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Federal Attorney-General Christian Porter’s tabling of the Australian Law Reform Commission’s (ALRC) Final Report is no more than a cynical attempt to stave off a Royal Commission into the Family Law Industry. 

WESTERN AUSTRALIA PARTY candidate for the seat of Pearce, Michael Calautti says, “the 583-page review fails to mention the victims of Family law – other than a cursory mention about suicide”.

 “We simply should not accept the report!” says Calautti

 The Review team, stacked with a list of over three pages of Family Law and associated professionals, failed to see any relevance in the human train-wreck of casualties of the Australian Family Law system.

 The  human misery does not just extend to deaths; it is the enormous sadness caused by over 300,000 children who are totally cut off from a parent after separation.  It affects the children, siblings, mothers, fathers, grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins and other extended family and friends. 

The fact that the Review has shown such a callous disregard for human life affirms that in the main the Panel had no training in Psychology or Child Welfare and ought to be removed from any decision-making capacity.

Calautti says, “In 2016 the Family Court CEO Richard Foster advised the Senate that he had ‘no idea’ and the Court would probably never know the effects of the Court on children, despite the claim that it acts in the Best interests of Children.”

If the  Attorney and Shadow Attorney General Mark Dreyfus cared, the Government should commission research to determine whether the Industry produced outcomes consistent with community expectations. No such study was ever commissioned.

Every year about 48,000 families separate, most needing two homes to maintain the children’s relationships with their parents. But the Industry simply guarantees a lucrative revenue stream for itself, from parents trapped in the irresolvable arguments it creates. Though undoubtedly in the billions, the true amount extorted by the Family Court Industry from Aussie parents remains a carefully guarded secret.

 

Why do Porter and Dreyfus continue to defend and endorse a system that strips families of their assets to resolve the legal ambiguities they’ve written into law?  

 

A Royal Commission is urgently needed into the Family Court.

 

News Release 2019 -04-27 

 

Michael Calautti,

WESTERN AUSTRALIA PARTY

Candidate for the seat of Pearce

 

Michael is a proud Western Australian father of four and grandfather of one. Professionally, Michael operated his own business as an Electrical Contractor and for the past 16 years has worked in the Mining Construction Sector as a FIFO Electrical Superintendent.

Michael is standing for the seat of Pearce to highlight the lack of action on Family Law Reform by the current Attorney General, Christian Porter, and the general failure of successive governments to address the biggest issue destroying tens of thousands of families every year. That issue is the Family Law and Court system which has devastated parents and children since its inception in 1975.

Michael is calling for a Royal Commission to be held immediately after the Attorney General's 583-page review failed to mention the victims of Family Law - other than a cursory mention about suicide.  The focus of the Royal Commission should be on children and their guaranteed rights to be raised by both loving parents. Their parents should not be forced to fund expensive legal action to simply move on and should be able to afford to provide their children with two homes to enjoy those relationships.

Michael stands with the WESTERN AUSTRALIA PARTY as he believes there is urgent need for Canberra to recognise and address the needs of Western Australia. He is tired of our state being taken granted and wishes to advocate GST fairness. He states that the revenue discrimination is at the heart of several WA concerns and wishes to make an impactful change through his voice with the Party.

 

 Seat of Pearce

Pearce covers 13,250 sq km area and contains all of the Shires of Beverly, Chittering, Gingin, Northam, Toodyay and York and parts of the Cities of Swan and Wanneroo. The Division includes the suburbs of Aveley, Banksia Grove, Baskerville, Brabham, Brigadoon, Bullsbrook, Carramar, Clarkson, Dayton, Ellenbrook, Henley Brook, Herne Hill, Lexia, Mariginiup, Melaleuca, Middle Swan (part), Mindarie, Morangup, Neerabup, Red Hill (part), Tamala Park, West Swan and Wundowie.

Baby boomers with their life savings in Australia shares won't be the only investors worse off under Labor's policy to abolish the franking credit refund policy, so will young people especially FIFO workers who lose their jobs and don't qualify for Newstart.

Many young people take advice and save money in shares, especially WA FIFO workers.  Investing in Australian shares is a favourite because shares pay an income twice a year and can be reinvested to purchase more shares. 

Under Labor's proposal, a FIFO worker can claim back the franking credit refund, but not if they are unemployed and have no taxable income.  For an unemployed worker with savings in shares it's a double dose of unfairness.  No support income because they don't qualify for Newstart due to savings in shares, and no franking credit refund because they don't pay tax when unemployed.

Baby boomers on the other hand will be looking to financial planners to arrange their investments so they can qualify for at least $1 of Age Pension and be eligible to claim franking credit refunds as well.  If Labor wins, Baby boomers will be better off with advice from a good financial planner but young people will be disadvantaged because of the "ageist superannuation system" that exists in Australia.

