EYE-BALL Opinion’s “None of the Above” campaign – New Cash Grab to cover Political Party Administration Costs –
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– new cash grab to cover Political Party Administration Costs –
– part of Eye-Ball’s – “None of the Above Campaign” –
| Author: EYE-BALL Opinion | 28th May 2013 |
|Link to the Eye-Ball – ‘None of the Above’ campaign Front Page …
New Cash Grab:
Abreaking news story that will threaten all MP’s creditability has shocked all and sundry. The ALP, the Liberals, and the Nationals are all in bed together to secretly pass new legislation that will give then an annual “Administration” vote levy of $1 per vote won at the previous election for the period until the next election.
This story broke late last night and the media are all over the story this morning. The consensus is that the legislation will pass because all major Political Party’s will benefit.
In cash terms the cost to taxpayers will be almost $60 million over the next three years between elections – i.e. $20 million per year spread across the major parties. The Greens have indicated that will not support the legislation.
The ‘Australian’ story is pasted below:
This story was reported on by Laurie Oakes on the ‘Today’ show this morning as having been fully funded in the 2012-13 budget – hidden away under the ‘contingency reserve fund’.
This ‘cash grab’ is taxpayer’s money being used to fund Political Party administration costs.
Queensland did something similar after Newman came to power in early 2012.
This is ‘referendum’ stuff – the Government should not be allowed to vote themselves additional electoral funding out of taxpayer funds for purposes like – Administration Costs. Political Parties are a business with significant cash turnover.
The existing funding the AEC already pays them runs to almost $50 million every time there is a Federal election – less for States.
WIth the increased ‘informal’ vote – the AEC refunds impact on the payments made. This new ‘cash grab’ is the Governments response to keep up its funding and is criminal in its intent.
Nothing good will come from this and for Gillard to even be fostering the legislation with her under ‘police investigation’ for ‘fraud’ like charges, this reeks worse than the Obeid scandal.
Worse because all the major parties are supporting the legislation. This points to the moral bankruptcy in our leadership. If politicians want election war chests – do what everybody else has to do – bake laminations, or walk the streets selling raffle tickets. Being an MP does not mean being unhuman – it means you care about your community more and want to represent them.
How is this ‘cash grab’ about representing the people when it is about Political Parties wanting their Administration costs funded. Have the MP’s who belong to the party pay for the Administration costs via higher membership – they only just received a 40% pay increase …
There is only one way to combat this rabid money grab – vote ‘informal’ and in that way no political party receives the existing electoral funding of $2.5 per vote – nor this new $1 per vote.
This can be your way of protesting against the legislation and the compulsory voting and/or ‘None of the Above’ option on the ballot paper this campaign is targeting.
What a gig – join a political party and get paid by taxpayers – no rules – no limits – just spend the money to get re-elected.
This is worse than ‘the mafia’ who strip monies basis protection rackets.
This new ‘cash grab’ by the Government with support from the Liberals and the Nationals indicates Australians are deserting their Political Party membership, refusing to donate, and are generally pissed at the corruption and sycophant nepotism exposed by the Obeid, MacDonald, Torbay, Slipper, Thompson, and other political frauds against the public purse.
There is no surprises is that given these ongoing corruption scandals – to even consider raiding the public purse for a morally challenging ‘cash grab’ to fund the election scheduled for later this year, truly proves how integrity has deserted our Leaders.
If you disagree with this legislation you can do something about it – use the links below to find you Federal Member and send then a message voicing you opinion about the proposed legislation. Remember that they are sensitive to abuse and if you write – make sure you lodge your objections politely … else they will ‘spam’ you and any future messages will never get read … trust me I know … I have 20 odd e-mail addresses to get around their spam lists.
I rang my MP’s office this morning – seat of HINKLER – and was asked to lodge my protest at the legislation in writing.
I will do as I always do – send them a link to the post where my opinion is offered, and to as many other MP’s as I have in my database – that’s everybody … a single voice cannot achieve much – but a collective voice can.
Don’t be shy – scream your angst at someone who needs your vote …
Each MP has vetting staff who screen everything – most likely the MP will never read what you write – just be given an overview of the message the correspondence is delivering … and they call this modern politics.
Don’t forget to –
– Register your Protest –
Some history from a previous post on this subject:
In Australia compulsory voting has been the Law since 1924. A Wikipedia page titled – Electoral system of Australia – linked here – provides interesting history in how and why compulsory voting was introduced during 1924. Part of the page is copied below:
– Electoral Vote Refunds
What is not mentioned above is the Electoral Vote Refund system Australia has and how it has been a part of Australian history since the early 1920’s. read more here – Australian Electoral Commission [AEC] –
In Mar 2012 there was a report tabled titled – Current Commonwealth political financing arrangements – linked here – and very good reading.
The report gives examples of situations where candidates/Political Parties could profit from the public purse vote refund system, when the refund due is greater then the amount spent on election campaigns.
The last two federal elections, 2007 and 2010, cost taxpayers $54.2 and $49 million a piece in electoral vote refunds. The two major parties each received –
Most important is the rise in the informal vote in the 2010 election – up to near 12% when the ‘no-shows’ are added to the registered informal vote. This number registered third on the first preference list – beating the Greens.
In a submission to the – Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters [JSCEM] by this author after the 2010 Federal election – JSCEM submission linked here – a number of issues were raised with the committee including the electoral vote refund system, and why ‘compulsory voting’ feeds to the higher refunds paid for by taxpayers. If compulsory voting was not the law – the value of refunds to political candidates and political parties would diminish. The electoral vote refund would only apply to those who wanted to vote formally.
In a direct sense as it stands now – those who vote without real interest in who they vote for – ‘gift’s to the candidate/political party monies they would never receive if compulsory voting was abolished. They are linked in an adverse way that impacts on taxpayers.
– Political Parties forcing electioneering costs onto taxpayers:
Political Parties are responsible for all electioneering costs after the Parties have their official launch of their election campaigns.
In recent elections, this Campaign Launch has been delayed and this has pushed the ‘gray’ area of electioneering costs onto the taxpayer via Ministerial expenditures before the Campaign Launch.
A full listing of Federal Election costs since 1901 is provided by the AEC and can be accessed using – this link.
An example of a by-election cost contained in the table provided via the link provided shows that when Peter Costello resigned from the Opposition in 2008 – the cost for the by-election was a $710k expense dumped on the taxpayer.
History now reminds us that if Mr Costello had sat on the Opposition benches, became Opposition Leader, and given the turmoil leading into the 2010 election, the Coalition would most likely have won in a landslide and he would have been PM.
The cost of that by-election should be for the sitting member to cover unless mitigating circumstances prevails – i.e. medical, personal crisis etc. Just not wanting to be there anymore because you lost Government is not a reason. The same applies to state elections and the recent Anna Bligh dummy-spit.
The biggest embarrassment is that every other democracy in the G-20 who once had compulsory voting have now rescinded the Law and now have a voluntary voting system.
Failing a referendum on the ‘compulsory voting’ issue – vote ‘None of the Above’ at the next election – [i.e. draw a new box on the ballot, call it ‘None of the Above’ and place your mark in that box.] – unless of course you know your candidate and want to pledge your vote … do not vote the top of the ticket or the leader because you think their cute, or have your interest’s at heart … all recent evidence to the contrary.
Make a statement at the next election – it will only take a single election protest to make politicians and political parties change and alter the contempt they have for the electorate.
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