just stupid... thats really going to encourage a person to come and work here :rolleyes:

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I see 21 disasters in concept....

 

None of these suggestions take into account the intent or purpose of the systems they propose to change, at least in any way that is conceivably possible. :P

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I only read 1 and 2 and glanced over the other headings as I'm stuck for time, but I agree with his arguments so far.

 

However he's left out sending the Indians home so people that have been here for years and want to work can still get simple employment without jumping through hoops.

 

I didn't accidentally forget italics either.

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1. Establish a sovereign wealth fund

 

some money needs to be put aside but money is also needed now. isnt that obvious as we already have bills and loans to pay.

 

2. Banish carbon tax

 

no.its not the worst idea in the world. it does need to be restructured but i thinking that looking at ways of reducing emissions now is a good idea. it should be geared mainly at big business.

anyone thought that it takes one country and the rest will follow. seriously i dont want to hear whoops maybe we should have done that a bit earlier in 100 years time.

 

3. Banish mining tax

 

he's a right winger. they hate tax. remember companies are coming into our backyard. removing our minerals. leaving and were getting next to nothing in return.

they say its stops companies investing. screw that. if they dont take it now we'll charge double in 20 years time.

 

i honestly believe we need to take 50% of profits right off them. but.... use those profits to build better ports, rail, townships nearby the sites etc... this allows them to increase their production because they can move therir product. also. IT GIVES PEOPLE LIVING IN OUR BIG CITIES JOBS. something this person has forgot to think about...

 

4. Build a High Speed Rail system

 

yes. but fund it by the mining boom. since its designed to help them.

 

5. Provide Australia with a value for money National Broadband Network – NBN

 

give technology 20 years and ask if the speed are to fast then.

 

6. Eliminate State Governments

 

ok now think to your work typical trade based work place. there are ceos, managers, supervisors, tradesmen, ta's. what your saying is have just the ceo's and managers do the whole lot. great you've saved a few dollars but the workers on the floor now have no immediate representation. safety goes down the drain, tools and and equipment arent looked after since theres no one designated to sort through the mess and order more equipment.

times that by 20 million people and you've got a big mess. remember we have a system in place to try and cater for everyone's needs. now all your catering for is what the upper staff want and the lower staff loose direct representation.

 

ie us workers get f**ked.

 

7. Build a new large Dubai type city in North Western Australia

 

yes but lets try and relocate australian citizens first then worry about other countries. and a city like that dosent pop up over night. it will take years and years. good future planning though

 

8. Ban compulsory Voting. Instead, only those that qualify get to Vote

 

in america they dont have compulsory voting. guess what happens. the voting age goes from what we have which is 18+ to an average age of over 50 (take into account im not just talking about presidential election but by elections, locals ones etc....)

 

someone might not be able to answer a questionnaire but why should that make them political opinions second rate to those who can. ITS CALLED DEMOCRACY

 

9. Financial Planning Commissions banned

 

regulation in financial areas needs to be looked at and redone worldwide not just aus.

 

10. Remove stamp duty

 

he's very anti tax. umm how do we pay for things if we dont put money towards that.

 

11. Negative Gearing Reduced Or Banned

 

regulation in financial areas needs to be looked at and redone worldwide not just aus.

cbf getting into how to do that.

 

12. Turn Australia Post into a bank to compete with the top 4 banks

 

no.

 

13. Eliminate Payroll tax

 

how do we pay for anything??????????? still want roads, water, police, fire, hospitals, ffs the army?????

 

14. Form a taxpayers’ union

 

one misunderstood word. socialism.

and have publicly funded elections. meaning that we the tax payer give x amount of dollars towards a certain amount of candidates to run for office. thus they have to appeal to our needs and if they dont they wont get voted for because its our money and then they will want to make us happy.

instead of having large companies and corporations giving money to politicians.

you seriously think if i gave 1 million dollars to the liberal party i wouldnt want something in return. ie no carbon tax? no employment benefits etc...?

 

15. Create a New Political system

 

see my last reply.

 

16. Solve the problems of manufacturing high labour costs and shortfall of mining workers in one go

 

f**k OFF YOU UNGRATEFUL PIECE OFF SHIT.

he's talking about lowering your wages. giving you less money for the work you do.

investing in the tafe and education system so people can obtain training for free. no hecs debt either. so that lower class citizens can get a free education. free schools free learning. come on dont you want everyone to be able to learn not just fill the space with even more unskilled workers from overseas.

 

i'd love to see the face of the blokes who build his house as he's tells them i'm making so your wages drop 20%. we struggle as much as it is. why make us struggle more.

