Tracking Abbott’s wreckage – The full list

This is current as of JAN 12th 2014. For the updated list click here.

Tony Abbott has been in power since 7 September 2013. From that moment, he and his government have broken promises and hurt Australians.

This post will be regularly updated to keep track of the Abbott Government’s broken promises and everything his Government does to hurt Australians.

Each separate item will have a link to a source. Broken promises appear in bold and in a separate list at the end.

THE LIST

78. Politicises the national school curriculum by appointing a former Liberal staffer and a Coalition supporter, both critics of the current curriculum to conduct a review – 10 January 2014.

77. Directs that people already found to be refugees who arrived by boat be given the lowest priority for family reunion – 8 January 2014

76. Fails to contradict or take any action against a member of his government, Senator Cory Bernardi, who makes divisive statements about: abortion, “non-traditional” families and their children, same sex couples, couples who use IVF and calls for parts of WorkChoices to be reintroduced – 6 January 2014

75. Devastates Australia’s contribution to overseas aid by cutting $4.5 billion from the budget, causing vital programs supporting those in extreme poverty in our region to collapse – 1 January 2014

74. Drastically reduces tax breaks for small business and fails to publicise it – 1 January 2014

73. Refuses to support jobs at SPC at the cost of hundreds of jobs – 27 December 2013 

72. Appoints Tim Wilson, a Liberal Party member and Policy Director of a right-wing think tank to the position of Commissioner at the Human Rights Commission even though this think tank argued for the Commission to be abolished – 23 December 2013 

71. Approves private health fund premium increases of an average 6.2% a year – 23 December 2013

70. Fails to provide the promised customs vessel to monitor whaling operations in the Southern Ocean – 23 December 2013 

69. Requests the delisting of World Heritage status for Tasmanian forests – 21 December 2013 

68. Drastically dilutes consumer protections and transparency requirements for financial planners, including abolishing the requirement they put their clients interests first – 20 December 2013

67. Scraps the Home Energy Saver Scheme which helps struggling low income households cut their electricity bills – 17 December 2013

66. Defunds the Public Interest Advocacy Centre whose objectives are to work for a fair, just and democratic society by taking up legal cases public interest issues – 17 December 2013

65. Defunds the Environmental Defenders Office which is a network of community legal centres providing free advice on environmental law – 17 December 2013

64. Axes funding for animal welfare – 17 December 2013

63. Abolishes the AusAID graduate program costing 38 jobs – 17 December 2013

62. Cuts Indigenous legal services by $13.4 million. This includes $3.5 million from front line domestic violence support services, defunding the National legal service and abolishing all policy and law reform positions across the country   – 17 December 2013

61. Abolishes the position of co-ordinator-general for remote indigenous services – 17 December 2013

60. Changes name of  NDIS “launch sites” to “trial sites” and flags cuts to funding – 17 December 2013 

59. Abolishes the National Office for Live Music along with the live music ambassadors – 17 December 2013

58. Weakens the ministerial code of conduct to let ministers keep shares in companies – 16 December 2013

57. Disbands the independent Immigration Health Advisory Group for asylum seekers – 16 December 2013 

56. Starts dismantling Australia’s world leading marine protection system – 13 December 2013 

55. Scraps the COAG Standing Council on Environment and Water – 13 December 2013 

54. Breaks its NBN election promise of giving all Australians access to 25 megabits per second download speeds by 2016 – 12 December 2013  

53. Overturns the “critically endangered” listing of the Murray Darling Basin – 11 December 2013

52. Dares Holden to leave Australia. Holden announces closure which costs Australian workers 50 000 jobs 11 December 2013 

51. Approves Clive Palmer’s mega coal mine in the Galilee Basin which opponents say will severely damage Great Barrier Reef – 11 December 2013

50. Demands that the few childcare workers who got pay rises “hand them back” – 10 December 2013 

49. Approves the largest coal port in the world in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area – 10 December 2013  

48. Removes the community’s right to challenge decisions where the government has ignored expert advice on threatened species impacts – 9 December 2013 

47. Downgrades national environment laws by giving approval powers to state premiers – 9 December 2013  

46. Undermines Australia’s democracy by signing a free trade agreement with South Korea allowing corporations to sue the Australian Government – 6 December 2013 

45. Damages our diplomatic relationship with our nearest neighbour East Timor5 December 2013 

44. Repeals the pokie reform legislation achieved in the last parliament to combat problem gambling – 4 December 2013 

43. Suspends the Wage Connect program, despite it being proven to deliver good outcomes for unemployed people – 3 December 2013 

42. Axes funding to the Alcohol and Other Drugs Council of Australia, forcing the 46 year old organisation to close – 27 November 2013  

41. Back-flips twice on Gonski, reversing a commitment to a ‘unity ticket’ and failing to deliver equitable education funding – 25 November 2013  

40. Shifts Australia’s position at the UN on Israeli settlements – 25 November 2013

39. Damages our diplomatic relationship with the Indonesian Government by refusing to apologise for tapping the phones of their President, his wife and senior Government officials – 23 November 2013 

38. Converts crucial Start-Up Scholarships into loans, increasing the debt of 80,000 higher education students by $1.2 billion – 21 November 2013 

37. Gifts two navy patrol boats to the Sri Lankan government to stop asylum seekers fleeing the Sri Lankan government – 17 November 2013

36. Introduces a Bill to impose on workers who are elected onto unpaid union committees huge financial penalties and jail terms for breeches of new compliance obligations – 14 November 2013 

35. Condones torture by foreign governments by saying “sometimes in difficult circumstances, difficult things happen” – 14 November 2013 

34. Hides information from the Parliament and the people about the government’s treatment of asylum seekers – 13 November 2013

33. Separates a refugee mother from her newborn baby – 10 November 2013 

32. Cuts 600 jobs at the CSIRO – 8 November 2013

31. Abolishes Insurance Reform Advisory Group which provided a forum for industry and consumer bodies to discuss insurance industry reform – 8 November 2013

30. Abolishes the Maritime Workforce Development Forum which was an industry body working to build a sustainable skills base for the maritime industry – 8 November 2013

29. Abolishes the High Speed Rail Advisory Group whose job it was to advise Governments on the next steps on implementing high speed rail for eastern Australia – 8 November 2013

