Who leaked this story?

Kelly O’Dwyer, of course. (She was a well-known leaker when TA was PM. Think NS.)

The Low Income Superannuation Tax Offset is just dumb policy and she knows it but anything to discredit Tony Abbott will do it for her – after all, the super changes may well be career-ending for her.  Going all Labor is her only way.

Ask any low income person whether they would prefer to be relieved of the burden of compulsory super and they would jump at the chance.  Adding a few hundred dollars to their super accounts to be locked up for decades won’t gain the government one extra vote although the industry super funds will be cheering them on.  But it sure is expensive. What were Morrison and O’Dwyer thinking?

Tony Abbott has clashed with Scott Morrison over his super­annuation changes, labelling them “deeply unpopular” with the Coalition’s base, as support builds for the Treasurer to ­increase the cap on after-tax contributions to $1 million.

In a “tetchy” private meeting with a group of Liberal and ­Nationals MPs in Parliament House on Thursday, Mr Abbott confronted Mr Morrison and Minister for Revenue Kelly O’Dwyer about their proposed $6 billion super package. He ­argued the government was wrong to offer super concessions to low-income earners.

He also argued for the government to abandon its proposed cap on post-tax contributions.

As Mr Morrison and Malcolm Turnbull seek to reach a consensus with backbench MPs on the contentious election policy, The Weekend Australian can also ­reveal that doubling the lifetime cap on non-concessional contributions to $1m would hit the budget bottom line by $750m.

MPs at the meeting said they were “aghast” that Mr Abbott had proposed hitting low-income earners — particularly working mothers — to benefit the wealthy, whom the former leader accused Mr Morrison and Ms O’Dwyer of abandoning.

“He went in there looking for a fight; he wasn’t interested in ­information, he wasn’t interested in listening to his colleagues, he wanted to have a fight,” said one MP present at the meeting.

“He kept interrupting and he wanted to derail the discussion.”

Mr Abbott is understood to have argued that the Coalition should represent lower taxes and smaller government, prompting a retort from Mr Morrison about policies Mr Abbott had put in place while leader that had ­increased taxes. Amid a series of tense exchanges with the man he believed betrayed him in last year’s leadership spill, Mr Abbott said the super changes ­announced in Mr Morrison’s first budget in May “sent the wrong message about aspiration” and he argued that there should be no cap on after-tax contributions.

When he was prime minister, Mr Abbott ruled out changing superannuation, ­saying it was not a “piggy bank” to be raided.

The Weekend Australian ­understands Mr Morrison told Thursday’s meeting that the Coalition needed to focus on its key narrative — the moral ­responsibility it had for budget repair — and pointed to legislation being pursued by the government that cut taxes and spending.

“Scott was very firm, but it was clear from Tony’s demeanour that he had not got out of bed on the right side that morning,” one MP said. Another said: “Tony ­arrived to the meeting cranky, and I think people were a bit shocked that he went for Scott so obviously. It was personal.”

Increasing the lifetime cap on non-concessional contributions to $750,000 is understood to cost the budget $250m. Removing the retrospective elements but keeping the $500,000 cap would cost $540m. Raising the cap to $1m would cost $750m, but the Treasurer did not present costings for abandoning the non-concessional cap, as advocated by Mr Abbott.

Sources at the meeting say Ms O’Dwyer took aim at Mr Abbott for suggesting the Liberal Party should only look after a narrow base of wealthy constituents, suggesting he had forgotten about the “Howard battlers” and reminded him that the Liberal Party was “not just the party of the privileged”.

On the Low Income Superannuation Tax Offset, which benefits those earning less than $37,000, Mr Abbott is understood to have criticised Mr Morrison for wanting to restore the measure that he had scrapped in 2014 when the mining tax was repealed.

“Tony argued that we had suffered political pain for getting rid of it and we won’t get any credit for putting it back,” a source said.

Another said Mr Abbott “was basically arguing that the lowest paid should subsidise the wealthy”.

One female regional Liberal MP who was at the meeting of about 10 MPs, was one said to be “shocked” at his proposal to scrap the policy. Sources said she pushed back against Mr Abbott, saying the policy benefited women and part-time workers, and the government would suffer enormous political damage if it cut the $1.6bn policy to help wealthy superannuants.

It is understood Mr Morrison and Ms O’Dwyer were supported by Fisher MP Andrew Wallace and North Sydney MP Trent Zimmerman in arguing for the offset to remain in place.