 

but i do know we have a lot of people who dont want to work.....

 

17. Superannuation contributions increased to 18%…but not by the employer

 

yes. to a point. but not everyone can afford to loose a few percent of their current wages. low income familys struggle already. pension funds need to be increased. ( yes tax but you technically get it back lol)

 

18. Immediate change to immigration laws

 

have you ever worked with immigrants allowed into the country to work. i have to work with a large amount of indians. i cannot verbally communicate with them to a level that i think is safe. when you have 5 or 6 people that dont speak english well at all it puts me and other workers in danger. try being around 25+ton cranes and yelling at a bloke to move and he stares at you blankly.

 

see the reply to question 16 for the rest off my answer.

 

19. Financial Education to be taught at schools by those with a Ph D in Results

 

ok go find teacher to do that. go on. found enough yet? no so now we have 100 people in each class because you cant.

 

and not ones from over seas who cannot communicate properly to students the subject they are teaching.

 

20. $5000 Government Grant For Financial Education

 

or just train people better so they can make more money thus increase productivity, thus more, money, thus less problems.

 

ps not everyone will do your money classes. *richard cranium*.

 

21. Introduce Immigration Visa Fees

 

thats up to their respective countries to do inform the people about. we do not control them over matters like that but we can advertise in those countries about us.

 

just make sure they can read an write in english first.

 

Jamie McIntrye

this dude is right winged, voted for the liberal government when howard was in, would have loved they "work choices" bullshit. doesnt actually care about us.

 

his interests include business and how australias tax sheet looks at the end off each quarter. not how each and everyone of us are living our lives and trying to improve OUR living stands.

 

its funny everyones love the group Anonymous. the man who wrote the original piece would be invited over to dinner on fridays to whom the group anonymous fights against.

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in short. the dude a *richard cranium*. same mindset as the american government when bush was in power causing the GFC. doesnt care about workers. want to lower wages and have no tax. the no tax thing means we have no money to spend on anything like roads, water, fire fighters, police, trains, buses, hospitals, the army, oh i could go on for days.....

 

 

shit idea by a upper class wanker.

 

need only the dumbest follow him

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Anyway have a brouse and tell me what you think. Keep in mind most of these 'Improvements't seem to be directed toward small and medium sized business. So if you are the type of person who only wants to ever have a 'JOB' then many of them might sound bad. However if you ever wanted to be self employed, look to invest and basically be your own boss they will make more sense.

 

so maybe 3% of the population

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I'd disagree on number 16, The amount of people I know who have applied for the mines and never heard back yet mines are "heavily in demand" ?

 

Sounds like mining companies just want the cheap Asian employee

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1. Establish a sovereign wealth fund - Yes.

2. Banish carbon tax - Maybe.

3. Banish mining tax - No.

4. Build a High Speed Rail system - f**k Yes.

5. Provide Australia with a value for money National Broadband Network NBN - No.

6. Eliminate State Governments - Possibly, there are a lot of benefits.

7. Build a new large Dubai type city in North Western Australia - Not likely, good idea though. Better to build the east coast cities, newcastle, wollongong to be 2million population cities.

8. Ban compulsory Voting. Instead, only those that qualify get to Vote - Either way it's f**ked so i don't care.

9. Financial Planning Commissions banned - Yes.

10. Remove stamp duty - Yes.

11. Negative Gearing Reduced Or Banned - f**king Banned.

12. Turn Australia Post into a bank to compete with the top 4 banks - I don't know enough about that to comment.

13. Eliminate Payroll tax - Yes, it's literally f**ked.

14. Form a taxpayers’ union - Meh, don't give a shit.

15. Create a New Political system - Yes depending.

16. Solve the problems of manufacturing high labour costs and shortfall of mining workers in one go - Maybe, but maybe we should look at lowering the costs of living, that's what puts pressure on wages which makes us uncompetitve globally in manufacturing, until you fix that we will never compete.

17. Superannuation contributions increased to 18%…but not by the employer - Zero tax yes.

18. Immediate change to immigration laws - No. Australia is not desperate for immigration. Because they will simply flock to Sydney.

19. Financial Education to be taught at schools by those with a Ph D in Results - Not qualified to comment.

20. $5000 Government Grant For Financial Education - Not convinced.

21. Introduce Immigration Visa Fees - No. Can't see it being a good idea.

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17. Superannuation contributions increased to 18%…but not by the employer: Superannuation is shit altogether... entrusting a bankster to gamble your money and then he takes the profits yeah thats a smart investment... people should be able to have more flexibility with their super money... eg... you have enough for a house deposit... use that super money for buying a investment property... or put it in a high interest account...

