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Posted by Matthew Stephen for Longman - One Nation on Sunday, June 17, 2018

Longman By-Election Campaign Hits Home Straight – Voters Sick of the Lies

The fight for Longman has hit the final day before general polling booths open. Matthew Stephen, candidate for One Nation, has put in a phenomenal amount of work into the electorate.

The difference with Matt’s work is that it involved going to the streets and actually listening to the people of Longman. While the big parties have thrown a metric tonne of fake news at Matt and too many storms in teacups to count, Matt has stuck to his mission of listening to the people and representing them.

“I’m just excited to see how the voters turn out tomorrow.” Matt said today.

“I’ve said from the start I’m here to win and that would absolutely be the best case scenario.”

“Win or lose though, I think we’re going to give the big parties a major shakeup, I know Labor is scared beyond belief at how our campaign has gone.”

Make sure you jump on to Matt’s facebook page and show your support for the final run home!

Pauline Hanson moves to ban the burqa in Australia

More and more countries across the globe are banning the burqa, including muslim nations. When parliament returns after the winter break, I'll be pushing forward with legislation to have our federal parliament ban the burqa also.In the past week, the Dutch have finally passed laws banning the burqa which will build greater social cohession, improve security and remove the suppression of women.Netherlands joins France, Belgium, Chad, Cameroon, Niger and the Congo to name a few who have also banned the burqa.It's time Australia moves in the same direction to remove this radical and suppressive garb.Share if you support my efforts to ban the burqa and be sure to contact your local member to tell them how you'd like them to vote.#Auspol #Canberra #OneNation #PaulineHanson #Liberal #Labor #TheGreens

Posted by Pauline Hanson's Please Explain on Sunday, July 1, 2018

Pauline Pushes to Ban Burqa

More and more countries across the globe are banning the burqa, including muslim nations. When parliament returns after the winter break, I’ll be pushing forward with legislation to have our federal parliament ban the burqa also.

In the past week, the Dutch have finally passed laws banning the burqa which will build greater social cohession, improve security and remove the suppression of women.

Netherlands joins France, Belgium, Chad, Cameroon, Niger and the Congo to name a few who have also banned the burqa.

It’s time Australia moves in the same direction to remove this radical and suppressive garb.

Share if you support my efforts to ban the burqa and be sure to contact your local member to tell them how you’d like them to vote.

Pauline Hanson Rejects Company Tax Cuts

Let's make it very clear - I will not be supporting Company Tax Cuts.I spoke this morning on Sunrise with Derryn Hinch about the matter of Corporate Tax Cuts and even had Clive Palmer lobbying my staff over the weekend. Clive claimed he'd make more money off his $450 million dollars in the bank if company tax cuts were passed. Sorry Clive, it's not all about you.Don't forget small to medium sized businesses have already received a company tax cut which I supported last year up to $50 million.Happy to hear your views as always.#Auspol #PaulineHanson #TaxCuts #Mulitnationals #Australia

Posted by Pauline Hanson's Please Explain on Sunday, June 24, 2018

Company Tax Cuts Dead until Multinationals Pay Fair Share

One Nation has definitively answered no on their support for Company tax cuts for companies earning over $50 million a year.

One Nation previously delivered relief in the form of tax cuts for small and medium businesses up to $50 million a year. The government must force multinational companies to pay their fair share of tax. Over 700 multinationals pay little or no tax despite turning over billions of dollars in revenue each year. Until they pay their fair share, One Nation cannot support tax cuts for large companies.

One Nation also supported income tax cuts for workers. Nurses, teachers, tradies and emergency service personnel are just some of the workers that will benefit from the tax cuts starting the next financial year.

From Pauline:

“Let’s make it very clear – I will not be supporting Company Tax Cuts.

I spoke this morning on Sunrise with Derryn Hinch about the matter of Corporate Tax Cuts and even had Clive Palmer lobbying my staff over the weekend.

