A plan is a detailed set of intended actions for doing or achieving specific goals. In any other walk of life those presenting strategies with far-reaching consequences on people and budgets are expected to present a list of steps with timing and resources.
My fear is the Coalition are going to the 2 July Federal election with nothing but buzz words.
Federal election pre-poll voting centres opened last week and, if recent trends continue, over four million people will cast their vote before 2 July.
This election will be crucial for workers in making big choices about fairness. It is now clear that, once again, workers’ rights will be under attack from a Turnbull Coalition Government.
The Turnbull Government’s first budget failed to deliver for workers and few, if any, of their pro-business policy announcements made so far during this campaign will benefit TWU members.
If jobs and growth are so important, why have the Coalition flagged policies – like a GST increase and funding cuts to Medicare, public education and hospitals – that will make life more expensive for many Australians?
Why have the Coalition promised a $48 billion corporate tax cut without precisely explaining how these cuts will create jobs for Australian workers? If they had a good explanation they would be shouting it from the rooftops – their silence says it all.
The kicker is that these cuts will be partly funded by the introduction of an extra 15-per-cent exit tax on certain aspects of your hard-earned superannuation. CPA Australia have condemned these reforms after an internal poll of members found one in four accountants said 30-per-cent of their clients would be worse off. And all of this to feather the nest of already rich companies and shareholders – many of both based overseas. You just couldn’t make this stuff up.
Coalition visa rule and foreign ownership changes have allowed more foreign workers into Australia, while at the same time the Coalition have overseen an economy which has failed to support local businesses – something which would have saved local jobs and stopped a halt in growth. The list of failings for working people under Malcolm Turnbull’s Coalition is long, and ever growing. It overlooked the much-needed work of the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal, instead choosing to undermine safety and play politics. Like the Trade Union Royal Commission, and the renewed push for the re-establishment of the Australian Building and Construction Commission, the attack on the RSRT was about seeking to further attack the reputation and important role of the union movement in standing up for working people.
Whichever party gains power on or after 2 July, the basic principles of workers’ rights will still hold true. Solidarity. Strength in numbers. Collective action and support.
However, this election is critical to send a message that Australians deserve a government that will stand up for workers and their families, and not one whose only interest is in seeing the big end of town get further ahead.
And remember, many TWU (Vic/Tas Branch) members take a well-earned holiday from work when their kids are on school holidays. So if you are going to get away – don’t forget to vote, in an election this close you need to make it count.