 

You can already do that, it's called a self managed super fund.

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17. Superannuation contributions increased to 18%…but not by the employer: Superannuation is shit altogether... entrusting a bankster to gamble your money and then he takes the profits yeah thats a smart investment... people should be able to have more flexibility with their super money... eg... you have enough for a house deposit... use that super money for buying a investment property... or put it in a high interest account...

 

 

"Bankster" is such a stupid word popularised by the media and Occupy Wallstreet losers to criminalise people that work in the financial industry. The shit thing about super isn't the people that run the funds, the shit thing is the stupid government sticking there nose into the trough and taxing it/changing the rules when they need to balance the books.

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we need highspeed rail for NSW alone. let alone the country.

 

shitty rail is so slow and not frequent enough.

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17. Superannuation contributions increased to 18%…but not by the employer: Superannuation is shit altogether... entrusting a bankster to gamble your money and then he takes the profits yeah thats a smart investment... people should be able to have more flexibility with their super money... eg... you have enough for a house deposit... use that super money for buying a investment property... or put it in a high interest account...
"Bankster" is such a stupid word popularised by the media and Occupy Wallstreet losers to criminalise people that work in the financial industry. The shit thing about super isn't the people that run the funds, the shit thing is the stupid government sticking there nose into the trough and taxing it/changing the rules when they need to balance the books.

 

umm... superfunds use the stock market to invest etc.... so yes the financial industry do control it. thus why when the "banksters" crashed the world markets and f**ked us they are directly to blame. government control is minimal at best.

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Yeah, we waste so much time commuting, affordable ticket priced highspeed rail network linking major cities would be awesome, i.e. instead of 1hr by car between gold coast and brisbane, 15mins on a highspeed train. 400km/hr yo.

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17. Superannuation contributions increased to 18%…but not by the employer: Superannuation is shit altogether... entrusting a bankster to gamble your money and then he takes the profits yeah thats a smart investment... people should be able to have more flexibility with their super money... eg... you have enough for a house deposit... use that super money for buying a investment property... or put it in a high interest account...
"Bankster" is such a stupid word popularised by the media and Occupy Wallstreet losers to criminalise people that work in the financial industry. The shit thing about super isn't the people that run the funds, the shit thing is the stupid government sticking there nose into the trough and taxing it/changing the rules when they need to balance the books.

 

umm... superfunds use the stock market to invest etc.... so yes the financial industry do control it. thus why when the "banksters" crashed the world markets and f**ked us they are directly to blame. government control is minimal at best.

 

Superfunds invest in equites, fixed income products, private equity etc. I don't understand how fund managers are 'banksters'. The typical use of the work 'bankster' refers to investment bankers that apparently cause famines, teenage pregnancy, el nino and global warming (and everything bad in the world). Government control is NOT minimal in the superannuation industry, to say so is naive and indicates a complete lack of understanding about the industry. Explain to people that are close to retirement how the government cutting super contribution rates is 'minimal'. If you take issue with 'banksters' investing your money in equities, change the asset allocation.

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I'd add another point: get rid of dole or replace it with food stamps or something. Give money only to those who are temporarily out of employment and are actually looking for a job.

It's bullshit that all of us working australians pretty much pay taxes just to support people who don't want to work. Take their dole money away and let them rot imo, this isn't a f**king socialism...

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I'd add another point: get rid of dole or replace it with food stamps or something. Give money only to those who are temporarily out of employment and are actually looking for a job. It's bullshit that all of us working australians pretty much pay taxes just to support people who don't want to work. Take their dole money away and let them rot imo, this isn't a f**king socialism...

 

The majority of the people who I know that are on the dole aren't the type that have rent to pay or groceries to buy. In fact, many of them live with their parents, have their parents spend their money on the necessities, and will merely use their dole money to fund things such as fancy clothes, tickets to events, alcohol, all that typical unneeded bullshit.

Yet to see one of these people bounce back and get a job after going on the dole.

 

+1. Remove it.

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+2. Remove the dole, pump some of it into the Police force to compensate for the increase in crime.

 

I really wish there was a way for every tax payer to specify areas they want their tax to go towards. I think it's complete bullshit how a party is elected and then goes against everything they said and were voted for, and that is legal.

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^ Tell the moron voting public that then Ghosty, tell all your friends. It's funny, last time I predicted alot of what was going to happen with labor re-elected and I'm not someone with much/any political interest.

