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21st June 2018

We thank those who have already chipped in to fund the Voters Network Votergram campaign to significantly reduce domestic violence.  Three Votergrams have already gone to all MPs in parliament and another has been drafted. They cover safe reporting, safe houses, education, anger management courses, education and compensation from the offender. Contributions have come in amounts of $5 $15, $25, $30, $50  & $100. If you would like to help make this important change to our society, please chip in whatever you think is appropriate. Go to www.fairgo.org/campaigns.htm#violence .

We can do what you make possible.

Police say it is up to the community and that is you and me. Only we can persuade politicians because we are the ones with the votes as well as voices. Voices without votes will not solve this issue. Nor will votes without voices.

18th June 2018
 
HOW MANY TIMES WILL IT HAPPEN AGAIN
BEFORE VOTERS MAKE IT STOP?


How many times must a woman be bashed
Before the governments say “No!”?

How many times must a young girl be raped
Before they strengthen the laws?

How many times must a partner be killed
Before domestic violence is gone?

The answer lies with the voters now.
The answer lies with the voters.


How many times will women be attacked
before voters change their MPs?

How many women suffer trauma for life
because the law protects horrible men?

How many men will continue to rape
Claiming they had her consent?

The answer lies in the voters’ voice,  
Silent or shouting out!


How many times will offenders get off light
While judges see rape as their right?

How many politicians just turn their heads
And pretend that there’s nothing to see?

How many times must women die
Before their safety is assured?

The answer lies in the voters’ vote,
For those they elect do decide.


With gratitude to Bob Dylan
Peter, Paul and Mary for the concept

If you care at all about stopping the violence, join Voters Network, and persuade politicians to put an end to it through a variety of changes to laws, policies, education and protection. Also let potential attackers know that their fate will be far worse than the lifetime of trauma they inflict on their victims.

Women’s Safety will soon be up for discussion again by Voters Network members on their Forum, as a prelude to further Action. Already we have seen positive responses from politicians to Votergrams on domestic and family violence. We have a track record on saving lives.


18th June 2018

Sorry that I was away on business last week and a mass of work arose as people coped with the impact of so many government decisions on their lives. I just could not manage to blog at the same time. It is amazing how small and remote government decisions can have such devastating impact on so many lives. People very often do not even see the connection between the actions of their local Members of Parliament and what is going wrong in their home, family, work or business lives.
More to report later today.



8th June 2018
Visionary Leadership

I saw a bit in the weekend paper about Bobby Kennedy.
It went like this......
“Aren’t they.. aren’t we, still searching for genuine visionaries with real leadership.”

Searching for visionary leaders is a cop-out to allow the general population to go on surfing, drinking and watching TV or footie etc.

Most leaders look after themselves first. Some treat their people very badly.

The voters in Australia are mostly well educated, wise and energetic. The best government will result when we voters decide on our own vision for the future and then persuade our elected politicians to have governments do it. It is that simple. A visionary leader can become a dictator overnight and have opponents killed or imprisoned. Hitler did just that after being duly elected by the people. Dictators in Asia and the Middle East are doing it now. Let us be our own visionaries and retain the right to elect our own leaders.

Let us celebrate and enjoy our democracy in Australia by working together to decide what we want and then getting governments to do it.

That is what FairGO, Votergrams and Voters Network are all about. They are 100% Australian founded, owned, controlled and funded. The give you, the voters, power. They do not build it for themselves.

Join in the fun and make your contribution. Become a Hub Leader and run your own hub with funding from your hub members. Let’s live up to our national anthem and advance Australia fair!!


7th June 2018
Women’s Safety

Plenty of TV shows and movies show beautiful young ladies admiring big handsome men with huge muscles. I wonder whether those young ladies also contemplate how hard those muscles could hit them if they were to offend those men in some way.

Looking to protect passers-by from entering my paddocks and mixing it with bulls on my farm and knowing that every bull can be dangerous, I consulted an officer of my farm organisation about getting a sign saying “Dangerous Bulls”. He was adamant that I should not. “If a trespasser was injured on your property the court might decide that you should not keep dangerous bulls and award damages against you. The judge probably would not know anything about bulls.” So I opted for “Private. Keep out” instead.

I was taught as a city teenager to never trust a bull or a stallion, even though I might be friendly to them and they to me. Most male animals can be dangerous.

Perhaps young women should be taught that all men can be dangerous too, particularly those who are exceptionally strong. They did not develop their muscles by hard work at the gym just to impress ladies. Those muscles give them a lot of physical strength to make sure they get their own way. Power and sex are very much in demand in the world of males. I don’t know that enough education is given to women on the subject, just as enough education is not given to men about building good relationships with women.

A man once commented to me when I was looking to campaign against domestic violence, that “Men fight with their hands. Women fight with their tongues”. Without in any way justifying any violence against women, it is not unreasonable to suggest that women should not say provocative things to stir men up. Nobody should provoke anyone else without expecting that person to retaliate.

Mutual consideration and respect is a key in all relationships. Christ’s plea of “treat others in the way that you want to be treated yourself” is worth observing. It is just logical when you think about it. “People in glass houses should not throw stones” is full of truth.

There are many ways to stop domestic violence just as there are many causes for it. Politicians are one group of people with the greatest ability to cause it and the greatest ability to stop it.

Voters Network participants are on the road to stopping it. If enough Australians agree that it should end, then it will end. If enough Australians believe that men are entitled to beat up their wives and partners, then it will continue. That is how democracy works. It is up to the voters.

If you can share the cost of sending Votergrams to MPs to persuade them to stop domestic and family violence, then please chip in towards the costs. All your money will be used to fund Votergrams to MPs on stopping domestic and family violence. Every little helps. http://www.fairgo.org/campaigns.htm




6th June 2018
The choice is ours to determine our future

Ross Gittins (SMH 6/6/18/) does not endorse what Dr. Richard Dennis of The Australia Institute says but claims it is thought provoking and worth exploring. Dr. Dennis concludes with this observation:
“The world is full of choices. Neoliberalism’s real power came from convincing us that we had none (choices). We do and making them is the democratic role of citizens – not the technocratic role of economists, nor that of any self-serving elite.”

I don’t know anything about the Australia Institute, Dr. Denniss or neoliberalism, but making choices for ourselves and having our wishes carried out by the politicians and bureaucrats we employ and pay to do our bidding, is the foundation of our new voters network. It is what Votergrams have enabled voters to do for 30 years. It is what FairGO has enabled groups, organisations and small to medium sized businesses to do by managing their political persuasion campaigns for them for 30 years.

All we have to do is persuasively tell politicians what we want done and they can do the rest. The biggest persuader we have is our combined votes and our voices. In most cases a Votergram or two gets the results we need. When fighting large vested interests we may need a lot more. When we are ignored it is time to bring out the big guns and take the campaign into marginal electorates where a sitting member can be fairly easily replaced. I have only had that happen twice in 30 years, but the government lost both seats.






5th June 2018

Here are some thoughts as discussion-starters from recent media stories. If your views differ from what is here email greg@fairgo.org . Discussion provides us all with better insight to issues and your comments are important to the network. Gradually our Action Forum will give you an easy way to comment.

ENVIRONMENT
Someone on Facebook asked why my blogs did not ever deal with environmental issues.
It is a fair question. The answer is that many large, competent and well funded organisations serve Australia well on the environmental front. I was Foundation Chairman of environment protection group STEP. My friend and colleague environmentalist Milo Dunphy helped me with information to set up FairGO.
We cannot all do everything and my passion is to see that people get a fair go from government and other entities that threaten them. I have chosen to advance the care of people, whilst always caring for the environment and wildlife myself.
In running and supporting FairGO, Votergrams and voters network without pay for 30 years, working another job as well, I am kept incredibly busy. That is why I leave environmental campaigning to others better placed to do it and I deal with the human issues that they do not.

HIGH DENSITY HOUSING
An article on housing prices and density in Vancouver highlighted the global problems created by developers and their lobby which either bribes or bullies politicians to do what it wants.
Highrise increases the cost of every government service, creates massive traffic jams, makes public transport systems incapable of meeting demands, prices housing out of reach of young people, promotes drug addiction and crime, caused mental health problems to increase and makes people very aggressive towards neighbours who invade what is left of their personal space. Emergency services, hospitals, schools, public transport, power and water cannot cope.
700 units at Waterloo brings the problem back to Australia.
In my opinion Australian politicians have shown themselves to be completely incapable of dealing with the situation. Voters need to rescue them soon before the our country collapses into the arms of foreign totalitarian giant.
You can rate politicians to indicate your approval or otherwise of how they represent you, on any topic at all, including high density development https://voters.network/rating.php  .

IMMIGRATION
One reason many Australians are concerned about immigration is that they are surrounded by people they cannot understand and who cannot understand them.
We all need to work together to Advance Australia Fair and that means we need to be able to speak to one another. Our government led by our politicians needs to run 3 to 5 year free mandatory English language course for immigrants and do whatever it can to make Australians multi-lingual.
That is a good reason to keep English as an essential element of ATAR, contrary to the column in the SMH on Monday

WOMEN’S SAFETY
What a disgrace to read in the paper on May 26/27 that a 19 year old visiting Dutch woman was raped in Sydney. This young woman will now live out about 60 to 70 years of her life suffering post traumatic stress disorder with all sorts of psychological problems . Not only did the man threaten to rape her and do so but he also threatened to kill her.
The pathetic and thoroughly unjust NSW court system gave the rapist a maximum of 5.5 years to be eligible for release in March 2021 about 2.5 years “for this horrifying attack”.
These are laws written by men who believe women are just there for their sexual gratification, enforced by judges and magistrates who think the same way and thoroughly enjoyed by lawyers who make a fortune defending brutal criminals.
That our elected politicians would allow a sentence of 5.5 years for the offender to be on the statutes when the victim will suffer for 60 or 70 years is a travesty of justice for which they should all be voted out of office.
The parliament should hold an investigation into why this judge gave a sentence which so obviously favoured the criminal over the victim. If that is justice we need a new system and some new judges.
It is totally irrelevant whether the offender was on drugs or alcohol or not and nor is any part of his upbringing. There is only one relevant factor in a rape trial and that is whether consent was or was not given and the impact of the attack on the victim. We need to stop thinking of the offender and start thinking of the victim.
In this case the damage is done, but perhaps the NSW Parliament should now support a case against the offender for compensation of at least $300 p.w. not extinguishable by bankruptcy to be paid by him from the time of his release, to her via the OFR, payable weekly during his lifetime with any balance up to $1m paid out of his estate.
Then we might consider a national law with a minimum sentence of 50 years gaol for rape and 100 years for rape/ murder with the same $300 a week compensation from the offender to the victim for his life and his estate if for any reason he gets out of gaol or to be taken first in bulk from his assets and paid by OFR to the victim on receipt less a 5% handling charge. With the right constant publicity that might well reduce the instance of rape . Men might visit a brothel instead.

PROMISES, PROMISES, POLITICAL PROMISES
Let’s make a list of political promises. Email them to your Voters Network Hub Leader. Provide the promise, the MP or other candidate who made it, their political party, the date and where you heard about it. Put Promises in the subject line of your email. We will compile a list and verify it with the MPs at election time. Then over the years until the next election with your help we will remind MPs of the promises, tick of those that have been done and see what percentage of promises are honoured. That should help us all when voting at the following election. Rate your MPs on promises. https://voters.network/rating.php  .

BANK LOANS FOR SMEs
The reason banks want a low ceiling for “SME’s” is that over the upper limit for SMEs they can classify the borrower as “sophisticated “ and so can lie, cheat, mislead and defraud all borrowers above that limit. One might expect the government to impose on banks the obligation to treat every borrower as honestly as they treat consumers. Even that is not very honestly as the Royal Commission has revealed. Join the Better Banking Network  gbac@internode.on.net that we have established in conjunction with GBAC Advisory and let us see if bank customers by networking together can bring a measure of honesty to the industry. I can already identify one bank to which I would recommend a lot of customers from personal experience. If a lot of us move away from those with crooks on their board of directors, then even they might come good eventually. But we always need to be on guard

ONLINE GST
The Federal Treasurer was quoted in SMH and I saw him saying something like that on TV, as saying “The second biggest company in the world run by the richest man in the world shouldn’t get a leave pass from paying tax in Australia” AND
“If multinationals aren’t forced to pay their fair share of tax, they will have a competitive advantage over retailers here.”
I agree. However, The Treasurer was commenting on the proposal to require GST to be added to online purchase prices, with which I also agree. He is right in that his government for some year has given foreign companies a competitive advantage by not having to add GST to sales prices. We might ask why the Government did give them that leave pass from paying GST in Australia for so long.

However, as it was the GST that the Treasurer was speaking of, is he telling the truth or misleading the public?
When Amazon adds 10% to its prices in Australia for GST, is it not fact that it is the Australian public buying from Amazon that pays the tax, not Amazon at all?
If so what was the Treasurer talking about, because his GST changes do not amount to Amazon paying tax. The individual Australian taxpayer, the voter, is just paying another 10% of his or her income in goods and services tax.
Should Amazon be taxed on its profit in Australia, it will likely benefit from the Treasurer’s generous 25% tax on its multi-million dollar profits, almost half the tax rate an Australian voter would pay with a rate of 45% applying for earnings over $200,000 pa.

ABC CUTS
One might expect an Australian Government to boost the funding for our national broadcaster instead of cutting it.
It is true that sometimes the questioning is bordering on offensive, but that does not excuse the government for reducing funding and the voter enjoyment of the result. If such cuts were made to create profit opportunities for other media organisations and if those other media organisations had donated money to the governing party those might be classified as bribes and bribes are not tax deductible, so the ATO might get involved.
We would urge the government to boost ABC funding and breed politicians tough enough to take a bit of a battering at the hands of ABC journalists. More direct communication with voters and looking after them better mid-term instead of just before elections would be a reasonable approach too.
You can express your views on this in part by rating the performance of your local federal MP because that MP may be part of the move to cut ABC funding . You can support that action by ticking an MP whose party is doing that or has done it and express your displeasure at it by giving that MP a cross https://voters.network/rating.php  .

ASBESTOS DUMPING
It is staggering that a man convicted of serial asbestos dumping, potentially affecting the long term health of hundreds of people who may have inhaled the dust was sentenced to only three years gaol. Why would the Judge think it was a good idea to allow this man to remove the asbestos and move it elsewhere, perhaps creating further hazard from dust?
Surely we need a new asbestos dumping law that provides:
1.15 to 20 year gaol sentence for each individual, company director or business partner involved
2.$1 million to $2 million fine for each dump or offence for each of the above
Light pro-crime penalties might save politicians and government doing a bit of work to house offenders but it exposes the very voters they are elected to represent, to serious and potentially fatal illness.
If this makes you unhappy you can email votergrams@fairgo.org and we will help you make your views known to all politicians involved in decisions on the law in this sort of case.

