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Only Zed cares about your family?

By johnboy 15 February 2011 7

Liberal Leader Zed Seselja is letting the world know the he and the Liberals care about families in ways Labor and the Greens do not. At least in he world according to Zed.

The Canberra Liberals are the only party in the Assembly which recognises and seeks to address the cost of living pressures on Canberra families and highlights the significant pressure government policy is having on putting more stress on ACT families’ budgets, the Leader of the Opposition, Zed Seselja, said today.

The Canberra Liberals will today highlight the cost of living pressures on Canberra families as a Matter of Public Importance in the Legislative Assembly.

“Across the board, many of the key cost of living indicators have skyrocketed after nine years of ACT Labor and now more pressure is being applied with a number of Labor and Greens backed policies,” Zed said.

“For electricity, the cost has risen a massive 70 per cent since ACT Labor came to power. This doesn’t include other programs like the inefficient schemes like the solar feed-in-tariff that is expected to add at least $200 more to Canberra families’ electricity bills every year over and above other rises.

And the list goes on, since 2001;

— Water costs have increased by over 100%
— Rates have increased 75%
— Rents have increased 55%

This doesn’t include Childcare costs which are the most expensive in the country and rising 8 per cent in just the last two years, or the high cost of buying a home in Canberra. All of these increases are having an impact on Canberra families.

“Last year the Canberra Liberals called for a cost of living analysis to coincide with the ACT budget, to recognise the cost implications of government policies on ACT residents. Both the Labor party and the Greens refused to support this.

“We will continue to stand up for Canberra families by highlighting the cost implications of government decisions on Canberra families,” Zed concluded.

Cost of living doesn’t affect anyone else then? And what programs would Zed have cut to reduce these “cost implications”?

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richardh9935 10:15 pm 25 Feb 11

What is zed seselja’s attitude on abortion? Do you think we’ll have to go back to jumping in front of the king’s carriage to get him to accept the current legal situation?

housebound 10:43 am 16 Feb 11

On reading it, the sarcasm didn’t quite come through. I can’t see any other developer passing on the savings from cheaper land to the public.

housebound 10:26 am 16 Feb 11

I was referring to this:
http://the-riotact.com/bob-winnell-gets-his-land-half-price-from-the-act-government/35902

It is unlikely that the costs to homebuyers won’t come down. The other things I mentioned are just a sample of the usual list trotted out at times like these – there’s quite a consensus on government wastage. You could add Rhodium, bushfire appeals, failed consultations and other processe that end up costing the government in terms of cover-ups and legal expenses, and more. Where have you been?

As for that furphy about house price increases being good – all that increase has done is raise our rates and make it too expensive for us to move to a better sized house (once at the bottom of the market, always at the bottom of the market). It’s not real wealth until you cash it in, for example by dying.

verbalkint 9:02 am 16 Feb 11

housebound said :

Serious question?

Like it’s a hard thing to find examples of large amounts of public waste and idiotic self-serving programs.

Bad bublic art (eg the mangled GDE metal and the Grassby statue type of art), GDE, G-pool-E (when it happens!), OS jaunts for the privileged pollies, cheap deals to developer mates for larg tracts of land, and that’s just for starters.

Well, despite the last of your examples would actually result in lower house prices (if it had happened, and there doesn’t seem to be any evidence to suggest that it has), none of the things you mentioned will lower grocery, electricity of water bills…

Furthermore, rates have gone up by 77% since 2001, but the value of your house has gone up by a significantly larger portion! Average house prices in Ainslie in 2001 were $305k, in 2010 they were now $653k! Thats the reason rates are going up, because we all own assets that at least twice as valuable as we did in 2001.

If you want to pay lower rates, move to a smaller, cheaper house. If you’re paying more its because you are richer and more able to pay!

housebound 8:30 pm 15 Feb 11

Cost of living doesn’t affect anyone else then? And what programs would Zed have cut to reduce these “cost implications”?
Serious question? Like it’s a hard thing to find examples of large amounts of public waste and idiotic self-serving programs.

Bad bublic art (eg the mangled GDE metal and the Grassby statue type of art), GDE, G-pool-E (when it happens!), OS jaunts for the privileged pollies, cheap deals to developer mates for larg tracts of land, and that’s just for starters.

absharp 8:13 pm 15 Feb 11

Thankyou JohnBoy for pointing to the dog whistle use of “families” in contemporary politics.

By referencing “families” rather than “people” (which is, afterall, what they mean) they associate themselves with a touchy-feely idealised domestic arrangement, and imply singles/gays/oldies are somehow “other”.

Non-families, one and all (yours truly included) – it’s time to start calling politicians on it, rather than letting it slide.

Frustrated 7:49 pm 15 Feb 11

Hey Zed,

Don’t singles and couples with children count?

Typical Liberal Party bullshit, families have been well looked after thanks to the Baby Bonuses, Paid Mat Leave, Chiild Support etc etc.

Thanks to my tax dollars on a single household income.

Ignorant creeps in the Liberal Party

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