TRACKING ABBOTT’S WRECKAGE

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 fully referenced list at the end.

THE LIST

478. Breaks a promise to provide a stable and unified Government – 14 September 2015 

477. Laughs at Pacific countries who’s existence is being threatened by climate change – 10 September 2015

476. Rejects recommendations to make banks pay for tax payer funded insurance – 4 September 2015

475. Wastes $55 million, including $15 million on relocating four refugees to Cambodia before the deal to resettle refugees from Nauru collapses – 30 August 2015

474. Oversees botched Border Force announcement that they would stopping people for visa checks in the Melbourne CBD – 28 August 2015

473. Splurges $10 million to rename Border Force – 26 August 2015

472. Cuts $10 million from a grant to support sufferers of an incurable disease – 26 August 2015

471. Breaks an election promise to “make no changes to the GST” by extending it to purchases made online – 21 August 2015

470. Spends over $20 million on an advertising campaign to sell it’s free trade agreement with China – 19 August 2015

469. Tries to introduce laws to stop citizens exercising their legal rights to stop big developments that damage the environment – 19 August 2015

468. Allows Scott Morrison to describe paid parental leave as a “first world issue” – 17 August 2015

467. Asks for a list of national security related things to be announced weekly until the election – 14 August 2015 

466. Blocks a conscience vote on  same sex marriage – 11 August 2015

465. Reduces Australia’s carbon emissions reduction target – 11 August 2015

464. Oversees an inquiry that recommends cutting penalty rates, lowering the minimum wage, individual contracts and giving employers more power over workers – 4 August 2015

463. Scuttles a proposal from Indigenous leaders for constitutional recognition – 3 August 2015

462. Backs speaker Bronwyn Bishop despite revelations she has rorted her travel entitlements multiple times – 31 July 2015

461. Dramatically increases the cost of applying for a divorce – 14 July 2015

460. Bans the Clean Energy Finance Corporation from investing in roof top solar panels and other small scale solar energy – 12 July 2015

459. Directs the Clean Energy Finance Corporation to stop investing in wind power – 12 July 2015

458. Launches a review of the ABC program QandA – 29 June 2015

457. Closes off the possibility of High Court challenges to offshore detention – 25 June 2015

456. Cuts the pension for low and middle income earners – 24 June 2015

455. Establishes a Commissioner for Wind Farms – 24 June 2015

454. Slashes the renewable energy target – 24 June 2015

453. Signs a free trade agreement with China which allows companies who have a 15% Chinese investor to import 100% overseas workers, undermines Australians safety and environmental standards and allows companies to sue the Australian government – 16 June 2015

452. Gags doctors, teachers and nurses from speaking out about conditions in detention centres with new laws imposing jail for speaking publicly – 4 June 2015

451. Deregulates the shipping industry removing the requirement of companies to pay Australian wages and conditions – 26 May 2015

450. Muzzles the Freedom of Information watchdog – 26 May 2015

449. Refuses to join the international effort to resettle refugees in crisis, stating “nope, nope, nope” – 21 May 2015

448. Gives the Minister for Arts the power to decide what art gets funded – 12 May 2015

447. Makes medicines more expensive for the chronically ill – 12 May 2015

446. Stops Family Tax benefit B to parents when their child turns 6 – 12 May 2015

445. Removes childcare benefits from parents who cannot work or study – 12 May 2015

444. Abolishes another 71 net jobs in the Federal public sector – 12 May 2015

443. Scraps funding to the academic website “The Conversation” – 12 May 2015

442. Cuts $12.5 million from the National Heritage Trust – 12 May 2015

441. Cuts $140 000 from the Refugee Council of Australia – 12 May 2015

440. Cuts $72.5 million for health scholarships – 12 May 2015 

439. Reduces the take home pay of those who work for charities and NGOs but cutting tax benefits – 12 May 2015

438. Cuts $3.6 million from Screen Australia – 12 May 2015

437. Slashes $403 million from the Australia Council – 12 May 2015

436. Decimates aid to Africa with a 70% cut – 12 May 2015

435. Cuts aid to Indonesia by 50% – 12 May 2015

434. Gouges almost $2 Billion from health – 12 May 2015

433. Kicks 80 000 or 46% of parents off the paid parental leave scheme and labels them “rorter” – 10 May 2015 

432. Scraps a Ministerial directive for the Australian Federal Police to consider Australians opposition to the death penalty – 1 May 2015

431. Gives $4 million to an academic who’s views align with the Prime Minister’s on climate change – 16 April 2015

430. Spends millions on a widespread advertising campaign to sell their “Intergenerational Report” which is discredited by the celebrity scientist who they paid to sell it – 15 April 2015

429. Fails to act on allegations of physical and sexual abuse of asylum seekers on Nauru despite knowing about it for over a year – 9 April 2015

428. Introduces laws to retain the metadata of Australians that 85 security and policing agencies can access – 26 March 2015

427. Axes the National Produce Monitoring System which monitors chemicals in Australia’s domestic food – 18 March 2015

426. Threatens to sack 1700 researchers if the Senate did not pass their bill to deregulate universities – 15 March 2015

425. Dismisses Indigenous culture by describing living in remote communities as a “lifestyle choice” – 11 March 2015

424. Violates the UN Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment and has found to have done so multiple times by the U.N. – 9 March 2015

423. Defends the decision of the LNP to hold an International Women’s Day lunch at a club that only accepts male members – 4 March 2015

422. Dismisses the inquiry into the treatment of children in immigration detention as a “political stitch up” and attacks Gillian Triggs the President of the Human Rights Commission – 24 February 2014

421. Tried to induce the President of the Human Rights Commission Gillian Triggs to resign before her report outlining the abuse of children in Australia’s immigration detention centres was released – 24 February 2015.

420. Pays $3.32 million to the lead lawyer for the Royal Commission into trade unions for under two years work – 19 February 2015

419. Puts at risk efforts to halt the executions of two Australians in Bali by threatening Indonesia with aid funding  – 19 February 2015

418. Bungles the tendering process for building submarines threatening hundreds of jobs – 19 February 2015

417. Dismisses a damning report into the impacts of mandatory detention of children seeking asylum as partisan and politicised, and says the Human Rights Commission “should be ashamed of themselves” – 12 February 2015

416. Breaks promise to lead a “strong, stable, accountable” government – 09 February 2015

415. Dumps his signature paid parental leave policy – 2 February 2015

414. Awards a Knighthood to Prince Philip on Australia Day – 26 January 2015

413. Undermines court system by commenting on the bail decision of a Victorian magistrate – January 16, 2015

412. Announces a freezes to the annual increases to the Medicare schedule – 12 January 2015

411. Attempts to undermine Medicare by slashing the amount doctors get for consultations – 12 January 2015

410. Votes against a UN resolution calling for the end of the Israeli occupation of Palestine – 31 December 2014

409. Spends millions on market research and TV advertisements promoting their proposal to uncap university fees – 28 December 2014

408. Slashes funding to community organisations that support tens of thousands of vulnerable families and people in crisis causing 2500 community workers to lose their jobs two days before Christmas – 22 December 2014

407. Defunds peak organisations who advocate for the poor and oppressed including Homelessness Australia, Financial Counselling Australia and National Shelter – 22 December 2014

406. Appoints a climate skeptic who praised Rupert Murdoch as the “starting point for green innovation” to the position of parliamentary secretary to the minister of the environment – 21 December 2014

405. Backflips on clamping down on multinational companies who shift profits to avoid paying taxes in Australia – 17 December 2014

404. Blows out the deficit to $40.4 Billion – 15 December 2014

403. Abolishes the Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency – 15 December 2015

402. Ceases payments to apprentices under Support for Adult Australian Apprenticeships program – 15 December 2014

401. Cuts funding for the National Trade Cadetships programme – 15 December 2014

400. Slashes another $3.7 billion from overseas aid – 15 December 2014

399. Cuts 26 more government bodies down to 6 – 15 December 2014

398. Abolishes the Operational Working Party which advises government on the needs of the ex-service community – 15 December 2014 

397. Cancels the National Health, Aged and Community Care Forum – 15 December 2014

396. Abolishes the Current and Former Members of the ADF Emerging Issues Forum – 15 December 2014

395. Abolishes the Australian Financial Centre Taskforce – 15 December 2014

394. Silences the National Injury Insurance Scheme Advisory Group – 15 December 2014

393. Abolishes the National Children and Family Roundtable – 15 December 2014

392. Silences the Minister’s Dementia Advisory Group – 15 December 2014

391. Cancels the Healthy Life Better Ageing Committee – 15 December 2014

390. Annuls the Aged Care Reform Implementation Council – 15 December 2014

389. Cancels the Aged Care Planning Advisory Committee – 15 December 2014

388. Abolishes the Aged Care Standards and Accreditation Agency Ltd – 15 December 2014

387. Cancels the Indigenous Development effectiveness Initiative Steering Committee – 15 December 2014

386. Abolishes the First Peoples Education Advisory Group – 15 December 2014

385. Cancels the Australia in the Asian Century Advisory Board – 15 December 2014

384. Annuls the Regional Australia Standing Council – 15 December 2014

383. Dismantles the Northern Australia Ministerial Forum – 15 December 2014

382. Abolishes the Marine Council – 15 December 2014

381. Terminates the Expert Advisory Panel on Northern Australia – 15 December 2014

380. Silences the Northern Australia Indigenous Experts Forum on sustainable Economic Development – 15 December 2014

379. Annuls the Infrastructure Coordinator – 15 December 2014

378. Abolishes the Technical Advisory Committee for the Coal Mining Abatement Technology Support Package – 15 December 2014

