Abbott: PM

With few surprises to any either side of politics Tony Abbott is now Australia’s Prime Minister.  From the time of the previous election Abbott whined that “this is an illegitimate government”.  Abbott promised a “kinder, gentler” incarnation of himself – and promptly set about proving the exact opposite.

With promises not worth that which they are not written on will Abbott also prove himself to be “illegitimate”?  Will his convictions sustain the same 5 minutes as they did following the previous election?  I suspect that they will, as long as no one has any expectations of Tony Abbott.

This time around in victory, Abbott promises nothing more than to dismantle with two things being his main objectives:  the NBN and the price on carbon.  He promises to do this within 100 days.  Yet Abbott promises to be the “infrastructure Prime Minister”, all the while promising to dismantle probably the most important infrastructure initiative since the Snowy Mountain Scheme or the overland telegraph . . . the NBN.

He promises to start sacking public servants, not all of whom reside in Canberra.  As Abbott has refused to produce any details, so who knows which areas which cities, which regional centers might see valuable jobs gone.  He promises that a starting point will be 12,000 persons which at his own stated time frame will amount to close to 900 people a week who will lose their jobs.  He has promised that this will be achieved via natural attrition, however, at the promised rate is clearly not feasible.  However, and all the while promising a more prosperous Australia.  I have never known an employment squeeze to benefit any community.

Abbott has promised Indigenous Constitutional recognition which is to be applauded.  However, let’s hope that isn’t just a token gesture and nothing further is achieved to bring equality of opportunity to Indigenous Australia.  On Abbott’s support of Indigenous issues, I remain a sceptic recalling the time when Tony Abbott gave staunch support to Keith Windschuttle’s essay titled “Why there were no stolen generations”.  Abbott also dismissed the historic Tent Embassy last Australia Day as now irrelevant saying that it’s job was done.

Here is Abbott’s first effort on the issue:

The Coalition has announced a cut of $42 million to the Indigenous Policy Reform Program, which provides funding to the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services across Australia.

The article is titled,‘Not a good start for PM for indigenous Australians’.  Abbott has promised to spend a week each year in an Indigenous community, as was breathlessly reported by the mainstream media.  Good god, that’s almost 1/10th of the time that he spends on his bike and buffing the body beautiful, that’s a real commitment.

He has also promised “modest” industrial relations reforms.  I have never known Abbott to show much modesty.

Abbott’s major pledge is to “stop the boats”.  Operation Sovereign Borders starts today and it is reported that this involves giving “new orders” to Navy and (presumably) customs personnel.  Is this Abbott’s stated plan to turn boats back to Indonesia?  The plan which Indonesia have already stated categorically they will not countenance.  We will not know, as this plan was toned down considerably during the election campaign to a far more benign idea of putting a senior military official in charge of border protection (isn’t there one already?), and the somewhat odd arrangement of buying boats off people smugglers.

Hey, I’m a people smuggler, come and buy my boat.

Abbott has also pledged to remove the 30% mining tax.  Here ya go Gina.  Ta.  Don’t mention it, my pleasure.

On education:

On The long-term fate of another signature Labor policy – the school funding reforms commonly known as Gonski – remains unclear under the Coalition Government.

Mr Abbott has guaranteed the reforms for at least four years, but plans to change the legislation underpinning the reforms to axe the powers of the federal education minister.

The Coalition will also seek to make public schools more independent, which according to its Real Solutions booklet, would provide “simpler budgeting and resources allocation and more autonomy in decision making”.

Or might this interpret to mean “force” schools to become independent schools. Autonomy in decision making could mean anything, good and bad. Good, internal selection of staff . . . bad, you’re on you’re own and if the Kindy class needs spare knickers and Kleenex, then it’s up to the school community to provide it. Come on parents, you too can raise $5,000 per Grade 6 child just get off your backsides and onward with those lamington drives. **Note, fortunately many schools now have school halls which help with raising revenue.

Our ABC describes Abbott’s opportunities as: At any rate, the Australian people have voted to give Mr Abbott the opportunity to bring his vision of a fairer, freer, more prosperous nation to fruition.

Fairer, freer are doubtful in the extreme and even those who have some faith that Tony Abbott has the capabilities of delivering would admit that fair and free are not approaching a priority for this man. They are therefore basing their faith on the word “prosperous”, pining their hopes that some of the largess which is to be handed over to the wealthy and influential might trickle their way. As a sometime country person my observation is that trickles mostly dry up from source to supposed destination.

I will close with this quote via the Australian Politics Forum:

Hypocrisy  = Tony Abbott… Ambition without a real man!

