Day 14 of a broken promise

A very good speech to be sure and the full text can be found here:

Should the Coalition win the election, there will be no nasty surprises and there’ll be no lame excuses.
No surprises and no excuses.

The Coalition’s Plan has two objectives: first, to take the budget pressure off Australian households; and second, to strengthen our economy so that, over time, there’s more to go round for everyone.

Only by delivering a strong economy can government deliver a sustainable National Disability Insurance Scheme and better schools.

You need certainty to plan your future and you need cost of living relief.

So tonight I announce a major initiative to ease the financial pressure on Australian families.

A Coalition government will keep the current income tax thresholds and the current pension and benefit fortnightly rates while scrapping the carbon tax.

The carbon tax will go but no one’s personal tax will go up and no one’s fortnightly pension or benefit will go down.
So with a change of government, your weekly and fortnightly budgets will be under less pressure as electricity prices fall and gas prices fall and the carbon tax no longer cascades through our economy.

This will strengthen our economy – because there’ll less tax hitting Australian businesses but not their overseas competitors.

And it will help families – because you’ll have tax cuts funded by smaller government, not by taking money out of one pocket to put it in the other.

I particularly like these lines (emphasis added):

The choice could hardly be more stark: three more years of broken promises, nasty surprises and weak excuses.

Or change for the better with an experienced team that will not just rebuild the economy but also the bonds of trust that should exist between you and your parliament.

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36 Responses to Day 14 of a broken promise

  1. Infidel Tiger

    No retreat, no surrender.

    You have 12 hours to scrap your repugnant wealth tax or we will end you quicker than the 6 day war.

  2. Natural Instinct

    EXPENSES MYEFO (p43, Table 3.11)
    2013-14 412
    2014-15 418
    2015-16 436
    2016-17 457
    If there are no large reductions to those numbers, then it is not a budget, but just a revised spending program. And all that talk about ‘a budget crises’ will have been revealed to be just spin and hysteria – just like Labor said it was (Sigh, another free kick to them).
    .
    And Tony & Co please don’t say “because of our ‘good’ spending” (as opposed to their bad spending) that GDP growth will be 0.5% higher in some far away time in the out years – and that will help solve the deficit.
    .
    Oh, and please don’t quote at me that “spending as a % of GDP is low” or I will scream.
    .
    In the event of limited change, perhaps all Cat readers should just give it a break and let Tony & Co have their head. We can only hope that Edmund Burke was correct in 1774 when speaking about representative democracy:

    But his unbiased opinion, his mature judgment, his enlightened conscience, he ought not to sacrifice to you, to any man, or to any set of men living….Your representative owes you, not his industry only, but his judgment; and he betrays, instead of serving you, if he sacrifices it to your opinion

  3. .

    Brilliant stuff Professor, keep it up.

  4. Nanuestalker

    I particularly like these lines

    Quelle surprise!

  5. Tony Abbott, election eve promise 2013, looking right at the TV camera:

    No change to the pension.

    Clear, unambiguous.
    “No change.”

    Not, “no decrease” or “no change to the fortnightly amount” or whatever. No change, period.

  6. I never expected Abbott to break “eyeball to the TV camera” solemn pre-election commitments. What the hell happened to these guys in the 8 months since the election?

  7. Senile Old Guy

    And here is the spin:

    Mr Hockey disputed the verdict from voters after being challenged on the election pledges. “I don’t accept that we are breaking promises … because what you will see on Tuesday night is taxes will be lower under the Coalition than they would have been if Labor were re-elected,” he told the Nine Network.

    For that alone they deserve to lose government. “Labor would have raised taxes more; trust us because…well because”.

  8. tomix

    They wanted Government and were prepared to say anything to get there.

    Whatever it takes.

  9. jumpnmcar

    Will this be known as the ” C U Next Tuesday ” budget ?
    Only one more sleep to find out.

  10. laugh out loud

    Ha ha ha – you own this guy, he is yours and yours alone. He even promised tax cuts. You are all patsies.

  11. Sir Fred Lenin

    Trust me ,I am a lawtrdesperson.what is it about lawtradespersons an Lies? Is it part of a law course? Or just that the law trade attracts more than its share of Liers?

  12. rickw

    No retreat, no surrender.

    You have 12 hours to scrap your repugnant wealth tax or we will end you quicker than the 6 day war.

    Amen to that !!

    These idiots need to be taking an axe to Government spending, not an axe to every person who has the ability, skill and tenacity to make more that $150k a year.