377. Abolishes the Gas Market – Industry Reference Group – 15 December 2014

376. Disbands the Department of Human Services Council on Strategy and Innovation – 15 December 2014

375. Disbands the Anti-Doping Research Panel – 15 December 2014

374. Abolishes the Tourism Quality Council of Australia – 15 December 2014

373. Disbands the Australia Awards Board – 15 December 2014

372. Abolishes the National Marine Mammal Scientific Committee – 15 December 2014

371. Disbands the National Marine Mammal Advisory Committee – 15 December 2014

370. Abolishes the National Landscapes Reference Committee – 15 December 2014

369. Gets rid of the Indigenous Water Advisory Committee – 15 December 2014

368. Disbands the Iconic Sites Taskforce – 15 December 2014

367. Abolishes the Fuel Standards Consultative Committee – 15 December 2014

366. Abolishes the Emissions Intensive – Trade Exposed Expert Advisory Committee – 15 December 2014

365. Disbands the Commonwealth Environmental Water Stakeholder Reference Panel – 15 December 2014

364. Abolishes the COAG Standing Council on Environment and Water – 15 December 2014

363. Abolishes the Bureau of Meteorology Water Accounting Standards Board – 15 December 2014

362. Abolishes the Antarctic Science Advisory Committee – 15 December 2014

361. Cancels the COAG Select Council on Workplace Relations – 15 December 2014

360. Wipes out the Education Investment Fund Advisory Board – 15 December 2014

359. Dismantles the Australian Qualifications Framework Council – 15 December 2014

358. Abolishes the Strategic Cross-sectoral Data Committee for Early Childhood, Education and Training – 15 December 2014

357. Dismantles the Vietnam Veterans Education Centre – 15 December 2014

356. Abolishes the research working group – 15 December 2014

355. Abolishes the Peacekeepers Study Advisory Committee – 15 December 2014

354. Abolishes the Medicines Advice and Therapeutics Education Services Writing Group – 15 December 2014

353. Abolishes the Medicines Advice and Therapeutics Education Services Veterans Reference Group – 15 December 2014

352. Abolishes the Medicines Advice and Therapeutics Education Services Practitioner Reference Group – 15 December 2014

351. Abolishes the Gulf War Study Advisory Committee – 15 December 2014

350. Abolishes the eHealth Technical Advisory Group – 15 December 2014

349. Abolishes the Community Nursing Clinical Advisory Committee – 15 December 2014

348. Abolishes the Australian National Memorial New Zealand Advisory Panel – 15 December 2014

347. Abolishes the Anzac Centenary Public Fund Board – 15 December 2014

346. Abolishes the Official Establishments Trust – 15 December 2014

345. Abolishes the Australian Council of Local Government – 15 December 2014

344. Abolishes the Urban Policy Forum – 15 December 2014

343. Abolishes the National Disaster Recovery Taskforce – 15 December 2014

342. Abolishes the Local Government Ministers’ Forum – 15 December 2014

341. Abolishes the Inter-Jurisdictional Working Group – 15 December 2014

340. Abolishes the Bureau of Resources and Energy Economics Advisory Board – 15 December 2014

339. Abolishes the Pharmaceutical Industry Working Group – 15 December 2014

338. Abolishes the National Precincts Board – 15 December 2014

337. Abolishes the Fair Work Building and Construction Independent Assessor – 15 December 2014

336. Abolishes the Standing Council on School Education and Early Childhood Joint Working Group to Provide Advice on Students with Disability – 15 December 2014

335. Abolishes the Department of Defence CEO’s round table – 15 December 2014

334. Abolishes the Committee which was overseeing reform to the repair and maintenance of the Navy’s ships – 15 December 2014

333. Abolishes the Department of Defence Diversity Advisory Group – 15 December 2014

332. Abolishes the Australian Defence Force Financial Services Consumer Council – 15 December 2014

331. Abolishes the Subcommittee on Animal Health Laboratory Standards – 15 December 2014

330. Abolishes the Rabies Preparedness Working Group – 15 December 2014

329. Abolishes the New Test Evaluation Working Group – 15 December 2014

328. Abolishes the National Strategies Working Group – 15 December 2014

327. Abolishes the Laboratories for Emergency Animal Disease Diagnosis and Response Working Group – 15 December 2014

326. Abolishes the National Surveillance and Diagnostics Working Group – 15 December 2014

325. Abolishes the Forestry and Forest Products Committee – 15 December 2014

324. Abolishes the Department of Agriculture – Live Animal Export Division – Industry Government Implementation Group – 15 December 2014

323. Abolishes the Benchmarks Working Group which monitors acute hospital performance – 15 December 2014

322. Abolishes the Australian and New Zealand Standard Diagnostic Procedures Working Group – 15 December 2014

321. Abolishes the Artbank Advisory Committee – 15 December 2014

320. Cuts the Development Allowance Authority – 15 December 2014

319. Cuts the Reconstruction Inspectorate – 15 December 2014

318. Cuts the Inspector of Transport Security – 15 December 2014

317. Cuts the National Advisory for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment – 15 December 2014

316. Cuts the Health and Hospitals Fund Advisory Board – 15 December 2014

315. Cuts the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority Advisory Board – 15 December 2014

314. Cuts the Climate Adaptation Outlook Independent Expert Group – 15 December 2014

313. Cuts the Biological Diversity Advisory Committee – 15 December 2014

312. Cuts the Australian Antarctic Names and Medals Committee – 15 December 2014

311. Cuts the Antarctic Research Assessment Committee – 15 December 2014

310. Cuts the Forces Entertainment Board – 15 December 2014

309. Cut the Protection Zone Committees – 15 December 2015

308. Cuts the Telework Advisory Panel – 15 December 2014

307. Cuts the Australian Government Solicitor – 15 December 2014

306. Appoints the radically right wing John Lloyd from the Institute of Public Affairs to head the Public Service Commission – 12 December 2014

305. Appoints a former National Party MP who champions an abstinence policy on drugs over harm minimisation to be the new head of the Australian National Council on Drugs – 11 December 2014

304. Imposes a $900 tax on new homes connecting to the NBN breaking election promises on taxes – 11 December 2014

303. The unemployment rate hits 6.3 %,  it has not been this high since 2002 when Tony Abbott was Minister for Employment and Industrial  Relations –  11 December 2014

302. Announces a cut of $5 to the Medicare rebate after he fails to get his $7 Medicare co-payment through the Senate – 9 December 2014 

301. Breaks an election promise to improve transparency by restricting the transparency of overseas travel expenses after media reports on Christopher Pyne’s lavish trip to Europe with his wife  – 9 December 2014

300. Breaks a key election promise to bring in 26 weeks parental leave paid at a working mother’s actual wage – 7 December 2014

299. Introduces special work for the dole rules for regional and remote unemployed people so they have to work twice as many hours as city people in a measure that will mainly affect indigenous people – 6 December 2014 

298. Hands the immigration minister unchecked and unappealable powers to prevent refugees arriving by boat from seeking protection and allows him to return people to the country from which they fled – 4 December 2014

297. Reintroduces temporary protection visas for asylum seekers found to be refugees – 4 December 2014

296. Cuts  CSIRO funding, which means that CSIRO will lose 1/5 of its workforce  – 24 November, 2014

295. Slashes funding to the ABC and SBS resulting in job cuts and the axing of programs including state based 7:30 Report and breaking an election promise 19 November, 2014 

294. Refuses to contribute to the fund Green Climate Fund, which Abbott last year described as  “socialism masquerading as environmentalism” – 17 November, 2014

293. Uses G20 platform to comment on domestic political issues such as the fact people don’t like his $7 GP fee rather than international political issues – 15 November, 2014

292. Describes Australia as “nothing but bush” prior to the arrival of the First Fleet when addressing a breakfast for British Prime Minister, David Cameron – 14 November 2014  

291. Breaks promise to  achieve a surplus in the Government’s first year in office, instead overseeing an estimated $51 billion deterioration in revenue – 11 November, 2014

290. Describes coal as “good for humanity” while opening a coal mine in Queensland  13 October, 2014

289. Extends the Royal Commission into Trade Unions for another 12 months and expands the terms of reference despite their being no requests for either – 09 October, 2014

288. Cuts spending on science and innovation to the lowest levels since the data was first published – 07 October, 2014

287. Spends an estimated $500 million yearly participating in the conflict in the Middle East –  07 October, 2014

286. Limits scrutiny of ASIO, expands protections from prosecution for ASIO officers, and allows ASIO greater powers for surveillance with reduced requirements for warrants  – 30 September, 2014

285. Signs a deal with Cambodia to accept Australia’s refugees for a payment of $40 million over 4 years – 26 September, 2014

284. Breaks an election promise to a publish a proposal for constitutional recognition for Indigenous people and establish a bipartisan process to try to bring about recognition as soon as possible within the first 12 months of Government – 19 September 2014.

283. Breaks election promise to  build replacement submarines in South Australian shipyards, spending more than $20 billion on Japanese submarines instead – 8 September, 2014

282. Fails to provide adequate medical care to asylum seeker Hamid Kehazaei who died after developing an infection from a cut on his foot – 5 September 2014

281. Delays superannuation increases for seven years costing workers thousands of dollars in retirement savings2 September 2014

280. Kills the Low Income Super Contribution payment and the Superannuation Guarantee which aimed to boost the retirement savings of 3.6 million workers who earn $37,000 per year or less2 September 2014

279. Repeals the mining tax on the profits of big coal and iron ore companies – 2 September 2014

278. Bans secular workers from the school chaplaincy program – 27 August 2014

277. Refuses temporary visitors visas for Sri Lankan trade unionists to attend a union conference in Australia because they “do not have enough personal wealth” – 25 August 2014

276. Unemployment hits highest level in 12 years – 7 August 2014

275. Breaks an election promise to amend the race hate laws – 6 August 2014

274. Directs all government departments to disclose every contact with every union for any reason over the last decade to the Royal Commission – 28 July 2014

273. Allows the suspension of payments to parents whose children do not attend school in the Northern Territory – 19 July 2014

272. Axes the carbon tax with no viable policy to address climate change or Australia’s emission targets – 17 July, 2014

271. Risks up to $1 billion in revenue through job cuts at the ATO – July 15, 2014

270. Cuts all funding to Vibe Australia, the Indigenous organisation responsible for creating and producing the Deadly Awards, Deadly Vibe and InVibe magazines, Deadly Sounds radio, Move It Mob Style TV and deadlyvibe.com.au –  July 14, 2014

269. Detains 153 asylum seekers at sea on board a customs ship for a month, despite questions about the legality of this action – July 12, 2014

268. Offends China and many Australians by praising the “skill and honour” of Japanese soliders who killed 22 000 Australians and hundreds of thousands of Chinese during World War II – 9 July 2014

267. Hands over 41 Sri Lankan asylum seekers to the custody of Sri Lankan authorities after screening them at sea and transferring them while still on the water – 07 July, 2014 