As we all know, this political cycle has been well documented, and will go down in Australia’s history, as one of the most divisive and appalling political chapters in living memory. There are many reasons for this, including ;

  • The longest dummy spit in history, by Abbott and his LNP, acting like spoilt brats and sore losers.
  • The lies and spin from Abbott and his LNP, and regurgitated ad-infinitum by the MSM , led by that paragon of mendacity, Murdoch.
  • There have been numerous attempts at trying to remove a duly elected government by underhanded, deceitful, dishonest and dare I say illegal means, all of which appear to have Tony Abbott and his LNP’s grubby mitts all over them.
  • Murdoch’s mendacious MSM fawning over Abbott like he is Australia’s own messiah!

And from an unnamed Liberal source via the Sydney Morning Herald:

 “This is politics. There are people to sack and promises to break. It happens with every new government, and it will be the same with us,” the source said.

Photo credit:  No Place For Sheep

Photo credit: No Place For Sheep

71 comments on “Abbott: PM

  1. With the return of the howard-regime,
    which is what Mr-Rabbits mob largely are, we are going to the same slash and burn austerity to feed the same surplus fetish.
    .
    lt all came down to our nation being the suppository of voting wisdom.

  2. 730reportland, and the same *faith* in the trickle down effect meaning, less rights for working people, less pay = more $$$s for the already well off..proven to be meaningless because the wealthy do very little trickling…

  3. Our ABC describes Abbott’s opportunities as: At any rate, the Australian people have voted to give Mr Abbott the opportunity to bring his vision of a fairer, freer, more prosperous nation to fruition.
    ________________________________
    What toadying crap from “our” ABC. Abbott – vision? Fairness? Is this the sort of pravda-like party-line shit we’re going to get from this “impartial” public broadcaster for the next three years? God help us. I hope he cuts the absolute shit out of their budget, which he will want to do anyway, no matter how humiliatingly they debase their organisation.

  4. What do you think of Liberal ministers already stating they will lie Summo and Abbott already extending urgent policies out a few years?

    Rehearsing your excuses?

  5. WTF r u on ME? You’re off the planet pal. We won, you lost. Now go and cry in your pillow. The pain will lesson after our 4th term…hahahahahahahaha!

    yajustgotaluagh 😉

  6. Palmer, whose preferences got Abbott over the line, is already demanding his pound of flesh. He has issued an $800.000 writ against Mal Brough.

  7. How about Abbotts promise quote” We will stop the boats from day one. Well day one is nearly over and no boats have been stopped. in fact one arrived today. This is just the start of a long list of lies and broken promises. Get ready workers for a new version of WORK CHOICES. I can honestly say I didn’t vote for them.

  8. I note the IT backlash against Abbott has already started. Expect many legal challenges against Abbott’s two tiered system where those who haven’t got the NBN have to pay large fees to get inferior broadband.

    Some businesses who supported Abbott are now demanding they get priority for the NBN before it stops.

  9. Yagottalaughatthem. Must be part of your league of voters Summo.

    Overheard at a polling booth after voting, two young women saying they voted for Abbott because he was going to give them $75,000 to have a baby.

  10. PB. I too am disappointed that on his first day he didn’t blow them out of the water….r u smoking what ME is smoking?

    In the meantime, every alp mug is singing from the same song sheet. We must ignore the Kev and Julia circus and…. rebuild…rebuild…rebuild….rebuild..rebuild……upon reflection, we admit we are idiots, but we will rebuild..rebuild….rebuild….

    yajustgottalaugh 😉

  11. Just telling it like it is Summo, unlike you who promises something and then immediately reneges. Typical.

  12. Bye bye…work to do. Business is back in town. Time to set my weeks agenda. That’s business. By the way, keep my Logo out there MT. You are doing me a favour and for that I genuinely thank you. x

    yajustgottalaugh 😉

  13. Looks like there’s a good chance of an election early next year if Abbott holds true to his word, which is odds against.

  14. This to will pass . In the meantime , watching Abbott trying to deal with Clive Palmer AND a hostile senate is going to be a hoot……..and listening to his creative excuses for breaking all those “set in stone” promises and watching him squirm as he gets a taste of his own medicine will be quite diverting. 🙂

  15. That’s it for me Maveleanor, and watching the right wingers come out with all the excuses under the sun and blame shift onto everyone anything except the cause, Abbott and the Liberals.

  16. Carol Taylor ‘ ‘ ‘ *faith* in the trickle down effect ‘ ‘ ‘
    absolutely, trickle, workchoice-3, are `core` to the teabags dna, watch too as parental-plan becomes `non-core`.
    .
    cuppa ‘ ‘ ‘ toadying crap from “our” ABC. Abbott ‘ ‘ ‘
    ‘ ‘ ‘ I hope he cuts the absolute shit out of their budget, ‘ ‘ ‘
    Over at my abc they have specialized for 4-years in toadying for Mr-Rabbit, unwilling to allow Limited-News to have the bottom of the sewer. Mr-Rabbit will probably reward them, they same way the howard-regime rewards bottom-level workers.