Clive claimed he’d make more money off his $450 million dollars in the bank if company tax cuts were passed. Sorry Clive, it’s not all about you.

Don’t forget small to medium sized businesses have already received a company tax cut which I supported last year up to $50 million.”

Pauline Proposes People’s Vote on Immigration

The Australian people have never been consulted on the issue of Australia’s run away rates of immigration.

It time for that to change. The Government should get out of the way and let the people have their say!

Is the government too scared of political correctness to put it to the people? Especially since the majority are in favour of cutting immigration?

Unlike the same sex marriage plebiscite, an immigration plebiscite could be done cheaply at the next election.

Read the full story below:

Let voters decide on migration, says Pauline Hanson

Joe KellyThe Australian

One Nation leader Pauline Hanson is pushing for a plebiscite to be held in tandem with the next federal election to allow the Australian people to have their say on whether migration levels should be scaled back.

Senator Hanson will today give notice of her intention to introduce a plebiscite bill when the parliament resumes in August. She hopes to win government and crossbench support for the initiative.

The move to give Australians a say on the migration rate comes just four weeks ahead of the crucial Longman by-election in Queensland that is shaping as a key gauge on the health of the One Nation vote.

Senator Hanson told The Australian the people had “never had a say in the level of migration coming into Australia” and made a number of suggestions about how the question could be formulated.

“The question to be put would be along the lines of ‘what level of immigration should we be taking into Australia?’ or possibly even asking people ‘what is the population they can see that would be sustainable for Australia’s way of life and standard of living?’”

The migration rate has become an ideological flashpoint issue within the Coalition after Tony Abbott unveiled an alternative conservative manifesto in 2017 which included a cut to the immigration intake to relieve pressure on major population centres.

The Australian revealed in April that Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton had canvassed changes to the intake with Coalition colleagues.

The campaign for a plebiscite comes after a Lowy Institute poll showed that 54 per cent of Australians believed the number of ­migrants coming into the country each year was too high, an increase of 14 points on last year and 17 points on 2014.

Senator Hanson told The Australian: “You’ve got to have people who are actually voters in this country having a say on this.

“I do not support a plebiscite as was done with same-sex marriage — by postal vote.

“It should be done at the next general election.”

Mr Abbott has been advocating for the government to halve ­immigration levels to about 80,000 a year to allow for infrastructure to catch up with growing population numbers, earning him rebukes from colleagues including Trade Minister Steven Ciobo and Treasurer Scott Morrison.

West Australian senator Dean Smith has also taken up the issue, arguing that new curbs should be put on migration levels because overcrowding concerns had become a priority issue for voters.

In an interview with The ­Australian earlier this week, ­Senator Smith used data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics to argue that Australia’s labour force could double in the next 50 years to 26.8 million — creating a major challenge in keeping unemployment rates down. He also said that Australia’s yearly population growth rate of 1.63 per cent was higher than in Asia (0.9 per cent), North America (0.73 per cent) and 20 times ­higher than in Europe (0.08 per cent).

The Australian understands that Senator Hanson will not view government support for her plebiscite bill as a part of a quid pro quo that would see her voting in favour of the government’s corporate tax cuts.

“We have high levels of ­migration coming in from foreign students, visa holders, and foreign workers,” Senator Hanson said.

“The impact it’s having on Australia is overcrowding in our cities, the housing shortage and (the ­taking up of) jobs.

“Also, the government has been keeping up high immigration numbers to make their budget ­papers look good.”

Senator Hanson believed the government was relying on high immigration rates to underwrite GDP growth forecasts into the ­future.

Why a Cap on Government Debt is Needed

This week, Pauline Hanson tabled a bill in parliament to bring back Australia’s debt ceiling so this parliament can start getting serious about economic management and budget repair.

Spending and borrowing are already out of control under the Coalition and we shudder to think what could happen under a Government run by Labor and the Greens.

