Taxation reply

Dear Mr Russell
On behalf of Mr Tehan, thank you for your email.
Please be assured Mr Tehan has read your email and appreciates your concerns.
Mr Tehan has forwarded your email to me to respond on his behalf on this occasion to
advise that he has made representations to the Treasurer, the Hon Scott Morrison,
with your suggestions concerning tax reform.
Upon receipt of the Minister’s reply, Mr Tehan will write to you.
Thanks again for bringing your views to Mr Tehan’s attention.
Regards

Electorate Officer
lizzie.hallam@aph.gov.au

190 Gray Street Hamilton VIC 3300
T: 03 55721100
Toll Free: 1300 131 692
M1 19 Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600
T: 02 6277 7820

The taxation System

To the honorable member for Wannon Mr Dan Tehan,

Firstly congratulations upon your re election.

I believe strongly the taxation system in Australia is broken and needs changing. I understand the government is seeking change also. As a elector in Wannon I would like to share with you some ideas for change.

Firstly by increasing the tax free threshold to the minimum wage threshold.

Increasing the amount that people on all forms of government pensions can earn before their benefits are effected to the minimum wage threshold.

Increasing the GST to 15% with no exceptions.

Abolishing mandatory tax returns for individuals earning under the minimum wage

Making middle/high income earners responsible for their own taxation payments

Making middle/high income earners responsible for their own superannuation payments.

Allowing small business to have an “account” to pay their tax into as often & or irregularly as needed over a 12 month period. With negative amounts having a 3month grace after the EOFY to be paid. Positive amounts an indefinite credit. Tempered by the “trading insolvently” clause in the company act. This will also some what relieve the paper work compliance on small to medium businesses.

Creating a “safe haven” for assets of all kinds. Where assets in the “safe haven” are unable to used for collateral for leveraging nor are they available to debtors if they are in the declared safe haven. This available only to individuals who hold assets in their name, “think roof over our head kids in school ideal”, not corporate structures.

I believe by changing the taxation system of mainly the lower income portion of society that will have the greater of all effect for good and will reinvigorate the economy in many positive ways.

Thank you for taking the time to read my suggestions and concerns.
.
Regards

Cameron Russell

This post is part of the “My Wannon Electorate Project”. The Democratic process is a two way street. We in Australia are obliged to vote for federal, state and local governments. This is my way to engage with the people who are elected to represent me in the various tiers of Government. @3373 @DanTehan @Louisestanley @MichaelOConnor #3373 ‪#‎DanTehan‬ ‪#‎Louisestaley

TEST

A new post about stuffy and thingy things

 

Your vote matters the least.

Well it seems like the right time to say it your vote matters the least.

Nah hear me out…

Geeze mate could ya stop shouting for a sec?!!

Nah! NAH! Mate shut up and listen will ya?

Once in every few years you get to vote, state, federal, local some cases there are two people in some levels who are your representatives, YOUR REPRESENTATIVES!!!

This post is part of the “My Wannon Electorate Project”. The Democratic process is a two way street. We in Australia are obliged to vote for federal, state and local governments. This is my way to engage with the people who are elected to represent me in the various tiers of Government. @3373 @DanTehan ‪@Louisestanley‬ ‪@MichaelOConnor‬ #3373 #DanTehan ‪#‎Louisestaley‬

Let’s talk about social welfare also

Social welfare is a very important part of a government’s function, I think. Without it society breaks down and bad things happen.

The reason for social welfare, on a very pragmatic level is that if you don’t look after people, then they become a very big and even more expensive problem for the rest of society. It is also worth remembering one day it maybe you too, also.

So to recap…

Dan Tehan is my Federal member for Wannon, I can vote for him or not, so I try and keep up with what he is saying.
In his opinion piece, Dan Tehan (Australian Financial Review, October 19, 2015) threw around some ideas about taxation. He didn’t state any particular preferences but he did put out some examples that are happening elsewhere in the world.

