breaking promises feature


Tony Abbott has been in power since 7 September 2013. From that moment, he and his government have broken promises and hurt Australians. This post will be regularly updated to keep track of the Abbott Government’s broken promises and everything his Government does to hurt Australians. Each separate item will have a link to a source. Broken promises appear in bold and in a separate list at the end.


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 while ruling out increasing taxes to pay for –  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 — Connection Interviews and Job Seeker Workshops and the Experience+ Career Advice initiative – 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 $25million over 4 years or a quarter of the 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 school 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. Undermines Medicare by imposing a $7 fee increase for GP visits – 13 May 2014

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

142. Scraps 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. Defunds 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 sceptic 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 for 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 from 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 legal service 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 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.


  1. 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

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

  3. 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.

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  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

    1. 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.

    2. 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.

  8. 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…

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

    1. 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.

    2. 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?

  11. 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.

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

  13. 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?

  14. 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.

    1. 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.

  15. 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!

    1. 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.

  16. 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.

    1. 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.

  17. 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

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

  18. 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.

    1. 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!

      1. 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.

    2. 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!

    3. 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.

  19. 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.

    1. 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?

    1. 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.

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

  20. 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.

    1. 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!

  21. 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:

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. True but the previous government was only held together because of a few indpendants where as this government can govern in its own right.

    1. Wrong Fred, the previous government ruled passed hundreds of pieces of legistlation because it could negotiate outcomes even though it didn’t have a majority. All the opposition could do was oppose and whinge. This feral Government can’t govern, it has only passed a handful of legistlation because it cannot not negotiate. It’s a shambles. It’s main argument is it’s everybody else’s fault. It’s the beginning of the end.

  25. Could that be because every time they try to get legislation through the senate they are blocked by what is left of the labor party, the greens and some of the minor parties who let labor put through anything they liked oh and don’t forget PUP he only does things that suit him.

    1. Therefore no mandate, get it Fred? That’s democracy. Labour succeeded because they could negotiate, there is nothing stopping the LNP except their own incompetence.

    2. Fred,
      PUP actually voted against, to my mild surprise, the Abbott move that I posted about to get Australian seamen and women off our coastal shipping, and replace them with low paid and poorly protected foreign substitutes.

      This something that would have benefited personally Clive Palmer’s coal exporting activities, so it is a bit unfair to say that he “only does things that suit him.”

  26. All of this funding is for the wayward left who really are fake as can be , charging for the climate after climate gate proved it was all a scam and a fraud . C02 does not cause heat you morons , MARS IS 95% C02 AND ITS – 80 C . Look at the waste you people cost us , and where were any of you when this bill came up ? Australian journalists could face prosecution and jail for reporting Snowden-style revelations about certain spy operations, in an “outrageous” expansion of the government’s national security powers, leading criminal lawyers have warned.

    A bill presented to parliament on Wednesday by the attorney general, George Brandis, would expand the powers of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (Asio), including creation of a new offence punishable by five years in jail for “any person” who disclosed information relating to “special intelligence operations”.

    The person would be liable for a 10-year term if the disclosure would “endanger the health or safety of any person or prejudice the effective conduct of a special intelligence operation”.

    Special intelligence operations are a new type of operation in which intelligence officers receive immunity from liability or prosecution where they may need to engage in conduct that would be otherwise unlawful. NOWHERE TO BE SEEN . YOU LOT STAND FOR NOTHING .

    1. Larry,
      Leaving the rest alone, for now, the utter vacuous stupidity of your first point beggars belief, and is valuable only to show the extent of the foolishness that is actually confused with reason in the ranks of the climate deniers, including Tony Abbott.

      You might like to consider the facts that not only is Mars 188,300,000 kilometers further from the big bright thing in the sky than we are, but also, that the CO2, while dominant, is really hardly there at all, in fact atmospheric pressure at the surface of Mars is 0.6% that of ours. Possibly it is the reason that the temperature on Mars is not -180^, instead of the relatively warm -80^.

      Please come back when you have an argument that is worth a response.

    2. Second point Larry,
      Thank you for this with respect to George Brandis, as nasty a little twerp as any in the cadre of creeps that define the Abbott government.

      Why it has not appeared here, I cannot tell you. I agree it belongs. A small point that can be made is that the blog tries to be specifically about broken promises as distinct from general complaints. Were it general, it would be much, much longer than its already impressive length.

      I will also admit to being one of the worst offenders at diverting the prime thrust of the blog.

      See, we can agree on something, but your first argument really was pretty silly.

    3. Larry, saying that “MARS IS 95% C02 AND ITS – 80 C” just goes to prove that even though all humans have a brain it doesn’t mean that all of them are intelligent.

      I also believe it proves that any intelligence whatsoever which might be found in the COALition should be called Special Intelligence, since it would be a very rare and special thing indeed!

    4. Larry if 97% of scientists are telling you something that could be catostraphic for your life and you choose believing the 3% that say “you’ll be right mate” and you believe that 3% you could be living in a fools paradise.

  27. Funny how all the crazies are saying what a good job Abbott is doing and how it was the will of the majority that he got voted in, but yet you can’t seem to get anyone to admit voting for the mongrel dog.

    1. What has happened to Roof Top Solar feed in tariffs now that the “carbon tax” has been abolished?
      Is it true that the rates will be eliminated now?

  28. Sure hope they have, before it’s too late fro this country and it costs us even more than he has already to repair the damage!

  29. I actually agree with these Church, and other charities paying tax if they can pay some of the heads of these so called charities hundreds of thousands of dollars a year then they should pay tax.

  30. I doubt very much that any Liberal or even Labor supporters would like humanity going back to the days of living in caves that would be the Greens who appear to vote with the labor party.

    1. Fred, you seem to forget it’s the aptly named COALition which wants this nation to live in the dark ages like Neanderthals and keep burning coal forever for our energy needs instead of using modern day cleaner and cheaper sources of energy.

      Then there’s internet via copper wires! hahahahahaha

      Welcome to the COALition’s dark ages.

      No wonder they want to take money from the education system. They are afraid some of the offspring of their blind followers might find out the Earth is not flat!

      Next they’ll have us using the old style solid rubber tyres instead of pneumatic ones.
      Or perhaps that’s too modern and they should be wooden should they Fred?

      Enlighten us Fred, like the bright glow of the COALition’s candle!

    2. Abbott and his powerful, greedy mates wouldn’t give a hoot if people lived in caves. Abbott would say, “shit happens” because his god told him everybody has their place.

    1. Instead of 0% accuracy as to what Abbott and his mob say. I’ve worked out when Abbott lies, when he opens his mouth.

  31. No one has challenged a British citizen (Abbott) becoming prime minister of Australia.
    I thought a person in politics in this country had to give up his allegence to his/her former
    country. To my knowledge Abbott has not and therefore under our constitution is forbidden from even entering politics.There are around 30 dual nationals alone on the Liberal party who appear not to have given up their dual nationaties!

    Gough was right, “may God save the Governor General”,
    after all the governer general’s duty is to ensure allegence to Australia and none else.

  32. 266 !! says the japanese soldiers fought “honorably” when refering to their was with China just prior to WW2 !! During his visit to Japan where yet another job killing free trade agreement was signed! CHEAP CARS EVERYONE! woohooo

  33. Thank you for this ! It is easy to lose track of the details. Every week it just gets worse…

    A motion at the Liberal party’s federal council meeting to strip eco-charities of the same rights permitted to other charities, including tax-deductible donations was unanimously endorsed.’

    Coupled with this action Murdoch/IPA announcing that the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission is to be abolished.

    The ACNC is the independent national regulator of charities in Australia a Labor initiative that is working to lift levels of accountability and transparency and supported by over 80% of Australia’s 600,000 charities and Not for Profit organizations.

    Abbott removed all funding for the legal centre, the Environmental Defenders Office whose input to proposed legislation, submissions, legal reports and their community liaison/ legal advice to Australians with concerns over CSG etc is vital for those seeking legal representation and/or appeals.

    And Brandis moves to remove access to free legal assistance in Australia- community legal centres will be unable to use their federal funding to progress law reform or advocate on policy.

    Governing by stealth – silence the voice of opposition while hiding behind a cloak of secrecy.

    If anyone is not worried about this Abbott regime, they’re simply not paying attention.

    1. this website is a “green” piece of BS. If you believe the claims of this website without doing your own research to find the “REAL” facts then you are an ignorant and brainwashed person. Most of the listed “so called complaints” are actually very logical and common sense decisions and I support them. There are a lot of claims on this site which don’t have supporting documentation or the context of these comments. Anyone can take a sentence and twist it into a story. I recommend that if you are serious about the truth and the future of Australia then websites like this one are not the place to base your opinions.

      1. And you would suggest, I presume, the Murdoch press and Murdoch’s Fox news, bastions of objective and truthful reporting that they are?

  34. This is a website I’ve been searching for since Tony Abbott became Prime Bully. Thank you to Sally and all the other contributors for shining a light on the dark and nefarious world of the LNP and its figurehead(s).

    Bullies, either individuals or groups, use force, threats, or coercion to abuse, intimidate, or aggressively impose domination over others perceived to be weaker than themselves. They justify their behaviour on the grounds of the superiority of their class, race, religion, gender, sexuality, social stratum, history, appearance or worldview (dogma, ideology).

    There is considerable evidence that bullying (the need to dominate) is an evolutionary trait useful for ensuring group cohesion through conformity (controlling anyone who is outside the accepted group norm) that also confers advantages to the bully through enhanced status or access to resources, or both. The need to dominate is evident throughout nature, and when an individual displays it as unequivocally, as enthusiastically, as Mr Abbott and his ilk, nothing is going to change them.

    In this instance, at least half of the Australian body politic supports a wholly different worldview than Abbot and is cronies, both in and outside of government. It is important, therefore, that Australians do not allow ourselves to become victims. We must fight for a vision different from the one LNP neoliberals are pushing us toward. Maintaining a list like this helps identify the bullies’ tools and dogma so we can push back.

    1. The COALition can destroy our great country and are doing so rapidly, but they can never destroy the good thoughts and strong will of the people! We (somehow) will survive this and go forward again one day when they are gone.

      1. I though the good thoughts and strong will of the people was exercised last year when they kicked out the incompetent Labor government or does the majority of people not count in your eyes.

        1. According to Thomas Jefferson “A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine”. On the same topic, Benjamin Franklin wrote most succinctly “Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch.”

          Labor understandably lost the confidence of the people with its characteristic infighting and lack of a unifying leader. They still lack a true leader, but a three-legged black dog with a bad attitude would be an improvement on this unprincipled Luddite. The polls are clearly indicating that the majority have already recognised their collective error.

          1. Polls can say anything all you do is ask the question the right way and in the right place and you get the answer you want. I just wonder how many off those people who were asked will actually transfer their reply to a vote.

            I don’t think it was just the infighting with labor people realised that it was a tired lost government. I gather by your remarks about ABBOTT that you think that RUDD, GILLARD and now SHORTEN were/are principled people. As they say just watch his space.

        2. Fred, three years before the great majority of Australians voted in a Labour Government and all they got from Abbott and the LNP was obstruction in the most disgusting and destructive way, it’s called politics, now the shoe is on the other foot you cry foul!

        3. Fred it is obviously okay with you if Abbott and the LNP lie. They can govern which means that those clever voters you quote didn’t quite believe Abbott. He doesn’t have a mandate. He won’t be there next election.

  35. Not a promise, but an indication of Abbott’s lack of regard for working Australians, any working Australians. The Productivity Report into Tasmanian Shipping and Transport has recommended deregulating Australian Coastal maritime traffic, opening it to foreign competition, something that those nations do not permit themselves.

    “Deregulating the coast and allowing foreign vessels unfettered access to carry Australian local cargo will undoubtedly result in the complete demise of Australian shipping companies and with them the skilled Australian seafarer.

    Australian seafarers will disappear under the regime recommended in the Productivity Report as the low paid foreign workers take those jobs.

    It would be ironic if Australia – the largest island nation – was left without professional maritime staff,” Teresa Lloyd Executive Director at the Australian Shipowners Association said.

    Source:World Maritime News,

    I put this in because it is so typical of the actions of this government that do not get reported, and are below the radar for most people. I will watch to see if this part of the Productivity Report is adopted.

  36. The McClure draft report on changes to pensions proposed, although not finalised yet, still breaks the BIG promise “no change to pensions” by the very fact that they are being considered very seriously.

    1. If you run through the list above, you will see that he already has, and in spades. The latest being the pension discount on vehicle registration.

    1. I was also making a list (a bit different, it’s a “why I don’t like him” list, but yours made me look like an amateur! Anyway,in case you missed something, here it is:
      1. Virtually no pre-election policies
      2. Negative campaign
      3. Climate change is crap
      4. Shutting down Climate Advisory Commission
      5. Defunding and effectively firing CSIRO scientists, potentially Water Commission
      6. No minister for science – dismissiveness of science
      7. Unilaterally creating “Sirs” and “Dames” – apart from being bloody stupid, archaic, didn’t advise let alone consult cabinet
      8. Repealing Carbon Tax and replacing with Direct Action – we pay them not to pollute instead of them paying us when they do … a no-brainer.
      9. Dumping shit within the GBR Marine Park
      10. Buying a record number of very expensive and expensive to maintain known to be unreliable jet fighters
      11. De-listing world heritage forests for logging (why would God put them if he didn’t want us to cut them down?)
      12. Having a 100% white Christian, 60% catholic and almost all male cabinet …. and similarly tribalising the public service
      13. ”We’re very confident the signals we’re detecting are from the black box from MH370,…. position of the black box flight recorders was narrowed to within some kilometres” (10th April)… in total ignorance of the reality of things, big noting himself
      14. Vilification and brutalising of refugees
      15. Brutalising of naval personnel (anyone who had to perform the duties expected of them in the way they treated refugees have themselves been brutalised)
      16. Claiming the moral high ground in respect of our refugee intake
      17. Giving gunboats to a criminal regime
      18. His (qualified) approval of torture
      19. His loony Paid Parental Leave Scheme
      20. His misogyny
      21. His grossly inappropriate response to Australia spying on Indonesians
      22. Charging the public purse for travelling to weddings and triathlons
      23. His chummy association with the likes of Packer
      24. Every Asian nation is “our very best friend”
      25. Reneging on promises re education
      26. Wanting to water down the racial vilification (?) act
      27. His handling of the GMH and cannery disputes versus money to farmers and forests to loggers
      28. His all too ready defence of Arthur Sidonis
      29. Releasing previous government’s cabinet papers
      30. Inventing a budget crisis (for an AAA rated economy!!)
      31. Defunding (closing down) Environmental Defenders Offices
      32. Defunding (closing down) “Youth Connections” (youth employment)
      33. Fawning on the Royals
      34. Cutting foreign aid
      35. Telling us a new tax is not a tax
      36. Broken promise – cuts to ABC budget
      37. Broken promise – cuts to SBS budget
      38. Broken promise – massive cuts to education
      39. Broken promise – massive cuts to health
      40. Broken promise – new “deficit tax”
      41. Broken promise – new doctor visit tax
      42. Broken promise – higher tax on fuel
      43. Broken promise – change to pensions
      44. 1200 new affordable rental homes will be axed in WA while there is nothing in the budget for homelessness or to deal with the housing crisis.
      45. $866 million to be spent on bulldozing the Beeliar Wetlands by building Roe Highway through them, and to turn Stock Road and High Street into motorways.
      46. Extra funding for school chaplains
      47. Huge hike in university fees
      48. Hike in HEC repayment/interest charged
      49. Wedging states to increase GST
      50. De-subsidising solar and wind power
      51. Closing down preventative health council
      52. Reduced funding for Aborigines
      53. Broken promise – not spending a week in an Aboriginal community
      54. his daughter getting a $60,000 “scholarship” (really a gift to Abbott)
      55. not declaring the above
      56. using his daughters as political props, but when the heat comes on, saying that’s (the scholarship) is personal, unfair
      57. Saying Shorten is a whinger for not proposing Labor’s “alternate” budget when all Abbott did for more than two years in opposition was whinge and offered no policies.
      58. Not being able to do simple maths. Doctors’ visits cost $7 of which $5 goes to the government. Admin would cost ??, lets say $1, ie $4 to govt. This is to pay for $20 billion medical research fund, ie = 208 doctor visits for each person in Australia.
      59. Taking away pensioner’s subsidised fees for driving licences, rego and phone and not mentioning this in the budget speech.
      60. Winding back of rules to report statistics on women in the workplace.
      61. Eliminating financial advice protection agency.
      62. Dismantling NBN for yet another inquiry. Advocating a mix of technologies to cut costs, outdated before they start.
      63. Inquiry into the National Curriculum when it has only been going three years. A two man Coalition selected panel of inquiry (including Kevin Donnelly, the Catholic right wing education scribe for The Australian) charged with adding more on Christianity, Anzacs and early settlement; the exact opposite of the NC aim of inclusivity regarding Aboriginal culture and Asian neighbours, while still retaining the western perspective in reasonable doses.
      64. Undermining the equitable school funding proposal of Gonski when it took a panel of experts from all aspects of schooling six years to devise. Criticizing the Gonski model as causing a decline in standards when in fact the decline in standards over the last ten years is linked to the old Howard model of inequitable funding.
      65. Live animal export to Iran is recommencing.
      66. claiming to be a conservationist!!
      67. his Texas talk that coal will lead the way (and I thought he was 20th century; he’s actually 19th).
      68. trying to get G8 nations to forget carbon tax, way out of step with reality
      69. support of factory farming, criminalising activists
      70. Reducing the onus on banks and financial advisers to provide impartial advise
      71. $120M cut to ASIC’s budget (Combined effect of these will be more people losing their life savings to flaky investment schemes and shonky operators).
      72. remaining committed to the school chaplaincy programme despite the High Court unanimous ruling that it was illegal.
      73. his response to soldiers in Afghanistan on the death of one of the own: “Well, sometimes shit happens.”
      74. his very close relationship with George Pell, for whom I could make an equally long list.
      75. increasing tax on fuel but not putting tax collected into public transport
      76. scrapping Brisbane Cross River Rail
      77. scrapping Melbourne Metro
      78. scrapping Perth Light Rail Public Transport Package

      1. Tony Abbott is a liar: It’s a mathematical truth

        The Age
        Date: May 29, 2014

        Until there is a dramatic change in Australia’s approach to education there will be no improvement in attitudes to scientific and mathematical truth, or to truth of any sort.