  17. Well if you remember he promised in a usual rush of blood to spend his first week as PM in an Indigenous Community. I wouldn’t be holding my breath waiting for that promise to be kept.

  18. Tony John Abbott’s unshakable mandate, for the next ten years.

    These are the issues that we as Australians must now face and that will, mean as John Hewson once suggested “the Liberal party needs to tear down, and rebuild the Australian economy brick by brick from the ground up”. Abbott is now on his crusade to do just that .

    We need to prepare for the austerity and the recession that we are about to crash into. The Liberals know no other way to manage.
    Tony has said himself that long term thinking is not popular with the Australian people and he has made it crystal clear that he is focused on the short term.

    Abbott has also stated he will break no promise, core or noncore.

    Abbott convinced the electorate that the economy was trashed.

    Whatever he does from now, he must be made to own.

    My sincere belief is that the strategy outlined below will reverse most of the economic management and social advances achieved
    in the last six years, and as a result the economy as it relates to the general population will spiral downwards fast enough for them to have their belief in Tory politics destroyed for a generation.

    All the policy actions listed below had been foreshadowed, for the past three years. Mr Abbott, did say“no surprises” so over time he has covertly warned us. We were not listening closely. He says these are precisely targeted, but nothing about the collateral damage they will inflict on those who were naive enough to support him.

    He now has a mandate according to your vote, to do the following.

    Lower the tax-free threshold from $18,200 back to $6000. This will drag more than one million low-income earners back into the tax system. It will also increase the taxes for 6 million Australians earning less than $80,000. Thereby;

    Saving families $300 dollars a year of Carbon Tax and cost them $2,300 per year in reinstated tax.

    Abolish the Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB)

    The Opposition costings enumerated the “associated expenditure” that would be chopped along with the mining tax. (These were the spending measures the Labor Government proposed to fund through the tax, when it expected it to raise $22 billion.)

    Privatise Medibank.

    Privatise the Snowy-Hydro Scheme.

    Privatise Australia Post.

    Privatise SBS.

    Break up the ABC and put out to tender each individual function.

    Privatise the Australian Institute of Sport.

    End all public subsidies to sport and the arts.

    Privatise the CSIRO.

    Immediately halt construction of the National Broadband Network and privatise any sections that have already been built.

    Rule out any government-supported or mandated internet censorship.

    Abolish the means-tested School kids Bonus that benefits 1.3 million families by providing up to $410 for each primary school child and up to $820 for each high school child.

    Abolish the Baby Bonus

    Repeal the National Curriculum

    Introduce competing private secondary school curriculum

    Repeal the mining tax

    Withdraw from the Kyoto Protocol

    Repeal the Fair Work Act

    Allow individuals and employers to negotiate directly terms of employment that suit them

    Repeal the carbon tax, and don’t replace it.

    Repeal the marine park Legislation

    Repeal Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act

    Abolish the low-income superannuation contribution.

    Abolish the proposed 15 percent tax on income from.

    End preferences for Industry Super Funds in workplace relations laws

    Allow people to opt out of superannuation in exchange for promising to forgo any government income support in retirement

    End all government funded Nanny State advertising

    Repeal plain packaging for cigarettes and rule it out for all other products, including alcohol and fast food.

    Reject proposals for compulsory food and alcohol labelling

    Introduce a paid parental leave scheme that replaces a mother’s salary up to $150,000.

    Reduce the size of the public service from current levels of more than 260,000 to at least the 2001 low of 212,784.

    Abolish the Clean Energy Fund

    Abolish the Department of Climate Change
    Repeal the renewable energy target

    Encourage the construction of dams

    Introduce voluntary voting.

    End mandatory disclosures on political donations.

    End media blackout in final days of election campaigns.

    End public funding to political parties

    Introduce fee competition to Australian universities.

    Reintroduce voluntary student unionism at universities.

    Means test tertiary student loans

    Introduce a voucher scheme for secondary schools

    Eliminate the National Preventative Health Agency.

    Abolish the means test on the private health insurance rebate.

    Repeal the Alcopops tax.

    Means-test Medicare.

    Cease subsidising the car industry.

    End all corporate welfare and subsidies by closing the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education.

    Force government agencies to put all of their spending online in a searchable database.

    End all hidden protectionist measures, such as preferences for local manufacturers in government tendering.

    Introduce a special economic zone in the north of Australia including.

    Lower personal income tax for residents.

    Devolve environmental approvals for major projects to the states
    Introduce a single rate of income tax with a generous tax-free threshold.

    Allow the Northern Territory to become a state.

    Remove anti-dumping laws
    Deregulate the parallel importation of books.

    Remove all remaining tariff and non-tariff barriers to international trade

    Return income taxing powers to the states

    Abolish the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC)

    Legislate a balanced budget amendment which strictly limits the size of budget deficits and the period the federal government can be in deficit.

