VOTERS NETWORK ACTION FORUM
Latest Topics Chat
 
 
 


Reply
  Author   Comment   Page 1 of 2      1   2   Next
Greg

Moderator
Registered:
Posts: 148
 #1 
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.
0
Greg

Moderator
Registered:
Posts: 148
 #2 
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.
0
Greg

Moderator
Registered:
Posts: 148
 #3 
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.
0
Barbara1

Registered:
Posts: 12
 #4 
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.
0
Greg

Moderator
Registered:
Posts: 148
 #5 
What do you think about the NSW election outcome and the federal budget?

Can you work out and write down what you would like the NSW and federal governments to achieve over the next 3 years. If so post it here or send it to admin@voters.network  .
0
Pat1

Hub Leader
Registered:
Posts: 19
 #6 
Donors should not be given government contracts.  That falls under bribery.


0
Pat1

Hub Leader
Registered:
Posts: 19
 #7 
I am tired of government paying for problems created by industries that create these problems while they earn huge profits.  Pill testing should be paid by people allowing drug taking at these events and those attending should understand that the entertainment is not worth the money they pay to see it if they have to take drugs to enjoy it. 

Let us create a generation that can make wise choices rather than mindless fun.
0
Greg

Moderator
Registered:
Posts: 148
 #8 
What do you feel about the huge losses people incur on poker machines? We are given the impression that without poker machines on which to lose money, people would not go to clubs and pubs. Is this another form of abuse usually born by other family members than the player? Is it as good a way for people to spend their earnings as any other?

Do we see someone in one bank robbing it of millions while the bank was too busy robbing customers to notice?

Should music festival organisers be required to provide and pay for pill testing out of festival revenue?
Should there be  very high penalty for people who distribute ICE eg $100,000 per dose? It might make it unprofitable and that might be a good idea. But what do you think?

What do you think of a  former NSW Labor MP being released from gaol on appeal against his conviction for public misconduct for granting a mining licence to a union official who is said to have made $6 million from the sale of shares related to the licence? How do we protect innocent ministers from injustice and the voters from political misconduct?

Is there equal good and bad in the fall of house prices, just as there was in the astronomical rises just gone?

Why would anyone live in Sydney or Melbourne when inland living is so much nicer and cheaper?

I reckon those in debt would be well advised to clear it as soon as possible and only spend what they can afford. It is very sad to see so many people lose what they have worked for years to pay off, because they cannot repay some additional debt.

Should the government give a political donor the right to build 500 home units in Western Sydney or anywhere else? Or should political donors be banned from government contracts and should any benefits they gain from government policy be seized by the government?

What do you think of the public releasing of a police informer's identity, by court order? There is talk of major criminal convictions being quashed, but surely isn't the real question whether they committed the crime, rather than whether their lawyer let police know about their criminal activities? Are we concerned to have an honest justice system (I think that failed a long time ago) or do we want criminals punished for their crime (which good lawyers mostly manage to prevent)?

We often blame government ministers for the abject failure of their departments. Often the people appointed minister have no clue at all about their portfolio. People say they can rely on the public service, but what if the department heads work against both the minister and the voters in the style of Sir Humphrey Appleby of "Yes Minister" and "Yes Prime Minister" fame? Perhaps we need to expand our focus to government departments and departmental heads to ensure we are receiving value for our tax money and trust.
YOUR VIEWS ON THESE PLEASE, PARTICULALRY IF YOU DISAGREE WITH THE ABOVE!




0
Greg

Moderator
Registered:
Posts: 148
 #9 
What do you think of Bankstown (& other) hospital abuse of young doctor and nurse trainees by working them very long hours to the obvious detriment of patient safety??

I have seen this for at least 20 years and it seems to get no better. Surely it needs to stop. It is partly government incompetence and neglect, partly a building of Sydney's population way beyond the ability of governments to provide the necessary services. Do most politicians simply not care at all? If so it may be time to make them care by Votergrams backed by strategic use of our votes. Most of Sydney will stand by those reliant on Bankstown Hospital. We are stronger together, weaker when divided.