Voters may not want to tolerate the risks to which our politicians area exposing us.
What do you think. Tell your Hub Leader. Have your Hub Leader raise any subject you like on our Action https://voters.network/forum.php  .

All of these stories indicate that the sooner Australian voters participate in the Voters Network the sooner we will actually Advance Australia Fair. Join in now https://voters.network/join.php  



4th June 2018
All the fuss about Barnaby

Surely we elect and pay our Members of Federal Parliament to run the country don’t we? Why this colossal persecution of one man for something that had little to do with his duty to do run the country?

We record how politicians respond to voters’ requests by Votergram, when every politician gets the same opportunity. Barnaby Joyce has been one of the best. He has certainly been particularly helpful in connection with those in trouble with dishonest banks.

We might ask why should the media make all the money out of the concerted attacks on Barnaby Joyce?

We might also ask who is running the big campaign against him. My guess is that in his action against the banks or to reduce housing costs by developing inland cities he has offended the banks or property developers or their lackeys in parliament and they are taking this chance to get him out of their way.

It is also possible that the conservative side of politics is using this as a massive distraction from the huge tax gift the politicians in government are trying to give to their big business multi-billion dollar a year profit-making friends. Other parties Labor and Greens may well be using it as an excuse to electioneer in preparation for the election expected later this year or next. Perhaps Liberal and Labor politicians both have something to hide in terms of donations from one major foreign entity that would like to control Australia for its own citizens and has gone a good way towards doing so and pricing young Australians out of the housing market. Any distraction from that might be handy.

It is always wise to dig deep for the ulterior motive in cases of extreme media publicity. Politics is a tough and dirty game and it is not played that way for the benefit of voters. That much is for sure!



31st May 2018

What are our governments thinking? What do you think?

What do you think of the federal government’s proposal to combine the Family Court with the federal circuit court which also handles bankruptcy, human rights, consumer matters, privacy, migration, intellectual property, industrial law and admiralty law?

How could it possibly make the family cases flow better & faster?

Surely Family Law and domestic and family violence should be handled in a separate court system that uses mediation instead of the adversarial system that enriches lawyers by aggravating arguments between parties. Don't we want the best outcomes for all paties in family matters. Winner takes all just creates massive problems later on.

What do you think of Sydney’s latest train failure, traffic congestion on M4 or light rail debacle? Can our politicians and bureaucrats serve Sydney’s existing population, let alone more people in future? Expanded population beyond their capacity to manage it perhaps?

Should the NSW government reveal how many building in Sydney are clad with flammable material? Should the people who allowed this to happen be identified so that we know who not to allow to make decisions in future? Or will people know when their highrise apartment block bcomes a towering inferno? From what country did the flammable material come?



30th May 2018

Effects of immigration, population, densification & inland opportunities.

The new topic on the Voters Network Action Forum is one that has been in the media recently, with all factors mentioned.

Many voters have expressed views on one or other of these factors that have so much impact on our society, both social and financial.

I hope that many will join the discussion and put forward their views. The first task is to determine the impact of each factor. In fact the impact may be very different on one person to what it is on another.

Therefore we need to understand both impacts before we can correctly determine the challenges.

Please be frank and honest in what you say. Do not say anything unpleasant about any person or organisation. That does not assist the process and may end up with the offender losing a very big defamation or libel suit.



29th May 2018
 
Tax reform - What about the voters??

The media is full of tax reform talk.

Independents and minor parties change their minds about supporting the government.
Big business stands to gain a huge windfall in tax avoidance from the government’s proposals.
Voters stand to gain a little bit from the reforms too.

But it is self-evident that reducing taxes will reduce government services and public infrastructure available to voters and their families. That is ....

Unless the government borrows from our moneylenders, the very banks under inquiry at the Royal Commission. That will give the banks even more profit from interest and charges and mean that even less of the actual tax revenue can be spent for the benefit of voters.

Government leaders say the aim of the corporate tax cuts is to stimulate the economy because companies earning billions of dollars in profit think so little of Australia that they will not create profit-making jobs if they have to pay 30% tax to contribute to running the country like ordinary voters who on average already contribute 32.5%. What miserable corporate leaders we have.

I saw yesterday in the SMH that the average pay of CEO’s of the ASX top 100 was $4.75 million a year. Nearly $100,000 a week! Yet they are so mean that they will not let their companies work for the same tax rate average voters pay.

Much of their profit is derived by sending jobs off shore or replacing people with very much less helpful computers. Good profits and high pay are to be applauded, but they need to be shared around a bit not monopolised by the super rich who mostly get wealthy because voters buy their products and services. Maybe Australians should stop buying from companies who pay less that 10% of gross revenue in company tax. After all these companies do not pay GST like the rest of us. They claim it all back from the government.

If the government really wanted full time jobs created it would abolish payroll tax for all full time jobs paying under $100,000 and allow company tax deductions of 150% for all full time job salaries under $100,000. That would promote low-paid full time jobs and maybe encourage the $35,000 a year ones to be paid $50,000.

It is good to help big business and billionaires but there are 16 million voters and 2 million small businesses in Australia. If they do not get treated fairly by their current Members of Parliament, they will, if they have any sense, replace them with other MPs who just might treat them fairly or be removed in turn.

Why is it that businesses can get a tax deduction from travelling to their other business premises or customers' premises to earn income yet salary earners cannot get a tax deduction for travelling to work where they eaern their income?


Why is it that small businesses now pay the same rate of tax that big businesses do when years ago they paid 5 cents in the dollar less because it is so much harder for them to raise funds for their businesses?

It is because big business constantly uses professional lobyists to persuade politiciansto do what they want done, but small businesses and individuals do not use FairGO, Votergrams or Voters Network nearly enough to persuade politicians to do what they want.

Big business reaps the rewards  from lobbying in higher profits. Small businesses would do the same if they used these services FairGO provides, more frequently. Those who have used them have reaped very substantial financial rewards. Similarly, individuals who use FairGO's services to persuade politicians to do what they want, gain financial benefits in health care, educational facilities for their children, better pay and better governnment services at lower costs. For example the 50% licence renewal for safe drivers, new school halls, covered areas or airconditioning. Retention of hospitrals instead of their sale and better health by avoiding inhalation of other people's smoke. All of these translate into more money for ordinary Australians. We voters need to think a bit more strategically.

Meanwhile all voters can rate the performance of their own and any other MPs every month if they wish on the voters network website to give feedback on how well they feel they are represented.




25th May 2018
Voters network Hub leaders have been meeting this morning.


One of their concerns is to find out what middle Australia wants governments to do. So please tell us https://voters.network/contact.php :

What concerns you most?
Racial inequality
Women’s vulnerability
Public transport inadequacy
Failure of our judicial system to deliver justice
Homelessness
Earning disparity from $35k to $10m p.a.
Political donor corruption
Energy provision, pricing and pollution
NDIS funding
Taxation
Population
Development
Other...

Use the FairGO contact page to tell us https://fairgo.org/contact.htm




23rd May 2018

Campaigning

Campaigns are underway on taxes, women's safety, planning, population, immigration, transport, child protection.

What is important about our style of campaigning is that it is done quietly and without fuss. Some organisations make a huge fuss about their campaigns so that they can be credited with campaigning regardless of whether or not they achieve any result.

Because we campaign along side the elected Members of Parliament, we do not want to embarrass them. In fact when we achieve the desired result we like to quietly give the MPs who helped all the credit.


So if you are planning to seriously make change in Australian society, join us to quietly persuade politicians do do what you want and then  be prepared to thank them for it.

That is probably the way you make change in your own family and community organisations. Don't make people look silly in public. Always work to make them look good for doing what you want.




22nd May 2018

To borrow from the bank or not to borrow from the bank, that is the question!

The answer is very often “NO!”


I bought a Chartered Accountancy practice to grow; two hire companies to run; took over a real estate development company; bought a sheep property; bought the block next door and bought a cattle property.

The Chartered Accountancy practice that I could afford to buy from my saved cash was very small, but I soon grew it without borrowing a cent. In an economic crash I borrowed $10,000 on a term loan interest free from a friend and was meticulous in paying it back.

The hire companies I paid cash for. One cost almost nothing.

I paid cash for a pretty ordinary 4000 ac sheep block a good distance inland, bought the 5,000 ac block next door on 5 year interest-free vendor terms in return for letting the vendor continue to graze it while I paid it off. He stopped grazing after 2 years.

I bought the cattle property in good country for a high price but payable interest-free over 20 years in return for the vendor living in the homestead while we had an old workman’s cottage. After 7 years we moved into the homestead as the vendor had moved. Had to borrow a bit during a run of droughts but took it on a term loan and again always tried to be a bit ahead with repayments.

I heard an MP talking on radio about why farmers need to borrow to expand and increase production. I don’t know that that is really why they buy more land. I think it is often to expand their “empire” or make a gift to the kids. If a farmer is going to borrow from a bank to expand, that farmer should send us information to prepare a Loan Impact Statement to determine who is going to make the most money from the loan. Usually it is the bank by a country mile. I like to see my farm and business clients making a lot more money out of the loan than the bank does and realizing that the loan has to be repaid.

Many farm borrowers do not even consider that either the loan is going to be repaid on time or the farm is going to be sold from under them, yet willingly agree to that in their loan contract which they did not read.

A good Loan Impact Statement will deal with what happens when the inevitable drought arises, or commodity prices collapse or illness or accident strike. It looks realistically, not through rose coloured glasses, at how much extra money is likely to be generated by the loan on the basis of past performance. It is funny how many people when borrowing, budget for themselves to earn far greater profits than they have ever earned before.

Frankly in many cases they would be better off not borrowing at all.

But if you are going to borrow from a bank then please do it properly. That is why we have set up the Better Banking Network. Learn from experts what to do. The bank will never in a million years treat you fairly, so don’t expect it and you will not be disappointed. You need to manage the bank,not be managed by it.

Making money on the basis of a bank loan requires very specific skills, strategies and disciplines. Take it seriously! Budget before you borrow!

Don’t fake the figures to get the loan, because there will be nothing “fake” about the foreclosure.

Call us on 02 9988 3312 or 0428 417 496. I’m a 4th generation farmer, company director for 50 years, retired Chartered Accountant, CPA. I consult farmers all over Australia on dealing with banks. We are happy to help you too.




21st May 2018

Start building a better life



1st May 2018

Start building a better life for your children
through the power of your votes as well as your voices.

There are many challenges facing young Australians today, from those in child care to those starting work.
Their future is in your hands as parents, grandparents, friends and relatives. Do nothing and life may be very tough for them, because powerful vested interests are so busy maximising their wealth and power that they do not consider other people, particularly the young who they can exploit. Already we have huge youth unemployment and other countries are the same. Our society is controlled by Australian governments and governments are controlled by powerful vested interests represented by up to 5,000 lobbyists persuading politicians to do what they and their clients want.

But we, the voters, can if we work together, persuade our politicians to do what we want and they will happily do it if it is fair to all Australians. They will do it because we 16 million voters, through our 16 million votes, control the careers of those 225 federal MP and less state or territory MPs who directly control so many aspects of our lives. When voters work together with each other and then with their elected MPs, they will give their children the best chance for the future.

The only platform in Australia driven by voters that can do and has done that already to some extent for over 30 years is the FairGO, Votergrams and Voters Network group. This platform is designed to be controlled by the Australian voters, to give Australian voters the power of political persuasion to build a better, fairer society. It seeks a society that is fair to the poor and rich and all in between, fair to the business community, to the staff & customers, to the livestock, farmers and environment and to our elected politicians who work a lot harder than most voters think.

To achieve that, we need to work together and www.voters.network provides the framework within which to do that. We need members, advanced members, Hub Leaders and Hub Leader Mentors, all learning and sharing their knowledge of how democracy really works which is quite different from what is generally believed. We need their $4 a month to run the network through funded hubs and hub leaders.

For the sake of your children, join Voters Network today and start paving the way for their future enjoyment and achievements
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What do you want done ?
How to shape a better future for our Australian society!


Do you think that the politicians you elect and pay just work hard to do what is best for Australia and Australians? If so think again, because that is pure fantasy! With the best intentions in the world, they could not do that. And many do not have those intentions, though many do.

Up to 5,000 highly paid and highly skilled lobbyists representing big banks, big business, foreign governments and other powerful vested interests currently work full time on persuading our politicians to do what those lobbyist’s clients or the lobbyists themselves want. They can offer big political donations or advertisements praising political parties that do what they want and they can threaten very big advertising and PR campaigns against any party that disrupts their clients’ profitable enterprises or opposes them in any way.

That is why those who enable ordinary Australian voters to speak up and persuade politicians to DO WHAT THEY WANT need funding. Just as big business funds it own voices, so we voters need to fund our own voices. FairGO has enabled voters to do that through its Votergrams for over 30 years.

This year FairGO has added a very costly Voters Network to help the voting community Discuss and Decide what it wants done – what we used to call Community Consultation before governments started running them and distorting the results to justify their own pre-determined outcomes. The voters.network website has required the spending of a very substantial sum for web development and it needs to be staffed full time to be effective.

Voters Network depends on ordinary Australians chipping in $4 a month or $44 a year. Three quarters of that funds its Hub Leaders (any trained advanced member), and one quarter ($10 p.a.) goes to help fund network administration.

We voters can compete with highly paid and very determined lobbyists, because together we hold the votes that determine who is elected to parliament. But we can only do that if we work together, fund our own network and work hard to persuade politicians to do what we want. For 30 years Votergrams have shown the Australian voters that shaping a better future for our society is neither impossible nor very difficult, but it does take a bit of time money and effort, just like footie, netball, surfing or the internet do. Without voter funding it is nothing.

The threats to our society and future enjoyment of life are real. Foreign governments, big banks, big business and ruthless vested interest groups can and do exert disproportionate influence on our lives. They affect the schooling of our children, health care, child care, aged care, family business profits, crime, pay rates, job opportunities, housing costs, planning and development of residential and business communities, travel, roads, women’s safety and road safety, taxation and money management, to name some aspects of our lives.

We need you in Voters Network if Australians are to enjoy our full potential this year and in the years ahead. We hope that you see it as worth chipping in $4 a month or $44 a year. Hub Leaders should recover that and more as they help develop and run the network.
Voters Network will help you achieve your goals for society. Join up now and lend a hand.



Budget Benefits Blues

It was certainly worth listening to. Treasurer Scott Morrison talking about what he proposed spending, how his government would raise the money to fund it and how he was going to deal with the current government debt that results in $18 billion a year of our taxes going to the moneylenders. Worthwhile knowing about the tax cuts for the super rich, but the Treasurer did not talk much about that.

