Politics,Climate Change and Sundry issues

Politics,Climate Change and Sundry issues
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Sunday, 14 September 2014

Poll Bludger: Abbott’s dismal poll performance the worst since Whitlam –

Poll Bludger: Abbott’s dismal poll performance the worst since Whitlam –

Poll Bludger: Abbott’s dismal poll performance the worst since Whitlam

IT has not been much of a honeymoon period for the Abbott
government, with approval for the government and for Abbott dismally

Last Sunday marked the first anniversary of the election
of the Abbott government, and with it came the inevitable flurry of
report cards from assorted species of pundit, both friendly and hostile.
Some were kinder than others, but a collective verdict of “must try
harder” came through loud and clear.

As even the strongest supporters of the government’s policy
record are required to acknowledge, polling indicates that no government
has ended its first year in a more precarious electoral position
certainly since Gough Whitlam, and perhaps even since Jim Scullin
brought Labor to power just in time for the Great Depression to strike
in 1929. For some idea of how historically unusual Tony Abbott’s
position is, the charts below plot his government’s progress alongside
the first-year performance of Kevin Rudd in 2007-08 and John Howard in
1996-97, as recorded by trend measures of the two-party preferred vote
and prime ministerial net approval (i.e. approval minus disapproval).

Even from the very start, it was evident that Abbott had
arrived in office with public goodwill in unusually short supply. Polls
conducted in the wake of electoral victories are usually as good as it
gets for a government, owing to a sense that a new incumbent should be
given a fair go, and that the opposition in any case will be in no state
to resume the reins as it licks the wounds of its defeat. However, the very first polls
conducted in late September found that the Coalition’s lead had
actually narrowed slightly, and at no point since has the poll trend
matched its 53.5% two-party vote from the election. Tony Abbott’s
personal ratings at least rose after the election victory to the highest
levels they have yet known, but this was true only by his own rather
dismal standard.

During this period, Labor was executing a public relations
coup through the civilised and innovative manner in which it was
choosing its new leader, presenting a very different image from the one
the party had laboured under during the Rudd-Gillard wars. Meanwhile,
the government deliberately kept the lowest of profiles as part of
Abbott’s declared strategy to “take politics off the front page”, a line
last heard from Malcolm Fraser in 1975.

This stood it in stark contrast to the Rudd government,
which came to office determined to project a renewed sense of vitality
by signing the Kyoto protocol, apologising to the stolen generations and
conducting the long-forgotten 2020 Summit. None of this, of course, was
to do Rudd any good in the long run, but at the time his personal
ratings reached heights not seen since 1983 when a newly elected Bob
Hawke set to work holding a national economic summit and signing the
Prices and Income Accord.

John Howard’s personal ratings never quite reached such
heights, but the net approval chart shows him briefly knocking on Rudd’s
door during his third month on the job. The catalyst for this was the
Port Arthur massacre, which unfolded eight weeks after the election, and
Howard’s robust policy response in the weeks that followed.

Common to Abbott, Rudd and Howard was a decline in net
approval of around 20% between their early peaks and the midpoint of the
year, but from that point on the similarity breaks down, with Rudd
enjoying a second wind towards the end of the year, Abbott taking a
further dive, and Howard’s position remaining more or less stable.

The mid-year decline in Rudd’s personal rating coincided
with accumulating difficulties for his government, including rising
petrol prices and concerted industry resistance to the “alcopops” tax.
The effect was obscured on voting intention by trouble in the Coalition
camp, which culminated in Malcolm Turnbull’s coup against Brendan Nelson
in September. However, the government suffered a reality check in June
when it faced its first byelection in the regional Victorian seat of
Gippsland, and suffered a surprisingly forceful swing of 6%.

The turnaround arrived with the onset of the global
financial crisis in September, in what ultimately proved to be another
lesson in the ephemeral nature of opinion poll dominance. However, it’s
interesting to note that this was not accompanied by a further lift in
Labor’s lead on voting intention, perhaps reflecting a positive early
response to Malcolm Turnbull.

Meanwhile, the Abbott government’s first landslip after the
Gonski debacle in November left it trailing on two-party preferred, a
position Howard wouldn’t reach until well into his second year, and Rudd
until his third. Then came the second body blow after the May budget,
since when not a single published poll has shown the Coalition in the

The situation has moderated a little since, with Abbott’s
personal ratings especially recording a sharp uptick after the MH17
disaster, albeit from a pitifully low base. Voting intention has also
been trending in the government’s favour as the budget backlash has
cooled off, with the issue agenda shifting to the more favourable
terrain of national security.