266. Creates a strategic communications branch employing 37 people  and costing $4.7 million each year, to oversee communications in the department of Prime Minister and Cabinet despite saying at the 2013 launch of the Liberal Party’s book on ALP waste, that they would spend less on spin than the previous government  – July 05, 2014

265. Describes Australia as ‘unsettled’ before the British arrived, during an address to the Australia-Melbourne Institute Conference – 04 July, 2014

264. Grants the Immigration Minister power over the granting of permanent residence allowing him to personally decide the conditions of the test and his decisions will not be subject to appeal  – 03 July, 2014

263. Breaks a promise not to grant permanent permanent residency to people arriving by boat  by granting a visa to a least one refugee – 03 July, 2014

262. Prohibits Community Legal Centres from using Government funding to advocate for policy or law reform – 02 July, 2014

261. Appoints a former Liberal MP and a conservative columnist and vocal opponent of the ABC to the ABC and SBS appointments panel – 02 July, 2014

260. Strikes out protections for consumers of financial advice before the report into the Commonwealth Bank of Australia financial planning scandal is tabled, which recommends a Royal Commission into the bank to investigate allegations of fraud, forgery and a management cover-up – 01 July, 2014

259. Refuses to confirm the existence of two boatloads of refugees reported to be currently on board customs vessels. The Government previously denied the vessels were in trouble and refuses to comment on whether the refugees will be landing in Australia – 30 June, 2014

258. Revokes the residential determination of two asylum seekers from Vietnam currently in high school in Adelaide and removes them to a detention centre, resulting in up to 7 other children, also in school, running away for fear of the same fate – 28 June, 2014

257. Cuts Dementia and Severe Behaviours Supplement, a payment to those who provide care for people with severe behavioural  and psychological symptoms of dementia – 26 June, 2014 

256.  Breaks promise that no public servants will be forced into redundancy as it is revealed that staff in Treasury in Finance will be made involuntarily redundant  – 24 June, 2014

255. Seeks to reintroduce Temporary Protection Visas after the High Court strikes down the Government’s attempt to limit the number of permanent visas available each year  – 22 June 2014.

254. Refuses to halt return of refugees to war-torn Iraq – 18 June, 2014

253. Abandons the long-held, bipartisan position of referring to Palestinian land captured in 1967 as occupied – 06 June, 2014 

252. Abolishes the Corporations and Markets Advisory Committee, which has, for 25 years,  investigated gaps in Australia’s corporate and financial markets law  and recommended ways to close them – 05 June, 2014

251. Excludes Australian shipyards from a major new contract, sending jobs offshore and threatening the industry in Australia – 05 June, 2014 

250. Cuts funding to the peak refugee organisation the Refugee Council of Australia – 30 May 2014

249. Takes money from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and gives it to the Royal Commission into the Home Insulation Scheme – 28 May 2014

248. Breaks promise that no public servants will be forced into redundancy after revelations that public servants in the Department of Industry have been made involuntarily redundant – 19 May 2014

247. Scraps the National Water Commission – 13 May, 2014

246. Abolishes funding for Building Australia’s Future Workforce – 13 May, 2014

245. Abolishes the Get Reading Programme – 13 May, 2014

244. Scraps the annual subsidy to local ethanol producers – 13 May 2014

243. Slashes the Biodiversity Fund – 13 May, 2014

242. Cuts the Education Department’s Online Diagnostic Tools Programme – 13 May, 2014

241. Abolishes the Australian Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation Authority which was established to encourage organ donation – 13 May, 2014

240.  Introduces annual reviews for veterans receiving military compensation payments due to illness or injury – 13 May, 2014

239. Terminates the Office of Water Science research programme – 13 May, 2014

238. Abolishes the Commonwealth Human Rights Education Grant – 13 May 2014

237. Abolishes funding to the Exotic Disease Preparedness Programme – 13 May 2014

236. Slashes funding from the Indigenous Health Budget – 13 May 2014

235. Cuts funding for Indigenous language support – 13 May 2014

234. Cuts funding to the Torres Strait Regional Authority – 13 May 2014

233. Abolishes the Congress of Australia’s First Peoples, the only elected representative body for Indigenous Australians – 13 May 2014

232. Breaks election promise and slashes funding to Landcare – 13 May 2014

231. Abolishes the National Rental Affordability Scheme – 13 May 2014

230. Cuts funding from the corporate regulator ASIC which oversees the financial sector – 13 May 2014

229. Axes the first home buyers savings scheme – 13 May 2014

228. Reduces funding to the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency – 13 May 2014

227. Abolishes the Improving Educational Outcomes Programme – 13 May 2014

226. Cuts funding to the Child Care Early Learning Projects and the Professional Support Program which assist childcare workers gain skills – 13 May 2014

225. Reduces funding to the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership – 13 May 2014

224. Cut the Research Training Scheme, with tertiary education providers to introduce student contributions for higher degrees – 13 May 2014

223. Ends the development of the Australian Baccalaureate – 13 May 2014

222. Cuts higher education reward funding – 13 May 2014

221. Cuts the Australian National University’s HC Coombs Policy Forum – 13 May 2014

220. Cuts Australian Research Council funding – 13 May 2014

219. Abolishes tax break for mature age workers and replaces it with a payment for employing people over 50 who have been on Newstart or the DSP for more than 6 months – 13 May 2014

218. Cuts an incentive program for graduates to take up work in regional locations of need – 13 May 2014

217. Axes the National Partnership Agreement on Certain Concessions for Pensioners and Seniors Card Holders which supports state and territory concessions for senior citizens including energy rebates. – 13 May 2014

216. Kills off four grant programmes including the the Australian Community Food Safety Campaign and Outreach Support Services for Criminalised Women – 13 May 2014

215. Cuts $2.3 million in contribution to the World Health Organisation – 13 May 2014

214. Abolishes the Australian Interactive Games Fund which helped support local video game developers – 13 May 2014

213. Breaks a promise not to cuts funding to health by dramatically cutting hospital funding – 13 May 2014

212. Cuts $240 million over four years to community programs that support poor, sick or disadvantaged people – 13 May 2014

211. Cuts $25 million over 4 years (a quarter of the total) funding to Community Legal Centres who provide legal support to the poor and disadvantaged – 13 May 2014

210. Cuts the Women in Leadership program – 13 May 2014

209. Breaks a promise to have one million more solar roofs across Australia and at least 25 solar towns – 13 May 2014

208. Breaks a promise to spend $2.55 billion Emissions Reduction Fund by committing less than half this amount in the budget – 13 May 2014

207. Orders the spending of $11.7 million to plan the privatisation of: Defence Housing Australia, the Royal Australian Mint and the registry function of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission – 13 May 2014

206. Announces 3000 job loses at the Australian Tax Office – 13 May 2014

205. Freezes the Family Tax Benefit A at a set income level regardless of the number of children – 13 May 2014

204. Cuts the Family Tax Benefit B end-of-year supplement by 15% – 13 May 2014

203. Reduces funding for the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation – 13 May 2014

202. Reduces funding to the Australian Institute for Marine Science – 13 May 2014

201. Scraps a range of grant programs aimed at funding innovation and start-up businesses, including: Australian Industry Participation; Commercialisation Australia; Enterprise Solutions; Innovation Investment Fund; Industry Innovation Councils; Enterprise Connect; Industry Innovation Precincts; and Textile, Clothing and Footwear Small Business and Building Innovative Capability – 13 May 2014

200. Rips a further $111.4 million over four years out of the operating budget of the CSIRO – 13 May 2014

199. Ceases funding for National ICT Australia, which is a research centre for communications and information technology – 13 May 2014

198. Abolishes Medicare locals – 13 May 2014

197. Reduces payments to people under 35 with a disability who cannot find employment if they could work more than eight hours a week – 13 May 2014

196. Mandates religious education in schools by taking away the option for schools to opt for a secular social worker instead – 13 May 2014

195. Abolishes the ABC’s disability communities website Ramp Up – 13 May 2014

194. Abolishes the Disability Discrimination Commissioner – 13 May 2014

193. Abolishes the Better Schools Centre for Quality Teaching and Learning – 13 May 2014

192. Dismantles the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare and will establish a health productivity and performance commission – 13 May 2014

191. Abolishes the Seniors Supplement – 13 May 2014

190. Axes the tax break for people with dependent spouses – 13 May 2014

189. Axes the Diagnostic Imaging Quality Programme – 13 May 2014

188. Ceases the Dental Flexible Grants Program – 13 May 2014

187. Axes the Charles Sturt University’s dental and oral health clinics – 13 May 2014

186. Axes funding for the nursing and allied health scholarships in Tasmania – 13 May 2014

185. Defers 13 Partners in Recovery programs which help people with severe and persistent mental illness and complex support needs – 13 May 2014

184. Cuts funding to the National Anti-Tobacco Campaign – 13 May 2014

183. Cuts Australia’s Animal Welfare Strategy – 13 May 2014

182. Abolishes Health Workforce Australia and cuts the expansion of the Clinical Training Funding Program – 13 May 2014

181. Axes the National Partnership Agreement on Preventive Health – 13 May 2014

180. Defers the National Partnership Agreement for adult public dental services until July 2015 – 13 May 2014

179. Reduces the Medicare benefit for optometry services and allows optometrists to charge more – 13 May 2014

178. Abolishes the GP Education and Training Limited and ceasing the Pre-vocational GP Placements Scheme – 13 May 2014

177. Axes industry and community clean energy programs include the Low Emissions Technology Demonstration Fund, the National Low Emission Coal Initiative, Energy Efficiency Programmes, the National Solar Schools Plan, Energy Efficiency Information Grants and Low Carbon Communities – 13 May 2014

176. Scraps The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) which was set up to support new and emerging renewable technologies and in doing so breaks an election promise – 13 May 2014

175. Scraps the Housing Help for Seniors scheme which provided assistance to older Australians – 13 May 2014

174. Pulls $2.5 billion from aged care, including $1.7 billion from home based support such as Meals on Wheels – 13 May 2014