Perhaps better listening was Opposition Leader Bill Shorten giving his address in reply. He certainly talked about the government’s planned tax breaks for the super rich. Of course it is a bit easier for him because he is not actually in government and having to do it – yet.

As a former practising Chartered Accountant before I learned how easy it often was to persuade politicians to get government doing what we wanted, I have seen the enormous value of budgets to businesses.

I have similar views about business to those I have about government. We know what we want out of them and they need to produce it. I want to know that they have done it, not why they haven't.

In business, we prepare the budget based on last year’s results, but planning to do a bit better. Then we try hard to actually meet the budget in the current year. If we do not succeed, we look at where we have failed and adjust our practices for next year. At the end of each year we compare the actual results to the budget and to last year’s result. Managers who meet or exceed budget and last year’s results are highly prized. Those who don’t, start working on their CVs.

Wouldn’t it be a good idea if we did that with our government budgets? We would like half a dozen keen accountants or economists or concerned citizens to join Voters Network as Advanced Members and form a Budget Benefits Analysis Team to start the process. It will take a few years to get it right, but from then on we should be able to take the federal budget seriously and let voters know how well each government did compared to what it projected in its budget and the previous year.

If you would like to be part of that Budget Benefits Analysis Team (BBAT), please email voters.network@internode.on.net and let us know. If enough people are interested we will do it. If not we cannot.



9th May 2018

When is rape not rape?
When the rapists engages a very good lawyer.


Years ago when I thought to enter law, I was told “A half-decent lawyer should be able to get an innocent person off. A really good lawyer should be able to get a guilty one off.” I have seen the truth in that over many decades. Courts have little to do with justice and everything to do with a verbal “tennis match” between two legal teams. The best one wins.

It does not need the presence of lawyers to determine what happened according to the parties involved in an alleged rape and any witnesses. Lawyers are clever and their presence can completely distort the truth. Heaven help any woman who has been raped and comes up against a good SC in court. He can prove the most respectable socialite to be a tramp. That is why most abused women don’t go to the Police. Politicians and lawyers have stacked the law against them.

Our court system often does not deliver justice. Even the judges are former lawyers, not qualified, experienced or skilled in determining truth from fiction. They are often swayed by eloquent arguments by former colleagues who represent one side or another.

If the community works together in Voters Network we can have the laws changed that treat women as 5th class citizens and which foster their abuse by men. If you agree that $44 a year is a reasonable contribution to fund Voters Network and join up as an advanced member, we can turn Australia into a fair and just country, which it never has been for women.

If enough voters want women treated fairly, that is what will happen, despite the politicians, Law Reform Commission and Bar Association who have allowed the present situation to exist.

But if you do not do anything to stop or deter rape, then you make it happen.

If you don't help fund us then we cannot advance Australia fair.

Voter action can discourage men from raping and abusing women and offer means of some protection for potential victims - just like lawyers and politicians protect rapists.


3rd may 2018
It’s academic isn’t it!

“Domestic violence protection scheme fails 3 times in NSW”. Boscar it may be called but it is very worrying. It is not academic for the women and children being beaten up.

We might well conclude that the governments of Australia are not actually going to stop domestic and family violence unless we make them do it. Some might say they are not stopping it because they actually support the idea that women should do what their husbands and partners tell them to do and cop the consequences if they don’t.

We voters have two options- sit back and turn a blind eye while women and children get beaten to a pulp, or take action to have our MPs prevent it in every way possible. Join voters.network and join our Safe Families Action Team if you favour the latter.

Mental heal care is much the same isn’t it. Police shoot the patient dead when the patient should be in hospital receiving treatment. This is not a Police matter! Or war veterans suffer horrific torment in return for putting their lives on the line for us and following government orders. Or a mentally ill person kills dozens of people with a vehicle.

While all this abuse is going on one government fiddles with finances on public works where it demonstrates so little ability to negotiate a fixed price contract that one wonders whether the construction company is a big political donor under another name. Or another government, faced with lack of services on domestic violence and mental health as well as a huge national debt, works hard to cut taxes for the wealthiest earners in the country – Big Business Billionaires.

Don’t let democracy die here as in other countries. The alternative is a dictatorship funded by the rich and powerful. That would certainly be a disaster for most Australians. Join Voters.network and make change happen for the better. When voters network together in a democracy they take control through their elected MPs. That is a good form of government because done properly it prevents the sort of corruption and neglect that power often tends to breed. The voters and the politicians working together make a very formidable force. Join voters.network and make it happen.


2nd May 2018
YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT OF 12.5% IS TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE

Worse, the youth unemployment rate since 1978 has averaged 13.4% according to some sources.
Why is this happening and what do we do about it?

Big business and governments are shedding jobs like you can’t believe. Today we don’t speak to a receptionist when we phone a major company or government department. We are more likely to spend between 15 and 60 minutes hanging on and working through sometimes meaningless menus before we speak to the person a receptionist would have connected us to in 30 seconds. Chances are they will be in the Philippines anyway .All this is in the name of cost-cutting and profit-making. Going into a bank branch (except Bendigo Community Bank) is just a nightmare because it is certain to have about half the staff needed to cope with the customer load. Banks don’t make all of their billion dollar profits by cheating and defrauding customers. Some is made by hopelessly under-servicing customers. Talk about lambs to the slaughter! These are jobs going begging.

There are many places where young people could replace machines and do the job a thousand times better, though not as profitably. Profit is not everything! We need government to get in there and actually offer jobs to our young people and make sure they do them properly. The idea of government lining the pockets of business people who employ youths is absurd.

In part it is quite possible that many young people are not worth the money allocated to them in awards. Sometimes the adult pay is hardly any higher than the pay for teenagers. Most employers know that an inexperienced young person will not perform as well as an experienced 30 year old. I would think the 30 y.o would do twice the job the 18 y.o would do in accounting. Some young people think they know more than their bosses and some are more interested in their social lives.

By the same token many young people are excellent workers, do what they are asked to do and learn fast. They are worth a lot more than minimum wages. They do not deserve to be cheated by employers.

Underpayment of wages needs to be easy to detect and carry gaol penalties. That would stop it dead.

We do not need young people on “Newstart” allowances. We want them in jobs. There are still the jobs that I did when I started in Accountancy. Running errands, filing documents, taking phone calls, assisting seniors, getting coffees or lunches. We need to find the jobs and have the youth working and learning. Many with uni degrees have so little experience they are just not worth the pay demanded. Lower pay progressively rising annually with ability is the solution.

We also need to ensure that parents are doing the right thing by their children, encouraging respect for others and school learning, because education has a lot to do with whether or not a person gets work. Government could also look at the sort of businesses the young people might be able to start for themselves.

Career advice is essential to have students studying for jobs that will have value in future and for which they have an aptitude. The investment advisory area could do with some people with skills and aptitudes. Trades don’t look like going out of fashion, nor do business and financial services like accounting or law. Personal Assistants are highly valued and need to be highly skilled. Semi-skilled work exists in retailing and construction industries.

Contracting has become fashionable because unfair dismissal laws worked very unfairly for employers – so they just stopped employing. All of a sudden a staff member who had been trained for years could legally leave a job without notice, whilst an employer could not dismiss someone for not doing properly what they were paid to do properly, nearly as easily. If a male staff member harassed female staff they could not be sacked. They had to be counselled. Business owners do not want to be trainers or counsellors. They want to earn a living by doing what they know. So maybe the industrial laws need to be made fair to both employers and employees.

And why would we possibly have a payroll tax, a tax on giving people jobs? Can you imagine a stupider tax to have in an era when IT is wiping out jobs daily. It was fine before computers, but it is a political disgrace now.

If you are interested in young people all having jobs, why don’t you join voters.network and help us make it happen. It will not happen without you. That is for sure. Voters.network is about helping voters make change, not about doing it for them!



1st May 2018
Education changes

As governments again start to modify the Australian education system, what about parents and students having a say? It is vital that our children and teenagers learn life skills and have enough broad education to earn them a decent living when they reach adulthood as well as appreciating the many other aspects of life. It is also important that they enjoy their childhood and teen years.

It is necessary to encourage them to achieve their full potential but it is not necessary to push them so hard that they suffer mental illnesses or suicide.

Children are not tools of the Australian economy to be moulded and used to boost our national income. Money is important but there is a lot more to life that money and the national income.

Sometimes we may wonder whether those who make the final decisions on education have sufficient qualifications and experience to do what they do. Surely parents should make known their views on the sort of schooling they want for their children and that should be taken into account along with the views of the older students themselves and those educators with reasonable knowledge of what those students may need to know in order to survive the world in which they will live and work.

If parents and relatives want an Action Forum discussion on the topic of education reform and their children are important enough for them to spend $44 to help us fund that discussion and its chosen outcomes and to spend some of their time putting forward their views, then voters.network, FairGO and Votergrams will work hard to help them achieve the curriculum outcomes they want.

However, we can only do what voters fund us to do. We do not have the money to fund consultations and action ourselves and that is as it should be. When the voters themselves fund forums and action, then the result reflects their own priorities.

“He who pays the piper calls the tune” and far too often in Australia we see hopeless consultation outcomes that favour one party which has spent a lot of money funding the consultation.

Consider the nonsense of the banks and insurance companies funding the industry regulators ASIC, FOS and APRA. Look at the result!!

Voters fund voters.network. The more voters who fund it in small amounts the more effective it will be. $44 is a very modest sum for what can be achieved on many topics including the education of our children.

Join and upgrade to help fund the voters.network if you see education as making a difference to your children’s lives and you would like your views or theirs taken into account.



30th April 2018
Is there one harsher law for borrowers and another, more generous one for lenders?

What is the justice in directors and CEOs of companies that have been robbing customers, just resigning? What messages does that send to tomorrow’s would-be-crooks? How does that help those who have been financially ruined? Are we seeing financial regulators allowing powerful companies, banks, insurance & wealth managers, run by “respectable” directors, to continue committing corporate crimes in return for multi-million dollar fines that boost treasury coffers?

Should these directors instead be in gaol or home detention? If you have a view, why don’t you send a Votergram to every Federal Politician telling them just what you would like them to do about it. The Votergrams (https://fairgo.org/votergrams.htm ) will cost you $25 in total or a bit over 10c per MP, but surely Australia’s future is worth $25. Or do we want our country run by corporate crooks “because we have to trust them” and because they spend millions of dollars lobbying politicians while we sit pat.

Decisions will be made in future and there will be a lot of effort put into persuading politicians not to have these directors prosecuted.

Why did the Federal government fight so hard to avoid the banks and insurance companies having to appear before this Royal Commission?

Has that anything to do with the forthcoming multi-million dollar campaign by Big Business to keep the current political parties in power? Are the financial services industries perhaps not the only ones in Big Business who have doing the wrong thing? What about super fund managers, supermarkets, construction companies, lawyers, accountants, imported building materials suppliers?

Financial penalties make governments the huge beneficiaries of corporate crime. It is like a tax on gambling. The government gets hooked on the taxes or fines and so there is a real disincentive to stop the criminal behaviour.

Is one state “Fair Trading” colluding with dishonest businesses by allowing them to trade after breaking the law, on the basis of written “enforceable undertakings”? Is Fair Trading generating fines for the government while allowing businesses to continue fleecing customers. We, the voters need to decide whether or not we like this sort of cosy arrangement with fraudsters. Then we need to share our views with our politicians in a very forceful way. Votergrams are the most effective way that I have seen. I may be biased, but they sure have been effective.

For those feeling vulnerable to action by banks to call in their loans, foreclose on security or seize the assets of guarantors, I have run the GBAC Advisory consultancy since before banks were de-regulated and set loose on their unsuspecting customers. We have very effective ways of preventing banks taking unfair action against customers. The way is being paved for conversion by banks of interest-only loans to principal and interest loans in a year or two.

If anybody needs to negotiate a gentle rather than a “sudden-death” conversion, then the sooner they contact GBAC Advisory and arrange to have that put in place the easier the transition will be. It is always wise to have a customer advocate talk to the bank with you about difficult situations before they develop. Many people leave it until after they default on the loan and then it is 10 times as hard to negotiate a fair outcome.



27th April 2018

Just how many people have been ripping off bank customers?

One always hesitates to cry “CONSPIRACY” or “COLLUSION”, yet my auditor’s brain tells me that is how many great frauds are perpetrated.
At the Royal Commission uncovering the Great Australian Financial Fraud today’s media reported that barrister Niall Coburn is reported as having said that ASIC did not “have the balls to bring proceeding” against the banks. Now we do not know whether this is right or wrong, but......

What if it was not a case of “not having the balls” but of deliberately not taking the action that was necessary to deter or stop the banks from their criminal behaviour? Would that amount to collusion by the regulator?

Mr Coburn is said to have criticised ASIC for making “enforceable agreements with banks rather than commencing criminal prosecutions”. Here we have the corporate regulator being advised of crimes and yet sitting down with offenders and negotiating some agreement that satisfied the banks and ASIC. Why would the regulator not do what voters might expect of a regulator there to protect them? That would surely be to prosecute the offenders with the heaviest punishment available. Is this evidence of collusion between the regulator and the bankers? Let us not assume that ASIC was incompetent or negligent. Let us ask for an investigation into whether there could have been criminal intent to collude in defrauding financial service customers.

Mr. Coburn is also reported to have told the Royal Commission that the government (read politicians) of both stripes (parties) had appointed people who lacked experience in prosecutions or experience. He talked of one ASIC head as being a banker. A banker to police the bankers?? Really!!

Is it possible that the our Australian government was deliberately appointing people to head ASIC who could not do the job, in order to give the banks, insurance companies and wealth managers freedom to defraud their customers without fear of retribution? It may not be the case at all, but it bears investigation. If so we need to know which politicians were making that possible. They must have been extremely senior MPs, perhaps ministers.

There is surely a real problem if politicians, regulators and offenders were working together and forging agreements. For a start those agreements should be scrutinised to see how they compare to the maximum penalties that apply to the various offences.

There is yet a lot more to come out of this inquiry and the blame may go higher and higher.


26th April 2018

The Great Australian Financial Fraud - GAFF (“stick with an iron hook for landing fish”. )

How could such dishonesty continue for so long? Has there been collusion and if so how much, between dishonest bankers and Australian corporate financial regulators? This needs serious investigation.

How could regulators collude in this crime? They could offer token punishments, no gaol or loss of licences. They could turn a blind eye to customer complaints. They could let banks draft their replies to complainants for them. They could just let the fraud continue and ignore the law or contracts between banks and customers as well as the Code of Banking Practice.

How could this Great Australian Financial Fraud continue unabated despite being raised publicly around Australia in one state after another against one bank after another, without the collusion of some senior politicians on both sides of politics, who had been made aware of it when they were in power and when in opposition? Have some politicians colluded with financial regulators and banks to defraud their constituents?