28. Abolishes the Advisory Panel on the Marketing in Australia of Infant Formula which for 21 years monitored compliance of industry to agreements on marketing infant formula – 8 November 2013 

27. Abolishes the Antarctic Animal Ethics Committee who ensured research on animals in the Antarctic complies with Australian standards – 8 November 2013

26. Abolished the National Steering Committee on Corporate Wrongdoing that for 21 years worked to make sure the law was effectively enforced on corporate criminals – 8 November 2013

25. Abolishes the National Inter-country Adoption Advisory Council which provided expert advice on overseas adoption – 8 November 2013 

24. Abolishes International Legal Services Advisory Council which was responsible for working to improve the international performance of Australia’s legal services – 8 November 2013

23. Abolishes the Commonwealth Firearms Advisory Council a group of experts in gun crime and firearms which was set up after the Port Arthur massacre – 8 November 2013

22. Abolishes Australian Animals Welfare Advisory Committee a diverse group of experts advising the Agriculture Minister on animal welfare issues – 8 November 2013

21. Abolishes the National Housing Supply Council which provided data and expert advice on housing demand, supply and affordability – 8 November 2013

20. Abolishes the  Advisory Panel on Positive Ageing, established to help address the challenges the country faces as the number of older Australians grows – 8 November 2013 

19. Refuses to offer support to manufacturing in  Tasmania, despite requests and warnings. Caterpillar announces the move of 200 jobs from Burnie to Thailand, costing around 1000 local jobs – 5 November 2013

18. Provides $2.2 million legal aid for farmers and miners to fight native title claims – 1 November 2013

17. Abolishes the 40 year old AusAID costing hundreds of jobs – 1 November 2013

16. Launches a successful High Court  which strikes down the ACT Marriage Equality laws invalidating the marriages of many people and ensuring discrimination against same-sex couples continues – 23 October 2013 

15. Denies there is a link between climate change and more severe bush fires and accuses a senior UN official was “talking through their hat”  – 23 October 2013 

14. Appoints the head of the Business Council of Australia to a “Commission of Audit” to recommend cuts to public spending – 22 October 2013  

13. Cuts compensation to the victims of bushfires – 21 October 2013

12. Instructs public servants and detention centre staff to call asylum seekers “illegals” – 20 October 2013

11. Appoints Howard era Australian Building & Construction Commission (ABCC) Director to help reinstate the ABCC with all its previous oppressive powers over construction workers – 17 October 2013 

10. Axes the Major Cities Unit a Government agency with 10 staff which provided expert advice on urban issues in our 18 biggest cities – 24 September 2013

9. Fails to “stop the boats”.  Hides the boats instead – 23 September 2013  

8. Scraps the Social Inclusion Board, which had been established to guide policy on the reduction of poverty in Australia – 19 September 2013 

7. Abolishes the Climate Commission – 19 September 2013 

6. Appoints himself Minister for Women – 16 September 2013 

5. Appoints only one woman into his cabinet and blames the women for his decision, saying he appoints “on merit”– 16 September 2013 

4. Abolishes key ministerial positions of climate change and science – 16 September 2013 

3. Breaks his promise to spend his first week with an Aboriginal community –
14 September 2012

2. Takes away pay rises for childcare workers – 13 September 2013 

1. Takes away pay rises from aged care workers – 13 September 2013 

Thanks to @thefinnigans for this image
Thanks to @thefinnigans for this image

The Broken Promise Count

1. Does not spend his first week as Prime Minister with an Aboriginal community – 14 September 2013. This promise was made in front of indigenous elders and participants at the Garma Festival on 10 August 2013, this is a live recording.

2. Fails to “stop the boats”.  Hides the boats instead – 23 September 2013.   This promise was repeated so many times I can’t count. Here’s Abbott’s 2013 campaign launch speech.

3. Back-flips twice on Gonski, reversing a commitment to a ‘unity ticket’ and failing to deliver equitable education funding – 25 November 2013  See paragraph two from Christopher Pyne on 29 August 2013 

4. Breaks its NBN election promise of giving all Australians access to 25 megabits per second download speeds by 2016 – 12 December 2013   This was the Coalition’s policy they took to the election first announced 9 April 2013.

5. Changes name of  NDIS “launch sites” to “trial sites” and flags cuts to funding – 17 December 2013  The promise to deliver the NDIS in full was made 20 August 2013 and is in the policies they took to the election

6. Fails to provide the promised customs vessel to monitor whaling operations in the Southern Ocean – 23 December 2013 Promise made by Greg Hunt 9 April 2013

Thanks to David Olive

Thanks to David Olive for this image.

Thanks to The Greens whose research in 100 days, 40 failures: A Preview of secretive, cruel and chaotic Government provided the initial material for this project.

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228 thoughts on “Tracking Abbott’s wreckage – The full list

      • But nothing comes close to “uh, there will be no carrrrrbon tax under the gubment oy leeeed.” Now that’s a broken promise.

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      • Sally “No carbon tax” was NOT a broken promise. A change in circumstances (a hung election) required a change. Gonski is a broken promise.

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      • Of course it’s a broken promise. She made a promise, had the choice to not put the Carbon Tax in, but in a power hungry move, went back on her word to secure the vote of the greens. If she cared about her word she would have told the Greens, “I’m sorry, I promised no Carbon Tax”. That would have been courageous and respected.
        Having said that – apparently, according to you, a change in circumstances allows for changes in priorities. I’m pretty sure Abbott coming into Government and learning the economic books were fried beyond recognition by Labor and there is actually no money, is a pretty big change in circumstances. Then again, what would you expect from a leftie? Money doesn’t count. You can always borrow more, right?

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      • This is a reply to Bob (of 31Dec2013 at 2.56pm). For some reason there was no “reply” under his post to click.

        Bob – You are “pretty sure Abbott coming into Government and learning the economic books were fried beyond recognition by Labor and there is actually no money, is a pretty big change in circumstances”.

        Firstly: The books are not “fried beyond recognition” etc. etc. The economy is robust and the envy of the world.

        Secondly: Money is not a problem with Gonski (well, at least for four years). Even Pyne (if you can believe him) says there will be the same “envelope” of money for Gonski. Therefore there is no change in circumstances.

        Thirdly: The important changes in Gonski involve the distribution of that money – based on student need. The current “Howard” distribution is seen by just about everybody involved in education as unfair, complicated and non-transparent. Gonski would have corrected that.