The meeting also canvassed lifting the non-concessional cap to $1m. Sources at the meeting said this received a “sympathetic” hearing from Mr Morrison and Ms O’Dwyer. Mr Zimmerman, and conservative MPs George Christensen and Tony Pasin, also argued in favour of lifting the cap.

A spokesman for Mr Morrison said: “The Treasurer and Minister for Revenue and Financial Services have been consulting with colleagues on the government’s superannuation measures and welcome the continued positive discussions that have been taking place.”

Mr Abbott did not comment.

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59 Responses to Who leaked this story?

  1. Megan says:

    A government not worthy of the name…incompetent, complacent and I doubt they can spell the word strategy let alone recognise one. This is a supreme example of the idiocy delivered by the useless and ignorant morons supposedly in charge.

    Here’s a free tip for the unintelligent O’Dwyer. Leaking this says far more about you than it does about Abbott.

    There is no hope left for the Liberal Party. It has eaten itself to death from the inside.

  2. Chris says:

    Just flush.

  3. Infidel Tiger says:

    O’Dwyer is too lazy to wash her hair let alone be a minister of the commonwealth.

    The worst thing Peter Costello ever did was foist this incompetent lightweight on us.

  4. wreckage says:

    At this point, Tony Abbott going there to pick a fight makes him look good.

  5. Gab says:

    O’Dwyer title-tattling to gain the love of Leftards.

    Perfectly describes what the “Liberal” Party has devolved into.

  6. H B Bear says:

    O’Dwyer is one of a number of so-called Liberals who go down in my estimation every time I hear them.

  7. H B Bear says:

    For a majority of wage earners superannuation is nothing more than a joke that provides an extremely comfortable living for ex-unionists, index hugging fund managers in Mosman, Big Accounting and a host of other ticket clippers.

    Having said that if you gave Australian wage earners a 10% wage increase in lieu of super they would simply go out and bid up the price of housing by 25-50% and take on another $400k in debt.

  8. john constantine says:

    Their o’dwyer may feel she has the unending luv of their sob-bubble for spitting at Abbott, but just wait for her to do just one ‘oops’.

    One abc gotcha on one tory brings the whole show down, erratic halfwits like this one are low hanging fruit for their gotcha industry.

  9. stackja says:

    Why did Peter Costello quit parliament?

  10. H B Bear says:

    Why did Peter Costello quit parliament?

    Most would characterize it as a dummy spit however that is too simplistic. Thanks to Hyacinth Bucket Howard stayed on well past his use-by date and his government and everyone in it looked tired. KRudd swept in and was sitting on a big majority and 60%+ preferred PM numbers. The ALP looked for all money like they were going to be there for a long time.

    Cuddly has also come out and said if he had hung around as Leader of the Opposition he knew he would be continually white-anted by Lord Waffleworth. Unlike the 54 he was never taken in by Waffles BS.

  11. OneWorldGovernment says:

    Hopefully ‘they’ will kick Tony Abbott out of the former Liberal Party of Australia.

    As he seems to have reached some sort of detente with Pauline Hanson a move to One Nation should ensure maximum disruption.

  12. Pyrmonter says:

    Can they both lose? This is TA, he whose government ramped up expenditures and imposes a surtax for “fairness”.

  13. Marcus says:

    I’ve come to the conclusion that bankers make terrible politicians. Turnbull … Baird … Dean Nalder, here in WA … O’Dywer …

    I don’t know what it is, but I suspect people who do well in banking vastly overestimate their intelligence and/or their aptitude for politics. After all, for all that people talk about the desirability of business experience in politics, bankers are hardly at the coalface of business, and being able to make a nice presentation to a board of directors doesn’t mean they have any real idea of how regular people struggle with red tape and issues like superannuation. Even Josh Frydenburg, who I actually otherwise have a lot of time for, brought in that superannuation gateway scheme when he was Assistant Treasurer to “solve” a problem that probably didn’t exist for most small business employees, and just added a bit more red tape for small business owners.

    As for the article? Bill Leak himself couldn’t do a better caricature of an “out-of-touch Liberal” than O’Dwyer did of Tony Abbott.

  14. OneWorldGovernment says:

    Marcus
    #2137464, posted on September 4, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    I’ve come to the conclusion that bankers make terrible politicians. Turnbull … Baird … Dean Nalder, here in WA … O’Dywer …

    LOL.