Read the full story below:

Pauline Hanson aims to cap government debt

Matt CoughlanThe Newcastle Herald

Pauline Hanson wants to limit the amount of money the government can borrow by bringing back a debt ceiling.

The One Nation leader has introduced private legislation to parliament to set the debt cap at 35 per cent of gross domestic product, effectively reinstating the ceiling which was abandoned under former treasurer Joe Hockey.

“It is unfair and unconscionable for governments to borrow to pay for day-to-day spending and leave it to another generation to repay a debt for things they did not receive,” Senator Hanson told the upper house on Monday.

It comes after the Young Liberals unsuccessfully tried to pass a motion at the party’s federal council to reintroduce a debt ceiling.

Finance Minister Mathias Cormann spoke against the motion, arguing it would mean the government would be forced to negotiate spending with the crossbench.

Gross debt will be $561 billion in 2018/19, or 29.5 per cent of GDP, and is forecast to peak at $596 billion in 2025/26.

Senator Hanson said governments needed to be prudent during good times to position them to help the economy during the bad.

“Australia has never defaulted on its government debt but that is not the same as saying it can never happen,” she said.

GetUp! Greens Agenda Praises LNP Energy Plan

The LNP has just thrown Queensland’s mining sector under the bus and thrown its lot in with Labor, the Greens and GetUp. Promising to jump from the cheap, affordable power generation offered by coal fired power stations, LNP Leader Deb Frecklington has guaranteed that no Queenslanders will have cheap, reliable power with the major parties at a time when almost all households are struggling.

GetUp! environmental spokesman Sam Regester had this to say about Ms Frecklinton’s pledge:

“Genuinely I am staggered. Thrilled, yes, and staggered,”

We should be supporting our mining industry, including coal mining, investing in modern coal-fired power stations and lowering energy prices!

Read the full story below, and leave a comment on the Australian article here.

GetUp! Lauds LNP Energy Plan

Jared OwensThe Australian

Queensland’s new Liberal National leader Deb Frecklington has won plaudits from GetUp! over her plans for state-owned renewables to prepare the state for “a future beyond coal”.

As reported in The Australian this morning, the Opposition Leader extended an olive branch to swinging voters by promising to instruct state-owned energy companies to transition to green power.

GetUp! environmental spokesman Sam Regester said Ms Frecklington’s pledge for publicly owned renewables had “just changed the paradigm of Queensland politics”.

“Genuinely I am staggered. Thrilled, yes, and staggered,” he tweeted. “This from the party whose election platform was paying to build a new coal power station. Wowee.”

Ms Frecklington’s speech also committed to aircondition every state school classroom, noting 2017 was Queensland’s hottest year on record, and to roadworks including a new motorway between Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

Guaranteeing there would be “no new taxes” under a first-term LNP government, Ms Frecklington said: “It’s clear this state is stagnating. We need to take action if Queensland is to start climbing the economic ladder again.”

State Development Minister Cameron Dick ridiculed Ms Frecklington’s renewables plan as “simply not credible” given the LNP had recently campaigned on plans to privatise energy companies and fast-track a new coal-fired power station.

“Her policy about-face on renewable energy has elevated the political backflip to an Olympic sport in which she would get the gold medal,” Mr Dick said.

Innovation Minister Kate Jones suggested Ms Frecklington’s renewables plan was designed to “sweeten the pot” before reviving plans to sell the generator companies.

On renewables, Ms Frecklington said: “An LNP Government would mandate government-owned energy companies to support renewable energy generation.

“We would work with the Australian Energy Market Operator to find the right mix of electricity generation to ensure our electricity supply is affordable, secure and clean.

“I promise Queenslanders that the LNP will plan for a future beyond coal.

“These government-owned businesses need a future beyond the current generation stock and should be allowed to look at new technologies when it makes economic sense to do so.”

In her speech, Ms Frecklington also committed to the Brisbane Metro, real-time monitoring of petrol prices and deregulating energy prices in regional Queensland.

