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.


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 –  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


  1. Strange is it not that when some protester held up a sign that said Ditch the Bitch labor part people were up in arms and yet you call ABBOTT a mongrel dog and you think that is okay rules for one and rules for another.


  2. It would matter who was the leader of the liberal party in fact the leader of any party they would in your eyes be useless except of course your beloved Labor Party. They could sent the country broke and they would be right in everything they did. Wake up listen to what others say without dismissing it because it does not say that Labor is the greatest thing since sliced bread.


  3. Here is some more from the protector of Australia, and it sounds like democracy only applies if it gets them elected. Once in power, it is lie, and cheat, and weasel through the agenda of the corporations that you owe, big time:

    Just one day after Labor, the Greens and the Palmer United Party teamed up to stop foreign workers being employed on maritime crew visas, Liberal Senator Michaelia Cash has used an obscure legislative instrument to reverse the Senate’s decision.

    “This disgraceful move replaces Australian jobs with positions available only to overseas workers with visa conditions that don’t give them the protections Australian workers are entitled to,” said ACTU Secretary Dave Oliver.

    “Maritime crew visas were never intended for use in the offshore resources industry.

    It’s a loophole being used to exploit workers. It was there to bring in Filipino, Indonesian seafarers not on Australian wages and conditions.

    It means foreign workers can be employed in Australian waters and be paid as little as $1,000 a month.

    Full story here:


  4. Peter,
    I Can’t help but notice your five fruitless hours of job searching before you wound up here. I sympathize, it cannot be easy under the present neoconservative regime.

    Considering Abbott’s destruction of the auto industry (not entirely to blame, I know, but certainly in part,) the likely increasing overseas employment base of QANTAS, and now the impending demise of not just Australian maritime employees, but also the shipyards, since Australian shipyards will not be permitted to bid on two major new vessels, you have to wonder just who he had in mind when he promised increased employment.

    It certainly was not you, and certainly not the rest of us.


    • Thanks JDC for the thoughtful and knowledgeable posts. It’s a pleasure to read them and gives a great standard for other readers to follow. Some posts are just too silly to even bother with, but they are limited to a couple of individuals, so easy to avoid even reading them. Wonderful site to highlight the lies of a Fascist Government, and if you don’t believe me, look up the meaning, they tick every box!


    • Actually, I rather enjoy seeing them come out of the woodwork, if only to see the extent of the absurdities that they bring to the table in justification of the really nasty piece of work that they put into undeserved power.


      • Larry you moron. Mars is further from the sun, on the other side of the asteroid belt. Denial is very irresponsible way to debate.


  5. Bloody hell George you appear to be on a roll keep it up and I am sure you will run out of the bull you are saying.


    • He has a point, Fred, and considering the amount of material that Abbott keeps feeding him, it will be a long time before he runs out.

      Now do you have something specific to say, or do you just want hurl meaningless and not particularly intelligent invective around?


  6. What percentage of IT specialists warned the world would end if Billions were not spent fixing up the computers of the world for Y2K and what happened to the computers that were not fixed up absolutely nothing.


    • Fred,
      Are you sure you are even in the right forum? apart from the fact that it happened the better part of 15 years ago, not even I would blame Abbott for it. Nor Rudd, nor Keating, nor Howard, maybe Malcolm Turnbull, who actually knows very little about IT, but still really not very likely. It was bit of foolishness that started as a silly rumour and grew wings, deluding the population at large.

      The only possible connection that I can make is the vague resemblance to the Australian national debt “crisis,” that Abbott cooked up, and a gullible population swallowed without a second thought.

      But, possible though the connection is, I can’t see why you of all people would make it, unless of course there is a glimmer of light starting to shine for you, or, and more likely, you just ran out of bull first. George wins! Good on you George!


      • It was a rumor, but also based on our tcp/ip protocol where based on the math we would run out of specific IP4 addresses globally. So basically an IT tech would have realized the dilemma we would have faced, someone not IT would have caught wind and thought all our electronic devices that use the internet like airplane tracking etc would make airplanes drop from the sky and motorized doors not open, and then it basically took a life of it’s own. It’s all fine now though we have IPV6 but we may not need it considering fibre uses different type of networking protocol.


