It is universally accepted that lying and cheating is repugnant and both should be condemned on every occasion.
This reminds me of the state Liberal and National Party government’s written pre-election promise before the 2011 state elections that there would be no forced council amalgamations.
As it turned out, this was a promise they had no intention of keeping.
Not only did the Coalition pull the wool over the eyes of the electorate, which won them a lot of public support, they had also cheated the opposition out of a possible victory. If politicians mislead parliament, then they are either compelled to resign or be sacked.
Likewise, if they mislead the public then they should also suffer the same fate.
There can be no double standards. There has to be a law enacted that will ban this type of dodgy behaviour.
It’s a well-known adage that a liar is worse than a thief.
Therefore, if there is not too much difference between the two, then I’m sure most people would agree that they don’t want anyone who handles the truth carelessly, and has the integrity of a thief, representing them in parliament.
Legislators please take note.
Geoff Field, Gundagai
‘Own goal’ from Labor leaves it exposed
Tony Abbott said this week that he believed if there were an election now, the Coalition would win. I think he is right.
Not because the government has done anything right, arguably they haven’t, but because of Labor’s “own goal”. Labor’s proposed changes to dividend imputation credits will alienate all Australian voters.
Even voters who don’t own shares or are not directly affected by this brutal tax grab will be annoyed by the unfairness of the measures which will discriminate against those who have worked hard to provide for their own retirement, they feel demonised, victimised, and penalised.
Traditionally seniors have tended to stick with their party over the years even when they don’t always agree with it. But not this time. Retirees could suddenly lose up to $7000 each and every year from their income. Labor won’t get their vote after that.
Several associations have formed the “Alliance for a Fairer Retirement System”. The Australian Shareholders’ Association, Australian Listed Investment Companies Association, National Seniors Australia, SMSF Association, Self-managed Independent Superannuation Funds Association and Stockbrokers & Financial Advisers Association have formed the Alliance to work together on this important issue.
More groups like the Association of Independent Retirees (AIR) are expected to join the Alliance shortly.
These associations represent millions of senior Australians, shareholders, self-funded retirees and those planning a sustainable retirement, including over one million members of self-managed super funds.
This issue will not go away. Goodbye Labor’s hopes of a win at the next election.
Len Shefford, Thurgoona
Coalition cannot pick and choose on live exports
If the federal government does not implement all of the recommendation of the Michael McCarthy's review into live sheep exports then it is complicit in the disgraceful treatment of the animals.