        Fourthly: Prior to the election the Liberals, simply to defuse a volatile situation, said they would support Gonski. Obviously they never intended to honour that commitment. That is the pre-meditated and deliberate lie.

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      • ” – but let’s be clear, I am determined to put a price on carbon.” At least have the decency to quote the full sentence. Or did you only hear the edited re-runs once Rupert gave his directive to spin it thus from on high? And by the way, since you are so up on who says what, what did Mr Abbott & Mr Pyne say about school funding? Don’t even try pushing the tired old envelope… I want to know whether YOU heard right. Or at least, what did you think you heard? Or will you just play along with some fantasy and continue to aspire to being much more lIberal with the truth than the average Joe?

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      • Not only a pathetic attempt at humour, but simply perpetuating a lie about a comment taken out of context. Coalition supporters were sold a dud when they voted this government in and are now trying to pretend otherwise…

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      • It was a blatant example of a broken promise. Gillard said there’d be no carbon tax, and then she brought one in. The attempts to explain the discrepancy away didn’t resonate – they were confections of deception and only the true believers truly believed.

        Yes, she said she’d price carbon, but what she introduced was most definitely a tax. It was certainly seen as such by the voters.

        Her big mistake lay in agreeing to the demands of the Greens to bring it in. Sure, it was a hung parliament, but did anybody seriously think that the Greens would side with the Coalition on a confidence issue?

        Now, politicians break promises all the time. It’s just becoming easier to catch them out.

        The real entertainment lies in enjoying the show put on by the true believers unable to admit that their favourite political team might have been caught out.

        There’s a long list of supposedly broken promises in this post, but I don’t see any of them resonating with the voters in the way that Gillard’s spectacular carbon tax gaffe lingered on and on.

        Nor does anybody particularly care. Abbott didn’t get elected because his promises struck a chord with the voters. He got elected because he was a better alternative than the Rudd/Gillard/Rudd chaos.

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      • Here is her full promise: “There will be no carbon tax under a government I lead but let’s be clear, I am determined to put a price on carbon”

        After the hung election she could not possibly keep that promise, she would have to break either the first or the second part of it. She came as close as she possibly could.

        Then she went on national television and put here hand up to it “I walked away from an undertaking”

        She didn’t do this silly thing of trying to pretend that no promise had been made or that the promised something else entirely the way Pyne and Abbott did with Gonski.

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      • “It was certainly seen as such by the voters.” Actually, it was ‘a perception of a lie’ which Abbott pushed (at great expense to the voters, for his travel costs), which gullible voters fell for hook, line and sinker – an exercise in brainwashing, if ever there was one.

        “Gillard’s spectacular carbon gaffe” as you describe it, was only made so by the opportunistic Abbott and a compliant Murdoch media, ever happy to promote it. The fact is, a minority government ensured carbon pricing was put in place earlier than the 2013 time frame, previously planned by Labor.

        So a positive move to address climate change began a year earlier? Big deal – and it IS a big deal! Had Tony Abbott won the trust of the Independents in 2010 (he didn’t, in spite of trying his ABSOLUTE damnedest) HE would have been the one introducing a carbon tax. From then on, thwarted, he concentrated all his energies on destroying the woman who defeated him and nowhere near enough on planning for the responsibilities of government.

        This current government runs on the theory if you tell a lie big enough and frequently enough, it will be believed. With the Carbon ‘Tax’ they had success, but the reality is, the lie was Tony Abbott’s and it will come back to bite him.

        It already seems, on the back of this success, they somehow imagine they have carte blanche to lie with impunity to the electorate. The education funding is a prime example. Those who voted for them have been taken for mugs (though they’d never admit it) and unfortunately, the rest have been dragged along with them.

        ‘Have a New Year’ everybody, because with this government, it won’t be a ‘Happy’ one for most!

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      • Did it cost you so much, think of all the people, that are being hurt now with this government. I really wish this gov. would do half as good as Juile Gillard did. She was all we needed to have the most powerful government in the world and you so call rich intelligent people in Australia got to greedy and let that MAN in to kill our beautiful country. It is not just for the rich, even if you think you know more, than the rest of us.

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      • You won’t see or hear them “resonating with voters” because Rupert won’t allow the coverage he allowed for all the Abbott & Co three word slogans.

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      • skyline can you please describe to me your understanding of the difference between a “tax” on carbon and a “price” on carbon?

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      • Agreed, but only because he was viewed as a better alternative to the chaos. That the now govt. would not break promises, and keep commitments.

        Yes people are naive to believe that any politician will keep their promises, and that’s the problem. There is such a distrust of any politician nowadays… they’re going to have to work mighty hard to win the trust back.

        Going around and NOT doing the things you said you were going to do, ensures that the public won’t trust in the future. Certainly won’t help.

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      • If the people STOP reading Murdoch media bias, & use their head they will see that pricing carbon is what the rest of the world is doing & Howard committed to ETS.

        So which one is a broken promise to the commitment for world cooperation?

        If noting else it reduces pollution, creates jobs of the future & practices world cooperation via ETS market measures.

        Please stop polluting this forum with half cooked reasoning.

        There is nobody smarted that the community thinking in harmony.

        Since Howard introduced Thatcherism we have become selfish, non respecting wreckers. Despite of the huge advancement of technology the world is becoming more vulnerable & riskier place to live.

        We are supposed to work smarter not harder. The “Winner Takes It All” mentality is dividing the world on minority capitalist/dictators & majority “victims” that are brainwashed to not think for themselves.

        2017 will be marking 100 year from the 1st wave of socialism (note communism never existed, so wasn’t destroyed). Everything is evolutionary & has cycles. Maybe the end of 2016 will mark a quantum leap to a new cycle of thinking & cooperation (with or without real fibre NBN).

        Cheers, & Happy New Year

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      • How true, Taki.
        However, unfortunately, ‘people’ will read/ believe Murdoch without realising ‘his’ ulterior motives.
        Also unfortunately, a “community thinking in harmony” will never happen in a (this) democracy, particularly these days when short-term gratification is the name of the game.

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      • From the ABC:
        HEATHER EWART: With this carbon tax – you do concede it’s a carbon tax, do you not?

        JULIA GILLARD: Oh, look, I’m happy to use the word tax,

        Poor dear!

