Nurses and the Numbers Game


Nurses know how to care for sick people. They apparently don’t know how to influence government in a democracy.

Strikes are blunt instruments that offend rather than persuade the very people from whom they want support, the patients and MPs.

Pharmacists scored $1.5 billion a year by Votergram.  Psychologists got their money from Telehealth in 5 days by Votergram. Smoking was banned on commercial airlines thanks to Votergrams. Domestic violence has been tackled for years thanks in part to Votergrams.

What would fix government nursing policy problems is a good shot in the arm of electoral logic, an explanation of what the nurses need and why and the threat of harsher treatment in the marginal areas if need be.

Nurses are giving the treatment to the wrong people in the wrong way. They need to talk to those who can say “Yes” (MPs) instead of those who can say “No” (bureaucrats) and do it through polite, persistent logic-based political persuasion in the privacy of parliament, rather than by public protest.

If some of the 73,000 nurses put their “voter’s hats” on to deliver a strong dose of strategically prescribed Votergrams, their association is likely to be pleasantly surprised. Individual nurses vote in elections. Their association does not so it needs their support and patient support to add strength to its arguments. Votergrams are by far the most cost-effective way to do that.

That is why I started Votergrams in 1986. It gives every Australian a very effective voice to each member of every parliament in Australia on any issue of interest. Democracy is a magic system of government. Voters just have to use it properly.

There’s judging and Judging – How to judge a bank

How you judge a bank is very much dependent on what it is you want from the bank.

If one is investing in the bank by buying shares on the Australian stock exchange then two major factors are relevant. The first is the profit that the bank earns and the second is the net assets that back the share price. It’s prospects of earning in the future will also be relevant to how its share pricing is judged.

But if one is wondering whether it is a good bank with which to put one’s banking business or from which to borrow, then the lower the profit earned by the bank the better it is likely to treat its customers.

Best Bank is Bendigo Community Bank

I deal with most major banks in Australia and the one I have found to be by far the best is Bendigo Bank and specifically its Community Bank which tends to share some of its profits with the local community. Customers can own a share in their bank and that is a good investment because it earns money and respect. The service I receive from Bendigo Bank is so far ahead of the service I receive from the big four banks, that it is impossible to really compare them.

When I walked into NAB a while back I realised that I was not very important to them. Staff turnover is so great that there is no continuity of capable people in the branch with which I could deal. I have seen alleged appalling behaviour by a nab broker that does not seem to worry the bank too much. Commonwealth still looks after customers very well and does not seem to lend customers into trouble as much as it did when banks were first deregulated. ANZ has been good at executive level, at dealing with bad conduct that has damaged customers, but its local branch was so hopeless to deal with that I just gave up and left. Trying to deal with ANZ credit cards over the phone today was just a nightmare. Its phone service is as bad as its in-branch service. Computers doing the job people should, in order to cut costs and services to maximise profits.

Westpac offers ridiculously low interest rates on term deposits to existing customers compared to new ones, so we give it a miss for clients who have banked with it for years. I don’t deal with it now either.

When I walk into the local Bendigo Community bank most of the tellers greet me by name. They told me years ago that their aim was to know each customer’s name by the third time the customer came into the bank.

The service from Bendigo is absolutely exceptional and I cannot fault it. When negotiating with its subsidiary Rural bank its negotiators were again light years ahead of the counterparts of the big four banks and treated the customers for whom I was negotiating with great respect and fairness.

Profit is important but so is caring for people

Today I read in the paper that the stock market was disappointed in Bendigo and Adelaide’s profit margins. As a person who has bought a very small number of Bendigo and Adelaide and Big Four bank shares, I was not in any way disappointed. In fact I was delighted, because I knew that the reason the bank had not produced the gigantic multi-billion-dollar profits of the big four was that it cares more about looking after customers, than it does about making money out of me. It does not pay its CEO $1m a month like some.

Competition is the key to the best banking service

People don’t ask me to advise them on which bank to bank with. When new clients come to me to find a bank loan I use our Loan Apps to contact every bank that I think will help the customer. Then the customer can negotiate with each bank that responds so that they get the very best loan that suits them and a banker with whom they are happy to work. It is better for everyone who is looking for a loan to ask every bank that is likely to be interested and then play one off against the other to end up with the very best loan. That is a system I developed in 1987 when banks were first deregulated and decided to put their profits a long way ahead of their customers. I remember one of the first people to use our Loan App system saved $300,000 in interest on their loan.

