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18th January 2018

Truck Safety - The urgent need for voter input

For 25 years from 1987 FairGO ran the Roadwatch campaign to cut the road toll. It was based partly around the absurdly dangerous semi-trailers and B- doubles; the trucking companies that demand impossible travel times for their drivers and those drivers who just don’t care about other road users.

The annual killings on the road were then 16 people killed per 100,000.

Our aim was for truck drivers to earn a good income and go home happy in their trucks rather than dead in a box. It was for other road users to do the same.

When the government eventually got the deaths down to 5 per 100,000, we left it to them. It had been a lot of work with plenty of opposition to the idea of road safety. We had spent quite a bit of personal money doing it, but it worked.
They say that “The price of democracy is eternal vigilance”. Now I see that in the recent truck crashes. I guess it is 5 or 10 year since we left it to the politicians. In that time they have let the killings start again.

Truck killings really are not “accidents”. They are the logical outcome of political decisions. Politicians know, as the head of Toll Transport pointed out in today’s Sydney Morning Herald, that “trucks cannot turn, accelerate or brake like a car”. They also know that many truck drivers take drugs to stay awake while many others go to sleep at the wheel. They know that trucking company executives often require drivers to drive for unsafe lengths of time and at unsafe and illegal speeds to make bigger profits for the company.

Politicians know that the art of driving safely includes the ability of any driver or vehicle to take evasive action to avoid the mistakes of other drivers. Drivers have varied skills and experience levels. Trucks are mostly incapable of taking evasive action. I drive the highways a lot and I see unbelievably bad driving of trucks. Sometimes they drive two or three abreast chatting on their radios and blocking the highways. Often they tailgate slow and particularly small cars. Frequently they weave from lane to lane. Often they break the speed limits.

Trucks and particularly the most dangerous of all, B-doubles are always going to kill innocent road users as long as they are allowed to drive on our roads.

It is time for voters to stand up to their deadly politicians – the nice people in good looking clothes who make laws that allow truck drivers and trucking company executives to kill other road users. Road roulette is okay until it strikes home and a massive vehicle driven over the speed limit ploughs into your car and ends all your dreams of life. Trucking terrorists are the most deadly of all.

While they are allowed, trucks need to be speed limited to 80 kph and confined to the left hand lane. As soon as possible they should be banned and freight moved onto rail. Political parties who receive money from trucking companies will never do that , so it will be up to the voters.

Every truck in which a driver breaks the road laws should be deregistered immediately and stripped of its plates.
Every “professional” truck driver involved in a breach of the road laws should have his licence cancelled. These guys reckon they are “professionals”. Well, that is what happens to professional doctors, dentists, accountants and lawyers. If they break the professional rules they are out. For truck drivers the professional rule is the road law.

Most importantly all truck drivers should have to undergo government licence testing. None of this fake industry-own licence testing. If the drivers were worthy of licences they would not have crashes at all because they would be driving slow enough and far away enough to avoid crashes. Many don’t have crashes. The good drivers, given a leisurely time to deliver their goods and plenty of rest periods as well as good pay, do very well. The prime fault lies with the trucking industry bosses and they are the ones who are friendly with the MPs.

The best thing every passenger can do is film bad truck driving and phone crime stoppers to ask police to check out the truck or coach further down the highway. Same if the truck tailgates you. A passenger can photograph the truck and number late. Pull into a different lane, let it go past and photograph it again. Then ring crime stoppers and report it. Don’t ring the trucking company. They probably caused the problem.

Other motorists can be the eyes and ears of the road. We pay the Police so we may as well help them do the job of keeping us safe. If we all do that, the heavy vehicles will soon start to behave . That is how Roadwatch forced the road toll down before and drivers can do it again.

But we should also urge all politicians to ensure that truck drivers get well paid for their deliveries and for looking out for other road users. Pay rates and sub-contract fees need government regulation. Its removal was probably a factor in the recent killings.

When politicians just ignore us voters, happy to kill a few of us as a sacrifice to freight industry profits, our move can be straight into marginal government electorates to remove whatever party is in power. Just one marginal campaign that cost government one seat really helped the original Roadwatch campaign last time. In democracy, voters rule. Only monarchs and dictators can kill people at random with immunity. MPs will pay the price with seats in parliament if this continues.

Don’t let anyone tell you that the pollies did not know or plan it. These road deaths are the result of deliberate political party policy to expose Australian road users to deadly danger.

There will be differing views on this issue and plenty will disagree with me, so I suggest that all those go onto the voters.network Action Forum where all views are helpful so that we can work out a broadly acceptable solution to stop these killings dead in their tracks.

It is not my view that is important, but the view of the Australian people, so let’s hear it and then do something about it.

10th January 2018
Domestic violence and violence against women are two of the scourges of ruthless and violent criminals and wreaking destruction through the community, particularly where children are involved in any way.

You can take action to reduce this problem that is primarily caused by the neglect or favouritism of our politicians.