    Legislate a cap on government spending and tax as a percentage of GDP

    Abolish the Office for Film and Literature Classification

    Abolish the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA).

    Eliminate laws that require radio and television broadcasters to be ‘balanced ‘.

    Abolish television spectrum licensing and devolve spectrum management to the common law.

    End local content requirements for Australian television stations
    Eliminate media ownership restrictions.

    Rule out federal funding for 2018 Commonwealth Games

    In total, these cuts come to some $18.7 billion, and they will fall most heavily on low-income earners.

    Last week the Age Editorial summarised the the campaign thus;

    Some of the big ticket items are:

    Abolition of the school kids bonus – $4.641 billion – paid to parents to meet the incidental costs of books, uniforms, etcetera, for their kids.

    Abolition of the low-income superannuation contribution – $3.722 billion – which topped up the retirement savings for people, most of them women, who earn less than $37,000 a year.

    Abolition of the twice-yearly mining-tax supplementary allowance – a top-up of $210 a year for singles or $350 for couples on the dole. I

    It was a very modest sweetener in the Budget for people who are doing it very tough, thanks to the Labor government’s failure to increase New start to a liveable amount.

    A delay in increasing superannuation contributions, which whips another $1.64 million out of workers’ pockets.
    And those are just some of the cuts associated directly with the mining tax.
    Elsewhere in the Coalition’s costings document are a bunch of other hit-the-poor-and-underprivileged measures.

    The biggest of all, and perhaps the cruellest, is the decision to lop $4.5 billion off the foreign-aid budget.

    Bear in mind, this comes on top of repeated deferrals by Labor of its goal of spending 0.5 per cent of gross national income on aid. Of course the poor offshore are an easy target; they don’t get a vote.

    On the issue of trust, the Coalition’s own actions leave us with significant reservations. It has obfuscated and ducked critical issues, deliberately keeping voters uninformed, by repeating mantras like “stop the boats”, hiding its savings plans or revenue-raising initiatives from the electorate.

    Worse has been its breathtaking arrogance in cynically delaying until the last minute its policy costings – this, from the party that drafted the charter of budget honesty.

    When it comes to trusting Labor, we appreciate the public’s confidence may be so undone that a change of government could prove to be a circuit-breaker, injecting a short-term misconceived, sense of stability.

    But The Age values policies above political opportunism; we do not advocate a vote simply for the sake of change.

    The Age believes in economic and social progress, in liberty and justice, in equity and compassion, and openness of government.

    We believe the role of government is to build a strong, fair nation for future generations, and not to pander to sectional interests.

    It is with these values in mind that we endorse the Labor Party in this important election.

  19. ME @7.49pm, I can only hope Palmer is successful in his bid and that it culminates in Brough being slung out of Parliament. Pity he can’t think of any other Liars to sue. lol

    Maveleanor, the thought of Liealot trying to negotiate with Clive Palmer AND a hostile Senate is a real hoot.

    He’ll be clutching his ankles full time, what with Rupert, Gina, Twiggy, the IPA and God-knows-who-else. there won’t be a minute to spare for Clive. I can see a very early meltdown as the line stretches out past Lake Burley Griffin. 😆 😆 😆

    It will also be very entertaining as the barrackers try to con everyone including themselves into believing that the Liars are even slightly competent.

    It will also be interesting to observe how businesses react as more and more people lose their jobs and their customer base shrinks. Not to mention the shrinking revenue stream as the Liars Austerity program bites more and more deeply.

    So now we know the cost of bending over for the IPA, johnward154.

  20. Wow even more Abbott derangement syndrome.

    I love Tony. Anything that sends lefties into a frenzy has to be good and moral.

  21. and going to Indonesia.

    Now he says, he will visited the GG in a week or too.

    I think he forgot, he has to be sworn in. Also select an ministry.

    How can he order PS heads what to do today.

    I feel he might have the cart before the horse as usual.

    Noticed the lyrica is back today, will it be the speedos tomorrow.

    He resides back in the middle of last century.

    Abbott should have remembered, that Whitlam took himself and one person to the GG, There he was sworn in, a ministry of two people. Whitlam I believe then began to keep his promises. I think that day, was the withdrawlal from Vietnam. At least he became PM first.

  22. TREASURER-elect Joe Hockey has announced an audit of the quality of the Treasury’s economic forecasts, as he and colleague Andrew Robb predicted a jolt in business confidence.

    Mr Hockey, who has been highly critical of Treasury’s forecasts, said he would bring in external auditors to look over Treasury’s shoulder.

    “I’ll sit down with the Treasury and go through their methodology,” he told the Nine Network.

    “I’ll test that methodology and use external people to help me to test that, to see how robust it i.

