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Posted by: Bear Jul 7 2018, 06:36 PM
Malcolm Turnbull's and Bill Shorten's porkbarrelling hits $300m in key seats.

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Malcolm Turnbull with LNP candidate Trevor Ruthenberg pledged $10 million for a sawmill in Longman.

Bill Shorten's desperation to ward off threats to his leadership by holding Braddon and Longman at the super Saturday byelections has seen Labor unleash a torrent of campaign promises worth $215 million to win over fickle voters in key marginal seats.

Labor's spending splurge is more than double the amount the government has offered as it vies to win back the two seats as well as Mayo in South Australia.

All up, the amount of porkbarrelling by the two major parties surged past $300 million on Friday – and there are still three weeks of campaigning left before voters go to the polls on July 28.

Malcolm Turnbull pledged $10 million from taxpayers for the $50 million expansion of a privately owned sawmill in Caboolture in the heart of Longman on Friday and $20 million to upgrade a local road.

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Labor was comparatively quiet, announcing it would issue an MRI licence for the Moreton Bay region in keeping with its focus on health services in Longman. The licence does not have a cost in and of itself but they cost taxpayers on average $1.6 million a year in Medicare rebates for scans.

But the opposition has easily set the single biggest promise, committing $120 million for construction of the University of the Sunshine Coast's Moreton Bay campus.

The next biggest pledge is also from Labor, $60 million to upgrade the Bass Coast Highway in northern Tasmania.

Campaign launches.

By comparison, the government's priciest promise is $30 million towards building a cableway at one of Tasmania's iconic tourist attractions, Cradle Mountain.

On Saturday, Labor promised $25 million to help subsidise the creation of a Tasmanian AFL team, while Mr Turnbull promised $1 million for an indigenous youth mentoring program utilising former rugby league stars.

Both leaders will have a chance to add further to the tally when they launch their parties' respective campaigns in Braddon on Sunday.

Pauline Hanson, whose preferences from One Nation voters will be crucial to the outcome in Longman, also got in on the act on Friday announcing a $500,000 grant for the Buderim Men's Shed.

Senator Hanson said the minor party would not direct preferences, while Mr Turnbull said the Liberals would "welcome" all preferences but wanted voters to put the government first.

Braddon and Longman are the only seats where Liberal and Labor are going head-to-head. Labor MPs have indicated there will be a "conversation" about Mr Shorten's leadership should he lose either or both seats, amid stirrings from his putative rival Anthony Albanese.

The government needs to buck 100 years of byelection history to win a seat off Labor but would seize any chance to increase its slender one-seat majority.

In Mayo, where the Liberals had high hopes of regaining the seat with star candidate Georgina Downer, polls showing the Centre Alliance's Rebekha Sharkie on track to be returned to Parliament seems to have turned off the taxpayer tap. There the government has announced less than $11 million in promises.

Spending spree.

The spending spree in the eastern states is a stark contrast to the byelections in Western Australia, where the Liberals have vacated the field against Labor in Perth and Fremantle. No local promises have been made there, with Labor frontbenchers instead highlighting policy differences on childcare, TAFE and penalty rates.

Voters will be confronted with 15 candidates in Perth, 11 in Longman, eight in Braddon and seven apiece in Mayo and Fremantle.

Mr Turnbull will on Saturday rally the party faithful in Brisbane at the Liberal National Party's state conference, which voted on Friday to dump sitting senators Ian Macdonald and Barry O'Sullivan from winnable spots on the ticket.

Senator Macdonald, Parliament's longest serving representative, was ousted by mining executive Paul Scarr. Senator O'Sullivan, who was instrumental in pushing for the banking royal commission, was beaten by Susan McDonald, the managing director of the Super Butcher chain.

Labor is desperate to win, making promises we can not afford, both sides are equally as selfish when it comes to keeping themselves in their overpaid 'comfort zones' - taxpayers are always expected to suck it up and pay for their egocentric lifestyles, while they show contempt for the citizens and lack the ability to do what is right for the country.

Posted by: Alicia Jul 8 2018, 09:06 AM
I wouldn’t trust “promises” from any of the parties, promises are very easily broken, and one should carefully check the language used by the “promiser” asthey sometimes claim to have been misunderstood. “Beware Greeks bearing gifts”.

Posted by: scepo Jul 9 2018, 07:29 AM
I guess pollies have never been overly trustworthy, but I am sure that over the last decade they have become far less trustworthy and have no one to blame but themselves.

Posted by: Charles Jul 9 2018, 09:44 AM
It's easy to make promises at a by-election when you are in Opposition. If they win, but are still in Opposition they aren't held to those promises until a general election .... and then out come the excuses if they happen to win. This applies to both sides of politics as it is something we have seen time and time again.

Posted by: Bill Jul 9 2018, 04:28 PM
Curly has the advantage of a $65 Billion 'war chest' or 'slush fund' (if you prefer ), gifted to him by the Coalition via their $65 Billion tax cuts to big business.

Curly has other priorities like health, education, pensions, a proper NBN etc. to spend that money on. If the Coalition abandoned the tax cuts, Curly would be up Ship Creek in a barbed wire canoe. Can't see that happening though. The Coalition are not that desperate....YET.

Posted by: charka Jul 9 2018, 05:46 PM
Did not howard say unless it was a core promise you could break it how is SA going to go without reliable power

Posted by: scepo Jul 9 2018, 06:25 PM
Bill, I can drive to CBD of Bundaberg in less than 10 minutes but the only nbn I was ever going to get regardless of who was in government is fixed wireless. In fact I got it sooner than expected with the change of government. While not brilliant it does all I want it to do and I expect it does all that the vast majority would want it to do, just as ADSL2+ did.

Fibre to the premise for everyone is/was just another socialist wasteful myth.

Posted by: Bear Jul 9 2018, 07:00 PM
"Curly has the advantage of a $65 Billion 'war chest' or 'slush fund' (if you prefer ), gifted to him by the Coalition via their $65 Billion tax cuts to big business."

All the promises an election brings, it only fools the gullible into voting their way.

I won't be voting for any of them.

Posted by: lee Jul 9 2018, 08:53 PM
"West Australians could be the subject of a GST bidding war in the run-up to the next Federal election with Labor considering improving the coalition Government’s plan.

The West Australian can reveal Labor is looking to bring forward the time when the State’s GST share increases to 75¢ in the dollar, delivering WA hundreds of millions of dollars faster than the Government’s proposal.

The ALP would be able to tap its “Fair Share for WA” fund that promises $2.1 billion to bring the State’s GST share to 70¢ in the dollar over the next three years."

Posted by: Bill Jul 10 2018, 02:42 PM
Quote from Bear:
All the promises an election brings, it only fools the gullible into voting their way.

I won't be voting for any of them

Oh yes you will Bear - unless you vote informal or bin your ballot paper. . Only rarely do independents get elected to the House of Reps., so at some point in the voting process you will have to put Labor or the LNP ahead of the other. That's how preferential voting works.

You have a better chance of getting a Senator elected, but you will never elect a government that is not either Labor or the LNP.

Posted by: charka Jul 10 2018, 04:51 PM
The promises flow like confetti

Posted by: Bear Jul 11 2018, 09:54 AM
Well, Bill - If I don't 'waste' my vote as you indicate, I have two choices then, a fraud endorsed by BS the Shortened, or a Humpty Dumpy impersonator - a lost vote on all counts me thinks!

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Posted by: lee Jul 11 2018, 12:12 PM
You got it wrong Bear. Where does it say Humpty Dumpty was an egg? Something I had to ponder.

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