  13. handjive

    The internet never forgets.
    Today’s politicians need to get wise & either come to terms with this fact, or censor it.
    Good luck putting that genie back in the bottle.

    I don’t consider catallaxy/Sinc to be treasonous to Abbott/LNP by taking this stand.
    At the time of forming coalition environment policy leading to this election win, many times it was said that Abbotts policy would lead to contradiction. A lie.

    Now, we have Abbott still giving away $3billion (DA) to mates (possible paybacks? for favours as not one cent of that money will stop the climate from changing, warm or cold).
    The LNP know this?
    No other reason makes sense.

    Abbott should have just told the truth.
    But, he didn’t.
    Due Diligence was not employed, to give Abbott the benefit of the doubt.
    Because, the alternative, selling out to the Marxist endorsed UN-IPCC is treason.

    For me, more than ever, these words ring truer every day:

    “As for any politicians who have ever believed in global warming, or supported the carbon tax, or a carbon-constrained economy, there is no hope for them.
    They are either too stupid or incompetent to be taken seriously.

    Merely recanting, at this late stage, won’t be enough.
    Make their lives hell too, just as they wished a diminished life on you.

    Keeping the Bastards honest. Someones gotta do it.
    Good on ya, Sinclair.

  14. Up The Workers!

    The Liberals have started well with their new growth industry of Royal Commissions into Labor stupidity, corruption and incompetence.

    First they appoint Ian Hanger (“The Hanging Judge”) as Royal Commissioner to look into the ‘homicidal narcissist’s’ mad silver batts scheme; then they have appointed a former Judge who is named after the world’s most expensive vacuum cleaner, to suck all the dirt out of corrupt relationships between the Australian Liars Party and the unions.

    For those who think that the Royal Commissioner won’t last the distance, I am reliably informed that: “The Dyson NEVER clogs!”

  15. john constantine

    i work in agriculture,and before the change of government, the flood of ‘change australia forever’ that has made the australian public service such a paragon of leftie efficiency was beginining to be enforced upon my sector.

    the abc was championing ‘the social licence to farm’, on farm invasions by activists were sanctified as social justice in action. meat free monday was an abc meme,stepping down the road towards the meat equals asbestos mindthink.

    bankrupt rural shires were demanded to run departments of climate change, the csiro had its actual farming trials slashed,and became a tax funded leftie social engineering mouthpiece.

    the culture wars meant that so many activists were shovelled into the public service and the legal system that there was no appeal for any justice, except politically correct social justice.

    so i am just saying that tony windsor gave the lefties another 3 years to stack lefties into tax funded positions of power, and those lefties see that they only need to hang on crowd funded for another 2 years,and the one term tony will fail, and they can crush any tory that raised their head during the term of the abbottbeast.

    my farm business will be changed forever by the left in the next decade or two, so complete self interest makes me support any sort of government that can hold off the inevitable stalinist steamroller for a few years. If people saw the leftie agricultural phantasies that the activists were doubling up on only last year, they would understand how being out in clear air for another 20 odd months is so valuable. stretching out the clear air for another 30 months on top of the 20 there are remaining is worth almost any price,to me.

  16. Helen

    Thanks, john constantine, well said, with the bloody social licence, even our agri representatives have been captured by left ideology, beef round table, for instance, also live export now apparently needs this social licence where none of the would be licencees have skin in the game – none that is other than their own ideology which comes back to meat free everyday right around the world.

    While I will never trust Tony again, I do hope that Liberals continue in government albeit under a more able conservative leader such as Morrison for the very reasons you outline above.

  17. .

    You see John, I totally understand the socialist bloodsuckers aren’t breathing down your neck anymore, but what about a great big bloody oak stake in their hearts?

    Dead men and truly dead socialist vampires don’t destroy businesses.

    Just cut DA and scrap the tax hikes at a minimum. Abbott’s commitment to this DA and take hike garbage is simply strange.

  18. Petros

    Thanks Sinc. Keep it up. The Libs haven’t realised that the younger generations have no loyalty. Clive Palmer must be laughing himself silly.

  19. Combine_Dave

    because what you will see on Tuesday night is taxes will be lower under the Coalition than they would have been if Labor were re-elected,”

    Reminds me of old Howard and ‘interest rates always lower under the coalition’. Might fly with the electorate.

  20. Roger

    “You have 12 hours to scrap your repugnant wealth tax or we will end you quicker than the 6 day war.”