Solutions are in their hands, but a substantial number  of voters need to network together, to provide good solutions and persuade politicians to adopt them, or be replaced with representative who will.

This year FairGO and Votergrams celebrate 32 years of helping Australian voters get governments doing what those voters want. We are celebrating with the launch of voters.network. Disrupting democracy will get it out of sleep mode where it looks after the top 5% of voters and make it look after the other 95% first.

That is because when they network, the 95% decide who will govern and that is best based on the performance of individual local MPs, not parties or party leaders. The first step towards good government is to elect good MPs to parliament and that means carefully assessing your local MP. Voters.network has a special ratings page to help you rate your local MPs monthly for reference at election time.

1 December 2017
Citizenship crisis brings banking royal commission

It took a citizenship crisis in parliament to make politicians heed the voters’ voices calling for a royal commission into banking organised crime. This has been the most astutely organised crime in Australia for at least 50 years and particularly since banking deregulation 30 years ago.

Most of the politicians and political parties who have been partially funded by banks and bankers for decades, would not even imagine the fraud, theft, deception and dishonesty with which major banks have abused their customers to earn their million or billion dollar profits & massive pay packets.

It is not the bank staff that customers meet who are the corporate criminals, but many of the bank directors and senior management who direct their subordinates to earn more profits in any way they can and particularly by tricking trusting customers into unaffordable debt and then bleeding them of everything they can, or insurance policies on which claims are not paid, or into investments owned or controlled by the banks themselves.

Even as a former Chartered Accountant and bank auditor I have been staggered at the dishonesty of banks as I have worked since 1987 to assist bank victims all over Australia to achieve some degree of fairness from their financial abusers.

The royal commission teaches us Australian voters some invaluable lessons about how to make democracy deliver us more justice and better lives:-

Tell all politicians what we want. Don't just tell our own local MP who has little power alone.

Explain each reason carefully, concisely and repeatedly

Join with voters from as many different electorates as possible

Never give up until we win

Take an interest in many topics rather than concentrating on one single issue alone, so that politicians can come to understand us and our broad values better

Support the good honest MPs who stand up for the rights and lives of voters

Vote out the MPs who neglect voters, waste tax money by awarding over-expensive contracts to their buddies and who think only of the power that politics gives them

Apply persuasive pressure when the timing is right, as the citizenship fiasco has made it now

This is why we have now launched voters.network, following 30 years of success with the Votergram service and FairGO . Voters.network is a micro-business opportunity for all those who believe that government exists to serve all of the Australian people, rather than just a privileged minority. For others it is a chance to work together for empowerment on the many issues of common agreement.

I invite you to join voters.network free to rate monthly how well your local MPs are representing you and your goals. Then I hope you will upgrade and make the $44 Advanced Access contribution which will fund the volunteer hub leaders (75%) and its administration (25%).

Together we CAN change our world. FairGO & Votergrams have proved that and helped tens of thousands of Australians over the past 30 years. That is partly because we have no political party preferences or philosophies. Our one gaol is that the politicians Australians elect and pay should do what the vast majority of Australians want done. That is not too much to ask in return for the election. salaries and taxes we give them.

6 NOV 2017

That is to get involved, work with others, tell politicians what you want and vote them out of office if they don't do it.

Of course politicians cannot do everything every voter wants because we all want many different things.

However, most of us agree on  a whole lot of things that could be done to improve the lives of Australians.

We might agree on some of these:-

Protecting our environment has positive results on our lives

If all children and youths receive good education, Australia can earn more money providing goods and services to the rest of the world

Women and children should not be abused physically or sexually

Those who earn the highest annual incomes should pay the highest rates of tax

All tax avoidance and evasion should be banned so that everybody pays tax according to one simple basic principle.

Basic health care should be available to everybody, not dependent on wealth.

Financial literacy taught to all students would help prevent them being preyed on by unscrupulous predators.

Inexpensive housing could easily be provided by developing our inland cities, with more jobs provided in that very process.

Governments should serve the other 95% of the population as well as they serve the richest 5%.

When CEOs receive bonuses for increasing profit, it is not just produced by the effort of one person but by the whole team they lead and so everyone in that team should receive a bonus set at the same % of their normal salary or wage as the % bonus the CEO received relative to his or her normal salary.

If you have thoughts on any of these matters you might like to join www.voters.network and subscribe  for Advanced Access so that we can chat about them online and then campaign to have our elected politicians do in government what we, the voters, want done. Your $44 will help fund the network and you might even like to becopme a Hub Leader.

Hub leaders are allocated $20 our of every $44 paid by voters in their network. They also receive $10 from the subs of voters in hubs which they help their voters establish. voters.network is a genuine and  diverse network in which the power rests with the individual voters not a central committee. In that respect it is quite unique.

Women of abusive partnerships living in cars with the kids? No way!!

Of course they should not be. There are so many aspects to this issue and so many different solutions, but in the end it takes our politicians to solve it using the taxes we contribute.

