Election voting?

As a late add in to this article (4/6/2019), below are links to some political comparison spreadsheets.

http://dionpatelis.com/download/political_comparson.ods

http://dionpatelis.com/download/political_comparson.xls

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I’m going to wander on down to the local election voting box today to have some say in what’s going on in Australia.

The two things I am interested in the most:

  1. All imported products to be taxed to a point that makes it possible for local manufacturers to produce goods more cheaply than the imported.
  2. That at LEAST 51% of all property and companies in Australia must be owned by Australian citizens.
    • In this enforce that we match other countries ownership rules which are more extreme than this. Indonesia has this rule. China (as far as I know) does not allow Australians to buy any company shares or land in China.

In my 5 minutes of sniffing around on the net this morning I found this customs website outlining the fact that as of this year or last year that ALL imports from China are FREE.

This means that for every dollar I spend on Chinese manufactured goods, 100% of all the profit leaves Australia. NOTHING goes to any Australian workers!!! How does this make any sense?

It also means that we as Australians agree with Communist policies on how to treat workers, thus giving them a reason to keep growing their communist nation. Didn’t we go to war to stop extremest communism? Didn’t our grandparents die opposing it??? Extreme capitalism is not great either as Australian who’s worked and lived in the USA (for more than a month) will inform you. A good way to judge a country is by how it’s poor people are treated. Go work and live in the USA and see what you think. Yes it’s way better than China, but no where near as good as Australia, Western Europe or Japan.

UAP

Import taxes / tariffs will not be created by the UAP

The UAP doesn’t mention the above. They kind of imply it in their policies by saying:

  • Creating Mineral Wealth to continuously contribute to the welfare of the Australian community. This will be achieved  by utilising  mineral resources from Queensland and Western Australia, and incentives from the Commonwealth of Australia to establish downstream processing in the States of Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia; and exporting products  at a higher dollar value, thereby creating more revenue, jobs, tax and more facilities.
  • Establishing a System where people create wealth in various parts of the country and for that wealth to flow back to the Community that generates the wealth. For example, if a particular region creates wealth, a significant percentage of that wealth should go back to the region.

But on the Wikipedia page under their policies say:

“Moving towards free trade and closer economic relations with Asia”

Which references the May30 2014 UAP website, which shows nothing now and Wikipedia is a commercial entity which can be bought, so it’s not really a reference.

51% rule – not mentioned in any way by the UAP.

Science Party

Import taxes / tariffs will not be created by the Science Party

Good on the young crew for having a go, but they mention nothing about any of this in their polices. They have noble ideas as we all have at 20 years old, but they don’t seem to know much about GAAP and cashflow management. If you come from a rich family in a rich neighborhood though, you’ve not lived long enough to go live in the environments of other countries and you’re a generally good person, then this will be where you’re at. Keep going Science Party, but you’ve got some economic learning to do and some traveling to do.

51% rule – not mentioned in any way by the Science Party.

Labour Party

Import taxes / tariffs will not be created by the Labour Party

On their website they mention nothing about the above two policies. The closest they come is the lithium battery policy which says they want to help a small slither of manufacturing here, but mention nothing about taxing imported batteries. They want to drop a cool $6bil + into it, but not protect any local manufacturers, retailers or workers!!!

Other than that they don’t even mention the above in their policies.

51% rule – not mentioned in any way by the Labour Party

Liberal Party

Policies

Import taxes / tariffs will not be created by the Liberals

Looking at the policy section of their website we see the manufacturing link which states “Australia’s manufacturers cannot afford Labor’s export-damaging opposition to free trade” which implies that they love the idea of free trade and allowing other countries to import here for free. Hmmm.

As a side note they also state in this policy that “Population growth is an important economic driver and contributes to our dynamic and diverse society. “

This is pretty much what most politicians say. Does this make sense? If you have a pot of $100 and there are 100 people, how much does each person get?

If you increase the population to 200 people, how much does each person get?

Draw your own conclusion here.