They could direct regulators to go soft on the banks. They could deprive the regulators of funding to investigate or prosecute banks and bank directors for their crimes. They could refuse to amend the law to make such fraud illegal. They could ensure the laws gave banks sufficient scope to rob customers without it being exactly outside those laws. They could oppose a Royal Commission. They could receive millions of dollars in fines to the government out of the billions stolen from customers. They could arrange for the regulator to be funded by the banks. You know the saying, “He who pays the piper, calls the tune.”

Just tonight I heard that Ford and Telstra were each fined $10 million by ACCC.

Can you imagine the joy in Federal Treasury? Another $20 million added to their funds. How many millions have the banks paid in fines to the government over the decades this fraud has run? The banks take money fraudulently from the customers then the government takes money from the banks in fines??? But nobody stops the banks dead in their tracks.

Only the voters asre likely to do that.


14th April 2018
Crooks dominate bank boardrooms

I have always written that the dishonest, destructive and predatory treatment by banks of their customers is no accident of minor staff, but a deliberate strategy of bank directors to put their own financial interests way ahead of those of their customers. Policy directives to lend amounts the customers could not possibly service and repay, boosts bank profits through penalty interest rates, charges and compound interest that could not have been dreamed of if the loans were affordable. All it needed was sufficient assets for the bank to strip from the customers when the debt got high enough.
Today Fairfax media quotes Mr. Michael Chaney, former chairman of directors of Nab. The Herald says “Mr. Chaney describes trade-offs between behaviour and profits, between enduring the community’s mistrust of banks and the desire of the bank CEOs to keep their jobs.”

As bank directors appoint and dismiss CEOs, the clear implication is that if the CEOs did not do what was required to boost bank profits they would be sacked by the board. The only reason for the community mistrusting banks is their fraudulent misappropriation of customers’ money, their theft of funds from bank accounts, their fake insurance policies and their false and misleading statements that encouraged customers to borrow more than they could afford. Often this cost customers their life savings and the government has ended up providing welfare for people who were quite well off before being worked over by their bank in order for the CEO to not be fired by the bank board.

The herald continues “He (Mr. Chaney) backs that assessment with his experience as a bank chairman. “When you get back from investor meetings, you say we need to create some incentive plans that cause our people to generate more profits. You assume everyone will do it ethically but somewhere down there, whether it is amongst your tens of thousands of employees or your brokers or other parties somebody does the wrong thing because they can make money out of it.”
Mr Chaney is further quoted as saying “ In the shorter run over a couple of years you (bank executives) would be absolutely crucified in the market and the people would be calling for your head”.....” if you don’t ever make a move to sell someone a product that they don’t want and so on.”

Three points.

Firstly the community does not mistrust banks for selling people products they don’t want. The community mistrusts banks for deliberately lending people unaffordable loans that any banker would know were unaffordable from the start, but which the customer did not know were unaffordable because the customer had less experience with loans than the bank staff. Customers mistrust them for illegally drawing money out of customer’s accounts, for a bank manager getting into a horse racing syndicate with a customer’s executive staff then when the customer complains about his money being taken to feed & train the horse, victimising that customer with false claims of breaching loan terms; when the bank offers the loan at one rate but charges another rate; when the bank colludes with another bank customer to financially ruin a borrower.

Secondly, bank directors are not paid to “assume” anything on important matters like ethics, corruption, dishonesty, theft of customers’ funds. They are paid to plan bank policies and factor in the impact of those policies they endorse then instruct staff how to carry out those policy directions. They are not kindergarten children, but supposedly astute business people who know exactly what they are doing.
Thirdly what Mr. Chaney espouses is like the Nuremburg principle. Bank directors give instructions like “make more money” – just do it, don’t tell us why you can’t. They leave it to the staff and brokers to decide how, washing their hands of responsibility, just like Hitler left it to camp commandants to decide how to treat Jewish prisoners. Only bank victims were not gassed quickly. Like long term prisoners many were gradually starved of every vestige of wealth, health and respect as the bank sucked out all their assets.

It tells us something about bank directors when Mr. Chaney explains how bank executives are maximising profits for investors while not worrying about the well-being of their customers at all. The Mafia does the same.
What is the solution? Private enterprise banks were given free reign years ago by their political henchmen who sold off the government banks to prevent any competition from curtailing this ruthless private bank behaviour, probably in return for big political donations and favours. Private moneylenders, which is essentially what the banks are, will probably not change radically, so there are two good solutions.
The first is new government banks to work for customers if as voters we encourage our elected MPs to make sure that happens. This would give government more access to long term funds for infrastructure development and put compulsory superannuation to work for the nation and the superannuants instead of lining the pockets of the banks and their offshoots. It would dramatically alter the profit perspective.

The second is the model adopted by Bendigo “community” banks, where the bank operates through community owned retail outlets. Bank customers own those retail outlets so they are some of the “investors” of whom Mr. Chaney speaks. Bank staff are employed by those community owned “banks” so staff are always looking to the interests of their customers. Their jobs depend on it. My own experience with Bendigo Community bank has been superb compared to the horrific experience of dealing with the grossly understaffed major banks who treat their borrowers and investors so badly, through no fault of staff. The government, if it had any interest in the rights of bank customers would take a substantial interest in Bendigo & Adelaide bank, perhaps 20%. It would remove government guarantees from customer deposits with the four major banks. It is absurd that while these banks earn billions of dollars annually and pay outrageous salaries to the CEOs for ripping off customers, that taxpayers should be held liable for the debts of those banks if their financial ineptitude renders them unable to pay their debts. It is the bank directors and CEOs who should be liable for debt the bank cannot afford to pay as it will only be their actions that cause that to happen.

Clients of GBAC Advisory can have inexpensive Loan Impact Statement drawn up and loan management plans drawn up to deliver them, rather than the bank, good profits from their borrowings. GBACA is always ready, when some unusual circumstance like illness, business downturn, bad seasons arise, to negotiate with the bank to temporarily adjust the loan terms to suit the circumstances. We have found banks very willing to do that. Borrowers are rarely experienced enough at such negotiations to do it themselves. They are often quite surprised to see that we have achieved what they thought to be impossible. Everybody has their own field at which they are good.

Nothing will happen without action by the Australian voters. That is why I have established voters.network so that people like bank customers can exert some influence over what happens instead of so many people having their lives destroyed because bank directors and CEOs are more interested in making maximum profits for investors (probably other banks) than the social destruction they cause their customers.

Democracy means voters ensuring that government works for them. That is, as opposed to dictatorships and monarchies where heads of state “rule over” the people. Because the Queen leaves it to Australian parliamentarians, despite the monarchy, voters rule in Australia. But they will only rule when they work together because they need to have politicians do what the vast majority wants done. Honest banks are probably wanted by all but the bank boards and those investors who constantly want more profit at any cost.



Why should we put up with it??

Today’s Sydney Morning Herald typifies the issues around Australia.

Voters.network gives a loud voice to the Australian people which cannot be ignored in a democracy.
It does not involve much time or effort. We do not rally or protest on single issues. We work online and through our elected representatives on every conceivable issue. No-one keeps a dog and barks too. We elect and pay politicians to run our country or state the way we want it run. They will do that if we work with them to make it happen. Join as a free member see how it works, see what tools we offer you to build better more enjoyable lives for yourself and your family. Don’t believe that you can’t win. Of course you can win, if you go about it the right way and if your claim is valid.

All we have to do as voters, residents, parents and victims is work together and have our elected and paid politicians fix the problems. But we must discuss and offer solutions, for our politicians obviously do not know what to do on every matter. Voters.network is your opportunity to get problems solved with the minimum of effort and discomfort. You don’t have to rally, march in the streets or continue to suffer . Just say what the problem is that you want solved and offer suggestions on solving it. Easy peasy.

Join voters network free then if convinced upgrade for $4 per month for 12 months or contribute in advance $44. Then enjoy life more knowing you have powerful allies to achieve your goals. https://voters.network/join.php .

Today’s dramas
A port agreement struck by the NSW government prevents Newcastle and Wollongong Ports from handling containers that would remove thousands of trucks from passing through Sydney. This illustrates government negligence, perhaps corruption and the stupidity of privatising public assets like ports to get short term cash when a government is incapable of managing finances.

It is claimed in court that council elections were rigged to have a person elected to a Sydney council. It is no good this being revealed in a court prosecution, because the damage in council policy has already been done. We need an Electoral Commission that can act by deferring the election immediately it becomes suspicious that an election is about to be rigged.

Energy policy conflicts continue over coal or renewable production. This is because coal is cheaper but more polluting. Wind and solar are more expensive and cleaner. Meanwhile we export our coal so it still pollutes the world. Surely good sense suggests an energy policy of using cheaper but dirtier coal to produce our own power if it is going to be used anywhere and simultaneously putting the profits from coal powered electricity into building a national renewable energy structure free of “electricity trading” that bumps up prices and perhaps based on private networks of rooftop solar and wind, particularly in big cities.

Agriculture has brought incredible shame on Australia by its treatment of livestock. Politicians are solely to blame. We have seen cattle bludgeoned to death, chickens dropped live into boiling water and sheep dying in the most disgusting circumstances imaginable. What penalties and gaol terms do you think would stop this profit-oriented cruelty. What monitoring systems do you think would detect such cruelty. Why do we elect politicians who facilitate such cruelty. Only ordinary Australians speaking up can have this cruelty stopped. All you have to do is join voters.network and say what you think should happen.

The staggering case of the Australian Tax Office abusing taxpayers in a way that would have done credit to Stalin or Hitler raises the question of government abuse of Australian people. Governments are not our rulers. They are our servants. Of course the Tax Office must ensure that people pay their fair taxes. But the Tax office should assess each tax return and then send a bill for the tax owing. That is what it did most of the time since federation.

In recent times it moved to “self-assesment” a lazy, cost-cutting, job destroying way of neglecting its responsibilities. Taxpayers had to assess their own taxable income and assess their own tax. We all know that the person who produced the document cannot effectively review it. If they made a mistake of belief when they prepared the return they will make the same mistake when reviewing it. It is always wise to have a second person review a financial document. The Tax Office has the opposite aim to the taxpayer so it is ideal to review a tax return and point out any errors. Then they can be debated until a correct answer is accepted.

The ATO should dump self-assessment and do the job it is employed for, that is assess tax returns each year and issue assessments rather than coming back years later after money has been spent and asking for a big tax bill to be paid because of some past error.

Again, Australians need only join voters.network for us to get the tax office working for us not against us.

Thousands of people in capital cities are suffering because politicians are failing to provide the schools, sporting facilities, hospitals and transport services for high rise communities that the politicians themselves have forced on people.

Voters.network already has a discussion forum on the question of capital city populations and congestion which will expand to take account of lack of services.

Corporate tax cuts will not be reinvested in wages, that much is for sure. Companies that can avoid tax through smart expensive tax advisers will soon enough find a way to avoid reinvestment of tax savings as the government seems to dream of. The most obvious way will be to invest the savings in new jobs and dismiss staff in existing jobs. The real solution is to remove all payroll tax on employing people and allow a 150% tax deduction for annaul increases in wages under $100,000 p.a. and reduce the tax deduction for salaries over $200,000 p.a. to 75%.

Rental prices soar by as much as 5% on city fringes, Blue Mountains and Central Coast. Of course if politicians keep bring in people into capital cities from overseas and regional areas, this problem will keep getting worse and younger Australians will suffer. Homelessness will get greater. We are told that already 18,000 Australian children are homeless. What a political disgrace!

You can either accept this degraded life in Australia or join voters.network to build better lives for yourself and your family and for the tens of thousands who suffer neglect, bad laws or bad administration.






10th April 2018
Have you seen the media reports of the ATO abusing taxpayers?

Do not put up with abuse from the Australian Tax office or any government department. Joining voters .network is the best form of protection and a lot cheaper than taking on the tax office in court.

The ATO would not dare to persecute voters.network members or users of FairGO's services as it apparently has others recently.

Anyone persecuted unfairly by the ATO has an additional simple inexpensive remedy. A Votergram to each of the 225 Federal MPs would stop the persecution dead in its tracks. No fancy lawyers or accountants needed, though we have tax accountants in the network. The cost to send a message by Votergram to 225 Federal MPs is $25 in total. Responses are monitored and you can rate MPs for good or bad responses.

The ATO action is most likely caused by unrealistic cost-cutting and performance demands by Federal MPs themselves. Historically the ATO has been very obliging to honest taxpayers.

Today taxpayers, residents, bank customers, children, women, cattle, chickens, dogs and sheep are all being abused under the auspices of our state and federal politicians who are responsible for all laws and all government action. Abuse is running rife!

Unless voters do network together, to campaign, help politicians perform better and guide government policy, Australians are going to end up enduring the sort of abuse to which our first settlers were subjected by the authorities in the 1700’s. Let’s not do that!!

Join voters.network now if you have not already done so and remember that Votergrams can protect you from abuse - not only by government.




9th April 2018

Hub Leaders can make money from voters.network by helping fellow members
The network employs no staff. Hub Leaders manage their own hubs with training and assistance. Advanced network members fund their Hub Leaders, by annual contributions, in order to learn how to enjoy better government services.
Any willing advanced member can help the other members and receive that funding by leading a Hub. That will give them $20 a year for every advanced network member in their hub towards their costs and time. Leaders mainly pass information between network administration and their hub members. This keeps the network independent, building diversification and decentralisation into administration.
There are 16 million voters in Australia. A leader of a hub with 1,000 advanced members, would receive $20,000 p.a. funding from those members. Ordinary members do not pay for their ability to rate the performance of their MPs. Membership is promoted through social and other media.


The network employs no staff. Hub Leaders manage their own hubs with training and assistance. Advanced network members fund their Hub Leaders, by annual contributions, in order to learn how to enjoy better government services.

Any willing advanced member can help the other members and receive that funding by leading a Hub. That will give them $20 a year for every advanced network member in their hub towards their costs and time. Leaders mainly pass information between network administration and their hub members. This keeps the network independent, building diversification and decentralisation into administration.

There are 16 million voters in Australia. A leader of a hub with 1,000 advanced members, would receive $20,000 p.a. funding from those members. Ordinary members do not pay for their ability to rate the performance of their MPs. Membership is promoted through social and other media.


9th April 2018

FAIRER TAX SYSTEM BADLY NEEDED FOR AUSTRALIAN VOTERS

What are your thoughts on corporate tax rates, negative gearing, tax havens, personal taxes? Join the voters.network forum and let’s see if we can make the tax system fairer for voters.

Here are my thoughts having spent most of my working life as a Chartered accountant / tax adviser.

