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Have you seen AUS Liberal Adverts? Only demonising Labor with no depth of its own is new AUS polity.

Opinion by NRI Herald Australia 17 May 2022

That time of the Australian political juggernaut has come when entire social media, news channels and our Home post box is filled with political advertisements. Australian Federal elections has been declared on 21st May 2022 (Saturday) where the fate of over 1500 candidates will be decided for 151 House of representative seats.

Have you seen Australian Liberal Advertisements? Political Bankruptcy or pure Media tactics?

Liberal modus operandi is to only demonise LABOR
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It seems Australian liberal Party is suffering from some ideological crises where winning elections only mean demonising the other party without its own depth on issues and election manifesto which could showcase way forward for Australia. If one would look into Liberal party of Australia's media campaign this political season, its filled with just what wrong with "LABOR".

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In one of the other tweet by Liberal where Party's official handle tweeted

Labor + "independent" = gridlock and uncertainty

Another tweet by Liberal Party talks about:

"Anthony Albanese is all politics, no plan"

What does Liberals have to offer to Australian Public? Are they simply trying to buy voters by offering money?

NRI Herald did further research on what LIBERALs has to offer to Australian Public this elections. Why should Australians vote for Liberals? and we could not find even a single reference where LIBERALs could demonstrate any plan for the future of Australia but the work which is done already like roads, community places etc. Is it so hard for the people to understand that any politician in its same mind would do the same, be it LABOR or LIBERAL.

In one of the Facebook pages belong to Jason Wood MP (He is a member of the Liberal Party and has been Assistant Minister for Customs, Community Safety and Multicultural Affairs in the Morrison Government since May 2019) where he is talking about the commitment of $1million to Buddhist community.

We are not saying that places of faith should not be funded but does committing public money to different communities is the only way forward for the future of Australia polity?

Anybody can be rich with borrowed money

Australian Liberals wont tell you that the Australian government bonds have increased by almost 63% in last 3 years alone since the COVID pandemic is hit.

Liberals wont tell the public that anybody can distribute any amount of amount for free by borrowing it in the form of Government bonds. Its the public who will be charged back in the form of high inflation, taxes to pay this national debt.

Why should we not vote for Liberals?

The present Australian government bonds stand at $885 Billion which was around $540 Billion in 2019. Out of $885 Billion $840 Billion are Treasury bonds.

The real leadership talent is to manage the the fiscal deficits with patience and financial prudence.

The Liberal Party wants us to ‘look at the facts’. But just whose facts?

In one of the article published by it says that The Liberal Party is running a snappy advertising campaign on TV and social media called “Look at the facts”. Overprinted at the top is the claim “Australia’s recovery is leading the world”.

The 30-second video makes nine assertions. According to my count, one is correct, two are substantially deceptive and six are blatant lies. Here’s my examination of each claim. The article further says.

1) ‘Australia’s recovery is leading the world’

The fine print in the Liberal chart says “Dec 2019 to Dec 2021”. Hmmm, So it picked an odd two-year time interval for which there is no readily available global database. Why? Could it be that its December 2019 starting point was a particularly disastrous low, with Australia then in a per capita recession — before COVID?

Even if we take that weird two-year interval, Australia still lags badly. Yes, Australia’s GDP rose 3.39% from December 2019 to December 2021, so that figure is accurate. But the others appear fabricated.

2) ‘Through the pandemic we’ve had fewer deaths … than almost any advanced country’

That was once true, but not since the bungled vaccine rollout and the disastrous mismanagement of federal nursing homes.

Australia has lost 4434 lives to COVID this year at a rate of 170 per million. That ranks a dismal 18th among our 59 advanced nations

3) ‘Less debt than almost any advanced country’

Just an absolute barefaced falsehood. The IMF shows general government gross debt as a percentage of GDP for all 59 advanced economies. Easily accessed. In 2012, Labor’s last full year, Australia’s debt was 27.5% of GDP and ranked ninth in that list. Not bad. By 2021, debt had ballooned to 62.1%, ranking a miserable 30th. Hence, 29 advanced economies now have less debt than Australia.

4) ‘And more jobs growth than almost any advanced country’

Untrue. When the Coalition won office in 2013, Australia’s jobless rate ranked sixth among OECD member countries. (These are the 38 big free-enterprise economies among the 59 advanced nations.) Australia now ranks a modest 14th, having been overtaken by eight more nations.

5) ‘The Liberal government is building a stronger economy…’

No it isn’t. In 2013, Australia had the world’s best performing economy. It now ranks well outside the world’s top 20. “All-time worst” economic outcomes since Morrison became treasurer in 2015, as reported by Crikey and others, now number 60.

‘… With lower taxes’

This would make Donald Trump blush. Last month’s budget papers showed that from 1969 onwards tax to GDP has been much higher under the Liberals. The highest-taxing administration was John Howard’s. Morrison’s was second highest.

6) ‘… Lower unemployment’

Yes, the headline jobless rate is lower. But you could argue that is due to migration shifting into reverse, to thousands of “workers” on one hour or zero hours a month, and to the blow-out in the public service — not a strong economy.

7) ‘… More apprentices’

Apprenticeship numbers have recovered slightly in the past year, but from a low base. Relative to population, apprentices in 2017 and 2018 were the lowest in two decades.

8) ‘… More funding for health and other essential services’

This claim is correct. But that’s due to higher population and the larger budget relative to 2013, not sound management.

There we have it. Nine bold claims under the shameless heading “Look at the facts”. Eight of them are easily disproven by current data from the government’s own departments.

Two questions arise: will any mainstream economics reporters do their job and expose these? And will the whoppers succeed again in returning the Coalition?

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