    I’ve come to the conclusion that those trained in the law make for the absolute worst politicians as all they can do is make law.

  15. Y says:

    If these idiots spent as much energy cutting spending as they did trying to raise taxes there would be no deficit to worry about.

    Isn’t O’Dwyer supposed to be a ‘rising star’? God help us.

  16. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha says:

    I’ve come to the conclusion that those trained in the law make for the absolute worst politicians as all they can do is make law.

    Julia Gilliard?

  17. Clam Chowdah says:

    Cuddly

    who?

  18. H B Bear says:

    Cuddly Costello

  19. candy says:

    Hopefully ‘they’ will kick Tony Abbott out of the former Liberal Party of Australia.

    Well, the Turnbull Party won’t have a majority then, if they kick anyone out. Do you really think they would kick TA out, OneWorldGovernment?
    On the other hand, I’m not sure why TA is staying around when Turnbull/Morrison/Bishop/Pyne and this lass Ms O’Dwyer who indeed has troubling just washing her hair properly are nasty to him in the public arena and they most obviously want him gone, out of the party, no more. What job satisfaction can there be in that for him really?

  20. OneWorldGovernment says:

    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
    #2137481, posted on September 4, 2016 at 1:00 pm

    I’ve come to the conclusion that those trained in the law make for the absolute worst politicians as all they can do is make law.

    Julia Gilliard?

    When you start looking at the ‘education’ qualifications of ‘our’ politicians it is rather disconcerting to see how many are trained in law.

    I’d rather we appointed politicians by lot, or at least similar to how folk are selected for Jury duty.

  21. Ross B says:

    Another said Mr Abbott “was basically arguing that the lowest paid should subsidise the wealthy”.

    Australia 2016. Life under Turnbull. Liberal parliamentarians can bend light and the Fourth Estate are too dumb to question it. We no longer know who is actually subsidising who. People who pay as close to zero tax in the first place are subsidising someone else.

    According to the ATO, who may or may not know, an employee on the minimum wage ($34.980.40 p.a.) pays $3,188.28 in annual income tax, making a tax burden equal to 9.1% of their wage. Someone earning three times this pays $26,775.24 for a tax burden equal to 25.5% of their wage. The ‘high’ earner picked out of thin air here pays more than eight times the nominal tax and almost three times the average tax of the minimum wage earner. Who subsidises who?

  22. Mayan says:

    I’d rather we appointed politicians by lot, or at least similar to how folk are selected for Jury duty.

    Or at least a Senate elected by sortition.

    If MT were rolled, who’s to say he wouldn’t cross the floor and deep six the government?

  23. miltonf says:

    What’s NS?

  24. James says:

    NS aka Nikki Savva

  25. Art Vandelay says:

    This story could be titled:

    “Members of socialist party argue over the extent to which they will increase taxes.”

  26. Crossie says:

    Just flush.

    Yes, they will be flushed away at the next election.

    People’s confidence in superannuation has gone while these no hopers are preening their moral superiority.

    The electorate is screaming at them: “If you want to repair the budget what are you prepared to cut?” while they hold their hands over their ears singing la, la, la.

    Imitating Labor’s spendthrift ways is useless, Coalition will always be outbid by the socialists.

    How many days/weeks before the media starts referring to Morrison as the embattled treasurer?

  27. Motelier says:

    People are under the illusion that the Liberal Party is alive and kicking.

    It is dead. I did not kill it, so don’t blame me. But the Liberal party is dead. Nothing you can do can raise the Liberal Party from the dead.

    What is inhabiting the treasury benches of Parliament House are zombies. Flesh eating/ money grabbing zombies.

    Politicians that persist in trying to give CPR to the Liberals forget that it is dead. It is time for the Australian voting public and those true conservative/libertarian politicians to have a remembrance service for the Liberal Party, erect a memorial stone for future generations, and then put their energies into a new conservative party.

    Nothing rises from the dead.

  28. stackja says:

    Motelier
    #2137540, posted on September 4, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    Hughes, William Morris (Billy) (1862–1952)
    by L. F. Fitzhardinge
    This article was published in Australian Dictionary of Biography,
    Volume 9, (MUP), 1983

    His attacks on Hitler and Mussolini and especially on their colonial claims, to yield to which would, he said, be ‘like giving a snack of sandwiches to a hungry tiger’, and his new slogan ‘what we have we shall hold’, angered the German consul-general and embarrassed Lyons. Munich, which Lyons and Page hailed with satisfaction, left him dismayed and apprehensive.

