On deaf ears

Have you noticed that the media have gone quiet on a number of events since Abbott was elected? The glaring one of course is the number of boat arrivals. Tony Abbott’s “Stop the boats” slogan has been replaced with “Stop the boat announcements”.

But it’s not just the boats. It includes broken promises.

Deaf Australia Inc has released a statement condemning Tony Abbott’s disregard and treatment of Australians with hearing disability. It hasn’t made its way to the mainstream media, surprise surprise. The announcement, aptly named Abbott Government silences Deaf voice is subject to copyright so I cannot reproduce it, unfortunately. However, I encourage you to read it. It is only a short statement which tells us a lot about the new Government.

I can summarise the statement though:

  1. Tony Abbott’s election speech commitment has been broken.
  2. Tony Abbott is cutting services which are important to people with hearing disability.
  3. Tony Abbott is out of touch with disadvantaged members of our society.

Is anybody here surprised?

Some people might remember a post here at the Café written by one of our readers called “I can’t hear you” which talks of his problems as a person with a hearing impairment. You may wish to read/re-read it. His problems no doubt have been exasperated thanks to the new Prime Minister.

I guess a return to surplus is more important. How about a return to providing services to those most in need?

51 comments on “On deaf ears

  1. Nancy. Ramsey the greatest benefactor of the Medicare rebate and the Liberals move to private health is one of the Liberals biggest donors, and he only ever donates to the Liberal party.

    He donated big to Abbott because Abbott promised him he would get rid of the means test and other measures Labor bought in to make the system fairer and more affordable for many Australians.

    The Liberals can’t have that now can they. Only the wealthy and the Liberals themselves should benefit from anything the government does.

  2. Have you noticed that the media have gone quiet on a number of events since Abbott was elected?

    No, do tell 😉

    Mind you, it is all I suspected. Outrage and confected disasters for Labor, deaf ears and free passes for liberal.

    That is our current media, and has been for some time now. It is slowly dying though, thankfully. I just don’t know what will replace it, and if it will prove any better.

  3. Abbott is cutting funding to those with hearing disabilities because he reckons as he’s not telling anybody anything anyway they have the same disadvantage as the rest of Australia.

  4. The sad thing about it all is that it is difficult enough for those with hearing impairments to be considered for employment – many of the mannerisms which we hearing impaired end up with such as having to ask people to repeat themselves, pretending that we have heard when we haven’t, misinterpreting what others say (are you stupid or something!) or accidentally talking over the top of others, make us reluctant to foist ourselves on an unsuspecting employer. It is only with a lot of encouragement and support that we might take up the challenge of needing to communicate other than in writing on a daily and very challenging basis.

    And now the pittance which these sort of support services receive have been cut by approximately 50% by a mean-spirited Abbott government. I would suspect that this is just the start of it, that the “undeserving” aka those who Abbott considers are not la creme de la creme will be put back in their places..the bottom.

  5. Well those that voted for them are maybe now realising what they are in for. A change of gov is not always for the better. The devil you know etc

  6. Abbott will follow the Howard and Kennett formula.

    Cut hard and savagely early, keep mum and close down the PS and other dissent.

    Blame it all on the previous government and/or circumstances beyond your control. Use this to break just about every promise and bring in more taxes, most hidden.

    In the election year tell the people how great they were in putting up with the cuts and loss of services/money etc. Promise if you re-elect them they will be rewarded for their terrible suffering because of the previous Labor government.

    Repeat after each re-election, giving back just a fraction of what you took away but claim it’s an increase in spending on those items.

  7. “and Kennett formula.


    Kennett had no reason to do what he did?? It is news to me that the Cain/Kirner govt was a wonderful govt.

    I guess it was according to you.

  8. They search for it here, they search for there, they search for it everywhere but nowhere is the budget emergency to be found.

    It’s like the invisible, odourless and weightless gas Abbott talked about, or the announcements of boat arrivals.

  9. The only way to get the media to scrutinize ” ABBOTT ” on all his broken promises, is to arrange a public protest. Many Australians get their news from newspapers, TV and radio ..and we all know, they will only scrutinize ALP but never the LNP. Social media isn’t going to get the message out to all Australians.. that Abbott and his friends, are out to hurt everyone…some more than others. He needs to be exposed before it’s to late !!

  10. There is a budget emergency. Labor has produced deficits of -$27B, $-54B, $-47B, $-43B and $-19B since they have been elected.

    Another 2 or 3 years of that and the Commonwealth will lose is AAA credit rating. This will mean Australian companies and govt will have to borrow money at a higher interest rate.

    I see that WA has just lost its AAA. And unusually this under a Coalition govt. This usually happens under Labor govts.

