Budget Reply Speech 2013

Tonight, I want to directly address you, the Australian people.
While it’s easy, and understandable, that you should be pessimistic about this government, everyone should be optimistic about our country.
Our health researchers have saved hundreds of millions of lives through breakthroughs in everything from infectious diseases to cancer vaccines to ulcer treatments.
Our military personnel stand ready to protect people in some of the world’s worst trouble spots.
Our universities are educating the future leaders of our region.
Our musicians, artists, actors and film-makers are making their mark all over the world.
Our resource exports have helped hundreds of millions to move from the third world to the middle class.
And, with the right product, our manufacturing, too, is capable of competing with the best in the world, even with the high dollar – as demonstrated by Cochlear, Blackmores, Murray Goulburn and RM Williams, whose boots I’m wearing tonight.
We are a great country and a great people let down by a bad government.
Bad governments always pass.
What should never dim is our faith that Australia’s best years are ahead of us.
So my purpose tonight is to assure you that a Coalition government will do what’s needed to restore the hope, reward and opportunity that should be your birth right.
Our Real Solutions Plan will build a strong and prosperous economy for a safe and secure Australia.
Margie and I know the pressure that every Australian – that each one of you – is under.
We’re not crying poor but we run a household with power bills, rates, health and education costs to be paid all the time.
Margie runs a community-based occasional care centre which has to live within its means just like every small business and every family.
Governments’ first job is not to make your life harder.
But this government has – with its carbon tax, broken promises, and skyrocketing debt.
Australian families are paying for this government’s mistakes yet all you ever hear from the Prime Minister and the Treasurer are excuses and promises to do better next time.
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.
Our plan starts with recognition of economic reality.
Government doesn’t create wealth; people do.
Government doesn’t spend its own money; it spends your money.
This year’s spending is either this year’s taxes or it’s this year’s borrowing – that’s next year’s taxes.
Government spending is not a free gift but something that everyone is paying for, now or in the future.
That’s why good governments are at least as careful spending the money they hold on trust from the people as you are when making decisions that affect your family’s budget.
Parents don’t mortgage their children’s future and neither should government.
Last year, the Treasurer began his budget speech declaring, and I quote: “the four years of surpluses I announce tonight are a powerful endorsement of the…success of our policies”.
Well, surpluses would have been a vindication.
But there are no surpluses.
Not this year.
Not next year.
Not the year after that.
The Treasurer now says that there will be a surplus in four years’ time.
That’s four years after the Treasurer and the Prime Minister said that it had already actually been delivered and spent tens of thousands of your dollars boasting about it in letters to their constituents.
If a public company made these sorts of claims its directors would most likely face serious charges rather than asking to be re-elected.
If this had been the only dodgie promise, they might have got away with it but this government never gets it right.
It got the mining tax numbers wrong.
It got the carbon tax numbers wrong.
And last year’s budget commitments to boost family payments and to cut taxes didn’t even make it to this year’s budget.
This year’s supposed revenue shortfall went from $7 billion, to $12 billion to $17 billion in just two weeks – so how can ministers possibly predict a decade ahead?
The Prime Minister guaranteed there would be no carbon tax – but there is.
She guaranteed there would be a surplus – 165 times she guaranteed there would be a surplus – but there isn’t and there never will be under the government.
After seven deficits totalling $220 billion, the Treasurer can hardly congratulate himself over an almost invisible surplus, if nothing goes awry, if he’s still there, in four years’ time, in his ninth budget.
The government originally said that the deficit was “temporary”.
With seven in a row, the Second World War was more temporary than this government’s deficits.
The government promised a surplus over the cycle but this isn’t a cycle – it’s a spiral, deeper and deeper into debt which is now surging towards $400 billion even on the government’s own figures.
The last time a Labor Treasurer stood in this parliament to deliver a surplus was way back in 1989 so it’s hardly surprising that this year’s Labor surplus promises are no more believable than last year’s.
In the second line of this week’s budget speech the Treasurer said that it was a budget for jobs and growth.
In fact, unemployment increases and growth decreases.
The Treasurer spent much of his speech complaining that he was the victim of a sudden collapse in government revenue.
In fact, revenue is up 6 per cent this year and will be up 7 per cent next year.
Next year, revenue will be up $80 billion on six years ago.
That’s right, the Treasurer has $80 billion more to balance his budget than Peter Costello ever had – yet Costello delivered surplus after surplus.
We have a $20 billion deficit now rather than the $20 billion surplus then not because revenue is down but because spending is up: by $120 billion.
Madam Speaker, in 121 days, there will be an election.
It will be a tipping point in the life of our country.
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.
The last Coalition government grew GDP per person by well over two per cent a year – under this government it’s limped along at well under 1 per cent.
The former government grew jobs by two and a quarter per cent a year – or enough to create over 2 million new jobs within a decade.
Since then, they’ve grown by just 1.6 per cent a year.
With the Coalition, you could trust government to save.
With Labor you can be sure government will spend which is why worried households are saving at the highest rate in a generation.
During the Howard years, real wealth per person more than doubled – since then, it’s actually declined thanks to weaker growth, subdued house prices and lower share prices.
Change won’t come overnight but a Coalition government will do what’s needed to strengthen economic growth and prosperity.
All the Coalition’s main policies are designed to make it easier for you to get ahead and for businesses to be more productive.
We will abolish the carbon tax – because that’s the quickest way to reduce power prices and take the pressure off cost of living and job security.
Let me repeat: We will abolish the carbon tax – because it’s a kind of reverse tariff that hurts local businesses but not our overseas competitors.
There is no mystery to how this will happen.
What one parliament legislates, another parliament can repeal and the carbon tax repeal bill, should we be elected, will be the first legislation that a new parliament considers.
We will reduce emissions with targeted incentives, not clobbering business with the world’s biggest carbon tax.
We will abolish the mining tax – because that’s the quickest way to support investment and jobs.
We will cut red tape costs by at least $1 billion a year – to give small business a much-needed break – and we’ll have parliamentary days dedicated to repealing laws, not passing them.
By cutting tax and regulation, we will boost productivity.
That will give Australian manufacturers the more level playing field they need to remain at the heart of a five pillar economy along with services, education, agriculture and resources.
We will have a once-in-a-generation commission of audit so that government is only as big as it needs to be to do what people can’t do for themselves.
We will set up a root and branch review of competition policy to ensure that small business gets a fair go and small business will be a cabinet portfolio within the Treasury department.
There’ll be an affordable and responsible Paid Parental Leave scheme because women should get their full wage while on maternity leave just as men should get theirs while on annual leave.
We will revitalise work for the dole because people who can work, should work, preferably for a wage but, if not, for the dole.
Within three years, the Coalition’s NBN will deliver broadband speeds at least five times faster than the current average for $60 billion less than Labor’s version.
We will start work within 12 months on Melbourne’s East-West Link, Sydney’s WestConnex, Brisbane’s Gateway Motorway upgrade, Adelaide’s South Road, and Tasmania’s Midland Highway, as well as key roads in Perth and parts of the Bruce Highway, because when you’re stuck in traffic jams, you aren’t at work or at home with your family.
We will duplicate the Pacific Highway, finally, well within this decade.
We will establish a one-stop-shop for faster environmental approvals so that new projects can get up and going more quickly.
We will re-establish a tough cop on the beat, the Australian Building and Construction Commission, to deliver (as it previously did) $6 billion a year of productivity improvements in a troubled industry.
We will return the workplace relations pendulum to the sensible centre, under the existing Fair Work Act, with fairer rules for right of entry and for new projects.
And we will establish a new, two-way street version of the Colombo Plan taking our best and brightest to the region as well as bringing their best and brightest here.
It will be part of a foreign policy that’s focussed on Jakarta, not Geneva.
All these commitments are affordable and deliverable.
We will deliver them in our first term of government, if we win, and will provide all the funding details after the pre-election fiscal statement is released.
But tonight, I set out specific savings to cover keeping tax thresholds and pension rates without a carbon tax to fund them.
The Coalition has already announced that we will rescind the increase to the humanitarian migration intake because – until the boats are stopped, and we will stop them – it’s the people smugglers who are choosing who comes to Australia.
We’ve announced that we’ll reduce by at least 12,000, through natural attrition, the size of the Commonwealth public sector that’s now 20,000 bureaucrats bigger than in 2007.
We’ve also announced that we’d scrap Labor’s green loans scheme for projects that the banks won’t touch.
Tonight, I confirm that we won’t continue the twice a year supplementary allowance to people on benefits because it’s supposed to be funded from the mining tax and the mining tax isn’t raising any revenue.
As well, we won’t continue the low income superannuation contribution because that’s also funded from the tax that isn’t raising any revenue.
I announce that we will delay by two years the ramp up in compulsory superannuation because this money comes largely from business – not from government – and our economy needs encouragement as mining investment starts to wane and new sources of growth are needed.
These measures alone will produce nearly $5 billion a year in savings which is more than enough for tax cuts without a carbon tax.
The Coalition won’t shirk the hard decisions needed to get the budget back into surplus.
Living within your means is not mindless austerity – it’s simple prudence.
It’s recognition of the reality that you can’t spend what you don’t have.
Households know this and it’s time governments did too.
At least for a first term, until we’re on an honest path not just to surplus but to re-paying debt, an incoming Coalition government will resist new spending commitments that aren’t fully funded, nearly always by offsetting expenditure reductions.
As far as the Coalition is concerned, the next election won’t be an auction.
Talking to people all around the country, the last thing you want is more “historic” announcements or so-called “revolutions” that never justify the hype.
Let me be clear.
Many of the measures in this budget are objectionable, the attacks on Medicare; the abolition of the baby bonus which the government had promised never to touch; robbing Peter to pay Paul on education; and forcing more businesses to do the tax paperwork monthly, not just quarterly.
But thanks to Labor’s poor management over five years, there is now a budget emergency.
Hence the Coalition may decide not to oppose any of them; doesn’t commit to reverse any of them; and reserves the option to implement all of them, in government, as short-term emergency measures to deal with the budget crisis Labor has created.
Far from cutting to the bone, we reserve the right to implement all of Labor’s cuts, if needed, because it will take time to un-do all the damage this government has done
By keeping, if needed, all Labor’s budget cuts – and – by not implementing any of their budget spending measures unless specified, we will achieve the first duty of every government: namely, to preserve the nation’s finances.
We will keep the announced spending on the National Disability Insurance Scheme and we’ll ensure that the scheme reflects the Productivity Commission’s recommendations rather than becoming just another big government bureaucracy.
I would not have ridden 1000 kilometres, the week before last, to raise money for Carers Australia if I was half-hearted about the NDIS and would never claim for just one side of politics this reform that should be an achievement for our whole nation.
On the other hand, the key to better schools, at least as much as more money, is better teachers, better teaching, higher academic standards, more community engagement, and more principal autonomy.
So that’s what we’ll work with the states to deliver.
We won’t back a so-called national education system that some states don’t support especially as this government has a history of spending more while schools’ performance actually goes backwards.
Regardless of normal political allegiance, Australians are sick of leaders who play politics ahead of governing the country and who blame everyone but themselves when things go wrong and the numbers don’t add up.
You want a grown up government like the ones that John Howard and – yes – Bob Hawke too used to run.
As soon as people know there’s a government with an economic strategy to build the country rather than just a political strategy to save its own skin, confidence will start to return to our economy.
Tax reform starts with immediately repealing the carbon tax and the mining tax and giving a modest company tax cut as soon as it’s affordable – but it doesn’t end there.
Within two years, an incoming Coalition government will consult with the community to produce a comprehensive white paper on tax reform.
We’ll finish the job that the Henry review started and this government squibbed.
We want taxes that are lower, simpler and fairer and will take proposals for further tax reform to the following election.
Right now, the blame game between the Commonwealth and the states that Kevin Rudd promised to end has become worse than ever.
Typically, over the past three years, the Prime Minister has announced massive new programmes in areas that are the states’ responsibility so she can claim the credit but the states have to pay.
It’s no way to run the country and it’s no way for adult leaders to behave.
Within two years of a change of government, working with the states, the Coalition will produce a white paper on COAG reform, and the responsibilities of different governments, to ensure that, as far as possible, the states are sovereign in their own sphere.
The objective will be to reduce and end, as far as possible, the waste, duplication and second guessing between different levels of government that has resulted, for instance, in the Commonwealth employing 6000 health bureaucrats even though it doesn’t run a single hospital.
Again, a Coalition government will seek a mandate at the subsequent election for any proposed changes.
One of the best ways to ensure that governments don’t make mistakes is to have a proper cabinet process.
That’s how Bob Hawke and John Howard ran their governments but that’s not how government is run now, as the four former ministers now sitting on the backbench have testified.
My ministers won’t need to learn how to be a good government because they’ve been one before.
Sixteen members of the Coalition shadow cabinet were ministers in the last government that actually delivered surpluses, as opposed to just promising them.
Those surpluses weren’t just John Howard’s and Peter Costello’s.
They were my surpluses and Joe Hockey’s surpluses and Julie Bishop’s and Warren Truss’s and Malcolm Turnbull’s because we were all part of the last government that Australians knew was competent and trustworthy.
Unlike the current government which never makes an announcement that isn’t supposed to be the most important thing ever, what I’m proposing is not unprecedented and shouldn’t even be remarkable.
I’m offering what should be normal: careful, collegial, consultative, straightforward government that says what it means and does what it says.
That would be change for the better.
The next election, to which this budget is a mere prelude, should not be about who becomes prime minister.
It should be about who can do more for our country – because our country is more important than any of us in this parliament.
My colleagues and I have a Plan to build a strong and prosperous economy for a safe and secure Australia.
It’s not about us.
It’s about you, the Australian people.
We pledge ourselves to your service.