173. Cuts the benefit for unemployed people under 25 by moving them onto the Youth Allowance – 13 May 2014

172. Kills off the Gonski school funding vision by cutting future funding by $30 billion – 13 May 2014

171. Reduces Medicare and Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme safety nets – 13 May 2014

170. Breaks a promise to make no cuts to health with a $368 million cut from preventative health measures – 13 May 2014

169. Cuts the Family Tax Benefit A end-of-year supplement by 17% – 13 May 2014

168. Increases the fuel excise twice a year by indexing it to CPI – 13 May 2014

167. Forces students to repay their debt earlier by lowering the wage they need to earn before payments kick in – 13 May 2014

166. Increases debt for students by increasing the interest on their fees – 13 May 2014

165. Makes it harder for retirees to access the Commonwealth Seniors Health Card – 13 May 2014

164. Guts the Australia Council and Screen Australia by cutting $87 million for the Arts – 13 May 2014

163. Forces people under 30 to work for the dole if they want to receive any financial support after a waiting period of six months with no financial support – 13 May 2014

162. Imposes a six month wait for people under 30s to receive unemployment benefits – 13 May 2014

161. Cuts the Family Tax Benefit Part B – 13 May 2014

160. Cuts the old age pension by indexing it to CPI instead of wages – 13 May 2014

159. Increases the pension age to 70 from 2035 – 13 May 2014

158. Imposes a $5 increase on the cost of all medicines available under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (80c for concession card holders) – 13 May 2014

157. Cuts the ‘Tools for the Trade’ program which helped apprentices buy their tools, and replacing it with a loan scheme apprentices will have to repay – 13 May 2014

156. Caps the amount of money workers can recoup in entitlements if their employer becomes insolvent or bankrupt to 16 weeks – 13 May 2014

155. Breaks a promise to only cut the foreign aid budget by $4.5 billion and cuts it by $7.9 billion instead – 13 May 2014

154. Axes funding to the Australian Youth Affairs Coalition, the national peak body for young people- 13 May 2014

153. Slashes Disability Support Pensions by indexing to inflation – 13 May 2014

152. Abolishes the highly successful Youth Connections program that supports young people who have not completed, or are at risk of not completing Year 12 or equivalent qualifications also costing hundreds of community sector jobs – 13 May 2014

151. Breaks a promise of “no new taxes” by introducing a fuel levy – 13 May 2014

150. Announces the sacking of 16,500 public sector workers as whole Departments are abolished despite promising only 12,000 job losses – 13 May 2014

149. Cuts $500 million from indigenous programs over five years – 13 May 2014

148. Breaks a promise of “no new taxes” by introducing a deficit tax rise of two percentage points for people earning more than $180,000 a year – 13 May 2014

147. Scrapping a net $1.2 billion in tuition subsidies for universities – 13 May 2014

146. Scraps the Australia Network, Australia’s international television service broadcast across our region that provides news and current affairs from an Australian perspective – 13 May 2014

145. Breaks promise of “no cuts to the ABC or SBS” by cutting $43.5 million from the ABC and SBS – 13 May 2014

144. Tried to undermine Medicare by announcing a $7 fee increase for GP visits – 13 May 2014

143. Tears up the Federal Government’s agreement with states and territories to help fund increasing health costs – 13 May 2014

142. Tries to abolish caps on university fees, meaning universities will be able to charge whatever they like for degrees – 13 May 2014

141. Abolishes the COAG Reform Council — which provides information to Governments so they can track the performance of their programs – 13 May 2014

140. Sacks the National People with Disability and Carers Council — which pushed for and then helped build the NDIS – 13 May 2014

139. Releases the Commission of Audit report which recommends savage budget cuts that would negatively affect every Australian – 1 May 2014

138. Breaks a promise to introduce the paid parental leave scheme he took to the election – 30 April 2014

137. Spends $12.4 billion on new fighter jets whilst claiming a budget “emergency” and preparing to make big cuts to health and welfare – 23 April 2014

136. Abolishes the research and development tax incentives board – 11 April 2014

135. Begins dismantling GP Super clinics – 8 April 2014

134. Cuts 480 jobs from the Environment Department who are responsible for protecting places such as Kakadu, Antarctica and the Great Barrier Reef – 7 April 2014

133. Forbids public servants from making political comments online, even anonymously, and instructs them to report on colleagues who do – 6 April 2014

132. Establishes a secret, publicly funded “hit squad” to target political opponents led by the man who provided a “chaff bag” for Alan Jones to auction at a Young Liberal fundraiser – 1 April 2014

131. Imposes fees and charges on people who become bankrupt – 1 April 2014

130. Axes free legal assistance for asylum seekers – 31 March 2014

129. Attempts to defund Ethical Clothing Australia that worked with industry to protect outworkers in the textile and clothing industry from exploitation and abandons the Governments ethical procurement guidelines – 30 March 2014

128. Opposes a UN resolution to conduct war crimes inquiry in Sri Lanka – 28 March 2014

127. Closes all Medicare offices on Saturdays – 26 March 2014

126. Brings back the awards of knights and dames which were abolished in 1986 – 25 March 2014

125. Cuts 400 jobs from the industry department – 25 March 2014

124. Ensures a human rights enquiry into the Manus Island detention centre is shut down and human rights lawyers are denied access to the centre – 23 March 2014

123. Abolishes one third of the jobs in Treasury costing approximately 300 jobs – 21 March 2014

122. Cuts welfare payments to orphans of soldiers – 16 March 2014

121. Moves to deny funding to artists or events that refuse corporate sponsorship for ethical reasons – 15 March 2014

120. Cuts hundreds of jobs at the CSIRO – 14 March 2014

119. Reopens 457 visa loophole to allow employers to hire an unlimited number of workers without scrutiny – 12 March 2014

118. Overturns a ban on cattle grazing in the Victorian Alpine National Park – 6 March 2014

117. Frustrated and defeated an attempt at the UN to highlight the humanitarian consequences of nuclear war – 5 March 2014

116. Axes funding earmarked to save the Sumatran rhinoceros from extinction – 28 February 2014

115. Introduces legislation to allow people aged between 17-24 years old to work for half the minimum wage and be exempted from all other work rights including health and safety laws and protections should they be injured at work – 26 February 2014

114. Axes funding to Aboriginal Early Childhood Support and Learning Incorporated, the only Indigenous peak body advising on early childhood issues for Indigenous people in NSW – 25 February, 2014

113. Misleads the Australian public about what occurred on Manus Island when asylum seekers were attacked killing one person and injuring seventy-seven. Once the information was known to be untrue, waited five days to correct the record – 25 February 2014

112. Contravenes 113 years of established practice by moving to release the previous Government’s confidential cabinet papers to the Royal Commission into the Pink Batts scheme – 22 February 2014

111. Scraps food grants program for small farmers – 21 February 2014

110. Pressured SPC Ardmona to cut the pay and conditions for workers in return for Government money – 20 February 2014

109. Blames carbon pricing for the close of Alcoa smelters and rolling mills and the loss of nearly 1000 jobs, despite the fact the company states it had no bearing on their decision – 19 February 2014

108. Breaches the privacy and puts in danger around 10, 000 asylum seekers and their families by releasing their personal details on the Department of Immigration website – 19 February 2014

107. Fails to ensure the safety of asylum seekers in our care on Manus Island who were subjected to a vicious attack, which left one person dead and seventy-seven seriously injured – 18 February 2014

106. Reverses the previous government’s decision to care for refugee children who are without an adult family member (ie unaccompanied minors) in the community and sends them to detention centres in Nauru – 17 February 2014

105. Removes poverty reduction from the goals of the foreign affairs budget –February 17, 2014

104. Appoints a climate change skeptic to head a review of our renewable energy target – 17 February 2014

103. Pays hundreds of indigenous workers in his Department up to $19 000 less than non-indigenous workers doing the same job and cuts the budget for the representative body the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples causing two-thirds of the staff to lose their jobs – 15 February 2014

102. Breaks a promise to provide fibre-to-the-premises for all Tasmanians for the National Broadband Network – 13 February 2014

101. Unemployment rate jumps to highest in more than 10 years – 13 February 2014

100. Lies to the Australian public about the reasons Toyota gave for their decision to close in order to blame the workers and their union – 12 February 2014

99. Takes down a website providing information to the Australian public on the ingredients and nutritional content of foods. It is later revealed that the person in the Minister’s office who gave this directive is married to a lobbyist from the junk food industry and was still a share holder in their lobbying company – 11 February 2014

98. Destroys the Australian car manufacturing industry by refusing to provide any industry assistance leading to the decision of Toyota to shut costing up to 30 000 jobs – 10 February 2014

97. Launches a Royal Commission into unions – 10 February 2014

96. Attempts to reintroduce temporary visas for asylum seekers found to be fleeing persecution preventing them ever settling in Australia and retrospectively applies them to 20 000 people. This is stopped in the Senate twice by the ALP and The Greens – 7 February 2014

95. Supports a reduction of penalty rates and other Award minimums in a submission to the Fair Work Commission’s review of all Awards – 4 February 2014

94. Lies to the Australian public about the wages and working conditions of factory workers at SPC Ardmona in Shepparton and uses this incorrect information to blame them for their job insecurity – 4 February 2014

93. Launches an “efficiency study” into ABC and the SBS – 30 January 2014

92. Cuts the wages of Australian troops deployed overseas by almost $20 000 per solider – 29 January 2014

91. Intervenes on the side of Toyota to support cutting Australian workers wages and conditions – 28 January 2014

90. Privatises the 104 year old Australian Valuation Office costing nearly 200 jobs – 24 January 2014

89. Seeks to wind back the World Heritage listing of Tasmania’s forests – 23 January 2014

88. Withdraws funding from Operation Newstart, an early intervention program to help vulnerable young people – 22 January 2014

87. Exempts Western Australia from national environment laws to facilitate shark culling – 21 January 2014

86. Defunds all international environmental programs, the International Labour Organisation and cuts funding to a range of international aid programs run by NGOs such as Save the Children, Oxfam, CARE Australia and Caritas – 18 January 2014

85. Violates Indonesia’s territorial sovereignty while turning back asylum seeker boats – 17 January 2014

84. 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.

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

82. 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

81. Scraps funding for the Jewish Holocaust Centre –January 3, 2014

80. 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

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

78. 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

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

76. Breaks his promise to provide the promised customs vessel to monitor whaling operations in the Southern Ocean – 23 December 2013

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

74. Cuts funding to the Energy Efficiency Opportunities Programme which makes it mandatory for large energy using businesses to improve their efficiency –17 December, 2013

73. Breaks a promise to make no cuts to health by cutting $150 million from hospital and health services – 17 December 2013.

