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Paul Ross’ slogan is ‘Be Coopetionist’. Do you have any idea what that means? Because I didn’t before I found his site. Apparently, The Coopetition Principle is The nature-consistent fusion of Cooperation (first & foremost) and Competition (the treasured second) – such as in rules-based sport, democracy and a non-exploitative & efficient free-market economy. Does that clarify things for you? Because it doesn’t for me. I think what he’s trying to get at is a combination of certain elements of cooperation and competition, but he hasn’t troubled himself to actually explain which elements here, nor to link to some more detailed explanation, so I’m not going to give it any more thought.
Moving on the policy section, I can now see why: the first of his five policies is Universal Rule of Coopetition-maximising Law. How nice for the creator of a new economic theory to skip straight over that messy ‘marketplace of ideas’ stuff and move straight on to enforcing the theory on everyone. That has certainly never backfired on anyone in the entirety of human history.
His next three policies are Universal Liberal Democracy, Universal Education and Universal Healthcare, which are unobjectionable on the face of them, but completely lacking in detail. He goes on to explain that Australia already possessing robust versions of the first 4 – again, not supported by any information, but apparently implying that our current educational, political, economic and health care systems are all just fine the way they are and need no attention. There’s a sense of timelessness to the way Ross presents his ideas, in that they in no way engage with any sort of recent events, such as, for example, failures of our educational, political, economic and health care systems.
And there’s his fifth policy, The Universal Survival Income (USI), which is ‘Survival Income Slavery’ (SIS) abolitionist. (And please note that abolitionist is italicised in the original, too.) His phrasing is unclear here, but he goes on to develop and explain his USI idea (and hoo-boy, I’ll get to that next) in a way that suggests that he is actually in favour of something he himself describes as ‘slavery.’ Which is… let’s just say icky, and leave it at that.
The USI consists of the following:
- $20,000 per year for every non-jailed in-country adult citizen
- $5,000 per year for each child (to their guardian/s)
- Pensioners over 66 1/2 years old and the disabled receive a no-disadvantage ‘top-up’.
Now, this represents an increase for most people on Jobseeker, and the ‘top-up’ presumably means that pensioners will not be disadvantaged either, so that’s fine. Apparently, this will also end the stigma (‘the dole-bludger’ narrative including its racist and disablist variants) of being unemployed. I’m not sure how paying the unemployed more will change the minds of conservative politicians and media commentators, but sure, whatever, Paul.
So, now the vehicle is up to speed, and some of the looser things are rattling a little, but we’re moving forward, right? Get ready for the wheels to come off.
You see, the USI will also replace the current minimum wage of $20.33, which would actually mean a pay cut for anyone with a minimum wage job for 19 or more hours a week. But that’s okay, because this will permanently eradicate Unemployment/Underemployment and unleash small/big business. Again, no explanation for how this would work, but it now appears that the reason the unemployed will no longer be stigmatised is that those on a minimum wage will be replacing them at the bottom of the heap.
It gets better, because Ross’s policies also call for Abolishing the tax-free threshold and Extending the GST to 20% full-breadth. Or in other words, “Hey poors, have a pay cut and a tax hike!”
Now, in fairness to Mr Ross, there is a lot of additional information on his idiosyncratically-designed website, and I didn’t go into it in a lot of depth.1I mean, there’s only 10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 years until the heat death of the universe, and there’s all these things to do round the house. It’s possible that some of the points I’ve raised here are addressed somewhere in there. Which means that Paul Ross’ theories are detached from reality in at least one more way, a failure to understand modern soundbite culture.
Paul Ross is going to be near the bottom of my ballot. Assuming I bother to number that far down.
Just a reminder that Maz and I lack the necessary Eurovision knowledge to choose the songs that Catherine liked to include, but we’d love to see what you suggest in the comments below 🙂