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216 Responses to Budget Reply Speech 2013

  1. Tom

    Hewson making the very good point that the only way to significantly reduce government spending is to eliminate duplication between the feds and the states.

  2. stackja

    The next election, to which this budget is a mere prelude, should not be about who becomes prime minister.
    It should be about who can do more for our country – because our country is more important than any of us in this parliament.
    My colleagues and I have a Plan to build a strong and prosperous economy for a safe and secure Australia.
    It’s not about us.
    It’s about you, the Australian people.
    We pledge ourselves to your service.

    A Standing Round of Applause.

  3. Verandah

    What an impressive speech and delivered by a Prime Minister.

  4. Gab

    Tom that’s what Abbott said also.

  5. Carpe Jugulum (don't call me sven)

    What i find most telling is that he recieved applause from the gallery 3 times and a standing ovation.

    I have never seen that before.

    I notice that Ged Klampett from the ACTU is starting to bang on about abbottabbottabbott robbing people on the dole.

  6. Norma

    “It’s about you, the Australian people.
    We pledge ourselves to your service.”
    Brilliant.

  7. Rousie

    Last 3-4 para’s were dead on target & what will resonate most if they get the airplay.
    The ALP are in a world of pain.

  8. Carpe Jugulum (don't call me sven)

    Tubbsy milne is having a meltdown in the senate.

  9. blogstrop

    Having a competent government shouldn’t be a special thing – but after this lot it will be.

  10. Gab

    Perhaps she’s hormonal, Sven?

  11. Rabz MMEC VRWC

    We will keep the announced spending on the National Disability Insurance Scheme and we’ll ensure that the scheme reflects the Productivity Commission’s recommendations rather than becoming just another big government bureaucracy.

    This is actually one of the most key lines in the entire speech.

    It signals a clear intent to prevent billions of dollars being vacuumed into the great sucking maw of an incompetent, unaccountable bureaucratic leviathan and directed instead to the people it is intended to benefit – people with severe or profound disability.

  12. Carpe Jugulum (don't call me sven)

    Perhaps she’s hormonal, Sven?

    LOL 🙂

    I’m watching her on APAC on the laptop, she has so far bitched about the poor students, money for nothing, climate change, evil coal, the new economy, the climate emergency [whatever that is].