Your thoughts please!!
0
Eva1

Registered:
Posts: 2
 #10 
To seek asylum is not illegal. The Aust Govt gave those on Manus and Nauru refugee status - that means they are not illegal immigrants.
0
Diane1

Registered:
Posts: 1
 #11 
Medivac.
Sorry Eva but but the people on Mannus and Nauru ARE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS.  They have been offered resettlement but refused as they only want Australia's extremely generous benefits (while we have homeless and drought affected and flood affected people and sick people in dire straights)
There are NO fences on Nauru, there are no children, no women.....a lot of the pictures you are seeing are not from Nauru....it is called fake news....
The illegal immigrants in Nauru have more doctors per population than we have in Australia AND being paid for by us the taxpayer.
The illegal immigrants have refused treatment on Nauru, again JUST so they can get to Australia.  Remember these people have passed safely through several countries before coming here illegally.
This is an absolute insult to the people of Nauru, the doctors and medical staff working there and to us the Australian taxpayer.
I could go on and on but I implore you to find out the truth.
0
Greg

Moderator
Registered:
Posts: 148
 #12 
On the guy who severely injured the police I think never to hold a licence or register a vehicle in his life and pay compensation to injured. Often (as with banks) government makes a fortune in fines out of crime while victims suffer injury, poverty and ruined lives. What do others think?
Agree on judges. They are just lawyers who know the law. They have not qualifications at delivering justice. Many have spent their lives supporting people who broke the law and getting them acquitted. MPs should set sentences; computers can find the law and precedents. Citizens on juries should be paid judges' rates and set the penalty too which should not be varied by a parole board to save costs.

Let's hear from more people so we can get a sense of what happens.

Speaking of Mt. Druitt, I ran a winning campaign there for the parents of runaway children. They were great people to work with and suffering some tough situations. We got DOCS and Police helping get families together rather than breaking them up and arranged a Senate inquiry for them. The kids were good too. Parenting course should be compulsory for all parents.
0
Angus1

Hub Leader
Registered:
Posts: 10
 #13 
Hi Greg,

My answers are yes, yes and yes.

Of course lifetime sentence may not necessarily be jail, as you say.

The other matter on my mind is this young guy who smashed into a police car (because he was texting at the time) ,should, no MUST get a jail sentence – even if only for one year.

Why ? Because texting whilst driving must be stamped out – and a potential jail sentence has a good effect on people.

The other matter regards the actual sentences themselves. I thought we had a ‘truth in sentencing’ law or rule.

It is a given that judges do lead an isolated, privileged, though stressful life; and it follows that they have probably never been to Mt.Druitt and seen how the majority live, and in that regard may be seen as somewhat out of touch with societies expectations.

I would think the best way to help judges issue sentences would be to have an govt. financed independent survey group, who’s task it is to glean from all sorts of sources (newspapers, editorials, TV, letters to the editor, radio shock-jock callers, social comment etc. etc.) just what the public feels about sentences handed down. Basic info. Could come from existing commercial survey groups which already do this for a range of matter (eg. Roy Morgan etc.)

In this way, the judge can assess the crime, refer to the latest ‘court survey figures’, and use this as a guide in handing down a sentence.

Yes, it would be just one more govt. expense, the cost of which is easily compensated for by judges handing down sentences that meet public expectations.

Cheers,

Angus D.
0
Greg

Moderator
Registered:
Posts: 148
 #14 
Today's Sydney morning Herald carries a terrible gang rape with violence story, as yet unproven and so maybe incorrect. Researching penalties I discovered that although the victim suffers trauma for life, the maximum penalty for the offender is 15 years gaol which is almost never given or served. Penalties have been reduced since the 1980s. No wonder some men think that rape is the best sex and that sexual violence is on the increase.

Who would support a lifetime  penalty (not necessarily full time gaol) for rape, or for rape with violence, or for gang rape?

Who would support a return to the term "rape" instead of the much softer "sexual assault"?

Who would support substantial compensation being paid by the offender to the victim (via the ATO)?
0
Angus1

Hub Leader
Registered:
Posts: 10
 #15 
So, on another matter - when was the last time a politician - any politician answered the question asked on the news or news magazine type shows on TV.
When was the last time you heard one of them answer with a "yes" or a "no"...... Leigh Sales last night was asking Peter Dutton a question which no politician has ever answered, and of course he didn't answer either.
You know, if they are really trying their hardest to pursue the aims of normal Australians and not pursuing their own agenda, they should be able to answer most (not all) questions posed. Why do they go on an investigative TV show, if they are not going to reliably inform the audience.
Hubrus, obfuscation, half truths, criticism of others, all seem to be the tools of trade for the current political class. Was it always this way ?
0
Previous Topic | Next Topic
Print
Reply

Quick Navigation:

Easily create a Forum Website with Website Toolbox.