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      • It wasn’t a tax, it was a price on carbon. There *is* actually a huge difference if you bothered to educate yourself about the issue. On top of that, evidence has supported the carbon price with drops in pollution since it was implemented.

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      • Tu quoque fallacy: pointing to others’ supposed misdeeds has absolutely nothing to do with the veracity of the statements made here. (Oh, and you clearly overlook the mendacious rodent John Howard’s biggest lie: “Under a Howard government there will be no GST. Never. Ever.”.

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      • She said no carbon tax but a carbon pricing mechanism before the election. You right wingers always conveniently forget that part while spouting your nonsense.

        Amazing though when this one supposed lie brings up so much venom and allows you to justify the LNP lying about everything.

        How many boats have they stopped?? What happened to stopping the boats when they become government. Instead they stopped the information about the boats instead! You right wingers are just a joke.

        Your rhetoric is so vehement not because you think we’ll be humiliated by by your cutting retort and wit but to convince yourselves that you did not help elect the biggest bunch of incompetent, heartless, bastards in the history of this country.

        I will make a prediction that after this mob get thrown out a few of them will face the international court for crime against humanity over how they are treating the refugees.

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      • There WAS no carbon Tax,that is a misnomer by lying Rabbitt and filthy Murdoch..Therefore No broken Promise..As a matter of fact carbon Pricing was instituted as promised…Is that All the Cons have???If so your Cupboard is bare and looking stupid..Whereas The Abbott cupboard is full to the brim of damaged promises ,lying policies and Mexican somersaulting beans…Shame on the lying rabbitt.

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      • It’s funny how all LNP supporters continue to quote only what the MSM chose to publish. I am sure there is a link to the full statement that finished with JG saying that it was still their intention to put a price on carbon via an ETS which has always been the ALP policy or something similar. Funny how a good editor can manipulate words to bring people around to an opinion they support,

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      • Yep – it was a broken promise. One broken promise that led to a voter backlash against her, and finally with the party removing her as leader as they wanted to keep some balance in the govt.

        Now this government has broken many promises. Do you think that will have a positive impact on their approval?

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      • She did so much more for us than Tony Abbott has and she was the total Politician. I wish she would come back and look what happened to the labour party when they got rid of her, it was so much more the fault of the lab party that ripped her off.

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      • Try Quoting the Full Comment “There will be no carbon tax under a government I lead”, but let me be clear: I will be putting a price on carbon and I will move to an emissions trading scheme.” (Emphasis added) now that was a Promise Kept although you RWNJ’s to Dumb to see it

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      • Like all Libs who repeat this lie – you got it wrong, and continue to repeat the lie from the Liberal Party Song book; this is not what PM Gillard said.
        Here is the full quote.

        “There will be no Carbon Tax under the Government I lead, but let there be no mistake I intend to price Carbon.”

        And price Carbon she did, it was never a tax.
        That’s the truth, check Hansard, and there is no need to parody her Adelaide Accent, where are you from?

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      • <
        Latest lie (1/1/14) can be seen here :

        http://northcoastvoices.blogspot.com.au/

        "Gillard Government legislation, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Recognition Act 2013 (assented to on 27 March 2013 and administered by Prime Minister and Cabinet), requires the Abbott Government to review constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, consider proposals for constitutional change and identify those proposals most likely to obtain the support of the Australian people – commencing this process no later than 26 March 2014 and completing it no later than September 2014."

        With the assistance …. once again …. of a compliant Murdoch media.

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      • Need to include the defunding of the National Congress of Australia’s First People’s, a national advocacy organisation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples- The Australian 19 December 2013

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      • I can’t see they have actually done this. From what I’ve read the Minister met with them and said they are “unlikely” to continue funding, but no decision has been made yet. Pls send me a link if I’ve got it wrong

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    • Yeah. And we need something much bigger to carry around the blindfolds that all Labor supporters don when in discussion of their last parties antics over 6.5 years.

      It’s gotten to truly laughable proportions now.

      You’re now even saying that Gillard being on TV saying ‘There will be no carbon tax under the government that I lead’ was ‘Taken out of context.’ I mean…are you serious? How can we have a debate with you when someone comes out and says something on NATIONAL TV and then you say it wasn’t true? Do you realise how ridiculous you look defending that? You have an excuse for EVERYTHING that Labor did. What’s adult about that? You say that Labor party was doing a great job. Really? So I suppose back if changing leaders mid term is such a good policy, why aren’t more countries doing it?

      The facts are pretty simple: Labor could drop a nuclear bomb on Australia and you’d still be rushing to the polls to vote for them. It’s not even about their failed policies to you guys anymore; as long as Liberal stays out, you’re happy.
      Pathetic.

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      • and given that Abbott only scraped it in with effectively 34,000 votes despite the massive media bias from Murdoch et al, it seems the Libs will be back in opposition very quickly after this first term, especially once Australians realise just how quickly they intend to implement the IPA wish list that will turn our once great country into a mere reflection of the USA, complete with all its social problems. The sooner these neo-liberal sociopaths are back in the cesspool of opposition where they belong, the better.

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      • On balance, apart from the perception of not effectively governing because of the change (back) in leaders, Labor was doing an unassailable good job: we had low inflation, low unemployment, a Triple AAA economy in the midst of the GFC and still into its subsidence, and the strongest Australian dollar perhaps ever. In other words, the thing that Labor governments get pounded on – that they are not good economic managers – was palpably false. Yet they managed to preserve workers’ conditions and the range of services that LNP are devastating. You’ll excuse us for being proud.

        I’ve made a mental note to leave a flaming bag of dogshit on the doorstep of every LNP voter if their Party is not able to keep all those metrics at the same level or lower after three years in government. I feel confident in being right about that, whether that ONE thing was a lie or not (LNP broke practically every promise they’d made within weeks of being elected)

        We’d rush to the polls to vote on the Left of the spectrum because they don’t tend to propose the reversing of forest preservation, the dredging of the Great Barrier Reef (!), the erosion of pensioner’s benefits… We’re not evil, basically.

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  1. You missed one:
    Abbott stated , first on the ABC’s Insiders on Sept 1st 2013, then again on the ABC’s “AM” that there would be, quote, ” And I want to give people this absolute assurance, no cuts to education, no cuts to health, no changes to pensions, and no changes to the GST”.

    http://www.abc.net.au/insiders/content/2012/s3838363.htm

    He is now flagging a major overhaul to the DSP. So an outright lie.