  13. Leigh Lowe

    Hewson.
    FFS!
    Turned over to the food channel to watch some retired model cook a baked pasta and a focaccia.
    Oh, and she explained GST on birthday cakes pretty well too (home baked and shop bought).

  14. Infidel Tiger

    Tubbsy milne is having a meltdown in the senate.

    No, her face always looks like that.

  15. Carpe Jugulum (don't call me sven)

    PS and she is wearing an old tablecloth my grandmother used to own.

  16. jumpnmcar

    Tubbsy milne is having a meltdown in the senate.

    Wearing a picnic blanket, and the button are under stress.

  17. Merilyn

    That was a very good speech.

  18. big dumb fu

    It’s quite an interesting line of thinking that by not increasing the dole you are stealing from the poorest in the country. Another way of thinking is that by not increasing the dole those on it might decide it is in their interest to get off it, get a job, and contribute to society rather than continue to be a burden on those who do.

  19. Andrew

    I was in the gallery and Abbott got a 5 min standing ovation. Awesome

  20. val majkus

    Loved this

    The next election, to which this budget is a mere prelude, should not be about who becomes prime minister.
    It should be about who can do more for our country – because our country is more important than any of us in this parliament.
    My colleagues and I have a Plan to build a strong and prosperous economy for a safe and secure Australia.
    It’s not about us.
    It’s about you, the Australian people.
    We pledge ourselves to your service.

    that’s been missing during the Rudd/Gillard years

  21. John Williams

    WOW !
    Leigh Sales and Chris Ulmann did a quick summary and then on to “other news”
    Gulp !
    WTF?
    Doomed , we is…I’m telling you …doomed.
    The ABC has retreated to join the Mayans.
    Hall-a – fing – eulah !

  22. twostix

    I predict after this national nightmare is over an explosion of optimism, growth and jobs for all.

    The only negative point is this:

    There’ll be an affordable and responsible Paid Parental Leave scheme because women should get their full wage while on maternity leave just as men should get theirs while on annual leave.

    What? Taxpayers are going to pay men to go on annual leave?

    What the hell does this even mean?

  23. Carpe Jugulum (don't call me sven)

    I was in the gallery and Abbott got a 5 min standing ovation. Awesome

    Half your luck, i must say (again) i have never seen the gallery applause like that before.

    That was a well done speech.

  24. Leigh Lowe

    Gonski.
    Gone-ski?

  25. Aaron

    I was quite impressed although he did start off hesitantly. I think the thing that will resonate is the idea that the next election is about the future of the country and a competent and civilised government.

    The looks on Swan and Gillard’s faces during the speech was priceless. They know the cupboard is empty and they are already scraping the bottom of the barrel.

  26. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    Yep. We turned Hewson off too, Leigh and have gone out to eat. Abbott did very well. Great to see and hear..

  27. val majkus

    two stix .. it means that men should get their full wage while on annual leave;

    but this would have been better

    There’ll be an affordable and responsible Paid Parental Leave scheme because women should get their full wage while on maternity leave

  28. DMS

    Yep twostix without that policy it’s a fantastic platform.

    Bloody good speech though, and well delivered – it sounds a bit lame but I actually got a bit of chill a couple of times. Nice to have someone sounding like a PM for a change.

  29. Crappy delivery from an amateur debater. Shouldn’t the PM to sound confident? The best we can hope for is that he grows into Howard’s mold.

  30. Megan

    I’ve been avoiding all political commentary for the last few days and nights due to a combination of Megan Mansion being in serious state of renovation disarray and respect for my blood pressure.

    I brushed the plaster dust off the sofa, found a spot out of the draughts from the holes in the ceiling and sat down to watch Tony. It was an impressive performance and his emphasis on the government being there to serve gave me some long awaited hope that we will finally have some adults running the country.

  31. Tom

    Our resource exports have helped hundreds of millions to move from the third world to the middle class.

    Brilliant! Its the truth about how the world works, not how the left’s fat-arsed, rich anti-civilisationists imagine it works.

  32. val majkus

    I like the idea of returning sovereignty to the States and doing away with duplication of bureaucrats – killer line about the … I think it was 10,000 … federal bureaucrats in health when the Federal Govt doesn’t even run a hospital

    and Tintarella I think will approve of this:

    We will keep the announced spending on the National Disability Insurance Scheme and we’ll ensure that the scheme reflects the Productivity Commission’s recommendations rather than becoming just another big government bureaucracy.

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  33. Tekweni

    Tony was impressive. He spoke really well. Such a contrast to the two losers opposite. Loved their expressions.

  34. Leigh Lowe

    Government doesn’t create wealth; people do.
    Government doesn’t spend its own money; it spends your money.

    Living within your means is not mindless austerity – it’s simple prudence.

    Just great.
    Simple truths that would do credit to the late Maggie.

  35. JC

    Tony was impressive. He spoke really well.

    But, why, why can’t he do interviews like that. It has me perplexed.

  36. Gab

    Lately he has been doing interviews rather well, JC>

  37. Matt

    Holy shit this was good.

    Starting to feel a glimmer of hope. The nightmare has been long.

  38. Tom

    Government doesn’t create wealth; people do.
    Government doesn’t spend its own money; it spends your money.

    That’s great, Leigh.

    And because 80% of the media are government sycophants who have cheered the trashing of the national finances, it’s radical information!

  39. JC: IMHO the world is built on people ill equipped for the task.

  40. dan

    I haven’t seen the speech but I read the transcript.

    I disagree with a couple of things but overall this was an excellent summary of our problems and a way forward. Certainly I can see why there would be a standing ovation.

    I can swallow the parental leave scheme and carbon crap in return for a government that is motivated by something other than factional rubbish and greed. It’s not quite IPA-grade but I’m really happy with it.

    Watching Penny Wong thrashing around like a trout that’s been out of the water for ten minutes. They are so full of it and completely shameless. Clean Investment Energy Corporation is “not a spend”, it is an “investment” FFS

  41. Gab

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

    For the last two weeks, at every opportunity gillard has had to speak into a microphone she has said Abbott would cut the pension, raise incomes taxes and slash benefits. She’s such an old liar.

  42. Uh oh

    Hewson was actually quite complimentary. Must be after an appointment.

  43. val majkus

    the world is built on people

    makes the world sound like Venice all over laterite

  44. sabrina

    A confident presentation.
    We pledge ourselves to your service.
    Bring politician’s super to community standard,take Judith Sloan’s advice; it will make additional savings.

  45. Tom

    The Wong chap is on Sky making a belated, pathetic, futile pitch for the moocher vote. Abbott has given “a sneak peek of the save cuts should he become prime minister”. Too late, sugar. No-one believes you. You’re running on empty. Have you any idea what a 15% swing looks like?

  46. Simple truths that would do credit to the late Maggie.

    She delivered speeches in five work chunks. Tony is all over the place.

  47. Mk50 of Brisbane, Henchman to the VRWC

    And we will establish a new, two-way street version of the Colombo Plan taking our best and brightest to the region as well as bringing their best and brightest here.
    It will be part of a foreign policy that’s focussed on Jakarta, not Geneva.

    My God.

    He’s solved the illegal immigration problem. That deal has already been cut.

    This is an immensely powerful thing to say to Jakarta, it’s going to have a very, very strong impact there, and he would not have said it without it being discussed and agreed already through lower level contact lines.

    Bloody hell, the adults are back and Jakarta is already dealing with them on that basis.

    FOAD Juliar.

  48. Happymonkey

    Abbott has arrived. Now, if only he acts on that small government rhetoric.

  49. James of the Glens

    It’s good to see a fool like laterite reduced to lying in lieu of any sensible criticism; Tony Abbott obviously hit the mark with force and conviction.

    The gallery was a microcosm of what is to come.

  50. Rob MW

    As a farmer, the bit that impressed me the most was this bit:

    “We will cut red tape costs by at least $1 billion a year – to give small business a much-needed break – and we’ll have parliamentary days dedicated to repealing laws, not passing them.

    By cutting tax and regulation, we will boost productivity.

