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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!!!

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Two federal, two State and one local.

So you have five people who are your representatives in our democracy.

Not to mention the politicians in opposition who would love to hear from you as well from all parties.

Every day you can call them, email them and write to them and voice your opinion and they have to at the very least listen. That is because if enough people say similar things they made need to act because THEY are OUR REPRESENTATIVES or we vote them out.

So really one vote every now and then is not that much considering what you can do everyday.

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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=

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

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.

State Election 2014 : Ripon District

State Election 2014 : Ripon District
First Preference Results by Voting Centre

Candidate: – TURNER, Scott, Party :- THE NATIONALS , Votes :- 129, % of total Votes :- 10.84%

Candidate: – MULCAHY, Peter, Party :- RISE UP AUSTRALIA PARTY , Votes :- 17, % of total Votes :- 1.43 %

Candidate: – McGLONE, Daniel , Party :- AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, Votes :- 429 , % of total Votes :- 36.05%

Candidate: – LEE, Mitchell , Party :- DEMOCRATIC LABOUR PARTY (DLP) , Votes :- 12 , % of total Votes :- 1%

Candidate: – STALEY, Louise , Party :- LIBERAL, Votes :- 421 , % of total Votes :-35.38 %

Candidate: – LOITERTON, Kevin , Party :- AUSTRALIAN CHRISTIANS , Votes :- 3 , % of total Votes :- 0.252%

Candidate: – MAY, Rod, Party :- AUSTRALIAN GREENS , Votes :- 66, % of total Votes :- 5.55%

Candidate: – DOMASCHENZ, Trevor, Party :- AUSTRALIAN COUNTRY ALLIANCE , Votes :- 11 , % of total Votes :- 0.924%

Candidate: – FOWLER, Danielle , Party :- FAMILY FIRST, Votes :- 21 , % of total Votes :-1.76 %

Informal votes 81

Total votes polled 1190
http://www.vec.vic.gov.au/…/FPVbyVotingCentreRiponDistrict.…

‪#‎lousiestaley‬ ‪#‎victorianliberalparty‬ ‪#‎victorianlabourparty‬

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.

Results for Pyrenees Shire Council Elections 2012 Beaufort Ward

Results for Pyrenees Shire Council Elections 2012

Beaufort Ward

Candidate: – O’CONNOR, Michael, Votes :- 745 , % of total Votes :- 67.36%

Candidate: – KENDALL, Julie Elizabeth F., Votes :- 361 , % of total Votes :- 32.64%

Total Enrolment: 1429

Formal Votes: 1106

Informal Votes: 30 (2.64% of the total votes)

Voter Turnout: 1136 (79.50% of the total enrolment)

Voters who did not vote 323 (22.60% of the total enrolment)

http://www.vec.vic.gov.au/Results/pyreneesresult2012.html#e2

‪#‎MichaelOConnor‬ ‪#‎Pyreneseshire‬

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 Liberalism

I shall nail my flag to the post, I wished there was a political party that held these ideals in Australia….Left-liberalism (Social Liberalism):

Individuals uphold individual liberty to run their own lives as they see fit, to run businesses ethically for a profit while excepting taxation of the market to provide social benefits for those in need.

They believe in universal free educational from kindergarten to university level.

They tend to see themselves as seeking balance between individual liberty and social justice, and to be in favor of multiculturalism, secular government, and international cooperation.

They believe in the rule of law that is compassionate and fair for all. While they are typically skeptical of state/federal involvement in social affairs, they nevertheless see a legitimate role for the state/federal in combating discrimination and ensuring equal treatment.

Thanks to the Washington Post for some the words.

‪#‎MichealOconnor‬ ‪#‎Louisestaley‬ ‪#‎DanTehan‬ ‪#‎HonourableMalcolmTurnbull‬ ‪#‎thepyreneeseadvocate‬ ‪#‎Wannon‬ ‪#‎Beaufort‬ @MichealOconnor @Louisestaley @DanTehan @HonourableMalcolmTurnbull @thepyreneeseadvocate

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

Operation Fortitude

If you live in Beaufort or surrounds and feel strongly about what happen today in Melbourne with Operation Fortitude please contact our Federal member and tell him you’re unhappy & Cam sent you

Just for an update, I received a call from Mr Dan Tehan’s office today. They said thank you for the email and they understood and noted my concerns. I did feel like they had listened and a tiny drop of feed back went the right way. Our power as an electorate, use it or lose it, I reckon.
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