A couple of weeks ago I met with Tony Abbott and Andrew Hastie and discussed the need for a Royal Commission into bank malpractice with them. Whilst Andrew assured me that as my representative in Parliament that he would look after me Tony was not supportive of said Royal Commission. I don’t often nail my political views to the mast post but I have previously been a paid-up member of the Liberal Party – and this year there is no way on earth I want to vote for them. In my opinion the Liberal Party has totally lost its way and only has one type of constituent – the corporates and their rich owners. Yes I know that this is not inclusive of all rich people but I wouldn’t want to drop any names at all Clive Palmer . I’ll deal with my political ideals later – but first let me say I finally saw the #FakeTradie* ad and I’m mightily pissed off.
Here’s why: The very FIRST thing the #FakeTradie said is this “Let me get this right, Mr Shorten wants to go to war with my bank” … say what? The first thing the Liberal Party wants the ‘average’ tradie to align with is the idea that the banks are so good that talking about a Royal Commission into banks is akin to declaring a WAR on banks?
The guy might be a real tradie but that does not in any way, shape or form make him an authority on bank malpractice. If this guy had half a clue about what the banks really get up to he wouldn’t have included a ‘keep your hands off my bank’ statement in his lil speech. If he knew that the reason there are calls for said RC is because of the many scams the banks have found to part their customers from their assets (including the investment properties held by many average tradies just trying to get ahead in life) then maybe he wouldn’t have supported the banks. Maybe he would have supported the call to protect his own assets from his bank.
But he doesn’t understand what the real issues are, because until you’ve been done over you really do believe that our banks are super regulated and squeaky clean. Why wouldn’t you? After all, that’s what everybody is told all the time. Or at least that was true until the banks pissed off the wrong guy** and since then certain sections of the MSM have been all over it with more than one reporter delving into the underbelly of banksterland.
There is this idea that a Royal Commission will destroy the banks and throw us into financial ruin – piffle – we do not want to destroy the banks, the only thing we want is for our banks to stop robbing their own customers – end of story, we want them to follow the law (you know, the Acts that cover banks and their actions). Today the banks are above the law – this is not right – according to the rule of law nobody is above the law; it’s time to hold the banks accountable for the actions of their staff – and if a Royal Commission is the only thing that will enlighten the general public about the extent of the problems and the network of support that enables these frauds then we must have a Royal Commission.
Self-regulation obviously isn’t working since, well, erm, the banks are still misbehaving and saying in court ‘the bank was a victim of its own employee’ FFS – doesn’t that tell you all you need to know people? This is not a defence – this is an admission!
You don’t have to look too far to see the total cost to the Australian economy every single year from the devastating effects of the various financial frauds. We are now talking in the billions. The survivors of bank fraud often find themselves incapacitated and on welfare. It takes years to recover financially – and many either don’t have the years or the energy to pick themselves up and start again. I wonder what the suicide statistics are – is someone keeping a tally at all?
No, I don’t think “I’ll just see it through and stick with the current mob for a while” – my husband and I are still trying to recover financially from our own experience with the whole bank malpractice thing so the last thing I want is some bankster running the country for the banks – there, I’ve said it, and yes, I’d vote Liberal if it was anybody but Malcolm Turnbull – because, you know, bank malpractice needs exposing.
You’d think that since Mr Shorten has said he’ll hold a Royal Commission into banks that I’d be a flag-waving Labor supporter this election. … you’d be wrong . I have spoken about my trust issues before right? I don’t trust any politician to keep their election promises – too bad we can’t sue politicians who lie to get elected and then renege on their promises. And yes, people have tried – so much for democracy and holding politicians accountable. Apparently it’s enough for us to vote the bastards out at the next election. Too bad that this election the field consists of people you don’t know, who will give their preferences to one of the majors despite you voting for the unknowns to keep the majors out of power and you know your vote is going to count for jack shit. Oh sorry, is my cynicism showing?