To assume that tax paid by companies is refunded as franking credits is a misleading understanding of the franking credit system. When a company makes a profit, it's taxed at a flat rate of 30% and paid to the ATO.  A company can choose to pay a dividend or not to its shareholders in any year.  Not all profits are paid to shareholders.

Australian companies like A2 Milk (A2M.asx), Bellamy Aust (BAL.asx) and Bingo Ind (BIN.asx) make millions of dollars in profits, pay tax, but don't pay a dividend.

It's a matter of fairness to investors.  Why should one type of investor receive income from their investment untaxed and another investor taxed at source?

Consider these three options for a FIFO worker with $100,000 savings to invest:

1.    Term deposit pays interest $2,000 each year. The interest is not taxed at source by the bank with a tax file number provided.

2.    Rental Property in a regional town pays rent $2,000 each year. The rent is not taxed at source.

3.    Wesfarmers/CBA/RIO declares a dividend of $2,000. All companies deduct 30% tax at source of $600 and pays $1,400.  The unemployed FIFO worker is worse off by $600.

Where's the fairness in taxation for these three investment examples.  Why should one investment be taxed at source and others are not?  These are the issues that need addressing, not favouring one type of investor over another.

The local economy will be worse off because stay at home Mum and Dad shareholders will have less money to spend when their Franking Credit refunds are abolished.  Most investors received their refunds in December each year, ready to spend at Christmas time.

Abolishing Franking Credit refunds will disadvantage investors without recognising the risks of not receiving a dividend or losing money on the stock market or in a private company.  More Australian companies will fall into the hands of foreign ownership without local support.

This policy to abolish Franking Credit refunds to some shareholders and not others is flawed and detrimental to Australian small business, investors and to the local economy.

Julie Matheson, BA (UWA), Dip FP (Deakin), CFP (FPA)

Senate Candidate and Convenor for the WESTERN AUSTRALIA PARTY

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Born in Mount Lawley, Jane Boxall has lived in Western Australia all her life. She is passionately loyal to this state. In her career as a school teacher she has taught in regional  areas and in the city and understands the need to support the diversity and isolation of Australia’s largest state.

She has brought up four children and understands the things that are important to young people; good educational and job opportunities, a chance to rent or buy a home at a fair price and the need for clean air and environmental  protection for a healthy lifestyle.

She has been involved with the family court system and recognizes that urgent reforms are needed to support and understand the unique difficulties of mothers, fathers and children through this process.

While a true-blue Australian, Jane  also sees  that Western Australia is the economic powerhouse of the nation. It is therefore entitled  to receive  appropriate returns for its contribution.  With 11% of the nation’s population WA should receive 11% of the GST purse.

  Jane will always support policies that are best for Western Australia.

 

 

Seat of Perth:

Perth covers 80 sq km area and is by the Swan River to the south and east, the Mitchell Freeway and Kings Park to the west and the Cities of Vincent and Bassendean, the suburbs of Coolbinia (part), Menora, Inglewood (part), Bedford, Morley(part) and Noranda to the north. Suburbs include Ashfield, Bassendean, Bayswater, Bedford, Coolbinia (part), Dianella (part), East Perth, Eden Hill, Embleton, Highgate, Inglewood, Kings Park, Leederville, Maylands, Menora, Morley (part), Mount Hawthorn, Mount Lawley, Noranda, Northbridge, North Perth, Perth and West Perth.

As Chief Rabbi of the Perth Hebrew Congregation for 30 years, David has been involved in interacting with people of all faiths and backgrounds in Western Australia in a social, pastoral and charitable context.  This experience has led to his intention to enter Federal politics, to draw on his wide professional experience, and make meaningful change in the Australian parliament.

As an elected Senator, David pledges to donate his salary and distribute this to the homeless of Western Australia and to women seeking refuge from domestic violence. David has a deep social conscience and is a firm believer that hard work and effort should be rewarded; but these rewards cannot be enjoyed while there are those who are disadvantaged and vulnerable in our society.

David's politics are neither left nor right but centre on a deep social conscious based on policies that serve the best interests of Western Australia.

The WESTERN AUSTRALIA PARTY is dedicated to safeguarding the economic wellbeing and WA and its citizens.  This includes the protection and support small business, and the Party's special interest in preserving the uniqueness of Western Australian fauna and flora.  These policies, amongst other have attracted David to the WESTERN AUSTRALIA PARTY.  The convenor of the Party, Julie Matheson, whose name is first on the Senate ticket is particularly impressive because of her dedication and commitment to Western Australia and the Party.

Janetia Knapp is an aboriginal elder of the Noongar community in Fremantle. Western Australia is deeply embedded in her identity and is the fuel that drives her passion. Through her experiences as an indigenous woman and her engagement with the community, she has deeply understood the gap that exists within the people of WA.