        Do politicians lie? Of course they do, including, of course, Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Whether it’s the manufacturing of a budget “crisis”, or the systematic trashing of election promises, or pretending that taxes are anything-but-taxes, or lying about spying, or lying about lying, Abbott has demonstrated his disdain for the truth.

        There is no need to go into detail here since Mike Carlton has already documented much of the fibbing, ably assisted by Annabel Crabb and Laurie Oakes and Bernard Keane and … well, pretty much every political commentator who isn’t a Liberal Party shill.

        And Tony Abbott is not alone. The Prime Minister leads a fine cabinet of companion liars, including the Minister for the Destruction of Education, Christopher Pyne. A “unity ticket” on the Gonski education reforms? Nope, just some airbrushing of history and yet another lie.

        The overarching lie is that Prime Minister Abbott is leading a conservative government. In fact, Australia is being pummelled by American-style, dog-eat-dog radicals. Far from being conservative, current Liberal Party philosophy is little more than adolescent-level libertarianism.

        It shouldn’t be news that politicians are lying and it’s not mathematics. Well, we believe that the depth and the nature of Liberal dishonesty is news, and we believe there is a connection to be made.

        Since there is no minister for mathematics let’s begin with the minister for science. And he is … a ghost. Yes, for the first time since 1939 the federal government of Australia has no minister for science.

        But it doesn’t really matter if there’s no science minister, just as long as scientific research is well-funded. And the CSIRO, the government’s dedicated body for science research is … having its funding slashed.

        But it doesn’t really matter if a particular science organisation has to jettison research, just as long as someone is doing good science. And the federal government is promoting careful research into … wind turbine syndrome.

        Yes, Prime Minister Abbott has arranged for the National Health and Medical Research Council to undertake a study of the health effects of wind turbines. Even though there is no scientific basis for the concerns, and even though study after study after study after study has demonstrated that wind turbines are safe. However one cannot be too careful and perhaps the National Health and Medical Research Council will discover something new. Perhaps they’ll figure out how the thousands of wind turbines that have been in Denmark for decades have failed to kill everyone. Or anyone.

        But it doesn’t really matter if the Prime Minister is distracted by a little bit of cultish nonsense, just as long as the major scientific issue of our time is being addressed with care and honesty. Which brings us to global warming. Or climate change, if you prefer. Whatever. A withered rose by any other name is just as dead.

        To be clear, we have no intention of debating global warming. Why not? Because there is no debate. It is a scientific fact that global warming is happening. It is a scientific fact that humans are responsible, through the production of greenhouse gases. And the evidence very strongly suggests that the consequences are already occurring, and in the future will be extensive and bad. Or, if the world continues to do bugger-all about reducing carbon dioxide emissions, very very bad.

        We believe a zero-respect policy on global warming denialism is long overdue. However for the moment our concern is not with the madness of crowds but the madness of politicians.

        Are the politicians mad? Abbott infamously declared climate change to be “absolute crap” but that was years ago. Abbott now claims to believe in climate change. Is he now lying? Who could possibly tell? But it also doesn’t matter.

        Whether or not Abbott still believes climate change is crap, his government invariably acts as if it were crap. The list, helpfully compiled by Crikey’s Giles Parkinson, is already phenomenal: the submission of legislation to repeal the carbon tax; the demolition of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency; the guess-what-will-happen review of Australia’s renewable energy target; moves to scrap the Clean Energy Finance Corporation; moves to demolish the Climate Change Authority; the demolition of the Climate Commission; appointing a full-blown climate crank as chief business adviser; and transforming the minister for climate change into another ghost, to keep company with the minister for science. All of this while underfunding the Liberal Party’s own absurd carbon capture scheme with its absurdly inadequate target.

        Can Abbott possibly get away with this environmental and scientific (and economic) vandalism? We don’t know but the Liberal Party obviously believes it’s on a winner. And it may be that enough Australians listen to enough nonsense, or just have insufficient concern, that the Liberal Party is correct.

        It is clear that many Australians do not have any great respect for the scientific method or scientific practice. It seems way too common to regard science as just another belief system, nothing but boffin-based opinion. The result is that science is permitted no special claim to truth, which is a very dangerous, essentially mediaeval, state of affairs. What on Earth has happened?

        A little bit about school mathematics: we, as mathmeticians, have banged on and on, column after column, about the woeful presentation of mathematics in curricula and textbooks, and consequently in maths classes. We’ve wailed over the presentation of mathematics as a collection of facts to be religiously accepted, rather than as a beautiful, precise and incredibly powerful method of reasoning. The harm to students’ opinion of mathematics is obvious and massive, but we believe the harm extends much further.

        The just-the-facts style of teaching mathematics promotes a warped, faith-based attitude to knowledge. It undermines the whole point of education, for students to learn to think, to value truth as the end result of reasoning rather than as a collection of God-given facts. Until there is a dramatic change in Australia’s approach to education we cannot see how there will be any improvement in Australians’ attitude to scientific and mathematical truth, or to truth of any sort.

        It’s a very long bow to blame the poor teaching of mathematics for Abbott’s anti-science crusade, and we have no intention of drawing it. But it is unarguable that Australian society currently places a depressingly low value on reason and truth, and so on science in particular. We believe mathematics teaching must take its fair share of the blame.

        But what of Tony? Will he be remembered as a liar? Probably, but probably he’ll be remembered for much more. Eventually, and more likely sooner rather than later, global warming will be undeniable. Truly undeniable.

        Which means Abbott should go down in history as the Australian Prime Minister, the last Australian Prime Minister, to deny physical reality.

        Associate Professor Burkard Polster teaches mathematics at Monash University, Clayton. Marty Ross is a mathematician. As the Maths Masters they write a weekly column for The Age’s Education pages.

        Read more:

      2. Why does a 500mil/year expense to go to war with the Americans not have to be approved by parliament first? Is this really in the interest o the Australian people? I get sick in the stomach when Abbot quotes “The Australian people”. Every decision this government makes is only for the benefit of big business and not or the people of Australia (unless you own a lot of shares of course)

  37. Can’t believe you welcomed the boats. Labor, Liberals and Greens actually want to stop them now. You and Sarah Hanson Young created these problems we have today. You are responsible for the deaths and people smugglers. Shame.

    1. Just who are you accusing of “welcoming” the boats? Nobody welcomed the boats. Not even me, and I have worked with one brilliant young engineer who came from Iran ultimately by boat. It was the only way he could get his family to safety. I wrote his story up way down in the posts here. If you can be bothered to look, you will find it.

      To accuse “You,” whoever that may be of being responsible, is to draw a very long bow. If you want to find you is really responsible, start looking at the maniacal governments from whom decent people are trying to escape.

      I have said it before. It is not smuggling when you wave like mad to attract the attention of the passing navy. Nor, is it actually illegal. Unwise, yes, a measure of desperation, yes, illegal, no.

      The only person maybe breaking the law might be master of the vessel, by providing a vessel for an international voyage that does not comply with accepted standards.

      We are currently building eight ships for C & BP at a cost of $344,000,000 to intercept vessels that you could maybe sell for $344. For that sort of money we could have built a world class immigration and refugee center that could have actually done some good.

    2. Sorry,
      I forgot to mention someone else who is breaking the law. International law, that is. Scott Morrison, a shining example of nastiness who last September apparently recorded a message for those incarcerated at Manus, telling them to: “Go back to where you came from, or face being locked up for a very, very, long time.

      Clear, absolute, contravention of the International agreements that this collection of trolls has no hesitation in flouting.

      (Reference: story, with the video, from Guardian Australia this AM)

    3. Using that logic we can blame John Howard for all the deaths in Iraq since the invasion we led on the off-chance that there was WMD to be found.

        1. Just as the good little poodles that our governments are, neoconservative ones in particular.

          “You having a war? Beaut! Can we come? What do you want us to bring? Beer? Prawns? F111’s?”

    4. Stop the Boats! We will Stop the Boats! is all we ever heard pre-election.
      Where are the Boats? Cant talk about the Boats? Its a military operation? In the interest of National Security? Mmmmmm….sound familiar?

      I am amazed that no one can see any problems with our sudden involvement of MH370, search & rescue,& ongoing underwater searches?
      With Operation Sovereign Borders on our NW coastline,we can track a 40ft fishing vessel, but our Navy cant track a 777 heading our way from MUSLIM Indonesia?
      Our alignment with US defense has made our purchase into the Wideband Global Satellite system. WGS-2 & WGS-4 are over the Indian Ocean,with jamming & remote control of aerial vehicles, & are manufactured by BOEING!
      Not one mention of this by MSM, yet the search was diverted by “info” from a UK Imarsat source, & hence relocated to WA coast, away from Asian media throng!

      The self evident US involvement, was the DELAY tactics.Complete silence from the US whilst the story changed daily>wrong area,terrorists,pilot suicide,fire,etc Then 3 weeks along, the sudden announcement of WA location by the US.
      Perfectly timed for Abbotts trip to China & the Free Trade Deals!
      Coincidentally, just as all MSM had forgotten story, Eric Holder suddenly announces the Indictment of Chinese Military Hackers for US industrial espionage.
      With names,PHOTOs,RANKS & Serial Numbers, where did the US get this intell?

      A military interrogation of Chinese Cyber Security/Computer experts on Diego GarCIA,analysis of their phones & harddrives, after remote control WGS-4 takeover,& a “sleeping gas” released on board during flight.(collateral damage passengers RIP).

      As we are USAs closest ally, have joint defense sats over Indian Ocean, & a media silenced military operation on the NW coast, one can see why ABBOTT was so quick to become involved in this obvious US cover-up!

    5. Not a very logical argument. All refugees come from a dangerous regime at home, many are dying at home. Parroting Abbotts stupid argument about saving lives at sea is just spin, especially when a huge cut to foreign aid was made.

    6. Shame on you Ben You support the Abbott LNP who send back refugees to regimes responsible for the deaths of people fleeing evil brutal regimes.

  38. I wonder, did Abbott promise publicly, not just behind a closed door, before the election, to de-list a large chunk of Tasmania’s World Heritage classified forests, so the timber industry could log it to the beach?

    If so, it is another broken promise, although it took UNESCO to break it and rub his nose in his self created dog poo. Well done UNESCO, and thank you.

    This man is making us a laughing stock overseas as well as at home.

  39. People we are being farmed by this party and their multinational puppet masters. Just remember these muppets need the cooperation of another minor party to impose their will on us, so are they really in a position to wreck our way of life and impose global corporate agendas on us? I think not. I am ashamed of this government.

  40. From 7 September 2013 to 6 June (the date of the latest reported Abbott idiocy) is 272 days. With 251 decisions varying between negative and catastrophic, he is averaging 0.92 per day. If he can keep it up, he will achieve 337 in his first year.

    George Bush (jnr) managed 400 in eight years according to which is 50 per year. On this basis, Abbott is nearly 7 times as bad a leader as Bush – quite an achievement, as it is difficult to believe there could be anyone worse than Bush.

    Sadly I can’t find a list of Howard disasters, but he can’t have been nearly as bad as Abbott.

    Hopefully however things can only improve. There can be only so many bad decisions that one politician can make in a lifetime, and I can’t believe that there can be many misguided arrows left in Tony’s quiver.”

  41. From 7 September 2013 to 6 June (the date of the latest reported Abbott idiocy) is 272 days. With 251 decisions varying between negative and catastrophic, he is averaging 0.92 per day. If he can keep it up, he will achieve 337 in his first year.

    George Bush (jnr) managed 400 in eight years according to which is 50 per year. On this basis, Abbott is nearly 7 times as bad a leader as Bush – quite an achievement, as it is difficult to believe there could be anyone worse than Bush.

    Sadly I can’t find a list of Howard disasters, but he can’t have been nearly as bad as Abbott.

    Hopefully however things can only improve. There can (hopefully) be only so many bad decisions that one politician can make in his (or her) lifetime, and I pray (or would if I was religious) that there can’t be many misguided arrows left in Tony’s quiver.

  42. It’s not about the promises, if he kept promises you would still hate just as much…were you all howling from the roof tops when Gillard was lying? No! … Find some better things to do guys, this is an absolute waste of time. About time the country was run properly and some difficult decisions made for the future of the country.

    1. There is no carbon tax. As for Julia Gillard lying you are completely wrong, what she said was: “There will be no carbon tax under a government I lead, but lets be absolutely clear. I am determined to price carbon”. Which she did.


      1. Trevor
        The people who did not report the full comment & edited the video to delete the words “but let’s be absolutely clear I am determined to price carbon now” were the ones who lied & the words Carbon tax were first uttered by the lips of Tony Abbott and trumpetet by the MSM and their servants like bolt,jones Etc so there was nothing to trumpert

    2. About time etc …… country was run properly etc …….. difficult decisions etc …… future of the country etc…

      Could you maybe give a little more specific example of what you have in mind to be a “properly run country?”

      Instead that is, of simply parroting meaningless “Abbottspeak”, at a level of imbecility more reminiscent of the wonderful British comedy “Yes Prime Minister” than anything else.

      Do you remember it? Of course you do, in fact, you’ve memorized it!

    3. Trevor, Gillards so called broken promise was not a core promise and she made it “off the cuff” so it doesn’t count, plus most Australians want and expect dirty polluting coal to be controlled. Finally Gillard apologised to those people who didn’t understand what she said, Abbott has not, he doesn’t seem to realise he constantly lies eg. About cut to ABC and SBS, the NBN, cuts to pensions, cuts to superannuation, cuts to health, cuts to education, providing open and transparent government, no surprises.
      One last thing Abbott and the LNP are lazy no hopers, they all turn up late for parliament sittings, fail to negotiate and waste every bodies time. They have only passed 7 pieces of legistlation in the same time Gillards government passed over 170 pieces of legistlation.

  43. Great work Sally , was thinking this would be a great idea months ago , I am glad someone has done it . Will be a powerful tool to use in 2016 . We’ll done !!!!

  44. Abbott is Truly pathetic and there is no dout all his cuts and Brocken promises were planed well in advance of the last election.
    It’s also clear his cuts and Brocken promises doesn’t bother him and his biting at the bitt to cut more out but at the same time lmpress the rich in leaving them with the smallest amount to pay impacting the poor hardest.

  45. History shows that the more Tony Abbott rules something out, the more likely it is to actually happen – let’s see if he’s lying about [student] debt after death too.
    Tony Burke, Manager of Opposition Business

  46. Fred,
    Australia’s debt is one of lowest in the Industrialized world.

    Go and look at how small a debt to GDP ratio Australia has. Less than 30%, the US of A over 100%, Great Britain at about 95%, France up there, China too. Pretty much everywhere certainly amongst the industrialized nations has a far higher debt to GDP ratio than Australia.

    Then consider the extent to which the whole “debt crisis” is manufactured BS from Abbott, who, in his own words on his Prime Ministerial ambitions, said, quote: “The only thing I wouldn’t do is sell my arse, but I’d have to think about it.”

    This is someone whom you consider fit to run the country? Someone who will build a straw man of an imaginary debt crisis to catapult himself to power, and then “solve” his imaginary crisis by further impoverishing those in our society with little or no security, who, thanks to the Murdoch press, were deluded into voting for him, in order further enrich those with more than they can ever spend. It is probably more true to describe Abbott as Murdoch’s poodle than the other way round.

    Bottom line, Fred, you have been lied to, and betrayed, by a cadre of consumately skilled liars, whose self interest over rides any consideration of decency..

    1. No just like most people I have a mortgage and am paying it off but if I cannot afford something I don’t just go out and borrow money to buy it. I wonder could you afford $12 Billion a year intrest only.

      1. So what is the implication here, that you actually believe the government’s rhetoric about government interest payments being bad.

        Don’t you realize the talk of an interest bill is a big con. Government interest paid on government bonds is today 2.73% (see As you likely know, the reserve bank targets 3% inflation … so by this measure, the government is being paid money … the talk of interest should be in REAL TERMS, ie we pay verrry close to zero interest on government borrowings.

        It makes me so sick that the current government has so hoodwinked the average Jo (or Fred in this case).

      2. Fred, Running a home and a country are two very different things. You are obviously not an economist, economists believe Australia is in a superior state to all modern countries with triple A rating, and remember the world went thru the GFC in 2008-9 and labour steered us thru that and the cost was a higher budget. It’s scary to think what would have happened if the Liberals were in power, how the poor would have suffered like they did in England, America, Ireland, and most of Europe.

      3. Fred, I think you’ll find that the vast majority of the world’s successful businesses either started on or or currently have some sort of credit debt.
        If they didn’t they simply wouldn’t exist.
        It’s called investing in the future and it’s what the Labor party successfully did to save us from the global financial crisis.
        It saved all of us, yourself included from one mighty big problem!

    2. I hope we can have a double dissolution asap. We have to get rid of these despots. They are wrecking ordinary Australians – the sick, elderly disabled and unemployed. Disgraceful!!. Australians always deserve a fair-go from their Government and we are definitely not getting that with Abbott and Co.