So, as with many things in life it is what one is seeking to gain that determines the criteria by which one should judge the various options. The fields in which I deal are banking and politics. In both, that system of judging is vitally important if one is looking for the best outcomes. Today many people choose the bank simply because they have been with it for years and it is not too bad. In exactly the same way many people vote for the same political party because they have been voting for it for years and it is not too bad.

In both cases I have seen that people get better results when they judge critically on actual past performance rather than tradition. Joining the Australian Voters Network puts most people into a winning position with banks and government due to the support they receive.

Votergrams – The influential voice of each & every Australian voter

Prior to March 1986 the only voice Australian voters had to government was via their local MP. Even if those MPs were inclined to do what was asked, they often did not have the power to do so. Voters became very disillusioned with democracy. The “Yes Minister” bureaucracy ruled with an iron fist.

Then in March 1986, a Christian Chartered Accountant by the name of Greg Bloomfield launched the Votergram service based on The Parable of the Sower. That allowed every individual Australian and organisations of Australians to directly contact each and every Member of any Parliament in Australia. Suddenly “government by the people, for the people” became a reality.

Big business has over 1,000 highly paid lobbyists working full time to make government do what it wants and it spends millions or perhaps billions making that happen.

Yet for a relatively small $120 any Australian can still directly reach and influence each Member of Parliament to persuade them to do what is needed. Some of  the messages fall on deaf ears; some MPs become interested but the message gets buried under hundreds of emails; some try to help the voter but lose interest. But some of the Votergrams are read with interest by conscientious Parliamentarians and acted on to assist the voter and do what is wanted. They can help move metaphorical mountains.

That way Australians have, in the past, got an operation or hospital bed for a sick or injured relative, respite care for someone disabled, a new facility for their child’s or their own school. Or on a broader scale they have had government enact environmental legislation, food safety laws, cut the road toll by 65%, stop smoking on commercial airlines, fund community pharmacies to the extent of $1.5 billion a year and keep the NSW snowfields available for community ski lodges.

What Greg and the Votergrams organisation did not know in 1986 but does know now, is that democracy depends on continuous input from the voters themselves. That is because they have elected to parliament “Representatives” not “leaders”, though some MPs with leadership skills will become leaders. To represent the voters well, each representative needs to know what is wanted because if they do not know what people want, they cannot do it.

Because parliament is a voting forum even though not all decisions require a vote, it is essential for voters to contact every MP individually to ensure that they do know what that voter wants done.

Democracy is a magnificent system of government, but unlike a monarchy or dictatorship, it allows and depends on voter input to guide what it does.

If you do not do that, someone else will and their goals may be strictly personal gain rather than a fair society. Australian Government can be and is, guided by those voters who use Votergrams.

Politicians are not the rogues painted by the media to whip up controversy. They are ordinary Australians trying to do the very difficult job of pleasing the vast majority of 17 million people.

You can do your bit by using Votergrams to tell them what you, your community or Australia needs in respect of any matter or issue. Your power to guide government comes from your ability to vote in elections and to influence the votes of others where they count most.


The Australian media is full of “The Voice” for Australian Aboriginal First Nations people. So let’s try to understand what it is about.

At school I learned about the massacres and kidnapping perpetrated by British forces and settlers as they dispossessed the Aboriginal people who owned andaboriginal art inhabited Australia. Lies are not uncommon in government or society, so the action was justified by the lie that nobody inhabited the country. Australia was not unique in the world to suffer such abuse. It was then thought heroic and is now thought horrific. Even Christians were involved though how they saw that as okay is hard to fathom. But we can remove the beams from our own eyes rather than the specks in those of our ancestors or past governments.

Through the media, I learned that while I lived happily in my suburban home with my widowed mother and twin sisters, Aboriginal children of my age were being kidnapped from their parents and put into institutions where they were physically, psychologically and sexually abused by their “carers”. How different that was from one of my favourite childhood books, Children of the Dark People, the story of Nimitabel and Jackadgery.