How amazing that people support corporate tax cuts. Companies earning billions of dollars a year will pay lower marginal tax rates than employees on $40,000. Business & farm owners will simply direct income through companies to pay less tax. Wage and salary earners will suffer most. Government spending will be cut because taxes will be less. Foreign companies investing here will run their investments through tax havens and pay little tax in Australia anyway.

To achieve the governments jobs and growth it would be better to remove payroll tax. Fancy taxing employment!! And replace it with a “technology tax” to combat replacement of people who serve us well with technology that serves us badly but is cheaper.

Salary, wages and contract fees for personal services should only be deductible against Australian income to the extent that they are paid in Australia. That will deter the current boom in exporting of jobs, which like immigration, forces Aussie pay rates down at the lower end of the market. That then costs money in welfare spending.

To further encourage job creation for low to medium paid employees, salary and wage payments of up to $200,000 per employee p.a. should be allowable deductions at 150% of the amount paid and payments of over $500,000 per employee p.a. should be allowable at the rate of 75% of the amount paid. Thus salaries and wages would be more evenly spread.

Loopholes in tax laws work firmly against the majority of Australian taxpayers. Fees for tax return preparation services should cease to be deductible where they exceed $1,000. Most of the big tax bills are for advice on how to avoid tax, so why would they be allowable tax deductions?

There is no possible justification for excluding businesses from paying the GST that all voters are forced to pay. Government works as much for business as for individuals. The “input credits” law that allows businesses to reclaim gst paid should be revoked.

But what is most important is what you think, not what I think. Feel free to put forward your counter arguments and views. We want a system which works well for the vast majority of Australian voters.
Join the Action Forum https://voters.network/forum.php discussion on a fairer tax system for Australian voters.





2nd April 2018

Police brutality, mental illness and solving problems

Are Victorian Members of Parliament developing a Police State? If you are a Victorian, you can join voters.network and rate your local MPs to let them know your views on what they do.

Police states do not come suddenly but gradually. Those Germans who experienced the ruthless rule of their elected leader Adolf Hitler saw it gently become a fact of life.

Responses by Victorian politicians and Police leaders to ABC’s 7.30 tonight were totally unhelpful. No wonder the politicians are cutting its funding. For as long as I have known, Police could get away with criminal activities without fear of punishment. This only happens because our elected politicians deliberately let it happen. They wouldn’t if voters worked with them more often.

But there is a second and related aspect to the Police brutality increasingly dished out to voters without the slightest justification. Have you noticed that this treatment is predominantly directed at people with a mental illness? It is quite obvious, so why does it happen?

The answer to that question is also quite obvious. It costs governments money to maintain health services and facilities for people with mental illnesses. Governments love to save money by cutting services and to divert that money into infrastructure projects about which they can boast for years. They get to cut ribbons and open buildings and perhaps have their names on foundation stones. That wins votes. Infrastructure means monuments to politicians. Services are just about looking after people and that does not necessarily win votes at all.

If we simply don’t care what happens to others and think only of ourselves then I guess we can’t really blame the Police too much for acting that way too. Why are these matters arising for Police anyway? Dealing with crime is what Police are about. Mental Health is not a Police matter. It needs mental health medical experts.

Politicians have a clever trick to neutralise public concern about certain issues. Mental health treatment has been a major failing of governments at least since the 1960’s. Violence is another.

They subsidise community organisations working to alleviate certain problems. Mental Health may be one of them. By subsidising these organisations the politicians can control what they do and ensure that they do not put too much pressure on government to actually solve the problems. The concerned community members working hard in these groups can achieve some progress, but can rarely solve all the problems. That is because the government owns the problem and has silenced the voters most concerned about it.

This is why voters.network and FairGO have never accepted government subsidies. That is why we are so successful. That and the fact that we do not crow about our successes as other groups do, because we know that the real heroes are the voters who have taken on the problem and the politicians who have helped them solve it.

But that very independence is what makes us totally dependent on voters to upgrade and contribute to our funding. It means we can only do what voters help us to do.

We invite you to upgrade to advanced membership. That entitles you to become a Hub Leader after a very brief training and with constant support. As a Hub Leader you will help us develop the network and you will receive half of each annual contribution from members of your hub to help cover your time, costs and effort.

Voters who join are automatically allocated to hubs on the basis of postcodes, unless they mention that they have been referred by someone in which case they will be allocated to that person’s hub if that person is a hub leader. Most new members spend a while as ordinary free members until they get to know us and what we are seeking to achieve for them.

There are so many matters about which voters are concerned and so many great solutions that can be adopted by politicians. But until we bring the voting community and the parliamentary community together, it is unlikely that those solutions will be adopted.

Every Australian can use democracy to help them build better lives, by joining voters.network
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1st March 2018


Easter Sunday

The day is a symbol of what we might call, in a secular way, “The Power of Positive Thinking”, to take the title of Grenville Kleiser’s book.

Christ’s followers must have felt pretty “down” after seeing him executed. Not really what they had expected to happen. Perhaps they felt a bit disillusioned too.

Don’t a good few of us voters feel a bit downhearted and disillusioned about our governments from time to time, regardless of which party is in power?

What Jesus was seeking to accomplish was pretty difficult – a radical change in thinking.

What Easter Sunday commemorates is something really good coming out of a disaster.

In 1978 I felt pretty low too when my local council seriously let me and my community down. In those days I had no plans to do anything but build my Chartered Accountancy practice and perhaps follow my forebears into farming. But I was well locked into church as well. That I always enjoyed.

But something good did come out of my council disaster. Years later I worked through FairGO and Votergrams to obtain respite care in Canberra for a young man with cerebral palsy living in NSW. He wanted to go where his friends were and leave the dependence on his parents. But the ACT government would not fund him as he was a NSW resident and NSW would not fund him to Canberra. Instead they would fund him to Yass, which was where he did not want to go.

(Without my council disaster, I would never have thought of developing Votergrams or forming FairGO.)
It took a lot of thinking and a lot of strategic persuasion, but eventually both governments could see their way clear to come to an extremely good arrangement, so he moved to care in Canberra, funded initially by NSW then the ACT.

It was much the same when a pay award increase threatened to close Warrah, a very nice community for people with severe disabilities. The Board called us in and with the help of parents, the NSW government was persuaded to fund the pay increase, despite its earlier refusal.

Christ’s resurrection is seen by many as simply impossible. So too, many find it impossible to believe that governments will change their mind to help individuals or the broad community. In our democracy it is a case of understanding the issues, identifying potential solutions and strategically bringing persuasive power to enlighten politicians to those possibilities.

When I look at so many successes over so many years, I know that we have performed miracles and that much of our success has been due the to willingness of politicians to look well and truly beyond what is in their own interests and break down the barriers to happiness for Australians who ask for help.
That is why we are reluctant to blow our own trumpet like so many organisations do, for the real heroes are our much-maligned elected politicians. Far too often we are far too fast to condemn and crucify them without fully understanding what is required for them to deliver us the Australia we want. Dashed hopes can be resurrected by those with the courage, faith and determination to simply not accept “NO” for an answer from the governments we elect, employ and pay to do our bidding.

Now you may have been following, even thinking of joining, our Action Forum on domestic and family violence. I was horrified to learn in recent weeks that domestic violence is so common that major employers are giving paid and unpaid “domestic violence leave”. Do we have an epidemic of domestic violence in this country? What is the cause? Mostly it is men who are violent. What has got into these men? What is their background? Why are they doing this? Who is pushing them towards it? What is the role if any of drugs, alcohol, gambling, debt?

What do we do with a mother and step-father who repeatedly arranged for their 8 year old daughter to be raped? Are fiends, monsters deliberately giving birth to children so that they can be abused?
You and I have two choices that are all lot better than those of the people who stood around and watched Christ being crucified.

We can either let the sexual abuse of children continue with our endorsement, knowing as we do that their lives will have been utterly destroyed until the day they die OR we can act to have our government curtail this horrendous crime against children very quickly.

Whatever happens to little children from this Easter onwards will be on the heads of the Australian voters. What you and I decide, these Australian children will live. Any one of us could have a child or grandchild kidnapped for sexual abuse. The baby born in the next hospital bed may be destined for rape within a year or two. We do not live under military rule as in Christ’s time. We live in a democracy and we can stop this practice stone dead – if we think first of the children and develop effective solutions.

JOIN, UPGRADE, GIVE US A HAND. Forget cricket cheats and political donations for a moment and let’s save a few hundred or thousand Aussie kids from a horror story and put an end to domestic and family violence, of which child rape is just the most extreme example.

Greg






30th March 2018
Good Friday

I am spending Good Friday in beautiful, lush green, pollution free, traffic free, inland nsw. Canberra is 2 hours one way. The magnificent snow fields 2 hours another way. The lovely south coast beaches, rivers and lakes 2 hours in another direction. The pleasant city of Goulburn is 2 hours away in another direction.

Very nice homes sell for between $400,000 and $700,000. On their block size they would be $1m to $2m in Sydney. The saving on a 30 yr loan would be astronomical.


From here, I can attend to the needs of voters from the Western Australian wheat belt to Hobart in Tasmania, Far North Queensland, Broken Hill mines and New England University in Armidale as well as Adelaide and Melbourne. I could deliver goods and services to anywhere in Australia and most places in the world.

There are very good alternatives to overcrowded capital cities.

Today we remember the execution of Jesus Christ. Without discussing the issue of his divinity or the behaviour of today’s religious leaders, we can learn some important lessons from his life and death.

He taught that we would all get on better if we thought about each other as much as about ourselves. He taught freedom of thinking, tolerance of and respect for others. He taught that rather than bearing grudges we would enjoy life better if we forgave others and ourselves for our inevitable mistakes.

We should value democracy, with all its faults, for it is surely better than the power of the religious leadership of his time which had him killed because he was disrupting its power base. Do we still see that today in some parts of the world?

Our democracy is better than the Roman dictatorship which had him crucified for disturbing its rule of the Jewish nation. The heavy fist of that dictatorship is seen in the crucifixion of 10,000 people along the Apian Way. Do we see similarities in the Russian, Chinese and some Middle Eastern countries today, where dissent is not tolerated at all?

How lucky we are to live in a democracy where by using our votes and our voices in unison as a network, we can control what is done with our state, territory or nation!

It does take a little bit of effort to say what we want and do it in a way that persuades politicians. But compared to being crucified for dissent against the powers that be, it has a lot going for it.

What we see in Jesus is a man prepared to stand up for what he believed and prepared to die for it.

Ordinary people like you and me in our Australian democracy can stand up for what we believe, challenge authority and not suffer any harm. I have done it for 30 years, challenging politicians of all parties and bureaucrats alike. When I started I was scared of retaliation, but none has come. I am not that important and most politicians would like to do the right thing anyway, if only voters supported them.

But doing the right thing and governing well is extremely difficult and mostly a thankless task. If we just work together as voters and with our elected MPs of all parties, but insisting that if they wish to continue in office they do what the vast majority of voters want, the result will be happiness. One difficulty is finding out what the vast majority want done. We can do that if we work together. Another is managing the very many tasks government entails and managing them well. To do that politicians need our input, for we are on the ground experiencing the outcomes everywhere.

Let’s take one hint from Jesus and treat our Members of Parliament as we would like them to treat us. I bet it will work well.

Have a Happy and Safe Easter. Drive carefully and share the driving on long trips. Men who hog the driving, do their wives, partners and adult children a great disfavour by denying them the experience whilst Dad is with them.






27th March 2018

Role models for children

Who makes the best role models for children – sports stars, business people, sales people, film stars,  TV personalities, parents, grandparents, teachers, lecturers?

Do children model themselves on people outside the family or is it primarily their parents who are their models? When people who have done great things speak who do they most nominate as guiding their lives. What I mostly hear is “Thanks to my mother...” or There was one teacher [name] who really inspired and encouraged me” Or "My father...............".

Is it perhaps the combined impact of all the adults they experience that models their behaviour?

Should the government be working to stand by parents, not necessarily financially, but to give moral support and help them over difficult situations?

Should we as the community combine with governments to see that all parents get a fair enough go at life to provide good role models for their children and expose them to people who are also good models?




“Couple deliver their own baby in NSW hospital”!

“How bad can it get in Australia for young couples?”

Young couples are the solid future of Australia. They will drive the workforce and demand for decades. They will take on the challenging role of parents, looking for support, child care for their babies and toddlers. What they are able to do for their young children will set those children on a path that will determine their future lives.

Young couples are often looking at impossible house prices in capital cities, yet have little knowledge of rural and regional cities where houses cost a quarter of the price. They need secure jobs.

What do you think governments should do to help these young families, starting with early pregnancy and child-birth?

If you know, your best course of action could be sending a Votergram to every Member of Parliament telling them what to do. You could join voters.network now and start the community talking about what is needed. If you are in an early parenting organisation you could contact FairGO to help co-ordinate a campaign for improvements.

The way democracy works is that those who put most effort into influencing government enjoy the most out of it. Young parents are often just finishing studies, looking for jobs and homes, starting families and very short of time.

Voters.network, FairGO and Votergrams exist as tools for them to use in order to build better lives. We believe that all Australians are entitled to a fair go from governments. Working with our elected Members of Parliament, regardless of what party they are in, can be a very good way to ensure that all young families do get a fair go.




15th March 2018

Are governments failing the people, failing the nation, failing themselves?
Are we voters fiddling while a social bushfire is burning in our midst?
Or is it just media hype to earn money and entertain us?

Whatever it is, voters.network needs you to help sort it out before we all suffer – our young people most of all.

You may agree or disagree with what I say below. It is what you want, not what I want that is important, so join voters.network and have your say in a more effective way. Then together let’s change the world so that Australia prospers as a fair country in which everybody is given a fair go – young and old, rich and poor, sick and healthy. To do that we must guide and control government, not let others with their own selfish greed in mind, do it courtesy of our neglect.

Free enterprise capitalism does not have to exclusively enrich the wealthy and impoverish the poor. CEO’s get paid $5.5m a year. That’s over 150 times the minimum wage of about $35,000.

We surely do not need to be an excessively welfare country, but rather a strong working country.

Homelessness has dramatically increased. NDIS seems to be failing to deliver for our most vulnerable people.

Our tax system achieves the following goals:
To enrich tax avoidance experts in the legal and accounting fields.
To ensure that the very highest income earners can buy tax favours though political donations or advertising campaigns and pay relatively low rates of tax, if any at all.
To deceive and confuse ordinary average Australians into believing that they are being fairly treated, partly by the division of taxing and spending between states and the commonwealth – a bit like the thimble and pea trick.
To seriously disadvantage small to medium sized family businesses and farmers
To allow taxpayers money to be used for many purposes for which it was not intended.