    • I know this is off-topic Fred, and I’m not sure what your point is here, but I was directly involved in Y2K and the IT industry then, and that’s precisely why nothing major happened, because the industry spent many years fixing computer systems before the problems occurred. Do some real research before you go around spouting bullshit!


    • You must be related or employed by Abbott Fred. You speak the same ignorant rubbish at any rate. *shrug* There WAS a y2k problem, but as always, the media loves to sensationalize anything that could make Jaws look like Nemo. In any case, your ignorant comment has nothing whatever to do with this post.


  7. I have asked this question repeatedly. I have seen that Credlin refused the FOI re this. I am not versed enough in proceedings to know what else to do. Do you have any ideas? Someone (?) said that the British Registry does not show where he has renounced his British nationality (who knows?) Is there any way this can be checked? Una


    • Una, are you saying that you know for sure that if he still has British Citizenship he cannot be Australian Prime Minister?


  8. This sounds similar to the goings on about OBAMA and talk that he was not American I wonder if the same people who are having a go at ABBOTT were the ones who had a go at OBAMA. Oh no I forgot ABBOTT is not on the same side of politics as OBAMA.


    • Fred what’s your point here, or is there some prize for the greatest irrelevancy? The ones going after Obama were the foaming at the mouth rabid right wing in the US, such as Glen Beck and Rush Limbaugh, and their devotees. These are the downright cretinous serial liars employed by Abbott’s patron, Rupert Murdoch, and I doubt they even know where Australia is. Also, since Abbott is a member of an, in name only “Liberal,” their most hated word, party, they probably think he is a wild eyed bolshevik. The irony is inescapable.

      To be POTUS, you do have to be born in the USA, true. To be PM of OZ, you just have to be able to get an Australian passport, which I have no doubt Abbott has, and Julia Gillard too, who was also born in the UK.

      Actually, it is only that the American Right wing is so far shifted to the right that it makes Obama look a bit left. He is really a middle of the road moderate.


  9. 6 August 2014
    But he (Tony Abbott) bristled when asked if other key election commitments, including his prized paid parental leave scheme, might also be dumped.

    ”You’re trying to say the current government is as bad as the Gillard government, we’re not. We are a government that takes its commitments seriously,” he said.

    Read more:

    he must be delusional to say that!


    • Bob,
      The paid parental leave scheme was never really believable, especially when you consider the target audience. The very people who were targeted by the “debt crisis,” which they could mentally link to the interest on their visa card, were also targeted in this “You young, dumb, suckers, vote for us, and we will shovel money at you.” crudest of blunt axes.

      The actual cost was way too high for it to actually happen, as 30 seconds with a calculator can show, so the Coalition knew that they would never have to find the money, which is why they never actually budgeted it. It simply did not matter.

      And consider the response from Twiggy Forrest, and the others, good xtians all (or mostly) who pull Abbott’s chain, who might worry about seeing their tax free diesel fuel suddenly get taxed so people could stay away from work to have children? Huh?

      No, that pig was never going to fly, but it did get some votes, and sadly from those who stand to be most damaged by the neo con nastiness that they were duped into believing.


      • With apologies for replying to my own post, and while I take no real pleasure in noting the date and time of another lie/broken promise that I correctly forecast on the 14th of August, please LNP people, look at what is happening.

        Next prediction, and another easy one, as one who lived through the Gorton-McEwen- Holt-McMahon back stabbing, Abbott will be next.

        While maintaining the “Flash as a rat with a gold tooth” stance, it is becoming obvious that it never was gold, and without Murdoch’s support, he is a dead man walking. This support is already weakening, because all Murdoch cares about is maintaining a neo-conservative government of greed, wherein the poor will subsidize the rich, and if Abbott cannot guarantee it’s continuity, he will be wiped like a dirty bum.


  10. To be fair, the failure to keep the Bolt amendments is probably a good promise to fail to keep. List is still looking good Sally.


    • The problem isn’t with the broken promise. Most of the left agree it was a good decision. The problem is that they kept hammering that they would be a trustworthy government, and not break any promises like the last one, and when they finally admit to actually breaking one, they say they should be supported for it, which is the biggest load of bulls*** hypocrisy I’ve seen in my short life.


  11. Does using the MH-17 disaster to divert attention from the budget and increase polling (basically using it for political motives,something Vladimir Putin himself spoke out against) count for the list?