 

This time around, I hope the people realize you DON'T re-elect a govt that lies to you in its election promises. Imagine what they'll do against public interest next term if we let them get away with that carbon tax shit.

 

Removing the dole - that's f**king stupid but I think they should enforce more work for the dole schemes because all they did when I was on it (and I genuinely needed and was grateful for it) was send me to 'job seeking' school which was a waste of time and their resources. There's a shortage of property in Australia hence the inflated prices and harsh rent costs. If govt could subsidize affordable and decent apartment buildings to rent/buy for people wanting to live in major cities I don't see why they couldn't train the dole peons to chuck bricks around or do some form of prep, all they seem to do now is land care stuff.

 

+5000 for infastructure. Think 100 years into the future when you build a road, not 5. Anyone can see the bottleneck in Newtown (Sydney) and figure that we should really have 3 lanes each side on any major highway or freeway, we know it's expensive. Our buses and trains could be better but really they do the job as far as I'm concerned but we do need bullet trains between our major cities.

 

Businesses should be encouraged to setup their practices in semi-rural cities and not just cram them all into the city. We live in an age that allows us to communicate instantly worldwide so there's no reason all the big wigs need to be within a stones throw of each other. It would help local economies develop, take a load off the infrastructure in the overpopulated cities, make the property market fairer (by reducing demand and competition) and just make life easier for the millions of people who have the miserable task of traveling to and from work for 2+ hours a day (will reduce pollution too).

 

Either legalize cannabis or ban this synthetic shit. Pharmaceutical companies think they're being clever by creating a new strain of pot which isn't technically illegal (until it's banned) but it's affecting people in new ways that we just don't know how to deal with. Relatively speaking we still don't know jack shit about the affects of classic drugs on our mental health.

 

I think certain other drugs should also be regulated and sold legally to protect users and reduce drug related crime.

 

And as for the tax system... I work in finance and I see alot of smart people scratching their heads and it's just not necessary. I believe the complexity of the tax system is essentially a way of making it seem like we pay less tax than we really do and the govt should come clean with what it needs from the people with fewer (but perhaps higher) taxes. Sure, this confusing crap creates an industry for me to work in but to be honest I'd rather a simple tax system that everyone understands, that can't be amended, chopped and changed every financial year. For all the people who say we should contribute twice as much to super - who knows if the govt will change the tax rules or just swallow up your super one day if they feel like it. They're always looking for a new way to take your money whether you're earning it, spending it, saving it, investing it, profiting from it etc etc

 

And my last one, maybe I'm missing the mark or just plain racist but I want Australia to filter these immigrants moving in from their overpopulated crappy countries and doing whatever harm it is that they do (buying up our property, bringing their shit religions, purposely leeching off the dole and having 10 kids, disrespecting our culture, acting like animals, being over present and having an undeserved sense of entitlement). I don't need to mention any ethnicity/race/religion, we all have our reservations about each of them if we're brave enough to admit it and I think it's time people were a bit more open about their racial prejudices, because these people are from countries that wouldn't have us, and unashamedly couldn't care less about us. I'm not saying we need to close the gates or be racist simpletons, I just think that we need to adjust the way we react to certain ideals (policies) because we have a good country and we shouldn't let it deteriorate because we're scared to point the finger at a problem in fear of being called racist.

 

I also hate the school system, and heading towards middle age I hate the 'employment system' too but I can't be bothered writing anymore.

 

Yak yak.

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^I agree with the dole. I was on it for some time, just got off it actually.

They did not help at all, waste of time imo. All they did was interviews every couple weeks, didn't check my job search history, didn't offer me a job, nothing.

 

The doll should stay on but ran like this.

Everyone (Apart from pensioners, disabled, mothers etc) have 3 months to find a job, if they can't find one, cut them off. It's simple.

 

The reason why people don't care is because they know they will have money as long as they are "Looking for a job"

Cut it and they will find a job the next day.

 

Oh and return all the boat people back. Australia is over generous and not strict enough, the "multicultural Australia" is ruining it imo.

Oh and get that bitch out of her throne. She's f**king everything up and only cares about the carbon tax.

 

SHE EVEN GAVE EVERYONE AT THE OFFICE A 3%?? RAISE!!!!!!!!! FOR WHAT?! GIVE US A PAY RISE INSTEAD

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^I agree with the dole. I was on it for some time, just got off it actually.

They did not help at all, waste of time imo. All they did was interviews every couple weeks, didn't check my job search history, didn't offer me a job, nothing.

 

The doll should stay on but ran like this.