“In the United Kingdom they have started to cut at the bottom and David Cameron has promised to lift the tax free threshold, the Personal Allowance, to £12,500 by 2020. The aim is to then align the minimum wage with the tax-free threshold, effectively making the minimum wage tax free.”
Then later in the opinion piece he quoted “For those on the minimum wage [in Australia}, which the Productivity Commission puts at $33,327”

So moving on…

So for this premise let’s raise the tax free threshold for the pension, new start (the dole) and Austudy to $33,337 per annum, minimum wage.

So this means that people on a benefit can get work and earn up to $33,337 if they want to.
While still being paid their benefit

The benefit will decrease dollar for dollar if they earn above to $33,337.
People earning over $33,328 should still pay the 19% tax rate for the amount earnt between $33,328 to $37,001. The difference being $3673 per annum with tax payable of $698 per annum or $13.42 per week just to be constant 😉

Anyway here goes…

We will work with new start as an example, the lowest payment is $523.40 per fortnight, $261.7 per week or $13608.40 per year

A) So $33,327 minus the tax free threshold of $18,200 ($33,3270- $18,200) = $15,127

B) If you add $13608.40 the tax free threshold of $18,200 = $31808.4

The difference between the two (A&B) is $1518.6 per year or $29.21 per week.

By encouraging people on benefits to earn up to an additional $19718.60 per year or $379.00 per week they would very likely spend it on living expenses and generate GST tax.

The work commitment for this could mean between 16 to 20 hours of paid work or less depending on the pay rate offered for the work done.

So at $13608.40 the maximum Gst generated by this person would be $1360.84 per year, 26.17 per week.

So at $33,337 the maximum Gst generated by this person would be $ 3333.70per year, $64.11 per week.

That could equate to a maximum of $1970 per year or $37.94 per week additional GST tax revenue per person on benefits. No Dole blugders there, they are paying their way!

Another way to look at it, we could be, (at a maximum) reducing the amount paid out by the government by 14.2% on welfare. Unlikely but a fellow can dream. Even if this amount was half it would be close to what the government spends on National Defence. 1% or 2% saving on the social benefit budget would be amazing.

While this does have some great multiplier effects:-
A better standard of living for those on benefits
Potentially Better health outcomes
Potentially Better education outcomes
More people in work
More money being spent
Lower administration costs for businesses
Lower administration costs for Government agencies
Simplified taxation process
More regular income for the government
There are no tax dodgers

And there are no Dole bludgers/scammers either ! And that was always bullshit anyway, as a society we need everyone.

This post is part of the “My Wannon Electorate Project”. The Democratic process is a two way street. We in Australia are obliged to vote for federal, state and local governments. This is my way to engage with the people who are elected to represent me in the various tiers of Government. @3373 @DanTehan ‪@Louisestanley‬ ‪@MichaelOConnor‬ #3373 #DanTehan ‪#‎Louisestaley‬

Lets talk about Tax baby, you and me

I like tax, I see how it works and I’m not against tax.

Dan Tehan is my Federal member for Wannon, I can vote for him or not, so I try and keep up with what he is saying.
In his opinion piece, Dan Tehan (Australian Financial Review, October 19, 2015) threw around some ideas about taxation. He didn’t state any particular preferences but he did put out some examples that are happening elsewhere in the world.

“In the United Kingdom they have started to cut at the bottom and David Cameron has promised to lift the tax free threshold, the Personal Allowance, to £12,500 by 2020. The aim is to then align the minimum wage with the tax-free threshold, effectively making the minimum wage tax free.”

Then later in the opinion piece he quoted “For those on the minimum wage [in Australia], which the Productivity Commission puts at $33,327”

So for this premise let’s raise the tax free threshold to $33,337 per annum, minimum wage.

People earning over 37,001 should still pay the 19% tax rate for the amount earnt between $18,200 to $37,001, take it or leave it, just my opinion.

