Thursday, 11 February 2021

It’s looking more and more like 2021 is going to be a federal election year.


It’s looking more and more like 2021 is going to be a federal election year if the actions of the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition are anything to go by.

Prime Minister & Liberal MP for Cook Scott Morrison has been parading himself before the cameras at Williamtown, NSW.

Giving thumbs up and knocking elbows at every opportunity.

Leader of the Opposition & Labor MP for Grayndler Anthony Albanese has been busy tweeting assurances.

In an effort to differentiate the two Coalition brands, Deputy Prime Minister, Leader of the National Party & MP for Riverina Michael McCormack managed to wreck his senior partner's latest crafted 'announcement' on climate change policy.

IMAGE: @QuentinDempster

While Labor MP for Bruce Julian Hill decided to fire an early shot across LNP bows….

Australia’s Global Performance: Falling Behind, February 2021:

When Scott Morrison won the 2019 election, he opened his

victory speech by rhetorically asking:

How good is Australia!?”

Since then, the Prime Minister has developed a truly inane habit of asking that same question over and over and over again.

Expecting that no one will ever bother to answer.

But, it is a question that can be answered.

And, unfortunately for the PM, the answer is:

not as good anymore – going backwards, and being left behind”

Australia is less productive, more unequal, more corrupt, less happy, more indebted, less affluent, and less trusting of public institutions than when the Liberal National Party government was elected in 2013.

Australia was once a world leader in so many areas – economic growth, reform, democratic innovation, industrial relations, fairness, healthcare and education.

While like any country we have had our faults and historic failures, successive governments and communities were committed to working together to make things better for all Australians.

But now, after seven years of this Liberal government, Australia is no longer a world leader but increasingly a world laggard…..

Australia is going backwards under the Liberals, and falling behind much of the rest of the world. Australians are being left behind in areas critical to daily life and wellbeing.

  • Real wages in Australia were 0.7% lower in 2019 compared to 2013, and Australia sat in third last place out of 35 OECD countries for wage growth.

  • Australia ranked 5th last in the OECD in terms of its productivity rates. In fact, Australian productivity was negative at -0.3%. Household debt as a share of GDP is 119.4% — now the 2nd highest rate of 43 countries.

  • Australia ranks behind Uganda at 87th out of 133 countries globally for economic complexity.

  • Australia has the third most unaffordable housing market and is the 11th most unequal OECD nation.

  • Australia’s rate of greenhouse gas emissions per capita has been the highest in the world.

  • Australian children’s educational outcomes have slipped in both national and international terms.

  • Broadband speeds are now so slow that Australia ranks 61st in the world.

  • International corruption rankings show Australia is becoming more corrupt, and Australians are increasingly distrustful of government.

  • Australia now ranks 8th out of 11 high-income countries for healthcare affordability.

Yes, it is going to be an interesting year.

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