Yesterday, in response to this post about Malcolm Turnbull, and my bitching about his substance free politicing, Lee asked in the comments, “What choice does he have?”. So here are a couple of policies that Malcolm and the Libs can have for free, courtesy of Dave from Albury.
- Oppose the National Net Nanny proposed by Stephen Conroy.
- Shareholder Reform. Make it easier for shareholder resolutions to be included at companies AGMs
This should be an easy one for the Liberal Party to sell. National scale internet filtering will increase costs and reduce performance of every internet connection in Australia, that’s bad for the Libs business constituency.
Mandatory filtering is a free speech issue, does anyone want the Federal Government deciding what we can and cannot see? This will play well with the large pool of Coalition voters who are still convinced that the ALP are secretly planning to institute communist rule, despite failing to do so during the Whitlam, Hawke or Keating governments.
Today, one hundred signatures of current shareholders are required for the lodgement of a shareholder resolution to a companies AGM. Bearing in mind how difficult companies often make it to get access to their share register, it is incredibly difficult for anyone who is not already part of a large organised group to put a resolution to their fellow shareholders. Changing this to something like the US model, where all that is required is a $2000 holding, would encourage shareholders to have a greater say in how companies are run. This goes further than Turnbull’s limp wristed remuneration idea as it would allow shareholders to make their feelings known on a range of business practices, eg environmental or ethics policies. Surely this would be a boon to the ‘shareholder class’ that we ‘aspirational’ Australians are all supposed to be joining?
That’s just two policies, both of which fit in with the Liberal Party’s commitments to individual responsibility and a strong free market. They each require careful explanation, which is why I suspect there is no chance that they will be presented to the public any time soon.