    In March 1939, when (Sir) Robert Menzies resigned from the ministry, Hughes became attorney-general and minister for industry. On 7 April Lyons died unexpectedly, and two weeks later Menzies became prime minister. Hughes retained his new portfolios (later exchanging industry for the navy) and was elected deputy leader. On the formation of a Labor government in October 1941 he was made leader of the United Australia Party and deputy leader of the Opposition. He remained a member of the War Advisory Council, and often found it easier to co-operate with the Labor prime minister, John Curtin, than with his own party. Deputy leader after Menzies returned to the leadership in 1943, he was in 1944 expelled from the party for rejoining the Advisory War Council after the party had left it.
    With the war ended, Hughes joined the Liberal Party, formed by Menzies from the wreckage of the United Australia Party, and in 1949 moved from North Sydney to the new seat of Bradfield.

  29. miltonf says:

    OK thanks James. Hey what a prissy, priggish article. D-

  30. Entropy says:

    The “subsidy” argument is example number eleventy million that these snouters regard everyone elses’ income as the government’s, and anything left after they tax, charge and otherwise extract from the worker is a subsidy. FFS.

    The problem is this generation of politicians have no idea themselves and thus accept every bit of ignorant inanity springing from some pasty faced, greasy haired third generation Treasury official in a black suit whose idea of going bush is Murrumbateman. Which they don’t like doing because of the pollen count and those big weird black flies with a shiny bottom. Just thinking about those flies is discomforting to them, but they just can’t put their finger on why.

    Judging by the cookie cutter children infesting MOs these days who are laughably called ‘advisers’, the next generation of politicians will be even worse.

  31. miltonf says:

    Cannot understand the phenomenon of ‘advisers’ who seem to be smarty pants recent graduates with very little experience of life.

  32. Mayan says:

    But the Liberal party is dead.

    It has been said that the political right consists of three groups: small government/libertarian, nationalist/tribal identarians, and religious/social conservatives. It has also been said that two is company, but three is a crowd.

  33. Mayan says:

    s/identarians/identitarians/

  34. Clam Chowdah says:

    Cuddly Costello

    Oh

  35. Diogenes says:

    Factio liberalis delenda est

  36. incoherent rambler says:

    What job satisfaction can there be in that for him really?

    A ringside seat at the Colosseum when the (electorate) lions start eating the Poly(waffle) Libs.

  37. H B Bear says:

    Cannot understand the phenomenon of ‘advisers’ who seem to be smarty pants recent graduates with very little experience of life.

    KRuddy surrounded himself in kids in short pants. Waffleworth has has-beens like Obeid’s mate Arfur and geriatrics like Mr Bittered Sav. Abbott’s wookie looks better every day and it worked well for Hans Solo too.

    Most politicians never progress beyond their undergraduate stage.

  38. Eyrie says:

    Super contributions should not be compulsory for anyone earning less than $50,000 pa or under 40 years old.
    Actually it shouldn’t be compulsory at all.
    Just tell everyone that there won’t be an aged pension in 45 years time and in 10 years time it will taper off anyway.

  39. gabrianga says:

    Now listen up again you pathetic Delcons

    LINK

  40. Boambee John says:

    OWG at 1247,

    I have come to the conclusion that, because law making has a major impact on the financial prospects of lawyers, lawyers should be banned from running for Parliament because they have an actual conflict of interest.

  41. Boambee John says:

    Mayan at 1335,

    He would resign and precipitate a by-election, and then campaign in support of the candidate who best represents his actual philosophy – the Greens candidate.

  42. Habib says:

    That dull bint was much touted as a rising star with leadership potential. Prodictably she proved what realists thought, a perfect representative of this awful, incompetent, lazy, and possibly brain-damaged government.

  43. AP says:

    Minister for Revenue?

    Is this a new position?

  44. Mother Lode says:

    It is not just the implicit sense that, ultimately, all of Australia’s wealth belongs to the government.

    There is the belief that all incomes should be brought closer together, regardless of effort, risk, utility etc of the individuals.

    The fact that one person earns more than someone else is itself a case for redistribution.

    And, indeed, every new now impost must address how low incomes are to be ‘compensated’.