So here’s my personal political ideology – not a single candidate for either the House of Representatives or the Senate seems to be able to convince me this is what they believe too. Party politics is ruining Australia and it makes me sad beyond belief …
I’m not a full-on conservative as I have many socialist leanings – I’m more of a ‘no man/woman/child left behind’ type of girl. As far as living in a great country is concerned I believe that there should be no real homelessness. I have heard tales of people who choose to live this lifestyle – through my work I only meet those who live in cars and under bridges because they can’t afford the exorbitant rents and there is literally no government housing available. The cost of living is far too high – how the hell people on social security survive is beyond me, I know most do not run heaters in winter because they can’t afford it even with the benefits cards – and our government is cutting social security while giving big business tax concessions … unbelievable (note I am taking great pains to not overuse profanity … it’s really, really hard though because I’m really, really erm, annoyed, yes, I’ll use the word annoyed).
I wonder who benefits from education? We have laws that make it mandatory for kids to stay in school but the cost of education is so high many low-income families struggle to keep up. Then there’s the changes to university fees and the massive cost, this in comparison to the sweet fuck all paid for degrees by the politicians that brought in these changes. I may personally benefit from my studies but you know who else benefits from a highly educated population? Business
What about all this fiddling with Medicare and this weird desire to make our health system resemble that of the US – I have no idea why any government would want to copy a system where average citizens can go bankrupt because of medical bills – and yes, there are people who go bankrupt wholly and solely because they cannot pay their hospital bills. WTF kind of a system is that? Isn’t a nation where you have fit and healthy people able to work a more productive one? Where if you get sick you can get medical attention while the problem is small and curable?
What exactly is wrong with the idea that the government uses taxes to make sure there is enough funding to have well-run hospitals and enough employees to staff them? If we’re forced to pay for private health insurance shouldn’t this insurance at least mostly pay for every type of medical intervention provided by medical practitioners (note this excludes the alternative medicines by implication – which is fine by me as long as we all get paid a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work and can afford to go alternative if our heart so desires).
Speaking of wages – why do they want to keep cutting wages (think penalty rates atm, setting minimum wages etc) – has no-one thought that if you want to have a consumer economy you have to make sure your population can actually, you know, consume? Who is going to buy all the stuff that is produced if all the companies keep cutting wages and exporting our jobs overseas? The top 20% of income earners do not buy the bulk of the stuff. I don’t get it – I know I’m dense but I really don’t get it.
We have companies spending big bucks convincing us to buy their shit but then they don’t pay their own workers enough money to buy any shit? Everybody seems to think that if you’re working you can afford to spend – nothing could be further from the truth … once rent/mortgage costs are covered, utility bills taken care of and food put on the table – people really struggle (surprisingly even those with investment houses can struggle because they are working towards their future, not spending on frivolous entertainment today, this means less income for those in the business of providing entertainment … d’oh).
I’m convinced this is not a good system … and cynically I realise that man is the only living thing that has to pay to live on the planet … how did we get into this mess where you are essentially a slave paying to live on a planet where you have zero say about what happens to it?***
I’m also extremely cheesed off about the endless stabbing each other in the back and removing sitting Prime Ministers indulged in my the majors, so this is not helpful when deciding who to vote for. The talk around said stabbings by the politicians who justify it is that Australians don’t vote for the PM but then in the same breath say that the PM was very unpopular so we had to get rid of him/her; I’m not sure they quite understand the implication of the illogical argument they’ve put forward.
Bad news Libs … I quite like Andrew Hastie but there is no way on earth he’s getting my vote – because a vote for him will make it likely that we get Malcolm Turnbull and I’m sorry – I don’t vote for backstabbers or ex bankers. More importantly though, I will not vote for a party that has forgotten so many of the citizens. I cannot risk more cuts to social security, health, higher education and an increasing burden of all the programs designed to support the big end of town at the expense of we the great unwashed.