    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/election-2013/joe-hockey-to-have-external-auditors-look-into-treasury-forecasts/story-fn9qr68y-1226714677368

  23. External auditors to check the figures.?……..That has a déjà vu ring to it ! I hope they get off more lightly than the last lot. Hehehe

  24. Tony John Abbott’s unshakable mandate, for the next ten years.

    These are the issues that we as Australians must now face and that will, mean as John Hewson once suggested “the Liberal party needs to tear down, and rebuild the Australian economy brick by brick from the ground up”. Abbott is now on his crusade to do just that .

    We need to prepare for the austerity and the recession that we are about to crash into. The Liberals know no other way to manage.
    Tony has said himself that long term thinking is not popular with the Australian people and he has made it crystal clear that he is focused on the short term.

    Abbott has also stated he will break no promise, core or noncore.

    Abbott convinced the electorate that the economy was trashed.

    Whatever he does from now, he must be made to own.

    My sincere belief is that the strategy outlined below will reverse most of the economic management and social advances achieved
    in the last six years, and as a result the economy as it relates to the general population will spiral downwards fast enough for them to have their belief in Tory politics destroyed for a generation.

    All the policy actions listed below had been foreshadowed, for the past three years. Mr Abbott, did say“no surprises” so over time he has covertly warned us. We were not listening closely. He says these are precisely targeted, but nothing about the collateral damage they will inflict on those who were naive enough to support him.

    He now has a mandate according to your vote, to do the following.

    Lower the tax-free threshold from $18,200 back to $6000. This will drag more than one million low-income earners back into the tax system. It will also increase the taxes for 6 million Australians earning less than $80,000. Thereby;

    Saving families $300 dollars a year of Carbon Tax and cost them $2,300 per year in reinstated tax.

    Abolish the Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB)

    The Opposition costings enumerated the “associated expenditure” that would be chopped along with the mining tax. (These were the spending measures the Labor Government proposed to fund through the tax, when it expected it to raise $22 billion.)

    Privatise Medibank.

    Privatise the Snowy-Hydro Scheme.

    Privatise Australia Post.

    Privatise SBS.

    Break up the ABC and put out to tender each individual function.

    Privatise the Australian Institute of Sport.

    End all public subsidies to sport and the arts.

    Privatise the CSIRO.

    Immediately halt construction of the National Broadband Network and privatise any sections that have already been built.

    Rule out any government-supported or mandated internet censorship.

    Abolish the means-tested School kids Bonus that benefits 1.3 million families by providing up to $410 for each primary school child and up to $820 for each high school child.

    Abolish the Baby Bonus

    Repeal the National Curriculum

    Introduce competing private secondary school curriculum

    Repeal the mining tax

    Withdraw from the Kyoto Protocol

    Repeal the Fair Work Act

    Allow individuals and employers to negotiate directly terms of employment that suit them

    Repeal the carbon tax, and don’t replace it.

    Repeal the marine park Legislation

    Repeal Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act

    Abolish the low-income superannuation contribution.

    Abolish the proposed 15 percent tax on income from.

    End preferences for Industry Super Funds in workplace relations laws

    Allow people to opt out of superannuation in exchange for promising to forgo any government income support in retirement

    End all government funded Nanny State advertising

    Repeal plain packaging for cigarettes and rule it out for all other products, including alcohol and fast food.

    Reject proposals for compulsory food and alcohol labelling

    Introduce a paid parental leave scheme that replaces a mother’s salary up to $150,000.

    Reduce the size of the public service from current levels of more than 260,000 to at least the 2001 low of 212,784.

    Abolish the Clean Energy Fund

    Abolish the Department of Climate Change
    Repeal the renewable energy target

    Encourage the construction of dams

    Introduce voluntary voting.

    End mandatory disclosures on political donations.

    End media blackout in final days of election campaigns.

    End public funding to political parties

    Introduce fee competition to Australian universities.

    Reintroduce voluntary student unionism at universities.

    Means test tertiary student loans

    Introduce a voucher scheme for secondary schools

    Eliminate the National Preventative Health Agency.

    Abolish the means test on the private health insurance rebate.

    Repeal the Alcopops tax.

    Means-test Medicare.

    Cease subsidising the car industry.

    End all corporate welfare and subsidies by closing the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education.

    Force government agencies to put all of their spending online in a searchable database.

    End all hidden protectionist measures, such as preferences for local manufacturers in government tendering.

    Introduce a special economic zone in the north of Australia including.

    Lower personal income tax for residents.

    Devolve environmental approvals for major projects to the states
    Introduce a single rate of income tax with a generous tax-free threshold.

    Allow the Northern Territory to become a state.

    Remove anti-dumping laws
    Deregulate the parallel importation of books.

    Remove all remaining tariff and non-tariff barriers to international trade

    Return income taxing powers to the states

    Abolish the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC)

    Legislate a balanced budget amendment which strictly limits the size of budget deficits and the period the federal government can be in deficit.

    Legislate a cap on government spending and tax as a percentage of GDP

    Abolish the Office for Film and Literature Classification

    Abolish the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA).