Nonetheless, the uncomfortable fact for Abbott is that his
record to date has disproved the notion that governments can count on
opinion poll dominance during their first year in office. Now he must
worry if a rather more important axiom is set to fall by the
wayside — the one that says Australian voters don’t evict governments
after a single term.

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Minister misleads the parliament and the people with late night amendments to mines bill

Minister misleads the parliament and the people with late night amendments to mines bill

Minister misleads the parliament and the people with late night amendments to mines bill

In an 11th hour move the Queensland Government has
silenced objections to mining projects across the state giving open
slather to Indian coal company Adani to develop the Galilee Basin into
one of the largest coal precincts in the world.

President of the
Lock the Gate Alliance Drew Hutton said the move was an outrageous abuse
of the parliamentary system and one of the most undemocratic acts the
Queensland parliament had ever witnessed.

“The amendment was in direct contradiction to Mines Minister Andrew
Cripps’ speech in parliament earlier in the evening and his assurances
in the lead up to the bill that people would still be able to object to
major mining projects,” Mr Hutton said.

 “The Minister has clearly misled the people of Queensland and the parliament.

“The government changed the Minerals and Energy Resources Act on
Tuesday to remove the right to object to smaller mining projects under
the guise of reducing green tape but at five minutes to midnight added
another amendment that extended the changes to all mining projects

“The changes give the power of decision to a single man, the
Coordinator General at whose whim the community’s right to question the
environmental impact of massive new mines projects, like those in the
Galilee Basin will now rest.

“This means that if the Coordinator General decides there are enough
existing environmental conditions on a project no one can object.

 “All community concern about issues of health, environment and land use conflicts relating to mining projects has been gagged.

 “The first beneficiary of this gag will be Adani and the company's
plans to develop a series of mega mines in the Galilee Basin. Adani has
been lobbying the federal and Queensland Governments hard to get the
environmental approvals for this development. They must be doing
handsprings at this latest development.

“These mines will impact heavily on communities in central Queensland
and on places of iconic value such as the Great Barrier Reef.

“The mega mines also threaten the Great Artesian Basin but no longer
will anyone be allowed to object to projects like this. We have all been

“This is one of the most underhand and undemocratic moves the
Queensland parliament has ever witnessed. It is the sort of thing you
might expect from a despotic regime in a banana republic, not a
developed nation with a well-established democratic tradition.

“The public has a right to know how and why these last minute amendments were introduced and at whose call.”

Further information: Drew Hutton 0428 487 110

Kate Dennehy 0419 432 624

Thursday, 11 September 2014

The biggest deficit for the Libs is Abbott and his likely replacement

The biggest deficit for the Libs is Abbott and his likely replacement


(Image by John Graham)

The longer Tony Abbott is in the PM’s seat, the more frightening it is how little he knows about Australia and it’s not as though there’s a suitable replacement, repines senior correspondent, Barry Everingham.

ON SUNDAY morning’s crack current affairs program, ABC's Insiders, the cold, stitched-up Gerard Henderson took Malcolm Fraser to task for daring to comment that Tony Abbott’s Christianity was aired for a an hour on Sundays.

Henderson accused Fraser of raising the spectre of bigotry by
referring to Abbott’s Catholicism, which, of course, is typical
Henderson hogwash.

Gerard Henderson never smiles which gives food for thought that perhaps as a child he took delight in pulling wings off flies.

Abbott and the dreadful Scott Morrison, both Bible bashers, have
reigned over the brutal treatment of asylum seekers, one murdered and
the second dying in very suspicious circumstances.

Both on their watch.

Morrison, of course, was holier than thou in his response and the following was incredible even for a misfit like him.

Last Friday, as the 24-year-old asylum seeker, Hamid Kehazaei, lay dying, the Immigration Minister told reporters in Brisbane:

The immigration system will sometimes experience 'incidents'."

Where does this guy get off?

He went on:

"In the offshore detention centres, International Health and Mental Services do an outstanding job.”

Tell that to the Marines, Scott.

It is the first anniversary of the election of Australia’s most divisive and cruel Government headed by a man who was referred to by the Washington Post as

'... one of the world’s most hated Prime Ministers.'

His thought bubbles beggar belief.

Take the introduction of the Imperial Knights and Dames titles — we became a laughing stock.

Then in London, he came up with a beauty — Scottish Independence would give succour to enemies of justice and freedom!

He then went on about “beheadings”.