Globally we are sitting at over 7 billion humans on Earth. Maximum holding capacity is thought to be around 10 billion. I personally did the numbers and came out with 17-18 billion, but I only worked it out on energy consumption in kilojoules. Thus 10 billion is more realistic. At the current growth rates we will easily hit this number within 50 years.

Do you still think population growth is a good idea?

Back to the point. The Liberal party actually do mention import tariffs in this policy, but not in the way mentioned above. It has one of the most extensive write up’s of any government policy I’ve seen. In conclusion though, they will NOT tax imports to make imported products and commodities cheaper than Australian created ones.

They are lobbying other governments to create free trade agreements for us. It’s like going to China and saying in a petite little bashful voice “Excuse me, excuse me please??? Can we please import our best products into your country for free which you can’t produce there anyway? Pretty please???”

Fantastic approach!! Nice thinking Liberals. (Sarcasm intended)

At least they have created this website http://(www.tradebarriers.dfat.gov.au/

for Australian exporters to use to complain about other countries not giving us free trade into their country….. Hmmm, what???? That link doesn’t work. Strange!!! It must be my dodgy connection provided by an ISP that was a West Australian company that was bought out by Asia…. It must be. So slow…. Hmmm. ….. Let’s see –> Terminal –>

ping www.tradebarriers.dfat.gov.au

Oooops, I can’t seem to ping that site. The government obviously can’t afford 99999 servers to keep their critical websites up and running. Oh well, at least they mentioned it.

51% rule – not mentioned in any way by the Liberals.

One Nation Party

Import taxes / tariffs will not be created by the One Nation Party

And here are their policies.

51% rule – At least mentioned by the One Nation Party.

Looking through them we find this policy, which is the only on that comes close to the 51% rule. They say

“We oppose full foreign ownership of Australian land and assets. Foreign ownership of established housing must be investigated with illegally purchased properties seized. We must protect our farming industry from foreign ownership.”

So it’s very fluffy and not an assertive “We will”. More a “stamping my feet on the ground and say it’s yucky!” type of approach. Far better than any other party though, for they are at least a bit snotty about it

However they do actually solidly put forward a decent argument in this policy “Tax foreign owned multinationals“. Here it doesn’t make the 51% rule happen, but at least it put’s forward that they will charge multinationals for each litre or tonne of commodity they take out of the ground. Good idea.

The other good idea they mention it this policy, is not a policy. They say that Australians should by shares in the companies mining our soil. Think about it, if we all bought into Australian companies, then we’d own Australia. Then we’d look for ways to make my / our companies work for us better at all levels. Before you do rush out to go buy shares for the long term though, please read “Buffetology” by Mary Buffett so you know how to analyse a company.

In Summary

In summary for this review of a few of the main parties in Australia, I am sorely disappointed. None of the above solidly address the two main policies which affect every country so strongly.

Of course the main controller is the reserve bank of every country which control the printing of money, for it does not matter with political party is in power. If you can take the currency in and out of the economy, you ultimately hold the cards and no political party has any say on that matter. At least on some surface type level the two above policies will make some difference to how many hours us plebs work per week and how long we spend in traffic. The masters on puppets at the Reserve Bank can always alter the insertion and removal of currency through OMO and undermine any government policy they like.

But we can kick up a stink at some level an make our living environment nice, safe and clean to live in. Remember that being wealthy in a poor political society mean that you’ll just have enough to build your own prison. This leads me to repeat “You judge the quality of a county by how the poorest people are treated there.”

Re-realisation about time and what matters.

For some reason Xmas and boxing day this year re-triggered an old thought, or a recurring one. How awesome it is to see people everywhere having the time just to hangout and do nothing together.