    Eliminate laws that require radio and television broadcasters to be ‘balanced ‘.

    Abolish television spectrum licensing and devolve spectrum management to the common law.

    End local content requirements for Australian television stations
    Eliminate media ownership restrictions.

    Rule out federal funding for 2018 Commonwealth Games

    In total, these cuts come to some $18.7 billion, and they will fall most heavily on low-income earners.

    Last week the Age Editorial summarised the the campaign thus;

    Some of the big ticket items are:

    Abolition of the school kids bonus – $4.641 billion – paid to parents to meet the incidental costs of books, uniforms, etcetera, for their kids.

    Abolition of the low-income superannuation contribution – $3.722 billion – which topped up the retirement savings for people, most of them women, who earn less than $37,000 a year.

    Abolition of the twice-yearly mining-tax supplementary allowance – a top-up of $210 a year for singles or $350 for couples on the dole. I

    It was a very modest sweetener in the Budget for people who are doing it very tough, thanks to the Labor government’s failure to increase New start to a liveable amount.

    A delay in increasing superannuation contributions, which whips another $1.64 million out of workers’ pockets.
    And those are just some of the cuts associated directly with the mining tax.
    Elsewhere in the Coalition’s costings document are a bunch of other hit-the-poor-and-underprivileged measures.

    The biggest of all, and perhaps the cruellest, is the decision to lop $4.5 billion off the foreign-aid budget.

    Bear in mind, this comes on top of repeated deferrals by Labor of its goal of spending 0.5 per cent of gross national income on aid. Of course the poor offshore are an easy target; they don’t get a vote.

    On the issue of trust, the Coalition’s own actions leave us with significant reservations. It has obfuscated and ducked critical issues, deliberately keeping voters uninformed, by repeating mantras like “stop the boats”, hiding its savings plans or revenue-raising initiatives from the electorate.

    Worse has been its breathtaking arrogance in cynically delaying until the last minute its policy costings – this, from the party that drafted the charter of budget honesty.

    When it comes to trusting Labor, we appreciate the public’s confidence may be so undone that a change of government could prove to be a circuit-breaker, injecting a short-term misconceived, sense of stability.

    But The Age values policies above political opportunism; we do not advocate a vote simply for the sake of change.

    The Age believes in economic and social progress, in liberty and justice, in equity and compassion, and openness of government.

    We believe the role of government is to build a strong, fair nation for future generations, and not to pander to sectional interests.

    It is with these values in mind that we endorse the Labor Party in this important election.

  25. Anyhoo, nobody has got back to me about how to cook dogs/cats 🙄 ….. ok then 😉 ( though I can’t imagine why that is so. 🙂 )…hows about an Recession Cook book, then…. ya know with handy hints on how to boil/cook leather….. or safety tips in regards to road kill 😆 … or how to make brine, etc.
    ……. mayhap 😯 I may be being a tad extreme ( do ya think) …. but, if one were to wonder about the combined effect of Tones austerity pogrom and the reality of Climate Change not being ‘crap’… then one would have to have a dim view of ‘our’ future and WTF have we voted in 😥 ….. anyhoo, back to our current reality and those safety tips in regards to road kill…………… any advice ???? …. no, really 😀

  26. I know it was only a 1.6% swing to the Coalition, which isn’t much as one commentator stated considering the massive amount of money and media effort spent for the Coalition. If the Nationals took a chunk of that as well, I don’t know the figures, then they didn’t do anywhere near as well as expected, but to the right wingers a win is everything and is all they care about, policies and leader credibility be damned.

    The minor parties took a big chunk away from mostly Labor, but also the Coalition and it means Abbott will have to show his negotiating skills, which are already proving to be zilch as he’s promised to go to an early election at the beginning of next year if he doesn’t get his way.

    Not even sworn in and already he’s proving to be a bad leader and I will be surprised if he doesn’t go down at the worst PM in our history.

  27. Party Totals

    By the way Ltd News saying, “Welcome to your nightmare” as minor parties claim Senate seats and Abbott will have to deal with them. I think this is the first attack by Murdoch to engineer an early election to attempt to get full power for his puppet.

  28. John, the privatisation of Australia Post was put forward by Howard not long before his defeat. It was also stated by Hockey that he intends to put Centrelink and Medicare offices into post offices..obviously he is considering sacking a lot of front office staff in order to fit all 3 offices into often very small post office spaces. Will it be that highly qualified welfare staff will also be required to lick postage stamps?

  29. Mobius, a Murdoch media campaign to set Abbott up for a DD election…along the same lines as a minority government being “dysfunctional” when it functioned very nicely achieving more reforms than Howard ever even attempted. Now it will be the Senate which is “dysfunctional”. Murdoch will never be content with anything other than absolute power.