  11. NoS, the previous Labor govt. ( one of the best Australia has had in recent times) not only obtained ( kept) one x 3A’s, not only did they obtain two x 3A’s….. they also obtain the elusive three x 3A’s… and whilst in deficit…. this is what happens, ‘usually’, when you have an ALP govt, they improve the economy for ALL……. Nos, if you want to find ‘usually’.. look at W.A. ….. look at Qld….. look at NSW…… look at Vic……. all LiB, all going down the gurgler…and all the while creating structural deficits to our economic base in thier rush to appease ‘their’ lobbyists 🙄

  12. Funny in a budget emergency though, that the rich get more money than those less fortunate. seems to happen a lot when the Libs are in power. for christian leaders leaders you would think they would do what jesus did and look after the poor and needy. but not the Libs, they have no morals. just like scrooge.

  13. The Murdoch media has now adopted the policy of ‘Out of sight, out of mind’ in the hope that Australians will soon forget about the disgusting false or biased reporting tactics undertaken to help the LNP to power … The only point is that all Australians will not ever rely on future media reports to make up their minds of who should lead Australia … The Murdoch media have their glory for the time being but it will only last for a very short time … They will fall victim to their own self-centredness of misinformation and lies …

  14. Abbott’s 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.

    Tasmania drew the short straw 2 years ago when Labor Premier Giddings tried to out do her liberal opponents in a race to the “Liberal Party’s Holy Grail” of mindless austerity in order to promote prosperity, delivered by ‘the invisible hand of the market place god’.
    She (Lara Giddings) head hunted an economist from the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry to design an austerity strategy to beat the Liberals to the punch.
    He did, and the evidence of this traditional failed experiment of Liberal thinking is clearly demonstrated across the state. Tasmania has become a basket case with >8% unemployed.

    I’m betting Abbott will say its failed Labor / Green policies. Don’t you believe it .
    It is pure Liberal harsh austerity medicine you have to take so that the numbers add up on his bottom line. Remember this is the guy who says “live within your means” while he himself has a mortgage like every one else, yet he wants you to save up before you buy that education or have that operation.

    Tony has said it 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 non-core.

    Abbott convinced the electorate that the economy in an emergency and that it 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 enough.
    He says these are precisely targeted, but he says nothing about the collateral damage they will inflict on those who were naive enough to believe 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 but 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

    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 DONE13/09/13

    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.

  15. Well put John Ward, but they are facts and the right wingers don’t do facts. They will be rehearsing their excuses and blame shifting for Abbott’s failures as we post, and have been since before the election.

    Note that none so far have addressed what Abbott has done since being in office, they still keep harping back to personal attacks on the previous Labor governments and repeating the proven lies.

    “Abbott has also stated he will break no promise, core or non-core.”

    He broke that one on day two. I guess Abbott will come up with a new class of lie, something like the half-core, that he will use as an excuse to break his promises.

  16. Ahh back to the abuse I see, and projecting as usual.

    How about you fessing up to being a closet fascist who has a picture of Abbott in speedos hanging over your bed.

    Do you get your rocks off in this petty little narks and trivial minded digs scaper or is it because you (wrongly) believe you are a smart arse and putting one over us?

  17. This has fallen onto deaf ears up until now. Will it suddenly be elevated to something worth hearing? Or will leaks from the whiteanter continue to dominate?

    A largely overlooked element of the Abbott government’s people-smuggling policy involving asylum-seeker ”transit ports” on Indonesian soil has emerged as the latest lightning rod for anger in Jakarta.
    Indonesian officials contacted last week said they were not aware of the proposal. When it was explained to Mahfudz Siddiq, chairman of the Indonesian Parliament’s Commission I, which oversees foreign affairs, he said he thought it would be ”intervening in other countries’ sovereignty”.

    Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/abbotts-asylum-seeker-transit-plan-raises-suspicions-in-jakarta-20130922-2u81g.html#ixzz2ffDfl7Fi

    Also, even though we now have confirmation of the first boat arrival since the libs were sworn in (the ninth since the elction) we still don’t have glaring front pages like we did for every single arrival under Labor. In fact, barely a mention. One would have thought this would be huge news, considering the lengths the libs are going to to restrict information to the media. Should I continue Godwins and mention Goebells?

  18. Having said that, their abc has bucked the trend. Let’s hope it is a sign of things to come

    Christmas Island’s administrator Jon Stanhope says he will have to reconsider his position if told not to speak publicly about boat arrivals.

    His comments come a day after the first asylum seeker vessel since the Abbott Government was elected arrived on Christmas Island, carrying about 30 people.


  19. You want to talk about extremism, Scraper, then how about this?


    So, it was OK for Abbott’s loud mouthed rabble to talk about “ditching the witch” or “throwing Gillard out to sea in a sack” or “kicking Gillard to Death” or “slitting her throat”, but threaten the profits of environmental vandals, & you could go to prison. Abbott is just another Fascist, just like his supporters who frequently troll this site!