  12. I did read that you cannot retain citizenship of another country in the Australian Constitution on the Commonwealth Government website.


  13. Hey Fred, remember all those idiots who said we were going to have holes in the ozone layer right over Australia if all the fluorocarbons were not removed from use? Yes and they were going to get bigger and bigger and cause all sorts of problems. Stupidly most countries listened and got rid of the dangerous gasses.
    Remember when it was common to use lead in paint and petrol? and that was harming child causing brain damage and other serious problems. What a bunch of idiots those scientists were. But the stupid governments all over the world listened to them and sorted that problem.
    What about asbestos? Stupid scientists! Hope you don’t own a house in Canberra or NSW and got Mr Fluffy insulation, who is going to pay for the hundreds of houses affected, the Government then didn’t do anything about it, I think they were a Liberal Government.
    I bet you even know of some examples Fred. Now have a really good think about your family, your children, grandchildren and the rest of society.


  14. […] Since coming to power, Tony Abbott, in less than a year, has launched a devastating attack on Australia’s environment. He abolished the ministerial posts of climate change and science. He abolished the climate commission. He provided 2.2 million in legal aid for farmers and miners to fight native title claims. He abolished the Maritime Workforce Development Forum, an industry body working to build a sustainable skills base for the maritime industry. He abandoned emission reduction targets. He Removed the community’s right to challenge decisions where the government has ignored expert advice on threatened species impacts.He approved the largest coal port in the world in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. He approved Clive Palmer’s mega coal mine in the Galilee Basin. He overturned the “critically endangered” listing of the Murray Darling Basin. He began dismantling Australia’s marine protection system. He Requested the delisting of World Heritage status for Tasmanian forests so that logging could begin again. He defunded all international environmental programs. He exempted Western Australia from national environment laws. He Axed funding earmarked to save the Sumatran rhinoceros from extinction. He overturned a ban on cattle grazing in the Victorian Alpine National Park. He cut 480 jobs from the Environment Department. He Terminated the Office of Water Science research programme. He Slashed the Biodiversity Fund. Finally, he axed australia’s carbon tax replacing it with nothing. Indeed the list of Abbots crimes are so long and so heinous, I recommend checking out the full list. […]


  15. It is now four days since Joe Hockey’s amazing and revealing statement that the “poor either don’t have cars, or don’t drive as much.” And it has not popped up here. I guess it has taken us all four days to pick ourselves up off the floor and shake off our disbelief that he could be so stupid.

    Not stupid in what he said. The neo-conservative attitude that the “poor,” defined as anybody who is not “rich” being simply a resource by which the rich can become richer has been transparently obvious for a long time.

    But stupid for not putting on his disguise, stupid for displaying publicly his remarkable arrogance, stupid for demonstrating his utter bloody ignorance of how the bulk of the people in Australia live, and compounding his stupidity by first defending his absurd statement, then crawling on his ample belly on friendly radio thinking that will make it all better.

    Murdoch and the LNP will do their darndest to paper over this, and may well succeed in part. They are better at bullshit than anything else, after all. It will be massively up to Shorten to make sure, come election day, that Hockey’s sneering face, and his scornful tirade are seen again and again as people go to the polls.

    Leaving aside the basic truth that one dollar more out of your pocket leaves a bigger hole if you earn $30,000 than two dollars if you earn $150,000, assuming that Hockey is right, which I doubt, and you do use more petrol.

    The mining industry, the puppeteers who pull Abbott’s strings, enjoy a $2,000,000,000 subsidy for diesel fuel that effectively all the rest of the tax payers in the country, Sally, and I, and even Fred, have to make up in what is of course yet another new tax, and of course another broken promise. Previous attempts to trim some of the fat off this pork were unsuccessful because “It was essential to the industry.”

    I bet. And the same Twiggy Forest whose hand is out for this subsidy is the person who wants the poor to receive food stamps instead of welfare payments.

    It is not just that I disagree with these people. More and more, they deeply disgust me.


    • Bill Shorten needs to be more forceful. I do not think he is standing up enough. It seems like he is missing in action. We have to get rid of Abbott. I wish Labor would block supply.