  30. And Carol that’s who we are talking about running this country from the moment the puppet Abbott gets sworn in, an American media magnate.

  31. So one must consider exactly what is it that Murdoch does want. The dismantling of the NBN for starters and from recent suggestions about Liberals “data harvesting” on individuals who subscribe to various social media sites, I would say imposing some sort of censorship, possibly amounting to threats (a standard Murdoch technique) or something more formal and far more sinister, changing legislation to impose censorship. That is, if people refuse to ingest Murdoch media rubbish, he will ensure that there are no alternatives.

  32. To quote Annabel Crabbe’s in her latest article….”It is a parable of Biblical proportions. The man who so harshly punished Julia Gillard for succumbing to political circumstance in minority government now faces ……a living breathing balance of power nightmare. As ye sow so shall ye reap ” . Here comes the Karma bus………… 🙂

  33. And the implementation of premium services as is happening in the US Carol.

    If you’re wealthy and can pay huge regular fees you get the best internet connections available as a priority over everyone else, prime and exclusive highest quality content no one has access to, and premium on demand service overriding all others.

    People talk about Murdoch wanting to dismantle the NBN but I remember when it first came out the Coalition talked about selling it off, and Murdoch was the prime buyer. Murdoch owning the NBN would be an order of magnitude worse than the Telstra monopoly every will be.

  34. Jane, it is reason enough that democracy rules and the people have voted. That is reason enough. Suck it up princess.

    yajustgottalaugh 😉

  35. So Summo you had no problems with the previous government as it was good enough the people had voted them in?

    But wait, you had plenty of problems with them even though the people had voted, and aired those problems nauseatingly here with lots of spiteful name calling.

    So not only have you proven to be a liar with no credibility but now a first grade hypocrite.

  36. Haha. Just saw the Liberal’s in opposition line being thrown back at them.

    Liberal: We have a mandate to implement our policies.
    Response: Just like Abbott said in opposition, we have a mandate to stop all your policies.

    Methinks a lot of Abbott’s stuff in opposition is going to be thrown back in his face, and as is typical of bullies and the Liberals he won’t like his own medicine and will do everything corrupt to stop it being fed to him.

  37. Watch these things go backward under Abbott so he props them up with middle class welfare handout.

    Things were so crook under the previous Labor government that there was a bigger housing boom in 2011 than there was in 2001-02 when billions were handed out by Howard.

    They were so bad that in the 7 months prior to July housing finance rose 17.6% for a 3.5 year high.

    They were so bad Labor has handed Abbott a much better economy than Howard handed Rudd.

  38. Ltd News attempt to do a positive spin piece on Abbott to show he will be a good PM and can only come up with him being a student priest once and the lie he works in Indigenous communities.

    Murdoch has his work cut out for him over the next three years trying to cover up for Abbott’s idiocies and the fact he is not very well liked.

  39. Mobius, talk about gilding the lily..visits indigenous communities ONE WEEK per YEAR. It’s a bit like saying that I can drop into the Gay Mardi Gras people once a year and then claim that I am some sort of expert on gay issues..all issues, all people…

    Migs knows more about this than I do but I believe that one of Tony’s efforts was to front up in a white shirt and tie which is completely inappropriate attire. An Aboriginal elder promptly indicated his disgust.

  40. The basket weaving crew here have absolutely no idea. You sit there in your lefty gentrified abodes casting aspersions over all who may not agree. Here’s something to ponder.

    A big fat fellow walked into town, a town with massive youth unemployment, no industry other than tourism, acknowledged social issues, lagging infra-structure and poor (no) public transport. He invested heavily, saw potential, saw an opportunity and upon mixing with the locals, realised what they needed. He said I will represent you ALL in parliament. I will bring a better standard of living, I will create jobs and I will put my OWN money up to ensure that this happens. The locals listened because they were sick to the back teeth of being lied to, watching the canberra circus and paying bloody huge taxes for what? After all the big fat fellow wasn’t any more ridiculous than those already in power. Let’s face it, they had had how many PM’s and Treasurers and assorted ministers of every persuasion already in the past 6 years. The big eared fellow offered a change, but was also percieved as a lier. Yeah he’s fit, but sheilas don’t like him!

    So they voted for this big fat jolly fellow who has promised to deliver an international airport and employment for the children of those who chose to back him. Their children (not kids as Rude called them, kids are goats) have prospects and perhaps not have to leave town. Commercial premises will lease up to support tourism, car hire, weekend rentals, international tourists and GOD forbid you bloody southerners might choose to warm yourselves in their sunshine.

    The people rose and voted for the big fat fellow, because they are prepared to give him a go. Maybe, just maybe, one electorate could gain something out of this bloody fiasco we call Canberra. One of Australia’s bluest seats cast their votes for the unknown. They’ve taken a chance there can be no doubt, but such is the state of affairs in Canberra, Australians are willing to back an uncredentialed underdog to increase the TV ratings of parliament.