Then as I read about explorers like Burke and wills, pastoralists like Kidman and the Duraks and the bushrangers like Ned Kelly and listened to tapes like “The Overlanders”, I learned of the enforced labour and rape as well as brutal beatings and murder of Aboriginals in remote areas where law enforcement was next to zero. But when there was law enforcement it killed and enslaved Aboriginals mercilessly to protect white settlers.

But many current Australians have come from foreign countries and may know little or nothing of our early history. Perhaps we need a “Truth and Reconciliation Commission” like in South Africa, at which the stories can be related and televised so that all Australians realise the horrendous abuse inflicted on our Aboriginal people in order to give us the land on which we have our homes, businesses, farms, sporting and cultural facilities.

In that respect it is a VOICE TO THE AUSTRALIAN PEOPLE that is probably needed and the parliament can facilitate that without a referendum.

More on the Voice to Parliament later, but meanwhile it is good for readers to know that FairGO, the Votergram Service and the Australian Voters Network have given every single Australian and every organisation in Australia an extremely effective voice to influence every parliament in Australia and seek its assistance, free of any political party preferences. Contrary to popular opinion, Members of Parliament are absolutely fantastic at helping voters solve problems. In a democracy good government also depends on voter input, because the people in the cities, suburbs and towns and those in the bush know what is going wrong and what is needed to fix it. The politicians in Parliament could not possibly know without voter input. That is why Votergrams were established in 1986 as a uniquely Australian strategic means of political persuasion.

The worst way to improve pay

 “Ask  and you will receive” was great advice, if you ask the right people in the right way.

It is not just pay, but general working conditions and respect for what they do that teachers, nurses, doctors and rail workers want. They are entitled to fair treatment in the minds of most voters.

It is hard to know why their unions encourage them to take public protest and strike action when it should be obvious to most students of human psychology that confrontation is not the best way to obtain results. Would teachers, nurses, doctors and rail workers seek to influence their parents, children, teenagers, partners, students, patients or commuters by public confrontation? I think not. Protests and strikes humiliate the very people who could solve the problem, the Members of Parliament.

It is possible that the unions feel that creating a public spectacle in order to ensure their members receive a fair go from government, is the best way to increase membership and in that they may be correct. But it is not the best way for their members to improve their working conditions. Protests and strikes simply illustrate weakness to government bureaucrats. Instead of adversely affecting and inconveniencing the politicians who control government, these tactics actually adversely affect and inconvenience the very service consumers who could help the protesters achieve what they want. Parents are angry because their children’s teachers are not working. Hospital patients are angry because nurses are not there looking after them. Commuters are angry because the trains are in short supply and people are packed into those that are available like sardines. People who live in the regional areas of Australia are angry because they don’t have the general practitioner doctors and nurses that they need.

There are two factors considered by politicians when making decisions. The first factor is the logical arguments that support or oppose the claims being made by teachers, nurses, rail workers or country doctors. The second and by far the most persuasive factor, is any impact on the votes that send them to Parliament to represent the consumers of these services and the service providers themselves. That impact not only determines the careers of all politicians but determines whether they will enjoy the power and status of government or the relatively powerless position of opposition.

The power of the teachers, nurses, rail workers and rural doctors rests not with logical arguments about their services, half as much as it rests with the ability of their members to vote and influence votes against the government that offends them.

Time and time again ever since 1986 FairGO has helped people to influence government via their elected representatives. The secret to success is polite, persistent, political persuasion in the relative privacy of Parliament. It does of course rely on the strategic presentation of information supporting the logic of the claims made, but also strategic indication that if the government will not do what is fair and reasonable, those who seek improvement to their working conditions will have only one option left. That option is to go, just before the next election, into as many marginal electorates as possible and in a strategic way that is not obvious, influence the people in that electorate to vote against the government. Though it is not usually necessary to do that, it is important to be willing to do so and let MPs know that they are.

That action in a democratic society is the most simple, strategic and successful way to influence their elected representatives to have government treat them fairly. It in no way publicly confronts or makes to look stupid and unreasonable, the very members of Parliament who can solve the problem. If necessary, the teachers can easily influence parents in marginal seats to vote against the government. The nurses can easily influence patients and relatives in marginal seats who may suffer and perhaps die, to vote against the government that may cause that happen. The rural doctors, a small group in the voting population, can easily influence the people who live in marginal rural Australian electorates to vote against the government that will deny them medical care and encourage their friends and relations in the city to do the same in city marginal electorates.

