Stand up Australia – March in March 2017

The March is on again. Dedicated people are in the final days organising for the Stand up Australia – March in March, 2017  when people from all over the country are coming  together to protest the Turnball government and it’s bad policies.

People have had enough. Enough of the cuts to the lowest income earner’s or the unemployed, enough to continuing on with the idea of coal mining or gas fracking, enough to locking up people indefinately in the middle of the ocean on an island and then disregarding the treatment each individual received as a fellow human brother or sister, enough to your lies of no cuts and next we hear cuts, enough of all your political party members involved in dubious financial affairs that they have either been sacked or stood down, enough to your lavish expensive do’s and party lunches or dinners to live up the high life, costing more than some of us get per year, enough of trying to forcibly control people’s finances without also providing services of support to assist in the recovery of people’s well being and enough of not letting people marry who they want.

On Saturday, in eight locations people from far and wide are coming together to give voice and to march in protest to the Turnball government. If you’ve had enough too and would like to march, details can be found at these links below or as per the meme details.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/maainterchange
Twitter: https://twitter.com/maainterchange
Website: http://bit.ly/2mO40Xi
There’s also a protest online option for those who can’t make a march and would like to show your protest. The idea is to make a sign, take a selfie or a photo of your sign and post to the facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/yourprotestonline or send via private message.

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Australia’s Election 2016

The longest election campaign in 50 yrs and yet here we are languishing in limbo waiting for a final result. We saw one of the most massive swings back to Labor picking up around 16 seats and Nick Xenophon did well too, and we ended up with One Nation Leader Pauline Hanson and Derryn Hinch in the senate. I wonder if this was the outcome Malcolm Turnball wanted. I doubt it.

It’s been a week since the election and the counting continues. The AEC has the LNP at 74 and ALP at 71 but the ABC has LNP at 74 too with ALP still at 66. The numbers keep going up and down as the counting is updated and there are still five seats that are still too close to call. These are Cowan in WA, Capricornia, Flynn and Herbert in Qld and Hindmarsh in SA.

But there’s been a few issues such as:

Outback communities miss out on voting
Complaints growing in WA’s north about late changes and limited polling options.

There was a mixup and voters were given the wrong ballot papers. In another polling center, they ran out of ballot papers.
Ballot mishap across four states.

They forgot to go to hospitals and nursing homes
“Patients miss voting in another AEC bungle.”

Defence force on exercise mission miss out on voting.
“Hundreds of soldiers miss out on voting.”

Glenn Lazarus, who missed out on winning his seat back, has now officially lodged a complaint with the AEC.

They are now relying on postal and absentee votes to determine the outcome results. It may not be until next week that a result is known.

It’s been a stinker for the LNP losing so many seats and a brilliant result for Labor winning so many seats back. It has balanced out the member ratio between LNP and Labor.

The test is with the Senate and how that is going to work out.

Where will it lead?  I think with the various discrepancies and there may be more we should go back to vote again if it wasn’t for the cost and time it would take to do it all over.  Bill Shorten has predicted we will be back to the polls before the years out.

The majority of Australians want an ALP (Labor) government. It’s actually quite obvious considering the Liberals and the Nationals have to form a coalition to make up the 76 seats needed for a majority government. Of course, ALP would need to get 76 seats also for them to do the same.

Bob Katter is funny. He has agreed to not block supply or confidence provided theirs no union bashing by Malcolm Turnball. Bob Katter has reserved his right to change his mind. Cathy McGowan has also said “Prime minister Malcolm Turnball and I have agreed that, while maintaining my complete independence, I am prepared to contribute to the stability of the 45th parliament by continuing with my past practice of supporting the government of the day on supply and matters of confidence.”

The government of the day may well be Labor too. The count is not over yet and we may end up going back to the polls. It’s happened before when there have been mistakes made and if enough people complain we may end up having to.

Without it, we die!

Not a single mention, not once. As if it’s not a world-wide topic with the evidence mounting up. All we get is a three-word slogan, “Jobs and Growth”, but no mention of climate change or renewable jobs, industry and investment.

From this budget, there was nothing towards these crucial areas, except for the Direct Action plan of giving Australian dollars away.

Lots of talk of company tax cuts, internships for our young to virtually work for nothing, and all the cuts from the previous budget to our hospitals, schools and families.

Where are the LNP government on Climate Change or are they living in a different reality or on a different planet? I’m not sure which.

How could they leave such a crucial, and important topic out of the budget? Lots of talk about submarine building, defence spending but nothing for the one thing every single life species on earth depends on.

The Environment! Without it, we die!

Well, it was expected. These members on this side of the political spectrum are anti-science and anything else that makes the soul flourish.

“Jobs and Growth”, “Innovation and Ideas”, they are laughable.

Promising the world in one hand and taking the foundations with the other.

Even I could see the potential in a more sustainable delivery of energy and another area where jobs would be created.

What the LNP may not grasp yet, is that the renewable industry is here now and it’s going to take over from the old way of energy production to the new way, with or without them.

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