In the links above I have made a political comparison spreadsheet because I’ve no idea who to vote for. However at the time of writing this, the making of this spreadsheet has been of little help except that I now know who not to vote for.
Can anybody please advise me which party most closely fits the first few policies in the spreadsheet?
Counting the parties here there are about 59 political parties in Australia at the Federal level. I’ve not the time to go through all of them at the moment, so if someone knows, please tell me?
Time to think.
We need time to think for ourselves. If you’re working greater than 50 hours per week plus travel time, plus getting ready for work plus an hour per day coming down after a hard day on the job, you’ve probably little time to think.
You need time to think. How is that possible with the above regime?
I was talking with a friend last night about climate change and the discussion was also brought up last weekend with other people. Yes it is important, but if you’ve no time to think about how you’re going to solve it, how would you solve it? Thus we’re back to the previous section about overworking.
4 hours at 100% perfect focus
I’ve quizzed people around the world about how many hours they can work a day. At first they all brag about what they can do, or just say what they do. A rephrase of the question to “How many perfect hours, at full steam, at perfect concentration, your best work, week in, week out, month after month year after year can you do a day?”
The answer is pretty much about 4 hours per day for 5 days per week.
Yes you can do bursts of 11hour perfect focus sessions, but not day in, day out. I personally have punched 18 hours work straight, on fire, what I consider top of my game action. When I look back on the months surrounding those times I still only average 4 hours per day of perfect work. 8 hours a day productivish, but a cumulative 4 at 100% perfection.
So why are we doing what we do? It’s madness. Most of us want to do awesome work, but we can’t when we’re tired, have no social life and are stressed. To improve on the quality of what we do, we need to think and with thought we need rest to process the thinking.
The writing is on the wall, Sweden is testing it, Switzerland is seriously talking about it. The UBI (Universal Basic Income) is coming because of automation. Thus the question, why are we working so many hours?
I will let you answer that? Everyone has a theoretical answer.
Talking to a school teacher last night he said the question amongst teachers is “What useful skills are we going to teach?”
They are seeing automation and 3D printing as changing the game to the point that humans won’t have to work much. I think we will still work, just on different things in different ways, but that’s my quick opinion without deep thought on the subject. Also the way I see us still working is not no possible for many.
Talking to this teacher last night he had a valid argument against protectionism being that 3D printing and automation will change industry so much, that protectionism of our current country is pointless. Reading “The Sovereign individual” by Mogg and “The Worldly Philosophers” by Heilbronner would back up his suggestion. Also when you understand how OMO (Open Market Operations) works in controlling the currency and how controlling interest rates affects everything, you might wonder, why bother? Why protect our workforce through import taxes and limiting work hours?
The reasons are:
- Because automation, 3D printing and blockchain are not quite working yet.
- By free trading with a communist country, you have to make your workforce work under the same work conditions as their work force for the same pay rates.
I’m not saying capitalism is the answer either. Go spend a couple of months in the most capitalistic country in the world and you will see how the extreme of capitalism is just as messed up as the extreme of socialism. Until about 20 years ago Australia was somewhere in the middle of both and it was quite good. Not quite as good as northern Europe, but pretty good. Remember that a quick way to judge how great a country is, is by the way the poor people live there.
Policies – not generalisations
So far the political parties I’ve looked at just make very general comments about all the different areas of government. Almost no promises (I’m not sure where promises are this year as I’ve seen none). None of them say “We will install this policy!”
Actually I looked back at the One Nation policy section on multinationals and they point to “By way of example, we would put a royalty of 20% on the value of gas taken at the wellhead using meters.”
“By way of example….” still not very firm to me. So it probably doesn’t count.
A bit of a lie really, isn’t it. If it were so we’d:
- Keep house block sizes big enough to have a back shed / garage to actually innovate something in. Less than 700sqm is not big enough.
- We’d remove provisional tax from self employed people. Why would you charge a person starting a business tax on money they’ve not earnt yet.
- Education would be free like it was 35 years ago and is in Sweden. It’s almost free in Germany.
- Austudy would be enough to live on and be available to all people regardless of age, sex, or where the family base city is.
- We’d tax imports to keep international products more expensive than ours, so that Australian workers could compete at Australian pay rates and not international pay rates or work hours.
- The NEIS scheme and business degrees would teach people how to setup companies and not be self employed.
Again, if there’s one of the ~59 or so parties which has REAL policies somewhere close to the spreadsheets above, could someone please let me know so that I may vote for a party with some balls to do something to help Australia in a real way.