Professionally, Janetia is a school teacher in cultural teachings and is the resident artist at Notre Dame University. She believes that the youth of our community truly are the future of our country.

Janetia believes that an authentic and genuine collaboration is imperative for a healthy society. She wishes to encourage a celebration of all the diverse cultures that exist in WA. Being an active member of Fremantle, she will voice the concerns of the community and stand up for fair representation. Janetia stood for the seat of Fremantle in 2017 as a proud member of the Western Australia Party. Janetia is again putting herself forward because she is passionate about having the Fremantle community heard in Canberra.

 

Seat of Fremantle

Fremantle covers 196 sq km area from the Cities of Cockburn, Fremantle and Melville (part) and the town of East Fremantle. It is situated south west of Perth and includes Rottnest Island. The suburbs include Atwell, Aubin Grove, Banjup, Beaconsfield, Beeliar, Bibra Lake, Coolbellup, Coogee, Cockburn Central, East Fremantle, Fremantle, Hamilton Hill, Hammond Park, Henderson, Hilton, Jandakot, Kardinya (part), Leeming (part), Munster, North Coogee, North Fremantle, North Lake, O'Connor, Palmyra, Samson, South Fremantle, South Lake, Spearwood, Success, Wattleup, White Gum Valley and Yangebup.

 

Elizabeth Re is a proud Western Australian who was born in Mount Lawley, lived in Nollamara and later Woodlands. She attended Lady of Lourdes Primary School in Yokine before completing her Bachelor of Science at Curtin University and a Graduate Diploma of Education at Murdoch University. Elizabeth grew up in the world of Local Government, with her father Julius Re being a Councillor at the City of Perth and founding the Soccer Federation of Australia.

Peter Swift is a passionate local farmer and contractor in the seat of O’Connor. After spending several of his formative years becoming engaged in his local community, Peter formed Swift Air, a commercial airline that focuses on scenic tours of our grand North West.  

Twelve years ago, Peter fulfilled his dream and purchased his own farm in the Shire of Cranbrook. This exciting time quickly turned as this began Peter’s long uphill battle, often the plight many farmers face. After consistent efforts to fight for property rights and his land, Peter felt unheard and unfairly treated by his local representative of parliament.  

This sparked Peter’s new life mission to raise awareness of the impact government actions were having on local constituents. He knew he had a civic and moral responsibility to turn his experience into an advocating voice for so many in his area and beyond. Peter now campaigns for property and land rights and its imperative existence in a democratic society. 

Peter’s career also saw him working in the Fitzroy Valley region of WA where he started the Peter Swift Gift Foundation. This initiative was founded to help underprivileged Aboriginal children; Peter often champions the importance of giving back to the community. Politically, Peter has held the position of Councillor for the Shire of Waroona and has been heavily involved in local activities, events and clubs.  

Peter is passionate about advocating proper compensation for land use changes to WA farming areas. He believes that his community deserve representation through a genuine voice. Peter’s personal experience paired with his extensive knowledge in the industry of farming and community engagement have equipped him to adequately stand for the interests of O’Connor. 

 

Seat of O’Connor: 

O’Connor covers 868,576 sq km area from the Shire of Ngaanyatjarraku in the north to the Shire of Dundas in the south following the coast west to Manjimup. The Division includes the Cities of Albany and Kalgoorlie-Boulder, and the Shires of Boyup Brook, Bridgetown-Greenbushes, Brookton, Collie, Coolgardie, Corrigin, Denmark, Dundas, Esperance, Kondinin, Laverton, Manjimup, Ngaanyatjarraku, Wandering and Williams.

Telstra announces 45 jobs for Adelaide 000 call centre

It is a little known fact that all 000 calls made in Australia are initially answered in two Telstra call centres, one in Sydney and one in Melbourne.

In December last year Telstra announced it would open a third call centre, in Adelaide, creating 45 jobs while WA members of parliament stood idly by and watched it happen.

Having 000 call centres in the eastern states creates a particular vulnerability to Western Australian electors.

Julie Matheson, spokesperson for the WESTERN AUSTRALIA PARTY says "If there is a major failure in any of the Telstra optical fibre cables that link Perth to Adelaide, or the major exchanges at either end, then 000 calls may not be answered. It also adds delay in call processing due to routing the call to these eastern states call centres and then redirecting the call back to WA after answering.

The WESTERN AUSTRALIA PARTY is perplexed why a 000 call centre cannot be located in Western Australia, to reduce the likelihood of 000 call failure.  Matheson says "We believe our State Government emergency services are more suitable to dealing with 000 calls than Telstra, a private company that does not add value to the call except waste valuable time to reroute the call back to WA emergency services such as Police, Fire and Rescue and St John’s Ambulance".

It's time to put WA interests first, instead of more jobs in the East!