  47. I believe the insanity known as Tony Abbott – and his mates – will be out of office before the end of this year (2014).

    I also believe politicians should now – legally – be held accountable for every broken promise by serving prison time for each offense – say, 2 years per broken promise. That MIGHT just help put a stop to politicians playing word games in pre-election races for the sole purpose of deceiving the public in order to hide the true nature of their policies.

    They will legally have to be specific with pre-election promises, giving full details of their plans in plain English, up front and in writing where the public can read the raw truth for themselves beforehand, leaving little room for doubt in politician’s minds that they’ll instantly and ruthlessly be thrown out of office and into prison for every promise they break, every deception they weave, and every lie they speak.

    We also need to drastically cut their salaries to something a very long way UNDER 100k per year; they don’t earn it, don’t deserve it, and are totally unworthy of it. Excessive salaries for politicians, together with current perks, I believe, merely serve to entice the greedy, the dishonest, the psychopathic. and the sociopathic into government positions of power, when in fact they care nothing for their people or their country.

    Finally, prevent them from accessing their pensions until legal retirement age, the same as everyone else.

    The likes of Tony Abbott and Joe Hockey are kings of Financial Human Rights Abuse; for that alone, I’d like to see them imprisoned for 20 years. Each.

  48. Hi Sally, many thanks for your list. I would like to ask you what about other cuts to pensioners like about $30 a week Pension Supplement and travel, electricity, phone and other rebates.

  49. Hi Sally , great site. May i suggest that you expand your criticism to include “ABBOTT and the LIBERAL PARTY” whenever you mention the cretin.

    If and when they get rid of him…….. you lose half your argument by not including THE LIBERAL PARTY at every mention of his name by the implication that he is the WHOLE OF THE PROBLEM and they may just get rid of the problem.

    The way it is heading in the media at the moment is that Abbott is their weakest link and if they rid themselves of that link then they recover.

    Just a suggestion……keep fighting the fight.


  50. Hi Sally just pointing out a spelling mistake in the first paragraph: “he and his government have broken promises and hurt Australian.” <—- Just that last word

      1. Hi Sally, I love this list, do you know if Abbott retains his British citizenship? Or is he lying about that?

  51. God he is the most disgusting person that could walk this earth. How could he do this and hold his head up. How could his wife and daughters hold their heads up in our country with pride. I would want to die if this was my father or husband.he is a revolting person to treat his fellow australian brothers and sisters / family in this way . Tony maggot why don’t you just go away forever now. We hate you ummm that’s the whole country by the way.. Just in case your not aware of it . Because your surely not aware of Australia and Australian people and families health education AND WHAT EVER ELSE YOU CAN FRIGGIN DISTROY. Just go away pppplllleeeeaaaassssseeee we don’t want you any more. GO.

    1. Do research on reptilians, draconian agenda, secret society’s and satanic agenda in preparing world for coming Antichrist. Then you will know how he can push through such a evil agenda and why right now it is quickly being implemented. World is more than people know and their is shadow government agendas with their puppets to bring it forth, bush was the same for America that Tony Abbott is for Australia, know this if his plans do get fully put through there is something sinister that aloud it through, this is bigger than people realize and was prophecy of in scriptures. Don’t fall for the smoke and mirrors of the title of ‘Christian’ it is a cover they seek to confuse public what is good and evil those supporting Tony Abbott and his party are accountable also to the impact his changes bring, they are consider evil by the universal laws which mankind should be learning about to really figure out the purpose of life. Whether people want to believe in higher intelligence than their own they call God or Devils they are real and mankind soon learns a hard lesson of the consequences of how they have lived the last 3000 years. What people call Global warming is more than it seems also and is to do with what taking place in the universe, it will get far far worse quickly very soon massive destruction is what people soon face by the effect of the Sun.

      1. Difficult to see how this will help anyone other than Abbot, who can now quote it as evidence of how the opposition to him is typified by the tinfoil hat mob.

        However, there are a couple of references in this that are worth contemplating.

        “Reptilian?” Hmmm, could be. Has anyone actually ever seen Julie Bishop blink?

        A “Higher Intelligence?” Than Tony Abbott? That is hardly a difficult ask, especially if my dog is permitted to enter.

  52. This is a very useful resource – thanks.

    I would love to see the list improved by having links to each time Abbott repeated the same commitment. For instance, ABC fact check investigated the “no new taxes” broken promise.

    I think most voters would agree that repeating a promise 100 times and then breaking it is far worse than saying it only once and then breaking it.

    Notice that when Abbott made the commitment ‘No new tax collection without an election’ – then unless he proceeds to a new election, he has broken two promises.

    One day he promised that the state of the budget wouldn’t be used as the excuse for broken promises. Well he broke that promise.

    It would be good to remove “failed to stop the boats” from the list of broken commitments. That will fail the smell test with the vast majority of voters. I’m not sure in which technical sense he broke the promise.

    1. Well he has failed to stop them; Australia is still having to deal with a steady stream of refugee boats, and include their care, poor as it is, in our budget. There’s really no doubt or argument about the fact.

    2. Abbott and his pirates may have slowed down the boats, probably illegally and contrary to international law and Australia’s commitment to refugees. As far as deaths at sea it is another lie because those desperate refugees in fear of their lies will now be fleeing to other countries for sanctuary and could be in even greater danger of loosing their lives. Finally it will be interesting to find out if the numbers of people who fly here and fail to leave is increasing? Someone must keep those numbers, I believe far more people outstay their visas each year than have ever arrived by sea.

  53. Thanks for this really great job you have done. This provides the evidence that Abbott is a serial liar or a pathological liar. He is a cancer on everything Australia and Australians have ever stood for, fought for and died for.

  54. I have never understood why those in the community with little money or security will vote again and again, lemming like, for people who stand for the interests of those with more money than they can ever spend, who have every intent on keeping and increasing their wealth, and at the expense of the very people who voted for them.

  55. The Budget deserves several new additions, including cutting $87 million out of Arts, single-handedly gutting the Australia Council and Screen Australia.

  56. I just wanted to say thank you, for your website and holding this mentally challenged government to account. I didnt vote them in, the NBN is an especially strong interest for me not just because i grew up in the boonies and know what it’s like having crappy net. But because i persevered and still made it my profession anyway so i can now say with 100% certainty that this government is out to rip us off.

    Cheers and keep up the good work.

  57. After reading a quote on a “Save our Medicare” page, being “We will be a no surprises, no excuses government, because you are sick of nasty surprises and lame excuses from people that you have trusted with your future.” After doing a bit of reserch, I found the quote again. . Does this count as a broken election promise, as they have made surprises and excuses?

    1. I dont think it is a broken election though. They announced it right before the election and the campaign advertising blackout to try and hide it

      1. Hi Sally, is the cut to funding of the Deadlies a broken promise or just heartless and cruel? Also the further cuts to 80 scientists from CSIRO.

  58. Re. item 37: Gift of patrol boats to Sri Lanka:

    I would be honestly fascinated to learn exactly which two of the Armadale class vessels Tony Abbott proposes to inflict upon the Sri Lankans.

    To my certain knowledge at least two of these ships have recently had extensive structural work conducted at Australian shipyards. Leaving politics aside, for a moment.

    I do hope for the Australian taxpayers sake these are not the the ones headed for Sri Lanka.

    I further hope for the Sri Lankan’s sake these actually are the ones headed for Sri Lanka.

    If they are not, it will be somewhat of a poisoned chalice of a gift. Any more information?

    1. Correction to myself. The boats going to Sri Lanka are two of the older “Bay” class customs boats, not the “Armadales.” The rest of what I said about the Armadale’s rebuild issues is correct.

      Apologies for the inaccuracy.

  59. Is it worth recording the time he acused the ABC for publishing a negative story about Australia and implied such things would be considered along with future funding?

  60. 27 February 2014, under the guise of offering flexibility to workers, amendments to the Fair Work Act introduced (rejected by current Senate, we’ll see what happens in July) which allow penalty rates, overtime, allowances and leave loading to be traded off by employees in individual flexibility arrangements (amendment 11). However the employer only needs to ensure that the arrangement “results in the employee being better off overall than the employee would have been if no individual flexibility arrangement were agreed to”.

    This means if you already have a flexibility arrangement currently in place, any new flexibility arrangement does not have to leave you better off than this current arrangement – only better off than if NO flexibility arrangement exists. In other words, employees who have previously negotiated flexibility without having penalty rates touched are now at risk of taking a pay cut just to maintain their current arrangements. All the employer needs to do is end one agreement and offer a new one in which the employee sacrifices penalty rates, overtime, etc.

    Or if you don’t currently get any flexibility from your employer, even if the shifts you are looking for flexibility for aren’t the ones that attract penalty rates or overtime, in order to get that flexibility, you might be asked to sacrifice this portion of your wages.

    In other words, more flexibility for the employer to save money – worse conditions for employees.

    1. Yes, this is really bad at the moment you can negotiate individual contracts, but only if they are better off over all than the Award minimums. This allows you to below these minimums which was the worst aspect of WorkChoices. This Senate won’t pass it. Let’s see how Clive Palmer feels about workers rights

    2. Awards state that such agreement has to be made without and coercion or duress. A worker therefore has the right to refuse such agreement. The flexibility is not flexibility of working hours, it’s award flexibility. Hence it only applies to penalty rates, shift alliances etc. I know this back to front as I am fighting my employer right now.

  61. I’m sorry but its for certain the polls were rigged, I did not meet one Abbott supporter throughout the campaign leading up to the election, everyone I met was a true Rudd supporter, they were glad he overthrew Gillard like she did him, and were certain Rudd would rain surpreme, to see Abbott win by a landslide was mind baffling, even in daytime voting Rudd won by a landslide not Abbott, how can WE the people get him out of office, his sneaky deals behind the peoples backs selling off our country to China, Japan & Korea, and destroying our economy have got to end we need to stand up as a nation and overthrow him, I’m sure there’s a Law that allows this to happen we need to do it now before he abolishes that too and we become helpless to his greedy consumption of our Australia, I feel I’m in a lease agreement with my own country.

  62. Regarding point 128, the first bit was actually brought in by Rudd. It is in the current PS coffee of conduct. The dobbing in part is new though. I doubt think the exact changes are known yet.

  63. I take it your are in agreement then of one country invading another country and using force to take it over. Vietnam the North invaded the South, North Korea invaded South Korea, Hitler invaded various countries before the 2nd World War began. Should we have stood back and let it all happen.

    1. “Invading” is a matter of interpretation. Britain “Invaded” the USA and Australia, The Alliies “Invaded” Europe.

      As with most things political, the spin is what counts.
      We “lost” in Vietnam – after sending conscripts to their death to protect a corrupt but pro Western Government. The result:- The sky didn’t fall in, and life pretty soon got back to “normal”.

    1. Fred, sneering and inverted snobbery does you and your cause no credit. You might google “logical fallacies” or similiar and count how many of them you actually commit, no dictionary needed.

      This is not about Korea or Vietnam, so stop trying to hijack the thread, however in neither case was one country invading another. The national division in Korea occurred after the declaration of stalemate, and in Vietnam any such naming was purely American, not Vietnamese. It certainly no longer exists. Both were civil wars. Better examples for your enquiry concerning my approval might be the French revolution, the American civil war, or even the Jacobin rebellion.

      Last word on Vietnam, it was a labour government (Keating) that reversed many of the Liberal governments mistreatment of many of those who served in that particular mess.

      Oh, and BTW, after winning the war, despite their, and our, horrific losses, they are doing just fine thank you. Even to the extent of presently building a ship for the Australian government.

  64. When “oldergent” made the comment, it was to point out that an internationally acclaimed economist found Australia’s policies sensible and praiseworthy.

    Your first “Strawman,” a classic, was to compare him to Arrafat. When that didn’t work, you decided to have a go at the whole Nobel nominating committee, that was the second.

    Why I use, very rarely, my medals I told you before. To strawmen logical fallacies, I guess we can now add “Ad Hominem” attacks. Brilliant, just brilliant.

  65. JDC how about you put your brain in gear before opening your mouth I was not the one who started the comment about a Nobel Prize winner I believe it was oldergent. I also have never said that Tony Abbott can do no wrong. About time you took off your left wing blinkers and saw the world as it is not as the way you say it should be.

    1. True but they both got the Noble Prize didn’t they so what does that say for the people who choose the prize winners.

      1. Hey Fred, the first go at the Nobels was a strawman, so doing this now is another strawman on top of the first strawman. Nothing concrete or sensible here, just a paddock full of strawmen.

        And of course this has absolutely nothing whatever to do with Tony Abbott. Remember him, the one you seem to think can do no wrong?

  66. Dear Mr. Mulheron,
    I said above that replying to you was not a good idea, however in retrospect, I will. I had hoped to cut and past your post so that I could use it in other discussions to provide an example of the people who really are the worst of Australians, and who typify the reason we are in the mess that we are..

    Unfortunately whoever moderates this discussion removed it before I could, and while I cannot blame them for that, it means I am working from memory.

    With respect to your comments on the Moslem religion, there are, in all religions, including Islam, decent honest people. There are also ignorant bigots, capable of all manner of atrocities. Your remarks more than anything demonstrate that Christianity also harbors the bigoted worst of humanity.

    Personally, I detest all religions, but that is just me, I do not however subscribe to any of the detestable points of view espoused by yourself, I know of no atheists who do. The extremes of hate and violence seem to be the attributes of the religious, your kind of religious in particular, rather than of those who are not.

    As to the performance of the Gillard government, and while I understand that facts mean nothing to you, they never do to zealots of any religion, you might take a minute to read the list further down here of what the Gillard government did. Quite an accomplishment really, considering the relentless and utterly irrelevant slagging by the then opposition and its fifth column, the Murdoch Press. He, Rupert Murdoch, is another pretty unpleasant character, and I say this with some authority, my father, a journalist, once worked for him. I am sure you think you would both get along well.

    I won’t waste space by going on, as I said, I am working from memory. Suffice to say, that while Tony Abbott gives me no reason to be proud to be an Australian, you sir, give me more than enough reason to be ashamed.

    John Carlton

    1. Yes, I removed lots of his comments as they extremely abusive and hateful. Have left one of his comments which was just directed at me so you can see the type of person he is.

      1. I had missed the post you left in, and I had not heard his rant on the radio. I feel sad that his ilk can find public space on which to vent his ugly spleen

  67. It is nonsense to compare Australia with Greece, so fatuous a comparison as not to warrant wasting time on a response.

    Rudd gained universal acclaim for getting us through the GFC. Don’t take my word for it. Go see what Nobel Prize winning economist Stiglitz said about Australia’s response. He had high praise for it.

    Our debt as a proportion of Gross National Product is among the lowest in the world, the envy of many countries. It might be convenient to peddle simplistic rubbish about national debt but it simply isn’t true. There is nothing magic about a surplus.

    As for knights in white armour rescuing the nation from financial ruin, give me a break. A small example: it’s been revealed that the government has been paying expensive rent on the house it was assumed Abbott would occupy in Canberra, even though it sat empty while he resided with the Federal Police. It cost $65,000 to get out of the lease. Austerity?

    A small start would be to eliminate all perks to ex-PMs. They have generous super. Why an office, a driver, transport perks etc?

    Politicians’ ‘study tours’ could be severely restricted, rather than be an entitlement.

    Public servants should all fly economy class.

    All claims on the public purse should be made public on a web site. Flying from WA to Cairns to inspect a property for personal investment is hardly an act of austerity. Nor is claiming expenses to take part in a charity bike race.

    Fuel tax… money parked in tax havens offshore… negative gearing… subsidised contributions to private health funds to those well able to afford it… the proposed benefits to mums on $150,000… An open cheque book for the Defence Forces whose reputation for spending wildly over budget is legendary… Raising the debt ceiling…? The list goes on.

    Austerity, no. Arrogance, yes.

    1. Go see what Nobel Prize winning economist Stiglitz please give me a break Yassar Arafat won a Nobel Prize and his claim to fame was killing innocent people. I believe they also gave one to the current American President in his first term what that was for who knows.

  68. Well firstly you should do something about your overt racism and “Christians-are-better-than-everyone-else” attitude, then you may want to consider double checking your facts, then you should find something stronger than that weak slippery slope argument, then you should find something better to do than throwing verbal abuse at the Labor party, then you need to stop with the disgustingly sexist, homophobic insults, then you should question the need to repeatedly insult someone’s looks (I don’t even know who you’re trying to belittle anyway), then you should (among all things this needs to be at the top of your to-do list) stop sympathizing with the Nazis and the freaking holocaust. That’s not even in basic ethics 101. “Don’t support genocide” was one of the lessons they assume you learnt before doing the class. The sad part is I missed a lot of details.

  69. Mr Mulheron,
    I find your words highly offensive and I’m sure most other people on here would also.
    Please stop this racist, sexist ranting and your swearing now.
    I strongly suspect that this time you have crossed the line and could quite possibly be convicted.
    If you won’t stop in order to stop being offensive then at least stop for your own sake before you get yourself into real trouble this time.
    Enough is enough.

    1. When you read his words just substitute “the Earth is flat” or “the Sun orbits the Earth” or “I saw a unicorn yesterday” in place of each opinion. Then react accordingly :)

      1. love this sums up the inability of fundamentalist “christians” to actually follow their own teachings–love, hope charity,,,,

  70. The word for this government is arrogant.

    St Ignatius would surely disown Abbott. I am personally familiar with the philosophy & practices of the school he attended. He is a disgrace to the school’s tradition.

    Leaving aside such Jesuit trivialities as compassion, his swaggering male arrogance sets the tone for the rest of his minions.