People earning over $33,328 should still pay the 19% tax rate for the amount earnt between $33,328 to $37,001. The difference being $3673 per annum with tax payable of $698 per annum or $13.42 per week just to be pedantic 😉

Anyway here goes…

So $33,327 minus the tax free threshold of $18,200 ($33,3270- $18,200) = $15,127 taxable income. At the 19% tax rate that equals a maximum of $2874.13 per year of $55.28 per week.

That would equate to a maximum of $141,516,800 in tax per year (12.8 million workers, 20% pay this tax rate = 2,560,000 people paying $55.28 per week ( maxium)

If you deduct 10% for personal savings off $33,327 you get $29,994.30

$29994.30 would be the maximum spent per individual per year on good and services (GST)

The GST payable on $29994.30 goods and services provided to these people could be $2999.43 per year or $57.68 per week per person on average.

That would equate to a maximum of $147,664,246.16 in GST tax per year (12.8 million workers, 20% pay this GST rate = 2,560,000 people paying $57.68 per week ( maxium)

This would equal to a net gain for the government of $6,147,446.16 per year.

While this doesn’t sound much it does have some great multiplier effects.

A better standard of living for those in that income bracket
Potentially Better health outcomes
Potentially Better education outcomes
More people in work
More money being spent
Lower administration costs for businesses
Simplified taxation process
More regular income for the government
There are no tax dodgers
And there are no Dole bludgers/scammers either but I will save that for my next post…

This post is part of the “My Wannon Electorate Project”. The Democratic process is a two way street. We in Australia are obliged to vote for federal, state and local governments. This is my way to engage with the people who are elected to represent me in the various tiers of Government. @3373 @DanTehan ‪@Louisestanley‬ ‪@MichaelOConnor‬ #3373 #DanTehan ‪#‎Louisestanley‬ ‪#‎MichaelOConnor‬ I hope you do the same because by talking to each other, we can understand each other better and make our world a better place

Read the Whole article here…

http://www.dantehan.com.au/2015/10/opinion-income-tax-at-its-use-by-date/
Some of the data I accessed for this post
http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/Latestproducts/6306.0Main%20Features3May%202014?opendocument&tabname=Summary&prodno=6306.0&issue=May%202014&num=&view=
http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/lookup/4102.0main+features202014
http://www.tradingeconomics.com/australia/personal-savings
http://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/enablers/centrelink/newstart-allowance/payment-rates-for-newstart-allowance
http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/Latestproducts/6105.0Feature%20Article55July%202014?opendocument&tabname=Summary&prodno=6105.0&issue=July%202014&num=&view=

A message from the Special Minister of being Un-Australian…

When is a lobbyist not a lobbyist?…

When it is a small media company hired for propaganda purposes of course!!

prop·a·gan·da
ˌpräpəˈɡandə/
noun
noun: propaganda; noun: Propaganda
  1. 1.
    derogatory
    information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view.
    “he was charged with distributing enemy propaganda”

Social media does have a few faults, shocked you are but it is true.

One of them is that a propagandist, a person or people who are paid to influence opinion, can create social media pages, easily, to promote a particular political agenda and spin on events, anonymously. Why is that an issue? Because they are trying to manipulate us and they are being sneaky about it.

As an example, The government of the day, could pay a private media company to promote their agenda in a particular electorate, ie make the government look good to the people in that electorate.That media company would not be answerable to anybody because they are neither a lobbyist nor a government spokesperson.

There are rules about what the governments can say to us, I.E. they have to tell the truth. They have to be responsible for what they say and at the end of each advertisement they need to have a disclaimer,  “spoken by …. authorized by the Minister for…” so we the electorate, know what is what and said by who and it can be checked.

There are rules about who and how people are paid to influence the government,  they are called, lobbyist. Whats a lobbyist? “Lobbyist” means any person, company or organization who conducts lobbying activities on behalf of a third party client. Read more  here 

They have to follow a code of conduct which is a good thing if… “In performing this role, Lobbyists and Government Affairs Directors have a duty to act ethically, transparently, according to the highest standards of professional conduct and in accordance with probity requirements” More here

Clever little media companies have no such rules to follow. Especially if they are employed by the government of the day.

