Australian Left using Super Saturday results to sabotage the economy


The Super Saturday results, in which five bi-elections were held as a result of the citizenship fiasco in the Australian parliament, has provided a public boost for the ALP. The Federal Coalition had been hoping to pick up a seat, but gained none and instead saw swings against them.

The ABC has leapt into action, declaring it a vindication of Bill Shorten’s leadership:

“The Super Saturday by-elections have washed away lingering doubts about the longevity of Bill Shorten’s leadership, just as they have cast away any remnant temptation for the Prime Minister to go early to a general election…

“Serially underestimated by foe and friend, the Labor leader will enter the last few months of this parliamentary term firmly believing he has the pitch right, on health, hospitals, education and tax.”

That bit at the end, about tax, is very important. We’ll return to that shortly.

At the Australia they are still shilling for Malcolm Turnbull:

“Malcolm Turnbull has maintained his commanding lead over Bill Shorten as the nation’s preferred prime minister, despite Labor holding all of its seats in the weekend’s by-election.

An exclusive Newspoll conducted for The Australianshows Mr Shorten now presiding over the longest period of disapproval for an opposition leader since the mid to late-1980s when John Howard was leader of the Liberal Party.

Labor’s thumping win in the Queensland seat of Longman on Saturday is not reflected in the ­national poll, which did not find any shift in voter support back towards Labor. The 10 per cent primary vote swing against the Liberal National Party in the Longman by-election lies in stark contrast to the national scene, with the Coalition increasing its primary vote to 39 per cent to open the gap to three points over Labor…

It is also the second poll to record a 19-point gap between Mr Turnbull and Mr Shorten on the question of leadership.”

The article also states however that the Coalition is still behind 51-49 on the two-party-preferred split. That is Turnbull’s 37th loss in a row, well past the benchmark he himself set of 30 losing Newspolls as a reason to oust Abbott.

The most important figure however is still the percentage of voters who remain undecided – 23%. This indicates that the time is right for a political figure to strike a bold new path for Australia, as voter dissatisfaction with the major parties is at an all time high. The big issue is immigration. If the Liberal Party is prepared to go harder on the issue rather than sending mixed messages, it could possibly regain its conservative base.

Instead, the Coalition are stuck with a leader who conservatives do not like and do not trust, leading a party that is lilting heavily to the left while trying to signal occasionally to the right.

Back to tax.

The left are making the case that one of the reasons the Coalition failed is because its proposed tax cuts, essential if we are to remain competitive with a booming US Trump economy, are “giving” money to big business and the big four banks:

“And it’s on delivering corporate tax cuts — where Turnbull has unfinished business in the Senate — that the Coalition may now have cause to reconsider.

“The past 10 weeks of campaigning has only affirmed among ALP strategists the effectiveness of Labor’s constant riff about the Turnbull Government’s tax cuts to the “top end of town”.

A Coalition figure says his side needs to cauterise this — and quick.

“We have become the defenders of the big banks. We protected them from the royal commission, want to give them tax cuts,” he said.”

Labor stalwarts, old and current, are sticking to this line:

“The Coalition can’t win the election with a policy that gives $17 billion to the Big Four banks. That idea infuriates Australians and they will never vote for it.”

This does not make sense. Tax cuts for business does not mean that the government is giving the public’s money (this is surely what is implied, and is a very clever lie) to the top end of town. It means that the government will steal less from the engine that powers the economy. The Trump tax cuts are the reason why the American economy is booming. It will see industry return to the US, and along with the brutal renegotiation of trade treaties, will bring about a rebalancing of the global economic order.

Australia must follow suit if it is to compete, but Labor don’t care about any of this. It fits in too perfectly to their Marxist narrative of class warfare. Electoral gold, economic toxic waste.

The Liberal Party must indeed “cauterise this – and quick.” But if it does so by effectively taking on Labor Party economic policy (again), it will be devastating for the Australian economy.

Photo by Sidneiensis

  • John Sheppard

    I find it amazing how so few can see the direct impact of Trump’s tax cuts on the US economy, and not see the value in doing the same here!

    If you want Australians to succeed, get the government out of their lives!

    • Australians aren’t corporations, they’re individuals.

      Ordinary Australians need tax cuts and government out of their lives. Banks that are still working hard to screw them do not.

      • John Sheppard

        Who said Australian’s are corporations? In any case, as individuals a lot of us work for businesses that pay a lot of tax. As we have seen in the US, most businesses aren’t out to screw their employees, so when they received the tax cut a lot of US businesses provided bonuses to their workforce.

        So reducing tax for business will give them more incentive to invest, or for others to start new businesses and employ more Australians. Banks are on notice with the royal commission, and provided they are held to account then I have no problem with them being part of the tax cuts. Otherwise they are less inclined to provide loans for business to grow, so we all suffer as a result.