This Englishman,
who leads our country, has obviously forgotten, or really didn’t know,
that several Aboriginal people have been trying to get the heads of
their of their ancestors returned to Australia for traditional burial.

They were originally beheaded by Poms like Abbott.

Along with his canard that the arrival of the First Fleet was the ‘defining moment’
when we became part of the modern world and the absolute crap of ‘Team
Australia’ gives reason to wonder if this Prime Minister is really up to
the job in hand.

(By John Graham. Buy the original from the IA store.)

There is every indication that Abbott knows nothing about
today's Australia, yesterday's Australia and, even more frightening,
tomorrow's Australia.

And in the past few weeks, the moderate dogs of the Liberal Party
haven’t actually been barking, but there's been plenty of growling about
their leader.

But the dilemma becomes obvious when the names of ‘suitable replacements’ come up.

  1. Christopher Pyne
  2. Scott Morrison
  3. Julie Bishop
Now Bishop might be skating on thin ice. As the only woman in
the Liberal Party that Abbott found suitable to hold a senior ministry,
she might attract the same venom from the extreme right that we saw
heaped on Julia Gillard.

  • Unmarried
  • In a relationship
  • Childless (for that, read barren)
Is this really the kind of party we need running this country?

Is Tony Abbott the kind of man we need in charge of that party?

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Thursday, 4 September 2014

Never-ending story - The AIM Network

Never-ending story - The AIM Network

Never-ending story

In April I wrote an article about the Coalition’s history on
superannuation.  This is an updated version.  Keeping up with their
ever-changing promises is turning into quite a saga.


Compulsory national superannuation was initially proposed as part of the 1972 Whitlam initiatives but up until the 1980s superannuation was solely the privilege of predominantly male professions, clustered in the public sector or available after a long qualifying period in the private sector.


In 1985 then Leader of the Opposition, John Howard, said this:

“That superannuation deal, which represents all that is
rotten with industrial relations in Australia, shows the government and
the trade union movement in Australia not only playing the employers of
Australia for mugs but it is also playing the Arbitration Commission for

Howard was commenting on the deal between the government and the ACTU which saw the trade union movement forfeit a claim to 3% productivity improvement as wages to instead be paid in compulsory superannuation
– endorsed by the Arbitration Commission and managed by superannuation
funds with equal representation of the unions in the industry and the

The Coalition has steadfastly opposed every increase in compulsory superannuation since that time, whether it be from 3% to 6%, or the 6% to the current 9.25%.


In the 1995 budget, Ralph Willis unveiled a scheduled increase in compulsory super from 9% to 12% and eventually to 15%. It was to be one of the Keating government’s major legacy reforms.


In its superannuation policy for the 1996 election, Super for all,
the Coalition, which had hitherto been implacably opposed to Labor’s
policies, promised it:

•Will provide in full the funds earmarked in the 1995 — 96
Budget to match compulsory employee contributions according to the
proposed schedule;

•Will deliver this government contribution into superannuation or like savings;

•Reserves the right to vary the mechanism for delivering this
contribution so as to provide the most effective and equitable delivery
of the funds.


So why don’t we have 15% superannuation now? Because John Howard and Peter Costello nixed it in the 1996 budget barely six months after it released its policy, insisting it was too expensive. They didn’t “vary the mechanism” so much as halted it.


Significant changes were also made to superannuation policy in 2007.
The majority of workers could now withdraw their superannuation tax-free
upon reaching the age of 60. Most self-employed can claim their
superannuation contributions as a tax deduction. In addition,
semi-retired people can continue to work part-time, and use part of
their tax-free superannuation to top up their pay.

Despite the relatively generous tax treatment of capital gains, the
new superannuation tax treatment led to the selling off of some assets,
particularly rental housing, as people sought to take advantage of the
opportunity to add funds to their superannuation accounts and claim them
back later tax-free.

People were allowed to transfer up to A$1 million into their superannuation accounts before the June 30, 2007, after which an annual maximum of A$150,000 of after-tax contributions could be made. The effect of this change in the rules was enormous.
In the June quarter of 2007, A$22.4 billion was transferred to
superannuation accounts by individuals. This compares with A$7.4 billion
in the June quarter of 2006. June 2007 was the first time in Australia that member contributions exceeded employer contributions.


The Coalition’s superannuation policy  has drawn mixed reviews, with several major industry bodies expressing disappointment at the policy for being unsubstantial.

The Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA), the
Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees (AIST) and the Financial
Services Council (FSC) said in a joint statement that a failure
to increase the superannuation guarantee (SG) to 12 percent, the
failure to raise the concessional caps for individuals over 50 and the
failure to provide a super tax contribution rebate for low-income
earners would adversely impact Australian workers.