So how can you tell if a social media post is propaganda? There are a few things you can spot easily :-

  • they make a political party sound like they care about an issue in a way that makes you feel good about the story they are feeding you.
  • there will be pictures of cute animals in a way that makes you feel good about the story they are feeding you.
  • there will be pictures of cute children in a way that makes you feel good about the story they are feeding you.
  • there will be of pictures very handsome men and beautiful young women in the post that makes you feel good about the story they are feeding you.
  • This is the key indicator, you CAN NOT find out who wrote the post or started the page no matter how hard you try.

Why is this important?

Simply put, They are being lying, manipulative, condescending, smart arses, who think we are too stupid to spot what they are up too, so we we will do as they want. Screw them that just UN-Australian.

 

This post is part of the “My Wannon Electorate Project”. The Democratic process is a two way street. We in Australia are obliged to vote for federal, state and local governments. This is my way to engage with the people who are elected to represent me in the various tiers of Government. @3373 @DanTehan ‪@Louisestanley‬ ‪@MichaelOConnor‬ #3373 #DanTehan ‪#‎Louisestanley‬ ‪#‎MichaelOConnor‬ I hope you do the same because by talking to each other, we can understand each other better and make our world a better place

 

Setting the Tone

There are no kittens involved in this post

Are you the reason Mr Abbott was elected by His party to be OUR prime minster? Is it because you didn’t engage with your local Member, and or political parties and say “Shit no, not him!!”

For those of you that see politics as some type of sport, to cheer and boo, you need to realize that you are being played for fools by the media and the two major political parties. Don’t be told, do the telling. You is the people, not fools.

The next lot may be no better, best you engage, best you talk to them, talk and convince others, listen, learn engage, compromise to a point, fight when you have too. Democracy, of the people, by the people for the people. You is the people, not spectators

Please remember that while Mr Abbott is no longer our prime minister his actions and influences still have to play out in the world for, in some cases, years into future. He was  no lone gun man, wild card, he got there with the help of some and the silence of many. You is the people, do not be silent.

He has not gone anywhere, he is still in Parliament and votes on behalf of his electorate You is the people,  best you engage now because if we did then, he would never have been the prime minister of Australia. That is our shame.

This post is part of the “My Wannon Electorate Project”. The Democratic process is a two way street. We in Australia are obliged to vote for federal, state and local governments. This is my way to engage with the people who are elected to represent me in the various tiers of Government. @3373 @DanTehan ‪@Louisestanley‬ ‪@MichaelOConnor‬ #3373 #DanTehan ‪#‎Louisestanley‬ ‪#‎MichaelOConnor‬ I hope you do the same because by talking to each other, we can understand each other better and make our world a better place

Social media political ranter’s, I love you but…

My dear and most loved social media political ranter’s, I love you but you are going about it all wrong and it is painful to watch. Search the following tags to help you get you head around it, so you know what I mean 🙂

First dog on the moon rocks! @yourlocalrepresentative @yourstaterepresentative @yourstaterelegislativeassemblyrepresentative @yourFederalrepresentative @yoursenaterepresentative #austpol #democracymatters #beapartofit @aec

Politicians do care… about getting re-elected so chasing your vote is very important to them. So here are a few things you need to do and to understand to get your local, State or Federal representative’s attention and it is really simple. That is why they want to engage with you and hear what you have to say.

To do Number 1, First of all find out who they are. If you are not sure go to the Australian Electoral Commission website and use their search engine to find out, really easy. Copy their names and make sure you spell them correctly.

To Understand number 1, are your issues is it local, state or federal? You can tag all of them but they will care to varying degrees. I recommend being targeted, tag local representative for local issues, state for state and federal for federal. Easy as!

(Safety share:- If you have an opinion about another countries politics, feel free to have a rant but it will have no effect but you may get some “likes” at best.)