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

71. 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

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

69. Axes funding for animal welfare – 17 December 2013

68. Breaks his election promise of no cuts to education by cutting funding for trade training centres in schools – 17 December 2013

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

66. Cuts Indigenous legal services by $13.4 million. This includes $3.5 million from front line domestic violence support services, defunding the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services and abolishing all policy and law reform positions across the country – 17 December 2013

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

64. Breaks his promise to unequivocally support the NDIS by changing the name of NDIS “launch sites” to “trial sites” and flags cuts to funding – 17 December 2013

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

62. Cuts $2.5 million from community radio – 17 December 2013

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

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

59. Dumps the National Occupational Licensing Scheme which was designed to increase productivity by making it easier for skilled workers to work interstate – 14 December 2013

58. Axes $4.5 million from charities and community groups for the Building Multicultural Communities Program – 13 December 2013

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

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

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

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

53. Dares Holden to leave Australia. Holden responds by announcing its closure which costs Australians tens of thousands of jobs – 11 December 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

46. Damages our diplomatic relationship with our nearest neighbour East Timor – 5 December 2013

45. Repeals the pokie reform legislation which was designed to combat problem gambling – 4 December 2013

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

43. Axes funding to the Alcohol and Other Drugs Council of Australia, forcing the 46 year old organisation to close. It is later revealed that a staffer in the Assistant Health Minister’s office had links to the Alcohol Industry – 27 November 2013

42. Breaks his promise to support Gonski and back flips three times – 25 November 2013

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

40. 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

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

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

37. 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

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

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

34. Abandons Australia’s emission reduction targets – 12 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 ensured companies comply with agreements on the advertising of 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 challenge 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. Breaks his promise to “stop the boats” – 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

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” – 23 September 2013. This promise was repeated so many times I can’t count. Here’s Abbott’s 2013 campaign launch speech.

3. Breaks his promise to support Gonski – 25 November 2013 and 13 May 2014. Fails to commit to future funding or to require States to match the Commonwealth funding commitment. 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. Breaks his election promise of no cuts to education by cutting funding for trade training centres in schools on 17 December 2013. He made this promise at the National Press Club on 2 September 2013 and in writing on 5 September 2013 as part of their policy commitments.

6. Breaks a promise to make no cuts to health. He made this promise at the National Press Club on 2 September 2013 and in writing on 5 September 2013 as part of their policy commitments. This promise was first broken on 27 November 2013 when they cut funding to the Alcohol and Other Drugs Council

7. Breaks a promise to make no cuts to health on 17 December 2013 when they cut $150 million from hospitals and health services.

8. 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

9. Breaks a promise to provide fibre-to-the-premises for all Tasmanians for the National Broadband Network. This promise was confirmed my Malcolm Turnbull on 17 August 2013 and confirmed as broken by the NBN Co executive chairman Ziggy Switkowski on 13 February 2014.

10. Breaks a promise to introduce the paid parental leave scheme he took to the election on 30 April 2014 by reducing the promised benefit for those earning above $100 000.

11. Breaks promise of “no cuts to the ABC or SBS” by cutting $43.5 million from the ABC and SBS.

12. Breaks a promise of “no new taxes” by introducing a deficit tax rise of two percentage points for people earning more than $180,000 a year.

13. Announced to sacking of 16,500 public sector workers as whole Departments are abolished despite promising only 12,000 job losses and through natural attrition.

14. Breaks a promise of “no new taxes” by introducing a fuel levy.

15. Reduction in foreign aid budget of $7.9 billion over five years despite promise to not exceed $4.5 billion and cut via indexation.

16. Increases the pension age to 70 from 2035 after promising no changes to pensions 

17. Cuts to old age pension by indexing to CPI, while it was promised there would be no changes.

18. Scraps The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) which was set up to support new and emerging renewable technologies and in doing so breaks an election promise.

19. Tears up the Federal Government’s agreement with states and territories to help fund increasing health costs despite promise of no cuts to health.

20.  Breaks a promise to make no cuts to health with a $368 million cut from preventative health measures.

21. Reduces the Medicare benefit for optometry services and allows optometrists to charge more, despite promise to not cut health budget.

22.  Axes the Charles Sturt University’s dental and oral health clinics, despite promise to not cut health budget.

23. Abolishes Medicare locals, despite promise to not cut health budget.

24. Breaks a promise to spend $2.55 billion Emissions Reduction Fund by committing less than half this amount in the budget.

25. Breaks a promise to have one million more solar roofs across Australia and at least 25 solar towns.

26. Breaks a promise not to cuts funding to health by dramatically cutting hospital funding.

27. Breaks election promise and slashes funding to Landcare

28. Breaks promise that no public servants will be forced into redundancy after revelations that two public servants in the Department of Industry have been made involuntarily redundant since September.

29. Breaks promise that no public servants will be forced into redundancy as it is revealed that at least 30 staff in Treasury will be made involuntarily redundant.

30. Breaks a promise not to grant permanent permanent residency to people arriving by boat by granting a visa to a least one refugee

31. Breaks a promise to amend the race hate laws

32. Breaks a promise to “make no unexpected detrimental changes to superannuation” by killing the Low Income Super Contribution, the Superannuation Guarantee and delaying superannuation increases for seven years.

33. Breaks election promise to  build replacement submarines in South Australian shipyards, spending more than $20 billion on Japanese submarines instead.

34. Breaks an election promise to a publish a proposal for constitutional recognition for Indigenous people and establish a bipartisan process to try to bring about recognition as soon as possible within the first 12 months of Government.

35. Breaks promise to  achieve a surplus in the Governments’ first year in office, instead overseeing an estimated $51 billion deterioration in revenue.

36. Breaks a key election promise to bring in 26 weeks parental leave paid at a working mother’s actual wage

37. Breaks an election promise to improve transparency by restricting the transparency of overseas travel expenses after media reports on Christopher Pyne’s lavish trip to Europe with his wife  

38. Imposes a $900 tax on new homes connecting to the NBN and breaks his election promise on new taxes.

39. Dumps his signature paid parental leave policy 

40. Breaks promise to lead a “strong, stable, accountable” government

41. Breaks an election promise to “make no changes to the GST” by extending it to purchases made online

42. Breaks a promise to provide a stable and unified Government

902 thoughts on “TRACKING ABBOTT’S WRECKAGE

  1. There are too many items here to comment on individually. However we are now in the hands of the philistines – blinkered ideologists – the empty vessel leftovers from the Howard regime. The Australian approach to asylum seekers ever since the Tampa affair has been contrary to all Christian teaching and is morally indefensible. Tony Abbott and similarly educated others of his followers should be well aware of this and their inability to follow the direct instruction “to be kind” at all times brings disgrace on all of us.

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    • Colin, YOu have hit the nail on the head when you say “blinkered ideologists”. I have been observing this hollowness myself at the lack of humanity and stubborn insistence on pursuing ideology and ignoring people and humanity in the equation. I do not quite know what this says about Abbott’s stint in the Catholic Seminary but he is a small man in very respect. The Soul is weeping

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    • I don’t know how he sleeps at night. He quoted Jesus as saying: ‘the poor will always be among us’ but he failed to complete it with ‘and all we can do is love them’ which I interpret as a welfare system to make their human rights are protected.

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    • This is an extraordinary and I don’t necessarily disagree with some of it but most items need some explanation by the people involved. There are many committee, advisory boards etc etc that just seem to be raised ad hoc and no one keeps an eye on whether they are still relevant and I understand that many of these are not and others have been rolled into one with wider parameters. Labour have definitely left us in a mess and as usual it is left to the LNP to fix it, it can’t simply be ignored. They have tried to spread the pain and if your opinion is that something is not right, we live in a democracy and can use our pencils to demonstrate our disdain. However, having said that, instead of just listing things considered wrong, where are the better suggestions? Something has to be done and waste is a good place to start. We must always look after those in need as long as the need is genuine but we also need to think of ‘nation’ not ‘me’.

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      • Bizarre how you actually believe that twaddle you repeat verbatim from the LNP propaganda machine, which they trot our every single election cycle and blah,blah,blah it where ever they can. It never was or has ever been true and right now we have a trashed country all by LNP’s fault. But do we hear any accountability for that from the likes of your mind.? No way, it’ll all be Labours fault too. Soooo bloody boring and predictable it’s pathetic.

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      • The trouble is Abbott said nothing of all these cuts before the election and has not explained why any of them are needed. With all the cuts he has still managed to double the deficit and under his watch the unemployment rate is the highest in 12 years(?). He has achieved nothing constructive. Even his own party has let him know he is not doing a good enough job. He has alienated so many different groups of people. His front bench is inhabited by the meanest, cruellest, snide bunch of politicians once can imagine. Roll on 2016

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      • This is not a site for ideas.
        And nobody owes the government ideas and that includes Labor .
        Tony Abbott said no to everything and told lies like the removal of carbon tax and mining tax would create thousands of job.
        He and Hockey also said they would have borrowed to keep the country out of recession TWENTY BILLION LESS is what they both stated.
        So that mess they all agreed to.
        Tony Abbott stood in front of Americans and told them not to cut spending
        but at home he slashes and burns while the country is going down hill.
        Tony Abbott had the plan he carried it with him during the last election and in it he promised to revive mining , services, and create TWO MILLION JOBS.
        Where is the jobs ? Where is the green army?
        If you have to ask your rivals for ideas because you cant get things past the senate then its time to call an election and put someone in that is ADULT enough to do it.

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    • “To be kind” you say. Well, our societies need to be safe and therefore kindness has to be relative to safeness. I don’t think we have ever been more aware of the importance of who we let into our countries. It is so easy to sit back and say how badly things are being handled when we have no idea the complexities. Labour certainly didn’t handle these issues well and no doubt the LNP will also have difficulty getting it completely right but let us recognise that refugees by nature are glad to be away from their homeland and looking forward to rehoming in a country where they can feel safe. They should be informed as soon as they arrive that they could be in a detention facility for years and then if they are not happy give them a chance to return from whence they came or go elsewhere. I believe these people are more unsettled through political stirring by those who feel they have something to gain.