    Question: Can anyone nominate a Minister (perhaps excluding Turnbull) who shows competence in the job? A leading economics commentator has said that Hockey ‘has his L plates on’. Bishop is a joke. Brandis is unspeakable. Sinodinos has taken political satire to a new level. I’ll stop there.

    Poor fella my country!

    1. Do not exclude “Turncoat” Turnbull . . . his incompetency as a Minister for Communication is deplorable !!!!!

  71. allows Child Support Agency to enact a pocily that denies agrieved persons te right to legal aid representation …. Child support can defaud and steal and lie and no one can do anyting about it now that legal representation is disallowed in cases of objection

  72. One worth mentioning I think:

    The Abbott government is not planning to release the interim report of its inquiry into the death of one asylum seeker and injuries to more than 60 others on Manus Island in February.

    And the suspicious rejection by the AFP of the invitation by PNG to assist with the investigation.

  73. Now is the following down to Abbott – or the NSW Govt?

    “Huge swathes of public land surrounding Santos coal seam gas drilling activities in the Pilliga forest of North West NSW have been closed to the public by police in what is suspected to be a bid to keep the watchful eyes of the public and media out of Santos’ way, protesters says.

    Pilliga East State forest and Bibblewindi State Forest were declared closed yesterday afternoon, with police telling community members that all visitors to the usually public areas must move on by 9am this morning, or risk $2200 fines.”

  74. He promised to go a double dissolution and hold a new election within 6 months, if the repeal of the carbon tax wasn’t passed through the Senate.

  75. Why is anybody surprised by this party who clearly are a product of a long bygone era but would love a return of the “droit de seigneur” ruling class society-we say it, you do it mentality. Well Tony, unless you can completely trash it, this is a democracy and we will vote again and we will remember this not yet finished list of atrocities inflicted on the most vulnerable of our society.

    1. This, I think, coupled with “ozzaid”‘s comment below is the most egregious quality of the individuals who make up this government.

      There is a sub text in everything they do along the lines of “We are the born to rule successors of Robt. Gordon Menzies, whose name be praised, and how dare those stubby fingered and unwashed peasants elect any one other than us.”

      Differences in policy are subjects for legitimate debate in a democracy, but a sense of almost feudal ownership of power, which is what we are seeing, is not a legitimate claim to authority, and has not been so since the beheading of King Charles I.

      1. I my self would like to point out the comments from the unelected Foreign Minister I am above every one else in Australia Bob CARR business class is not good enough for him he is like a lot of Labor politicians no I will say a lot of all Politicians who think they are above every one else and should be treated differently. Stupid CARR put it all in writing and is I am glad to say a labor party politician or was even though he was never elected to Federal Parliament. I now await the clamor from the leftists of how good he was and deserved the treatment that he requested.

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

    Maybe 129. will read something like:

    “129. Forbids every citizen from making political comments about the government online, even anonymously, and instructs them to report on colleagues and neighbours who do” – 20 April 1889

    In short: we are witnessing Australian Fascism Lite in the making.

  77. On the second election day for WA I had to cut down 2 giant ‘vote 1 liberal’ signs blocking the bike racks at the place the election was held.There was so much liberal advertising!

  78. A $100 million salvage package for redundant car industry workers is underfunded and in disarray, more than a month after Prime Minister Tony Abbott promised to announce the details of an assistance program.

    In mid-December, Mr Abbott promised to create a ”$100 million growth fund” to help manufacturing in South Australia and Victoria, and also announced a pair of reviews chaired by Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane to determine how to allocate the money.

    But more than a month after a self-imposed March deadline, the reviews have not yet been discussed at cabinet level and will not be until the next scheduled cabinet meeting on April 14 at the earliest.

    Just $72 million of the promised $100 million has actually been raised by the federal government.

    Read more:

  79. Sally McManus, love what you are doing here. I am keeping an “Abbott’s Shame” file myself, currently up to Shame No 468 and counting. The felonies and misdemeanours of this Government are racking up by the day, but it is great to have this resource to keep the long list of disgraces of this corrupt, unconscionable Government in the forefront of our consciousness. Well done, Sally McManus.

        1. I can’t find a reference now but I think his words were to the effect of “No unexpected changes to super in my first term”

          1. you are an ugly dyke dressed in mens clothes who wants to flood Australia with illegal sandnigger Muslims to bludge off us I hope you get raped by a gang of lebs actualy after that you might like black dick

              1. Nobody should take this guy seriously. Just an angry old man holding onto opinions that few care about. At best we should feel sorry for him as we will all live happier and probably longer lives than him & his opinions. Yay!

            1. Thanks for that Denis I have been trying to say for some time that it is mainly the Labor supporters who rant and rave and swear when they reply to questions well you have well and truly knocked that on the head. Who cares what sally is or isn’t that has nothing to do with any of these posts she is first of all a human being that is unless she has landed from another planet but I doubt that. Do I like her politics to a large extent no i do not but I would never post anything like you just posted if you are a LNP supporter you are a disgrace to that party although maybe you are far more to the right then your intelligence of belonging to that mob shows up in your post.

            2. LOL! This guy is clearly a made up loony for entertainment purposes! One of the funniest comments I’ve seen here. For balance, what we need now is Lenin posting a reply :)

    1. No, read the stuff from his uni days. He is simply a common or garden nasty piece of work, a bodgie (to use the vernacular of his and my youth,) from money and privilege.

  80. Actually, I doubt Fred is by strict definition a liar. I read recently a fascinating piece of psychological research that found, counter intuitively, that when people with a “faith based” belief were presented with factual evidence that disproved the belief, it actually reinforced it, rather than causing the person holding it to reconsider.

    So, Fred may be an irrational true believer, deluded at a deep level, mentally incapable of distinguishing wheat from chaff, but not really a liar.

    1. I see JDC you have some of the same medals as I have. I am not irrational, or deluded or mentally incapable of distinguishing wheat from the chaff but I am crazy and do have papers to prove it and I am fighting a system that is set up to disallow service men and ex service men a fair hearing. I see you have the Vietnam Service Medal but looking at the colors of the ribbon it is not the active service medal is it please correct me if I am wrong. How can you as an ex service man support a party that the waterside workers union refused to load ships with needed supplies for the the troops and these ships had to be taken over by the navy so the diggers fighting in Vietnam could receive ammunition, food, etc. The posties refused to handle mail for the troops and Left wing Union students sent parcels to the North Vietnamese and there was Hanoi Jane standing behind anti aircraft guns next to the North Vietnamese soldiers. If you think this sort of thing was okay then I believe a great deal of you fellow Vietnam Veterans would be disgusted with you.

      1. First, you are correct, it is Navy, not Army (active service.) I was frankly disgusted with our involvement in a war in which we had no business being involved. I was however a career serviceman at the time, so I did as I was told to the best of my ability.

        Did I support the action of the wharf unions, no, and I had personal involvement with the “Jeparrit.” There was a lot of the wrong thing for the right reason going on. Did that mean that I would have supported Holt, no. You can find a of atrocious action on the part of the then government that had real effect on the ground.

        You may be surprised by how many people who were there knew exactly the moral bankruptcy of the war but behaved in the best traditions of the armed services.

        None of which really has to do any more with Abbott’s government. I did not use my ribbons to start a Vietnam discussion, but as a simple identifier of age and background.

      2. That war was another war started under false pretences by the U.S, just like Iraq. That is the disgusting thing about it. We shouldn’t have been there fighting for the world’s evil empire and we haven’t learned a thing.

    1. He hasnt done that yet. Like many things, he want to do it but knows the reality of the current Senate. It will go on the list if he manages to get it through

  81. So of all the election promises he made, what hasn’t he broken yet (that he still can)? I remember the whole “we will repeal the carbon tax within the first 100 days”, but he kinda gave that a shot, so it’s not really a broken promise. But what is there left?

  82. Absolutely true he did say that BUT before the election he did go to the people saying he would introduce a consumption tax.

    1. G’day Fred you still here did you get the fact straight Howard & Abort Lied and Abbott said no cuts health look what he has done today more broken promises the Coalition of shame Howard never ever its dead and he nearly lost that election one term Howard but it will be one term Tony Abbott the polls have been on Labor side since the election The Abbott Government the Worst Government in history
      They are racking up the worsts, this government.
      Worst PM ever;
      Worst FM;
      Worst Immigration Minister;
      Worst Eleventy Minister;

      1. I believe anything I say about the Libs you will deny anything they have ever done is or was good. Where as I say some of the things Labor Party did were good Hawke I voted for Keating I did not Kennett first time I voted for second time I did not so like I have said before I choose the party that will do the best or Australia. The RUDD/GILLARD/RUDD time in government was an utter and complete shambles it took us from a surplus of approximately $80 Billion to a deficit of approximately $300. Now if you had a company worth $8 Billion and six years later you are in debt to the tune of $300 Billion even you would say that the person who had the company stuffed up. I know that some people say that stopped us going into recession like a large part of the world did although I tend to think that yes it helped but we did not need to spend that much money the miners selling to China were bringing in $Billions even though the dollars was high and this was because of the mining boom and what what Gillard/Rudd did. No doubt you have a different thought

        1. You Are a complete and utter liar in a GFC environment We had the lowest unemployment rate in decades, and our economy was the envy of the world. The Gillard government oversaw the smallest increase in cost of living of any Australian government for at least 25 years despite the introduction of the carbon price, a new study has found.

          Moreover, Australian households have seen real incomes – disposable income minus cost of living increases – rise 15 per cent since just after Labor took office, giving the average household a $5324 a year boost, or $102 a week.

          In the words of Thomas Jefferson
          “The Government ought to be judged by how well it meets its legitimate objectives”

          On the whole the Gillard Gov achieved great things within a short period of time. A hard-working, brave, efficient Gov that deserves recognition and the gratitude of all Australians.

          • NBN (the real one) – total cost $37.4b (Government contribution: $30.4b);
          • BER 7,920 schools: 10,475 projects. (completed at less than 3% dissatisfaction rate);
          • Gonski education funding reform;
          • NDIS – DisabilityCare;
          • MRRT & aligned PRRT;
          • Won seat at the UN;
          • Signed Kyoto;
          • Signatory to Bali Process & Regional Framework;
          • Eradicated WorkChoices;
          • Established Fair Work Australia;
          • Established Carbon Pricing/ETS (7% reduction in emissions since July last year);
          • Established National Network of Reserves and Parks;
          • Created world’s largest Marine Park Network;
          • Introduced Reef Rescue Program;
          • National Apology;
          • Sorry to the Stolen Generation;
          • Increased Superannuation from 9 to 12%;
          • Changed 85 laws to remove discrimination against same sex couples;
          • Introduced National Plan to reduce violence against women and children;
          • Improvements to Sex Discrimination Act;
          • Introduced plain packaging of cigarettes;
          • Legislated Equal pay (social & community workers up to 45% pay increases);
          • Legislated Australia’s first Paid Parental Leave scheme;
          • Achieved 1:1 ratio of computers for year 9-12 students;
          • Established $10b Clean Energy Bank;
          • Legislated Murray/Darling Basin plan (the first in a hundred years of trying);
          • Increased Education funding by 50%;
          • Established direct electoral enrollment;
          • Created 190,000 more University places;
          • Established My School;
          • Established National Curriculum;
          • Established NAPLAN;
          • Increased Health funding by 50%;
          • Legislated Aged care package;
          • Legislated Mental health package;
          • Legislated Dental Care package;
          • Created 90 Headspace sites;
          • Created Medicare Locals Program;
          • Created Aussie Jobs package;
          • Created Kick-Start Initiative (apprentices);
          • Funded New Car Plan (industry support);
          • Created Infrastructure Australia;
          • Established Nation Building Program (350 major projects);
          • Doubled Federal Roads budget ($36b) (7,000kms of roads);
          • Rebuilding 1/3 of interstate rail freight network;
          • Committed more to urban passenger rail than any government since Federation;
          • Developed National Ports Strategy;
          • Developed National Land Freight Strategy;
          • Created the nations first ever Aviation White Paper;
          • Revitalized Australian Shipping;
          • Reduced transport regulators from 23 to 3 (saving $30b over 20years);
          • Introduced NICS – infrastructure schedule;
          • Australia moved from 20th in 2007 to 2nd on OECD infrastructure ranking;
          • International Infrastructure Minister of the Year (2012) awarded to Mr Anthony Albanese;
          • International Treasurer of the Year (2011) awarded to Mr Wayne Swan;
          • Introduced anti-dumping and countervailing system reforms;
          • Legislated Household Assistance Package;
          • Introduced School Kids Bonus;
          • Increased Childcare rebate (to 50%);
          • Allocated $6b to Social Housing (20,000 homes);
          • Provided $5b to Support for Homelessness;
          • Established National Rental Affordability Scheme ($4.5b);
          • Introduced Closing the Gap;
          • Supports Act of Recognition for constitutional change;
          • Provided the highest pension increase in 100 years;
          • Created 900,000 new jobs;
          • Established National Jobs Board;
          • Allocated $9b for skills and training over 5 years;
          • Established Enterprise Connect (small business);
          • Appointed Australia’s first Small Business Commissioner;
          • Introduced immediate write-off of assets costing less than $6,500 for Small Business;
          • Introduced $5,000 immediate write-off for Small Business vehicles over $6,500;
          • Introduced a national levy to assist Queensland with reconstruction;
          • Standardized national definition of flood for Insurance purposes;
          • Created Tourism 2020;
          • Completed Australia’s first feasibility study on high speed rail;
          • Established ESCAS (traceability and accountability in live animal exports);
          • Established Royal Commission into Institutional Sexual Abuse;
          • Established National Crime Prevention Fund;
          • Lowered personal income taxes (average family now pays $3,500 less pa than 2007);
          • Raised the tax-free threshold from $6,000 to $18,200;
          • Raised Australia to the richest per capita nation on earth;
          • First time ever Australia has three triple A credit ratings from all three credit agencies;
          • Low inflation;
          • Lowest interest rates in 60 years (average mortgagee paying $5,000 less p.a. than 2007);
          • Low unemployment;
          • Lowest debt to GDP in OECD;
          • Australian dollar is now fifth most traded in the world and IMF Reserve Currency;
          • One of the world’s best performing economies during and since the GFC;
          • Australia now highest ranked for low Sovereign Risk;
          • AAA+ Credit Rating;
          • Overseen the largest fiscal tightening in nations history (4.4%);
          • 21 years of continuous economic growth (trend running at around 3% pa);
          • 11 years of continuous wages growth exceeding CPI;
          • Increasing Productivity;
          • Increasing Consumer Confidence;
          • Record foreign investment;
          • Historic levels of Chinese/Australian bilateral relations;
          • First female Prime Minister;
          • First female Governor General;
          • First female Attorney General;
          • Introduced Small business $1m loss carryback for tax rebate from previous year;
          • Legislated Australian Consumer law.

          A fiscal strategy to return to budget surpluses over the economic cycle without damaging its economy with austerity measures already proven to fail. A future linked to the National Broadband Network, renewable energy, greater productivity through higher education and infrastructure investment, improved social equality, and a more prominent voice on the world stage.

          All this (and more) despite a hung Parliament, a recalcitrant press, and the most negative and asinine Opposition since Federation.

          In my view this was one of the finest Parliamentary periods in our history. Revisiting these stellar achievements helps bring into sharp relief the abject failures of the current Abbott Government.

          Well done, and thank you to the former Gillard Government!

          [With thanks to Lavinia Projustice and Kaye Lee for this comprehensive list of achievements by a stellar Government]
          Judging Gillard and the Labor Government The Labor Achievement

          1. Yep a stellar Government that sent our debt to the stars you yes you and I are paying off this approximately $300 Billion debt your kids will be paying of this debt for years to come and so will mine and every other Australian the interest alone is Millions of $ a year.Let me ask you should we just forget about the debt run up by your so called stellar and not even pay of the interest so in years to come we will end up like Zimbabwe. Everything that Abbott and his government try to do at this time is held up either by the raising debt and or the senate where Labor with the help of the greens is blocking everything.

            1. $300 Billion debt from almost $1.6 GDP. You do the maths. You borrow to create a future. Or do you live in a squat and not have a mortage?

              1. You seem to have forgotten that the Flat Earth Society (COALition members & supporters) live in caves since they are merely Neanderthals.
                Hence they don’t need or believe in borrowing for the future and don’t have mortgages, their homes being holes in the earth, which might be why they are so fond of digging more perhaps?
                They don’t believe in the future and do all they can to ensure we won’t have one, they live in the past.

          2. Wow, thanks for that list it’s easy to forget what the previous Labor Governments did amid the din of the liberal opposition. Probably the greatest for Australia’s soul being Sorry to the Stolen Generation. The current government is still going on about the previous government and talking down the economy, very unAustralian not team players at all especially when overseas.

          3. Agree totally. Gillard did a wonderful job, despite being constantly attacked and blocked by a very negative, backward thinking opposition.
            Sadly they are now our very negative and backwards thinking government.

        3. Fred, we do not measure “success” in terms of surplus only. The Rudd/Gillard Government coped with the GFC very successfully. This required a depletion of surplus.

          There were a number of successes AND failures by the previous Labor Govt. But currently the exiting LNP has failed to provide one (1) lasting policy that is of benefit to ordinary Australians.

          To date, all actions are designed to benefit only the wealthy and large corporations. This is NOT the sign of a successful government.