To do Number 2, Create your political tag. Encourage your friends in your local area to do the same; this is what it looks like… I live in (the name of your town, suburb or post code) @yourlocalrepresentative @yourstaterepresentative @yourstatelegislativeassemblyrepresentative @yourFederalrepresentative @yoursenaterepresentative

To understand number 2, most electorates for state and federal electorates in Australia have about 30,000 people in them. A safe electorate means the elected member would have a margin of say 5%+, about 1500+ votes and marginal seat could have as few as 1 vote to a few hundred. The more marginal the more likely they are going to care!

(Safety share:- It is the job of The Australian Electoral Commission to make sure this is the case so everyone’s vote has a similar value regardless of where you live.)

To do Number 3 you also can add #hashtags to define the topic you are particularly concerned about #norunningwithscissors #nunsthatlovebeefburgers and extra “Ats” @ to individuals or organisations that may care @scaredmummies or @nunsridingmotorbikes as examples.

To understand number 3, politics takes time. Be patient and persistent and people will start to listen or care enough to do something. Write at least 5 posts and any topic you are about. If after 15 years no one cares, maybe time to reconsider your opinion, just a thought.

(Safety share:- The Australian Electoral Commission are our democratic super heroes, respect to all of you girls and guys working there!!!)

To do Number 4 is one of the fun bits. After a few months of rants search the @’s and # you have been using and see if anyone else is also. If there are then encourage them through their social media posts. There maybe none, there maybe a few just keep doing it. You will get there and your elected representative will take note and maybe do something because they search the name of their electorate and their names often.

Have a go you never know someone might listen for a change!

This post is part of the “My Wannon Electorate Project”.The Democratic process is a two way street. We in Australia are obliged to vote for federal, state and local governments. This is my way to engage with the people who are elected to represent me in the various tiers of Government. @3373 @DanTehan ‪@Louisestanley‬ ‪@MichaelOConnor‬ #3373 #DanTehan ‪#‎Louisestanley‬ ‪#‎MichaelOConnor‬ I hope you do the same because by talking to each other, we can understand each other better and make our world a better place.

Federal Election 2013 at the Beaufort polling booth

The results for the Federal Election 2013 at the Beaufort polling booth

Candidate :- CORBETT, Therese, Party :- Australian Christians, Votes :- 7, % of total Votes :- 0.62%

Candidate :- BARLING, Michael, Party :- Australian Labor Party, Votes :- 408, % of total Votes :- 36.14%

Candidate :- EMANUELLE, Tim, Party :-The Greens, Votes :- 81, % of total Votes :- 7.17

Candidate :- JOHNSON, Chris, Party :-Sex Party, Votes :- 29, % of total Votes :- 2.57%

Candidate :- HABERFIELD, Craig, Party :- Family First Party, Votes :- 12, % of total Votes :- 1.06%

Candidate :- TEHAN, Dan (Elected), Party :-Liberal, Votes :- 536, % of total Votes :- 47.48 %

Candidate :- FERGUSON, Bradley Ian, Party :-Palmer United Party, Votes :- 56, % of total Votes :- 4.96%

Candidate :- …… Party :-Other 0 0.00

FORMAL Votes 1,129, % of total Votes :- 94.16%
INFORMAL Votes 70, % of total Votes :- 5.84 %

TOTAL Voters 1,199
http://results.aec.gov.au/…/HousePollingPlaceFirstPrefs-174…

‪#‎Dantehan‬ ‪#‎federalliberalparty‬ ‪#‎Federallabourparty‬

This post is part of the “My Wannon Electorate Project”.The Democratic process is a two way street. We in Australia are obliged to vote for federal, state and local governments. This is my way to engage with the people who are elected to represent me in the various tiers of Government. @3373 @DanTehan ‪@Louisestanley‬ ‪@MichaelOConnor‬ #3373 #DanTehan ‪#‎Louisestanley‬ ‪#‎MichaelOConnor‬ I hope you do the same because by talking to each other, we can understand each other better and make our world a better place.