This weekend, Australia goes to the polls to decide whether we will recognise First Nations people in our Constitution by providing them with a Voice to Parliament. All citizens aged 18 and over must vote by 6pm tomorrow, writing either "Yes" or "No" on their ballot cards.
Over the past few months, my team and I have had thousands of conversations across the electorate about the proposed Voice to Parliament, and have heard some very passionate arguments from both sides of the debate.
While public discourse over the Voice has gotten pretty ugly lately, I hope that we in North Sydney can strive to engage respectfully with the people around us. Ultimately we must all make up our own minds on how we will cast our vote and while we may not all agree on the final outcome, I truly believe that democracy is best served by community conversations that are fair, balanced, and well-informed.
To that end, my team has collated a great list of resources about the proposed Voice to Parliament here
. There's also some helpful information about the Referendum question and key arguments from parliamentarians on both sides of the debate on the AEC's website
I'd also love your thoughts on housing affordability ahead of this month’s North Sydney Community Housing Forum
, and on the Government's proposed superannuation tax changes, which will reduce concessions for people with balances over $3 million.
As it stands, I have two primary concerns regarding the proposed Treasury Laws Amendment (Better Targeted Superannuation Concessions) Bill 2023. Firstly, in its current form, the draft legislation is likely to tax people on unrealised gains, meaning they will need to pay tax on profits they are yet to make. Secondly, there is no indexing built into the $3 million cut-off — nothing in the legislation indicates that this number will move with inflation, meaning more Australians will be directly affected by this change in the years to come.
As always, please get in touch on [email protected]
if you have any feedback or if there is something I or my team can help you with. With only three sitting weeks left in this year, my diary is filling up so please send any meeting or event requests early!