Media contact:  Julie Matheson on 0409 294 495

Gary Mounsey was born and raised in Western Australia and has been a resident of Exmouth for more than eight years, with his wife and two children. After finishing school at Warnbro Community High School, Gary spent a majority of his working life travelling around regional WA where he was exposed to a variety of local concerns and was placed in challenging leadership positions. After making the move to Exmouth, Gary has taken his business, Exmouth Bus Charter ,from the dark ages and upgraded the whole fleet to become a reputable local company with his wife Mesha.

In 2017, Gary decided to ignite a career in politics where he ran for council. He was elected as Deputy Shire President for the Exmouth Shire. Being a resident and representative of North West Regional WA, Gary is incredibly passionate about standing up for absolute fairness for regional WA.

Gary is not only the candidate for Durack, but is a local resident and business owner who understands the plight of this community. He strongly believes that Durack needs proper infrastructure funding, lower priced regional airfares, tax relief for the regions, and an improved tourism and agricultural plan. Gary intends to challenge any law that puts a burden on Durack tax payers, and would like to see Commonwealth jobs in Defence, the ABC, Meteorology, and the public service returned to WA.

Gary believes through confident leadership, powerful decision making and his aptitude for adaptability, he can truly address the increasing neglect of Durack and beyond. He says that his community deserves a voice in Parliament and will be powerfully advocating for the concerns of Durack.  

  

Seat of Durack:

Durack covers 1,629,858 sq km area from Kununurra in the north to Quairading in the south and includes coastal islands. The division includes the Cities of Greater Geraldton and Karratha and the Shires of Broome, Carnarvon, Cunderdin, Dandaragan, Derby-West Kimberley, East Pilbara, Exmouth, Goomalling, Narembeen, Perenjori, Port Hedland, Quairading, Sandstone, Shark Bay, Victoria Plains, Wiluna and Yilgarn.  

 

Time to align state vehicle modification legislation:

The WESTERN AUSTRALIA PARTY supports new legislation for the alignment of vehicle modification legislation across Australia and congratulates the Four Wheel Drive associations for their "time to align" campaign in all states and territories.

With the sad and irresponsible demise of the Australian car manufacturing industry, it is important that Australia maintains an after-market car industry to support innovation and maintain expertise in vehicle technologies.

The standardisation or alignment of vehicle modification legislation across all states will facilitate the growth of the after-market car industry across Australia and allow modified vehicles to be registered in any state without further inspections or costs.

For more information, Click here>>>

 

 

GST Breaking News:

The Federal Government has passed a “GST floor of 75 cents” for Western Australia.

WA was already on it’s way to 75 cents without this legislation. What it means is the GST system is still broken.

GST revenue is being replaced with national debt to top up states who used WA’s GST to fund their balance sheets.

WA and NSW are the only states still not to receive a per capita (11%) share of the GST.

The major parties and the media would like you to think that the GST fix of 70c (rising to 75c in 8 years time) in the $ minimum per capita distribution to Western Australia is a good outcome.

Firstly, Western Australia GST share was already trending towards 70c in the $ per capita share due to falling state revenues from royalties, stamp duty, and payroll tax.

Secondly, the 70c floor does not take into account the huge amount of GST revenue that Western Australia has lost in the past 18 years.

The WESTERN AUSTRALIA PARTY‘s campaign to fix the GST is a per capita share of GST revenue collected by Canberra and paid to the states and territories – no strings attached.

PER CAPITA SHARE

Six states and territories receive more GST than their per capita share as this graph from CGC shows. WA (-5.7%) and NSW (-4.6%) are the only states that receive less.

A per capita share GST formula is easy to understand, stops Australia from being a welfare nation on the back of GST handouts, and the negative effect of pokies used to exploit gamblers and their addictions as revenue windfalls for all states except WA.

GST per capita share 2018:

The WESTERN AUSTRALIA PARTY says NO to the proposed closure or privatisation of six WA Camp Schools in:

  • Point Peron,
  • Goldfields,
  • Bridgetown,
  • Pemberton,
  • Geraldton,
  • Goldfields, and
  • the Pilbara.

If the Liberal Party were really serious about fixing the GST for WA, they would have voted YES to include gambling revenue in the GST formula at the 2018 Liberal Party Federal Conference.  Instead they voted NO.

It is a little known fact that each state’s gambling revenues is not considered when the Commonwealth Grants Commission decides how much GST revenue each state should receive.

Our Party seeks the truth about the GST.

The truth is no politician can explain the GST welfare system, and none of them want to change it!

The states must agree to change the GST.  FALSE!

Changing the GST welfare system simply requires a simple majority vote of both houses of Federal Parliament to do this.  It DOES NOT require states and territories to agree to it. Ref ABC Fact Check, 15 June 2016.  Holding the balance of power will ensure WA receives back the GST it raises.

Authorised by S Phelan, Western Australia Party, SUBIACO WA 6008

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