    That will give Australian manufacturers the more level playing field they need to remain at the heart of a five pillar economy along with services, education, agriculture and resources.

    We will have a once-in-a-generation commission of audit so that government is only as big as it needs to be to do what people can’t do for themselves.

    We will set up a root and branch review of competition policy to ensure that small business gets a fair go and small business will be a cabinet portfolio within the Treasury department.”

  51. dan

    She is talking about this CIEC and claiming the whole arrangement doesn’t cost the government anything. When pointed out that it does, she gets all stroppy and “you know…this is an investment…” and rolls her eyes.

    She spits out some ridiculous numbers, it turns out she is estimating the cost of the lost schoolkids bonus over the life of the child, not per annum.

    She is looking flushed and very, very unhappy.

    Speaking of which, what kind of person starts crying in public because she just met a “disabled” kid, actually a child with Down’s syndrome behaving perfectly normally within her limitations, in the midst of engaging in her hobby of photography. What kind of reaction is that.

  52. Megan

    Wongbot quote “You don’t have an commission of audit to find out the truth, you have a commission of audit to hide the truth.”

    I must try this one out with our quality manager when she announces our next department audit.

  53. Dianeh

    Tom

    Wong is very unpleasant tonight. Of course the woman thinks we are all too stupid to understand that the spending cuts are only necessary because of the criminal waste of the Labor Govt.

    Right now she is calling Abbott a liar, that he is hiding what he is really going to do. And those working Australians were trotted out again.

    David Speers doesn’t sound impressed with Wong.

    I think she isn’t going to win back any votes being so sour.

  54. Tony Abbott obviously hit the mark with force and conviction.

    Hey, love him all you want. I’d like to see a 20% sequester first day in power. But do we know who he is from his speeches?

  55. Tracey

    I loved how he mentioned Hawke and Howard in the same breath two or three times. Totally defanged the rabble before they can attack.

    I also loved how, stripped of the chance to wail and screech in her usual fashion, the true face of TLS was laid bare. A hard, cold thing who would slit your throat without a second thought.

  56. Gab

    Keep trying, laterite, you’re not quite good at trolling yet. I give you a 2/10. Improvement needed.

  57. Infidel Tiger

    Any chance of having the speech below the fold?

    It’s wanton profligacy to have it taking up all the blog.

  58. Dianeh

    My 8 year old daughter pointed at the tv when Wong was on and said ‘Mum, look that man is standing next to the Australian flag’.

    I said that that is not a man, it is a woman, and was given that special look she gives me when she thinks I am talking crap.

  59. A hard, cold thing who would slit your throat without a second thought.

    Nurse!

  60. Gab: I know my EQ is close to zero. But Abbot’s delivery is always poor. Everyone know that, don’t they? I would still vote for him.

  61. Gab

    NAh, you need to lose the “Hi Alan” schtick at the end of your sentence.

  62. Mk50 of Brisbane, Henchman to the VRWC

    Y’all do know that Laterite is a red leached rock formed from a decay process, and after acidification is used in sewage farms?

    Our new troll has picked himself the perfect self-description: a red decay product good enough to be used with shit.

  63. C.L.

    The intro was a bit odd.

    Actors and RM Williams boots?

    Nice cut to the Abbott daughters.

    Looking good. 🙂

    Where are Julia’s spouse and kids?

    Oh that’s right. I forgot.

  64. I was eating dinner and being told something important by my wife while Abbott was burbling on in the background and the red cordial set in the gallery couldn’t control themselves.

    Just wait til someone comes up with some numbers for what his announcements mean for how much harder a time he will have in balancing a budget.

  65. Tom

    Paul Murray going hard on the $500 million in allocations for budget outlays on “programs not yet announced” — i.e., pre-election port-barrelling.

  66. Bloody fantastic speech. Will confirm to a lot of new coalition voters that they aren’t going to make a mistake.

  67. Leigh Lowe

    If a public company made these sorts of claims its directors
    would most likely face serious charges rather than asking to be re-elected.

    Talking to people all around the country, the last thing you want is more “historic” announcements or so-called “revolutions” that never justify the hype.

    As soon as people know there’s a government with an economic strategy to build the country rather than just a political strategy to save its own skin, confidence will start to return to our economy.

    It’s no way to run the country and it’s no way for adult leaders to behave.

    Ouch!
    I’ll see your mysoginy rant, and raise you

  68. Keep trying, laterite, you’re not quite good at trolling yet. I give you a 2/10. Improvement needed.

    Ooo, stepped in some Abbott fan club stuff.

  69. Gab

    lol oh your poor old sourpuss.

  70. Leigh Lowe

    Shitfer …..
    The hint is in there.
    12,000 public servants at $100k each (minimum) is $1.2bn.
    And if you reckon he’s gonna stop at 12,000, you’re dreaming.

  71. Infidel Tiger

    I think Laterite makes reasonable points. Abbott does speak like he’s undergoing a prostate examination.

    And people need to cool their jets on the Abbott love. We’ll forever be in his debt for ridding us of the filthy hose beast, but not much else.

  72. Tom

    I’m insulted. The Marxist rabble has pissed tens of billions of our money against the wall. They have spent tens of millions on advertising their worst wastes of money, like the NBN. And they will spent tens of millions more on propaganda before September.

    And yet they have have sent us dumbest-arsed troll in the history of zombieism. The least they could have done is sent us a competent Labor staffer. Not this garbage. Insulting.

  73. Gab

    And people need to cool their jets on the Abbott love.

    Oh for goodness’ sake, people are happy that he gave a relatively good speech. Nothing wrong with being happy about his performance for an hour or so.

  74. val majkus

    Don’t be tough on laterite, Gab
    His IQ is anything but close to zero
    but laterite I think you’re wrong when you say ‘Tony was all over the place’
    This was a speech, not an essay and a bit of to and fro is allowable in my view in a speech
    He made the important points in my view and I think for me that’s sufficient to know about him

  75. Leigh Lowe

    I was eating dinner and being told something important by my wife

    What was that important message Shitfer?
    “Chew you sausages before swallowing them”?

  76. big dumb fu

    Abbott only sounds good because what we currently have is a bag of mixed loons lurching from disaster to disaster. Whilst this speech was perhaps the most positive thing we have heard in politics for a while, I’m with IT. Getting rid of TLS is worth some praise, but I’ll hold my acclaim until I see some of this small government rhetoric morph into action.

  77. Gab

    but I’ll hold my acclaim until I see some of this small government rhetoric morph into action.

    September 14 is a long way yet under this current government. I’m not going to wait to be happy. I’m happy about Abbott now. Tomorrow is another day.

    FMD. Talk about a bunch of negative nellies. Enjoy the moment.

  78. twostix

    but this would have been better

    There’ll be an affordable and responsible Paid Parental Leave scheme because women should get their full wage while on maternity leave

    In what way would that possibly have been better?

  79. C.L.

    I was eating dinner and being told something important by my wife

    Permission to take the cork off the fork?

  80. Infidel Tiger

    I want speeches from Tony that have the ALP throwing up and the citizens of Canberra gassing themselves in their garages.

    This is a time for boldness, not for giving the horses a sugar cube.

  81. James in Melbourne

    Crappy delivery from an amateur debater.

    Sorry, Laterite – that’s Hammy’s schtick.

    And it is funny coming from him.

  82. Skuter

    So, Howard was profligate with tax cuts and family payments. So much so, that he ruined the budget for the ALP paragons of fiscal virtue. However, KD Wong tells us that Libs always cut to the bone, cut too hard and cut the wrong things. These idiots have zero self-awareness…stevey, m0nty, etc…c’Mon tell us you stooges, how do liberals manage to be profligate austerity freaks…?

  83. Infidel Tiger

    I was eating dinner and being told something important by my wife

    “Take the plastic wrapper off first, Steve.”

    “It’ll be easier if you remove your safety mittens, darl”

    “Shall I cut it into smaller pieces for you,love?”

    “That’s the dog’s bowl, honey”

  84. Gab

    gillard and Swan looked close to being sick tonight.

