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BREAKING NEWS: Jim Penman launches political party in bid to become Premier of Victoria

Announcement posted by Invigorate PR 01 Apr 2024

Jim Penman has launched the Jim's Party and intends to lead and govern Victoria. Let's make Victoria great again!

Jim Penman, founder of Australia's leading franchise group, the Jim's Group, has launched a political party called the Jim's Party to contest and win the next Victorian state election.


Jim Penman said: the two-party system has failed Victoria. The Labor Party has shown itself to be both incompetent and unprincipled.  


"In 2020 it inflicted on Melbourne the worst lockdown in the country, yet Victoria had the highest death rate from COVID of any state.


"It has since been shown that the Premier had no medical, scientific or health advice, to justify throwing over 100,000 independent contractors out of work.



"A botched quarantine was responsible for the deaths of many elderly and infirm people. Legions of high-paid bureaucrats have been put on the taxpayer funded government payroll, while starving education and public health of critical funds and support. Victoria now has the highest debt per capita of any state in the country.


 "The Liberal opposition is feeble and incompetent, with no effective voice and no plan for change. Yet Victoria is facing a crisis, with mass immigration but no plan to build more houses.


"Young people cannot afford to buy or are burdened with mortgages which make it impossible to raise a family. Rents are skyrocketing, hurting those least able to afford it - if they can find a home at all.


"We have become a state not just of Nimbys (not in my back yard) but of Bananas (build absolutely nothing anywhere near anybody). The result is growing inequality. The rich get richer, the rest struggle.


"Lack of housing also drives urban sprawl, starving public transport and belching greenhouse gasses. Victorians waste millions of hours a year in senseless commuting."


Jim's Party will enact policies to solve this crisis in a single term.


·         Local governments in Melbourne will be abolished. They are undemocratic and unaccountable, with no local press to hold them to account. They are prey to special interests, prone to corruption,


·         Zoning regulations will be significantly eased, allowing denser housing, especially in the inner suburbs and near transport stations. Clear conditions will allow building permits to be granted in days, rather than months or years; and


·         A progressive land tax will push under-used properties onto the market. This will only apply to properties of above average value. Owners of lower-value houses, or landlords who rent them to tenants, will be exempt. The money will be used to abolish stamp duty, making it easier to buy, or to move to where the work is. It will also allow better pay for front-line staff such as teachers and nurses.


"These are sound, economic ideas, supported by respected publications such as The Economist.  These policies have worked well in cities such as Minneapolis in the United States where the median house price is USD $315k (AUD $482k), compared to Melbourne which is AUD $909k and rising," Penman said.


"For a better, fairer Victoria, vote Jim for Premier!"


To register for Jim's Party, go to:  https://jimpenman.com.au/jimsparty/


About Jim's Group


The Jim's Group was founded by Jim Penman 30 years ago and has grown to become Australia's largest and most trusted franchise group with over 5,000 franchisees across 52 plus divisions.  The Jim's Group is a family led business that prides itself on providing a franchise system that enables sole operators to thrive and expand allowing them to live on their terms.









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