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    I agree, I can't remember learning about politics and if we did I don't think it was in depth. I forget anything I learnt in primary school.
    They should do something compulsary for year 10-11 students so when they turn 18 they know what they're doing, it doesn't even have to be a whole subject, maybe a couple of seminars/lectures, get students talking in groups about our politicians and system, get them thinking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maybelline View Post
    budgets get slashed
    Yup. The Liberals (don't want to mention his name, bit like saying Voldemort) plan to slash thousands of public service jobs from all departments. Happens every time the Libs get in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maybelline View Post
    Umm "she" ... What ?
    I'm not sure why your confused.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ana Gram View Post
    Yup. The Liberals (don't want to mention his name, bit like saying Voldemort) plan to slash thousands of public service jobs from all departments. Happens every time the Libs get in.
    If these jobs aren't necessary then isn't that a good thing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by headoverfeet View Post
    If these jobs aren't necessary then isn't that a good thing?
    Depends. Some jobs can go, sure. But generally what happens is, they encourage people to leave with large payouts and don't hire new staff. The people left, doing stuff for the public, have more work to do which they do less efficiently which makes the public complain about what they aren't getting. Then the Labor party gets voted back in and starts hiring and we begin the cycle again.

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    Default And we have an election date ... 14 September

    I think it's hilarious when people don't understand the preferential voting system, but say they are voting for an independent. Yes, there is a small chance they may win the seat, but the more likely scenario is that wont get a majority and therefore your vote gets passed on according to preferences (either theirs or yours depending on how you fill out the form).

    Unless you vote for one of the major parties, your second or third votes can count as much if not more than your first.

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    I guess it depends on what you feel is necessary. Personally I find waiting in the phone for an hour to speak to someone in the public service absolutely ridiculous, that is what happens when you slash jobs in essential services. I find cuts to health and education inexcusable, that is the first thing the libs go for. I vote for the greater good, not just to line my own pockets. Our family income is comfortable, and that is with me not working. But I have always maintained that I would prefer my taxes to go on health and education for all, so therefore will never vote libs. I usually vote greens, but will vote labor in the next election, they need all the help they can get.

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    Default And we have an election date ... 14 September

    Pretty sure we leant about Australian and other countries politics in year 8 or 9 social studies.

    I find politics interesting.

    Can't wait until the election.

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    I will never understand why people are against the mining tax, these multinationals are making huge amounts of money mining our land, and it won't last forever, it is only right that the country makes some money out of it. After all, you don't live in a rental and not pay rent. Why should these private companies make billions and not pay tax on it? The mind boggles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by headoverfeet View Post
    If these jobs aren't necessary then isn't that a good thing?
    Who's to say the jobs aren't necessary? The new Qld premier has cut 15,000 jobs from the public service in the last 12 months or so. He has made cuts all over the place including funding to programs that support 'at risk' children/youth which is incredibly short sighted. A friend's husband recently lost his job along with all of his colleagues. Their jobs were to service, maintain and repair equipment at hospitals, everything from electrics, machinery, etc that keeps the place running. All the people in the area (approximately 100) have lost their jobs. There will be 8 new roles that will now cover all hospitals. This mass cutting of jobs is insane and in this case, will endanger people's lives. Not only that but the premier also changed the redundancy packages so people are only entitled to diddly-squat. Then there is the knock on effect. I have a work at home job that often relies on consultants being employed by the government. As there's no jobs currently my hours have been drastically cut to virtually nothing. If I were to try and find a contract in my usual profession the rates are currently half what they were just 2 years ago (when I last worked). I can't afford to get a hair cut, swimming lessons for the kids or get a sparky in to get our electrics up to code so there's more knock on effect. This is a liberal government who are 'supposed' to excel at economics.


 

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