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  2. Tony Maggot the Wrecker. Time to arrest Rupert Murdoch and bring him to Australia. Put him on trial for interfering with governing of a sovereign nation by manipulating public opinion and time to arrest Abbott, his whole cabinet and have them in court on charges of treason.

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    • Right On Max..With you all the way..The treason charge will rear its ugly head later on for sure..We must chop down any such unAustralian concepts against our democracy..Recognise how serious this precedent was and act on it to stamp the evil Con thing out.

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  3. He must really hate us why? We are after all Australians his fellow countryman why dose he and his government hate us what have we done Mr Abbott

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    • He hates Australians because we had the hide to vote the Howard government out and, while doing so kicked Howard out of his own seat.

      The born-to-rulers feel that a terrible injustice was committed against them.

      (Never mind what they were trying to do to us, the Australian public, with the despicable WorkChoices.)

      What we are seeing now is payback for 2007. It’s revenge. And it’s just beginning. The b-t-rer’s appetite for vengeance is endless. This will go down as the worst, most deceitful and spiteful government in history. They are convinced they can get away with whatever they try because they’ve got most of the MSM/ABC right behind them.

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      • That’s a great analysis, cuppa, I hadn’t thought of that, but it makes sense. I couldn’t work out why anyone would make so many obviously antagonist and negative decisions so early in their term, but he seems less interested in being popular than in kicking everyone in the collective unmentionables.

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      • This is a classic way that some governments operate. Take it all away early on. Re-spin or rebadge it, then give part of it back just before the next election as a new promise. The previous Howard government were masters of this and it served them very well. Why would they change a winning strategy?

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  4. Excellent idea. Aren’t there a whole lot of funding cuts to all sorts of small, well-functioning community groups? And …what about 1) the Salvation Army being sacked from Manus and Christmas Islands? And 2) Scott Morrison’s decision to first miltarise the refugee issue, then kindly offers a weekly pseudo press conference which allows a ‘3-star’ general to keep us in the dark by saying basically nothing of real substance, and lastly scraps even that, in order to keep us totally in the dark. 3) filling major political positions that require neutrality with ideologically driven, ultra right wing LNP members such as Bronwyn Bishop for speaker of the house, violating the democratic process.

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  5. Let’s not forget; promised no new taxes, yet has flagged a GP consultation charge which is essentially a health tax, and promised no changes to pension, yet has flagged changes to disability support pension.

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  6. Gotta laugh. You claim, “36. Breaks its NBN election promise of giving all Australians access to 25 megabits per second download speeds by 2016 – 12 December 2013 ”

    For that to be a broken promise, you’d have to wait until 2016 to check the delivery. That’s simple logic, as any reasonable person would agree.

    Claiming that as a broken promise is like saying in June that Christmas hasn’t happened yet.

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    • The Coalition government has massively revised its plan for the National Broadband Network, breaking a promise to complete the first stage by 2016, after a strategic review found cost blowouts and poor management.

      Under the new Coalition plan, the NBN will be completed with a mix of technologies containing just 26% fibre to the home, will cost almost $12bn more to complete and will take four years longer than promised by the Coalition before the election.

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      • That’s as may be. The point remains that if a certain result is promised in 2016, then it cannot be a broken promise until that date. That’s simple logic. If we are ignoring logic, then we might as well not bother discussing the issue – Plato put it very elegantly two thousand years ago, pointing out that those not willing to put facts first just annoy anyone else participating in the conversation.

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      • So what you’re saying is that we’re not allowed to consider it a broken promise until after Tony Abbott’s first (and hopefully only) term has ended? Rather than looking at his own plans and calling him out on it, we’re to ignore the fact that he completely changed the plan after the election?

        Be pro-Abbott all you want, but be honest with yourself – you cannot honestly believe that this doesn’t count as a broken promise. If it had been Kevin Rudd who made a promise to do something by 2016, and won the election, then said he’d changed his mind and wasn’t going to do it until 2020, you’d be screaming bloody murder over his broken promise.

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      • Of course it’s not a broken promise. The time given (“by the end of 2016”) means that truth or falsity cannot be judged until that point. That’s simple logic.

        Of course, if one disregards logic, than anything is possible and we’re now talking fantasy.

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      • @Skyring
        I think it’s quite obvious that simple logic hasn’t been a part of any Labor supporters mantra for some time now.

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      • Unfortunately you right whingers don’t believe in science that is why you call lies the truth and truth lies. You follow your profit Murdock and and continually spout his nonsense as if its gospel without ever engaging your brains.

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      • You’re absolutely correct Skyring.

        “pointing out that those not willing to put facts first just annoy anyone else participating in the conversation.”

        And you are certainly doing that.

        So are you suggesting that they WILL deliver to their original election promise, even though they have said themselves that they won’t?

        By changing that date in that statement they have broken that original promise. That is a fact.

        To imply otherwise – is indeed fantasy.

        But keep living in your fantasy buddy – hope you have fun in there.

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      • A promise can indeed be broken before it comes to fruition – just as an engagement that is broken if someone pulls out before the wedding. It stops the possibility of it happening. Hence – broken promise.

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      • And you are the only one here who is not following the logic of a failed Government – don’t believe me …look around?…where are your lib mates?

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      • That’s as may be. The point remains that if you promise to do something by a certain date, then it cannot be a broken promise until that date rolls around and the promise is not met.

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      • They promised one thing before the election. Now they are forecasting something less. By necessary implication that amounts to an abandonment of the original promise now, not in 2016.

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      • But doesn’t the second statement amount to another promise? To say that the first promise is broken, three years before it can be objectively tested, we must therefore accept the rock-solid truth of the second promise. But the whole premise of this post is that Liberal promises are not to be trusted.

        You seem to be denying this, by boldly assigning three years of iron-clad honesty to the second promise.

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      • I agree with Eric – the logic is clear and straightforward. They are simply announcing they will not longer keep to the date they promised = broken promise.

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    • Thanks for your feedback. Because of your helpful advice it’s all now fully referenced. Please see the “Broken Promises” section at the bottom. The NBN promise was clearly made and clearly broken.

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      • “Download speeds of between 25 and 100 megabits per second by the end of 2016.” Thanks for the cite. Logically, it cannot be a broken promise until the end of 2016.

