Cost of liv­ing

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VIEWS -

WHILE the fed­eral La­bor govern­ment fights among it­self, the prob­lems it has cre­ated for this coun­try and its peo­ple keep mount­ing up.

Fam­i­lies have to strug­gle with the run­away cost of liv­ing in­creases, made all the worse by La­bor’s bro­ken prom­ises on the car­bon tax, pri­vate health in­sur­ance and gro­cery watch and fuel watch.

The econ­omy is in tat­ters with a com­plete loss of con­trol of the Fed­eral bud­get, which is shown through the five con­sec­u­tive bud­get deficits and even more deficits fore­cast for com­ing years.

We now have a record govern­ment debt that is swiftly ap­proach­ing the $300 bil­lion debt ceil­ing, pro­duc­ing a yearly in­ter­est bill of $8 bil­lion (which could be spent on more pro­duc­tive things if it wasn’t go­ing into pay­ing in­ter­est on the debt).

The min­ing in­dus­try is in se­ri­ous de­cline with lo­cal jobs be­ing lost and lo­cal busi­ness ei­ther down­siz­ing or clos­ing their doors as a re­sult. La­bor’s car­bon tax and min­ing tax have sig­nif­i­cantly con­trib­uted to the down­turn.

And then there’s the failed bor­der pro­tec­tion pol­icy – with al­most 45,000 il­le­gals on 733 boats reach­ing our shores un­der La­bor, re­sult­ing in $10 bil­lion in bud­get blowouts. The re­al­ity is no mat­ter what hap­pens to La­bor’s lead­er­ship this week, the failed poli­cies, the chaos, the dys­func­tion and the di­vi­sion will re­main.

And un­der La­bor things con­tinue to get worse for or­di­nary Aus­tralians.

Next week, La­bor’s car­bon tax will in­crease, fur­ther adding pres­sure to fam­ily and small busi­ness costs.

Per­haps the squab­bling should stop and the fo­cus come back onto the is­sues that re­ally mat­ter. Ge­orge Chris­tensen MP FED­ERAL MEM­BER FOR DAW­SON

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