  45. jupes says:

    What is inhabiting the treasury benches of Parliament House are zombies. Flesh eating/ money grabbing zombies.

    Yes.

  46. Roger says:

    Predictably she proved what realists thought, a perfect representative of this awful, incompetent, lazy, and possibly brain-damaged government.

    Don’t label them brain damaged, Habib.

    It exonerates them. They are compos mentis adults fully responsible for their actions.

  47. Aussieute says:

    My son is managing his affairs on the assumption that our “representative” govt will raid 100% of his super. Strategies to invest into eventually failed companies with this SMSF will ensure he has nothing left for the pickpockets
    Increased taxes = saving Utter bullshit.
    Union crap is past fixing and no one has the balls to actually hang them out to dry
    Politicians = weak sooks
    “We’re all right” bleat those with their snout in the trough.

    All my business is now progressively moving offshore …. money moves to where it is treated respectfully.

  48. Zyconoclast says:

    O’Dwyer is one of a number of so-called Liberals who go down in my estimation every time I hear them.

    You still have them ranked above rock bottom?

  49. Marcus says:

    Minister for Revenue?

    Is this a new position?

    Yes. Turnbull when he became PM declared that “Assistant Treasurer” was an “artful term, really” and gave her the grand title Assistant Treasurer and Minister for Revenues, and Minister for Small Business. O’Dwyer lost the Small Business portfolio after the election so he dumped the Assistant Treasurer title and just made her “Minister for Revenue” so he could justify keeping her in Cabinet.

  50. Rabz says:

    “He went in there looking for a fight; he wasn’t interested in ­information, he wasn’t interested in listening to his colleagues, he wanted to have a fight,” said one MP present at the meeting.

    Good – the only reason I ever had any respect for the Abbottmonster was due to his street brawling skills.

    He’ll need them in the next few months.

  51. Boambee John says:

    Mother Lode at 1813,

    Except, of course, the incomes of our blessed leaders, which they believe should remain significantly above those of the peasants.

    More and more I am attracted to a policy that ties the incomes of those paid by the taxpayer to AWOTE, say five times AWOTE for the PM , lesser ratios for cabinet ministers, senior bureaucrats, ABC “stars”, down to half AWOTE for junior public servants.

    The same polcy could also apply to tax exempt organisations (unions, “charities”, et al – looking at you, Ged Kearneyvand Tim Costello as a start).

  52. Old School Conservative says:

    What job satisfaction can there be in that for him really?

    I believe him when he says he will keep advocating for the people of his electorate. Seems to get out and about a lot more these days, even if it does mean getting a fin chop while surfing.

  53. Fisky says:

    “He went in there looking for a fight; he wasn’t interested in ­information, he wasn’t interested in listening to his colleagues, he wanted to have a fight,” said one MP present at the meeting.

    That’s great. I’m glad to hear Abbott is causing discord within the government.

  54. Boambee John says:

    Drat, policy, Kearney and.

  55. a reader says:

    The fact that O’Dwyer is so desperate to smear Abbott suggests that he still terrifies them…

  56. Leigh Lowe says:

    Word on the streets of Malvern is that Ms O’Dwyer will be facing a preselection field of strong candidates next time around, with at least one funded by some very well-heeled and angry superannuants.

  57. OneWorldGovernment says:

    Leigh Lowe
    #2137817, posted on September 4, 2016 at 8:34 pm

    Word on the streets of Malvern is that Ms O’Dwyer will be facing a preselection field of strong candidates next time around, with at least one funded by some very well-heeled and angry superannuants.

    LL,

    What does a ‘strong candidate’ mean to the former Liberal Party of Australia?

    And quite frankly, if you had any integrity why would you stand for the former Liberal Party of Australia?

  58. Iampeter says:

    “Members of socialist party argue over the extent to which they will increase taxes.”

    Yes exactly. Can anyone actually remember a time the LNP did anything to even slow the growth of government, let alone reverse it?

    We’re all lefties now.

  59. The Pugilist says:

    Mr Abbott is understood to have argued that the Coalition should represent lower taxes and smaller government, prompting a retort from Mr Morrison about policies Mr Abbott had put in place while leader that had ­increased taxes.

    The budget repair levy was a mistake. It has opened the floodgates for the ‘moderates’ to join their alp breathren in shafting the rest of us. That Morrison would make such a comment sickens me!

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