  85. James in Melbourne

    Just wait til someone comes up with some numbers for what his announcements mean

    Ooh yeah, Steve, because numbers are just so impressive, aren’t they? I mean, the command of numbers that the incumbents have is just so awesome? How will Abbott666 possibly do any better than that?

    Here’s a tip – they should try to get the sign right, first.

  86. Carpe Jugulum (don't call me sven)

    Ooo, stepped in some Abbott fan club stuff.

    That is some second rate trolling, refer to monster and shitfer for some tips.

    Very disappointing effort.

  87. Brian of Moorabbin

    Missed the speech (taking the little bloke to see his grandmother for her birthday), but it reads very well. Hits quite a few high points.

    Wonder if there are any replays I can catch… *goes YouTube hunting*

  88. We will have a once-in-a-generation commission of audit so that government is only as big as it needs to be to do what people can’t do for themselves.

    Oh I wish.

    We will set up a root and branch review of competition policy to ensure that small business gets a fair go and small business will be a cabinet portfolio within the Treasury department.

    Does this mean small business wont be sucked dry by unions and taxes anymore?

  89. twostix

    Just wait til someone comes up with some numbers for what his announcements mean

    Someone? Like who? Treasury?

    You all ruined that by trashing them to cover for Swan.

    ahahaha

  90. Mk50 of Brisbane, Henchman to the VRWC

    Delicious despair at Lavatory Rodeo….

  91. Louis Hissink

    “It should be about who can do more for our country – because our country is more important than any of us in this parliament”.

    Which says it all – The State is Omnipotent.

    God help us.

  92. Token

    The Wong chap is on Sky making a belated, pathetic, futile pitch for the moocher vote.

    That is Labor’s FINANCE minister.

    The toughest position in government as they must be able to say NO.

    What do you have instead? The person who allowed the budget to go from $1B surplus to $20B deficit.

  93. Excellent speech saying all the right things, I would have enthusiastically joined in the standing ovation and not just to twist the knife into the Trade Union Party goat rodeo.

  94. Tom

    Does this mean small business wont be sucked dry by unions and taxes anymore?

    It’s a very fair point, Laterite. Small business minister-in-waiting Bruce Bilson has been telling anyone who’ll listen he’ll be in cabinet, not an outer ministry.

    If they don’t deliver for small business, small business will disown them. Piss and wind is everywhere in politics.

  95. val majkus

    The next election, to which this budget is a mere prelude, should not be about who becomes prime minister.
    It should be about who can do more for our country – because our country is more important than any of us in this parliament.

    Louis I’m not reading that the way you are
    I see it as a politician being humble, obviously you see it another way

  96. Small business minister-in-waiting Bruce Bilson has been telling anyone who’ll listen he’ll be in cabinet, not an outer ministry.

    I hope so. Abolish the FWO, the FCCC and all the other nanny state offices. If people have a problem they can take it to civil court. I heard 95% of all claims to the CMC are vexatious.

  97. Leigh Lowe

    wong is as useless as air-filled tits on a flying turtle.
    [Edited. Sinc]

  98. val majkus

    abolish the Dept of Climate Change! and Flannery’s job … is he still being paid?

  99. k d wong is as useless as air-filled tits on a flying turtle.

    Or the Skywhale hahaha

  100. val majkus

    abolish useless rubbishy subjects in schools which have no meaningful link to a productive life … o wait don’t think that’s the Fed’s perogative

  101. Leigh Lowe

    abolish the Dept of Climate Change! and Flannery’s job … is he still being paid?

    He is Gone-ski.
    Abbott delivered a zinger on radio a few weeks back when he said that he was sure that Flanners would give us the benefit of his opinion whether we paid him or not.
    There are 10,000 in the Dept of Climate Change (now hidden in another ministry).
    Tony’s 12,000 reduction should be piss easy.

  102. duncanm

    k d wong is as useless as air-filled tits on a flying turtle.

    Or the Skywhale hahaha

    That’s the way laterite.. you are warming up on the Hammy angle.

  103. His IQ is anything but close to zero
    but laterite I think you’re wrong when you say ‘Tony was all over the place’
    This was a speech, not an essay and a bit of to and fro is allowable in my view in a speech
    He made the important points in my view and I think for me that’s sufficient to know about him

    But back to the point. Taking on his Government is like shooting fish in a barrel.As Tony said

    what I’m proposing is not unprecedented and shouldn’t even be remarkable.

    Where is the shift to the right?

  104. val majkus

    at least if we get an Abbott Govt we won’t have pollies pawing all the closest schoolkids

  105. C.L.

    Wonder if there are any replays I can catch… *goes YouTube hunting*

    Watch it complete and entire here, Brian:

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-05-16/tony-abbott-delivers-the-opposition-budget-reply/4695164

  106. val majkus

    Where is the shift to the right?

    what policies would you have preferred laterite?

  107. Leigh Lowe

    Thanks for the link to the video CL.
    The sucked-lemon visages on the Slapper and Goose at around the 6:20 mark when Tony reminds them of the Great Surplus Mirage ……. priceless.

  108. Leigh Lowe

    Where is the shift to the right?

    Read my lips.
    Not.
    Pissing.
    OUR.
    Money.
    Away.

  109. brc

    I saw the Wong chap on tv. She looked as disheveled as hobo shorten did the other day. In fact the entire labor front bench looks like they don’t bother getting their laundry done. They actually look they can’t wait until September gets here so the survivors can start handing in their resignations.

  110. val majkus

    and it’s not austerity, it’s prudent

  111. Leigh Lowe

    Two thumbs up from Peter Hartcher of the SMH.

    Shit!
    They’re really breaking ranks when the Hartch gives up TLS.
    He can expect a tirade of pidgin Celtic from McPatten sometime soon.

  112. val majkus

    Annabel Crabb is a little less enthusiastic

  113. what policies would you have preferred laterite?

    I was really taking issue with those here who thought his speech was so great. there are some teeth in the speech:

    If a public company made these sorts of claims its directors would most likely face serious charges rather than asking to be re-elected.

    But thats never going to happen. Swanies’s going to be charged for misrepresentation, right. The best that could happen is that he gets power and slashes spending.

  114. GrantB

    I find it rather disappointing that some here are describing Laterite (DS) as a troll. Especially when as a scientist and very competent statistician I would surmise that he has published more peer reviewed articles than everyone here combined has. In particular in reference to the appalling statistics and lack of data and code disclosure endemic in climate science. Read his blog.

    His thrust, as I see it, is that Abbott has not and will not go far enough. Agree or disagree if you wish, but to call him a troll is just plain stupid.

  115. Leigh Lowe

    We are in monster deficits but what have we got to show for it?
    What have they actually created?
    Even PVO has woken up to the problem over the last week or so.
    Massive growth in public service employment numbers and salaries.
    And that can be fixed with no negative (possibly positive) impact on the real economy, very little electoral downside and is highly controllable (not subject to the whim of external factors).
    If I worked for the Dept of Health, I would get on to seek.com first thing.

  116. You want a grown up government like the ones that John Howard and – yes – Bob Hawke too used to run.

    It’s about time this was said, and by a Liberal leader, just to ram it home to these worthless numpties that they are the inheritors of people who actually ran a tight ship at one point, and to long-term Labor voters that those inheritors have failed utterly: failed the party, failed themselves, and failed the working man and woman they were supposed to represent.

  117. dover_beach

    GrantB thirded. I’ve been a fan of his work on AGW since it mattered; at least six years ago.

  118. val majkus

    gotta agree with Grant B and dover beach

  119. The popular expectation that the Opposition Leader, widely accused of being a dangerous ideologue, would self-immolate in a pile of Ian Plimer pamphlets or otherwise pull a tactical hammy has proven seriously unfounded.

    hammy mentioned in high places.

  120. Good speech! I especially like how he said will, or at least consider all cuts including the ones proposed by Labor.

  121. Leigh Lowe

    If a public company made these sorts of claims its directors would most likely face serious charges rather than asking to be re-elected.
    But thats never going to happen. Swanies’s going to be charged for misrepresentation, right. The best that could happen is that he gets power and slashes spending.

