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1. Salary Reform for Elected Leaders

Do you know what federal politicians and cabinet members actually earn every year?

Here is a breakdown:

• Congress members (Representatives and Senators): $174,000;

• Senate and House Majority/Minority Leaders: $193,400;

• Cabinet members: $199,700;

• Speaker of the House: $223,500;

• Vice President: $230,700;

• President: $400,000.

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2. Support a People's Bank

Case for a People’s Bank.

The Commonwealth Bank was a successful government owned bank with many remarkable achievements over most of the 20th century while it was the ‘People’s Bank’. Among other things Australians saw it as insurance against exploitation by private banks.

The privatisation of the Commonwealth Bank in the 1990’s was a financial disaster for Australia. It came about in the shadow of government deceit, where the people were told that this was to be the last government sale of public assets.

Since deregulation, banks have enjoyed obscene profits and paid their executives multi-million dollar salaries and bonuses. The dark side of the coin shows they have closed branches, cut services, colluded and exploited legally and illegally their collective monopoly of power whenever possible.

This failed deregulation led to all state government banks collapsing and paved the way for a wave of further deregulation and privatization which can exploit the consumer.

The results are being felt by many Australian families who are having difficulties managing budgets such as their privatised utility bills.

Adding to their financial woes is they’re being slugged with an increasing range of bank fees and charges for services, most of which were given free by the original Commonwealth Bank.

There is a strong case to reverse this negative flow, starting with the banks. Options are to nationalise all banks, or create a government owned People’s Bank based on the original Commonwealth Bank model.

Australia’s federal and state governments, general public, and small and large business sectors all stand to gain from a People’s Bank.

For example, the private banks will have to fall in line with the policies and ethics of the People’s Bank. This means less profit for the private banks and more money in your pocket.

The Commonwealth Bank model is cited in overseas publications as a system with enormous merit to both public and private sectors.

We have an opportunity to again demonstrate to the world a banking system that can bring considerable benefits to the federal government and its people.

If you believe we need a People’s Bank, sign the petition and forward it to your family and friends to sign too.

Please check out these links for relevant information:

http://www.voxeu.org/article/don-t-rush-privatise-government-owned-banks
http://espace.uq.edu.au/eserv/UQ:11006/jqcba01.pdf
http://www.webofdebt.com/articles/commonwealth_bank_aus.php
http://www.uq.edu.au/economics/johnquiggin/JournalArticles01/CBAPrivatisation01.html

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3. Our Government Representatives Should Not Give Themselves Raises

Where as our congress persons and/or government representatives have voted themselves raises, insurance benefits and retirement benefits that are not consistent with the average American citizen.

Where as our congress persons and/or government representatives are not representing the average American citizen but have apparently sold themselves to the highest bidder.

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4. No Pay Increases for Politicians

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/money/money-matters/prime-minister-pollies-grab-rich-pay-rises/story-fn300aev-1225909630520

In 2010, at a time when the country was in deficit, Australian federal politicians where given a 4.1% pay increase or thereabouts.

They continue to debate about greater benefits for themselves, including increased travel allowance.

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5. Support Congressional and Senatorial Reform Act

In light of the current state of the economy and the current national deficit, the following petition is the reform the Congressional and Senatorial pay scale and benefits package to ensure stability and equality within this great country.

The following is a reform demanded by the American People to be acted upon as a first order of business by our servants in the US Congress and US Senate and to be approved by the President of the United States of America. The pay rate for the average PFC in the American armed forces is approximately $22,000 a year. Overall the average American, age 25 or older, made roughly $32,000 per year. Politicians are our servants. However, as of January 2010 the annual salaries are as follows: Representative is $174,000. The Speaker of the House and the Majority and Minority Leaders earn more: $223,500 and $193,400 for their party leaders (the same as Senate leaders).
Serving in Congress and the Senate is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators. Congresspersons and Senators pay should reflect the average salaries of the average American.
We the American people demand the following changes be made immediately.

Information provided by wikipedia.com

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6. Increase teachers' salaries

-Teachers are highly certified but do not get paid accordingly.

-Teachers only make about $47,100 to $51,180 annually, with about half of them having master degrees.

