Q&A Transcript #2

BellmanTGM: Welcome everyone to our latest episode of #QandA! Please welcome tonight's panelists, @Lurker281, @notkhrushchevsghost, @Deladi0 and @Howard Collins Sydney Trains CEO 👏4 Guys, thanks for being @here Ok, I think we'll kick this off then! We'll start with a question coming from @IG_99 : What does the panel suggest the Australian government could do to combat housing affordability issues across Australian metropolitan areas?(edited) 👏5 tone2 Ok, @Howard Collins Sydney Trains CEO perhaps you could give us the first answer of the night, and then we'll let the others come in as they please kaarrien1 Ok, it seems we've had some technical difficulties, but it looks like we're back online! Welcome once again to the panelists! 👏2

Lurker281 – Yesterday at 9:09 PM smiles pleasantly

BellmanTGM [ABC] – Yesterday at 9:11 PM @Howard Collins Sydney Trains CEO I'll restate the question for you: We'll start with a question coming from @IG_99 : What does the panel suggest the Australian government could do to combat housing affordability issues across Australian metropolitan areas?

Howard Collins Sydney Trains CEO – Yesterday at 9:12 PM Good Evening Bellman Well, of course there are many ways to solve problems that have been discovered around the metropolitan areas The property market, as I have noticed, has been rising for quite a while now Many young Australians today, are under extreme stress when attempting to purchase property However, I have noticed that there are a number of property buyers who come from outside of Australia 👎4 🇨🇳1 🚂3 kaarrien2 I believe that we could look into the problem by seeking methods to give Australians the priority to purchase property in metropolitan areas

BellmanTGM [ABC] – Yesterday at 9:17 PM … Perhaps @Deladi0 would like to weigh in here?

Deladi0 – Yesterday at 9:17 PM First of all thank you for having me Bellman and secondly before my answer, I'd like to thank Ig_99 for the question. Now the Australian Democrats already have legislation aimed directly at hitting this issue on the head. The first part of our solution is to target homeowners that leave their second and third homes empty. What we will do is introduce a tax based on the value of the property for houses and apartments left empty. Right now it's estimated that up to 800 thousand houses are left empty due to these investors in Australia. Freeing up these properties for homeowners and renters will greatly help to alleviate the issue of increasing house prices Of course targeting just that one part of the issue isn't enough and wholesale tax reform is needed to help make housing affordable again for all Australians 👍1 I think I'll pass the rest of this question onto other panellists (ends)

BellmanTGM [ABC] – Yesterday at 9:22 PM @Lurker281 ? @notkhrushchevsghost ?

Lurker281 – Yesterday at 9:27 PM I agree with much of what Mr Deladi0 has said, however, I am approaching the idea of taxing the housing bubble away with some scepticism. I'm not saying it won't work, it may very well be the solution to the problem. I do believe that the first step from any government to remedy the problem would be to stop propping up the market as a whole. By not allowing the housing bubble to 'burst' so to speak, we allow it to inflate and become bigger and bigger.

Leave it alone. Do this first of all, then as the grosse housing market begins to capsize, impliment a plan to soften the blow as the market resets itself.

notkhrushchevsghost – Yesterday at 9:35 PM The Greens' plan is to remove capital gains concessions, and to remove claims for negative gearing losses on taxable income, and to treat residential buildings as part of the land it is placed on when claiming depreciation on capital expenditure, as per our manisfesto.

I personally think that we should also look into incentivising property owners to lease out empty flats to students/low income persons after their such flats have been unoccupied for, say a maximum of 6 months. This will at least keep properties in use, and hopefully lower demand for rentals, which in turn should lower rent pricing.

BellmanTGM [ABC] – Yesterday at 9:36 PM Alright, some thorough responses there, some interesting ideas. Let's press on to the next question To the panel: Many have complained that Authorised Officers and other enforcement personnel on our public transport systems are unnecessarily heavy-handed and lacking in compassion, yet at the same time, fare bludgers and fraudsters regularly take advantage of our system in broad daylight. What will you change to ensure our public transport system is fair and equitable for all? This one's from @RunasSudo J (🍍) Ok, let's go to @Deladi0 for the first answer

Deladi0 – Yesterday at 9:41 PM I don't think that making public transport fairer relates to how authorised officers catch fare bludgers. That being said I think sometimes they have to show a little less compassion due to how many people do avoid paying their fares (end)

Howard Collins Sydney Trains CEO – Yesterday at 9:42 PM I believe that the state governments employ Authorised/Transport Officers for a reason, and that is to protect the system and make sure every passenger is doing the right thing, which is paying their fares However I do not see the reason to complain if the complainants were handed out fines, if they were doing the right thing(edited) These officers are doing what they were employed for and a reason why the government was able to stop many more fare evaders than there are today. Making the system fairer will be a much difficult task, as they are currently grey areas that may not be properly covered by our existing laws, so this will definitely be one of the tasks the government should look into (end)

notkhrushchevsghost – Yesterday at 9:47 PM I should think that better fencing directly around ticket barriers (i.e Jolimont Station in Melbourne) at stations should ensure the blatant barrier-jumping will stop. This alone should create complete prevention of entry to platforms without a valid ticket, and would cut virtually all evaders out in one swift move. So, to paraphrase that lunatic we now call President Trump “We need to build a fence” around our train stations.