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      • You need to check out the other link where Turnbull says they cannot keep to this deadline -http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/malcolm-turnbull-reveals-plan-to-break-nbn-promise-20131212-2z8ir.html

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      • Now you are trying to confuse us. Are you saying both statements are true, neither statement is true, or one is true and one isn’t?

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      • A sensible debate requires all parties to be sensible. Obviously you can not do this. please leave this debate to people who can.

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      • If they lied about it frequently, you’ll have no trouble providing a few links to news articles mentioning their actual lies. Note that forecasts and aims aren’t promises or lies – they have to be outright lies (or broken promises, I’ll accept those, too).

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    • Ziggy Switwoski stated that the speed promised by the Coalition cannot be quaranteed.

      NBN speeds promised by Coalition cannot be guaranteed.

      The head of the National Broadband Network has told a Senate committee that speed guarantees have “lost currency”.

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    • Ok Mr Skyring lets assume for the puposes of discussion that we put Abbotts broken promise on NBN on hold for the time being, although any prudent observer will see it as a broken promise due that you cannot just grab it out of the air when you want it so unless you plan and work for it now you wont deliver it in time..Be that as it may,,I presume you are then OK with the other 70+ broken promises and counting…..You are then one of Us ,The dissafected Auss public that has through deception a lying rabbitt on its head as P.M. and doing their utmoswt to get rid of the turbid thing,,,,,Good Boy….

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      • When logic is ignored, there’s not much point in treating anything seriously, is there? I’m seeing a subjective, political polemical discourse here, rather than a useful resource.

        That’s okay, if that’s the game you want to play and you want to cheer on your favourite political team, but it’s all just a bit of fluff.

        One point your comment emphasises is the need for more and better education. We all have the potential within us, but obviously some are missing out. More money on schools, less on politician perks, that’s what I say.

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      • Couldn’t agree more. Education spending across the board – will that happen under this govt.?

        I understand your pedantic view on logic though.

        Are you willing to concede that this promise regarding the NBN is HIGHLY likely to be broken given all the current evidence (facts)?

        And then in 2016 you can get back on here and post that – yes – indeed that was a broken promise. Hooray! Another one.

        I’m not celebrating these broken promises Skyring.

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    • I imagine you are here b/c you are looking for answers too Skyring.. can someone respond to this??? I am interested too. i imagine it’s bc Abbott promised to deliver the NBN by a date and has now scrapped the promise and set a new date off in the distance.

      I do actually believe this business about Abbott not wanting faster speeds b/c people will no longer need Foxtel.
      What i don’t understand is why anyone needs Foxtel? It’s only for sports yeh? cos you can get everything else you need on torrents, iTunes, Quickflix etc yeh?

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      • have to say I subscribe to Foxtel because it’s the only reliable way to get some free to air TV. No commercial free to air TV in my neck of the woods and ABC 1 , ABC2 and SBS only reliable via Foxtel despite spending thousands on new TVs, etc … and I live in line of site to the towers. I just want to get a clean signal to watch the news every night … at least with FOX I can see the news and weather from ABC Victoria … shame I live in Tasmania.

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      • No Telstra T-Box, Wendy?
        Luckily, in rural NSW, I can get T-Box. So I was able to stop giving my hard-earned money to Foxtel.

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    • No reason to laugh. It’s very sad that our overdue NBN is nowhere to completion due to incompetence from Howard (when we had the money & the labour was more affordable) & the absence of policy from the current government.
      Even they admit that they cannot fulfil the promise.

      Not counting that the critical UPLOAD speed will be miserable 2 – rare 6 Mbps (majority), vs 40 – 400+ with the previous design.

      So many future standard services will not be viable & Australia will lag the rest of the world soon. Eg. Cloud computing (~Chromebook), Remote/Backup Sync (files, photos, videos-personal++) are available today, but not for most of the Australians.

      We have no idea what the next 5 years will bring, let alone the next 50+.

      The Australia’s main sector, services, will need fast internet in the near future.

      We are blinded by the Murdoch’s News LIMITED. They are the biggest wrecker of Australia’s future.

      We cannot risk waiting until the end of 2016 to prove that they will not fulfil this promise. They need to GO much sooner.
      NBN is the future of Australia & we should not miss that great opportunity.

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    • “Labor is to blame for Abbot being in power”

      Now, that’s something I can agree with. Tony Abbott, by himself or with his party, isn’t really presenting a grand positive vision of the sort that encourages people to vote for his team.

      The massive and ongoing shambles of the Rudd/Gillard/Rudd years just ensured that whoever provided a viable alternative was going to coast in on the flood of protest votes. Raalistically, the old adage that “if you can’t govern your own party, you can’t govern the nation” applied, and Abbott at least was able to keep his team on the same page.

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    • Actually, the Liberals also must share the blame because they had a very good leader in Malcolm Turnbull but greedy Abbott saw his chance and convinced enough of the Liberal party to back him. Just think about it. If Turnbull had have been the Liberal leader at the election which Gillard won with independents support we never would have had Gillard as Turnbull would have romped it in. Now we have the problem of an idiot in charge and he will be hard to get rid of unless his elected government wake up and get Turnbull back in or
      Australia is really going to be in trouble (like we are now). All governments blame the other party when a government changes but when Rudd got in he kept Australia out of the GFC but when Gillard got in and Abbott booted out Turnbull there was a mass exodus of good politicians from the Liberal Party like Peter Costello for instance. So now, because of Gillard and Abbott we have an absolute bunch of no hopers and all down to one man,s hunger for power and that man is Abbott who will go down as Australia’s worst Prime Minister but meanwhile we will pay dearly for it. I am a swinging voter and at the last election I voted for Palmer as at least he is smart enough to control a 2 trillion GDP but I was not happy to vote for him but other than that I would have to have voted informal and that is just not on. I warn once more. GET RID OF ABBOTT AND PUT BACK TURNBULL or suffer the consequences.

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  7. I’m sorry to tell you folks this, but Abbott is your version of George W. Bush. If you don’t do something, you are going to end up in about the same place that we are here in the US today.

