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Greg

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Treasurers meet to boost economy but Australians need government services as much as infrastructure. Focus should be on the inland to remove the inequality which has been created between it’s residents and capital city residents. Roads, rail lines, schools and hospitals plus government departments would provide ideal jobs for those currently employed in coal mining.

No more infrastructure or people for Sydney please.

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Greg

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who understands what will happen in a recession ? What do you think would be the greatest impact on you?
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What do we make of the article in the SMH today about nab and EY. Was there an article some time ago about EY  or some consultancy donating money to politicians or political parties and the same firm receiving big government contracts? Is there any connection that voters need to know about between politicians (elected to represent us, the voters), banks and big consulting firms ?

Who was responsible in Centrelink for allowing $1.8 billion in payments to be made to people who were not entitled to them? If that is not negligence, what is?
Why did a Liberal MP say that Robodebt notices could not all be reviewed by human eyes, when the government constantly talks about creating jobs? What a great job opportunity - making sure that government demands for money are accurate? Could Robodebt collection be deliberate extortion, making people pay money to the government, not because they owe it, but because they fear government victimisation if they do not pay?

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Barbara1

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All three factors influenced this disastrous outcome! Read SMH essay by Elizabeth Farrelly today online or in News Review Sat issue.
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Greg

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Yesterday lockouts were blamed for a drop in visitors to Sydney. Today the state Treasurer is reported to be wanting a special "minister" for attracting visitors to Sydney.
So  a Minister for getting people drunk or drugged then beating the living daylights out of each other in drunken brawls and killing innocent passers-by in the process.

Turning Sydney into a Cash Register to bleed tourists may boost business  profits and treasury but it also destroys it as a beautiful, safe city  for us and our children to enjoy. The  fact is that money does not need to rule our city and destroy our enjoyment.

Politicians and bureaucrats have already done enough damage by allowing the construction of manifestly unsafe & flammable high rise buildings to line the pockets of greedy property developers who do not care whether property buyers live or die. Profit is their sole purpose in life. For decades residents have protested this massive overcrowding of cities for super profits. Time for politicians to be brought to heel and heed the sensible concerns of residents. That will only happen when voters heed the recent advice of former National Party leader John Anderson and sack under-performing MPs.
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Pat1

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Developers and certifiers that have professional indemnity insurance. 

The government bureaucrats need to have their pay based on Key Performance Indicators!

And the government.

But not out of taxpayer funds.  People will not care till it hits their hip pocket.

Claims should be paid on the premise of "not fit for purpose"
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Greg

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Who is responsible for the collapsing high rise buildings and those with flammable materials?
a) the builders and developers who have made big profits by using cheap sub-standard materials
b) The government bureaucrats who have insisted on allowing sub-standard foreign materials into Australia to promote global "free trade", competing with quality Australian products
c) the politicians and political parties who have boosted immigration way beyond our natural increase to deliver profits to developers; forced unwelcome high density on residential communities;  removed local council control and scrutiny to cover up these flaws and allowed certifiers paid by developers to approve the buildings.
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Tania2

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I do agree that the Liberal party must now be pushed very hard to do more about the environment as they have a terrible track record. Land clearing and deforestation is destroying our valuable natural resources and unique flora and fauna... esp koala populations which are being decimated But I am not unhappy about the election. I used to consider myself a Labor voter but I didn't recognise this new Labor party which has moved too far to the left to try and capture Greens voters.
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Barbara1

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I have now congratulated my local member (who retained her seat once again for Labor).

We were very disappointed with the outcome of the election but have to say that there were SO many scares, deceptions, myths, lies and manipulations of the truth throughout much of the mainstream media and social media.

However the Opposition did not help themselves by putting out too many complex policies plus did not REFUTE enough of those many lies and scare campaigns along the way!

We DO need to keep the COALition ON THEIR TOES as to their REAL jobs of doing what the many surveys have shown the majority of the public wish for !
These DO include:
1. Addressing climate change with practical actions as soon as possible, such as going ahead with more renewable energy projects instead of more coal-fired power plants.
2. Addressing the need for more FUNDING for health areas (especially AgedCare homecare, NDIS, hospital waiting lists, dental health programs, cancer treatment and accessibility).
3. Public schools improvements via the documented GONSKI report (not being addressed).
4. Environmental degradation due to over-clearing, forestry abuse, drought outcomes, native fauna declines, bird declines (both due to habitat decline).
5. Sustainable employment so that people can feel secure enough to attain their own housing, educate their children well and hope for a productive life. Currently the level of full-time employment is the LOWEST ON RECORD at just 50% of jobs (many of which are now part of the gig economy with very erratic hours).

Personally I am very disillusioned with the COALition Govt who did very little to advance or improve living standards or environmental outcomes etc and thus doubt that much will be achieved in this next three years UNLESS we as voters really keep our fingers on the pulse and alert them often (a mammoth task)!

Barbara
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Greg

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now the elections are over the real job of getting good government begins.
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Bad news on the illegal drug front with the progression of addicts from Cannabis to ICE and serious reports from Canada of increased road crashes, mental illness & from our South Coast of domestic violence caused by drugs. What do we do about this fabulously profitable drug trade to reduce the cost on taxpayers and users' families? 
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Greg

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What do you think of the election result?
After all that campaigning, not much change?
Much ado about nothing?
Who owes who for what favours?
Really was it all just an illusion created by fake polling?
Was that intentional or accidental?
Whose speeches impressed you most?
Email your elected MP (new or old) with congratulations. It is a hard job no matter what people say about politicians. Just a nice word goes a long way to giving you good government attention when you want it.
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Greg

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Every so often a great Australian takes the political stage. Bob Hawke certainly filled that role and was greatly admire by voters of all persuasions. He has set a superb example for us to follow- enjoy life as much as possible and do our best to help others do the same. Don't let the media bully or guide us, but accept it as a form for exchange of information. Australia is a better place for Bob Hawke's role in it. Let us each do the best we can for our fellow Australians and our nation generally. Democracy is not a spectator sport but a  voter-driven form of government that can deliver excellent life-styles if we make it do so. Thank you Bob Hawke.
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Greg

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Why don't we establish a Hub around this issue to see how environmental matters are handled by the planning department? Then we can translate our views into election action by voters  rating the current NSW government monthly according to how they care for the  environment in their planning. Who would be interested. Could do for every feds.
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Barbara1

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I am incensed that the Environment Dept has been swallowed up by the Planning and Development Dept!  Seems a great way to disguse or forget about seriously needed issues which ARE affecting the health and wellbeing of our flora, fauna, lands, rivers, water tablesetc.  THESE ARE CRUCIAL to our future so this move by the Berejiklian Govt is ABHORRENT.
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