If you want to protect women and children reasonably quickly, join
voters.network now. It has 30 years experience in solving such issues. We voters elect and pay politicians who control government funds, laws and services. Networking gives the voting numbers who add strength to any campaign.

These women and children deserve to enjoy better lives. Let’s work with them and for them to see they do.

Young Australians will never be able to own their own homes? What nonsense !!

Of course every Australian should be able to own their own home and it does not necessarily have to be in a high rise made of flammable material, or in a capital city. There are many solutions to the housing crisis that threatens to stop Australians enjoying their most basic right and their best path to reasonable wealth, their own homes.

This problem is directly caused by the actions and inactions of the politicians we voters elect and pay. They can just as easily fix it, but we will need to persuade them to do it.

Voters.network is about voters persuading politicians and networking is about building the numbers of votes that make some politicians more responsive.

Join voters.network and help make it happen. Together we can do it!

Voters win 1st round in The Great Australian Tax Battle with  Billionaire Businesses.

No more company tax rate cuts according to the Sydney Morning Herald.  Parliamentary Budget Office figures indicate that the cuts to company tax while personal taxes rise annually would be unacceptable to voters. Our arguments have been accepted by some of those in power.

The clever plan by big business to secure tax cuts for companies earning billions would have pushed taxes onto voters and starved government of funds.

Currently there is a dispute between the tax office and four companies in respect of $4 billion. The arguments are only about the wording of our tax laws which could easily be fixed if MPs wished to.

Global tax evasion works like this. Goods cost $500m to make and sell for $1 billion ($1,000m) . If the sale is made in Australia the $500m is taxed at company rates. But if the product is sold to a Singapore associate company for $550m and onsold from Singapore for $1 billion ($1,000m) the $50m only is taxed in Australia. Australians are deprived of tax on $450 million. That is a lot of education and health care that is not given. These schemes are devised by lawyers and accountants who themselves receive huge pay for doing so.

The next phase of the campaign for fairer taxes is to get businesses paying the GST like voters do, by abolishing the input credits. These allow businesses to recover from the GST they collect from customers, all the GST those businesses have paid on their purchases of goods and services. GST is pure and simple a political fraud on the Australian voters.

Australia cannot provide the education, health, planning, defence and welfare services a well as essential infrastructure without taxing the super rich at appropriate rates. Big business does not have trouble raising funds like unlisted family businesses do.

Even back in the 1970’s the big businesses paid a higher rate of tax. Tax on profits over $5m should be raised to 35%. Tax on personal income of over $1m per year should be raised to 50%. All tax avoidance schemes should be illegal with the law changed to eventually set personal and company tax rates the same. That would stop people diverting their income to companies.

The tax enemies of the Australian people are partly the big businesses, accountants and lawyers who devise the tax avoidance schemes, but mostly they are the politicians who pass laws that allow tax avoidance and judges who find in favour of tax cheats.

Of those the ones voters can most easily influence are the politicians.

Greg (former FCA, CPA, ACIS)

Do you get angry at what your Australian governments are doing?

Do you wish they built better lives for Australian instead of politicians fighting each other for power?

If any of the stories in today’s media worry you and you want to influence government policy and action, please contact us at FairGO and join voters.network.
For 30 years we have been helping ordinary Australians, small family businesses and farmers change government decisions. Bad government is inexcusable as is negligent government.

The fact is that we have some extremely good Members of Parliament who will go out of their way to help you, if approached in the right way. FairGO is a specialist at helping voters influence government. It started with the Votergram service which has operated for the past 30 years, quietly taking any voter’s message to all members of parliament. So much has been achieved by active, concerned voters.

If you are worried about energy prices and climate change, then let us help you make your views known.

Do you resent big business controlling government, lobbying to cut its own taxes to starve the government of money for infrastructure and services so that big business can provide them at a very handsome profit and the banks can finance the projects to earn their own super-profits.

Will the new head of ASIC change the banking culture of lending customers into profit then bleeding them dry or will his past career with Goldman Sachs during the GST make him more on side with the banks, as ASIC has been for years?

Is it good enough that the NBN is the subject of over 100,000 complaints or should we put pressure on our politicians to get this mess cleaned up fast so that Australia does not fall behind the rest of the world in IT services?

Did you see the comment by the Treasury Secretary that people were realising just how inexpensive housing is in regional cities and buying there? In the past week I have visited Bathurst, Orange, Dubbo, Narromine and Parkes in NSW and seen the huge increase in the size of these beautiful cities. One could afford housing there on a lot less pay than in Sydney and raise families in far more freedom and a much cleaner environment. It is truly amazing to see what these cities have to offer instead of the fire-prone high-rise home units and office blocks in capital cities that are nothing less than death traps for those unfortunate enough  to occupy them and the continually clogged roads that waste our time.

If you want better government or better lives for your family, consider joining voters.network with access to FairGO’s expertise at persuading politicians to do the right thing and Votergrams to make sure they all know what you want and why it will be good for the vast majority of Australians , or perhaps your relative who is being denied proper service by a government.

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