  20. I see Neil from Sydney is as usual gifting us all with baseless denials whilst serving us just as baseless justifications for his diatribe. Heartless as any conservative Troll usually and predictably are, with no care for any but themselves and their own. Pathetic even as far as Trolls go. Improve Neil, it shouldn’t be hard and be a nice little Troll and do stop defecating on yourself by neutering your own justifications, as it is a trite disgusting to see a person demean themselves so, as you consistently do. Primary School children argue better.
    Now Neill has had his momentary second of infamy as he craves desperately, we can discuss the subject at hand. Sorry everyone for placating the little devil, but this is a good subject to discuss without his inhumanity staining it.

    Being Hearing Impaired myself, I can understand the distress numerous deaf people will have with this news. There was always precious little available and as my Parents were much in mind as our local Trolls tend to be, when it comes to disabilities, I had to learn to cope with the hearing world with no assistance. I suffered badly, but I did manage to make my way in the world without any assistance, but not as well as I might have, considering. I still miss a lot that people say as they turn and I cannot read their lips when I cannot see them. I then find I have to make assumptions by the few sounds I hear. I have a 50/50 chance of getting it right. Most people are ok about it when they know what I am up against. People can be very understanding, but as always, there are some that won’t.
    My Parents would not have me learn Auslan as they feared I would become dependant on it. I have picked up a bit of it along the way anyway, in a period when I had a fair amount of contact with some other deaf people. They were keen to teach me. I was keen to learn. But that was only a short time and I only have a limited vocabulary.
    As it is, working in Health Facilities, I unofficially get called in when no other service is available, to help muddle through in a pinch. I have to get signatures to acknowledge I am not an Auslan Interpreter to cover myself and only work on best effort to cover myself and I make it very clear to the Deaf of that fact. They have never complained and always are thankful. I am happy to help.

    I see Abbott has kept his promise of no surprises and right on queue, he’s doing what I expected. No surprise to me about this.
    Look to the USA to see where we are going. He is copying them as they are his Masters. You don’t think Tony would have any idea how to do anything effectively humane do you? He is their foot soldier and not a leader.
    Look out, it is Saint Tony the Phoney, from Hell and he is coming into your life whether you wish it or not. We are so lucky, not.

    Maybe after this next three years we will learn to redact inhumane and sociopathic tendencies from our children’s desires, which hurt the vulnerable in our Society for selfish reasons instead of rewarding it.
    See Conservative Trolls, we care for you, even though you couldn’t care less about us. Does that make us better people than you have acted thus far? You betcha!

  21. So, what have we got so far?

    A misogynistic Cabinet, a media blackout on boat arrivals, cuts to funding for research & development & preventative health care, the axing of community cabinets & plans to have people thrown in jail simply for trying to boycott companies who have pathetic records in the areas of the environment & workers rights. Oh yes, that sure sounds like the “open & transparent government” that Abbott kept promising us….NOT. Yet still all his pathetic little fanbois-like Nil of Sydney & Scraper-come here to tell us how we have no right to complain-after listening to them do nothing but bitch & moan for SIX LONG YEARS. Typical Far Right Extremist hypocrites. Tell me, who has charge of the communal brain cell for today? I’m guessing it must be Nil, as his are the more verbose comments, whilst Scraper is limiting himself mostly to monosyllabic grunts for today.

  22. “I see Neil from Sydney is as usual gifting us all with baseless denials whilst serving us just as baseless justifications for his diatribe. Heartless as any conservative Troll usually and predictably are, with no care for any but themselves and their own.”

    What did i say that caused this outburst of abuse?? I have made two posts on this thread. One at 6.13PM and 8.04PM on Sept 21.

  23. Wow Marcus, talk about stifling dissent. The Labor party were hounded day and night for simply attempting to have the print media follow laws similar, yet still weaker, than the televised counterparts follow. Now, we have active refusal to allow information, and legal pressure on activist groups speaking their mind

    Free Speech my arse.

    One week in, and already free speech has deteriorated further than it had under howard. And where is all the froth and anger from those who screamed loudest. The most I’ve heard is bolt claiming it’s ‘not a good look’. WFT 😯

  24. What did i say that caused this outburst of abuse??

    Maybe this, at 6.13PM

    It is news to me that the Cain/Kirner govt was a wonderful govt.

    or this at 8.04PM

    Another 2 or 3 years of that and the Commonwealth will lose is AAA credit rating.

    Just a wild guess 😉

  25. His comments come a day after the first asylum seeker vessel since the Abbott Government was elected arrived on Christmas Island, carrying about 30 people.


    That’s not strictly accurate, of course. The Abbott government was elected TWO WEEKS AGO. This is the first arrival since they were SWORN IN. Surely their ABC know the difference. Are they trying to spin the situation? Given their ABC’s record, I have no doubt.