We really need to get over this “Keeping up with the Jones'” mindset we have here (here meaning Australia, but probably other countries as well). Having to have the most pristine lawn out the front of the house, the latest car, the latest big screen TV, Foxtel, Netflix, material this and that. Why do we care so much? Once I’ve a piece of steel with rubber wheels which achieves it’s purpose, then what? The lawn will just grow to it’s height and that natural plant called ‘grass’ will be in it’s natural state. Unless it gets in the way because you need a clear pathway to walk, or it’s a fire hazard or something, it’s actually nicer as long grass. How big does a TV screen need to be? What difference does the latest smart phone really make? Does social media actually make you more social?

Going back to Xmas / boxing day this year. Really if we could make a 4 hour work day and then have at least 4 extra hours to just be with each other sitting around, being bored together. Then I think we wouldn’t feel the need to fill the holes in our life with shiny objects. The media promotes “…be the envy of your friends…” That’s no fun. Why would I want my friends to not like me because they are envious?

Thinking back. Best friends are made when people spend a lot of time being bored together. This is because boredom creates space for people to show who they truly are. The nothing creates the something. If you want to get to know people, create a fire (if possible), make food and drink, maybe add music and sit around that fire doing nothing much. That’s where associations start to happen. Create this scenario anywhere on Earth and people seem to be content.

Interesting that fire has been banned in so many places. There really should be an open fire pit at every park where people can come start a public fire. It doesn’t cost much if anything to do. If the council is paranoid they can put in lights and security cameras, but each suburb needs a fireplace where people can walk to from their house and talk to other people there.

There should be a spot within walking distance for car camping so travelers can pull in for the night. Again, use cameras for security and at popular spots restrict the stay to 2-3 nights, but the cost is so minuscule and the enhancement to the living environment and peoples happiness is huge.  There is really no excuse for this not to be in every suburb across Australia.

Again, the re-realisation….. Minimise material things, reduce shininess, organise life to spend 3-4 hours a day with others being bored. Do more communal fire places.

The first 3 minutes.

We were out at a party last night and whilst walking up the stairwell to the top floor we ran into one of the guitarists. He said hi to us and the usual name exchange went on. And then that first question most people ask was different.

Glen asked “What’s your passion?”

Such a better question than “….. and what do you do?”

Glens passion was making music and he was presently writing a screenplay.

For many it’s a much more difficult thing to answer. My passion at the moment is designing and building planes. Dana actually paused and because she took so long to answer I answered for her saying “Pilates”. Even though this was totally the wrong answer., it took her till now (the next afternoon) to answer.

Either way. It’s a great question to ask next time you meet someone new. “What’s your passion?”

Stupid questions?

Just wondering. If I have a friend who owns a business who makes say shovels. Shovels for digging holes like plumbers use. They make a good quality shovel at a fair price. In fact my friend has a decent sized factory making shovels. They produce 2000 of them a week. The workers there work a 37.5 hour STANDARD work week with 4 weeks holiday, 2 weeks sick leave, 10 days of public holidays per year. They get paid a wage that they can live on and even buy a house in their own country on if they show a good solid savings record for a couple of years. They also get an extra equivalent 1/10th of their wages put into superannuation so when they are old they have something as a backup if they’re not so good at finances themselves.

(a) Now if an overseas company from a communist country starts selling shovels in Australia at half the price how should my friend compete?

(b) Should he start paying those staff the same as communist wages?

(c) Or should his staff work 70 hours per week for the same wages with minimal holidays?

(d) To help my Aussie mate and all the workers at that company, what would happen if we taxed the imported product so it was just a bit more expensive than the local one?

(e) What would happen to the money from the tax on those imports?

(f) Because my friends shovel company makes a lot of shovels per week, he involves a lot of other indirect employees. The chippies, plumbers, sparkies, etc to build and maintain the factory? The accountants and bookkeepers to do the books. The truck drivers, freight handlers. The HR people to do the hiring and firing. The marketing, graphic design and advertising people to promote the shovels. The  engineers to design, build and maintain the production machinery. The IT people to keep the computer systems running smoothly. The teachers at Tafe, University, High Schools whom taught all the above people how to do what they know. How many other staff does it indirectly affect?

(g) What is the difference between a politician who is not answering and resolving the above questions and someone who is on the dole?