The Queensland State Leader of The Australian Party, Aidan McLindon along with Federal Leader Bob Katter announced the Party’s policy increasing the payroll tax free threshold in Queensland to $2 million in order to position Queensland’s economy for strong growth.
Restoring the land of opportunity and A fair go for owner operated business and farmers – For people that aspire to work for themselves. There has been a most destructive concentration of market power in the Australian food industry. Two supermarket chains control more than 90% of the market. The AC Nielson series in 2002 reported the market share of the big two at 76.7%.
The attached document from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (series 5368.0) shows that ten years ago Australian food exports were 400% higher than imports. They are now only 100% higher. This means Australia’s food surplus is reducing by 30% per year, within 3 ½ years we will be a net importer of food.
Despite a government promise that the toll on Brisbane’s Gateway Bridge would be temporary, it remains. Why? Government has sold this asset off and now Brisbane commuters will pay about $40 every week, indefinitely, for good! That’s just one example of what privatisation costs.
Ten years ago Australian food exports were 400–500 % higher than imports. They are now barely twice the size of imports. If live animals and processed grain were taken out of these figures, the picture would be far dire, we are already a net importer of fruit and vegetables, pork, and seafood.
Just two years after dairy deregulation, beyondblue provided the heartbreaking advice that a farmer was committing suicide every 4 days.
Farmers across the Atherton Tableland dairy heartland are all too aware of this alarming statistic. Wool, sugar, tobacco and many other farmers have suffered at the hands of successive governments. Both Labor and the LNP have stripped away almost every protection mechanism that was put in place to encourage the growth and development of our agricultural sector. Fair pricing safeguards have been removed, making way for foreign processors and supermarket giants to ride roughshod over farmers.
Australian ethanol expansion will resurrect Australia’s sugar industry, reduce fuel costs, provide clean renewable fuel, reduce CO2 emissions, clean our air which will save lives, increase fuel self sufficiency, reduce dependence on foreign oil supplies, create jobs and provide fibrous waste for increased beef production.
Why are we supporting jobs in China, shutting down our industries and selling off our country to overseas corporations?
Back in 1986, when Paul Keating started the push for a ‘free market’, the Australian economy was stripped of all its defences. The Howard government continued the work with even more zeal and now both major parties champion the scrapping of subsidies, tariffs and government preferences for Australian manufacturing – All in the name of “Free Trade”.
The Australian Party will block a carbon tax and prevent either the Labor or the Liberals parties from introducing an emission trading scheme (ETS). If either has already been enacted before the next Federal election we will use all the voting power the people of Australia give us to have it removed. The implementation of a carbon tax and then an ETS, would do nothing but provide a new financial instrument for global financial organisations to line their pockets with more money.