But asking nicely and persuasively in the privacy of Parliament will probably make it unnecessary to even think about that. Politicians are really helpful if ALL of them are approached. It is absurd in a democracy where decisions mostly are made by the majority opinion of all Members of Parliament, to only talk to the minister. That is what FairGO discovered in 1986 with its inexpensive Votergrams.

It is important to know that the votes of most Australians do not make a significant difference to the result in their own electorates or the national result. It is only in the marginal electorates that they can have a significant influence. It is not in anyway a difficult exercise to influence marginal electorate outcomes and nor does it involve going into those electorates and publicly protesting or criticising the government. Once again it relies on polite, persistent, political persuasion, only this time instead of being in the relative privacy of Parliament it is done in the relative privacy of the ballot box.

FairGO has worked hard for over three decades to give Australians the very best options for influencing government through its Votergrams and voters network which are unequalled in other parts of the world. Sooner or later teachers, nurses, rail workers and doctors might realise that they can easily achieve their reasonable requests for fair treatment if they use the facilities of democracy instead of relying on protests that would be more applicable for confronting ruling monarchs such as the people of France, England and Russia did a century or more ago. Times have changed and strategies need to change with them. Democracy provides a golden opportunity for the people to shape what the government does, but for them to achieve that they need to adopt democracy style strategies such as pioneered by FairGO. I have, over the years approached the Teachers Federation, Nurses and midwives Association, AMA and Rural Doctors Association trying to convince them that a modern approach through FairGO would be much more successful for their members, but they are not receptive and so their members suffer and the public suffers.

As the protest song goes, “When will they ever learn……..”

FairGOVoterlobbyVotergramsVoters Network have helped voters gain influence for over 35 years. When in doubt, find out. Ask how they can help you!

NSW Government’s horror Housing Tax

We’ve lived in our house for 55 years. Most young Christian home owners will live in their “forever homes” for that sort of time.

For a first home buyer where the land is worth $1.5m the current NSW stamp duty is around $67,500 paid over a 30 year mortgage @ $2,250  year.

The rate could easily be halved to make it $34,000 .

Under the government proposal, annual Tax on Housing for a first home buyer of a property with $1.5m of land would be: $400 plus .3% of $1.5m ie $4,500 = $4900 a year. Over 55 years they would pay about $270,000, or 4 times as much as they do now.

What a clever political strategy, painted as lowering the cost of housing by increasing it.

For richer people buying a home with a land content of $3m, stamp duty would still only be $150,000, paid over their mortgage term. $120,000 less!

The Housing Tax is heavily biased against younger, poorer people in favour of richer older people. That is hardly a Christian principle.

Good for government, bad for voters. A real win for property developers as the initial home cost plus tax is lower and those buyers will probably not think of the nearly $5,000 a year in tax they will be paying for life on top of their mortgage.

I urge young and poorer people wanting to buy their first home and Christians wanting to help them, to join Voters Network for lower, not higher home cost. There are many ways to cut home costs. Voters Network can help buyers understand them.

Greg Bloomfield, retired FCA, CPA

Tax time trauma – Don’t frighten the bank unnecessarily!


If you have a business or bank loan, and you submit your tax return through a tax agent don’t frighten the bank with a tax return that shows you are losing money. The Biblical phrase “The borrower becomes the lenders’ slave” can be avoided with some wise loan management, including the points below.

Taxable Income
Taxable income comes from the receipts that the Tax Act says are taxable in that year less the expenses that the Tax Act says are deductible against that income in that year. One of the first things I learned when I started work with Price Waterhouse as a junior was that the tax figures did not necessarily reflect the profit of a business or a farm. I have been lucky enough to work with some of the biggest businesses and agricultural companies in Australia as well as running my own property development and equipment hire businesses, a Merino Sheep property in the centre of NSW and a beef cattle property in the Southern Tablelands as well as my national Chartered Accountancy/CPA practice and my bank loan solutions consultancy.

