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, each week we bring you your Tangney candidates’ views on a different aspect of the national debate.
Dennis Jensen, Independent
Should the Perth Freight Link project be completed?
Yes, the Perth Freight Link absolutely should be completed to deliver improved health, safety and congestion reduction benefits to the people of Tangney. It is a travesty that after eight years of Liberal Government at the State level, the project is still not shovel ready. I note the Liberal candidate for Tangney was an integral part of the State Liberal team during that time, and I question how much of a priority this project was within the WA Liberal Party. How so many important approvals and milestones were missed is beyond me, and suggests a certain level of incompetence within the WA Liberal Party apparatus. We need the Perth Freight Link, and we needed it yesterday.
Does the current negative gearing system need to be changed?
No. The current negative gearing regime is necessary to support affordable rents and ensure that the housing market remains stable. Hawke and Keating years ago looked at changing the system, but realised that this was replete with a whole host of unintended consequences, and so dropped the idea. Too many people have based their wealth management and investment strategies on this policy, and moving the goalposts during the game is something I do not support. Housing affordability has been impacted by many factors, and I believe the first issue to address is bank behaviour, which is why I am calling for a royal commission into banks.
Do you believe in trickle-down economics?
I believe that if you have greater capacity to generate wealth among higher income earners, there will be a benefit more generally in terms of wealth creation. That said, we live in a society which has safety nets, healthcare, and access to education, all of which are critical in enabling wealth creation as well. So it needs to be a balance, government provides the base from which individuals can build their own wealth, which cumulatively results in a stronger economy, more jobs and a cycle of growth.
The government should initiate a royal commission into banks: YES
The government should further restrict foreign land ownership: NO
Weekend penalty rates should be abolished: NO
The government’s small business tax cuts are a good idea: YES
The Australian Building and Construction Commission should be reintroduced: YES