ASFA chief executive Pauline Vamos said that the majority of Australian voters would be disappointed that the Coalition’s only plan for superannuation was the promise of more reviews and delays.

AIST chief executive Fiona Reynolds said: “Australian voters are entitled to expect more than a policy document that has no
concrete plans or even fresh ideas on how to address retirement income
adequacy and the challenge of Australia’s ageing population.”


OPPOSITION leader Tony Abbott has pointedly put down Victorian
Liberal MP Kelly O’Dwyer after she questioned his controversial decision
to keep Labor’s higher superannuation guarantee if a Coalition government inherits it.

Ms O’Dwyer asked at yesterday’s party room meeting about the process
by which the Coalition’s previous position was reversed – saying it was
her understanding such issues should go to the party room.

Mr Abbott said the party room had the right to change policy at any time. But there was no rule – and there should be no expectation – that every policy decision be brought to the party room.

“Mr Abbott, who several times made it clear he did not want to talk
about the backflip, said the Coalition would have more to say on
superannuation later, but repeated that it would not rescind the higher guarantee.”

Feb 2013


So you would cut all those initiatives?


Absolutely, you can’t afford them.

So there it was in black and white – the Coalition was cutting the increase in the super guarantee.

Except, apparently not so: a couple of hours later, Hockey was
complaining on Twitter about being misrepresented. “What an MRRT
debacle… Despite Govt’s failures we remain committed to not rescinding the increase in compulsory superannuation from 9-12%.” Hockey tweeted. After the Nine Network had accurately reported his remarks, he followed it up with:

Would be nice if Nine News had checked the facts…Coalition remains committed to keeping increase in compulsory superannuation from 9-12%.

Crikey understands Tony Abbott’s office moved immediately after Hockey’s doorstop to indicate there was no change in the Coalition’s support for the move from 9-12%

May 2013

Tony Abbott’s plan to delay the compulsory superannuation
guarantee increase for two years and do away with top-ups for low income
earners sets the tone for the Coalition’s policy on retirement savings to be announced in coming months.

The Liberal Party’s superannuation policy is
likely to encourage individuals to make more voluntary contributions
while scaling back government-directed super contributions.

The Coalition seems to be struggling with the concept of superannuation.
The Coalition has lost a lot of their super knowledge over recent years
with the retirement of many senior MPs, including Peter Costello, who
was the architect of the 2007 changes that brought in tax-free super for
over-60s, introduced caps on non-concessional contributions, reduced
the caps on concessional contributions, and removed limits on the amount
of super that you could withdraw at concessional rates. They
have promised not to make any unexpected negative changes to super, but
hey, a few weeks after making that promise, they announced they were
freezing the Superannuation Guarantee increase for 2 years.

November 2013

Labor went to the election promising a 15 per cent tax on superannuation pension earnings over $100,000.

Treasurer Joe Hockey said on Wednesday the policy was too complex and it would be scrapped.

The Treasurer has also decided to cut superannuation co-contributions for low income earners

According to the chief executive of Industry Super Australia, David Whiteley, this would result in
3.6 million Australians on low incomes being out of pocket $500 a year,
while just 16,000 of the nation’s top earners will benefit from the
scrapping of the 15 per cent tax.

May 2014

Mr Hockey said the discussion on what age people should be allowed to access superannuation had begun inside the Coalition.

When asked if raising the superannuation access age was being considered, Mr Abbott said the government was keeping its commitments regarding superannuation.

”We went into the election saying that apart from a couple of very
small already announced changes we weren’t proposing to make any changes
to superannuation in this term of Parliament,” he told reporters in

”We think that there have been lots and lots of  changes to
superannuation over the years. Some which we were enthusiastic about,
some which we were unenthusiastic about, a period of
stability in respect of superannuation is right and proper and there
won’t be any changes in this term of Parliament.”

September 2014

Under a deal negotiated with the Palmer United party to repeal the mining tax, employer superannuation contributions will be frozen at 9.5 per cent until 2021 when they increase to 10 per cent.

After that, contributions will increase by 0.5 per cent annually until they reach 12 per cent.

As a result, Labor claims that a 25-year-old Australian earning
$55,000 a year will be more than $9000 worse off by 2025.  Industry
sources say the impact over a 40-year working life could be as high as
$100,000, taking into account compound interest.

With the rise of influence of the IPA within our current government’s policy making, this article by John Roskam from 2012 should sound warning bells to us all.