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7. Increase funding for improved salaries for NFP community sector staff

There are over 550 not for profit organisations associated with the Human Services Industry in Western Australia.

The Human Services sector employs over 36,000 staff in Western Australia.

The non-government community services sector in Western Australia is already under resourced and sector staff are significantly under paid. In 2006/07 average weekly earnings for community sector workers were 30% lower than the average full time equivalent weekly wages for the health and community services sector in Australia.

The difference in base level salaries between public sector specified calling salaries compared to salaries for equivalent staff positions on the SACS Award in the community sector is up to 57% or $29,210 higher.

A first year graduate base grade social worker in the public service will earn $12,450, or 32% more, than a first year graduate social worker in the community sector.

After reaching the top level in the public service, the same base grade social worker will receive $29,210, or 57%, more than their equivalent in the community sector.

Women in WA are paid 26% less than men, and WA has the widest gender pay gap of any State. The national average gender pay gap (GPG) is 17% and WA has had a larger GPG than the national average since the late 1980s. The fact that the community services sector is large (the second-largest employer of women in WA), female-dominated (80.8% female) and lowly paid means that more equitable wages for the sector would have a significant effect on the gender pay gap in Western Australia.

Salary packaging in non government, not for profit organisations is considered a ‘benefit’. However, not all organisations have it, it is also available in certain Government Departments, not all staff have access to it or wish to use it and there have been no indexation changes.

Because of the demand for services, the NFPO community services sector is one of the fastest growing in Australia.

In Western Australia in 2007:
People being turned away by community service NFPOs has increased by 7%;
73% of NFPOs report waiting lists have stayed the same or worsened; and
53% of NFPOs say that the complex needs of their clients have increased.

There has been insufficient attention to capacity building and sustainability in the face of this rapid growth since the 1980s.

The compliance costs of reporting and monitoring were an increasing concern for agencies for which Government agencies were not making allowance in funding.

The demands of the increasingly diverse and complex service delivery demands emphasised the need for high level skills and their renewal.

65% of not-for-profits in Australia report an increase in demand for services as a result of the economic downturn, and 83 per cent expect an increase in demand for services in the next financial year (2009-2010).

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8. Increasing Managment Salaries for Supervisors

The supervisors within Brockway-Smith are employed by a strong reputable company. However, the salaries that we are afforded are not consistent with what our duties entail and how our hourly subordinates are compensated.

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9. India's Health Sector

India ranks 127 amongst 177 countries with regards to the Human Development Index. India spends just over 1% of it's total GDP on Health. This is equal to Rupees 160 (just over 3 Euro's) per head per anum. India's low health spending means India ranks an abysmal 171 out of 175 according to 2004 UNDP report.

Union health secretary J V R Prasad Rao explains what this skewed funding pattern means for India’s people: “With the funding so low, we can either fund doctors or get medicines or provide support services. We cannot take care of all this.”

80% of the population lives in rural areas, but 80% of health provision is urban. Over 85% of health provision is through private enterprise.

To make matters worse - immoral and unethical practices are a norm within the health sector. Unfortunately for a private medical practioner, earning a decent living (comparable to otherprofessionals from IT / MBA sector) is impossible without being a part of such corruption. The latter includes giving kick-backs to referring colleagues. Often this leads to quick & dirty ways of earning money i.e. 'sham' or 'unwanted' procedures. The other option is to consider working in public hospitals where you could get paid just as much as in a call-centre. In contrast salaries of those working in BPOs / software industry are 2-3 times higher.

The Medical Council of India currently functions only as a registration body. Once registered the MCI has no idea about the whereabouts of a doctor. Further it has no teeth and is unable to curb curruption and unethical practices including those carried out by quacks.

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10. Deny wages to U.S. Senators and Congressmen

While now we are hearing of how many times John Kerry has not been present to vote on certain issues; we must not allow our Senators and Congressmen to collect their salaries if they fail to show up to vote.

Our tax dollars pay these people. No American company would continue to pay employees who did not show up to work.

"THREE STRIKES AND YOU'RE OUT"

We tax payers demand our Reps to do their jobs. If you fail to show up to vote three times, you must be fired, recalled or whatever it takes to get you out!

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