In Melbourne, make trams completely free. The system for trams on myki is confusing enough, and as per my experience, very few people touch on, even outside the FTZ.

Bus fare evasion is a difficult topic, which I have no ideas on how to stop(edited) 👌1

Lurker281 – Yesterday at 9:51 PM I don't consider fare evasion to be a high priority. It's certainly not a new problem, and it was never considered an important problem before. The loss of revenue which comes as a result of fare evaders is inconsequential. Police it as best you can, and accept that some will get a free ride on public transport. Oh well.

BellmanTGM [ABC] – Yesterday at 9:51 PM Ok, let's push on to the next question then! I'll put this one to @Lurker281 to answer first, "Automation and the growth of the digital economy are poised to have a bigger impact on jobs than any other event in history. What does the panel think the government, businesses, and individuals must do to ensure Australia weathers this storm?"

Lurker281 – Yesterday at 9:58 PM Well firstly I think we need to take a good hard look at what work means in the 21st Century. When weighing labour requirement against employed labour and finding you have labour in surplus (unemployed), perhaps we need to rethink the notion of every single person working a 25-40 hour week. Surely the progress of our civilisation has been dependent on making our lives easier? To make it so we don't have to work so hard? Why are we so surprised when the advent of automation removes the need to work so much?

My point is that we should be reviewing the idea of work as a necessity for income. Sometimes, value is created from the labours of machines and investment. There's a very real possibility we may end up with more unemployed than employed in the future. And isn't that a good thing?

If you want Australia to 'weather the storm', get on board, and stop thinking in 20th century terms.

Deladi0 – Yesterday at 10:01 PM Thanks for the question as this is a very important one for the future. If you do look at my parties manifesto you’ll see that we’ve thought about this issue. There is no one solution to this issue but two of the best ways to deal with it is through economic specialisation and retraining industrial workers for new jobs.

If we can get Australian’s specialised in their jobs and in the economy, we can make those jobs safe without government intervention but through the service those jobs offer to Australia and the world.

We then of course come to the issue of retraining workers. The reality is that people will lose jobs due to automation. But that doesn’t have to be a bad thing if we can retrain these people for jobs in the new economy so that they can be more productive for the economy.

With that being said the two ideas come in hand and hand as we retrain workers for that economic specialisation.(edited)

Howard Collins Sydney Trains CEO – Yesterday at 10:15 PM It is important that we should be aware of all the industries that may be threatened by the current development of automation and digitalisation. The lives of Australians are constantly being changed under the vast development and there are many jobs, I believe, that will not exist following this process. Taking the Sydney Metro project and the new Intercity trains project in NSW as an example, there is already a clear indication that automation and digitalisation of our society is inevitable as Australians working as train drivers and train guards will likely be made redundant in the near future.

To tackle this problem, the government must make more jobs available, especially those that are a difficulty to be replaced by digital assets. The government should look into the existing assets that are available to assist fellow Australians and finding occupations they enjoy and are available long term.

Assets like TAFE are possible answers to the upcoming digital reform, and we will definitely be facing a high demand for 'hands on' jobs such as engineers and nursing. Retraining existing workers through TAFE would be highly beneficial as these groups will continue serving the Australian economy in the long term.

These occupations will always be an important asset to the economy as there would be little to no growth without these groups.

Deladi0 – Yesterday at 10:15 PM fuck this shit if no one's answering goodbye

BellmanTGM [ABC] – Yesterday at 10:15 PM !

notkhrushchevsghost – Yesterday at 10:16 PM @Deladi0, just be patient, everyone is going to answer Kids just don't have any attention span anymore… I'll use supermarkets as an example. How will young people get the working experience they increasingly need if for example, we see fully self-checkouts in supermarkets?

Supermarkets then only need to hire a couple of attendants per day, as opposed to maybe 20 different check-out staff, which takes jobs from young people, and not only that, but it plays you the consumer by giving Wollies an extra minute or two of free labour (might not seem like much, but time adds up!), as you scan your own items!

We also need to make buisnesses be more open to training new staff, as I see many cafes asking for "CASUAL BARISTA, 3 DAYS BETWEEN 6AM AND 3PM, MUST HAVE 3 YEARS FULL TIME EXPERIENCE" in the classifieds. Hopefully dreaming empolyers will realise that by doing this they are turning away jobs seekers, or ecouraging lying on CVs. Either way, the employer must train the prospective employee!