If the mega conglomerates and the bigger corporations were made to pay their share of the taxes we could surely afford to look after our own? I’d be happy to see all taxes slashed to 20% across the board – but only if every single company and taxpayer were made to actually, you know, pay it – no clawbacks on taxes, no tax returns, just straight up pay 20% on your income/profit and be done with it. I know this would make accountants sad but I just want people to pay a fair rate of tax – all of them – and if corporations want to be treated as people so much they can pay their damned share of their taxes. No favourite children …
By the same reasoning I cannot vote Labor since they’ve removed two PMs – and I’m not a full-on socialist either. The State does not owe you a living, the best the State can do is make sure you have access to the best education and health system; and ensure that every citizen has access to housing. But while you can lead a horse to water you can’t make it drink.
I don’t buy into the wholesale sharing economy paradigm. You have to reward those who work hard – why should someone who works 12 hours a day have to support someone who through choice does not work? Why should someone who spent 4 years getting a trade or 8 years studying at university get paid the same as someone who chose to stack shelves in a supermarket because this job required no expenditure of time, effort or money to get a qualification?
I’m super cheesed off about the notion that pensioners who built their home decades ago should now be forced to sell their home and live off the proceeds because house prices are so high. These people did not scrimp and save all their lives and pay their taxes so that some have-not can turn around today and demand that all pensioners must now sell up so young people can get into housing (since house prices would still be high this wouldn’t be the result anyway, so it’s a bit of a red herring)
Pensioners did not drive up the property market, pensioners do not control wages and pensioners put in the hard yards when they were young to get to where they are today. So I’m sorry, but no, this is communism disguised as God-knows what – probably some idjits idea of ‘fair’ – and no, it’s not fair. This of-course leads into the comment by our illustrious leader that parents should buy a house for their children … because apparently all parents have the financial resources to do so and it’s just like buying your kid a lollypop doncha know? This, this is exactly what should frighten the crap out of every Australian going into this election – our PM is so very out of touch, he has no idea what life is like on an average wage.
I could go on, but gee I think I’ve whinged enough for one day . I’ll leave you with this song to cheer you up a lil bit. Next post I’ll have my whinge about the Senate candidates and how we really have no idea about who we can trust to be in it for us and who just wants to put their snout in the trough. (no cynicism here whatsoever, none, nada, zilch, nix )
Take care out there in banksterland
* my husband was a tradie, just so’s you know, most of the people we know are tradies, and most of them only know about bank malpractice because I don’t shut up about it.
**this is not a gender thing – I use the word guy just because – I know, my bad and all that – but let’s concentrate on the real issues and not whether I’m a bigoted idiot because I chose to use the word guy rather than person, human being, or any other gender neutral thingy to please people who don’t read my blog anyway. And you will note that I spent more time writing this disclaimer than it would have taken me to change the freaking word because at this point it is still a free country and I can choose to use whatever word I want … again, my bad, so sad.
***you have no idea how hard it is knowing that you support the industries that by their very nature have a negative impact on our environment but are essential to our current lifestyle but you also know you have to force some corporations to engage in their business in the least environmentally destructive way possible. It’s a tough gig juggling all the balls – and then you hear about corporations employing criminal means to get their own way and you just wish all the greedy fucks would fuck off .
It’s hard having a healthy happy bubble when a part of you thinks hey, we’ve got over 6 billion people on this planet – surely no-one will worry if we shoot the mongrels who set out to destroy lives and kill the planet wholesale. Then I remember civilised people don’t do that, and anyway, I’m still a peace, love and all that kinda girl. But I’d like to see them all go to jail … hackers, pickpockets, corrupt politicians and the corporate cowboys who think it’s okay to destroy someone else’s patch of dirt because hey, it’s not in their backyard and won’t harm their kids or grandkids eh?
I actually want to work in mining and environmental law – for the miners. I grew up with mining so perhaps that’s where my blinkered vision comes in? My dad had a gold mine, and my husband has spent most of his adult life in mining. And most mining companies do (or at least definitely used to) do the right thing and try their best to minimise damage to the surrounding environment. I’d like to be a part of the solution.
(the edits were corrections of typos … sorry ’bout that – especially the ones I’ve missed)