Why Aston went to Labor? Some propositions.
10 Years of Liberal/National Coalition.
1/ Tony Abbott lied about not changing Pensions, Medicare and funding for the SBS and ABC the night before the election. A slow burn to realisation of his lies.
2/ The 2014 Austerity budget.
3/ The expansion of offshore processing and the Secret Stop the boats Policy. Scott Morrison in Charge.
4/ The repeal of the Carbon Price which was working. The refusal to believe in Climate change.
5/ The closing down of Australian car Manufacturing with the loss of 200,000 jobs and skill base.
6/ The 2015 Budget which introduced a) the cashless debit card trials for Aboriginal parts of Australia, b) The changes to the way Assets are treated in the Aged Pension put 400,000 pensioners under the poverty line and c) The introduction of the Debt compliance initiative which became known as ROBODEBT. Scott Morrison in Charge.
7/ The destruction of a decent NBN network by Abbott and Turnbull and the silencing by intimidation of decent ABC reporting on the subject. Leaving Australians with a second class system. Not fit for purpose and expensive as hell for the user.
8/ The slow destruction of medicare by freezing the indexation of the rebate for doctors.
9/ Profligate spending on Grants and using grants funding as a way to get the Coalition reelected. Between 1 Jan 2018 and 21st May 2022 $88 billion was spent on Grants (Source Grants connect). www.thevogfiles.com analysed $7.4 Billion of these grants and showed that the majority of the funds were granted to Liberal, National and Supporting Independent electorates. See https://www.thevogfiles.com/rorts-central.html
10/ Profligate spending without Tender or reason with a grant to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation, an inconsequential organisation of 5 persons. $444 million awarded by Malcolm Turnbull
11/ Scott Morrison and his Gish Gabble approach to gaslighting the electorate non stop.
12/ Scott Morrison and his complete disregard for Australians being burned out whilst he Holidayed in Hawaii and coved up that holiday until he was found out.
13/ After the 2022 election the incumbent Alan Tudge and the further revelations about Alan Tudge and his extra Marital affair and the huge payout (again Secret) of $680,000 to the woman he had an affair with.
14/ After the 2022 election the constitution of the Robodebt Royal Commission and the evidence given by Alan Tudge which showed little remorse for the people his Government had caused so much harm to in the Australian Community. Highlighting the illegality of the scheme and the incompetence of the Coalition government which hurt vulnerable Australians so badly.
15/ Alan Tudge resigning in disgrace after giving his evidence at the Robodebt Royal Commission. In his Valedictory speech he said the thing he was most proud of was the changes to the social Security system.
Since Labor won in 2022. (10 Months).
16/ A Labor party who actually have policies and work with other parties proactively to help Australians by passing the following reforms.
a) Integrity. Passed the Integrity Bill to establish the National Anti Corruption Commission
b) Wages. Supported wage rises for low paid workers and it worked.
c) Climate change. Passed a Bill to Legislate the Climate change target.
d) Environment. Passed the Nature repair market Bill with the support of the NFF to protect the environment
e) Manufacturing. Passed a bill to establish the National Reconstruction fund. For Australian made and Australian jobs and skills.
f) Education. Early childhood education reform
g) Education. Upgrading skills shortages by fee free TAFE courses.
h) Climate change. Safeguard mechanism reforms passed through Parliament.
i) Wages and Social development. Passed the Gender Pay Gap Bill.
j) Cost of living. Negotiating a code of conduct with the Gas suppliers to help keep the cost of Gas lower in Australia than international markets.
k) Foreign Affairs. Repaired the relationship with France after the Coalition broke the contract for submarines.
l) Foreign Affairs. Repaired the relationship with Pacific Islands people which was fraught under the Coalition.