Net Profit
Profits come from what you receive minus what you spend running your farm or business during the year in question. That sounds the same as taxable income but in fact can be very different. The Tax Act is a political football doing  favour to some and disadvantaging others. Sometimes the accountant will burn the midnight oil to show that as far as the Tax Act is concerned, you earned very little taxable income during the year, while a true set of financial statements might show that you earned a fortune.

The Bank
The figures you show the bank up front should reflect the actual profitability of your enterprise and then be reconciled back to the tax return and assessment if you want to maintain a frank and truthful relationship with your bankers. They then are fully informed of how you a really going. It often happens when they are only given a tax return, that they get the impression that you are going broke and may not be able to repay your debt on time.

EOFY purchases
Many farmers and business owners heed the retailers and buy tax deductible equipment and supplies in the latter part of June just to get a tax deduction. To the bank that can make the figures look like a disaster. If you do that then your accountant should, in your Profit and Loss Statement, reduce the expenditure for the year by the cost of the stock of unused items that you purchased at year end to get the tax deduction. Again that allows the bank to see your true trading result instead of what your tax accountant or the EOFY sales pitch encouraged you to do.

Honesty pays
Always be honest with your bankers. But do get a qualified specialist accountant like those at GBAC to review your final financial statements for presentation to the bank. If you have had a bad year, and some will have this year, that specialist will spend some time carefully explaining what caused it and how it will improve in the years ahead. That particularly applies if you have been affected badly by Covid, drought, bushfires or floods . Banks will usually go out of their way to help you when you do the right thing and explain your circumstances to them.

Sticking pins into Politicians

The media has turned this federal election into an Aussie version of a Spanish bull fight. Writers and commentators are busy all day and all night screaming out “Fight! Fight!”. The words “Do unto others…” come into my mind.

Most of us will vote to elect our local candidate in our local electorate. If we elect Dodos locally we will have a Dodo government regardless of who leads. Whereas in monarchy and dictatorship the leader rules, in democracy the majority rules – in electorates, parliament, the party room and cabinet.

We need smart and dedicated local MPs. That should be the focus of every Australian. Think nationally vote locally.


Few of us vote for either political party leader, Morrison or Albanese, perhaps 200,000 out of 17 million voters do. Yet these two unfortunates are subject to relentless prodding with hot irons that make them jump first one way and then the next. This just discourages most potential politicians.

Just logically in the hurley burley of being stuck, poked and provoked, these two party leaders forget things they really know. They stumble over trick questions almost like what did the treasurer have for breakfast on Thursday three weeks ago. As if the party leaders should know everything about government when in fact they have a cabinet of ministers or shadow ministers and a paid bureaucracy that really runs the government!! They just set policy and oversee what is done.

We are given the impression on TV and in the newspapers that neither of the party leaders could successfully run a sausage sizzle. We are given that impression by people who you would never pick for government in a fit. Nor would they consider standing to serve us in parliament for any money. It is so much easier to criticise others than do something for Australia.

The party leaders and senior party candidates are so confused and so bedazzled by the constant barbs driven into their minds and bodies that they spend more time sticking pins into each other than announcing what they will do for us if elected. Promises pour forth from their mouths like lava from a volcano and we know that in most cases they will freeze to rock when the campaign is over. Most of the “promises” could not be delivered without doubling our taxes and cutting other expenditure.

How to vote

We should be voting for our local candidates on the basis of their past performance and spending time finding out which one of those standing most closely resembles the person who will represent us.  Voters Network members have been able to record every month during the last term of parliament, how well their local MP has represented them. They have reviewed the performance of politicians and rated them accordingly. Those individual MP ratings automatically flow through to their parties. The more people who join and rate their politicians the more meaning it will have nationally. But that is not the point. The point is to allow voters to record what they think of their politicians on a regular basis and then use that to determine how to cast their vote.

It is worth having a look and considering joining Voters Network so that after this election you can start recording your views on your local MP monthly. That will give you your own “How-to-vote guide” for the next election and avoid you being influenced by the media circus that seeks to entertain us by making our key politicians look stupid. What the media really achieves is to drive us towards bad government. Perhaps that creates more disasters that sell more TV time and newspapers. Otherwise it seems the most destructive force in democracy, far worse than the worst political party we could imagine.