    What utter nonsense. And I guess you’d be happy with the alternative government? You know the ones who racked up this stupid debt? Grow up.

  21. handjive

    If I may expand on my statement:

    “At the time of forming coalition environment policy leading to this election win, many times it was said that Abbotts policy would lead to contradiction. A lie.”

    Here comes one of those chickens home to roost-
    SMH 12/5/2014
    “Axing of renewable energy agency would add to broken promises, clean energy industry says”

  22. The fuel levy is even stupider than the debt levy – both economically and politically… I was holding out hope that the debt levy would be dwarfed by spending cuts, but the fuel levy is extremely bad economic policy. If they’re introducing indexation, then they’ve gon e full retard – it means tax increases every 6 months… they may only index for 2 years – as though voters won’t notice they stopped increasing just before next election – but the damage will be done.

  23. .

    Roger
    #1301834, posted on May 12, 2014 at 10:40 am
    “You have 12 hours to scrap your repugnant wealth tax or we will end you quicker than the 6 day war.”

    What utter nonsense. And I guess you’d be happy with the alternative government? You know the ones who racked up this stupid debt? Grow up.

    You’re happy with their opponents rolling over like a dog for a treat, subsidising past promises?

    You don’t need to grow up, you need to start thinking like a sane man.

    Or just thinking will do for a start.

  24. Senile Old Guy

    THE Abbott Government will spend a huge $80 billion on new roads, with the states and private sector, in what Joe Hockey has described as the biggest increase in funding in our history.

    As he prepares to hand down his first Budget on Tuesday, the Treasurer has confirmed the government will up spending on road infrastructure to be funded by a change in the fuel excise.

    “Over the next six years we are going to spend in excess of $40 billion on roads and that will be matched by the states and the private sector with an additional $42 billion,” Mr Hockey told Channel Nine this morning. “So it is a massive amount of money,” he said.

    “Think about it, every time you spend $1 billion it’s like building a brand new major teaching hospital.”

    Can anyone explain what that last sentence is supposed to mean? We’re building 80 new major teaching hospitals? But we’re not, because they’re new roads. $80 billion on roads is as good as $80 billion on new major teaching hospitals?

  25. .

    No stacks.

    Abbott is the man on the street Israelite.

    He just wanders from the path of righteousness at times. He’s not Abbott 666.

    We hope he becomes our prodigal son.

  26. Senile Old Guy

    Despite the Prime Minister pledging before the election to introduce no new taxes and now planning a deficit levy and fuel excise hike, Mr Hockey denied the Government was “breaking promises”.

    “Don’t assume they are new taxes,” he said. “We never said that we were going to never change a tax, or alter a tax.

    He insisted taxes would be lower under the Coalition, than they would have been under Labor if it was re-elected.

    Arguing all Australians had to share the burden for the next generation, the Treasurer described his first Budget as a “contribute and build Budget” and defended the Prime Minister.

    “He’s an honourable man, and he knows that the most solemn promise that we made to the electorate was to fix the budget and fix the economy so that people can have jobs and we are going to do that.”

    “All Australians” including those that already share most of the burden.

    I asked Tony Abbott if he had really said that the most solemn promise was to fix the budget, but he said no.

    [Same link as previous post.]

  27. Demosthenes

    Can anyone explain what that last sentence is supposed to mean?

    Maybe it’s the new simile for size now that “enough to fill X olympic swimming pools” is losing favour? It’s a bit weird.

  28. candy

    Can anyone explain what that last sentence is supposed to mean?

    I think it means he is tired and sick of being castigated left right and centre. It’s a pretty stressful time for him, I bet.

  29. MemoryVault

    It’s a pretty stressful time for him

    That can happen when you lie your face off to your employer.

  30. egg_

    “Think about it, every time you spend $1 billion it’s like building a brand new major teaching hospital.” p!ssing one ABC up the wall…

  31. egg_

    “Thanks Sinc. Keep it up. The Libs haven’t realised that the younger generations have no loyalty. Clive Palmer must be laughing himself silly.”

    +1

  32. Since the Libs are insisting the budget balance is the only promise that matters, and are willing to break just about every other promise to keep it, you would think they have to be pretty confident of getting to surplus this term, yes?

    I mean – it would be pretty disastrous for them to use that as the excuse for breaking so many promises and still not deliver, wouldn’t it? So how soon do you all think they’ll achieve it?

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