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      • You don’t know any refugees do you? Your comment reveals a lack of knowledge of what refugees go through to seek asylum and safety.

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  2. Awesome job Sally 🙂 you may want to add No.7 to the broken promises list, Abbott Repeated “No cuts to health , no cuts to education, no cuts to pensions ” 31 August 2013 & 5 September 2013…Health & education were included in $1.1 billion worth of cuts announced 17 December 2013.

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      • No. No, he is not – he may have been raised one, he might know the right things to say at the right time during a mass, but Catholicism has at its very core a deep humility, and a deep sense of responsibility for the less fortunate.

        There are many examples of Catholics not living up to this – the priest/child abuse enquiry is full of them – but I wouold argue they, too, are not Roman Catholics. Attending mass on Christmas and Easter isn’t enough to make up for a massive lack of moral compass.

        Catholic, Christian, to be honest anyon of any religion other than maybe Jedi Knight would curl up in shame at the treatment of those most in need of our help – refugees, poor, our own native australian communities – not use the possibilty of even worse treatment as a campaign slogan.

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  3. Very special list of Liberal Government “oppression”. Lies, lies, and more lies, that’s what Australians voted for, and strewth, that’s what they got. We’re all responsible for letting morons vote these animals into power. Perhaps next election we can all collectively ignore the ongoing stupid infighting of the ALP, in order to EVICT these lying criminals from power.

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    • Let’s wait for the next budget to see if Labor really wants to do anything about the ‘oppression’. They can, if they choose to, block supply. If they do it twice they trigger a double dissolution and we can all go back to the polls. I bet they don’t thought.

      And oppression! For heavens sake – do you even know what oppression is?

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      • Would paying a mortgage for 30 years yet having no house count a bit towards it? How about raising children alone then having a man who never had a child being allowed by a court to take your house and all of your assets in a “property settlement”. Dare to believe

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      • I doubt though that this would be Tony ABBOTTS fault. This is the fault of the Law system where judges are not held accountable for the decisions they make they believe they are above the law and some of the decisions they make are dreadful.

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  4. I’ve said this before the election which in my opinion was an election without a clear choice of a competent leader. Greedy Abbott seen his chance at the PM job so got rid of Turnbull like Gillard got rid of Rudd. At this stage I believe Australia has to get Turnbull back as the leader or we are going to be the laughing stock of the world. IMHO, Abbott is the greatest idiot ever to be in a position of power which was always going to go to his head. I am worried as my wife and I are aged pensioners and we were doing okay under the Rudd government but this PM we have now cares about nobody and nothing except his own pumped up ego. Keep him at your peril as he will totally stuff all the great things about this wonderful country. The NBN is a typical example of making Australia the laughing stock of the developed world. Just check with the top surgeons and hospitals and they will tell you how important to them it was for surgery that would normally would not be done here but watching it in real time from overseas countries that do these operations would have made this possible. We had to have the NBN JUST FOR THAT WHICH WOULD HAVE MADE IT WORTHWHILE but this idiot who just has no idea of technology wants Australia back in the dark ages just so he can say that he reduced debt. The whole western world and the people in it survive because they have credit and spend 40 years or more paying it off so where is the problem with the country having a debt, providing we can afford to pay it and our deficit compared to our GDP is way less in percentage than most households in the country. Anyhow, that is my 2bobs worth and I have spoke with many people who agree with this. Get rid of this idiot now or pay a big price later. Great options to have.

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    • The problem is Don ,the morons that voted for this fool,go home every night and turn on the idiot box to their favourite commercial television station.They then lap up the misinformation,not for one second questioning if it is fact.They are totally oblivious to the fact that the owners of these stations are sympathetic to the right wing of politics
      and equally oblivious to the fact that the news and current affairs that they are watching is all carefully worded (or just plain lies) designed to manipulate their tiny
      little brains into drifting further to the right.

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      • I’m one of those “morons” who voted for Abbott. I mainly watch the ABC and, within that, mainly current affairs. Nearly all of my friends (sorry, “morons”) are the same. A good subset of us “morons” also voted for Hawke/Keating.

        Whilst you (and much of the Labor party) continue to demonise us “morons” you will forever be consigned to opposition with brief incompetent periods in govt.

        Perhaps have a good long think about what went wrong instead.

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      • You are right, Claude. Hawke and Keating set the most recent bench-mark for Right-Wing egotists who do more damage than good to this country;
        but Abbott and his team (with a few exceptions like Mr Turnbull) are racist, frothy-mouthed Neo-Fascists. The unnecessary and radically increased powers to the spooks is taking us toward being a police state. When and if we spivvy uniforms controlling the streets (maybe even jack-boots) then we can be sure that the latest variety of Neo-Nazis have taken over. Yes, a good long think about all our politics and politicians is urgently needed.

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      • A good think is the beginning, but real action is what is needed.
        Bob Hawke said to a close friend of mine, when quizzed as to why he sucked up to the yanks so much, “it’s the only way you get the job.’ They got rid of Gough and swore we’d never have another Whitlam. This is all public record.
        This psychopath Abbott has taken that as an open invitation to impose Milton Freidman’s idiotic and destructive neo-con polcies on a formerly clever, inclusive, inventive, popular, and progressive nation.
        We are now stupid, xenophobic, racist, reviled around the world, cruel and inhumane, criminal in our international actions and sinking into a fascist mire for the benefit of some giant corporations.
        And still some morons support this nut because their racist and sexist biases are validated.
        Thank you Sally for keeping up the good fight.

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      • By extension of my arguments? I’ve no idea what you mean.

        If you are simply asking if I think the Abbott government is competent, then I would say “mostly no”. They have had some good wins with keeping their pre-election commitments, but mostly its a mess.

        I remain hopeful because, unlike Labor, they acknowledge that something must be done about our budgetary position. Labor in contrast now rejects even their own pre-election savings!

        Labor is making the same mistake Abbott did pre-election: promising lots of spending, no cuts, and a return to surplus. It will come back to haunt them even more than Abbott because (assuming they win the next election) the problem is only going to get worse.

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      • Claude, have you read the list above? What exactly are you looking for in a government if it’s not the management of a society. I don’t know you, so i shan’t call you a moron, but allow me to think it.

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      • I don’t want a govt managing society. I want a govt that manages a framework in which society gets on with it. A govt that doesn’t pick favourites nor rewards special interest groups. Mostly I want a govt that acts on evidence and not emotion and ideology.

        Is calling or considering someone a moron on the basis of the tiniest information in an Internet forum thinking? I doubt it.

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      • Hey we should all take a leaf out of the liberal government – don’t spend any money, cut the services we are paying foxtel etc etc and watch the economy free fall. Whats good for the goose is good for the gander. They have torpedoed the australian economy with their own negative rhetoric and then have the audacity to tell us we can’t expect an age of entitlement …from a politician that we shouldn’t expect an age of entitlement !! not bad from a group of entitled leaches.

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      • Don, I am an aged pensioner but one that saved carefully for my retirement. I admit I believe I have earned the entitlements I get through the taxes I paid but I have run a household for many decades and I know you can only run it on debt when you have the assurance of a good economy, jobs etc. If you already are burdened with debt then you cannot run and maintain what you have, let alone add infrastructure to it. So it is with the country. Yes we can manage a certain amount of debt but should another GFC come right now try and imagine where we might be. Sure we still have strong banks and a good credit rating (as we did before labour’s fiasco) but we don’t have the surplus available we had back then. Labour walked into an excellent situation and had the fat necessary to see us through, we do not have that now so we could well join the long list of countries who were in dire financial strife. Of course I don’t agree with all that is being done, who does, but we all have the right to put pen to paper and say what we feel. If enough people do that things can change but it is amazing how many people sit in their armchairs complaining but do nothing. These forums don’t change things.

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      • Don, you must not relate your experiences as a *user* of the Australian dollar to that of the Australian government, the issuer of the currency.

        As you’re aware, when a *user* of a currency (be it a household, or Greece) borrows too much, people stop lending them the currency they’re borrowing. Then they’re in real strife.

        The same can not be said for a government that borrows only the same free floating currency it issues. There is just no conceivably scenario in which Australians would be freely trading the AUD but nobody would be willing to loan it to the Australian government. It’d be like Japan (the country with the most debt compared to its size in the world) running out of yen – an unprecedented, unimaginable, scenario.

        We should stop fearing the Australian government paying us more AUD than it taxes us (a deficit). These deficits leave Australians with more money to spend, which means more jobs, better quality infrastructure, etc. It’s only when the govt cuts back – as it has over the past few years – that things start going pearshaped and employment opportunities dry up.

        By the government’s own modelling, the last few budgets (including under Labor) have increased unemployment – we’re unfortunately shooting ourselves in the foot, all on the irrational fear of the Australian government being the first govt in the world to be denied its own free floating currency by markets. So let’s stop doing that!

        Let’s instead push for a budget that aims for growth, for more jobs, and for better infrastructure, all making Australia a better place.

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    • When people make comments on Gillard “getting rid of Rudd” or refer to her as a backstabber i wonder if they realise a senior cabinet member doesn’t just walk into the PM’s office and say ‘righto, out you go i’m taking over” Julia Gillard was approached by the party and asked to consider becoming the new leader of the Labor party as they came to realise Rudd was a wrecking ball. Julia Gillard did not jump at the opportunity in fact the Party spent some time in convincing her she was the right person for the job. Eventually with the support of the party she agreed and then went and spoke to Rudd herself, face to face to let him know what was about to happen. As for Turnball…the man voted with his conscience…he crossed the floor on a climate change vote and Abbott challenged him in a confidence vote..he beat Malcolm by 1
      The fact that Abbott is now Prime Minister … lets me know we took some lessons from the US in election fraud

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    • I to am an aged pensioner before 2007 Rudd promise to give aged pensioners the same money regardless if we were single or married it did not happen Rudd gave us 2000 dollars told us to spend it that would help give the economy a boost I don’t whose I am sure China did our 500 dollar that we received every six months stopped pension over the last three years got smaller under Labour I remember the last one was just enough for tea and donut Turnbull is looking after the N B N Labour had Conroy looking after the man was talk .I am a 10 pound Scot I have lived in Australia for 48yrs I voted for Whitlam and Hawke I thought they both make bad decisions Whitlam with in 4yrs of him being P. M, T the price my house doubled Hawke made a bad mistake in reducing tariffs to allow cheaper foreign cars to come into Australia Fords was forced to lay of 1000 workers within two years RUDD GILLARD was the weakest government I have ever witnessed r

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      • Have you been naturalised yet? How can anyone who has lived in a country for forty eight years and claim another nationality be considered capable of constuctive comment? Get real and stop boasting of your bludgers ten pound fare. Suppose you didn’t pay union dues but always got paid an award wage.