The secret to making democracy work better is for voters to get more involved without taking any party sides. Then they can influence whichever party is elected. Voters have truly amazing power over their government if they use the services provided by FairGO, Votergrams and Voters Network .

Jesus said that what God wanted was “Kindness”. Democracy is a superb system of government but it requires voter involvement to deliver kind, fair, honest and productive government that helps us all to live life to the full. It’s success is up to you and me, our families, friends, neighbours and colleagues. Politicians will do what we want if we go about it the right way. Thousands of Australians have been getting what they wanted from governments ever since Votergrams were invented in 1986. Only those who don’t know about them or try them are still suffering from bad government. They can change that in an instant if they wish.

More dangerous than Covid– Election fever!!

Symptoms: High excitement, media frenzy, mixed messages, over-reaction, confused minds.

Cure: write down now in your diary for May 21, whether you will put your local MP top or bottom on your ballot paper. That way you will vote on the actual past performance of your local MP, the party that MP represents and the party leader.

If voters want good government they need to elect good members of Parliament. Being a good member of Parliament involves understanding what the voters want and why they want it, then knowing how to get government departments consultants and contractors to provide it.


Being a good member of Parliament involves being a good representative of the Australian voters. It does not require the skill of shadowboxing or fencing with media personalities who stick pins into politicians like a picador does to a bull.


Those members of the voting community who study the media or even just watch it for casual entertainment over the next six weeks, will unwittingly be influenced to vote in a certain way because of how the media presents one or other of the party leaders. Voters who are influenced in their voting pattern that way, are actually encouraging widespread corruption. They encourage big business leaders to donate hundreds of millions of dollars to political parties so that those parties can spread their message by advertising and public relations over the media, in the weeks leading up to the election. The sole purpose of that activity is to have the members of Parliament who are recipients of the large donations win their seats in parliament back again thanks to those donations.


Of course they will come up for re-election in three or four years time and if they do what the donors want in those few years, then the donors will probably donate hundreds of millions of dollars to them again. Should they not do what the donors want or, shock horror, do what the donors specifically do not want, those donations may not flow to them at all for the next election. It is as easy and logical as that! Politicians, without any desire on their part at all, are bribed and bullied by those who make big donations. The money donated is often recovered many times over when the donors are given ultra-profitable laws, contracts or consultancies worth many times the donations paid, all from the public purse.


Those voters who value good government and honest government will recognise that they are not electing the Prime Minister. They are electing or replacing their own local member of Parliament. It is important that they get to know their local member of Parliament and decide whether that is the sort of person who they would like to represent them and whether that person and their party are likely to do what those voters want if re-elected.


This is particularly important for voters who live in marginal electorates because those are the electorates where the local member can be changed by the way a small number of votes. In most safe seats it does not matter as much how any individual voter votes. It would take thousands of voters to change the result. But if the number of those who vote for the sitting member falls as a percentage of total votes cast, then that MP will lose favour with the party who has endorsed them.  If their voting percentage continues to fall in successive elections that electorate might go to an MP from a different party. Voters in safe seats are in an ideal position to vote against the sitting member if they disagree with what that MP, their party or their party leader has done. Those voters can do so without any fear that the end result will change any other result.


So it looks like a long six weeks ahead of in Australia where the media will hope to excite and entertain people and flog advertisers’ products by poking the political bears in order to provoke a response that amuses voters. What that really does is make our members of Parliament, who are just ordinary Australians just like the rest of us, look to be somewhat stupid. Voters may recognise that they too could easily say the wrong thing or transpose figures, when questioned by 10 or 20 journalists. They will understand that what happens in the next six weeks will not show us anything of any great value about how good the candidates would be at governing.