        4. Fred your comment only reflects what the murdoch media and shrieking shock jocks tell you. Please understand it is in their financial interest to do so. Please research your facts from independent sources and consider such things as the great boom time during the Howard regime where 300 bn was wasted on nothing. This has been internationally noted (by the IMF) as being part of the 3 occasions in Australian history of needless wasteful spending. Under Howard prior to the ’04 and ’07 elections and once under Menzies. Imagine if this money was in the bank for the GFC or it was spent by Howard on infrastructure.
          The necessary deficit left by Labor was miniscule in international terms. Also you may wish to continue your unbiased international comparison by noting that in the last 6 months, Australia’s budget has disintegrated at a faster rate than the top 29 leading economies.

  83. I only posted what she said. Yes I picked that statement because of that comment you choose the parts where she said it was not a tax I chose where she said it was like a tax. So after all your huffing and puffing who is right and who is wrong.

    1. You are wrong again LNP TROLL get facts straight Like Abbott you do not read and I will leave you this again get the full picture and stop reading Murdock rag LNP TROLL

      Julia Gillard did not lie She actually said, following her comment about there being “no carbon tax under the government she led”; that she was determined to put a price on carbon – which was to be paid by the big polluters; with lower-income earners being compensated. Different from a tax which is paid for by the majority of the working class and middle class population.

      The media and the opposition only decided to pay attention to the first part of that statement; and neglected to pay attention to the rest of the statement that she made.

      1. I only posted what she said. Yes I picked that statement because of that comment you choose the parts where she said it was not a tax I chose where she said it was like a tax. So after all your huffing and puffing who is right and who is wrong.

        She said it is like a tax did she say this or did’nt she. I only copied and pasted from something you put up.

        Is duty a tax according to governments it is not it is a duty my opinion is that it is a tax.

    2. Truth Seeker points to the fact that whenever members of the coalition refer to Gillard’s famous statement before the last election about a carbon tax, they only quote half of the sentence:

      “There will be no carbon tax under a government I lead,” conveniently leaving out the part after the comma, where she goes on to say “but lets be absolutely clear. I am determined to price carbon”.’

      Not only the Opposition, either, but just about all of the mainstream media and Fred LOL

    3. It’s not tax get facts From Julie Owens PM Thanks Stewart, you are right. the debate over the two years prior to Julia’s statement about a carbon tax was about which would be more effective, a tax (which was the Greens’ view) or a market mechanism ( which both major parties supported). She made a speech at the press club and several other statements that week committing to a price on carbon as was Labor policy, not a Tax. We introduced a market based system (not a tax).

    4. And this LOL don’t Hyde from the facts Fred
      “The decision to do something about climate change (by Ms Gillard)…was a condition of the formation of government,” said Mr Windsor.
      “The Leader of the Opposition knows that very well because on a number of occasions he actually begged for the job, begged for the job. You’ve never denied it Tony, you’ve never denied it and you won’t.”
      “I got the sense that during the first week of negotiations that Tony Abbott probably was more interested in another election,” said Mr Windsor then.
      “I think that was being reinforced from outside. I got a number of phone calls. There was a lot of noise about.”
      But today he told Parliament Mr Abbott had told him, “I will do anything, anything, to get this job.” Mr Windsor said: “They were the comments, and people know that, and they should know it, because you are an absolute disgrace in the way in which you are wandering around on this issue.
      “You have exactly the same target as the emissions trading scheme pricing arrangements. You have exactly the same target in terms of the 1990 levels by 2020.
      “And you have the audacity to actually say to people that you are going to achieve that target through a much more expensive arrangement than putting a price on carbon particularly given the history that you have on this issue.”
      TONY Abbott two years ago begged for support to become Prime Minister, saying he would do anything except “sell my arse” to get the job, Parliament heard today.
      “He begged for the job and he made the point, not only to me but to others that were in that negotiating period, that he would do anything to get that job, anything to get that job.
      “And you would well remember and your colleagues should be aware, that the only codicil that you put on that (was), `I will do anything , Tony (Windsor) to get that job. The only thing I wouldn’t do is to sell my arse’.”

      Tony Abbott would do anything but sell my arse Tony Windsor

  84. Hay Abbott I thought we had budget emergency we did not under Labor and you got rid of dept ceiling Abbott more lies from Abbott and co
    It’s now $61.15 billion of gross borrowing by the Abbott government
    The week ends with the Abbott government borrowing a further $700 million today, which brings the total of gross borrowing since 9 September 2013 to $61.15 billion.

    1. I believe that if you check this is money that has to be borrowed to keep continuing paying for Labors future spending brought in before they were trashed at the last election.

  85. Gee Fred, on what charge, or what cause? How exactly is having your nose rubbed in fact in any way indictable? Unless, of course you really are Tony Baloney himself trolling. Now there’s a thought.

          1. No your version of the truth is what you are putting forwarded you believe that no matter what Labor can do no wrong I believe that there are two sides to every story.

      1. I agree with you we should not have gone into Iraq he either ignored the advice or believed what the Americans and the British were saying. As I said before as far as the GST goes yes he did say the GST was dead and buried but before the election he said he was going to introduce a consumption tax so he changed his mind but he did it before going to the people.

      2. and the Rudd/Gillard government only took the election by relying on several independents after their first election win

  86. Is it a bit like a duty that we have on Tobacco, Alcohol and Petrol. Not everyone one is hit with the duty only the people who use there products but as was pointed out when the GST came in it is a Tax on a Tax.

  87. Under The Labor Government in a GFC environment
    We had the lowest unemployment rate in decades, and our economy was the envy of the world. The Gillard government oversaw the smallest increase in cost of living of any Australian government for at least 25 years despite the introduction of the carbon price, a new study has found.

    Moreover, Australian households have seen real incomes – disposable income minus cost of living increases – rise 15 per cent since just after Labor took office, giving the average household a $5324 a year boost, or $102 a week.

  88. Gillard fends off broken promise claims, but admits carbon plan is like a tax,The AustralianFebruary 25, 2011

    JULIA Gillard has dismissed as “semantics” suggestions she has broken an election-eve promise ruling out a carbon tax, while admitting her carbon-pricing plan is “effectively like a tax”.

    Opposition Leader Tony Abbott accused Ms Gillard of political dishonesty, saying she had no mandate for her three to five year carbon tax that will morph into an emissions trading scheme.

    “I think if the Prime Minister wants to make a, politically speaking, honest women of herself she needs to seek a mandate for a carbon tax,” Mr Abbott said.

    If it sounds like a Tax and looks like a tax then it is a tax just disguised in another name.

    1. Fred Get the facts straight LNP TROLL and I will leave again all this It is not a tax the Australian taxation office do not look after It because it is a price carbon she did not Lie ETC Unlike your Disgraceful mate Abbott LOL

      Julia Gillard did not lie She actually said, following her comment about there being “no carbon tax under the government she led”; that she was determined to put a price on carbon – which was to be paid by the big polluters; with lower-income earners being compensated. Different from a tax which is paid for by the majority of the working class and middle class population.

      The media and the opposition only decided to pay attention to the first part of that statement; and neglected to pay attention to the rest of the statement that she made.

    2. It’s not tax get facts From Julie Owens PM Thanks Stewart, you are right. the debate over the two years prior to Julia’s statement about a carbon tax was about which would be more effective, a tax (which was the Greens’ view) or a market mechanism ( which both major parties supported). She made a speech at the press club and several other statements that week committing to a price on carbon as was Labor policy, not a Tax. We introduced a market based system (not a tax).

      The evidence shows Gillard’s clear commitment was to introduce an ETS based on Rudd ETS (aka CPRS) rather than a Carbon Tax It’s not a tax it’s a price on carbon Tony Abbott lied

    3. Under Labor with Tony Windsor

      The carbon price has secured Inverell’s future.

      The town’s major employer, Bindaree Beef, has secured a $23 million grant to install a world-first biogas system.

      The $46 million project involves installing a more energy-efficient render plant and directing all organic waste through a digester, which will produce clean energy from biogas, high-quality recycled water for irrigation and organic fertilizer for sale.

      Bindaree Beef will no longer burn coal or dispose of waste in lagoons and landfill.

      Electricity consumption will be slashed by up to half.

      Reduced operating costs will make the abattoir much more globally competitive, boosting jobs and creating an opportunity for further expansion.

      I have been working with Bindaree Beef for two years to make this happen, and I’d like to congratulate the McDonald family for having the foresight to recognize the opportunities of the carbon pricing package. They are now world leaders in meat processing.

      1. I reckon that is great and I hope it works as it is supposed to where I live we have had a system called the Bedminster system something similar to the one you are talking about put in the garbage and out comes good fertile compost of course that is when it is actually working been out of commission more than it has been working since it was built cost millions of dollars to. I hope the system you get is better than the system we have.

          1. Like I said I hope it works but if they have just secured the $23 million to build it how do you know it works. I hope when it is built it works I only told you of the system here which they claimed was going to do this and do that cost millions and like I said has not been working longer than it has and even when working it is not working at full capacity a lot of the time.

    1. My dear old (96) white haired mother had this to say re. knighthoods, and I quote:

      “The push behind this is not so much Abbott, whom I detest, and not even the unspeakable Howard, but rather Howard’s socialite wife, Janette, who sees herself as a “Dame.”

      My mother is a very wise woman, who has seen nearly 100 years of Australia, and is very aware of ratbags when she sees them.

  89. What about this one?……………….

    Despite saying he would not do so, His Grace Tony the Abbott, Duke of Australia has decided to reintroduce Dames and Knights.
    Not surprising really from this COALition flat earth society.

    To quote one commenter on Politics Live…………….

    “I heartily welcome the new awards system of knights and dames. Great to see the country striding confidently forward into the Middle Ages. Feudalism here we come! Serf’s up!

    Date and time
    March 25, 2014, 4:12PM

    I couldn’t have said it better myself!

    Read more:

    Read more:

    1. Reintroducing knights and dames is there. But it’s not a broken promise as he said we would do it after the election

      1. “In a foolish and ultimately self-incriminating move, Murdoch’s Sunday Telegraph has tried to protect federal government leader Tony Abbott from humiliation.

        Mr Abbott is quite capable of humiliating himself. In fact, he usually does it on a daily basis, making protecting him a full-time, even futile, job.

        In short, The Sunday Telegraph pulled a page from 22 December, 2013, containing a story in which Abbott ruled out the reintroduction of knights and dames. Following a commotion on social media, the page was restored to the online edition the following day.”This story – dating from the 22nd Dec 2013 was AVAILABLE to read not now
        it is not! It was a blatant Broken promise another lie Fact

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    1. Lol not trying to be mean or anything but Fred, I read your comments up to march of 14… And I think you’ve just given me cancer.

      1. Well if you feel like that I must be a very special person to give you cancer I hope you get it cured ASAP. If not don’t blame me .

    2. Fred you keep popping up with eye catching comments full of one sided logic and gross generalizations in support of your opinions. You remind me of the knight in the movie “The Holy Grail” who keeps fighting despite losing a succession of limbs. My advice to you is to hop away while you still have one good leg.

    3. you are LIAR Fred just like your mate Phony Tony Abbott LOL
      So in actual FACT, all the L/NP, and Mr Tony Abbott have been telling lies for over 3 years about the impact of the Carbon price! What happened to the “python squeeze,” the “cobra strike,” the “wrecking ball through the whole economy,” “towns wiped off the map,” “thousands of job loses because of the Carbon tax,” “a toxic tax,” “a great big New tax!” IT IS ALL A GREAT BIG LIE! Your friend Mr Tony Abbott admitted it! – FACT

    1. That’s terrible but not surprising of course.
      We can hardly expect a government with no ethics itself to support anything else which is ethical.

    1. The facts it is not a Carbon tax ATO do not look after it it is price on carbon and it works she did not lie Julia Gillard did not lie She actually said, following her comment about there being “no carbon tax under the government she led”; that she was determined to put a price on carbon – which was to be paid by the big polluters; with lower-income earners being compensated. Different from a tax which is paid for by the majority of the working class and middle class population.

      The media and the opposition only decided to pay attention to the first part of that statement; and neglected to pay attention to the rest of the statement that she made.

    2. It’s not tax get facts From Julie Owens PM Thanks Stewart, you are right. the debate over the two years prior to Julia’s statement about a carbon tax was about which would be more effective, a tax (which was the Greens’ view) or a market mechanism ( which both major parties supported). She made a speech at the press club and several other statements that week committing to a price on carbon as was Labor policy, not a Tax. We introduced a market based system (not a tax).

      The evidence shows Gillard’s clear commitment was to introduce an ETS based on Rudd ETS (aka CPRS) rather than a Carbon Tax It’s not a tax it’s a price on carbon Tony Abbott lied

    3. Let look at the silly HYPOCRITE Abbott who supported A carbon TAX 2009 LOL
      Abbott Government the worst in history fact’
      Tony Abbott:”If you want to put a price on carbon why not just do it with a simple tax

  90. I think this post just enforces what I said about some Labor supporters not being able to answer a post with out using foul language and being just plain obnoxious.

    1. Still talking crap Frad , do you remember who stood in front of a sign that read ” ditch the witch ” and ” Bob’s Brown bitch ” . And you have the hide to call Labor supported obnoxious , pot and kettle I think hey Fred or whatever your name is.

    2. Fred, foul language and being just plain obnoxious is not just used by the left, have you ever read Larry Pickerings Face Book page? I suggest you do and then tell us what side uses the most foul language, and the most obnoxious words about anyone and everything Labor. When Julia Gillard was PM, the posts were absolutely disgusting. She has been out of politics and his posts still talk about her in the most derogatory way.

      1. I actually don’t red any of his stuff because of being told what he posts I have no more time from people from the right writing that sort of garbage than I have for the left doing the same.

    1. Oh great! So we are paying $190 million to pay for this bunch of 1900 liars to tell us lies we don’t want to hear.
      That needs to stop right now!
      If Abbott wants to tell lies he should be paying for that from his own pocket.

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  92. Then he can produce to you the one big lie of the previous government “There will be no Carbon Tax in the Government I lead” We all forget about that one did we and the amount of hurt it is costing the normal Australians. Also the fact that even Kevvie said before the last election that he was going to repeal it if he won government but alas he lost and now the leader of the Labor Party who by the way actually got less votes for the leadership than Albanese (sorry if spelt wrong) but still won the leadership because it appears that the votes of the ordinary Labor Party faithfuls are worth less than those elected to Parliament by those same people has voted with the Greens to block the rescinding of this tax.

    1. Blah blah blah same old shite from same old shite head Lieberal supporters . Caused so much pain to Aussies , not as much as your dimwitted Lieberals are causing to the country . You want to hope that Abbott doesn’t come after your job . Don’t think for one moment he gives a flying f$&k if you lose your job . He got voted in and that’s all he cares about .

    2. What she said but what has always been truncated by those pushing their barrows full of coal is “There will be no carbon tax under a government I lead but let’s be absolutely clear I am determined to price carbon”. Get it right and don’t parrot the COALition.
      The link contains details of how the quote has been reported and cut in various media.

    3. It’s a pity that even when faced with the blatant truth you cannot admit that abbott is the biggest fool to lead a country since G.W.Bush. He cut so much from the govrnments resources that now he cut the debtceilkng and Joe hockey said that labor would keep spending well lets srr sounds like hypocritsy

    4. Fred you need get the fact straight and stop listening Murdoch Julia did not LIE FACT
      Julia Gillard did not lie She actually said, following her comment about there being “no carbon tax under the government she led”; that she was determined to put a price on carbon – which was to be paid by the big polluters; with lower-income earners being compensated. Different from a tax which is paid for by the majority of the working class and middle class population.

      The media and the opposition only decided to pay attention to the first part of that statement; and neglected to pay attention to the rest of the statement that she made.

    5. Fred Are you an LNP TOLL you do not get the facts straight Carbon price was for 3 years then ETS we brought it forward by 1 year you listen to Murdoch and co she did not lie fact unlike silly Abbott that lies all time
      It’s not tax get facts From Julie Owens PM Thanks Stewart, you are right. the debate over the two years prior to Julia’s statement about a carbon tax was about which would be more effective, a tax (which was the Greens’ view) or a market mechanism ( which both major parties supported). She made a speech at the press club and several other statements that week committing to a price on carbon as was Labor policy, not a Tax. We introduced a market based system (not a tax).

      The evidence shows Gillard’s clear commitment was to introduce an ETS based on Rudd ETS (aka CPRS) rather than a Carbon Tax It’s not a tax it’s a price on carbon Tony Abbott lied

    6. Fred you are making your self look silly Abbott LOL
      LABOR REAFFIRMS COMMITMENT TO ETS It was always going to be an ETS Carbon price for 3 years we brought It forward by 1 Year It is not a tax ATO don’t look after it and it is a price on carbo

      Federal Labor has reaffirmed its commitment to ending the carbon tax as long as it’s replaced with an Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) in the Senate today.

      Labor voted against the Greens’ disallowance motion against the Government’s revocation of voluntary auction for carbon units.

      “This entire episode has been nothing more than a political stunt by Tony Abbott and Greg Hunt,” Shadow Climate Change Minister Mark Butler said.

      “Labor’s decision indicates neither Greg Hunt’s claims of victory nor Christine Milne’s claims of defeat.”

      The facts are:

      Labor’s Clean Energy Bill amendments propose a shift to an Emissions Trading Scheme by 1 July 2014
      The voluntary auction would have no impact on the introduction of Labor’s ETS
      It is clear business would not have participated in this auction, given the uncertainty in the market created by the Government’s attempt to dismantle Labor’s clean energy policy.

      “Under existing legislation, a new auction can be undertaken almost immediately if the Government were to accept the expert advice that an ETS is the best way to combat climate change,” Mr Butler said.

      “Labor remains committed to terminating the carbon tax provided that an effective plan to combat carbon pollution is put in its place,” Mr Butler said.

      “The Government has no such plan and all the Parliamentary tricks in the world will not change that fact.”