  26. “Another 2 or 3 years of that and the Commonwealth will lose is AAA credit rating.

    This is actually a correct statement. The Commonwealth lost its AAA credit rating for the first time EVAH in 1986 under Hawke/keating. Remember when keating said we were in danger of becoming a banana republic?? We are now at the Commonwealth debts levels when we lost our AAA under Hawke/Keating

    Well Labor had almost 10 years to get our AAA back. Not only did they not get it back but we suffered a further downgrade to AA2.

    It took a Parliament House riot plus 6 surplus budgets by Costello to get our AAA back in 2003.

    Another 3 years of Swan and we would have lost it again and we may lose it anyway.

    There is indeed a budget emergency.

  27. Perhaps this is the relevant section cuppa, “arrived on Christmas Island”. I have heard quite a few claims about there being no new arrivals “on Christmas Island” since the election to imply that there are no arrivals at all. Have these other 7 boats gone elsewhere perhaps? Or were they just being loose with the truth?


    And again, no front page headlines as we had under Labor, practically gloating about ‘another boat’. No, just very dry articles about ‘they won’t tell us, so we’ll find out later’

  28. Neil of Sydney September 23, 2013 @ 10:00 am ” Abuse? No Niel, I’ll spell it out for you as you, as usual, miss the point. It’s not abuse, that is what you do so well and we always do better than you. We are trying to domesticate you to come into a more warm, forgiving, and humane Society that your Parent’s obviously forgot to teach you, or gave up on ever hoping to teach you.
    Smile, because we do care for you even though you don’t. Does that make you feel special? You should, as you wouldn’t care for yourself, except that you are conservative in mindset, its a Amygdala thing, so you can’t help but only be interested in yourself. But we are “hear” to help you. You have come to the right place!

  29. No Niel, I’ll spell it out for you as you, as usual, miss the point.

    Yep i missed the point. I made a post about how bad the Cain/kirner govt was followed by a comment that we are in danger of losing our AAA.

    And then you say i hate deaf people.

    What is your point??

  30. We feel sorry for you Nil of Sydney. Devote yourself to being a better person. Kick the right wing rottenness to the kerb.

  31. There is indeed a budget emergency.

    If you can find it, I reckon there are a few in the libs ranks that would reward you handsomely for producing it. Probably as much as they would pay for the elusive proof that AGW is not happening.

    Perhaps you could give us an insight into it in the meantime?

    Another 3 years of Swan and we would have lost it again

    Projections that do not gel with actual events do not really count nil 😉

  32. Regarding boat arrivals. I heard on Radio National this morning a spokes person from Christmas Island say that if the Coalition is going to deny MSM with the facts about how many boats arrive, some one or even many people will inform the public of how many are arriving. 8 boats have arrived so far since Election Day and one since Abbott was sworn in.

  33. Neil of Sydney September 23, 2013 @ 10:20 am “Another 2 or 3 years of that and the Commonwealth will lose is AAA credit rating. This is actually a correct statement. The Commonwealth lost its AAA credit rating for the first time EVAH in 1986 under Hawke/keating.– Well Labor had almost 10 years to get our AAA back. Not only did they not get it back but we suffered a further downgrade to AA2.– There is indeed a budget emergency.”

    Neil, stop thinking only of money. It is worthless when you get down to it. Its only value is the value our Society places on it and nothing more. If you eat it, it will not sustain you. It will not nourish you. If I had the last slice of bread in the world and you offered me all the money in the world for it, I would be more likely to give you that slice of bread in pity, than take your money, which would be next to useless in survival.
    No our Spirit of humanity, that is priceless and of greater worth as it promotes life and not death. Maybe you can learn what is truly worthy to attain in life.
    We are here to help you.

  34. A reminder from Stephen Koukoulas:

    …In a National Press Club speech in 2012, Hockey as Shadow Treasurer promised that “we will achieve a surplus in our first year in office and we will achieve a surplus for every year of our first term”. In January this year, he followed up saying that “our commitment [to budget surpluses] was emphatic” and that “we will deliver a surplus in our first year and every year after that.”

    Tony Abbott agreed at the time, saying “we believe we can deliver surpluses in each year of the first term of a Coalition government”.


    We will be watching them like a hawk…

  35. “Neil, stop thinking only of money.

    Now you divert the topic and start talking about morality. You people really believe you are more moral than anyone else.

  36. No Neil, you keep taking the conversation where your prime reason for existence starts, stops and is. Money, Mammon, the worship of, is the root of all evil. Neil, we are trying to save you from a sad existence where money doesn’t love you like you wish it did.
    There is more to life than living, breathing, existing only for money.
    Renounce this evil in your life Neil of Sydney! Feel the love and the warmth of your fellow mankind and know the fellowship of humanity that could be yours to share.

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