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      • Interesting comments John. You just explained about governments.. they get some things right and some things wrong, some of the right things being exceptional, some of the wrong things being disastrous but that is what happens when you run a country. The LNP are trying to get us back into a position where storms can be weathered and it is a fine balance, how to grow the economy, jobs and infrastructure whilst lowering the rate at which we presently have to service debt.. Labour really have created the mess but are really not helping constructively to share the responsibility of getting us into a better position. Nice to read your comments, have a happy day.

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  5. Open & Accountable gov ? ? ? oops ! Someone broke a promise ? ? ? Oh that’s 80 plus promises ? ? ? & you said JG broke one promise ? ? ? By that account you are an even worse gov then ? ? ? Yr words ? ? Suppose yr not worried cos ova two yrs til bxt public accountability @ nxt election ? ? ? There are other means DD ? ? Even dopy sleepy racist pathetic aussies will get pissed off if you keep taking $ out of their pockets ? ? ? Don’t believe me ? ? ?well just keep pocking the bear & see what happens? ? ? Workers of Aust UNITE SOLIDARITY FOREVER COMRADES TO THE BARRACKADES UNITED WE STAND MARCH IN MARCH PEOPLE MAKE A STAND ! ! ! ! PROUD TO BE LABOR ALWAYS 🙂

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    • That is the trouble we have people in this country who will never ever vote for any other party besides Labor, Liberal the other parties like Greens Palmers United Part, Katters Party and others will eventually go the way of other parties and disappear. It is the thinking people of this country who decide which party they want in power and the thinking people made up their minds at the last federal election and overwhelmingly said we want a new government and that is a Liberal Government. The thinking people are called the swinging voters they are not the people who I have already said would not vote for any one else but for Labor or Liberal.

      Workers of Aust UNITE SOLIDARITY FOREVER COMRADES TO THE BARRACKADES UNITED WE STAND MARCH IN MARCH PEOPLE MAKE A STAND ! ! ! ! PROUD TO BE LABOR ALWAYS. Sounds a bit like Uncle STALIN how may people did he have murdered during his reign was it 50 or 60 million.

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      • Sorry Fred but you draw a very long bow indeed to equate Labour supporters with Stalinists. On the opposite side of the spectrum we have conservative supporters whose rantings could be equally aligned with facist and Nazi oppression (if we apply your logic). I know intelligent, lateral thinkers from both the centre left and centre right and some are committed to their parties and others like me are committed to neither side. I also frequently encounter swinging voters who have the IQ of a wombat and have no logical justifications for the way they vote. Unfortunately it is the idiot contingent of the swinging voters set that sets the politicial agenda.

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  6. Well the country is full of idiots just like him, we are going backwards faster than, they think they are going forward. Conservation! what? Multi culturism! your kidding, right…and so it goes on and on. Thanks for the update on his lunacy….

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  7. Thanks Sally. You have done us all a great service. This is a truly appalling list of failure and deception. I try to follow political events closely and I was amazed at how many retrograde actions have been taken that I had heard nothing about! Keep up the great work!

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    • The media except for the ABC (which Abbott wants to dismantle) is MURDOCH run, he has a rather large monopoly and control over most of our media,radio,news,newspapers television, then radio stations- Alan Jones etc
      closed reporting.Murdoch wants to purchase the ABC and that would be the end of free press.

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  8. “We are going to keep the promise that we actually made, not the promise that some people thought that we made, or the promise that some people might have liked us to make.”
    Abbot’s Surreptitious Promises fulfilled:
    1. Pay rises for aged care workers taken away – 13 September 2013
    2. Pay rises for childcare workers taken away – 13 September 2013
    3. Key ministerial positions of climate change and science abolished– 16 September 2013
    4. NBN new outcome plan as National Broadband Network – 12 Dec 2013

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  9. Seems obvious to me that just about all of the above needed to be done during Labor’s second term. If they had done half of it, they might have made it to a third term. Throwing billions of borrowed dollars away was such an obvious economic disaster that the even Labor and Greens voters wanted them gone.

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    • yet conservatives dont seem to have a problem with the fact that howard totally squandered, in easy times, more than twice what labor spent fighting off the worst financial crisis since the great depression?
      Its delusional or at very least total hypocrisy.
      The IMF has clearly identified our two most fiscally profligate and irresponsible periods of spending as both being during howards reign.
      He totally blew a massive $314 billion of $334 billion on absolutely bloody nothing. Giving it all away to relatively wealthy people that didnt need it.
      The massive $334 billion surplus was gifted to them from the mining boom and the flogging off of all our blue chip assets onl, not from good economic management.
      Howard could’ve set up and invested in future industries and jobs, spent on infrastructure, training and education programs, something? He may as well wiped his bum with it as it didn’t even buy them votes in the end.
      If he had left more than a measly 20 billion in the kitty labor would’ve had a decent buffer to handle the GFC and wouldn’t have needed to go into debt.
      Its like howard spent it all out of spite, so as not to leave labor with enough to do anything meaningful.
      At least labor spent on badly needed infrastructure to schools, hospitals, roads and public transport etc. At least they had a plan with a valid reason to spend from which we actually got some benefit. We basically got nothing from all those billions wasted by howard.
      It still amazes me that so many conservatives automatically pull out the debt and deficit and the bad economic manager spiels that were paramount in the abbott and murdoch plan to get tony elected. I dont accept that educated conservatives actually believe the economic emergency and bad management story. How could they? The vast majority of the worlds impartial economists applauded labor for their economic management during the GFC. Not only for the stimulus measures but for the gradual and responsible reductions in spending over a period of time. So as not to shock the economy or stall the recovery. All the true facts and data, unbiased expert opinion and analysis about our economy, debt and our ability to manage it are there for all to see. As opposed to the LNP , Murdoch & LNP supporters being the only ones purporting to the bad economic management story. Conveniently and hardly surprising, its only those with vested interests and everything to lose that insist labor governed badly. Surely educated conservatives ask themselves why is that so? I find the insatiable lust for surplus illogical and a huge con. The likening of our nation’s economy and the budget to the average familys household budget is ridiculous and hasnt helped the debate at all. Why do people have mortgages? Why do the wealthy borrow and use other peoples money with big projects and developments etc? Not all debt is bad as the sheeple have been brainwashed into believing. Debt can be a good thing if leveraged properly to create more wealth. Our debt levels are relatively small and well within our ability to manage. We should be utilising and taking advantage of our AAA rating . A good government will take the occasional calculated risk or two.

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      • mate you have hit the nail on the head so many times with your comment and everything you say is absolutely correct. Howards era was without doubt the most wasteful in our history and yet repeatedly you hear right wing nut jobs bang on about what a responsible fiscal manager he was. I used to fly the idiot from Canberra to Sydney daily because he REFUSED to live in the Lodge (15k round trip) and he would regularly sit up with us in the jump seat. The man was mad with power and he sold all of us down the stream in a desperate attempt to hang onto it. Labor could have down a better job of allocating/administering funds during the GFC but ultimately it did the job and we survived. The right wingers now actually believe that the GFC didnt even exist yet somehow cant explain why the US until recently was having to bail out their own economy to the tune of 50 odd billion a month. But what are you gonna do; until Labor starts fighting with the same venom and lies that the LNP use to get into power we are all going to have to endure repeated episodes such as the lunacy of Abbott and co.

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      • Thank goodness for people like Ben, who understand that this debt and deficit mantra is all rubbish and mostly espoused by people who have never run a business in their life. Most of the businesses on the Stock Exchange work on Borrowed Money, as do so many of the others right down to the smallest. Why use your own money when Interest Rates are so low, unlike when Howard was Treasurer in the Malcolm Fraser Government, with Interest Rates at 22% and being kicked out by the voters leaving a deficit of $9.6 Billion or $64 Billion in today’s terms. About twice what our actual Deficit is before Joe Hockey doubled it relying on a good interest return from the Reserve, full knowing that the economy was in good stead and his investment was safe. FactCheck agrees Hockey doubled the Deficit. TRUE! The belief that the Government Budget is like a Household Budget and so often used by Poiticians, is garbage as explained by Ben. Can a householder print money? Can he issue Bonds? The list goes on. I have friends who think this is true, “It’s like a family sitting around the kitchen table, working out how much to spend this week.” No it’s not, not even close. They also think the Labor Party is Communist. When I asked them to name one who is a Communist, they said “They all are. There’s nothing wrong with a True Liberal Party and I’ve voted for them on numerous occasions, even Fraser unfortunately. This is not a Liberal Party, it’s a Fascist Party installed by Big Business, the classic definition is The Corporatization of Government. Anyone wishing to read the economist’s explanation should go to http://theconversation.com/why-the-federal-budget-is-not-like-a-household-budget from Melbourne University. Good stuff Ben

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  10. Next Abbott will be telling the fools who voted for him he’s the best PM Australia has ever had, like his mate Costello the best Treasurer the world has seen. Both total jokes. Privatisation of the Australian Gov. He doesn’t want to pay for anything meaningful, education, health, etc., etc. What an absolute disgrace!!!

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    • Very much following the same sort policies that David Cameron has used in the UK to punish the less fortunate in the regions ,funnily enough both of them are Puppets of Murdoch and his friends such as Rinehart.
      Think the ABC are in a bit of trouble now ,this so called efficiency study is a Trojan Horse to call for the break up of the ABC or acquisition by The Murdoch Mafia .

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  11. He has also appointed his business advisor, Maurice Windsor, a known and vocal critic of wind farms to head up a “new” enquiry into alleged health effects on persons who live near them and just to make sure Abbott gets the answer he wants he has appointed two of his Liberal party mates to assist. They are ex Liberal MP’s who front a Lobby group who have campaigned against wind farms. Talk about bias and lack of procedural fairness. This ares wipe has rewritten the book.

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    • Don’t all governments do that appoint the people they want. What I have noticed a lot on this site is how followers of the Labor Party resort to name calling and abusive language just as you have.