      “This was a ploy by Mr Hunt to distract Australians from the fact he has no climate change policy and he is pretending this manoeuvre will lead to Labor abandoning its ETS,” Mark Butler said.

      “Labor will not change its position on this.”

  93. Is there a PDF version of this list that I can download? I have a staunch right-wing brother in law that I’d like to present it to.

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  96. Fred, any chance at all that your last name is Flintstone?

    If not why would you want us to be going back to the stone age Fred?

    Right now are you back in your cave and keeping warm by burning some imaginary “clean coal” whilst not caring at all that burning it is not only destroying our planet but at the same time giving asthma and cancer to people?

    But of course that is OK since it is creating jobs (repairing the damage) and making your rich mates like Gina richer and that’s what truly matters hey?

    1. Sorry I shouldn’t jump to conclusions about you burning coal Fred.

      Maybe your cave is one of those thoroughly modern ones heated by COALition seam gas while you sit there caring not at all that extracting this stuff is permanently polluting our water table which many of our hard working farmers depend on to feed us?

      1. Sorry, there I go again making assumptions.

        I shouldn’t assume the COALition has gas, but you’ve got to admit it’s hard not to since they really do stink! ;-)

  97. Really?

    I disagree.

    I think they would be pleased to see all of us (except you of course) standing up to a concentration camp building maniac with little to no regard for human beings and their wellfare.

    Not only those from other countries who need help and support but equally those of his own nation.

    Anyone standing up to someone like that is a decent human being and should be proud.

  98. It looks like you are making assumptions that all those people vote LNP. They went out there had fun no one got hurt apparently except a few hangovers. Wonder what your idea of fun is. I have never been to one of those B & S balls but it is people letting their hair down. No doubt the PC brigade would frown on people having fun in anyway whatsoever.

    1. So you believe that sort of behavior constitutes a good time?
      Good for you. That tells us all quite a bit about you.
      I really doubt that anyone with even a modicum of intelligence and self respect would consider that to be having a good time. Obviously you think they would.


      You vote for the COALition by any chance? hmmmm?
      Or too ashamed to admit it?

      I would be!

      As for your PC brigade which you speak of. Who are they and why aren’t you asking them?

      I, like most people on here I’d imagine are all for people having a good time and a good life.
      Exactly why we want Abbott and his loonies gone!
      We don’t want to be taken down the Rabbott burrow back to the dark ages

  99. I was bewildered to understand just who in Australia would be stupid enough to have voted for such a sexist, redneck, moronic COALition government.

    That is, until I found this today……………

    There are thousands of them out there apparently!

    Warning NSFW !!!!!!!!!!!!
    Contains graphic images of potential Nationals voters being themselves in their natural state. That being a rather sad state void of any real morals or intelligent thinking.

    No different to Tony and co really when you think about it.

    1. Things that make you go mmmmmm? Worriesome indeed – they don’t all behave like this though – the educated smooth and polite Rights are actually creepy – these people here in the video are just unknowing – well – unknowing anything at all, really – not their conscious choice – they are not conscious at all. Sad and concerning indeed.:(

  100. thank you sally, you have saved me doing a list and i will be sure to publicise this one. A vital tool in these frightening times.

  101. Following yesterday’s introduction of Abbott’s “Omnibus Repeal Day (Autumn 2014) Bill” yesterday, how the heck are you going to be able to track all the ‘baby thrown out with the bathwater’ bits? For a start, there are the laws regulating financial advisers and charities – all going. But apart from these, there’s one other bill that cancels a great reform introduced by Labor after three years of broad consultation: better regulation of agricultural and veterinary chemicals (includes pesticides)….

  102. discontinued the $1.5 million grant to the Community Food Grants program.
    AUSVEG claim that it is a potential risk the the horticulture industry !!!

  103. Here’s another one:
    We all know that self-regulation by an industry does not work. It’s like expecting a teenager to set their own school homework then giving themselves a mark for doing it.
    Previously an independent body was charged with monitoring complaints. Now that has been abolished to save money and replaced with a body composed of industry representatives.

      1. Completely missed it the first time around but as it’s a particularly odious and mean savings measure, just like cutting the payments to soldiers’ orphans (117), that I’m glad I repeated it.
        I expect that Red Tape Repeal day will present many more acts disadvantaging Australians by removing protections.

  104. On 27th February, Christopher Pyne actually introduced amendments to Fair Work Act that reintroduced WorkChoices policies. This reintroduces “individual flexibility arrangements” and “Entitlements upon termination – employers will only be obliged to pay out annual leave loading on termination if required to do so under an enterprise agreement or modern award.” which means anyone that doesn’t take their leave will lose it.

    I certainly don’t recall any of these being promised. In fact, I seem to remember Abbott promising they’d never reintroduce WorkChoices!

  105. I used to think getting into a top leadership position in the COALition was rather exclusive and required one to (at the very least) first have a full frontal lobotomy, but these days it’s obvious that any idiot can get the gig.
    Such a drop in COALition standards!
    Makes me sad for them. It seems they have lost their way.

    1. yes it surely makes you wonder what sort of people our fellow Australians are when someone like Malcolm Turnbull is available and they choose to support this lunatic. I would still not vote for the LNP, but at least the fear of a new fascist regime a la Hitler would be gone.

  106. Surely the move to remove Section 18C which for 18 years has protectected us against racial vilification deserves a special mention on the list?

  107. How can I subscribe to this list to be notified of additional wreckage? I’m told he is implementing all the policies of the right wing think tank Institute of Public Affairs.

  108. Can’t Abbott be challenged under anti-discrimination laws for some of his cuts to organizations tasked with upholding the rights and improving the lives of the most racially discriminated against section of Australian society, our first people, and aren’t these the people we should be consulting with about refugee intake and settlement?

  109. Sadly we do have a lot of mindless idiots in this country and the numbers are now engineered to grow.
    That’s why the COALition reduces spending on education. This will guarantee an endless supply of dumbed down, sorry I mean loyal, COALition voters in the future.
    It’s all part of the evil master plan.

    1. I think you might be right, unfortunately. An uneducated public makes it much easier for the ones in power to do what they like and get away with it. Mmmm like the dark ages!!!!!

  110. . I just think you will strengthen your case further by giving no room for the nutbakes who want to try and refute the damage that Abbott is doing to our wonderful country. regards dp.

    We must have a lot of nutbakes in this country because the majority voted this government in. By the way what is a nutbake it is an expression I have never herd before.

  111. I cannot see how saying “you people” is ill mannered I was referring to a group of people who say we should take all these people in like yourself. I did make a mistake and mentioned HOWARD when I should have said ABBOTT a slight mistake that even you did not pick up on. You say you took in one family of boat people well done I am sure a lot of people who say let them all in would not have done the same but I do note that you say he was an engineer which is what you are so do you only pick the educated ones to look after or would you take in any of them. As far the quote that he said if there had been a line I would have joined it. Well there is a line in all the refugee camps through no doubt your friend would have traveled including Indonesia where I expect he paid a lot of money to get to Australia there by disallowing someone else in one of these camps the chance of a better life in Australia.

    1. HOWARD / ABBOTT I noticed but ignored, I knew what you meant. I see little point in nit picking and wasting space on obvious and harmless errors.

      As to me friend, had he not been an engineer, which he is, is irrelevant. The opportunity to help presented itself, and the fact that his job brought him into contact with me through our similiar work is genuinely coincidental. Really, no cherry picking involved.

      You miss my point about the queues. When contracted with the people who got him out of where the secret police had shot others in his family, those contracting move you past all of the other “normal” means of access.

      Also, bear in mind, depending on where you come from, in a lot of cases, the refugee camps in other countries send you straight back, especially if their definition of “refugee” excludes having your family shot. To some people, this does not mean that you are necessarily at risk.

      A sweeping generalization of “you people” is considered prejorative, BTW. See how far you get publicly referring to a group as “You people.”

      1. A PS really to my last. I did not say we should take in everybody who arrives on a boat, nor do I think we should. Just the genuine refugees, for whom we have made an international (UN) commitment, which Abbott tries to ignore. It is worth noting that despite draconic attempts to exclude everybody, the vast majority of those arriving by boat are actually accepted as genuine refugees, much to Abbott’s chagrin.

  112. Congratulations on your Engineering Diploma it would have been hard to get and no doubt you worked hard for it. One thing I would like to take you up on is the fact that you say you have never been in a Union but have received the benefits that they have fought for. If you were not in the union why did you take the benefits should those benefits have only gone to union members. I agree completely that in the early days of the unions they were needed as people were exploited but when you have bully boy unions ex BLF, Waterside Workers etc then this can spoil it for the rest of the unions. Some of the unions of this country have made companies move overseas because of constant demands on the employer. Just look at the car industry all three packing up because they cannot compete in the world market due to the cost of building vehicles here. I am not saying it is the total reason these and other companies are going overseas but it is a big part of it. We in this country have a pretty good lifestyle but how much longer can it last as companies close down and go overseas and we import goods that were once made here digging holes in the ground can only last so long.

    1. Actually, if you read what I said, I never claimed to receive any of the benefits to which I referred. My position, largely self employed, in the design and construction management of ships in several countries and in shipyards of hugely varying sophistication, while not giving me much in the way of benefit, has given me the opportunity and perspective over 50 years to view the changes, and make I think, pretty good comparative judgements.

        1. The reason we are no longer exploited is because of unions. What do you think will happen without them? If unions are corrupt and messing with Aussie workers rather than helping them, then they need to be policed – not dismantled.

        2. The exploitation continues right up to the management level where employees are paid for 40 hours and are expected to work 60/80+, not to mention being on call 24/7. Not to mention the fear behind taking holidays lest your job be gone on your return. Now what about penalty rates, working conditions, safety and so on?

    2. The cost of building cars here is higher because the cost of living is higher. Abbott, and for that matter Reinhardt’s solution is to lower conditions, lower wages and create a new class of poverty. Look to the 50 million in poverty in the U.S. How about we get busy and create sustainable 21st century living instead of hanging on to 17th century technology.

  113. Good work Sally, glad to see you are keeping the list up-to-date. I thought the Howard government was bad, but Abbott is leaving Howard in the shade in the nastiness stakes.

    I think there was one statement that he made or decision that the government took a few weeks ago that I could support or at least not disagree with, but sadly I can’t remember what it was.

    Perhaps for balance you could start a list of positive actions in parallel to your excellent negatives list. Even put it at the top – I am afraid it won’t be very long!

    1. You may mean keeping Archer Midlands Daniels out of our grain stocks, that’s about the only one i supported. And the one that really surprised me too as the U.S has decided who leads this country since they got rid of Gough.

  114. Sally, I think this is an excellent concept however it suffers a little in the suggestion that the Tony Abbott Government is responsible for all of the issues that you list. By way of some examples…. I think quite a few economists agree that the Australian car industry was always going to close down. Government subsidies by way of direct grants and tariffs may have prolonged the inevitable but fundamentally the market for Australian produced cars was simply not large enough domestically and once we had to compete internationally our competitiveness and the strength of the $AUD was always going to make it extremely difficult. So it is a little simplistic to attribute the destruction of the Australian Manufacturing industry to this one decision.Don’t get me wrong I am no friend of the LNP. I think many of the issues you list are irrefutable facts. What I advise is you need to avoid rhetoric and exaggeration. You need to avoid drawing causal inferences when there is little evidence to support the claim. I have carefully gone through your list and IMHO there are only about 10 that fit into my suggested “problem” criteria. So a damn good effort by all measures. I just think you will strengthen your case further by giving no room for the nutbakes who want to try and refute the damage that Abbott is doing to our wonderful country. regards dp

    1. David, I think your comments are entirely valid. My twist is that the LNP when in opposition, never conceded prior circumstance or their own role in explaining Labor policy or practice. What goes around, comes around. Unless of course we only want to deal in independently verified facts – but that’s a bit too radical for the Australian political culture as it stands at the moment.

  115. How about all you people going on about what HOWARD is doing stopping the boats ring him up and tell him you will take 5 or 6 or them into your home, look after them, teach them the Australian way. Either do that or stop bitching. The boat people are paying people a lot of money so that they do not end up in the refugee camps around the world and wait their turn. As labor people I am sure you can understand that the rich should not get a better deal than the poor.

    1. “How about all you people going on about what HOWARD is doing stopping the boats ring him up and tell him you will take 5 or 6 or them into your home, look after them, ”

      Actually, I have done this. Not 5 or 6 of “them,” but one, and his family, until they found their feet. You cannot comprehend just how bloody wrong you and the rest of the bigots in the country who pre-judge refugees actually are.

      The only excuse for this point of view that I can consider is the brain washing to which you have been mercilessly subjected by Murdoch and his poodle, Tony Abbott.

      The family in question is the electrical engineer I mentioned in a previous post, and I have heard the whole story. I have seen the picture, he keeps it on his desk, of he and his wife and kids looking scruffy and goofy in the clumsy lifejackets put on them by the Navy, as they were taken off the boat that brought them.

      I have heard the reality of his movements from his home country (I don’t want to put in enough detail to be identifiable) and the utter impossibility of any of the so called “queue jumper” and other slurs with which these people are labelled.

      As he said, “If there was a queue anywhere that I could have joined, of course I would have, but there was not. When you consign yourself, out of desperation to this course of action, you are basically entirely under the control of the people who put you on the boats the whole way. It is very much like the underground railway that moved slaves from the American South to Canada.”

      Get past the bigotry, and look at the people who are desperate enough to risk their lives to get here the only way they can. And, the hard fact is, there are not really all that many of them anyway, certainly not compared to the flow of desperate people into Europe.

      It may also be worth mentioning that the ratbag mullah who was sending hate mail to Australian troops in Afghanistan arrived by plane in the Tony Abbott approved fashion.

      Oh, and, if you want to be taken as anything other than ill mannered, please do not refer to the myself and the respondents here as “you people.”

    2. Fred or whatever your name is, this has nothing to do with ‘labor people’ – this is to do with basic human rights that are taken away cruelly from refugees on Manus and other places.

      It would do you well to become better educated on the whole issue of the plight of refugees the world over. What would you do if you walked in their shoes? But probably if you are a lover of Abbott’s and Howard’s soiled beliefs, you do not have the ability to feel empathy for ‘outsiders’.

      And since you mentioned it, how is it that conservatives have only one label for people like us who care about human rights? What makes you think we’re all ‘labor’ people? Or socialists, LOL?

      I’m sure the small section of decent people in the LNP who are actually not self-centered, money-grabbing, individualistic nothings would be very cranky with beliefs like yours.

      Good on you, Sally! I’ll spread your blog far and wide.

  116. I don’t think much of Politicians of any persuasion the majority of them are Lawyers and as we all know what do they call 99 Lawyers at the bottom of the ocean. I cannot though in any way whatsoever say that this current mob are worse than they last lot of imbeciles that spent money like it was water put us into debt for Billions and acted like spoilt kids, I want to be leader no I want to be leader maybe if they got on running the country instead of back stabbing each other and throw money to all and sundry we may not be in the mess we now are.

    1. Fred. to repeat the LNP sloganeering that we have this disastrous debt is simply wrong. Educate yourself on the finer points of economics and you will find that the debt Labor left is what saved us from the GFC and, at the same time created long overdue employment and infrastructure. The internationally recognised waste came during the Howard regime when, coincidentally, 300bn from the biggest world wide boom era was wasted and all our gold reserves sold for $300 an ounce with nothing to show for it.
      And ‘running the country’ is creating society and community not serving and enriching giant, greedy corporations and selling the country out from under us. The economy is supposed to serve the community, not the other way around.

  117. I apoligise for not use the correct grammar but I did not go to Uni so I cannot brag that I sat on my arse for 4 years to get an Arts degree. I left school at 15 and was never unemployed despite my poor grammar and spelling. I now live comfortable and without any help from the Unions.

    1. Fred, not a lot of Union members do have University Degrees, and despite that manage decent use of the language. Linking poor grammar to not having a higher education starts to sound like inverted snobbery.

      I am an engineer, old school, Diploma, no degree, but years of experience. I have worked in heavy industry (shipbuilding) all my life, and despite never having been a Union member, I am very, very, aware of the positive changes in industry in terms of working conditions, and safety, not just wages, for which the Unions have fought and can take credit.

      I am also very aware, how, with noteable exceptions, management fought every bloody one of them, their position simply being a knee jerk and repetitious wailing about “It will cost too much.”

      Speak to men from the earlier industrial era whose legs have been amputated because of cement exposure, welders blinded by their job, broken and crippled men whose working life on low wages ended with no support at all. They are living out the last of their days in Men’s Homes, where nurses like my wife look after them.

      This is the hidden cost of destroying the Unions, something I believe Abbott sees as a holy crusade.

      Add to this his quasi religious disbelief in scientific fact and advice, his belief that treasures like the Tasmanian forests, or the Great Barrier Reef cannot be placed in front of corporate exploitation, and add a few personal issues such as his mysoginistic attitudes and generally blinkered mindset, lead me to the conclusion that I cannot imagine a worse personality to be our Prime Minister.

      BTW, I do agree with you about Malcolm Turnbull. I do not agree with him politically, but I do respect him as a man.

    1. You are of course correct, “to whom you referred” would have been more accurate. My deepest apologies. It is still a straw man, however.

  118. I wonder how many genuine people will be there and not just people who will march against anything. I also wonder how many fully understand whey they are marching.

    1. Inevitably a few of the ones you are are worried about will be there, but more to the point, in logic, this is what is called a “straw man” argument, and is one of the commonest of examples of poor thinking. Now, I accept that logic is not the strongest of suits in conservative politics, but google can help you, I’m sure.

    2. Fred, i witnessed very many people marching, many of them older, who had never marched before, such is their outrage as to what is happening to our once fine country.