Mr Frecklington said she was “very proud” of the LNP’s record on healthcare, pledging to introduce incentives for hospitals and private-sector partnerships to improve outcomes.

She committed to supporting both greater school autonomy and greater oversight of curriculums to ensure studies were focused on language, literacy and numeracy.

Mr Dick said the “no new taxes” pledge, which came with a commitment to also reduce debt, meant an incoming LNP government would have no option but to slash public service budgets.

 

Is Bill Shorten and Labor buying off the ABC?

Is Bill Shorten and Labor buying off the ABC?The ABC used to be the prime source of unbiased news—delivering fair media to all Australians. But in recent times this has changed. The ABC is no longer unbiased, their sole focus now is on pushing left-wing ideologies. Bill Shorten has now come out stating he will reverse funding cuts—effectively buying off the ABC and solidifying their left-wing agenda.What are your thoughts? Has the ABC lost touch with its goal of being a fair and unbiased media outlet? How do you feel about Bill Shorten and Labor buying off the ABC?#TheTruthMatters #OneNation #AusPol #BillShorten #Labor #ABC

Posted by Steve Dickson on Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Broken Bill Buys Off ABC

Are Bill Shorten and Labor buying off the ABC?

The ABC used to be the prime source of unbiased news—delivering fair media to all Australians. But in recent times this has changed. The ABC is no longer unbiased, their sole focus now is on pushing left-wing ideologies.

Bill Shorten has now come out stating he will reverse funding cuts—effectively buying off the ABC and solidifying their left-wing agenda.

What are your thoughts? Has the ABC lost touch with its goal of being a fair and unbiased media outlet? How do you feel about Bill Shorten and Labor buying off the ABC?

So true.

Posted by Malcolm Roberts on Monday, June 11, 2018

Family Law Changes Officially Announced

When I was first elected, I spoke at length with the Prime Minister and Attorney General, George Brandis about Family Law reform.

I successfully received an inquiry into Family Law. The first in 40 years.

Although the inquiry isn’t complete, I met last night with the Attorney General, Christian Porter who informed me of the immediate changes he is implementing as a result of early findings.

These are the same recommendations my office put to the AG at the start.

This is a step in the right direction, but there is a long way to go to ensure equal rights in our family law system.

When I was first elected, I spoke at length with the Prime Minister and Attorney General, George Brandis about Family…

Posted by Pauline Hanson's Please Explain on Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Matthew DoranABC News

The Family Court and Federal Circuit Court will be combined as part of sweeping changes to the financially and emotionally crippling family law system, in an announcement by the Attorney-General Christian Porter today.

The decision comes before a broader review, which looks into the painstakingly slow way in which the nation’s strained family law system operates, delivers its findings next year.

The changes will come into effect from the beginning of 2019, in what the Federal Government is arguing will speed up the process of settling family disputes.

“We have two parallel courts, different rules, forms, procedures, individuals who are in the system get bounced around like Family Law footballs from one court to the other — terrible outcomes for them,” Mr Porter told the ABC’s AM program.

“They wait too long and that just makes life worse in these very difficult circumstances.”

The Family Court currently hears family law cases involving complex financial arrangements, trusts, serious parenting arguments, allegations of child abuse in custody arrangements and protracted family disputes.

The Federal Circuit Court deals with the rest.

Appeals from the newly formed court, to be known as the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (FCFCA), would also be heard by the Federal Court under the new arrangements.

Nearly a year-and-a-half wait to reach trial

Some 22,000 cases are filed across the two courts each year, and Mr Porter said delays in the family law system meant most cases were taking almost a year and a half just to reach trial.

He argued the merger was warranted given there is already significant crossover in jurisdiction and procedures of the two courts, and could result in an extra 8,000 cases being resolved each year.

“Everyone that you talked to who understands the court system, but particularly the tens of thousands of Australians who use it, know that the system at the moment does not work at all well,” Mr Porter said.