    Of course no-one will be charged.
    Well, not for incompetence at least.
    You will note his use of the conditional “if” word.
    He is merely drawing the distinction between the accountability Goose and the Droner are constantly demanding of others, yet don’t apply to themselves.
    Just as Abbott reminds us of the standards expected of business which are considered just a little too stringent for the brothel-creepers and thieves of the Union Mooment.

  122. Dan

    Annabel Crabb is an airhead

  123. val majkus

    now you’re getting into the mood laterite

  124. The ALPBC cut the 5 minute standing ovation off the end of the speech, no doubt to conserve bandwidth.

    I thought the NBN was supposed to make photons too cheap to meter?

  125. Brian of Moorabbin

    Watch it complete and entire here, Brian:

    Thank ye kindly CL.

  126. Leigh Lowe

    Indeed Val.
    Ole Leathery is still shaking those Julia pom-poms around

    Labor Party research has found the Coalition’s NBN policy is close to the disaster that social media feedback suggested it was.

    Quite apart from the “Labor Party research” oxymoron, let’s just paraphrase that …..

    McPatten has found the Coalition’s NBN policy has been bagged on Twitter by a whole bunch of Labor staffers as he directed the preceding day.

  127. Dan

    How the flying plook is a journalist relying upon ‘labor party research’ for an argument counted as being impartial?

  128. James of the Glens

    “Annabel Crabb is an airhead”.

    Yes, and an even bigger disappointment. Small town girl dazzled by the big smoke of the East and believing her own publicity.

    Now reduced to a chatterbox about everything, her life’s anecdotes worn out, and with nothing but passionate opinionising left.

  129. brc

    Laterite has been around for ages. Devils advocate is not the same as trolling.

    I am heartened by the speech, but the proof of the pudding is in the tasting. They have to get in and keep their nerve against the screeching first.

    Also tony will never be able to deliver a speech like Howard could, tough he might improve if he actually gets the big chair and makes all those twits eat a decade of spiteful words thrown at him.

  130. And still no one has noticed that the Annabel Crabb article linked to is from last year?

  131. Dan

    The second link isn’t bollocks head

  132. Tom

    It’s over, folks. As in dead-as-a-dodo over. And they know it’s over. There was something very civilised and stoic in the applause from the public gallery. Wand and the Lying Slapper were ashen. There was no booing or hissing, just applause. And the sycophants have got nothing — not a wimper of defiance from the entire Green left media. The ABC’s chief government troll Barry Cassidy tried, but his heart wasn’t in it:

    Why, when most of the major economic indicators are so strong, is the government so weak?

    Perhaps it is the Abbott “aroma”, intoxicating the public into believing what they want to believe; that whatever the details of the Coalition’s economic policies when they are finally released, they will be an improvement on the status quo.

    Expect to see the new narrative begin in the next few weeks: it would be bad for democracy if we are left with a weak Labor opposition; look what happened in Queensland.

  133. tbh

    Good speech by Abbott. I’ve long had my doubts about him, but he’s getting better and if he means what he said in that speech then surely a government he leads would be better than the rabble we are currently afflicted with.

    I am particularly heartened by the idea that if we are to have federalism then the there should be as little duplication between them and Canberra as possible. Hooray for that if it comes off.

  134. Fisky

    Fantastic speech from Abbott. I think he’ll be a mediocre Prime Minister, but fulfilling his historic duty, smashing Labor to pieces, is all we ask.

  135. Well, that was easily missed. The subtleties of Catallaxy commenting styles sometimes escape me.

    Heh.

  136. Tom

    And just to put an exclamation mark on the evening, the troll makes a complete idiot of himself.

  137. Rob

    Where are Julia’s spouse and kids?

    Oh that’s right. I forgot.

    That’s unfair CL, she has had more spouses than you have had hot dinners.

  138. Fisky

    Four months to go until this nightmare is over.

  139. twostix

    Expect to see the new narrative begin in the next few weeks: it would be bad for democracy if we are left with a weak Labor opposition; look what happened in Queensland.

    They tried exactly the same thing in the last days here in NSW “don’t give him too much power”.

    Didn’t work very well.

    People haven’t listened for 2.5 years of relentless howling and circus tricks from them and aren’t about to start listening to their begging now.

  140. Dan

    Perhaps it is the Abbott Rudd “aroma”, intoxicating the public into believing what they want to believe he is a fiscal conservative; that whatever the details of the Coalition’s Gillard’s economic policies criminal charges when they are finally released, they the LNP will be an improvement on the status quo. any bloody thing actually

  141. JC

    Great speech.

    I’m not expecting much. Just enact 20% of the market friendly promises and suggestions.

    That’s all.

  142. JC

    hammy mentioned in high places.

    Where is that deranged bastard? I hope he hasn’t lit the match finally.

  143. Tom

    If he has, JC, you’ll know the business plan for your lefty suicide hotline is a winner.

  144. twostix

    Fantastic speech from Abbott. I think he’ll be a mediocre Prime Minister, but fulfilling his historic duty, smashing Labor to pieces, is all we ask.

    I think he could be quite good by (admittedly low) Australian standards. Somewhere lurking deep below there’s still that student union commie arse kicking attack dog. I think economically he’ll be Howard lite but politically he’ll hopefully purge, scrape and flush the commies out of every area that they’ve infested in the Commonwealth.

  145. Steve What is wrong I haven’t seen you attack Abbott or compliment Swan on his great job. Have you given up? Other lefties seem to be laying low also.

  146. C.L.

    His thrust, as I see it, is that Abbott has not and will not go far enough. Agree or disagree if you wish, but to call him a troll is just plain stupid.

    Hear hear.

    This isn’t a Liberal Party fan site, folks.

  147. C.L.

    Four months to go until this nightmare is over.

    Which reminds me…

    I’ve long hoped that Abbott will revive these famous words on election night:

  148. Abu Chowdah

    ABC’s front page summary:

    A future Coalition government would defer the increase to compulsory superannuation and abolish boosted payments to the unemployed, students and parents, Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has revealed in his budget reply speech.

    Lmao.

  149. .

    I can’t wait for a cold winter and shockingly high power bills to finally destroy the red headed botch.

    Then the WA, NSW and VIC Police can take her and Thommo away in the back of a divvy van.

  150. JC

    You know Abu, I don’t totally agree with deferring increases or even highlighting payments to the unemployed looking for work.

    If the coalition persists in rigging labor markets like the Liars Party, then the unemployed should be compensated to the fullest of extent, as the market is rigged against them.

  151. Gab

    This isn’t a Liberal Party fan site, folks.

    And that’s a good thing because on Lib sites even the teensy-weensy bit of criticism is not tolerated. But heck, I thought he gave a good speech, ticked quite a few boxes, some policies I don’t agree with, still much better than the other mob and certainly seemed like a breath of fresh air. I just wanted to savour a moment of good feeling about the future.

    As for laterite, if he’s not a troll then good. His first couple of comments struck me as having a similar m.o. as “grey” and “marion”. Mea culpa.

  152. C.L.

    Look, the Abbott story – the Abbott arc, if you will – is stunning.

    STUNNING.

    He was the easybeat neanderthal Catholic woman-hating gay-bashing wall-punching laughing stock in Speedos who Gillard and her crew licked their lips with incredulous delight about when he became Coalition leader.

    He has utterly destroyed them, Rudd and now Gillard.

    While we should lament and condemn his worst tendencies, let’s not forget that – in some ways – what he has already done has been a massive benefit to this country and its welfare. How do you put a price on a blocked and binned second Gillard term?

    Thank you, Mr Abbott.

  153. Abu Chowdah

    JC I was commenting on the dog whistling thumbnail. ABC are the rearguard now.

  154. tbh

    I just wanted to savour a moment of good feeling about the future.

    Me too Gab. I’m in no way a Liberal Party apologist (or any other party for that manner), but what he put out there tonight was the right message.

  155. .