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  8. The true nature of this man who drives this madness is as an ideologue. He is dangerous because his true intent is hidden. The result of this is that the govt’s true intent and nature is hidden.
    Pundits have praised Abbott’s discipline pre-election compared to the shambles the Labor Govt presented to the electorate. Many apolitical swing voters felt Labor needed time in opposition to regroup and ‘think about it’. I suspect a few Labor supporters felt the same thing. Not implying they crossed the floor of course. More like ‘if it doesn’t kill you it makes you stronger’. No one however in their right minds could have envisioned this Abbott govt’s decision making by stealth.
    Another sly move by Abbott was to remove the auditing of funds that pour into charities. This was seen by the skeptical ones as enabling charity organisations to direct – or not direct – monies to wherever they choose. Apparently Cardinal Pell was most pleased.
    God help us and get rid of him.

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  9. Insults Chinese over their declaration of a Air defense zone. Morrison has refused press anymore weekly bulletins on boat people because Abbots bitch of a minder bullies him. She criticized Morrison’s handling of the press conferences in very strong terms and told him he will say and I Quote ‘ he must say exactly what he is told and when he is told.’

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  10. Abbott gave 2 gunboats to the Sri Lankan navy to help stop boat people. It is well known that corrupt people in the Sri Lankan navy are responsible for the boat people.

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  11. A great start across a wide ranging list of issues to be fixed by the Lnp in cleaning up the mess left by Labor. Notwithstanding the bleats above, the Australian people elected the LNP by a landslide – get over it.

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    • A landslide -no way! One of the smallest margins ever, and the Libs cant even form government on their own, they have to borrow votes from the Nationals in order to function as a government.

      Get over it! Never in a million billion trillion years will I get over the inhumanity and uninformed acts of treachery of this government.

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      • I agree Julie. I have not been able to engage one Liberal party voter in a discussion about real numbers… especially that the donkey votes and minor party votes were at highest in recorded history.

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  12. We were told endlessly that the Labor govt was a shambles by News Ltd and the Libs. Repeat something often enough….. Destabilised leadership initiated by the cashed up miners, backed by a media who persisted with the leadership issue day after day. Brainwashed.

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    • I dunno. Just drawing on ALP and ABC sources, you get some pretty savage criticism. There’s a few books been published in the last six months by Labor insiders that totally sink the boot in. Can’t blame Murdoch and the Libs for the very real internal strife exhibited by the ALP. Craig Thomson and the Obeids, likewise.

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    • Be fair. Every government relies on credit. Howard as much as Rudd and Gillard. And I don’t know about a “wrecked economy” – we’re all doing reasonably well. Certainly amongst those nations with good standards of living, housing, education, wealth, jobs and so on.

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      • a point sorely missed by most Aussies caused by being fed the tripe served up by Murdoch et al. the idea that Australia was in debt emergency, with 3 x 5 star credit ratings, an economy envied over the world, and a debt ratio that was better than most people doing the criticising, is a fallacy that Myth Busters will one day show to be farce.

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  13. “Aborigines sacrificed

    I was horrified to learn from a nursing sister in a remote Aboriginal community west of Alice Springs that the federal government is closing funding for the maintenance of swimming pools for Aboriginal communities.

    I could not believe any government could be so callous and indifferent to Aboriginal children suffering temperatures over 40 degrees with no relief. Abbott is introducing truant officers but teachers in these remote communities provide the swimming pools with lists of names of children who do not come to school and these children are not allowed into the pool. The money allocated for truant officers could instead be allocated to maintain the pools. These pools are the only relief and pleasure in the searing heat of the outback.

    Because their pools are being closed, small plastic pools are being used in backyards, and the nursing sister said she dreaded being called to resuscitate a little Aboriginal child from one of these pools.

    The article “Warning on rising cost of refugees” (December 23, p1) states that the boat people are costing Australian taxpayers between $220,000 and $450,000 to process. I hope everyone realises that the needs of Aboriginal people and legal aid are being sacrificed by Abbott in the face of these costs.

    Penelope Upward, O’Connor

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/comment/ct-letters/greg-hunt-the-wrong-person-creating-wrong-environment-20131225-2zwrh.html#ixzz2ouBIWfKo

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    • The liberals under Abbott are only looking after the upper class. Which is there policy they don’t give a damm about ordinary people of this country they hate us

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    • So much for Tony Abbott ‘PM for Indigenous Australia’. lol. HIs first broken promise was the one he’d made to the Yolngu people in Arnhem Land – to spend his first week as PM, with them.

      The fact that he made such a fanciful, improbable promise shows the extent he would go to, to secure the vote of vulnerable people. The lack of character he showed in this act alone, revealed his unsuitability for high office. Nothing he has done since, has caused me to change that view.

      I wonder if Warren Mundine is having regrets about being conned by Tony Abbott (along with many of the populace).

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  14. I think the problem is we as a community expect politicians to behave in the best interest of the people that elected them AND to be accountable for their actions. That is something that is no longer even possible. The nature of politics means a politician is a career animal and must make sure the interests of the people that will get them elected next time are taken care of. The promises made this time are no longer relevant unless they impact the chances of election next time.

    We live in a society run by corporations and managed by mass media, so they are the only entities that count for politicians.

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    • We could fix the problem of professional politicians by limiting their terms to 3 that way we would not get the idiots we have now all either sides of politics. Might get people doing things for the country and not just to feather their own nests.

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      • I thought about that, but then you would end up with people that would work flat out for three years to pad their bank balances and ensure they were set up for the future.

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      • A perfect example of the gullible being brainwashed by The Murdochracy … Poor misguided fools!l You have to wonder how many of these sanctimonious twits will still be employed when the ‘Razor Gang’ they voted for has finished? … Could be a huge reality check coming.

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      • I second that John!!! It is not about wining or loosing anymore ! It has gone to far to stick your head in the sand with this excuse !! We are all suffering and loosing out no matter what party we support !!! This has to stop before Australia turns into miserable place to live like America ! Stop Abbott stop the Madness !!

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    • We won? Indeed we did, I was a supporter of the ‘winning’ side. Saying that, these are not the actions or policies I voted for, and the commitments I voted for are being broken on an almost daily basis. I’m not a Socialist, or a Liberal, and I’m sure as hell not proud of the government I helped put into power.