    8+% first time around, probably 2 senate seats and into parliament walks the big fat jolly fellow…..AND GOOD ON HIM! The people of Fairfax have voted.

    yajustgottalaugh 😉

  41. A big fat fellow walked into town, a town with massive youth unemployment, no industry other than tourism, acknowledged social issues, lagging infra-structure and poor (no) public transport. He invested heavily, saw potential, saw an opportunity to make money and upon mixing with the locals, realised what they needed. They needed more opportunities for education as so as a philanthropist set up Trusts to send the most needy onto further education
    He said I will represent you ALL in parliament. I will bring a better standard of living, I will create jobs and I will put my OWN money up to ensure that this happens. The locals listened because they were sick to the back teeth of being lied to, watching the canberra circus and paying bloody huge taxes for what? After all the big fat fellow wasn’t any more ridiculous than those already in power. Let’s face it, they had had how many PM’s and Treasurers and assorted ministers of every persuasion already in the past 6 years. The big eared fellow offered a change, but was also percieved as a lier. Yeah he’s fit, but sheilas don’t like him! because he was a sexist pig

  42. We will see Summo and I will eat humble pie if I’m wrong but I’m sure I won’t be. On the other hand if you’re wrong you will never be contrite or admit it, you will make every excuse under the sun, blame shift and throw out abuse.

    You say lefties have no idea, something you have said several times since coming here and sullying the place with your crap, yet time and again, even with your supposed experiences, you prove the one to be out of touch.

    And you couldn’t even come up with something original in an allegory, just a mangled version of one that’s being doing the round for a long while now, but was originally how a capitalist came in and screwed over what was a simple but happy village.

  43. Mo, .. and… “… On the other hand if you’re wrong you will never be contrite or admit it, you will make every excuse under the sun, blame shift and throw out abuse.” …. which is exactly what WhiteWingers do, sorry about the lisp… 😉
    Mo, just by-pass summo….. he’s obviously not smart enough to know how dumb he are (sic.k)
    p.s. looks like Scaper has scarpered, Repty .. 😉 oh how 😆
    …. and just a passing thought, Mo….. and I don’t wanna come across ‘all’ D. Dix here, … but how would you suggest one would go about teaching the message about Modern Monetary Theory to the general Joe Blow before the next election….. or should we just wait and allow Tony ‘n Co to show ‘us’ how not to do it 😥
    One other thing….. isn’t it interesting how the LNP policys which were all worked out ‘n costed years ago ❓ …are ALP policys…… one wonders if Joe has been ‘true’ to his ‘word’ all these years in saying that the LNPee’s policys have been worked out and ‘costed’…… only he neglected to say that the ALP had worked out the policies and the ‘costings’ ….. typical White Wingers ( theres that damned lisp agin ) 😉

  44. How about Never Ever GST? Children overboard? WMDs? AWB?

    I don’t recall the carbon price causing this country to illegally invade another, resulting in the deaths of thousands of Iraqis and refugees, so I’d say WMDs trumps any other lie told even by a Liars Party member.

  45. LOVO you won’t have to wait long for the people to be taught how not to implement money monetary theory by Abbott. A Howard era audit commission board head is demanding Abbott cut savagely and deep.

    If Abbott takes his advice and what the same lines the IPA are pushing, of course to feather their own nests with tax payers largess in the meantime, then if not a recession, something close to it will ensue.

    I note that Abbott has already had his set back on his contract with the people to guarantee easing of cost of living pressures under a government he leads, petrol prices have jumped and are predicted to go up significantly over the next 7 months.

    Let’s see Abbott keep his promise on easing cost of living pressures, that were manageable under the previous Labor government, but with the lies and selling down of the economy by the Liberal opposition and media, people who had been groomed to expect massive handouts by Howard, thought they were badly off when all the data showed they had low personal debt, high savings and high disposable income, better wages and higher living standards than previously.

    They will see that go under Abbott, but of course as is so typical of the shirker Liberals and their not take responsibility for anything followers, it will be blame shifted onto Labor first and then factors outside their control.

    Not hard to work them out, they have been stuck in the same backward rut for many decades now.

  46. Voyager

    The biggest LIE in Australian History comes from Campbell Newman.

    “The Public Service have nothing to fear from the LNP”

    14,000 sacked and endless jobs lost in the private sector as a result of those sackings.

    That is the biggest LIE I have ever witnessed with the biggest ramifications for voters IE: NO JOB.

  47. Oh ShaneinQld-
    When last year almost 40% of the Qld Governments recurrent expenses
    was to run the Public Service , you must be either joking or a fool.
    Cuts to survive were mandatory. Currently Interest payments $11.5M per day.
    Thanks also to Beattie and Bligh for the loss of AAA Credit rating in 2009. Another
    failed Labor Government put out of its misery.

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