What challenges are we facing?
The Big Picture:
There are two fundamental questions that I hear people asking that no-one in Canberra is willing to clearly answer. Here are the questions and my brief answers:
1) Where is Australia going?
I believe that Australia can continue to be prosperous if it capitalises on its two main competitive advantages:
a) Natural Advantages
We are very fortunate to have extensive mineral resources, a unique environment, an ideal climate and vast quality land. These can continue to support major industries such as mining, tourism, agriculture and renewable energy.
However, long term prosperity will depend on our ability to successfully balance the competing demands on these natural advantages. I am committed to ensuring collaboration in planning our future industry platforms.
b) Societal Advantages
Our history has produced an extraordinary society that is ethnically diverse and well educated with stable government and effective law and order. This should enable us to trade with any nation on earth, to build new industries on the back of our research, to train and teach other nationalities (both here and overseas) and to deliver other quality services internationally.
However, we need to improve our innovation and our investment in new technology. We also need to uphold high standards in education and behaviour. I am committed to promoting forward-thinking initiatives and high performance.
2) How much support should poor Australians receive?
Australia has a strong tradition of caring for the “battlers”. I believe that it is important that we maintain that tradition and continue to support national safety nets such as the age pension, Medicare, minimum wages and the NDIS.
However, I recognise that there is a significant cost involved with these safety nets. I am committed to caring for the battlers and I believe that we can afford to do so if we:
– Stop the safety net being exploited by people who don’t need it
– Critically assess potential new safety nets before establishing them
– Apply the tax system so that all corporates pay their way
– Reform the tax system so that we stop giving money away
The main issues for the People of Bennelong.
Economy - Tax Reform - Unemployment - Infrastructure
- How can we maintain a financial environment that works well for businesses and consumers?
- What is the best way for everyone to contribute sustainable revenue to finance our needs?
- How can we provide working opportunities for everyone?
- What are the priorities for developing our transport, utilities and communication?
Education - Health - Retirement - Income - Housing - Affordability
- How can we provide quality learning for our children?
- How can we afford to provide quality care for everyone?
- How can we enable everyone to enjoy a comfortable retirement?
- How will normal people be able to buy a home in this area?
Environment - Immigration - Human Rights - Foreign Policy
- How should we manage our natural world to limit its damage, including that from climate change?
- How should we define who can come to Australia, including refugees?
- What level of freedom should we provide for every resident?
- What role should we play in global affairs, especially in our region?
Martin will explain his position on each of these issues when the election is announced.
Important issues rated by the people of Bennelong
Martin is surveying the people of Bennelong to find out which issues are most important to them.
Other important issues raised by respondents (separate to those included in the survey) include:
Integrity/Corruption; Foreign Investment; Sustainable Growth; Fair Society; Bureaucracy/Red Tape; Aged Care; Social Security; Law & Order; Refugees; Leadership; Citizenship; Governance
We want to promote informed discussion about the important issues and, to empower these discussions, we are developing “Issues Kits” for each of the following issues.
Once released, we would encourage you to download any kit that is of interest to you and arrange a discussion with a number of your friends or the members of groups that you belong to. Please contact us if you would like further guidance on the use of these kits.
We would welcome feedback on all of the Issues Kits, including content and usefulness. We would also welcome suggestions for policies to resolve the issues. Please email your feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also send an email if you would like help in planning your discussion or if you would like a facilitator from our team to work with your group.