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Abbott excesses unveiled

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Right now we are facing the excesses of Tony Abbott and his Liberal Party controlling both houses of Parliament.

No Australian should want any party obtaining absolute power in the parliament. Work Choices was the result of this last time.

Right now, Abbott continues to announce uncosted policies, promising a brighter future for all.

This is not true; his policies do favour certain groups, such as the most well-off, and by doing this he is guiding for a class and generational war.

He has committed to reducing the tax-free threshold from the current $18,600 to $6,000; with this he plans to abolish the superannuation top-up ($500) made available to low-income earners, and he is also looking to cut overtime and penalty rates.

Why would you want to hurt our most vulnerable, such as students, the elderly and single parents?

He has also announced an opposing paid parental leave scheme, although he advocated it was one of his few costed policies, he left out the fact it was going to partly be paid for by retirees.

Yes retirees, that is you, parents, your grandparents, those who are living week by week already, trying to survive upon their already stretched bank account balances.

I say how dare he. I could suggest you seek retribution by voting Labor, but within the last few months the Labor Party has shown it cannot be relied upon.

They have cut single-parent payments, cut university funding and reduced environmental program spending by one billion dollars.

Although they seem to care about some social issues by advocating for same-sex marriage, increased disability care and educational reform, all this is still at risk if Tony Abbott is handed power over our country.

I suggest you become acquainted with your local Greens candidate for your electorate and also for the Senate.

They have proven they stand with the community. They have revolutionised dental care in Australia, with every child being able to receive free dental care.

The clean-energy package has also revolutionised Australia by putting a price on pollution and allowing for the resourcing of a caring Australia through the provision of jobs in a future clean economy, tackling global warming, and helping our farmers and food production.

They also care for all Australians, through a costed and modernised health policy, that targets aged care, mental health, hospitals and preventative care initiatives in a manner that is comprehensive and easy to access.

Among these greats initiatives, they are also advocating for the protection of our unique environment. It seems as if they are the only party who wants to preserve the Great Barrier Reef, keep state hands off the EPBC Act 1999 and protect our natural world including our most endangered species from habitat loss, climate change, pollution, resource extraction and inappropriate development.

I think it is clear I will be voting for the Greens this election.

I want increased access to high-speed rail, more affordable housing, protection of my rights at work, responsible-gambling initiatives, quality and accessible childcare, an independent media sector, a first-class broadband network, a compassionate and caring society, a world-leading university and TAFE sector, stronger national environmental laws and a brighter and healthier Australia.

Now I ask will you stand with me to stand up for what matters. The Greens have a plan for a better Australia.

 

Adam Sharp, Pottsville


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