Georgina Downer was hoping to win the seat of Mayo by riding on her father’s shirt tails but lost badly, and Labor has won all the other four.
Obviously, the electorate has rejected this federal government which has flawed economic policies, yet persists with giving big business and multi-nationals — who avoid, minimise and evade paying tax on a monumental scale — billions in tax cuts. Who picks up the tab for this?
No doubt families, workers and pensioners. We have big socio-economic problems of our own, just look at the Smith Family adverts depicting poorly dressed schoolchildren. If the Catholic Church liquidated 50 per cent of its assets it could eliminate poverty, but it wants others to do it.
The $4.2billion thrown against the wall under the guise of foreign aid would go a long way to redressing these problems — charity starts at home.
How much this government’s unjustified hiking of the pension age played in these by-elections is not known, but it must be significant. If the federal government cannot afford to keep the pension age at age 65, it certainly cannot afford the billions of dollars in big business tax cuts for the top end of town.
It is obvious this federal government cares little for the bottom end of town, workers, families and pensioners. If this result is replicated in a federal election, it is goodbye Malcolm. As it is, the federal government is running on “MT”.
Kym Bray, Port Victoria