Labor fails Taxi industry

Abalinx 19 April 2018 Peter Adamis

The Taxi industry are just not happy at the moment and they intend to demonstrate their displeasure in the months leading up to the election. Recently, the Taxi Action Group (TAG) represented by Nick Bantounas, Nick Patsios, Esther Demian and Tassos Revis gave a presentation to senior Liberals outlining their concerns.  Pic: Herald/Sun.

The Taxi Action Group representing in excess of 1500 owner/Driver members were disappointed with discredited Labor Minister Jenny Mikakos promises to help and support their cause. Their fears were highlighted on the Labor election win when their calls to the Minister were not returned. Their complaints against the Labor government although crude in some aspects, is but the tip of the iceberg of voter dissatisfaction. The Taxi industry is not taking the destruction of their livelihood lightly and will and whatever is necessary to bring about change.

In another incident involving the Premier, a long time Labor supporter was threatened by Daniel Andrews minders when the Labor supporter gave Daniel Andrews a piece of his mind, advising Andres that he was the cause of destroying the Victorian Taxi Industry and bring ruin upon his and other families. He told Andrews in no uncertain terms what he thought of him and Andrews visibly shaken walked away only to have his minders take their anger out on the Taxi owner. A copy of the article may be downloaded by clicking on: Labor fails Taxi Industry

Labor Puts People Last. (LPPL). This could be the new catch phrase against Labor. It is no wonder that Victorian voters are fed up with the current Labor Government. Steve Dimopoulos, the Labor Member for Oakleigh was another member approached for support by the Taxi Action Group and he too failed to support them.  The Taxi action Group have now rallied behind the Liberal Party challenger Andrew Edmonds, a 19 years Policeman whose current role is Mission Commander in Police Air; 21 Army Reservist with service in Afghanistan and two tours in the Middle East as military paramedic is of Greek ancestry.  It is of interest that one of the most recognisable faces from the Bourke Street tragedy, Ilias (Lou) Bougias is also a member of Taxi Industry.  He is appalled at Labor’s broken promises and is now dedicating the next seven months of his life in assisting Andrews Edmonds to win the seat of Oakleigh. Such is anger of the Taxi Industry.

One look at the Taxi Industry structure and statistics, Victorians will understand how many families have been affected by this draconian changes to the Taxi industry.   Of the 4.1 Million Victorian voters, there will be an exodus of approximately 1, 459, 375 Victorians whose links to the Taxi, bus and transport industries were traditionally Labor.  According to the Victorian State Election Plan for 24 November 2018; “there will be over 4.1 million eligible Victorians will cast their votes to elect the 59th Victorian Parliament.”  This is a significant event where electors will make decisions on their Parliamentary representatives in 88 Legislative Assembly districts and eight Legislative Council regions.” 

These conservative figures were derived using an algorithm based on Taxi/Bus/Transport Owners, drivers and those leasing the vehicles.  If only a portion of these traditional Labor voters decide to transfer their allegiance and vote for the Liberal party, they alone will tip the balance of power towards a change in government.  These errors of political judgment and waste of resources have left a sour and bitter taste amongst Victorian voters already struggling with high energy costs and escalation of daily living expenses.

Peter Adamis is a Journalist/Social Media Commentator and writer. He is a retired Australian military serviceman and an Industry organisational & Occupational (OHS) & Training Consultant whose interests are within the parameters of domestic and international political spectrum. He is an avid blogger and contributes to domestic and international community news media outlets as well as to local and Ethnic News. He holds a Bachelor of Adult Learning & Development (Monash), Grad Dip Occupational Health & Safety, (Monash), and Dip. Training & Assessment, Dip Public Administration, and Dip Frontline Management. Website: abalinx.com Contact via Email: abalinx@gmail.com

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