    We will abolish the carbon tax – because that’s the quickest way to reduce power prices and take the pressure off cost of living and job security.
    Let me repeat: We will abolish the carbon tax – because it’s a kind of reverse tariff that hurts local businesses but not our overseas competitors.
    There is no mystery to how this will happen.
    What one parliament legislates, another parliament can repeal and the carbon tax repeal bill, should we be elected, will be the first legislation that a new parliament considers.
    We will abolish the mining tax – because that’s the quickest way to support investment and jobs.

    Good stuff.

  156. Robert Crew

    I think every budget reply speech in the last 10 years or so (even including Latham’s woeful effort) is an improvement on when Kim Beazley promised to cure cancer using the money “saved” by rolling back the GST.

  157. Expect to see the new narrative begin in the next few weeks: it would be bad for democracy if we are left with a weak Labor opposition

    Quite So, as Tim Blair is fond of saying. I would ordinarily agree with this statement, but for the pack of incompetent liars, arse-coverers, bunglers and overgrown student politicians who might form that Opposition if an Abbott victory is not as crushing as Newman’s was. I would rather have the ten best people left in the Labor Party than forty of the worthless milksops who form government now.

    On that note, how many ALP MPs are left from the days when Hawke was PM, and who are they? They are arguably the ones who should stay.

  158. Expect to see the new narrative begin in the next few weeks: it would be bad for democracy if we are left with a weak Labor opposition

    Fuck them. I hope they all die of cancer of the wallet.

  159. Steve of Glasshouse

    Just had the opportunity to watch some of the video from the budget reply speech. TLS most certainly did not look happy.
    That visage had me thinking about her new post politics job.
    How does professional fugu taster sound?

  160. Pickles

    Laterite a troll? Good grief.

    When the stinking pile that is AGW is finally burnt to the ground, Laterite ought get a medal. I had the privelige of meeting him and hearing him speak at Emerald half a dozen years ago. Those were very dark days and to hear someone deconstruct the statistical methods and results of those who were at that time unchallenged gave me hope that the scam would eventually be busted and people like him would be largely responsible for the bust.
    People like Laterite put their work out in public and suffered greatly. That he would come here and be rubbished is shameful. He ought have been borne aloft.

  161. Dorinny

    “By cutting taxes and regulation, we will boost productivity”

    Amen!

  162. Popular Front

    Chew your sausages before swallowing them”?

    Nah he just uses them for practice.

  163. It will be interesting to see what the polls do after this. They may not move at all, confirming that only the truly rusted on TUP voters are left.

  164. Popular Front

    TUP Forester? What is that?

  165. johninoxley

    The best part was the look on the Slappers face. Its going to be there for a long time. She will continue the long ALP tradition of failures being the most miserable bunch of turds to walk the planet. Bob was the exception for a while, but then returned to type. How long before the slapper is going to be trotted out as the next best to Gough?

  166. Leigh Lowe

    Why, when most of the major economic indicators are so strong, is the government so weak?

    What Barrie really means is …..

    Why, when everybody I know loves the Droner, are the voters so stupid?

  167. Leigh Lowe

    I pay $800,000 in tax.
    Which is a huge amount of money.
    Enormous.
    Oh, did I mention that that is over 15 years?
    The junkies bride Plibersek was on TV this morning saying the “school kids” bonus would cost people $15,000 (conveniently omitting the qualifier “over an entire time kids spend at school).

  168. Rabz

    TUP = Trade Union Pardee

  169. H B Bear

    Gillard will end up in her taxpayer funded office, a political Miss Havisham surrounded by cobwebs, a federal Joan Kirner. She will not be able to be seen at Labor function for 15 years or more – she couldn’t even be seen at State campaigns while she was PM.

    At best she can sit down the back of Emily’s List functions with Mother Russia herself, Christine Nixon, Nanny Roxon talking among themselves about the misogyny that brought down their careers.

    I hope her retirement is both long and painful. Just like her government was for us.

  170. Leigh Lowe

    David Speers on Sky is a fuckwit.
    Abbott was trying to explain the audit office to Speers.
    Speers was asking which policies would be subject to audit (eg PPL).
    Abbott explained a couple of times that audit was about monitoring the effectiveness and efficiency of delivery, not about formulating policy or adjudicating on the merits of policy.
    Speers went with a very condescending “I’m confused Mr Abbott” (which is code for “you’re an idiot Mr Abbott”).
    After three clear explanations Speers still didn’t get the distinction. I guess that is what happens when you associate with Pollies who give the appearance of outsourcing all contentious decision making to “consultative committees” and “community forums”.

  171. Popular Front

    Got it. Thanks Rabz. My brain is a little duntish this morning.

  172. M Ryutin

    C.L. 17 May 13 at 12:20 am
    “He has utterly destroyed them, Rudd and now Gillard”

    I couldn’t agree more with your comments. When you think of huge ‘own goals’, for some time now I have been thinking about this in relation to the criminal Carl Williams/Moran family story which, while a bit of a grim comparison, seemed to have had similar consequences as to final effect. Sparing Williams life early on because he was too insignificant to worry about led to Williams totally destroying the Moran family (literally).

  173. Giffy

    That’s true – the ‘Abbott arc’ is stunning.
    How his enemies will suffer when he takes over.

  174. John Dickson

    “Public” gallery? Applause? Standing ovation? You are kidding!!!!! Have you never heard of RENT-A-CROWD?? Clever spin by Lib’s!

  175. Rabz

    In respect to the Fisk doctrine, given that as much as I agree with it, the chances of it ever coming to pass are somewhat slim – the Coalition needs to utilise a bullet proof, “stating the bleeding obvious” election campaign strategy (for all future elections) – commencing from about now.

    That is – labor are disgraceful, deceitful, incompetent, meddling, corrupt, staggeringly stupid, inbred, would be totalitarian shitheads who must never be allowed on to the treasury benches ever again, full fucking stop.

    That is, if the electorate ever gets bored with responsible gubberment – as they did when HoWARd got the boot, this is what they can expect:

    Increased taxes
    Increased debt
    Increases in the cost of living
    Intrusive regulation of:
    – Peopleses’ lives
    – Workplaces
    – Development – infrastructure and job creating projects such as new mines, etc
    – The media and the internet
    Attacks on free speech
    Massive increases in the size of the bureacracy
    Tolerance of corruption
    Taxpayer funded sinecures for failed z-grade labor mediocrities (BIRM)
    Anti scientific idiocy
    A resumption of the invasion of illegal, insoluble third world peons
    Out of control immigration and further balkanisation
    Adherence to insane UN diktats, including attacks on this country’s sovereignty
    Massive lies
    Massive, inexcusable waste of taxpayers’ money
    Pandering to chinese commies
    Attacks on Christianity
    Demonisation of jewish people
    The enabling of creeping sharia
    Further attacks on the family and men
    Weakening of the rule of law

    Etc, etc, etc.

    Basically, everything labor stands for and everything it does is totally fucked – and to ram home the message, just run enough footage of ruff, lardarse and various other lobotomised squandermonkeys so people will twig.

  176. John Comnenus

    People continue to underestimate Abbott. He is a moderate on everything except moral issues which he won’t legislate on. Abbott will be a very bad PM for the ALP. Look how he let the ALP announce the cuts but he will keep the compensation and announce more of his own goodies. The Left haven’t worked it out yet but Abbott is a great rugby number 7, in the bottom of the ruck, on his feet contesting the ball. He will win big and even the ABC and Fairfax have finally accepted this.

  177. Tapdog

    People continue to underestimate Abbott.

    As indeed they did with John Howard before his elevation to the top job.

  178. Dorinny

    What rabz said.

    Oh and about Abbott destroying Rudd & Gillard: while I thoroughly enjoyed his speech, and I am excited about the future of Australia under a coalition government, I have to disagree with that comment – Rudd and Gillard destroyed did a pretty damn good job at destroying themselves (with the help of their incompetent lackeys and rage enducing fuckups of course).