Education, electricity, water, housing, child care and aged care have suddenly become investment and profit-making ventures from which people make money, instead of public utilities for the equal benefit of all Australians.

Violence in young people from more recently immigrant families is of great concern. It is most likely the product of politicians allowing large numbers of people to immigrate to Australia, but failing to provide them with the education, careers, understanding of Australian culture and support that will assist them to happily integrate with the existing Australian community. It is grossly unfair to put these young people into such disadvantaged circumstances. Immigration needs far better management than it has received to date from its profit-driven proponents.

A government wants to spend billions of dollars of public money on stadiums for a football league that has its own $300 million stacked away and wants to put on the field a violent criminal who harassed and stalked women in America refusing to pay court ordered compensation . Is our public money seriously going to be used for this purpose, to endorse violent home invasion, assault and harassment of women? First shouldn’t the league settle his court ordered debt, with reimbursement from his salary?

Whatever we want, in a democracy we can pretty much have, but we must put in the time effort and resources needed to achieve it.

She won’t be right mate unless we make it right. Many of you have used FairGO and Votergrams over the past 30 years. Now there is a new geneation of solutions. Join voters.network and help your fellow Australians make it right. To do that they need to know what you want for Australia.

And voters.network would love a little bit of your money by way of the annual contribution made by advanced members. That way we all share the costs and voters.network stays independent.




14th March 2018

Dividend imputation is a politically orchestrated tax fraud designed to give big investors, like big banks, big benefits and leave salary and wage earners holding the tax baby.

Why shouldn’t nab lose its banking licence with customers given a year to move to another bank?
Would a new government bank be more honest?

Why does the government pay to build stadiums for an organisation that runs sport as a business and has hundreds of millions of dollars in kitty? Is this what we want, while parents have to deliver their own baby in hospital due to staff shortages?

So does The National Retailers Association really want zero growth in wages as reported today? What about a similar zero price rise requirement for its members?

The Tax Office can’t be bothered to check company tax returns and issue assessments. No wonder people cheat. No wonder others get angry required to pay tax without supporting documentation while the tax office itself disallows deductions for lack of evidence.

Alan Jones and 2GB enjoy their well earned ratings fame. I wonder how many voters realise that they would probably solve their problems faster if they quietly sent a Votergram into the relevant parliament.

Stop, look and listen to the politicians. Assess how well they are representing you. You can join voters.network FREE and rate any of them you wish to, with a tick or a cross.
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14th March 2018

Banking, child care, aged care, crime control, transport and politicians' duty to perform.

Did you know that voters.network, https://voters.network/join.php lets you rate your MPs?

Our representatives, our politicians, have, through bank de-regulation and  much privatisation, set loose a ferocious, corrupt and ruthless profit-devouring industry, crooked as possible and not in the slightest bit concerned about the harm it does to Australians. Politicians of both major parties have lined the pockets of this industry by allowing it to sell unaffordable loans to unsuspecting customers; to accept bribes for loans; to launder money, to sell fake loan insurance: to foreclose at will, given it billions in compulsory superannuation funds, guaranteed its debts despite its multibillion dollar profits and sold the government banks that once held the private moneylenders in check.

Taxpayers’ funds are pouring into child and aged care run by huge enterprises to whom the well being of the clients, children or elderly is far less important than maximising profits. Huge government subsidies or grants increase private profits exponentially. Owners take the profits. We voters share the costs. The voters who pay have no say.

Would it be better if government ran these services itself, returning the big profits to clients or to the government for the people? Or is privatisation a roaring success despite the higher charges to Australians needed to deliver desirable super-profits?

Are our politicians serving us well or badly on these matters? You can rate their performance easily by joining www.voters.network FREE. Then you can rate your local MPs or any state or federal MPs or ministers with a simple tick or cross.

Eventually a picture will be built of what the voters think of their MPs. We are not out to denigrate them. There are some truly magnificent MPs, but even they can be persuaded to make bad decisions. If voters get alongside them and quietly help them with feedback and solutions, they will improve their performance.

There are also some hopeless politicians who would be far better replaced. That applies in all walks of life. Voter involvement in rating their politicians is a first step towards building better lives. If voters elect them and voters pay them, it is important for voters to monitor what they do and assess how well they are being represented.

Then they can use voters.network’s rating facility to provide feedback on how satisfied they are with what is being done by people elected to represent them.

Democracy belongs to and can serve the voters, but voters have to make that happen. Voters.network provides the platform. Working with politicians should be the voters’ goal.



11th March 2018

1.Domestic and family violence and 2.population management

I see some campaigns coming up. Two topics that seem to be grabbing the attention of Australians at present are Domestic and Family Violence and Population management

ABCTV had two programs dealing with population this evening.

Population policy is purely political, so we voters can modify it if we wish by persuading politicians and their political parties to do what we want, or replacing them with others who will represent our views.

But what do you think? What are our views - the views of the Australian community, both silent and vocal?
Are polliticians doing what we want? Are political parties giving us politicians with the vision to handle the population they are increasing by their policies? What happens at the two ends of this equation - the one whee immigrants arrive and the one where the population ends up living and working? Are our politician squeeezing us at both ends by inceasing the immigrant intake and refusing to dev elop the 100 or more regional cities and centres that could so easily servie the world via the NBN with good road, rail and air transport facilities, schools nad hospitals which would provide tens of thousnads of jobs?

It will probably be the next topic for discussion on voters.network's advanced member-funded Action Forum  after we conclude domestic and family violence.

The benefit of voters.network's advanced membership’s $44 annual contribution, lies in the network being completely independent of both government and business. The contribution primarily funds Hub Leaders to run their hubs that protect the network’s internal and external independence.

Join voters.network for free. Then if you see the benefit of a truly independent body for voters, you can upgraad to advanced membership. The network is backed by FairGO's 30 year presence in Australlian democracy as a 100% Australian funded and operated entity.

Voters.network already leads the world in its field.




10th March 2018

Step 1 in home hunting.

What is the main factor stopping you buying the home you want and why?

Your earnings?
Your aspirations?
Your family size?
Your preferred location?
The style of home you like?
Price?
Your banker?
The government?
Your local MPs?
All MPs?

The answer leads to solutions!

If you are not already an advanced member, send your answer via the contact form on voters.network. First name is fine. Advanced members post on the "Home Ownership" topic on the voters.network Action Forum.





9th March 2018
Home prices affected by 7 factors

Contrary to fake news by bankers today about zoning, home prices in Sydney are dictated by 7 factors:

Desire of residents to raise families in homes with privacy, not drug and crime infested housing estates.

Refusal of governments to develop the 30 inland cities in NSW with good road, rail and air access to match their very cheap housing, superb life-style and global internet trading reach.

Excessive property developer profit margins allowed in return for large donations to political parties.

Government stamp duty and infrastructure charges.

Developments being debt financed so buyers pay large interest and loan charges.

Government allowing foreigners to use Australian homes as safe havens for money, laundered or legitimate.

Council zonings in accordance with voters wishes.

Today’s publicity is a move to disenfranchise the Australian voters and compel them to accept the sort of housing imposed by the Chinese communist government. The thing is that Australian voters live in a democracy that they can control, not a communist dictatorship. Hence voters.network .

Time to limit developers to a 20% mark up on direct costs and get government developing all our cheaper cities through tax breaks and government re-location, directing foreign home buyers there.

Join the voters.network action forum and make a difference to your life before the powers-that-be cramp your style to make profit for others!




8th March 2018

Less talk. Ask for  action on International Women’s Day! When your messages of up to 100 words goes by one $25 Votergram to every MP in Parliament, telling them what you want them to do for women, it will go direct to the decision-makers. The opposition pressures the government. The back bench pressures the cabinet. The cabinet pressures the ministers and the ministers pressure the departments. FairGO can help you word your message. Email votergrams@fairgo.org .



8th March 2018

Are governments failing the people, failing the nation, failing themselves?
Are we voters fiddling while a major economic disaster is building around us?
Or are the stories I have comment on below, just media hype to entertain us and earn money for the media?


Whatever it is, we need you in voters.network to help sort it out before we all suffer – our young people most of all. You may agree or disagree with what I say below. It is what you want, not what I want that is important, so join voters.network and have your say in a more effective way. Then together let’s change the world so that Australia prospers as a fair country in which everybody is given a fair go. To do that we must guide and control government, not let others do that because of our neglect.

Free enterprise capitalism does not have to enrich the wealthy and screw the poor.
Energy Australia is just about to equalise gender pays. Others can do the same. It is only fair.

On International Women’s Day we are told that one major step forward is respect. That is so true. But respect is usually earned rather than given. So to be respected women will need to do what earns respect and with men that is first and foremost being able to stand up for yourself. That is pretty difficult if you are physically weaker and trying to look after small children. It means being able to physically defend yourself from attack; making sure you are financially secure and owning everything 50/50 with your spouse or partner. To those who say that it is not fair to put the onus on women, I echo my widowed mother’s words to me. When I said that something was "unfair" she replied– “Life itself is not fair, so best get used to it now!” The best time for women in a relationship with a man to secure their respect and security is in the beginning.

If I could not look after myself I am sure many men would do me like a dinner. As a kid growing up without a dad, I was lucky to have male relatives and friends who taught me how to do it. Life has worked well for me and I would like it to work a bit better for most women than it did for my mother. Though she too learned how to defend herself and earn enough money for our family of 4 to survive.

Headlines scream that education funding is unfair and seek to start a fight between government and non-government schools. The SMH article compares two schools by saying what one receives and what the other spends. It defies logic. Comparing apples and oranges. Let’s not fight. If government schools need more money it comes from consolidated revenue, it does not have to be taken from other schools. Obviously the schools educating the poorest children need enough government funding to do the same things as the richest schools and the richest schools do not need any more government funding than is needed to help poorer parents send their children there if they wish. Everybody pays taxes and all parents are entitled to some educational benefit out of those taxes.

Education, electricity, water and housing have suddenly become commodities from which people make money. Voters must decide how that plays out.

A government wants to spend billions of dollars of public money on stadiums for a football league that has its own $300 million stacked away and wants to put on the field a violent criminal who harassed and stalked women in America and refuses to pay court ordered compensation to the owners of a home he invaded and terrorised. Are Members of any Parliament going to support that sort of abuse of women, terrorism, home invasion and contempt for the law? Do we voters think that providing sporting facilities for that code and its stand on violence is a good idea, or that it should use its own money to build its own stadiums from which it earns a fortune in gate money and TV rights?

Should the sport’s governing body ensure that agreement is reached with this player’s victims to pay the court-ordered damages out of his football earnings before he goes on field? His apology is not worth a pinch of anything because he has ruined one young boy’s life by his rampage and that can never be undone. This is hardly a sporting code of role models.

Is it reasonable that surgeons, accountants, lawyer, banks businesses or bookkeepers who go on TV should gain a great influx of customers, not because they are good, but because they say they are good? Or should we, the customers, rate them as we can now rate politicians on this website.

Here is the story of two banks. CBA notified me of a term deposit falling due in about 1 week for one of the companies I manage. I phoned the local branch to give them instructions to roll it over in part. No answer but a machine! I phoned the 1300 number, went through 3 or 4 tedious menus, eventually reached a live person and gave the details and sought interest rates from the friendly operator. After a while she said that as it was a company she would need to put me through to the business section. She did that. I told my story and identified myself again. Checked rates, said what I wanted done and the operator said that she could not action it because the due date for maturity had not arrived. When I suggested she could note my instructions and have the appropriate section action them on the due date she said that was impossible. Instructions had to be given on the exact due date. I asked what would happen if I was overseas, in meetings all day or out of phone range that day. She said that was irrelevant. I gave up and on the due date matured the company’s money for depositing with a more helpful bank.

Yesterday I received a phone call. “Hi Greg” the caller said, “It’s Karen from Bendigo Community Bank. I just wanted to let you know that one of the companies you manages has a term deposit falling due in a bit over a week so that you can let us know what you want done.” How pleasant! What a bank. Why would I deal with deadheads in a bank that sets out to be obstructive when I can deal with a bank that actually cares about its customers? I deal with all banks but Bendigo Community Bank is streets ahead of the others. If you want to test the waters, open an account with them and see how it works for you. Having spent much of my life in Chartered Accountancy and dealt with many banks for many clients, I have certainly enjoyed a refreshing experience with Bendigo Community Bank. So much so that I am buying just a few shares for 50 cents each in the local company that runs the community bank for Bendigo. Yes, we can actually own part of our own bank. Don’t let inertia keep you in a bank that treats you badly. But wherever you bank, do your own homework. Don’t rely on the bank to do that for you. The bank is trying to earn a profit from you. You need to protect your own interests. Don’t expect any bank to do that for you.

Housing is horrifically expensive in capital cities yet in regional cities it may only cost a quarter the price and the air is many times fresher. If governments developed regional cities with highways, rail lines and air travel to them there would be jobs galore and young people could adventure out into the most beautiful parts of Australia to live far richer lives than they ever will in capital cities. NBN will provide access to the world for businesses who set up there at far less cost than in Sydney or Melbourne. Inertia is preventing our young people from moving outside the capital city "square" and enjoying the very best of Australian lives in regional cities and towns.

What do we gain and lose from international free trade agreements? Government ministers tell us all about what we can expect to gain, but nothing about what we will lose. Most of our manufacturing has gone. What are we selling to earn money to pay for our imports. Agricultural exports are still very important, but climate change may alter our capacity to feed others at profitable prices. Service industries are important but not everybody can join them. Governments should tell us what we are giving away and put profits from what we gain into education for those losing their jobs so that they can earn money in new fields and contribute to the tax base instead of drawing on welfare.

By its system of seeking a small financial contribution each year from advanced members and allocating most of that to hub leaders, voters.network may be able to make some small contribution to future earnings by channelling those funds to thousands of hub leaders around Australia, all making our democracy work better for the people of Australia.

Why is it that according to media reports, 339,000 Centrelink callers waited more than 30 minutes on the phone and 33 million calls between July and January received no answer at all? Why have our politicians been so stupid as to concentrate so many services into one hopelessly inefficient service office? Why have they been so incompetent as to fail to properly staff the phones. The trend to automatic phone answering services robs the community of massive amounts of time for no benefit at all and those who cut jobs and costs by using phone answering technology instead of giving people jobs answering phones in a proper and helpful wa, should be dismissed from parliament at the next election and from their bureaucratic jobs.

Our time is valuable. We pay taxes for service. Governments should be increasing taxes for high income earners, not reducing them. Why are we having 33 million calls to Centrelink over a 7 month period at all? There are only 26 million people in Australia. Are we providing government services and welfare to far too many people for governments to manage? Do we need to get more people into the workforce and housing. Is there a better way than regional development? Not that I can see.

