We are building a movement in the electorate of Hume that stretches from Gunning and Goulburn in the South, to Camden and Silverdale in the North.
Angus Taylor, the current representative for this electorate, was recently voted the most incompetent cabinet member in the Morrison Government by the Australian Financial Review.
In 2013, Angus seemed like a promising candidate. But since his election, he has done things counter to the expectations of many Hume constituents that we have spoken with, including those that voted for him at the last election, and he has questions to answer.
Angus supports the fracking of pristine farm land across Australia (as the country’s energy minister, he has influence on this at the national level). This might come as no surprise if you are to learn about his many connections to the mining industry prior to his role in Government.
Then there is the Clover Moore affair in which Taylor’s office was implicated in spreading misinformation about the Sydney Mayor. Documents were presented by his office to accuse her of being a ‘hypocrite’ on the issue of climate change. However the documents were found to be falsified. The source of these fictitious documents has never been revealed.
However there are 3 important things that you should know about Angus’ voting record in parliament:
1. He has voted against farmers
2. He has voted against pensioners
3. He has voted against Australian industry, even promoting foreign ownership of Aussie infrastructure
Details are here:
- Angus voted very strongly against encouraging Australian-based industry
- He voted very strongly against increasing government support for the dairy industry, showing that he is no friend to farmers (as he likes to project in his ads)
- He voted strongly against community right to say no to nuclear waste disposal sites
- He voted against increasing protection of Australia’s fresh water
- He voted against increasing the age pension which would have benefitted our elderly population
- He voted against restricting foreign ownership, ensuring countries like China continue to buy off our infrastructure
- He voted against increasing marine conservation
- He voted against a Royal Commission into Violence and Abuse against People with Disability
- He voted against Government action on animal & plant extinctions
- He voted against creating a federal Anti-Corruption Commission
- He voted against a fast transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy, showing his loyalty to the oil, coal and gas companies above the environment, which has included the fracking of farmland
- He voted against increasing Aboriginal land rights
- He voted against increasing consumer protections, ensuring more of us are vulnerable to rorting by rogue sellers
Angus Voted Strongly For:
- He has voted for decreasing ABC and SBS funding
- He has voted for getting rid of Sunday and public holiday penalty rates, ensuring young people in hospitality are paid less
- He voted for political interference in research funding, ensuring that big corporate donors can use Govt funded research to further their agenda, even when it’s against the community interest
- He has voted for privatising government assets so that we all pay more for services like roads, tolls, rail and other major infrastructure
- He voted for tighter means testing of family payments so that fewer people in need can get Government support
- He voted strongly for unconventional gas mining such as Coal Seam Gas and fracking in pristine Australian lands