As a result of automation, we will see, as other panel members have noticed, rising unemployment. Eventually this will raise questions about implementing universal basic income, which would a very, very expensive measure, that I, even as a welfare lovin', "wasteful" spendin' watermelon, would not like to see, as I don't think that our current economy could handle it. Maybe we could boost the private sector by creating jobs in an entirely new industry… Imagine that, some kind of say, plant, is taken off the prohibeted substances list, and is allowed to be cultivated and sold, with regualtions similar to alcohol… Yeah, that could work…

BellmanTGM [ABC] – Yesterday at 10:17 PM Ok, next question, thank you to @LordTrollsworth for the q just passed From @Dicky_Knee [Leader, ONP] : To the panel, How do these candidates intend to ensure Australia's sovereignty is supreme when dealing with un-elected foreign bodies attempting to dictate our laws? This could be our last question for the night. @notkhrushchevsghost would you like to kick this one off?

notkhrushchevsghost – Yesterday at 10:18 PM Certainly

Lurker281 – Yesterday at 10:18 PM Is this question in reference to anything specific?

notkhrushchevsghost – Yesterday at 10:18 PM ^ Yeah, it is a little vague to me

Howard Collins Sydney Trains CEO – Yesterday at 10:19 PM

un-elected foreign bodies

BellmanTGM [ABC] – Yesterday at 10:19 PM I assume the United Nations

Howard Collins Sydney Trains CEO – Yesterday at 10:21 PM Is it possible that we moved to another question?(edited)

BellmanTGM [ABC] – Yesterday at 10:21 PM I've just received confirmation from @Dicky_Knee [Leader, ONP] , he says: "It's about the UN undermining our sovereignty we make our own laws"

Lurker281 – Yesterday at 10:22 PM Well, and forgive me for interrupting, I don't think there has been any instance of any foreign body dictating our laws. As such I do not see this as an issue. No action should be required.

BellmanTGM [ABC] – Yesterday at 10:22 PM @Dicky_Knee [Leader, ONP] would like to refer the panelists to Agenda 21

Lurker281 – Yesterday at 10:24 PM Well I'm not familiar with it, but according to a quick search, Agenda 21 is a "non-binding, voluntarily implimented action plan" for sustainable development. Doesn't sound like the dictation of law to me.

Howard Collins Sydney Trains CEO – Yesterday at 10:26 PM Considering that this agenda is a voluntarily implemented action, I do not see how it would affect the our sovereignty

notkhrushchevsghost – Yesterday at 10:27 PM I concur with the other panelists. Another question @BellmanTGM [ABC]?

BellmanTGM [ABC] – Yesterday at 10:28 PM Well, it looks like we've run out of time, I'm afraid… Perhaps one more with a few quick responses Ok, I've got one from @Lurker281 here, perhaps he would be willing to just let @Howard Collins Sydney Trains CEO and @notkhrushchevsghost answer this one to save some time? It is as follows: To the panel: As tensions rise in the oceania-pacific region as well as in the Middle-East, what should Australia's relationship be with the United States in terms of conflict collaberation?

Howard Collins Sydney Trains CEO – Yesterday at 10:32 PM I believe that Australia should stand guard for its own interest and national security. There should not be any form of intervention between the conflicts of other countries, should it not impact us directly. Australia should not collaborate with the United States if they are to intervene with the actions of other countries.

All this should be considered carefully, putting Australia's benefits first. Should the conflict affect Australia, then further action needs to be taken to protect the interest of our nation.(edited)

notkhrushchevsghost – Yesterday at 10:34 PM In the event of a major international conflict, The Greens would preferably like to stay neutral. Whether that means cutting back on military guarantees with the US or not I don't know. Basically, don't fight if we don't have to.

BellmanTGM [ABC] – Yesterday at 10:34 PM Ok, thank you for the quick responses! If @Lurker281 would like to, he has a couple of minutes to formulate a reply, otherwise we'll end it here …

Lurker281 – Yesterday at 10:35 PM I feel that answering my own question would be unfair to the other panelists who might not have had the same opportunity. As such, I will make no comment.

BellmanTGM [ABC] – Yesterday at 10:36 PM Alright, fair enough That concludes our Q&A for tonight then! I'd like to thank our remaining panelists, @Lurker281, @notkhrushchevsghost and @Howard Collins Sydney Trains CEO !

notkhrushchevsghost – Yesterday at 10:36 PM Thank you for inviting me on! I apologise to @Australian Democrats for being so slow tonight.

BellmanTGM [ABC] – Yesterday at 10:37 PM @Deladi0 was here also…

Lurker281 – Yesterday at 10:37 PM Thanks for having me on, @BellmanTGM [ABC]

BellmanTGM [ABC] – Yesterday at 10:38 PM But tune in next week, for another hard-hitting exchange of questions for answers, an exclusive to the ABC!

Howard Collins Sydney Trains CEO – Yesterday at 10:38 PM I'll be back.

BellmanTGM [ABC] – Yesterday at 10:39 PM Feel free to stick around for RAGE after this program to hear the hottest tracks on the market I'm @BellmanTGM [ABC] , good night Australia.

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