Everyone (Apart from pensioners, disabled, mothers etc) have 3 months to find a job, if they can't find one, cut them off. It's simple.

 

The reason why people don't care is because they know they will have money as long as they are "Looking for a job"

Cut it and they will find a job the next day.

 

Oh and return all the boat people back. Australia is over generous and not strict enough, the "multicultural Australia" is ruining it imo.

Oh and get that bitch out of her throne. She's f**king everything up and only cares about the carbon tax.

 

SHE EVEN GAVE EVERYONE AT THE OFFICE A 3%?? RAISE!!!!!!!!! FOR WHAT?! GIVE US A PAY RISE INSTEAD

 

My view there is, the x amount of dollars Australia spends dealing with that (and I'm sure its a lot) should be redistributed to foreign aid initiatives... Instead of helping a small number of people who feel they can just randomly rock up here, the money will actually improve the circumstances in their home country so we then have every right to say f*** off, things arent that bad for you... just my 2 cents.

Obviously a little different for people in refugee camps who our government recognise, but yeah end this boat people situation.

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And why firing squad for Gillard isn't on that list I dont understand.

 

 

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One thing which should be done is putting the politicians on minimum wage. Can you imagine the amount of sudden changes we would see if they were on minimum wage? Instead they're given pay increases, with some of them still saying "well, we should be getting more like $1,000,000 a year". It's ridiculous. If we put them on minimum wages, I bet minimum wage would suddenly become something we could live off.

 

Also on the dole argument, they do actually try helping people more these days. An old friend was on the dole, and to be on the dole was put on a job-seeking list where a third party (like MEGT) were calling him going "we've got this job open, go and apply for it". While that was helpful, the problem was he still didn't go out and look at those jobs. "Oh a job here? Well I don't want that." So of course he never got a job after numerous months, and just remained on the dole taking the money that I (and other tax payers) work towards. I'd much rather see that money put into law enforcement, better roads and services (like better teachings for learners), or many other things. Last thing I want to do is have my hard earned money go to someone who thinks that they're in the position to go "don't want this job, don't want that job", when they're clearly not.

 

RolledCambers suggested 3 months and then you're off it, but I don't think that's fair to be honest. It can in some instances take more than 3 months to find a job. I think there just needs to be a review system in place for attitude. If someone gets a call with "this position is available", and they go "nope", they should be cut off. If someone gets that same call, goes for the interview, gets declined because someone more experienced was interviewed too (with the people seeking the job for said dole bludger contacting the employer and asking for a review on his interview), then they should be kept on the dole as it shows they're ACTUALLY looking for a job, and not using "looking for a job" as an excuse for an easy way to money.

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1. Establish a sovereign wealth fund - No, Stop investing hundreds of millions in overseas loans and assitance packages.

2. Banish carbon tax - Yes, but replace it with something feasible.

3. Banish mining tax - Yes, just change the current tax rate on all companies earning more than X amount so it does the same thing without the 'label' or stigma.

4. Build a High Speed Rail system - Yes, they should never have abandoned the railways in favour of trucks, but supported both.

5. Provide Australia with a value for money National Broadband Network NBN - Yes, already on it's way

6. Eliminate State Governments - Possibly, but screw the system of each state being labor or liberal, keep state governments but just elect one party nationwide to stop the bickering between states.

7. Build a new large Dubai type city in North Western Australia - Great, just hurry up with it while the goings good. Why, just look dubai, they know they're screwed after another 100 years on oil.

8. Ban compulsory Voting. Instead, only those that qualify get to Vote - No, it forces people to pay some sort of attention to politics, public needs to be more active there.

9. Financial Planning Commissions banned - Yes.

10. Remove stamp duty - Yes.

11. Negative Gearing Reduced Or Banned - f**king Banned, he hit the money on property it's absurd what property is worth.

12. Turn Australia Post into a bank to compete with the top 4 banks - Dunno.

13. Eliminate Payroll tax - Yes, it's literally f**ked.

14. Form a taxpayers’ union - No, just get people more involved in the political process

15. Create a New Political system - Yes.

16. Solve the problems of manufacturing high labour costs and shortfall of mining workers in one go - NO f**k NO

17. Superannuation contributions increased to 18%…but not by the employer - Zero Tax and 12% employer 6% employee

18. Immediate change to immigration laws - NO f**k NO

19. Financial Education to be taught at schools by those with a Ph D in Results - YES f**k YES

20. $5000 Government Grant For Financial Education - Not convinced.

21. Introduce Immigration Visa Fees - Dunno.

 

The man has ideas, but don't see eye to eye on about half of them.

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