More important than how to vote, is perhaps how to influence the Parliament when elected to do what you want. In 1986 I invented the Votergram which gives each individual Australian great personal power to influence what government does, Thanks to our excellent  but much-maligned Members of Parliament. It works through polite, persistent political persuasion, in the relative privacy of Parliament. No matter who gets elected on May 21 each Australian, regardless of how unimportant or poor they might consider themselves to be, has enormous power to influence the course of society by the use of the simple Votergram. Anyone interested can learn more by going to or emailing me,


There is in Australia a quite erroneous impression in the community that democracy provides fair and just government. Those who have studied any amount of history will probably know that very few governments of any kind in the past 2000 years have automatically provided fair and just government. The fact is that democracy simply provides voters with the opportunity to enjoy fair and just government. It is often said that “one gets out of life what one puts in” and the same certainly applies to democracy and our modern society. Those who put in the time and effort in the most strategic way, will almost always influence government to do what they want. Those who sit quietly at home dreaming that government will do what they want even though they have never informed the Parliament of what that is, are often living a nightmare.


There are several steps necessary to achieve good government that will provide the desired benefit to each individual.  It helps if it also provides a benefit to the broad community, whether that be at a local level or a national level.


The first step is for the voter in question to tell every member of Parliament what that voter wants and explain why. It is necessary to tell every member of Parliament because if the voter just goes to their local member there is a 50-50 chance that the local member will agree or disagree, then a 50-50 chance that the local member will or will not do anything about it. There is a far smaller chance that the local member will achieve what is wanted. The latter is because the Parliament consists of around 100 to 200 MPs and one local MP is highly unlikely to be able to persuade the Parliament to do anything. That is particularly because half the people in parliament are political opponents for power. It is no good going to the minister, because the minister does not even read the mail. However if a voter has sent a Votergram to every member of Parliament then the MPs will be warmed up to the concept when the local member raises the matter in parliament. If the suggestion from the voter is a good and fair from a general viewpoint then there is no reason why the members of Parliament or a majority of them would not adopt it.

The main reason that they would not adopt it would be if someone else more powerful was opposing it. In FairGO we find that the major reason people come to us complaining that the government has not done what they want, is that someone else is pulling the government in the opposite direction. Whoever influences the parliamentarians the most invariably gets what they want done. Many of those disappointed with government have not been aware that they need to invest more time, effort and money to achieve their goal.


The reason that the big business community often seems to control government is that the people running major corporations are well aware that they must spend large amounts of time effort and money on influencing government if they want government decisions that are going to increase their profitability and pay packets. That is why they collectively donate hundreds of millions of dollars to political parties, spend vast amounts of time and money on professional lobbyists to persuade politicians to do what they want and are careful to build very good relationship with politicians of all major parties.


However despite the millions of dollars of money available to big business to persuade parliamentarians to have government do what they want, the voters themselves hold more of the aces. In most cases they do not play them at all and in many cases they do not even recognise them as aces. There are about 17 million voters in Australia. If one in every 100,000 of those voters worked together for any one cause they would probably win it. If one in every 10,000 worked together they would absolutely ACE the multi-million-dollar donors. FairGO has proven that over and over again.


There is no reason any more for people to protest on the streets. That is just another form of bullying a bit like making a huge donations. What FairGO promotes is voters taking the time to explain to all members of Parliament what is wanted and explain exactly why it is wanted. There is a good deal of strategy required in persuading politicians and that is quite reasonable. The members of Parliament want to be convinced that what is suggested is good, fair and worthwhile for the Australian people, or at least not bad for them. Unions and professional bodies fail so often because they only deal with the bureaucrats and ministerial staff. The do better when they deal with the people who depend on their votes for their jobs.


Even if the request is just for a new hospital or school hall or is for learning support for one disabled child or a hospital bed for a parent in urgent need of care, it is important for the voter making the request to explain it carefully to each member of Parliament so that at least one of them will pick it up.


Years ago when I was writing an article for a magazine on sales tax I needed some information from the tax office about the law. I had been a practising Chartered Accountant and Tax Agent for many years and felt that the tax office would willingly and easily give me the information by phone. However the tax officer to whom I spoke refused to give me the information, suggesting instead that I ask a car dealer. Instead I sent a brief Votergram asking members of Parliament whether they could help me with the information. I knew my local member of Parliament quite well.

I sent the Votergram on a Thursday and the following week I received a package from a Graeme Campbell, the member for Kalgoorlie in Western Australia, who I had never heard of. He kindly sent me all the information that I needed. My local member of Parliament did not bother to answer my Votergram. The fact was that my local MP then became irrelevant to me. It just showed the benefit to me of asking everyone and it was a real eye-opener to find that someone I had never heard of right across the other side of Australia had decided to help me with no possible gain to himself.

