Burt candidates: Muhammad Salman, Greens


Greens candidate for Burt Muhammad Salman
Greens candidate for Burt Muhammad Salman

WITH the Federal election approaching, Community Newspaper Group is here to help you understand where your local candidates stand on issues important to you.

From now until the election, we bring you your Burt candidates’ views on a different aspect of the national debate.

Muhammad Salman, Greens

LOCAL

Should the Armadale Road flyover bridge be completed?

I myself have experienced congestion in this area and locals have complained to me of long frustrating waits in this traffic. Armadale Road Flyover Bridge is one solution that the Greens would support. However, we would also prioritise ensuring viable transport alternatives exist, including safe cycling infrastructure and fast frequent public transport to ease congestion.

GENERAL

Does the current negative gearing system need to be changed?

Yes, the government’s refusal to act on evidence that negative gearing is forcing people out of the housing market shows just how out of touch they are. Negative gearing has created a housing market dominated by speculative investors; a housing market where first-home buyers are increasingly shut out. The current capital gains tax discount encourages negative gearing and speculation in the property market. It drives up housing costs and locks out first-home buyers, as well as creating a rental market that is stacked in favour of investors rather than tenants. The Greens would remove negative gearing and capital gains tax to end the subsidy for property investors, and help ease the way for renters and new buyers.

Do you believe in trickle-down economics?

The idea of trickle down economics is a myth that continues to persist, despite research for over a century that shows it does not work. You only need to look at WA’s economy to see that the mining boom further exacerbated inequality rather than levelling the playing field. The mining boom drove up house prices and made the rental market increasingly unaffordable. Homelessness is a huge problem in Perth and WA, even after so the called “boom”.

Many of our biggest and most profitable multinationals companies pay little or no tax. We can afford to cut taxes for most people if we make big companies pay their fair share. The Greens have a strong record of exposing and clamping down on tax avoidance. We initiated the nationally significant senate inquiry, we strengthened tax disclosure and financial reporting laws, and now we are proposing the most comprehensive crackdown on tax avoidance this country has ever seen.

YES/NO

The government should initiate a royal commission into banks: YES

The government should further restrict foreign land ownership: YES

Weekend penalty rates should be abolished: NO

The government’s small businesses tax cuts are a good idea: NO

The Australian Building and Construction Commission should be reintroduced: NO

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