  119. I wonder how proud Tony Abbott feels about possibly being the first Australian Prime Minister to have caused a nationwide march of no confidence against him?
    Another COALition first!

  120. There is a much better way than this government’s tunnel visioned, short term, dig it up and sell it economic lack of thinking.

    Believe it or not we can have a strong economy and at the same time one which benefits not only the population but also the people!
    All we need is a government capable of thinking outside the box, or should I say the mine or the gas well?

    Economist Gunter Pauli explains how…………….

    I strongly urge everyone to watch this. It’s truly inspirational.

  121. ” I have never been able to understand what it is that conservatives have against paying the people who work for them a decent living wage.”

    I remember reading something about this in a psychology paper once. Apparently it has something to do with low self esteem or sense of self worth.

    It mentioned that people like that feel a need to make sure others are less successful than they are in order to boost their own (carefully hidden) very low self esteem. They have some sort of need to always feel superior and go to great lengths to achieve this including pretending that their lives are perfect and denial that anything is wrong in their lives.

    Sometimes they do this all their lives. Other times they reach a point where they can’t keep it up any more and have a breakdown. It’s quite common and a sad symptom of our society’s obsession with money.

    If only those people could realise that it’s not necessary and that people can all get on much better in life if they treat one another with respect and kindness.
    I feel very sorry for them to be quite honest.

  122. I have disagreed with governments in the past, maybe more often than I have agreed with them, but never, ever, have I had in the past the utter contempt that I feel for this government. It is not a feeling I welcome, or enjoy.

    In a staggeringly short time, the Abbott government has set a record for sheer untrammeled nastiness that will stand for a long time, and never I hope, be broken.

    Item 12 above says it all. An Orwellian “doublespeak” arbitrary demand to change language, and confer illegality on refugees with not just doubtful due process, but no due process at all.

    I see no reason at the moment to be particularly proud to be an Australian.

    PS Sally, congratulations on your work and fortitude. I am in awe of your ability to subject yourself to this wallow on an ongoing basis and It almost needs to be sub categorized by Ministry. As time goes on, the sheer volume may demand it.

    1. “I see no reason at the moment to be particularly proud to be an Australian.”

      I agree totally.
      Australia is currently a laughing stock in the eyes of the world and it truly is an embarrassment.
      We can however see this in a positive light and hopefully use this to our advantage.
      With so many people outraged, we can use this opportunity to unite and make changes. It has been said that necessity is the mother of invention. I also believe frustration is the mother of change.
      It’s time for Australians to take action and realise that being apathetic and jsut allowing this to go on is no longer good enough.
      People like Sally who I thank very much are the start of this.
      Let’s keep the ball rolling and all do whatever we can to make sure this type of bad government NEVER happens again!
      Let’s not let the work of people like Sally and others be in vain.

      Be Australian and proud. Stand up and speak out!

      March in March
      People Power – a vote of no confidence in the current government.

    2. I think your comments reflect a very large sector of our county, JDC. No matter your creed or beliefs, it can only be the very greedy, selfish, bigoted, nasty or just plain stupid who cannot see the damage this man is doing. I watched an SBS programme on Hitler’s rise from ’29 to ’34 and there were some very eerie similarities.

  123. Thank you for this reminder of Abbott’s disastrous effect on our lives – I had thought to keep a file of press cuttings about his broken promises and bizarre policies but became too depressed by the number and frequency of them. I’ve put this site up on my favourites and am forwarding a link to all my friends. Great work and thanks again!

  124. This is a brilliant list, thanks for compiling it. I don’t
    Know how on earth you are going to keep up with it all though.
    Thank you.

  125. The craziest thing in all of this is the current government gets to blatantly hide behind the lies of the title the conservative Liberal Party, when they have no interest in conserving anything and they have nothing at all to do with Liberal ideals.
    Only in Australia could you get that lie conservative Liberal Party and have everyone pretend it is true. If there is one thing I would dearly love to see changed it is that lie and it’s acceptance by people who are actually conservative and believe in Liberalism.
    Australia where the lies blatant and huge, fair go, yup sure, stand up for the battler, uh huh, conservative Liberals now that doesn’t make any sense at all no matter which way you twist it.

    1. Lenny Lower (Spelling?) an unfortunately forgotten Australian writer put it this way, from the days of Doug Anthony, obviously:

      “No member of the Liberal Party believes in Liberalism. Liberal Party members sit in board rooms and complain about the wickedness of workers.”

      “No member of the Labour Party believes in labouring. Labour Party members sit on Trade Union Committees and complain about the wickedness of employers.”

      “No member of the Country Party believes in any part of the country other than the bit he owns. Country Party members sit on the fence and complain about the high cost of fencing.”

  126. The fact is that we are ‘blessed’ with a Coalition of the Tea Party persuasion & an Opposition that wouldn’t know its arse from its elbow.

    I see only Turnbull of potential statesmanship. Will he have the bollocks to pull on a challenge for the leadership?

    I suppose I should include Tanya Plibersek & Penny Wong in my short list of potential leaders, to be fair.

    Abbott is a mug, a buffoon, a lair, a thug, a caricature of a national leader.

    Poor fella my country…

    1. 54 years ago I sailed into Melbourne on the castle velice,I was never out of work and lived through some good times and some bad ones,now I am an old fuddy duddy,but I would not like to arrive into todays Australia,run by an prime minister who does not know what day it is. Sad times are here,what a shame.

  127. In a word, ‘arrogance’ (no, add ‘incompetence’) characterise Abbott & his Ministers. There is not a breath, not a hint of humility. I gave them a chance with Turnbull, who seemed to offer a moderate stance. But now the Tea Party runs the show.

    Minchin has been given his reward for installing Abbott, off to NY City with his snout in the public trough. ‘Thanks mate’ & all that goes with such perks. Downer off to London: surprise, surprise!

    The loonies are running the asylum.

    ‘Poor fella, my country!’

    1. I can’t imagine the mentality of the folks who actually selected him as a leader, but when I see them in Parliament, I don’t need to imagine any longer. It is really CRISTAL CLEAR, Abbott’s Government is totally UNFITT to sit in PARLIAMENT. Poor fella, my country! sadly truth.

  128. There is nothing wrong with welfare as long as it given to the people who genuinely need it when we have people taking the dole instead of a job because they would not get much more money by taking the job then the system fails. I took think it is entirely wrong that people like JOYCE earn $5 million a year ad other CEO earn such astronomical amounts whilst some workers are paid $17 per hour but if you take all the money the rich have and give it to the poor of this country I wonder how many more more would be on the dole because the rich cannot afford to employ them any longer because the government has taken all their money off them. As for England I can quite well remember a tax called the Super tax where the very rich were taxed at 90% of their earnings at lot of private companies were closing down and leaving the country as they could not afford to live or run their companies any more. Oh and by the way LABOR was in power in England when this was happening to.

    1. “There is nothing wrong with welfare as long as it given to the people who genuinely need it when we have people taking the dole instead of a job because they would not get much more money by taking the job then the system fails.”

      You bet it fails. And exactly how will this situation will be be solved by reducing wages even further? I have never been able to understand what it is that conservatives have against paying the people who work for them a decent living wage.

      The Abbott solution of course will be to reduce welfare even further along with wages.

      I see a surge in street swags coming.

      And, I have never understood the appeal to the poor of voting for those representing money and greed in the weird hope that there will be some sort of trickle down effect.

      How often do they have to watch the trickle turn into a drip, and then dry up entirely before they wake up to the fact they have been had.

      1. The original term was coined by Thatcher – who spoke of “drip down economics”. It was amended by cooler heads to “trickle down” when it was perceived how derogatory the first term sounded.

        That it doesn’t work under whatever name is rarely spoken of. Only upward flow works to get the economy moving effectively. Better welfare and low paid work models have to be tested and implemented.- this supports local economy and works its way up.

        Pumping money in at the top just buys Gina a new yacht – or a CEO a new imported TV – or pads out his cayman Island bank account…

        You have a street swag for sale? If I get arrested at one of the weekend marches in Victoria I automatically lose my Housing Commission flat

      2. unfortunately JDC, those representing money and greed employ divisive tactics to gather support from the poor and uneducated. Think Racism (the phantom terror of boat people, really muslims) same sex marriage, abortion. They don’t give a stuff about these issues really, but they know they can divide and conquer.

  129. Bob Hawke, Fabian Soclialist, sold out along with Keating – they are both Traitors and set the scene for current Government Policy with pro-yankee and obedience to the Banking Cartel and Corporate Business!

    1. Mike, a personal friend of mine asked Hawke why he sold out so badly to the yanks. His reply, ‘It’s the only way to keep the job’. Fair dinkum. I’d say God’s truth, but i’m an atheist.

  130. Good list. We were really between a rock and a hard place at the last election. I can’t believe this child is now PM. No one should be surprised about the wreckage his party leaves. What is wrong with our public, this Turny About has always looked like a rotten, cocky [insert every swearword you have ever heard].
    Just hope all his damage is reversible… and we get a chance to have a Good Leader again.

  131. Yes but in a Democracy should we not know what both sides are doing and why they are doing it I would be saying the same if this forum was about a Liberal Party that had just been kicked out of office and why they were kicked out and what the present government which in this case would be Labor was doing and why they were doing it. I know this post forum has been started by a staunch Unionist and there fore either a Labor or Communist supporter. In some posts people have complained about the press being against the Labor Party I did not see many bitches from Liberal Party members when this same press was backing the previous Labor government. If all some people can do is complain about this present government I am sure there are other countries overseas who would welcome them with open arms and then we could afford to bring in some of the poor refugees who have been surviving in camps for years and years around the world and not the ones who jump in front of those in the camps by paying people to get hem here by boat which by the way Tony Abbot appears to have stopped.

    1. Fred,

      Sure – balance is good and we should know what both sides are doing. But I think it is a stretch too far to expect this author to cover both sides fairly. Given normal human frailty, any given author will be unlikely to serve both sides of the argument fairly.

      Like you, I have also complained here about the structure/content of this blog. Instead of complaining to Sally, perhaps you and I should start our own blog’s and put in the time to create something better.

      However, If you are anything like me, this is unlikely to happen. Unfortunately Sally has me beaten 10x over with respect to the dedication required to create & maintain something like this :(

      For that dedication she has my respect, if not my agreement on her opinions.



      1. Claude,

        This is not a list of Sally’s opinions. These are facts backed up by enumerating the source.

        The only opinions on this blog are ours – yours and mine and Fred’s and lots of others.

        You will not find many of these facts – now 115 – discussed in the Murdoch media outlets.

        Please set up a blog listing Abbott’s achievements. It won’t take you long.

        Go for it.

    2. You don’t see a lot of shades of grey, do you? From Unionist to Communist in one breathtaking leap! Wow!
      And, appearing to stop the boats is different to doing it. Finally, what is wrong with the boats? The bigotry of “illegal people smuggling” is just that.
      Waving like mad to attract the attention of the Navy is not smuggling, nor is it actually illegal.
      The only person acting illegally may be the Master of the vessel should he undertake an International passenger voyage without providing a “Passenger Vessel” within the meaning of the IMO and relevant codes, which is why they do not want to enter Australian waters, and therefore complete an “International voyage.”
      Finally, as far as “queue jumping” is concerned, where these refugees come from, there is no queue to jump.
      I wish you could speak to the electrical engineer of my acquaintance who came by boat, escaping from the secret police in his country with his family after his father and brother were shot.
      He adores Australia, and will frankly have more to do with building the country than the redneck bigots who understand nothing, apart from their possible origins in the first fleet.

    3. Why is it that these Liberal trolls that spout their anger and hatred are ungrammatical, can barely spell, don’t use much punctuation and have lots of typos?

        1. Fred, have a bex & a good lie down, mate, and suppress your hysteria & your blood pressure. Just enjoy the day. I suppose every society has its nut cases but you don’t have to be one.

        2. Fred, That is a non sequitur. Your message is lost as soon as you lose punctuation, spelling, grammar and make typos.

          This contribution would have been an F for Fail in the school you would have attended all those years ago.

          “Fred must do better if he wants his message to get through”

  132. Oh the press, the press
    The freedom of the press
    We must be free to say
    Whatever’s on our chest …
    For whichever side will pay the best!
    – Marc Blitzstein, “The Cradle Will Rock,” 1936

    The media is a corporation with intent to maximise profit. Murdoch’s multiple and global presses do not provide objectivity. How can it? It represents ruling class capitalist interests – the rest of us can work, consume and die. Capitalist elites fears critical analysis and the media and commentators as crude as Bolt keep us distracted and ignorant playing on fear, celebrity and sporting entertainment. Oi, oi, oi.

    I’m old and educated enough to remember the media campaign that destabilised Allende’s Chile and Whitlam’s time. It’s a tried and true strategy. Goebbels was Hitlers propaganda man. Nowadays it’s called Public Relations. The media campaign against Labour started when Rudd won and lasted until Abbott did. Since it has retreated to business as usual.

    Abbott is a wrecking ball, that’s his job. Labour is no alternative. Hawke showed us that when he told thousands of demonstrators in Melbourne protesting at Kerr’s coup to go home. He was rewarded with the top job and brought Australia into line with yanquee imperial policy to deregulate our economy. He, Keating and all governments since have obliged. They are all traitors.

    Time to read Uncle Karl dudes and work it out for yourselves.

  133. Why not to be fair list what good things this government is doing for the people of Australia or is your agenda just to stick it up this government. I also notice you have not listed the lies and stuff ups and broken promises of your beloved Labor Party the former government of this country. I thought this was supposed to be a democracy not a Socialist State.

    1. Fred, I don’t think the two lists you propose are necessary

      (1) The govt will promote everything they do, so we do need some balance to hold them to account. I don’t think Sally’s list is a good way of doing that, but I also don’t think it needs to be balanced.

      (2) The old Labor govt is history. Yes, I agree it was a terrible mess but that has been well documented and the electorate knows it – that’s why they were chucked out and an (unpopular) opposition elected.

      But I think you have hit on something useful: a list of the things that the current non-govt parties are blocking as this creates damage too. E.g. Qantas!

      1. They are trying to protect 30000 jobs!!!!!!!! As soon as Qantas is taken over all the jobs will go overseas. only jobs left here will be the baggage handlers!!!!!!!

        1. Darko, Qantas is going broke. In the end all the jobs are gone anyway unless something changes.

          One change would be giving Qantas money thru debt-guarantees, etc. But that only works in the short term and it hurts every over business. Most likely Virgin will start to suffer and jobs will be lost there.

          And ultimately, it it will never work long term. The car industry is a perfect example of the rivers of money wasted with no actual outcome.

    2. You need to read the title. It would be inappropriate to list any good things. Also impossible. The guy keeps going from one stuff up to the next.

    3. I;m trying hard to think of something that this government is doing for Australia Fred… and this country has been a social democracy pretty much since its inception – opting to take the best from both systems.

      I wonder which socialist states you are referring to though – Iceland? Norway? in fact all the Social Democracies in northern Europe that should be our models for welfare, education and medicine – rather than the failed behemoths of Britain and the US…

      Oh – and by the way – I’m not a Labor voter and am just as disgusted about them as I am about the LNP and I know a lot of staunch unionists that feel the same way.

  134. Those of us who are seriously concerned about the future of our country were always fearful of an Abbott Government. Well it is worse than any of us anticipated. When will the masses really stand up and be counted.

    We need quality rather than quantity. People Power! Myrtleb

    1. Greens Senator To Tony Abbott: “We Want Our Country Back”

      Seems this guy has what it takes to tell the moron running our country exactly what he thinks.
      In my book that makes him the sort of Australian we can all be proud of, unlike the spineless mRabbott.

      Check it out…………

      I think Ludlum has done a fantastic job of telling Abbott just how people feel. Not just Western Australians but the vast majority of us from all over Australia!

      This guy makes me think there is still some hope.
      I’m going to donate to his Senate by-election fighting fund and urge everyone to join me please.
      I’m not even in WA (In NSW) but I care deeply about our country, and we need to show Abbott we have all had enough.

      This is a great opportunity do do just that.
      If everyone gave just $5 it can make a huge difference.

      Power back to the people!!!!!!

  135. Looking at this litany of betrayal one might be inclined to think perhaps Turny About is a more appropriate name.

  136. A sad and sorry list and it hasn’t been that long, 6 months and look at the damage so far and we haven’t had their first Budget yet. There will be page after page of cuts in that.
    However, just for comparison and balance, can we compile a list of the positive achievements of the Abbott gov’t, those that benefit Australians in general. It shouldn’t take long to list them but probably a long time to find them.

  137. Let’s not forget that Abbott rolled Turnbull by 1 vote, thanks to Minchin who is now on his way to a perk in New York City. Abbott was schooled by the Jesuits but shows no compassion, no humility. He was a thug in his days in kindergarten politics at Sydney U & he hasn’t changed. He sets the tone of arrogance that has quickly become the signature of his administration. I have diehard Liberal voter friends who openly say ‘What have we done?’ Abbott is a boy on a man’s mission: a buffoon, a caricature of a national leader, a fool. Surely he’ll be a oncer. In the meantime, batten down the hatches.

  138. Number 99 needs an update. The person in the Minister’s office who gave this directive is actually still a lobbyist for the junk food industry. At the time the food rating website was pulled he owned 50% of the shares in the lobbying company with his spouse owning the other 50%.

  139. You can now add National Parks to the list. Apparently we need to chop them down so the Green Army can replant them.

  140. In 2008 Minister Jenny Macklin recognised the special disabilities of the indigenous people on Groote Eylandt who are crippled by the genetic disease Machado Joseph Disease (MJD). Initially $100,000 was provided but later Macklin provided funds to be invested to provide on-going assistance to victims to give them some sense of social security.
    The Abbott Government has now withdrawn that funding and created despair in this small community.
    This sure looks like a very mean funding cut from some of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable people in society; very un-Australian. How low can you go?