I then sent another Votergram seeking an investigation. That gave the Tax Officer an opportunity to explain his lack of assistance to a Public Service tribunal.

I guess when I started dealing with difficult government I too had a fairy tale view that the people in government would do the right thing and help voters. I was taught an abrupt lesson to the contrary. But what I have discovered in the intervening years is that there are very many extremely helpful politicians in our Parliament and that it is mainly a case of us telling them what we want and explaining why, that determines whether they will do what we want or not. Of course it is unrealistic to expect that the Parliament would vote to do something that they had not been asked to do. We should recognise that members of Parliament are not psychic, able to read our minds. Nor are they our leaders. They are our elected representatives to a voting forum called Parliament. They are there to represent us, something many of them are very good at doing. A totally false view of politicians is projected by the media highlighting every tiny fault that they make and failing to mention any of the sensational good things they do.


Good government depends more on us voters engaging with our elected representatives in Parliament than it does on them doing the right thing themselves. FairGO’s Votergrams provide a very easy quick and cheap way for every Australian voter to communicate effectively with all members of Parliament in order to inform them. We can identify needs that they cannot because we are out there in the community living relatively unsheltered lives. We actually know from our daily experiences what needs to be done.


Please try to ignore the media circus and vote for or against your local member of Parliament on the basis of whether they have done what you wanted them to do or not during their past term of office.

Why you should join FairGO’s Voters Network?

Because democracy is a society in which voters are key.

They elect representatives (MPs) to a forum called parliament which controls the government.

Because they vote to choose who represents them, their voices carry great weight in parliament – if done politely, persistently and persuasively in the privacy of parliament rather than in public.

Because Jesus did not say, ” If you have faith God will move mountains for you.” He said “If you have faith YOU will move mountains.” He also said, “Take up your cross and follow me”. By taking up your cross and joining Voters Network to confront injustice and selfishness, you can influence governments to promote fairness and kindness – what Jesus said God wants. God has given us Democracy instead of Caesar’s military dictatorship. We can do it to achieve many of the goals that Christ set before us.

Businesses and public servants do not have to show members of the public any consideration because members of the public have no authority over them whatsoever.

In the 1980s FairGO discovered that people being abused or neglected by government could get very effective help and satisfaction from parliament.

It had been found that many people had not received help when they wrote to the minister or contacted their local Member of Parliament (MP).

A special communication system called a Votergram was invented to take a person’s request to every Member of Parliament. It was an overwhelming success. He said “Ask and you will receive” so we invented Votergrams and asked every MP and it worked. We got what we wanted. The parable of the sower taught us to ask every MP, not just the Minister and local MP. And that worked too.

It was discovered that the more people who contacted the MPs on a given topic and the more good reasons for change that were put forward, the more the politicians would do.

It was also discovered that the quality of the message and strategy behind it made a big difference to success.

Voters Network was formed to assist interested voters to influence government easily and effectively by Votergram.

Voters Network Members are supported by skilled political persuaders in their requests for government assistance whether on personal matters (eg Hospital treatment), community matters (eg school facilities) or matters of national significance (eg climate change). Membership is free.

Voters Network has no party-political affiliations or favourites. Its overriding concern is “Fairness for all”. It helps voters deal with THEIR issues, not its own. It empowers voters, not itself.

Voters Network is the place for nurses, doctors, patients, relatives, students, parents teachers and headmasters to come together to guide government to sensible, effective and fair policies and programs to make our hospitals and schools provide the best possible services to the community.

It is the place for all interested Australians who wish to see our society grow as a nation with a focus on fairness for all. Australians need to lead the people they elect as their parliamentary representatives, support and work with them to achieve the desired results.

MPs are not all-powerful kings, queens or dictators leading their people. They are there to work for and with the Australian people and in particular the people who elected them. They are very helpful.

Without that prompting from the people involved in delivering or receiving those services, improvement will not happen. More than with fairness and justice, democracy works like a tug-o-war with those who do most to persuade the politicians, receiving the most attention. That is not surprising as politicians depend on pleasing voters for re-election. But many rich and powerful organisations compete with the voters for political favours, in order to increase their wealth.