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      • The name calling is no different than that which was used by LNP supporters on similar forums leading up to the last election, so please don’t accuse Labor supporters of something unless you and who you represent are without are without fault yourselves, something that you will never achieve.

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  12. Great work, it’s really useful to have this sort of list. Did you get (or did I just imagine) the 2013-14 MYEFO announcements:
    – not proceeding with the proposed tax on superannuation pension earnings over $100,000
    – the two year deferral of the Super Guarantee (SG) increase to 9.5%
    – revoking the $500 refund in contributions tax paid by low income earners
    – revoking the income support bonus
    – revoking the Schoolkids Bonus

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  13. You’ve got it all wrong!!! Tony is actually a paid up member of the labor party,paid by the unions to introduce policies and cuts to drive all the idiot swingers who voted conservative at the last election to go back to their labor roots at the next election. Watch and see how successful he will be!! (Oh dear, Its time for me to go and take my next happy pill!)

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    • Wow! Now there’s a different spin on things. Whatever pills you’re having can you post me some? Whatever, I sincerely hope it is just a one term government – I’d like to say he’s a moron but that would only be impugning the good name of morons.

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    • Not only the idiot swinging voters but also the gullible fools AND the treacherous distabilizing Kevin Rudd. I suspect this man will ‘go down in infamy’.

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  14. I am under the assumption that they gave the National Reserve Bank $8 Bil to make the next treasury report look worse as well. As well as giving other money out for the same reason.
    Unwanted and un-needed.
    Please correct me if I am wrong, I just remember somewhere hearing about it.

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  15. Thank you Sally, I think that you are fulfilling a very important role. However, my role and others like me, is to continue the dissemination of this information, far and wide so that public awareness is raised and the government (particularly PM Abbott) recognises that in the long run they will be answerable for their actions. Medicare, ABC and the environment are my particular concernsJan D

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  16. Very grateful for this list… thank you for such diligent research.
    They say you get the politicians you deserve? No-one deserves this …

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  17. During the election campaign didn’t Abbott follow O’Farrell’s lead & actually state that he was making a contract with the people of Australia?? If this was the case & he has broken so many promises why take a class action law suit out against Abbott & against the liberal paty both for breach of contract. Once this happens the Tony Abbott would be financially ruined, the liberal party would be financially ruined, or close to it & on top of this NO POLITICAL PARTY would ever be able to break an election promise in fear of the same happenning to them.

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    • I don’t think I can say the inquiry itself is “wrecking”, unless he has appointed a critic to conduct the inquiry. If he acts after the findings come down, then it will go on the list

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  18. I really want to share this amazing catalog of horrors, the fb “share” wont work. I want to forward this information to friends who can use it to try and stem the tide, I don’t do twitter,

    can you provide a link or a means of forwarding this information with the links to articles.
    thank you

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  19. Thank you Sally, for doing this. When the LNP won a friend said, “Oh well, its only three years. They’ll only last one term with Abbott at the helm. How much damage can they do in three years? ” To which I responded, “Just you wait and see, This mob are vandals. They can do untold damage to our civil, institutional and service communities in a very short space of time.” Its not a nice feeling to be so vindicated. I have kept a copy of Anne Junor’s (UNSW) analysis of the LNP budget wish list, and disseminate it wherever possible to show people that, belated as it was, what the LNP planned to do was public knowledge prior to the election, for those who wanted to see it. We have to March in March 2014, everyone HAS to get out on the street for this, because Labor need to know there is enough support out there for them to seek a Double Dissolution trigger before the LNP get control over the Senate in June.

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  20. Abbott has cost Australians more jobs than people are always accusing the Greens of. I have never been more afraid of a Govt in my life and I fear for the future of all Australians who aren’t part of the big corporate world. I would not be surprised if we don’t end up in a war or as victims of terrorism, the way Abbott is going. God help us.

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  21. You forgot ..cut disaster relief payments ON THE NIGHT the disaster that burnt 200 houses to the ground and damaged many more in yellow rock and winmallee…REFUSED to waive DA fees for rebuild..took NINE weeks to send the promised assistance for cleanup and make safe..took away ALL disaster releif for businesses..

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  22. Sally, you and your readers may be interested to read this posting on the Institute of Public Affairs website, co-authored by our new Human Rights Commissioner. I must be very naive because I honestly did not think we had this kind of right-wing extremism in Australia. This is an extremist document – and Tony Abbott has already put 16 of the 75 points into action. You may want to add some of them to your list. We should all be concerned about Abbott’s intention to abolish the renewable energy target – this creates real jobs in this country and reduces pollution. Instead, he favours the interests of coalmine owners, many of whom are not even resident in Australia, so even though he seems to value money above all else, the bulk of profits will not stay here. But wherever the profits go, the emitted CO2 will be shared, to our shame, with the world.

    http://ipa.org.au/publications/2080/be-like-gough-75-radical-ideas-to-transform-australia

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  23. Sally, I am so glad you posted this! The real question now is, what can we, as people who are clearly against our Governments actions and policies do about it? This is our lives and the lives of countless others and I know I’m certainly not content to sit by and allow it to continue. So, realistically, (and I’m really looking for suggestions here), besides spreading the word- what can individual citizens do? History has showed us for centuries what a single leader is capable of doing and as citizens, we have got to act and the sooner the better!

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    • A poor family has no choice but to buy goods made in China or elsewhere. The major problem is the embracement of free market policies that first began under PJK then have been extended by every government since. Band Aid solutions will not fix the issues of high a casual workforce, a move to unskilled non productive jobs for the lowest paid and a lack of fiscal security for average Australians. In 1972 the poverty rate in Australia was 6.2%. Today it is 12.8%, those earning less than 50% of the mean income is now 14%. During the years since PJK the Aussie workforce like most other english speaking western nations has increased productivity but still the floodgates are open for factories going overseas. To turn this around we do not need do anything but force importers to sell goods at a “fair price” via imposing tariffs and investment in growing a manufacturing base. The ALP like the LNP embrace “the free market’ with both supporting the TPP. The most secure time for Australians (not the best time for minorities or the disenfranchised) like the UK and the USA was from 1950 to about 1986. Since then there has been a steady decline in the basic living conditions of average Aussies.

      Yes the wealth of Australia has improved and the wealth of the most wealthy has dramatically improved. But in the Two major cites that hold 50+ % of all Australians the average Police Officer and Nurse cannot afford a mortgage. Rents are simply too high to allow a young person a chance of saving for the future. And both sides of politics are demanding that we work longer, work less securely and that our taxes pay for those on high incomes tax breaks in superannuating returns for their retirement. Where the simple policy of not having forced “super’ at all and increasing taxation towards funding a real pension could have provided for all people.

      The average wage earner can switch jobs up to 20 times now in a lifetime, with every company having a separate “super” accounts each with different fees and charges. Those fees and charges eat at the lowest the most hard and due to the poorest among us having the least education asking them to manage a life of casual incomes and frequent changes in employment is impossible. Both the LNP and the ALP know this. The Greens are ineffective on selling any fiscal measure so are ignored. The ALP embraced free market soft, the LNP embraced free market hard. On that count the LNP is at least consistent. They actually believe this disaster is better for the community. The ALP on the other hand embraced the marketplace and now lies to itself that if only they changed X or Y things will be better. We now have 30 years of proof it does not work.

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  24. Awesome Sally! Would there be a similar list for the Labor govt too? I reckon we should all withdraw our labour for a day or two & see how that impacts their cosy little world….. Grrrrrrr

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    • Well Mary, if you’re so concerned about providing a list of ALP crimes, why don’t you get yourself off your shiny bum, and get cracking. You people make all sorts of stupid allegations, but don’t provide any evidence or data. You expect someone else to do it for you. Go get an education lady, you are in sore need of one.

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  25. Thank you Sally. I’m so glad you are doing this – your project is the reading of a giant Lie Detector. We all must share this – I don’t use FB but will share as much as I can with Twitter. Every Australian needs to see this.

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    • My Irish husband came here on 457 visa in 2008 and is now Permanent Resident…he saw what had happened to Britain and to Ireland with the collapse of the Celtic Tiger. Couldn’t believe that Australian voters would risk a strong economy and progress toward Climate Change action, the environment etc by voting in Abbott who is right wing Thatcherite with a history of violence toward women and has publicly supported a convicted paedophile. Still reeling in shock at the election result (Libs lost, but slinked into office through their coalition with the National Party) and the destruction of our nation.

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  26. Blue on blue attack, Just like the ABC this is not in Australia’s best interest either Tony and Rupert. Government MP Sharman Stone Has Accused Her Bosses, Joe Hockey And Tony Abbott, Of Lying Over Industry Awards

    Simon Thomsen Today at 10:59 AM  
    Treasurer Joe Hockey has been accused of lying by Liberal backbencher Dr Sharman Stone over his SPC claims. Photo: Getty Images

    Dr Sharman Stone, the federal MP for the Victorian seat of Murray, where SPC Ardmona is based, has just upped the ante on her fight to save the canning factory with financial support from the federal Government, accusing Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Treasurer Joe Hockey of lying over the terms and conditions of workers at the Shepparton factory.

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  27. Great work keep it up Sally, what about Greg Hunt providing the WA govt with an exemption to include at risk shark species in their cull.

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  28. They must’ve gotten to her . She’s now denying that she said they were lying . Typical Lieberal , say one thing today , tomorrow say you didnt .

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    • I’m updating for the sharks. The dumping on the Barrier Reef is in there. They approved it last year, it was the Authority who gave the final go ahead last week

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      • Sally, how about including the fact that the Immigration Website now refers to asylum seekers as ‘Illegal Maritime Arrivals (IMA) and that any visa application will not be assessed before 3 years.

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  29. Possibly the worst prime minister this country has ever seen .Voted in only the gullible who watch main stream media the same media who paid for abbots campaign because he is all about destroying middle class so the super rich get richer the rest of us become slaves to abbots corporate agenda .This guy is the George W Bush of Australia -ultra religious incapable of accepting actual scientific facts ,it is our duty put the word out so tony bush ….um George abbot doesn’t see a second term !

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    • Oh my god! I always say that Tony Abbott’s the George Bush of Australia! Thank you! There are smart people in Australia! :’D

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