A group of teenage criminals has just been arrested. Teenagers are causing havoc elsewhere. Women need to be respected as do men and children. Whose responsibility is it to teach children to respect others? I would say it is primarily their parents. The parents had the fun of sex. Surely it is up to them to do the hard yards with the children that produces. But people cannot teach what they do not know. Parents who have been shown no respect by their own parents, by schools, by government agencies etc, cannot teach respect.
Prime responsibility for teaching children to respect all others lies with their parents. Secondly it lies with schools because children spend much of their lives at schools, so they will learn what they see and do there, whether or not we like it. It then becomes the responsibility of government to ensure that parents and schools have the knowledge, experience and resources to teach respect to children.

We pay teachers to teach respect so I suggest that government run parenting courses for all parents at various times suitable to parents and pay parents to attend and to teach respect to their children until those parents and the children can demonstrate that they understand and have adopted respectful practices. Part of that teaching will include demonstrating how much better life can work in a respectful world for respectful people. Jobs and wealth come much more easily to those who treat others in a respectful way.

"Sydney trains cuts 100 services to stop system meltdown" says the headline. The fact is that our politicians who are frantically promoting higher populations for capital cities are manifestly incapable of running cities with such high populations because such cities require far higher, not lower government expenditure per person. That is partly the higher cost of managing people crammed closer together. It is similar with cattle. Those run free-range in paddocks take a lot less care than those crammed together in feedlots. Politicians must surely have known that. It is also because in big cities every bit of land acquired for public purposes costs infinitely more and costs more to develop because of the narrow spaces in which developers have to work.

Voters have a good bit of supervising to do if our governments are going to delier better lives to our children and grandchildren, even to ourselves and even just lives that are as good as what we have enjoyed to date.

Act now or forever suffer the consequences!





7th March 2018

March 8 is International Women’s Day. It comes about because many men have been treating many women very badly. Something we should change guys!

We men can start giving women a fair go by making a change in many simple ways. It is a lot more fun being in a relationship with a woman if she is an equal partner rather than the guy being the dominant one responsible for all decisions and leadership.

Here are some simple steps:
Don’t hog the steering wheel. If she drives as much as you do she will be just as good a driver and you will both travel long distances more safely. Hogging the steering wheel means she does not get the same experience as you. Sit back and enjoy it. I have for more than 50 years and sharing the driving has worked very well. My wife will handle a difficult traffic jam, parking spot, 4wd climb or creek crossing as well as I will, if not better.

Make sure she has her own bank account and investments. My mother had never signed cheque when my dad died leaving her with 8 y.o. me and twin daughters of 4 y.o. The steep learning curve left her very vulnerable to exploitation.

Make sure that she has joint ownership of the house, farm or business and her own car, if you have a car you use all day, so that she will be secure and as mobile as you.

Ensure she has more than adequate funds for spending commensurate with your combined income.She should never have to ask you or money.

Never put her down or belittle her on her own or in front of others. That just indicates that you have a self-confidence problem.

Encourage her to have as many friends and activities as possible for that broadens her horizons.

If one of you cooks meals the other should wash up. Share household duties.
Never hit or abuse her. It damages her self-confidence and reveals you to be cruel, insensitive and if she is physically weaker, a coward. It certainly destroys a good relationship.

I am sure many others have even better suggestions, ideas and experience than I do, so perhaps you will join voters.network and post them on the Action Forum discussions. Voters.network is our newest venture to help Australians buyild better lives by guiding government.



1st March 2018
Media Controlled Democracy (MCD) and horrific living conditions for our Aboriginal fellow Australians.

Barnaby Joyce was not removed from office by voters for work failures. He was removed by a relentless media campaign about his sex life. Is this how we want our democracy to work? A person voters elect gets attacked by the media on personal matters until they resign. The removal damages the MP’s party and advantages the opposing party.

How does this affect wise community members we might want to elect to represent us? Why would they stand? Not so many people are perfect.

The reaction to the rape of a 2 y.o. in Tennant creek is something we voters need to take up. The causes are obvious to most. Alcohol & other drugs; lack of education, careers, housing, self-esteem and development.

The fault is not all the Northern Territory’s. They have few people and few resources. We all took the land belonging to Aboriginals and we are doing very well out of it. We perhaps need to give something back.

Join our Action Forum and share your views with us.

Here are some discussion starters:
Should alcohol distributors be liable for damage caused to people who consume their product or to third parties by an offender whose mind is affected by alcohol.

It is no good criticise the NT government for not removing the child from the family. Aboriginal people have never forgiven white people for “stealing” children years ago.

Should responsible parenting be taught to all people all over Australia, with them paid to attend?

Should we boost development in inland Australia to provide jobs , education, health care, housing and financial security for people living there?

Should we encourage big city residents and require immigrants to settle inland to ease the pressure in major capital cities and develop sustainable cities throughout Australia, based in part on the internet which allows us to trade with anyone in the world from almost any town in Australia.

Tear these ideas apart,or expand them. Add your suggestions to help inland Australia and the people whose homes our forebears took by force of arms. Join the forum on domestic violence and make a difference. Don’t condemn little children to suffer for our neglect or violence!


What is the best way to boost the economy?
The (Big) Business Council of Australia is said to be campaigning with the gloves off, for a tax rate as low as 25% even on a taxable income of billions and that after tax havens and tax avoidance schemes.

An individual voter earning over $40,000 p.a. pays tax at the rate of 33% or more (up to 45%) on every dollar over that amount plus the medicare levy plus 10% gst on most spending. Businesses claim back the gst they pay, out of the gst they collect from customers. If a person’s first $40,000 pays for gst exempt items and the rest is spent on gst items, the balance over that $40,000 would be effectively taxed at 33% + 10% gst = 43% compared to big businesses earning billions of dollars who are taxed at 25%.

Government contemplates giving a $400 million benefit to nab alone in that 8 cent in the $1 tax cut on its $5.3 billion profit, depriving education, health services, welfare, etc of $400m in the process.

On the other hand the Government could leave the corporate tax rate as it is and spend an extra $400 million on boosting the economy itself, including schools, hospitals, highways, port & rail links. Then we would be sure to see jobs and growth.

The government and big business lobby claim that if companies earning billions pay less tax they will invest that money in the economy. Of course the government will have that much less to spend so it will have that much less to invest in the economy. The amounts will be equal. 8 cents more in the dollar for big business to invest and 8 cents in the dollar less for the government to invest.

Which will do more for voters with that 8 cents in every dollar? Big business or the government?

Is big business boosting Australian jobs with its funds or it is paying for call centres in India, South Africa, NZ, America and the Philippines? Does Big Business spend most money where it can do the most good for the community or where it can make most money for the company? Should the corporate tax rate be exactly the same rate on the same amounts as for individuals. After all, we all need after tax money to live and invest in homes, cars, children etc

Given that company profitability is earned by a team from the CEO to the most junior person, should all staff received the same percentage incentive bonus on their pay as the CEO does?

Would it be fairer if businesses paid gst like ordinary Australian voters do, without claiming it back again as big businesses do now?

The Business Council of Australia implies that American companies would not want to do business here if they had to pay high Australian taxes on their profits, but under the double tax agreement and common tax planning practices they would either pay lower American tax on their profits or run them through a tax haven paying almost no tax. Australian tax rates would be of only academic interest to American business owners.

Investments would always be made via a tax haven so that 10% interest on the total amount invested could be immediately claimed as a tax deduction here and attract only tax haven rates.

The sheer falsehood of the prediction that cutting the big business corporate tax rate to 25% would create jobs and growth is well illustrated by Nab’s, $5.3 billion net profit linked to a proposed 4,000 staff sacking. This is not a criticism of nab. It is just what big business is about, maximising profits. Lowering the corporate tax rate just gives more money to the very wealthy to do with it what they will and less money to the government to spend for the benefit of the vast majority of voters who have less spare cash. Spending money on and for the vast majority of Australian voters may well do more to boost the economy than handing it to big businesses that can easily shift it off-shore. It may also reap more votes for government politicians.

Nab also announced its plan for a $1.5b investment and $1b cost cut. The investment is a one off $1.5m. The cost cutting that puts 4,000 staff out of work is an annual recurring loss to the economy of $1b. Anyone would see that in a 10 year period the economy gains $1.5b and loses $10b, a net loss to the economy of $8.5b plus a direct loss to government revenue of 8% tax on $5.3 billion or $400 million multiplied by 10 years that is $4 billion. Cash moves from government to the moneylenders.

Voters need to consider this tax cut proposal very carefully and let our local MPs know how we feel.




20th February 2018
The hounds bay for Barnaby’s blood?
It is a story of nature – love, sex, pregnancy. So why is this referred to as a political “crisis” by the media? Politicians are just like everyone else. No different.

The plan to cut tax rates for billionaires who channel their income through companies; the plan to develop a weapons export business so that governments can kill and maim their citizens or citizens can kill or maim their politicians; the health, education, housing and transport services needed for our booming population; a bank earning billions that will sack thousands to lift profits even higher!

Might not any of these cause a greater crisis in our lives than a political pregnancy ? Why is this being blown up into a major news story? Why indeed?

To understand, one first might conjure up a picture of two warring armies – French & English; North and South Vietnam; China and Japan; Northern and Southern states of America – fighting for the power and prestige of ruling a nation. Then picture them using, not swords, muskets, napalm bombs and tanks, but words, public relations, advertising and verbal attacks on each other, in their quest for power. “Sticks and stone may break their bones, but names can kill careers in politics”.

Picture Parliament House as the “theatre of war”. On one side are the parties in power and on the other the parties seeking to take it away from them. Rule of Australia is at stake. Conquest is not about winning control of cities and towns, but the winning of votes from individual voters in sufficient numbers to win control electorates until one party holds more than half of them.

The two sides are almost equally matched. Their words of war grow louder and louder with the final battle for the votes that will deliver victory coming within sight. It might be next year, but if one of the ruling generals is knocked out, the government’s defences may be weakened enough to crumble earlier under a prolonged siege.

Votes of large numbers of individuals are the key to victory in a majority of electorates! The challenge is how to strip votes from the opponent when most voters are not very expert or that much interested in dull matters of government; may not have enough detailed knowledge of portfolios to form a view?

But every voter understands sex, and pregnancy. It is a topic on which everyone can express an opinion. There are other issues too of marriage and of women’s rights on which everyone has a view. If all of these can be properly exploited one side may gain an advantage.

Even within the parties there is friction. Once a person is at the top there is only one way to go – down. Plenty stand ready to take their place. Is there a chance to make a play for leadership in the midst of the confusion, as voters and party members speculate on public attitudes?

For almost all politicians, there is a little bit of good in this distraction, because suddenly the voters are looking at one particular MP and that means they are not looking at the performance of their own MPs, their ministers, the government or the opposition. How good is that for an MP used to constant criticism from the media and public?

Voters become distracted from the boredom of health, welfare, education, housing and transport and for a brief time can watch a “reality politics” struggle to see who will win, who will prove to be best under pressure.

That’s why the hounds are baying for Barnaby’s blood. It has nothing whatsoever to do with good government, but everything to do with posturing for power over the people of Australia.

Would it be handy to have an independent voters’ network equipping voters with the ability to keep government on track? Would it ever!!

FairGO's voters.network is not about doing the job for voters, any more than Votergrams are, but about helping them do the job themselves and building support for what they want. Then they will know how to do it for the rest of their lives. In particular it is about casting aside the fantasies of idealistic democracy and getting alongside the people we elect to represent us. Then we can help, guide, encourage and support them in using their power for the benefit of the people of Australia rather than for the small select group who currently impose their will on politicians by way of their wealth and our neglect.




19th February 2018
 

Don’t squander democracy! The alternative may be death and destruction!

Having just watched the appalling misery inflicted on people in Syria by warring factions I am conscious of how lucky we are to have a sensible, civilised democracy in Australia.

True it is not perfect, but much of the fault for that lies with us, the voters, who have failed to lend a hand, share some of our aspirations, experience and wisdom with the politicians we elect to represent us.

Imagine what our MPs would achieve if they each had the combined knowledge, wisdom and experience of their 100,000 voter constituents alongside them; informing them, encouraging them and supporting them against the powerful, greedy self-interest groups that currently control democracies world-wide.

Voters can command serious attention from their MPs and many MPs are only too happy to listen and assist their voters.

Some voters claim politicians will not listen, but I think those voters do not understand winning techniques and strategies or how voting works.
Consider this:-
In a 100,000 voter electorate the final count after all preferences have been distributed might be:
Candidate No 1, 55,000 votes
candidate No 2, 45,000 votes, a difference of 10,000 votes so candidate No 1 wins comfortably.

But if 5,100 voters who previously voted for candidate No 1, swung their votes instead to candidate No 2, the vote count would be :
Candidate No 1, 49,900 votes
Candidate No 2, 50,100 so candidate No 2 would be elected

Just 5% or 1 voter in 20 could make the difference, so politicians in office will mostly heed the wishes of voters IF voters are prepared to re-elect only those who do what they want and replace those who don’t, regardless of party membership of the candidates. Generally speaking there are good representatives and bad representatives in all political parties. There is no reason to believe that politicians are any wiser than the voters and they often lack experience.

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11th February 2018
The greatest challenge for Australians is to realise that they, not “the government”, are in charge of their future destiny.





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10th February 2018

I read an article in the Herald this week that asked the question “Are our politicians just in it for themselves?”

And I thought - What about the rest of us? Are we just in our jobs for what we can get out of them – income, super, holidays, homes, cars, friends and acquaintances, opportunities, knowledge, experience, wisdom, wealth? Are politicians any different to the rest of us? Why would they be?

John Hewson led the Liberal party from 1990 to 1994 and was defeated by Paul Keating, so he knows a bit about politics and – he was a politician.

Below are extracts from his article in SMH this week. I thank Fairfax for their commentaries on government and acknowledge the importance of the press being able to reveal the dishonest and fraudulent practices that sometimes permeate politics to damage the nation.

Hewson says: “I totally agree with Shorten that “the most corrosive sentiment awash in western democracies is the idea that politicians are only in it for themselves.””

“As long as our politicians are still preselected the way they are, leading to a parliament dominated by apparatchiks focused more on point-scoring and blame-shifting instead of governing; as long as our ministers are mostly amateurs, few of whom have ever had a “real job”; as long as campaign funding is so opaque and corruptible and lobbying too is so opaque; and as long as those in government “kick issues down the road” rather than solve problems; that corrosive sentiment will fester.”

That tells it like it is. I don’t think it will ever change without voter intervention.

He then goes on to say “The tragedy is that the two major parties know what needs to be done and how to do it, to genuinely clean up our politics and while they are prepared to talk about it, even to make “promises” to fix it, neither has ever done so, basically because each believes that they can exploit the present system more effectively than the other (party).”

