Much of what aided the popularity of Donald Trump and other comparable movements, was their rebellious anti- establishment and anti- government themes.
This concoction which has proved effective on numerous occasions, is now being employed by One Nation in targeting the excesses of pensions for politicians.
And rightly so. Politicians already earn a salary far and above average Australians, so it is unjust for ordinary people to feel a greater brunt in spending cuts, while politicians remain lavishly protected.
Should both major parties continue to dismiss these concerns of ordinary voters, One Nation will send massive populist shock waves across the upcoming WA and Queensland state elections.
“One Nation lashes ‘outrageous’ hypocrisy of pension cuts”, Australian Financial Review, December 29, 2016:
One Nation has accused the Turnbull government of “outrageous” hypocrisy for enacting immediate changes to the pension assets test and taper rate while allowing politician pensions to be cut back retrospectively.
One Nation pension spokesman NSW senator Brian Burston, who has warned that his increasingly popular party will be making pensions a major election issue, said it would also be pushing for changes to the generous parliamentarian super scheme to bring it down to around 9 per cent, in line with “community expectations”.
“It’s outrageous, it’s far too generous at 15.4 per cent, it’s tied to the public service superannuation scheme. Well make them all consistent with the ordinary Australian who is getting 9 per cent it should be brought back to that level,” he told The Australian Financial Review. .
“If they want to balance the budget they should look at their own [benefits]. That’s the feedback I’m getting on social media and phone calls, why don’t you cut your own and it’s a valid argument”…