Why I Vote Liberal

Because I like Tony Abbott? No, in fact I find it difficult to relate to him, I believe he not a good communicator, I think there are several policy areas where he is quite weak (such as the economy!) and there are other areas where his policies are developed as a reaction to the Government’s position, rather than because of any rational belief of his own.

Because I detest Kevin Rudd? No, although it’s closer to the mark. Rudd comes across better than Abbott, being a far more effective communicator. However, having read plenty of commentary about the man, I have formed the opinion that he is good at developing policies that will be popular with the electorate, but has no appreciation of how they can be paid for.

No, I vote Liberal because they are the side of politics that is most likely to help the lot of the small business owner.

History shows us that the difference between the two major parties is this: Labor is primarily about the distribution of wealth, whereas Liberal supports the creation of wealth. I am firmly of the belief that you have to firstly create wealth before it can be distributed.

Some years ago, I was walking with a friend who held different opinions to mine. He said that because I voted Liberal, it proved I had no social conscience! I took offense at this and responded that this was akin to saying if you voted Labor, it proved you had no understanding of the economy. Obviously, both propositions are false, but these perceptions are not uncommon.

There are unions and unionists that believe that all employers are out to screw their employees, and in fact, there are employees who unfortunately, do the wrong thing. However, the vast majority of employers realise that their business strategies cannot be achieved without the support of their people, and act accordingly.

The policy agendas of both parties must go far beyond those that relate directly to small business. However, those policies come at a cost and the best way to boost Government coffers is with the existence of a strong business sector and full employment.

We need a Government that is firmly on the side of small business. Not just big business – that has the firepower to fight its own battles – but the owners of businesses that employ the vast majority of Australians.

We need a Government that is prepared, not only to pay lip service to the ideals of small business ownership, but to come out and demonstrate that support, by making their lives easier in their considerable efforts.

We need a Government that is going to reduce the obstacles to small business ownership, such as the myriad red tape, taxation and compliance requirements.

As things stand, is that a Liberal Government? No, but it’s a far more likely case than Labor, which is backed by unions with a position of being anti-business and which has big-spending with no real case for the payment of those promises, at its core.

I do not vote Liberal because they are good, I vote Liberal because, as a small business owner, it’s my best chance.

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What John Matthew believes about small business

That the owner has risked many things that others take for granted;

That there is no guaranteed income or reward for the considerable effort that is required;

That often, the family home is on the line to support the business and its constituents;

That there is a dignity and self-respect that is earned;

That entire communities would be better places if there was an increased appreciation and respect for small business.

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