Then, speculating on what the leaders of each major party is likely to do in 2018, he concludes,
“This will only compound the “corrosive sentiment” that “politicians are only in it for themselves”, that politics is “their game” and they will say or do whatever they have to, to win.””

Voters take note: This is a senior former politician speaking from experience. We would all be foolish to ignore his comments and believe the pleasant fantasy that most politicians are “in it for us”, relieving us voters of any responsibility for what the future brings, or to an active role in guiding our governments.
The only ways that my experience over the past 30 years dealing with Australian politics and observing other democracies differs, is that - “what is in it for them “ is not their ONLY concern, but it is their major concern, a long way ahead of what is in it for the voters; and not ALL politicians are “in it for themselves”. There are notable exceptions amongst MPs.

Are they, in that, so different from the rest of us? I do not think so. They are just like us – no better and no worse, no cleverer no sillier.

Once voters have clearly understood this truth – that of course politicians are primarily in it for themselves, those voters have discovered the key that unlocks the power of democracy and delivers it to the people. Here is why. It is simple logic:-

Votes are the exclusive right of voters alone; winning a majority of votes in their local electorate along with enough of their party colleagues doing the same to constitute the majority in parliament, is the ONLY way politicians can avail themselves of “what is in it for them” as the government which is a whole lot more than if they are in opposition, where they still have to win a majority of votes in their own electorate.

Therefore when voters want good government as they see it, the best way to obtain it is to use their votes as bargaining chips to achieve it. Letting local MPs know that your vote and that of others hangs on whether they do what you want, is very effective. Why would you elect a politician who did the opposite of what you want? Those in safe seats can simply move outside the box and campaign in the nearest marginal seat if the government will not listen. But if asked nicely, well in advance with supporting evidence, the politicians will usually listen, because they will know that if they do not do what the voters want, there will be “nothing in it at all” for them, as they will be voted out of parliament.

One caution – never bluff. Voters should always do what they said they would do.

Professor Hewson claimed at the start of his article that “populism always fails in the long run.”
I totally disagree with him. His claim rests on the idea that a few hundred politicians backed by government staff, will have better knowledge of what is wrong and what needs to be done, than 16 million voters with all sorts of life, career, trade, commercial and professional experience, backed by another 10 million fellow Aussies.

“Populism “, or doing what the people want, will succeed when enough voters network their knowledge, experience and goals in a spirit of patience and tolerance, because as a body of people we have a great deal of knowledge, wisdom and experience amongst us. Further, we do know what we want and are prepared to pay for and we do know what we don’t want and are not prepared to pay for.

That is why I invented Votergram in 1986 to let voters tell EVERY politician what should be done, formed FairGO in 1990 to help voters campaign and have now formed voters.network to put real power to guide governments into the future, with the Australian people in network hubs throughout Australia, led by trained Hub Leaders. They will help co-ordinate a process of discussion, discovery and democracy that will improve all Australian lives for generations to come, when most of us have moved on.

9th February

Fixing social problems without spending lots of money

Many organisations appear to be tackling Australia’s social problems. When I visit their websites I am amazed at the appeals for donations, sponsorships, money to pay those who run them on top of government (taxpayers’) funding.
FairGO’s biggest campaigns cost no more than this to win – under $10,000 each to cut road toll by 75%, beat the ID card, save the NSW snowfields; under $2,000 each to ban smoking on planes, keep Hornsby hospital open, keep Neringah hospital. Personal issues under $200 each- cross-border disability care, respite care Sth Sydney, mental health care, damages claim, $10k debt write off, $9,000 credit card w/off.
Small money, dedicated voters, solid arguments, informative Votergrams, receptive politicians. Those are the inexpensive solutions. You can make it happen without big money by leveraging off the resources of democracy. https://voters.network/join.php

8th February 2018

Why do Australians suffer in silence?

Governments so resolutely work against so many Australian individuals including small business that it is a wonder so many people tolerate it. Why do they?
This is what I have heard from others over 30 years:

They are so busy enjoying this beautiful land of opportunity that they do not have the time to improve their lives and those of their children and grandchildren.
They are too occupied with sport to worry about the impact government is having on them.
They reckon that if they don’t have to fight for something then it is not worth having.
They feel they can’t win against City Hall (government).
They believe that government would not take any notice of them.


We have proved all of those wrong.

We can enjoy this land a lot better with decent wages, more hospitals and schools, less crime and corruption, affordable housing for all.
Sport is a field in which training, preparation and determination pay big dividends. Democracy is the same and it can be every bit as entertaining as sport, with far greater rewards for the fans.
They do have to fight for the dividends paid by good government because a lot of greedy individuals will fight hard to preserve their privileged access to our taxes, infrastructure and services.
They can win against City hall anytime they care to network and press their case, because they have the votes that give control of parliament to people who represent them. Only if they ignore, give away or misuse their voting power can they be beaten by government if their cause is for the common good, fairness or justice.
There is no doubt that if a person believes they cannot win they will surely be proved right. On the other hand we KNOW that together we can win, which is why we have mostly been proved right for over 30 years.

Our politicians will be just as happy to help you as to hinder you. All you have to do is ask in the right way, with the right strategy and act with tact and diplomacy. We have some great politicians and they are our most under-utilised resources. Join us and let us Advance Australia in a way that benefits the vast majority of us.

Join voters.network and be part of the present and the future of this great country. There’s no time like now!

6th Febraury 2018

Is this Political Money Laundering ?

Last Friday the Sydney Morning Herald reported on huge political donations. Over $200 million was paid, it said, to Australian political parties. Voters would be foolish to believe that donors did not want big favours in return.

Even then, many donations were said to be not publicly disclosed because politicians had made laws to keep secret amounts under $13,200. It is easy to have a number of individuals donate under that threshold instead of the one business making a $100,000 donation.

Most amazing, was a story on page 4 that claimed some major accounting firms and consultants donated $800,000 to two political parties in 2016-17. It was reported that these firms had received close to $500 million in government fees over about 3-4 years. Those fees would have been paid from voters’ taxes, contributed for schools, hospitals, defence, transport etc.

Two questions arise.
First, was up to $800,000 of taxpayers’ taxes laundered through major consultancy firms and subsequently deposited “clean” into major political party bank accounts as “donations”? Our tax money laundered into political party funds?? If so, there is surely a further question of whether that might be theft, fraud or misappropriation of public funds. By our elected MPs??

The second question is whether the funds donated to the political parties was bribery. That could only be determined by whether or not the donors received benefit from those political parties. If any of the donors claimed tax deductions for amounts in excess of $1500 per year then that could only be tax deductible as a business operating expense incurred in earning income. If the payment to a politician or political party was paid in the course of earning income then it would be a bribe. As a bribe such a payment would not be tax deductible. An investigation by the ATO of all political donors may well be called for.

Nobody can tell what the intentions of the donors or parties might have been. All we can do is examine the facts. The facts seem to be that the consultancy donors received substantial fees (approaching $500 million) from the government. The government is substantially controlled by Members of Parliament who are members of those political parties.

The problem is that voters really have nowhere to go to seek justice on such issues because politicians effectively control all law enforcement agencies.

One of the options voters do have is to vote out of office MPs whose parties accept donations from parties who receive government contracts or who benefit from government laws. Corruption is only removed by removing from office those who accept corrupt payments from people who receive government contracts or benefits.

does not require the donor to first specify a benefit sought. People receiving donations of money are generally friendly and willing to assist their donors and secondly are smart enough to know that one good deed (like a donation) deserves another ( like a profitable contract).

The best way to stop corruption in Australian politics & government is to vote for local political candidates individually on the basis of their past performance and to ignore advertisements and publicity which try to “sell” us political parties or party leaders , on the basis of “promises” which sometimes are not fulfilled. Voters.network makes that objective assessment easy by letting voters rate their MPs in between elections then refer back to that rating before casting a vote.

This money laundering scandal, if that is what it is, may explain why some federal MPs are intent on cutting corporate taxes for the richest and biggest earners in Australia on top of already giving them back the gst they pay. That tax break would most benefit the clients of the accounting firms and consultants who donated the $800,000 to political parties. What went around would have come around!!

Hopefully some MPs will take this up and voters will vote according to what they think is right.



VOTERS.NETWORK ACTION FORUM REPORT 5TH February 2018

Voters.network's Action Forum on Domestic violence and violence against women has offered the following range of possible solutions. Advanced access members of voters.network  will soon have a chance to indicate which solutions they support for campaigning. It is advanced access fees that make the network forum and decision-making possible as they involve a lot of time, effort and cost.
We urge all our followers to join voters.network and upgrade to advanced access. We know the network can make a huge difference to Australian lives if we just each give a few minutes a week to our role in this marvellous democracy.

Title
A more appropriate title is “Domestic and family violence”

Education on
Avoiding violent disputes,
Self defence courses at or after school

Government Advertising on
Anti-violence laws and practices
Violence from alcohol & substance abuse
Safe reporting facilities
Ban violent pornographic film/video/ computer games

Prevention
Dispute & anger management courses for offenders
Compulsory alcohol counselling for alcohol offenders
Mandatory reporting by witnesses
Reduce alcohol outlets in high offender areas
Make suppliers liable for damage caused by alcohol & substance supplied.
Marriage/partner vows & contract “and I promise that I will never be violent towards you”.
Non-violence agreement before recipients receive welfare ”.
More support & accountability for anti-violence organisations

Protection
Mediation/ court hearing within hours of reporting incident.
Safe place for victims to confidentially report violence
GPS monitoring of offender
home security systems for victims

Punishment
Longer gaol sentences
No parole for offenders.
Offender compensates victim financially
Life imprisonment for group (gang) offences.
Heavier sentences if alcohol or other drugs involved
Immediate gaol for breaching any AVO
Surgically performed castration in case of absolutely proven violent sexual assault
Prosecution of on-field assault by professional footballers



30th January 2018

Horses for courses!


Did you see the ABC program on the guy taming wild brumbies in central Australia?

In the same way, voters can train their governments to provide solutions instead of problems. They could stop spending time and money on wild unwanted projects and attend to the most important needs of the people in the Australian community.

That is what voters.network is about.

Why does access to the full voters.network suite of services cost $40 annually plus gst?

It amounts to 12 cents a day or 85 cents a week. To be able to persuade politicians and guide government properly, voters.network needs to be completely free of any outside financing. To share the load of assisting people it also needs to be decentralised so that trained hub leaders can look after smaller groups of people and thus assist them better.

To rely on volunteers trying to stretch their income to cover their expenses, pitted against very highly paid professional big business lobbyists, would be fatal. For that reason, three-quarters of each annual contribution by a member goes to that member’s hub leader and another quarter goes to mentor Hub Leaders 2 generations back. Only one quarter of the contribution towards annual network costs goes towards network administration.

If Australia is worth enjoying it is worth enjoying fully. It is worth spending 85 cents a week to have government working with you rather than against you. FairGO and its Votergram service have remained independent for 30 years. Our voters.network will do the same. We aim for you to get a lot more out of it than $44 worth.

Join voters.network now for free and upgrade any time you like to make it all possible.




26th January 2018

AUSTRALIA DAY


I don’t know that I “celebrate” Australia Day any more than I “celebrate” Anzac day or Good Friday. I joined a community breakfast this morning and met many neighbours who I don’t often see. It is governments and commercial enterprises who want us to “celebrate” these days.

Would changing the date just ease our consciences about how much most of us have gained by treating the previous inhabitants of Australia so badly? Would it make existing Aboriginal Australians feel happier about our failure to include them and their culture in our everyday lives?

Moving beyond the date,  - what should and could we do to ensure that Aboriginal Australians are given just a bit more opportunity than others in health care, housing, IT, education and career opportunities than the rest of us, to catch up on 200 years of neglect.

Of course plenty of Australians could not care less – about anyone other than themselves. With any sort of luck they are in the minority. Plenty of others run a “gang” mentality of abusing or denigrating minorities not strong enough to battle their “gang”. That probably applies equally to people of most races and cultures.

We constantly see politicians looking to benefit the super-rich (corporate tax cuts, recover gst paid, limit pay increases boost profit increases, overcrowd the cities, build tunnels and expressway and multi-storied unit blocks) on the basis that this creates jobs. The wages paid to the workers are a pittance compared to what the owners get out of it.

We all value our homes, offices, factories, shops etc. Should we not estimate the market value of our capital city lands that were taken from the Aboriginal owners by force and never paid for? Should we not set that as a target to be paid to the Aboriginal community by way of education, health and career opportunities over the next 100 years out of federal and state budgets apportioned according to total population?

Australia Day is a day to recognise how lucky we all are to live in this beautiful land well described by Dorothea Mackellar in her poem " A sunburnt country", with a superb system of western democracy where the majority of voters controls government and government controls or affects a much of life.

It is a day to recognise how badly previous governments and some of our own forebears treated the Aboriginal people.

It is a day for every Australian to help shape this country’s future, their own future and the future of the people who were here before us for 2018 and the next few decades.

My thoughts are that having decided that we owed the Aboriginal community $1 trillion or so for capital city land stolen from them, payable in benefits over 1oo years we would:

Construct and staff many top quality hospital in Aboriginal towns or centres and make them training hospitals to train Aboriginal medical staff to serve the broad community, but particularly the Aboriginal community.

Construct and staff many top quality primary schools, high schools, universities and Tafe’s in Aborginal towns and centres, again training and educating Aboriginal people to work in them as educators to serve the widest community but particularly the Aboriginal community.

Construct and staff a fourth level of education facilities in Aboriginal town and centres to provide specific education in every type of career from the most popular trade to the most challenging profession and train Aboriginal educators to work in them.

Establish or subsidise an existing not-for-profit micro-credit bank to lend small amounts to Aboriginal people particularly women who wished to commence their own micro-business, whether in art, craft, clothing, health, law or accounting.

Connect all of these facilities to the world online by NBN satellite services for educational and networking purposes.

The returns in productivity and savings in welfare would be great but a minor part of the benefit to Australia.


Australia is such a great place to live that we can afford to be generous and make up for the misdeeds of earlier governments by providing our Aboriginal community with opportunities so that at the end of this century there will be no difference in the quality of life between Aboriginal people and those who came to Australia after them.

What do you think? You are one person in the majority of Australians who will control what government does simply by how you communicate with your politicians and how you vote. It is as easy as that.

Whether you agree or disagree with my ideas, please let us know. If you would like this matter to be raised in the voters.network Action Forum please email admin@voters.network and ask them to please put up a discussion topic in the Action Forum on “A Fair go for Aboriginal Australians”.

That is, in part, what the National Anthem means by “Advance Australia Fair”.
Greg

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.
Greg

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.
Greg


6 NOV 2017
ONLY ONE WAY TO IMPROVE LIVES IN A WESTERN DEMOCRACY!


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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