Environment Minister Greg Hunt has indicated that the government has been advised that it can introduce the controversial replacement program for Labor’s carbon price, through regulation rather than direct legislation.
That means avoiding the Senate now where Labor and the Greens stand ready to knock it out, and even beyond June 2014, when a swag of incoming independent senators may prove difficult to convince.
This is, to put it bluntly, disgraceful, and an incredibly disappointing start to the new government.
It is a direct attack on our constitutional provisions at the heart of parliamentary democracy, and shall no doubt open the government up to a lengthy and expensive constitutional challenge in the High Court.
We shall be launching a campaign against Direct Action shortly. Please leave a note in comments if you wish to help out!
Our plummeting economic freedom By Tim Andrews on 17 October 2013
Nothing is more important to a country’s prosperity than economic freedom.
The empirical evidence is overwhelming: the more free a country, the higher the economic growth, the higher the living standards, and the more you have in your pocket. Civil and political rights are higher in economically free countries, the environment is better looked after, and the poor are lifted out of poverty fastest.
This makes logical sense to us all: where would you rather live? A relatively free country like Australia, or an unfree country like Valenzuela or North Korea?
This is why the Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance has been at the forefront fighting for our freedoms, and opposing big government.
And this is why the latest news from the non-partisan Canadian Think-tank the Fraser Institute should be so worrying to us all.
Every year, the Fraser Institute analyses every country, and ranks them according to economic freedom. Australia has always scored very well, a testament to the long-term strength of our government.
In 2010, we were in 5th spot out of any country. The most recent report, which analyses 2011, has us slipping down to 10th – and this is even before the carbon tax came in! There can be no doubt that the next report will have us slipping even more.
THIS IS A STARK WARNING OF THE DIRE FUTURE WE FACE UNLESS WE CHANGE COURSE
And that’s why we asked viral-video sensation Topher to make this short 3 minute video warning Australians of the dangers we face – and how they can make a difference.
Make no mistake: As our economic freedom falls, so to will our standard of living. Australia used to have one of the highest standards of living in the world. We were the envy of the OECD. Now, years of high taxes, wasteful spending, and over-regulation threatens to destroy our hard-won gains.
We have time to change this, and return to a course of freedom and prosperity. The new government provides us an opportunity to make a difference – but we must act now.
We must educate, activate, and mobilise the public – and demand change.
This video is a great opportunity for the non-political to learn just how important our economic freedom is.
Special Guest: Senator-Elect David Leyonhjelm By Tim Andrews on 30 September 2013
It is with great pleasure that I would like to invite you to the Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance post-election party!
This election saw many pro-liberty persons and ATA members elected to the Federal Parliament thanks to the hard work and efforts of our supporters. What better opportunity than to unwind after the stresses of the election campaign with other lovers of liberty?
As an extra bonus: Senator-Elect David Leyonhjelm from the LDP will be joining us!
Many people have emailed me asking questions about Senator-Elect Leyonhjelm – this is your chance to ask him yourself!
Taxpayers Condemn Barnett For GST Hike Call
The Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance today condemned calls by West Australian Premier Colin Barnett for an increase in the Goods and Services Tax to pay for increased Federal Spending
“Premier Barnett’s call for a GST hike to pay for overspending is an assault not just on hard working taxpayers, but on sound economics and plain common sense” said Tim Andrews, Executive Director of the Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance.
“Calling on another tier of government to raise taxes is the mark of political cowardice. Premier Barnett needs to have the courage to stand up to special interest groups and institute structural reform in Western Australia. With a weakening of the mining sector, the only way to ensure future economic prosperity is to reduce the burden of government. Premier Barnett’s call to increase taxes is the exact opposite of what Australia needs.
“It is a myth that Australia has needs more revenue to fund basic services. In FY2008-09, the Australian Federal Government collected $292 billion in revenue. By 2013 this had blown out to $388 billion.
“The Federal Government does not have a revenue problem – it has a spending problem.
“While the Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance supports investigating the base and scope of the GST as part of an overall review of Australia’s taxation system, and addressing problems of inter-state transfers and vertical fiscal imbalance, this can only be done with the ultimate goal of reducing the net burden on taxpayers. To call for a GST increase to fund additional spending is simply unacceptable.
“Australian taxpayers call on the newly-elected Abbott government to honour its pledge to the Australian people to tackle overspending and reduce the crippling burden of taxation.
Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance
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“The Australian public has overwhelmingly demonstrated their rejection of Labor’s tax-and-spend agenda – and, more importantly – have elected a Senate to prevent Tony Abbott from doing the same thing.
“This is a Senate that will force Tony Abbott to cut spending, and return to sound economic principles and we congratulate the newly elected Family First, Liberal Democratic, Motoring Enthusiasts, and Palmer United Party senators for their election.
“Despite the fearmongering spread by far-left interest groups, the Australian Senate will once again be a check and balance against wasteful spending. The Labor-Green Senate hegemony of big-government, high spending radical policies is over.