Annerley Branch News – April 2022

Fantastic response at local BBQ

The Annerley Branch has hosted another successful community BBQ, this time held at Jessica Andrews Place on Ekibin Road. With special guest, Graham Perrett, federal Member for Moreton, the BBQ saw many locals come along, eat and have a friendly chat about the 2022 election.

Speaking to a great turnout of Annerley residents, Graham highlighted some of the policy priorities of a federal Labor government such as tackling climate change, restoring manufacturing, supporting wage increases, protecting Medicare and establishing an anti-corruption commission – just to name a few.

Annerley Community BBQ – April 2022

Many residents took the time to express their concerns about the record of the Morrison government and its failure to protect Australia during times of crisis. Some residents also raised the issue of government corruption, citing support for Labor’s policy to introduce an independent Integrity Commission.

The BBQ, which was free for locals, is part of the annual community program organised and funded by the Annerley Branch.

Branch welcomes anti-nuclear stance

Annerley Branch members have urged Federal Labor to implement the Party’s stated commitment to sign and ratify the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, should it win government at the 2022 election.

Members also called on the Australian Government to commit Australia to attending the first meeting of signatories to the Treaty, which is scheduled to occur in Vienna, in June.

In addition to condemning the current Coalition government for failing to sign the treaty, the Branch welcomed the entry into force of the treaty on 22 January 2021, which has made nuclear weapons illegal under international law.

Currently, there are more than 13,000 nuclear weapons held between nine countries.

Climate Change tops member poll

An interactive member poll, conducted at the April branch meeting revealed climate change as the very top issue for the 2022 federal election. Branch members were asked to identify the ‘top 3’ issues for the election, using an interactive voting tool. Not surprisingly, the issue of climate change was the clear number one, which has also been reflected in many opinion polls conducted over the past few months.

Housing was identified as the second ‘top issue’, which has been highlighted by many in the local community who are deeply concerned about accessibility and affordability.

However, the poll revealed a tie for the third issue, with government integrity, wages and job casualisation and the cost of living, all receiving the same level of support. It was only recently that inflation was revealed to be at a 20 year high – at 5.1% per annum.

Economy still weak under Coalition

Many trumpet the economy as a strongpoint for the Coalition.

But what is the reality?

They took gross debt to 28% of GDP, before the pandemic hit, registering the worst fiscal record of any government since the Second World War.

Now, following the pandemic, gross debt is at 42.5% of GDP, more than twice the 20% of GDP left by the Labor government in 2013. It currently projected to rise to 44.9% in 2024.

Inflation is rising and interest rates will go up very soon. Consequently, cost of living is a talking point at almost every kitchen table.

The Morrison government may point to its low unemployment rate but we know that the closure of our borders has taken pressure off those competing for jobs. We also know that ‘employed’ includes people working just one hour a week. Many have been forced to work multiple jobs each week. Half a million people are still unemployed.

If the Coalition does win the election because of perceived economic prudence, it will be on a very false premise.