        Why Labor has decided to screw business, and sell the concept they are for the workers makes no sense. You are shi*ing in your own bed.

        • This is why democracy is flawed.

          You’ve happily placed yourself in a “conservative” labelled corner and believe you’re fighting the “progressives” over there.

          And you’re predicting things based on progressive logic i.e. not based on human nature but the way you want it to be.

          You champion your own demise.

          • John Sheppard

            I am unsure how you got to where you are from what I said… I am curious, what are you suggesting should happen to avoid “championing my own demise”?

  • Tax cuts for corporations will help that section of the economy that wants to keep immigration and house prices at their current ridiculous levels. A great unearned reward for the rent seekers.

    Tax cuts for individuals would lower personal debt levels for more Australians and presumably also lead to more money being spent locally.

    I know which one I would want.

    Tax is used to control us. No government spends within its means. Reducing the burden on the individual should always be the priority.

    • thegentlemantroll

      I’m not fans of corporate australia either, but as tempting as it might be to punish them, company tax cuts will entice more companies to set up in Oz and existing ones to expand. The employment vacancies widen, the unemployment rate goes down, the employees can tart bidding for higher prices. Trump is doing a good job of showing you can have a low-tax economy and tough immigration. What we need to do is expose the skills-shortage lie. There’s no way we need Indians being our Deliveroo drivers.

      • We’re not competing with America, ffs. Tax cuts for triple parentheses investors should not be a priority.

        We’ve never had a skills shortage. We’ve always had an honesty shortage in government and a surplus of greed at the big end of town and medical colleges.

        Look at all the triple parentheses names running our banks, insurance and retail giants. They’re doing very well financially as they advocate for homo marriage and a bigger browner Australia.

        • thegentlemantroll

          So I take it you’re with the ALP in conflating a company tax cut with giving money to the big greedy banks? I’m sorry but it sounds like you’ve fallen for the great media lie of the moment, peddled by career unionists, journos and pollies, in other words the most parasitic and least productive members of our society.
          This is not about competing with America, this is about us not being a slave state to foreign players who sell us their stuff and keep the profits.
          If you want Australians buying Australian goods and working in Australian businesses that keep profits in Australia then you need a tax system that allows Australian companies to exist.
          If you ever want to see another Holden in Australia then you need to make it economically worthwhile for such a company to set up and make stuff here. Big Business isn’t all just about bankers in suits and hyphenated last names. We need to be a strong independent country, and that’s one that doesn’t depend on foreigners for the goods and services, which in turn allows us to be blackmailed by foreigners. Japan and South Korea have numerous world-beating brands and they aren’t swamped by third world migration.

          • None of which is being offered. By any side of politics.

            “If only we remove Saddam, there will be positive repercussions in the region.”

            Money in the everyman’s pocket is money in his pocket. Stop pretending anything else is being offered. It isn’t.

          • thegentlemantroll

            Your answer makes no sense. How about this. High tax = company pays more for tax and less for employees. That’s less money in the workers pocket. Or how about this: high tax = company closes down or offshores = no money in the workers pocket.

            And I don’t know what you’re on about bringing the Iraq war into all this. Were you trying to navigate to the abc website and wind up here by mistake?

          • You also prove that democracy is a waste of time.

        • thegentlemantroll

          My initial reply to this vanished so I’m re-writing.

          It’s a left wing lie that the tax cuts only benefit rich bankers and merchants. As it stands Australia has no local production outside of agriculture. None. This is in large part because our company tax rate sucks and no one has any incentive to start a company here that produces goods or services. As a result we are not truly independent but a patsy of larger foreign players. A strong, healthy and independent nation can produce its own goods and services without relying on material or human imports. If you want another Holden, you have to incentivise and not punish people with money who want to invest locally.

  • thegentlemantroll

    Liberal Party post-election analysis: we’re not left wing enough!

  • thegentlemantroll

    Well spotted on the tax lie. It’s not the governments money. It’s our money and the company’s money that we give to governmemt

  • Ralphy

    Well said David. The head of the snake needs to go first on both sides. The most leftist and abysmal of choices in my time.

  • Daniel Watts

    With the major parties 1st preference vote at historic lows, it may well be plausible that a super coalition of minor conservative parties could well shake the two party status quo off its foundation. Would love to see that.

  • 9x19parabellum

    Shooters and fishers, PHON, conservatives, Australia First, LDP need to merge. Otherwise we will have bull shitten and we’re dead in the water if we get him.

  • entropy

    It’s not about tax, it’s about culture. The coalition is splitting the conservative vote by capitulating to the alt-left.