  141. I’m sorry Sally, but whilst I was initially keen to see your list it left me very disappointed. I checked three of the first four items I read (110 – 113) and found them to be in error, specifically:

    110 & 112 are proposals and not law. Whilst both are of concern, your list implies they are already done.

    111 is incorrect (or at best an exaggeration). A few hours after making his comments, Morrison held another press conference and cast doubt on his previous comments.

    I stopped reading because I no longer had any confidence in your analysis. That isn’t what you want – unless your only audience is rabid Abbott-haters, and really, do they need convincing?

    If you want to hold the govt to account – and who would not? – then you need to be more circumspect: quantity is not a substitute for quality. A smaller more soberly accurate list would have far greater impact.



    1. Hi Claude – I am only putting things on the list if they have actually taken an action to do something. There are lots and lots of ideas that have either been floated or foreshadowed that are not on the list. 112 – introducing legislation fits this criteria. If the law passes, the item will change and this one will be deleted. We dont know if things will pass the Senate. With 110 – I will check this. My understanding is they do not need a law changed to break a convention. With 111 – please provide me with a link to back up what you say. My information is it took him five days to correct the record.

      1. Thanks for the reply Sally.

        RE: 111. – this is the transcript of the press-conference held later that day. During that press conference he stepped back from his earlier comments and said he was getting conflicting reports about where the incident took place.

        RE: 110 & 112. The list has “Wreckage” in its name and promises to highlight “everything his Government does to hurt Australians”. Both are strong indicators of outcomes, rather than proposals or intentions. I think the list would be stronger if such things were left off until the damage (as you see it) is done, or (perhaps better) highlight them as not actually implemented but actively under discussion.

        Also, if you want to change things, you would be wise to think about your audience. Reading the comments, its hard to find a single comment that doesn’t support you whole-heartedly. These people are already convinced so I have to wonder about the purpose of your list.

        I think you would get better results targeting disappointed swing or LNP voters. Imagine how you would feel if the comments were full of “I voted for this govt and I’m so disappointed!” People like me :)

        Of course, its your list and you can do with it what you want!



  142. National occupational licensing system abandoned by COAG on 13 December on brink of fruition throwing away six years work tens of millions of dollars and foregoing $200 million in productivity savings

  143. Keep up the good work Sally…, as far as I am concerned, like the previous Federal coalition government, this one also appears to be devoid of a social conscience.
    If they had have been in power at the onset of the GFC with their abhorrent Work Choices fully bedded down, job losses would have been astronomical.

  144. Guillain-Barré syndrome introduced by detainees!!!? bahahaha are you serious? The tip of an iceberg when it comes to to this massive brain fart…

    1. Yep Tony has sure lied about things look he has even got Russia to invade the Ukraine. He never told us that at election time.

      1. It’s okay Fred Julie called the Ruskin Am assador in and sorted him out and the Russians are in retreat!

    2. Totally agree, Abbot should be removed from office. He has gone way too far already. Simply can’t understand how he is still in office.

    3. The Queen and the Governor General indirectly give the orders so there is no point! We must lobby the Senate to stop supply and create a Vote of No the Government who are intent in encouraging Foreign Ownership and reducing workers pay rates and benefits. By increasing Unemployment they will create a Nation of People who have to accept anything in order to be in work.

    4. Hi, I wrote to the GG’s office to ask she (back before change of governor to Peter Cosgrove) dismiss Tony Abbott. Got a reply indicating this is a matter for the sitting government. IE he is their elected leader. Considered writing to the Queen but in process of research discovered the Gov Gen CAN dismiss the PM if a vote in the House of Reps about seeking the GG to do that succeeds.

      So the way I see it there’s at least three ways we can be rid of the lunacy being endured since Sept, and partly as a result of his own party not being able to keep him in line (as I suspect many other LNP voters like myself hoped/assumed would happen):
      The March in March sees Tony shocked into reality and he resigns to protect the party and Coalition – highly UNLIKELY, as we now have seen more of and therefore better understand his personality
      Due to the MiM (March in…) – either before hand, to finally show the internal checks that should already have kick into place, or soon after – the Liberal Party mounts a leadership challenge, and we end up with the leader of it that we should have had – Malcolm Turnbull
      Due to the MiM the opposition puts it to the House and they all, plus enough Libs/Nats MPs (many must also be aghast as their “leader’s” performance and want him ousted), carry the vote to seek the GG to dismiss the PM.

      I suppose there are at least a couple more ways….. am surprised he, and Campbell Newman haven’t met with misadventure. And the incoming Gov Gen may do a John Kerr and dismiss the whole sitting govnment. Very unlikely tho’, but I think that power, as well as the Queen still being the ultimate authority, however unlikely to actually exercise such power, does still exist. But only done limits research and am not a lawyer……

      My money is on the LNP itself finally feeling safe enough to upend him themselves…..once they have the March in March as justification. They didn’t want to follow Labor’s habit of internal woe and chucking out their leader. But once the people, incl a significant proportion being people who voted for them, demand it via rallies to declare no confidence they will be seen to be free of that concern….

      If they don’t it is within the Reserve Powers of the Gov Gen that we need to look and ask the Opposition to implement

      Hope this helps, and perhaps reassures….all is NOT lost yet

  145. This is a wonderful email. You could fill out the stuff on the Gonski programs perhaps. Trevor Cobbold at Save Our Schools maintains a running brief on this posting material examining the numerous reversals by Minister Pyne of the Government’s promises made before the election. Below is a list of cancelled Indigenous programs with links. The last of the NACCHO documents contains a full list of cancelled programs. You may care to add something about the continuation of the Intervention in the NT and the appointment of truant officers to get kids into school which is entirely the wrong approach!

    Coalition cuts to indigenous legal aid under fire,
    Jane Lee Legal Affairs Reporter The Age September 6, 2013

    From 26 indigenous programs to five, Patricia Karvelas The Australian January 22, 2014

    Australian government cuts billions of dollars from social programs, Gareth Hutchens, Peter Hannam December 18, 2013

    NACCHO 2014 political news: Warren Mundine warns of budget pain for Aboriginal funding

    NACCHO political health news : Abbott Government cuts to impact on Aboriginal health

    I think you are following the Trade Agreement which is vital: Australia’s position ought to be to not sign any agreement with the US which incorporates US practice; instead any agreement should incorporate Australian BEST practice in IR, health incl pharmaceuticals and the environment plus no provision for corporations to sue governments.

    Last you might like to follow the decisions made about submarines and the Joint Strike Fighter which John Howard unilaterally approved sight unseen so to speak.

    Thanks again and please keep on.

    1. “Best practice” unfortunately does not mean best in an absolute sense but relative to other lesser options… in itself it has no standard and no meaning. What happened to SAFE practices?

      1. One part of Pyne’s educational policies that seems intact and not short of funding is the intent to fill the minds of children with religious nonsense about the age of the earth at 6,000 years, talking snakes, and the rest of the creationist absurdity through the SRI program. This is “taught” by volounteers, with little or no training, and profoundly conservative religious ideas. The strategy of moving biblical literalism from the pulpit, where attendance is optional, to the school, where attendance is compulsory, and the audience is impressionable children, is one that Abbott and Pyne seem to endorse. Mind you, child abuse, in all it’s forms is no stranger to their church.

  146. People could do some lateral thinking here – i.e. all the personnel who have been shafterd by Abbott when he closed down or cut funding to their organisations are now free to critisize this appalling government and by my calculations there are hundreds of them and they are now in a position to let the public know the damage that’s been done to Australia.

  147. I’m really enjoying the record keeping Sall. It’s good to have someone journal the long over due reduction in government policy and agencies that interfere in our lives.

  148. 27 Feb:

    Bishop withdraws $3M promised by Labor to save Sumartran rhinos facing threat of extinction!
    – The Guardian

    The Guardian prints a lot more abbott horror stories than e.g. the SMH.

  149. Is it worth running a crowd funding campaign to buy some full page ads in the WA press prior to the senate election? Probably couldn’t fit the whole list on one page, but enough to get people who aren’t aware of the contents of this rapidly growing list to maybe think. I’d be happy to kick in.

    1. Put me down for $50 a week through a 4 week campaign…Open up a page where people can donate through Paypal or something similar.

    2. The Greens or GetUp have funding request in play re ads toilet WA know their vote is important. But another, for this list – or an extract, with link to full list rather (full list’d take pages and pages! ) – would be great…and I would also contribute. I think many would. It’s been a hell’uva way to get the people more aware of the short comings of our electoral system, and so called democratic government/governance

  150. What about Greg Hunt pushing a law through to give himself immunity against future prosecution for his decisions regarding coal mines etc… that later prove to be against scientific advice???

    1. Disgusting…and hopefully has some smart legal types, or perhaps Greenpeace resources, already onto finding a legal way of overturning that …. he also exempted WA re threatened species regarding the shark cull. Obscene behaviour from a minister supposedly ‘for’ the environment – but Tony’s happy with him ….he praised him as a minister willing to let the environment be utilised (or words to that effect or similar!)

  151. And if we were to go this specific in to Labor mistakes lies and deception you would have to buy several servers to cover the amount of space it would take to write everything, you are all sheep, a pack of whining sheep who should shift to a communist country, it’s called democracy people, the rubbish gets removed when the people vote, the minority in this country are the biggest majority of crying sooks you will find anywhere in he world…………

    1. I would change one word in your statement, that being ” minority” to near “majority” and it is very scary.

    2. Thanks for your dumbed down redneck concept of politics Baa Lambs. Democracy also lead to the greens winning lower house seat at the 2010 election (need a majority by the way) which forced Labor’s hand on emissions trading scheme. Abbott has broken more promises in last 6 months than Labor’s last 3 years.

    1. Sort of like what happened to John Cook, the lawyer who prosecuted Charles Ist? After the restoration of the Monarchy, he was found guilty of treason, and

      “Dragged by horses to the place of execution,
      Hung and cut down while alive,
      His intestines drawn and burnt before his eyes,
      His privates cut off and burnt.
      His body broken on the wheel and quartered,
      His head and body parts displayed on pikes at the entrances of various cities.

      Is this really what we want for Tony Abbott? A bit extreme, perhaps, and no need to answer.

  152. Seemingly caused our Navy to lose basic navigation skills and cross “mistakenly” into Indonesian waters, thereby further damaging diplomatic relations with our nearest trade neighbour.

      1. Six times? Really?
        If this was McHales Navy I’d believe it was accidental, but the Australian Navy? I don’t think so!
        Have to rename it McAbbotts Navy!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  153. This list is going to be very, very, very long by the time his term is finished.

    On one hand, I’m furious at the behaviour of this Neanderthal and the troglodytes that surround him. On the other hand, the morons who voted him in deserves every bit of pain that Abbott’s moronic policies and decision cause.

    Keep of the good work Sally. This helps makes Abbott accountable.

  154. Great work on the list but I didn’t notice his abolition of the CEFC. On 2 December, the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (Abolition) Bill 2013 was introduced into the Senate. This after the CEFC Chair, Jillian Broadbent, testified in front of a Senate inquiry a week prior, stating that continuing the fund would provide taxpayers with $200m a year in revenue while accounting for 50% of Australia’s emissions reduction target.

  155. Abbott’s new Energy and Resources Minister Anthony Roberts has warned NSW must expand the coal seam gas industry if it is to head off surging household gas prices.

    In fact the opposite is true. We all know that in reality it is the government’s rush to export LNG which is increasing demand and driving up prices.
    As usual for the COALition it’s all about short term thinking and short term profits at the expense of industrialising our agricultural land and threatening our water resources.

    Read more:

  156. Not recent, but certainly makes the skin craw;.

    A Prime Minister for Aboriginal Affairs

    Posted on April 19, 2013

    Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has pledged to take direct responsibility for Indigenous Policy…
    TONY ABBOTT: Under an incoming Coalition government, Indigenous affairs will be handled within the department of prime minister and cabinet. There will be, in effect, a prime minister for Aboriginal affairs.
    … in a speech given to the Sydney Institute on April 15th.
    While there was not much detail it certainly sounds impressive. A Prime Minister forcing improvements in Indigenous lives, closing the gap. But what sort of people would in effect be running the portfolio?
    On April 18th at a Qantas function his Director of Policy Dr Mark Roberts made a throat-slitting motion and threatened to “cut the throat” of funding to Andrew Penfold the CEO of the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation.
    Not only that, but when he realised there was a witness, Peter van Onselon, Mr Roberts apparently offered to become a deep throat from within Abbott’s office if van Onselon kept his mouth shut.
    The possible Prime Minister for Aboriginal Affairs only action was to not sack but only demote his Director of Policy.
    Makes me wonder how Indigenous Affairs will progress under Abbott.

  157. Everyone who I talk to didn’t vote for abbott, I only know one person and that was my mother who says that he is a wonderful Christian man, if being a Christian is being like abbott I think that I would rather be an atheist.

  158. While I dislike the man intensely & everything he stands for & everything he is doing, I wonder how it would look to compare his decisions to those of all governments in the sincce the sacking of Whitlam?!

    1. Well it seems to me that Liberal govt’s are always particularly good at discouraging social justice, environmental, health & educational reforms & improvements and are eager to reward big business.

  159. Abbott and the liberals whilst in opposition never voted with the Government an anything. Abbotts mantra was that it was not his job to make it easy with the Elected Government at that time. There you have it, don’t expect the now opposition to do the Governments job, the people have voted, cope it sweet. Remember when Abbott said he would lead a government that was open, honest and accountable? No surprises! Most of the current crop of government ministers have been caught lying, that might be ok with you but I’m a taxpayer and it’s not ok with me! Abbott has promised 1 million jobs in 5 years, I think he meant 1 million job losses in 5 years. Either way that would be 200,000 jobs per year or 100,000 jobs in six months. Which is it? 100,000 jobs created or lost in their first six months of office? And the reason they attacking unions, blaming unions is to soften the public up to the massive job losses. Why do they want and need the job losses and increased unemployment? Simple to put pressure on workers to accept lower conditions and pay. Why do they want this? To increase profits for private enterprise. Basically Abbott and the liberals hate workers and want them to work for peanuts. At the same time take away basic social welfare that makes Australia the lucky country. Abbott and the Liberals do not want a lucky country for workers but a lucky country for bosses and big business. cheers

    1. Please use the correct spelling: Liberals.
      Those of us who are liberals may find it offensive.


    1. Curiously this has come to me at a moment when I am drawing up a list of everything Abbott has done that identiries him as anti-environmental; causes potential or direct damage to the encironment; goes against what the rest of the developed world is doing to fight global warming; and anything else to do with the environment. So far I failed to uncover anything beneficial to any aspect of the environment. EVERYTHING he has done is damaging. How bad can he get?

  160. Interestingly not all manufacturing in Australia has ceased.
    The COALition itself is in fact probably Australia’s largest ever BS manufacturer!

  161. Mr Mundine – Mr Abbott’s advisor on all things indigenous (and is indigenous himself) was talking on ABC radio on Thursday morning about placing indigenous children in Boarding School … so we are likely to see a new “Stolen Generation” in the name of getting indigenous kids to finish school.

    1. Oh dear god really? -.-

      I’d be very interested to read this if they have a transcript online. A lot of Indigenous people I know aren’t a fan of Mundine….

  162. Labor lost the election. Man up and work with the present govt for Australia’s sake-not against it. Half of the things on ur list were jobs for the labor boys and not needed. National Office For Live Music= what a joke. Who set that little money spinner up?

    1. Obviously you in the COALition believe that just like the automotive industry and all of its suppliers, the live music industry is another industry which Australia does not need. Part of the strategy to keep people subservient by keeping them unemployed and poor or on minimum wages.

    2. Yes the ALP lost the election through some very stupid decisions and be honest some overtly negative media manipulation. With limited real choice ie the coalition or labor I think Abbott won by default. Irrespective of how he won he is in power but that should not and will not stop me from a critical analysis of his lies and policies.

      1. Isn’t the old saying, governments don’t win elections they lose elections. I think in this case the Coalition did win by default. However, on the bright side the Coalition by their actions are almost writing the ALPs material for the next election.

    3. I’m not sure what ‘jobs for the Labor boys’ means. Live music is an important component of community cultural life which has diminished. But leaving that aside, I do not agree that half of the jobs ( committees/ offices/ advisory teams) on the list are not needed or are jobs for Labor boys (& Labor girls)? They seem to be jobs in social justice, environmental, Indigenous affairs & generally not related to big business & profits but related to ordinary people who wish to improve the quality of life for ordinary folk.
      Not something which appears to be a part of this government’s agenda.

  163. This is terrific and I sincerely thank you for your efforts. Is there any possibility of you generating a simple Three column list of just the lies. Tony Abbott is an habitual liar and this disturbs me greatly and I would like to have a regularly updated list of his and his government’s lies. Column 1. The Date. Column 2 Abbott or govt statement. Column 3 The facts and verification source link.

  164. It also appears that local government in WA have abolished the tenants rights association so now renters have no recourse to action at a crucial time when landlords have complete control, and renters are held over a barrel, with access to housing or buying not being a possibility any more.

    1. Wonder what your response would be if you were the landlord and a tenant had just trashed what you had worked so hard to attain. Especially when you get told you can’t keep the bond to help clean up the costs.

      1. I sympathise with Landlords who experience this but your comment suggests the majority should be penalised for the damage the minority does. I mentioned it because it’s another example of LIberals disempowering low and middle income earners further. (If you are looking for a great tenant and your home is North of the river in WA we may be able to solve each other’s problems).