E-News – January Edition 2013
Well 2013 is upon us with January almost behind us already. I hope that you had a great holiday with family and friends throughout what became an exceptionally hot summer. During the holiday break as we witnessed floods, fires and heatwaves ravish the nation, I was again reminded of Dorothea Mackellar’s famous poem My Country;
The love of field and coppice, Of green and shaded lanes. Of ordered woods and gardens Is running in your veins, Strong love of grey-blue distance Brown streams and soft dim skies I know but cannot share it, My love is otherwise.
I love a sunburnt country, A land of sweeping plains, Of ragged mountain ranges, Of droughts and flooding rains. I love her far horizons, I love her jewel-sea, Her beauty and her terror – The wide brown land for me!
A stark white ring-barked forest All tragic to the moon, The sapphire-misted mountains, The hot gold hush of noon. Green tangle of the brushes, Where lithe lianas coil, And orchids deck the tree-tops And ferns the warm dark soil.
Core of my heart, my country! Her pitiless blue sky, When sick at heart, around us, We see the cattle die – But then the grey clouds gather, And we can bless again The drumming of an army, The steady, soaking rain.
Core of my heart, my country! Land of the Rainbow Gold, For flood and fire and famine, She pays us back threefold – Over the thirsty paddocks, Watch, after many days, The filmy veil of greenness That thickens as we gaze.
An opal-hearted country, A wilful, lavish land – All you who have not loved her, You will not understand – Though earth holds many splendours, Wherever I may die, I know to what brown country My homing thoughts will fly.
Like all Australians, I continue to think of our friends in the Eastern States who have been dealt a poor hand this summer with the devastating Cyclone Oswald, along with constant and stubborn fires. While we can disagree from time to time about issues such as GST distribution and very important matters such as football allegiances, at times such as this Australians come together to help those in need and we are thinking of our friends in the East. Donations are a very personal decision, however if you would like to contribute to the 2013 Queensland Floods Appeal, please follow this link; http://www.redcross.org.au/qld-floods-2013.aspx
Well we are certainly set for a fascinating and intense year for those who have even a fleeting interest in politics, with both State and Federal elections due. Just this week, Prime Minister Gillard used her National Press Club address to announce the federal election date is set for 14 September 2013. This means just nine more Parliamentary sitting weeks remain before we head to the polls in an election that will truly shape Australia’s future.
There will be a clear decision for Australians come 14 September. Voters will decide if they want to pursue a path of higher taxes, higher debt and the continued squandering of taxpayer’s money, or if they want to restore confident, responsible and accountable governance that Australians rightly deserve. Labor has now had control of the Australian economy for over five years and as a result we are in a far weaker position than we were in 2007, burdened by high debt when we once had significant savings in the bank. Wasteful spending has misappropriated vital taxpayer’s funds and we are now in a far more vulnerable position to weather any possible financial downturn in this very uncertain global economy.
I digress but it is important that Labor is held to account for their atrocious track record. Throughout the term of the Gillard government I have spoken to many constituents from across the electorate who have relayed to me that they understand that Labor have let them down and they are tremendously disappointed in the direction that Labor has taken the nation. Whether it be our growing national debt, the incessant cost of living increases, our now shambolic immigration system, Labor’s constant internal battles or the government’s inability to focus on issues of importance to most Australians, I understand that people are not only disappointed in Labor’s governance, but rather they are quite rightly asking the question – “What will be different under a Coalition government?”
The Coalition has a comprehensive, positive plan for Australia’s future and over the next eight months I will work tirelessly to explain how the nation will benefit from a change in government. Given the contrast between our plan for the future and what will continue under a Labor-led government, I genuinely believe that of the six federal elections I have contested, the result of this election will be of greatest consequence to Australians.
The Leader of the Opposition Tony Abbott this week released the Coalition’s Real Solutions Plan. It is important that voters can see what we stand for, what direction we want to take the country and how this will improve the lives of Australians. I strongly encourage you to read the Real Solutions Plan and if you have any queries, do not hesitate to contact me. You can find the plan by clicking here.
Next week the Federal Parliament resumes in Canberra and I am well aware that there will be many cynical viewers of Question Time who are tired of the typical politicking that dominated 2012. The Coalition has started 2013 with a positive plan for Australia’s future and from now until 14 September we are determined to present an appealing alternative to the high taxing, high spending Labor government. If we are elected to government we will work assiduously to deliver a strong, prosperous economy and a safe, secure Australia.
As always, I am available to meet with any Canning constituent who would like assistance with any issue you may be facing, or if you would simply like to share your views on a matter of importance to you. Please do not hesitate to contact my office on (08) 9390 1211.