  179. Mk50 of Brisbane, Henchman to the VRWC

    Pickles:

    When the stinking pile that is AGW is finally burnt to the ground, Laterite ought get a medal. I had the privelige of meeting him and hearing him speak at Emerald half a dozen years ago. Those were very dark days and to hear someone deconstruct the statistical methods and results of those who were at that time unchallenged gave me hope that the scam would eventually be busted and people like him would be largely responsible for the bust.
    People like Laterite put their work out in public and suffered greatly. That he would come here and be rubbished is shameful. He ought have been borne aloft.

    This is a view from someone I know and whose judgement I trust.

    So I withdraw my comment and apologise for it. I thought you were yet another troll, Laterite, you are anything but and I was wrong to think so.

  180. Popular Front

    What Dorinny said.
    Napoleon once remarked “Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake” which is a credo I’m sure TA has taken to heart. The simple fact of his physical prescence in the HoR drives these leftists into an impotent fury. I have remarked before that I consider the ALP rabble as a bunch of leftover uni ‘activists’ (whatever TF THAT means) who have never grown up and who have been comprehensively outplayed by an astute politician. I have heard that TA gained some political education from Bob Santamaria, who was a very canny man, so it looks like it has rubbed off well.

  181. Popular Front

    I can imagine what Goggles Grattan is whining about, I don’t have to read it.

  182. Popular Front

    did you know there is a Lamington Party

    I went over to have a look and started in on the article. As soon as the words ‘centre-left’ cropped up I shitcanned it. Left, centre-left, hard left, left-right-left are all bloody useless, clueless pinkos.

  183. Lloyd

    Having just read Abbott’s speech, all I can say is Thank God!

  184. val majkus

    the unions aren’t happy either

    THE federal coalition has shown complete “disregard” for the retirement security of working Australians, unions say.

    seems to me the unions are now expecting the Govt to contribute to workers’ super

    but what did they say about the spectre of unemployment and rising cost of living expenses when the carbon tax was introduced?

  185. Robbo

    It will be fascinating to see what that nasty little twister McTernan dreams up about Abbott’s reply for the brain dead mob he works for so they can rabbit on about it for the next week or so. That thick Gillard Labor lot have to be given a script because when they try to fly on their own they makes dills of themselves as we have seen over the last 12 hours from plonkers like that Wong fellow and the economic genius Swan.
    A great response to the Budget from Abbott and it will resonate well with the vast majority of Australians. Roll on September!!

  186. Dr Faustus

    He will win big and even the ABC and Fairfax have finally accepted this.

    The ABC coverage and subsequent commentary of Abbott’s reply is revealing of this change in attitude. For example, the ABC twitteratii started off on the standard model of ‘Abbott is playing politics, maintaining a low profile etc‘, but ended up impressed with the deft politics and unequivocal position he offered.

    However, when the media true believers report that the ALP front bench sat through Abbott’s punishing speech like stunned mullets, it is not evidence of a change in allegiance, just blood in the water.

  187. val majkus

    FINANCE Minister Penny Wong says Opposition Leader Tony Abbott is hiding his nasty surprises for Australians until after the September 14 election.

    that is the script I suspect
    The old ‘Abbott = risk’ script
    I remember going to vote in the last election and later reading a comment by some one at another booth who reported a plane skywriting ‘Abbott = risk’ but because it was windy Abbott was unreadable and only the signs = risk were readable
    Quite funny

  188. Mk50 of Brisbane, Henchman to the VRWC

    Michelle Grattan: I gave up on the mendacious twaddle she was peddling at the third paragraph.

    She can go an jump in the lake. I am sick of these partisan hacks who have simply not done their damned job as journalists suddenly posturing about doing their job years after everyone else has seen the trend, seen the reckless incompetence and made up their minds.

    Seriously, who does she think she is fooling?

  189. val majkus

    It will be part of a foreign policy that’s focussed on Jakarta, not Geneva.

    Is this a red light for the UN … oh I hope so

  190. candy

    I thought Tony Abbott spoke with sincerity and calmness and showing he is aware of the responsibilities of being PM, that it’s not about him.

  191. Popular Front

    That is certainly the way I saw it too Candy.

  192. Popular Front

    Is this a red light for the UN

    Val, there is a dvd called ‘The Gravy Train’ that is about the EU and the wild rorting and corruption within it. It could easily be applied to the UN. It is well worth a look and it is a bit like Yes, Minister in that it is a comedy that really isn’t if you get my drift.

  193. Jack Spratt

    What’s all this “aroma” business from Cassidy.
    Reminds me of an old colleague who, when losing an argument would concede with “oh, yeah well you smell!”

  194. Jack Spratt

    I liked Pickering’s latest cartoon in regards to Wong and the whole utter shambles.

  195. Lysander Spooner

    ABC? (Already Behind the Coalition?)

    Doubt it!

  196. James in Melbourne

    So I withdraw my comment and apologise for it. I thought you were yet another troll, Laterite, you are anything but and I was wrong to think so.

    I also apologise for the same offence, Laterite.

    I would warn you, though, that in opposing AGW you are going up against scientific minds of the calibre of Tubbsie Milne, Greg Dr. Bombay, Peter Garratt, Wayne Swan, Julia Gillard, Kochie and Steve from Brisbane.

  197. Popular Front

    I would warn you, though, that in opposing AGW you are going up against scientific minds of the calibre of Tubbsie Milne, Greg Dr. Bombay, Peter Garratt, Wayne Swan, Julia Gillard, Kochie and Steve from Brisbane.

    Not to mention serial pests Big Ted, Reco, Robert of Cronulla and Mr jordan the swabbbie who infest Bolt’s and Blair’s blog. It is the intellectual equivalent of wrestling blancmange.

  198. val majkus

    For those of you who don’t know Laterite I suggest you visit his blog
    I don’t know if anyone here followed the NZCSC case against NIWA but I recommend this article if you did
    http://landshape.org/enm/opinions-on-the-new-zealand-agw-judgement/

  199. Vicki

    The last few words of his speech – pledging service of the Coalition to the Australian people defines what drives Tony Abbott. He, and always has been, about “serving” in its purist form. This is one thing that David Marr got right.

  200. Vicki

    Correction :

    The last few words of his speech – pledging service of the Coalition to the Australian people defines what drives Tony Abbott. He is, and always has been, about “serving” in its purist form. This is one thing that David Marr got right.

  201. stackja

    Penny Wong graduated from university in 1992. She continued her association with the CFMEU as an industrial officer. She was admitted to the South Australian Bar in 1993.
    During 1995 and 1996, Wong acted as an advisor to the timber union and the newly-elected New South Wales state government, specialising in the area of forest policy in the middle of the fierce 1990s environmental battles over logging in NSW.
    In December 2007, in the wake of the Labor Party victory in the 2007 election, Wong was appointed Minister for Climate Change and Water. In September 2010, Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced Wong had been promoted to succeed Lindsay Tanner as Minister for Finance and Deregulation.

    Forest expert to Climate expert to Finance expert?

  202. Empire Strikes Back

    Forest expert to Climate expert to Finance expert?

    Expert in none. She’ll be flipping (fur) burgers come October.

  203. stackja

    Definition of an expert was this: X is the unknown quantity and a spurt is nothing more than a drip under pressure.

  204. mct

    There are 10,000 in the Dept of Climate Change

    Errm, no there are not. More like 1000.

    Still, every little bit will help come the 15th. And let us fervently pray that 1000 IS a “little bit”…

  205. Lysander Spooner

    Um Hewson “died” in 93 not 03 🙂

  206. Leigh Lowe

    There are 10,000 in the Dept of Climate Change
    Errm, no there are not. More like 1000.
    Still, every little bit will help come the 15th. And let us fervently pray that 1000 IS a “little bit”…

    My apologies if I have “Swannied” my numbers!
    But the point remains that the Federal PS has grown enormously under this Gumment, and needs to be actively CUT, not just gradually decayed through attrition and “salami slice” reductions.
    Abbott’s “Yes Minister” point about a Health Department which runs no hospitals is very apt. And that is exactly where Gonski will head – lots of bureaucrats writing policy papers to justify discredited soft-left teaching techniques and education standards will continue to fall.

  207. JohnRMcD

    Did anyone notice; when the cameras were on TLS and her associates, all I could think of was an American illustration: “American Gothic”

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