    • Twiggy Forrest. Rich white guy telling young black people how to spend their money after he’s dug up their land and made a fortune. Sounds about right hey?


  16. Aw shucks Robert, thank you for the kind words.

    It is interesting when you read these posts how many people from different fields of endeavour are being brutalised by the quintessential nastiness of the LNP and their cronies, Rupert Murdoch of course being the arch crook involved.

    I am (obviously) in a maritime field, and hoping to retire soon on the not very generous hand out from my grateful government for my very limited involvement long ago in saving Vietnam from the Vietnamese.

    I will be OK, just, but my kids will sadly struggle in a progressively neo-con world, and when you look at the ruthless antics of the GOP in the US of A, who make Abbott look nearly sane, you realize that this trend is not just Australian.

    And I cannot imagine the world that my grand children will inherit.


  17. Is there a site that tracked the broken promises from our previous government? I am interested in how many there have been since Gillard got in, not just Abbott…


    • We’ll no one has been able to come up with any credible policy criticism of Julia Gillard, people didn’t like her hair, her arse, her speaking voice. Oh and a lot of people didn’t like her taking action to tackle pollution in Australia but none of that is credible in my eyes.


    • The simple truth is we dodged a bullet by not electing Kevin Rudd. Rudd was a disaster the first time around and would have been worse the second time. Thank God the Australian people elected Tony Abbott.


      • Sorry, this is not the simple truth but rather a simple thought. Apart from the fact that we don’t elect persons unlike in the US, our political system is set up as a 2 party preferred system, but it has more than 2 parties to offer.
        Just look over the fence mate, you’d see some brilliant politicians from a third party that is gaining strength for good reasons.
        Many are voting for a party outside the traditional ALP/LNP choice, (similar to the “Holden or Ford?” question of rev-heads) because the traditional parties have lost some or all of their connection to the people.
        Why would anyone vote for WORSE only because of the apparent BAD?
        To speak in rev-head terms: There are Lancias, BMWs, Renaults, Subarus, …


  18. I feel privileged to by mentioned by you JDC and yes I am one of the poor one’s who will have to shell out 1 cent extra for petrol but that excise according to politicians is not a tax it is an excise and I believe it was HOWARD who froze it all those years ago. I just hope it goes into paying of the massive debt that Labor left. When you think about it it is a bit like the Carbon Tax that was not a Tax but you call an excise a Tax.


  19. Actually mate I represent no one I dislike politicians from all persuasions I believe the majority are in it for what they can get out of it and or the power they get from being a politician. What we need are Politicians who look beyond the next election and the ones we have from all sides at the moment fall into the category of waiting for the next election.


  20. The deficit is now nearly three times bigger than when labour was in office. Even then it was less than in the Menzies era. The deficit is a smoke screen to take from the workers, poor, sick, disabled, schools, health and welfare.


  21. […]  Sally McManus itemises the coalition’s 282 broken promises. It may be a record for a government in its first year of office. Little wonder then, that opinion polls show a record low in popularity for Abbott’s adults in charge for their first year. And a mounting anger and frustration with a government that appears to have no clear agenda beyond the maintenance of power. […]


  22. i lament the present state of politics at present, my beloved Liberal party is a joke, i dispair at our hard right ethos and can only encourage the labour party to be a valid alternative, leaving in turn the Rudd/Gillard period behind, it did no one any good.


  23. You may wish to add this item: the promised referendum about aboriginal recognition in his first term is out the window.


  24. I might have these in your great list (kudos to you), his continued efforts to allow logging in the World Heritage listed Tasmanian forests, allowing the shark culling in WA against all world recommendations and no longer supporting Australian waters as a whale hunting free sanctuary


  25. […] The first statement can be found here. The parts below that appear between quotation marks have been extracted from that statement. My comments appear, in Italics, after each statement. For a main reference I have relied on a running blog being kept by Sally McManus: Tracking Abbott’s Wreckage. […]


  26. Thank you for this list Sally.

    I wondered if the merger of the Australian Administrative Appeals Tribunal (“AAT”) with the Social Security Appeals Tribunal, Refugee Review Tribunal, Migration Review Tribunal and Classification Review Board under the AAT name had been completed.


  27. Apart from that he is a good bloke though right?
    For a political terrorist that is.
    The real threat to the Australian way of life.


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