What Australia Can Learn from Brexit

The United Kingdom faces great uncertainty in the following months and years. This could have been avoided had the voters educated themselves on the consequences of voting for the Brexit.

With Australia’s upcoming election, we need to ensure that we know what we are voting for and that upon leaving the voting booth on Saturday, your first question isn’t, “what’s the coalition?”

In the wake of the decision to exit the EU, the world and indeed the English have been left in a state of disbelief. Even those who voted for the Brexit appear to have no idea on how England should move forward or what the ramifications would be.

Cameron has jumped ship, unwilling to govern into these unchartered waters and the opposition leader seems more intent on saving his own career than making a plan for England. This may not be an issue, as he no longer has a cabinet to oppose him, with 11 shadow cabinet ministers resining between the hours of 4pm to 6pm (AEST) on Monday.

Best of all, Boris Johnson was off to play cricket just one day after the news that the first ever country to leave the EU would be his own. One has to honesty ask, what the hell are you doing? Apparently, these unprecedented waters will be smooth sailing for the man tipped to be at the helm.


Australia’s upcoming election


While we aren’t voting on an issue as extreme as Brexit, being educated on who you vote for is incredibly important. Here are some of the key things to look for:

Who are the major players?

After Brexit, it has come to light that many people who voted leave had little idea what they were voting leave. Google has released trends, following the vote of the most commonly asked questions, number one and two being:

  1. What does it mean to leave the EU?
  2. What is the EU.

Is this not research you do before making a monumental decision?

So Australia please, educate yourself on who your major parties are. Look past Labour and the Coalition, to the smaller parties if the major two don’t satisfy what you are looking for. It is also a good idea to discover who the smaller parties align themselves to.

What do they stand for? 

Brief summary of the two major parties: 

Coalition:

  • Company Tax cuts – Promise to cut to 27.5% this year with further cuts to come in later years.
  • Child care – Means tested subsidy to streamline the process, implemented in 2017.
  • $192 million to be pumped in to mental health services.

Labour:

  • Health System – will pump billions of dollars in the Health system, including unfreezing payments to medical professionals.
  • Child Care – $ 3 billion to the help families with childcare fees.
  • NBN – Upgrading the connection for up to 2 million properties. 

Balance the Campaign against the reality


The campaigning for Brexit used scaremongering tactics which focused heavily on the idea that immigration from the EU was purely negative. Britain needed to take back control. Did the English forget that the Freedom of Movement was a reciprocal agreement? For people wanting to expand their horizons into Europe, the world just became significantly more complicated.

Immigration generally leads to a rise in the GDP and economic growth and statistically, Immigrants from the EU appear to have had a positive fiscal impact within the UK.

We need to get past the buzz words and the sexy phrases to strip the message down to what is real. It is essential to find balance between what is being shouted and form a clearer view of what can realistically be achieved when a party is elected. Vote for what you believe in, just make sure you know what that is and what it means.

After all we don’t want to get caught with our pants down!