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    • You did not win bugger all…the pollies and their rich friends won…unless u are one of them…u are just a number…Australia was a better place under Labor ..with all their mistakes…than it will ever be under these clowns

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      • Yes it was…as soon as these clowns came in its all f..ed..there is a continous attack on workers rights and conditions. ..wages are too high and all this bull shite. ..how come that every major corporation/ business in this country are posting record profits then? Tony a said they’ll create 2 mil. jobs…not in Australia. ..they said they going to stop the boats…what a bullshit that was…they only got in bcause gullible people like you steeleye voted these loosers in…and also because the electoral (preferences) system in this country is a bit stuffed

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      • Sadly neither Labor or LNP currently seems to have a handle on guiding our country or citizens to a better place. The current govt is slashing and burning programs and the opposition is saying very little.

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    • So, that makes the abhorrent ‘policy’ of this government ok then? Despite what you may consider to be the failings of the previous government, this current government MUST be held to account on it’s own merit, or indeed, lack thereof.

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  15. TA has a plan to break so many promises that attacking each one will dilute the broken promise message to the point where this is ineffective.

    If you think people are too smart for this to work just watch and see.

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  16. You could be also talking about some of the Labor parties lies there. NBN, whales, Gonski (uni cuts lie), Labor taking 6 years on boats to really have nfi.

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  17. Their biggest broken promise was that they would be a “no surprises, no excuses” Government.

    We’ve had nothing BUT surprises and excuses …

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  18. Oh, and what about the promise Abbott made that he wouldn’t compensate Mirabella for her loss by giving her a job? Only to then gift her a job with the Submarine Corporation?

    I’m sure he also made numerous comments about how there won’t be any “jobs for the boys” under his watch, yet the number of appointees over the past 4 months who have clear Liberal Party connections demonstrates this wasn’t a promise he ever had any intention of keeping. In other words. another big fat lie.

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  19. Would it be possible to also mark the things TA has done in that list that *were* election promises? I’d like to see which of the things he’s doing he said he would do beforehand, and how well he is living up to what he told everyone he would be like (whether we listened or not).

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    • This is a good idea, but lots of work, especially with these first 71. There are a lot of things he is doing which were never part of their policy. I’ll see if its possible with a bit of help

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  20. I think you missed this one – the government intends to repeal the Future of Financial Advice reforms, which are intended to protect consumers from financial advisors who sell their clients the products that maximise hidden fees and commissions to the advisor at the risk of huge losses to the client. References: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-12-20/coalition-makes-changes-to-future-of-financial-advice-reforms/5168742?section=act and, on the impact of dodgy advice, http://www.asic.gov.au/asic/pdflib.nsf/LookupByFileName/rep240-published-May-2011.pdf/$file/rep240-published-May-2011.pdf

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  21. Manufacturing has been on the slide for decades.
    Whitlam cut tariffs, the following year imports shot up.
    Gillard brought in a carbon tax which put another nail in competitive manufacturing.
    Doing business around the world is getting easier, and countries with lower wages, lower taxes, also have the newest technology.

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      • I agree but these countries are not going to suddenly introduce the type of wages that will make Australia attractive. Australians want it all ways. They want to buy everything cheap and complain while the jobs go overseas.

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  22. C’mon Bob it’s time to move on and let go of your only argument about the ALP. The track record to date of the Abbott government is woeful, accept it and stop living in the past.

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  23. Many of the comments in here are why I disallow comments from idiotic conservatives on my blog.

    I noticed a few missing from your list…. travel rorts, sophie mirabella’s appointment and his idiotic coment to Aung San Suu Kyi about the “difficulties” of opposition.

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  24. We should remind ourselves of Tony Abbott’s words before the election – I want to give people this absolute assurance: no cuts to education, no cuts to health, no changes to pensions and no changes to the GST.

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  25. What a great article Sally. Thank you for allowing those of us who want to be kept well informed by unbiased reporting, to also post a comment. There is an article in the Fraser Coast Chronicle … More Positive Comments in 2014 Please…written 31st Dec by John Parker .. (He seems to be a Liberal biased, sensor/moderator of comments), Giving bloggers his new rules to play by, if comments are to be published. …. However I was very pleased to see that two bloggers have sent links to this article of yours, so perhaps all is not lost. I think that perhaps you will see an increase of followers on your site.

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    • Oops .. Forgot to add that the two bloggers were commenting on the headline … Tony Abbott says 2014 will be the year of optimisim… Dated today, 1st Jan 2014.
      Certainly makes interesting reading!?

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  26. Yeah great comments Judes “What a great article Sally. Thank you for allowing those of us who want to be kept well informed by unbiased reporting.”
    Correct me if I am wrong but Sally is the secretary of a trade union. How can you possibly saying that this is unbiased reporting????

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    • Because she is stating the facts – with links to verify them – NOT offering opinions. The only opinions stated here are from the comments contributors.

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  27. <

    Latest lie (1/1/14) can be seen here :

    http://northcoastvoices.blogspot.com.au/

    "Gillard Government legislation, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Recognition Act 2013 (assented to on 27 March 2013 and administered by Prime Minister and Cabinet), requires the Abbott Government to review constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, consider proposals for constitutional change and identify those proposals most likely to obtain the support of the Australian people – commencing this process no later than 26 March 2014 and completing it no later than September 2014.".

    A very good website worth visiting regularly.

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  28. <

    "So it was most amusing to read Messrs Hockey (Treasurer) and Cormann’s (Finance Minister) December 2013 Mid-Year Economic And Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO) document which clearly states: The total face value of CGS on issue has varied significantly over time. In level terms, the largest decrease since 1970-71 occurred between 1996-97 and 2006-07, when the face value of CGS on issue roughly halved from $111.1 billion to $53.3 billion.

    Commonwealth Government Securities (CGS) are of course the mechanism by which a federal government borrows money and it seems that Howard, Costello & Co left office owing at least $53.2 billion net or $58.2 billion in total."

    Link : http://northcoastvoices.blogspot.com.au/2013/12/a-christmas-memo-to-far-right.html

    A site that does the hard slog when it comes to the dull and boring Treasury papers (and other bureaucratic stuff).

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  29. OK a.j. … SO It probably leans more than a bit one way,… but thats how it will always appear because its telling the truth.. Which part of the above wreckage list would you like to put your spin on? (Just to make you feel good.)

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  30. The major problem here is that no-one thought to ask Mr Abbott about which of his promises were “core”. As it turns out, anything that vaguely resembled an ALP policy was non-core, while anything that he forgot to mention whilst campaigning, such as “jobs for the boys”, “dismantling the ABC” and “looking after Rupert” were to the very core.

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