“Twenty-two thousand matters are listed for final order in these courts every year, representing tens of thousands of Australians, and our priority is to get better outcomes for those Australians.”

Funding pressure, delays in appointing judges

It is unclear whether the changes will satisfy critics of the way the family law system, who argue funding pressures and delays in appointing judges to the bench are key reasons why the system is inefficient and struggling to cope with case loads.

Last year, the former Chief Justice of the Family Court demanded more funding.

The former attorney-general, George Brandis, announced a “long overdue” review of the family law system in September — the first since the dedicated court was established in the late 1970s.

The Australian Law Reform Commission is due to report back to the Government by March 2019.

Mr Porter defended making the announcement before those findings were delivered.

“It was a matter of such obviousness that the present structure was not working and was causing inefficiencies and duplications and delays that we considered that we could make the structural change,” he said.

Shadow attorney-general Mark Dreyfus cast doubt on the merit of the merger.

“We’ve got concerns about the near-complete lack of consultation that’s occurred here,” Mr Dreyfus told ABC Radio Melbourne.

“It appears that judges were not consulted, that family groups and the sector weren’t consulted, family lawyers were not consulted.

“And the Government has decided that this is somehow the result of inefficiencies in the court system.”

The current Chief Justice, John Pascoe, was appointed to the role last year after being the head of the Federal Circuit Court.

But he will be forced to retire by the end of the year, as he hits the statutory retirement age for judges.

One Nation leader Pauline Hanson has campaigned for changes to the family law system, including calling for the abolition of the Family Court altogether.

Penny Wong hates being called Pauline Hanson

I need to duck into IGA after the Royal Commission today and grab Penny Wong a bottle of red hair dye so she can better channel me in estimates next week.What a laughable performance yesterday was :)#PennyWong #Estimates #MathiasCormann #DontCallMePauline

Posted by Pauline Hanson's Please Explain on Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Poor Penny Wong Gets Called Pauline, Plays Race Card

Penny Wong took great offence to the insinuation that she was, “channeling Pauline Hanson” in Senate estimates. Anyone else would have taken that as the compliment it is.

One Nation By-Election Battle for Longman Begins

Pauline Hanson’s One Nation is proud to announce that their candidate will be local Caboolture business man Matthew Stephen.

“Matthew is a strong local candidate, a fourth generation Australian, who lives and works in the community with his wife and family. I’m very proud to say he is ready to fight for the people of Longman and I think he would make an excellent Member of Parliament.” Senator Hanson said.

“This is a chance for the people of Longman to elect someone to parliament who will be able to hold the Coalition and the Labor party accountable.”

“Susan Lamb was never upfront with the people of Longman. She treated them with disrespect and took them for granted.”

“She has known for many months she was a dual citizen yet she did nothing and the Labor party protected her. Susan Lamb and the Labor party have failed Longman and they do not deserve a second chance.”

“People should remember these by-elections have been called because Bill Shorten told Australians there was no cloud over any Labor MPs, despite knowing the member for Longman hadn’t renounced her citizenship.”

“If you can’t trust Mr Shorten to be fair-dinkum over the eligibility of Labor MPs, how can you trust him with pensions, national security and the cost of living?”

“The former Labor Member for Longman and her party proposed a policy to rip money from pensioners and the elderly.”

“Labor’s new policy to weaken our offshore detention process could send Australia back to the time where under Labor we had 50,000 illegal boat arrivals in just one year. That’s enough people for a new city the size of Caboolture.

“Bill Shorten’s energy policy will see the price of electricity for Australians living in places like Bribie Island skyrocket,”

“And both Bill Shorten and Malcolm Turnbull have failed to listen to the people and cut back the out of control immigration numbers that are driving up cost of living, putting pressure on our roads and hospitals, and lowering our quality of life.”

“The people of Longman deserve better than what Labor and the Coalition have to offer.”

Matt’s Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/MatthewStephen.ON/.