“Compulsory superannuation offends practically every
principle of what should be Liberal Party philosophy. If an Abbott
government does keep compulsory superannuation it must, at a minimum,
make drastic changes.”

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Wednesday, 3 September 2014

War, McCarthyism And Tony Abbott's 'Wag The Dog' Moment

By Melinda McPherson
Patriotism comes in many forms. But it looks nothing like beating the drums of war, while gagging parliamentary debate. Melinda McPherson explains.
Wag the Dog would have to be one of my favourite films. In a broad sense it depicts the increasing degree to which political manipulation is possible in an age of mass media.
It speaks eerily to a number of political machinations that have been observable after September 11, despite having been produced before this time.
The screenplay, based on a novel, centres on the re-election campaign of an incumbent US president who is embroiled in a child sex scandal less than a month before re-election.
The president's advisors and minders attempt to divert public attention from the scandal by planting seeds of concern with the media about possible international danger or war.
Eventually, the president's minders take their suggestions a step further by engaging a Hollywood producer to stage a war which is filmed and broadcast across the nation. The president is cast as strong leader. His polling improves.
There is a significant body of research showing that the popularity of leaders increases when they respond to danger or war in a climate of voter fear.
In such climates, voting populations often look to the strong and decisive rule of the father from government, relinquishing requirements for consultation or engagement in return for the outcome of feeling safe and protected (Lakoff 2002).
Firm courses of action like war, in the face of fear, lead to increased popularity. That is not to suggest for a moment that real world leaders 'cast and create' a disaster such as in Wag the Dog.
I wouldn't suggest (although others have) that Bush somehow hoped for or engineered September 11, just as nobody would suggest that the events of MH17 or northern Iraq were wished for or invented by Abbott.
However, it is another thing altogether to recognise that such events come pregnant with political opportunity. While such leaders may not create a problem in the literal sense, leaders can in effect create a problem or control how a problem is understood in the sense of a representation (Bacchi 1999); that is, politicians can and do construct the way a problem is represented to their advantage.
The re-election of George W. Bush is a perfect case in point. Coming to power on the back of a highly contentious election result, and, according to Bugliosi, a suspect Supreme Court ruling, Bush struggled to gain legitimacy.
Following 9/11 Bush's leadership was effectively cemented. Bush's construction of the events or representation of the problem was one of the core reasons he was able to appear productive and effective as a leader.
According to the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States of America, 9/11 was perpetrated by citizens from Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the UAE and Lebanon.
There were no public reprisals against these countries.
Instead, Bush chose to represent the problem as abstract 'terrorism' against which he needed to wage 'wars on terror' in Afghanistan and Iraq.
This week's feigned outrage at Senator Sue Lines for suggesting that Abbott was deflecting attention from domestic policy were something to behold.
Lines' actions in pointing to the Emperor's new clothes may not have been politically smart or sophisticated; however her comments were not new information.
Lines commented that issues of domestic security were being used to divert domestic attention from the budget. She did not say that the security issues were not real. She did not say that action or response was unwarranted. However respondents to her comments represented her intent in this way.
There is a certain religious zeal that is brought to bear upon critics of war, or those who ask that we look at the broader picture, or those who suggest pecuniary interests or conspiracies or political interests influence decisions to go to war.
In the United States especially, war questioners or detractors are cast as unpatriotic and as disrespectful of individual military personnel and their families.
They are represented as infantilised, unrealistic, immature, inexperienced, and not of the 'real world'.
Such criticisms create an almost McCarthyesque environment in which to speak at all against the dominant paradigm is to sin, rather than to be acting ethically.
All manner of shameful accusations were lumped upon those who questioned whether Iraq indeed had weapons of mass destruction, and whether the US was conveniently advancing other interests by choosing Iraq and Afghanistan as targets for reprisal.
When no weapons of mass destruction were found (one presumes after hearty efforts), the construction of 'the problem' was changed. Our attention was turned to the brutality of Saddam Hussein, a leader who had previously been 'represented' as aligned with US interests.
There has been a McCarthyesque character to criticisms of Lines and Christine Milne over the past week. Morrison's comments about Lines in particular had a nasty gendered flavour about them.
He labelled her a muppet (implying childishness and infantilisation) and said the debate should be 'returned to the adults', as though Lines were a child, unworthy of sitting at the grown ups table.
Infantilisation of women has been a common tactic for sidelining us; for suggesting we shouldn't be playing with the boys.
Morrison did not critique Lines' argument on its merits; in a sense it would be impossible to argue against something that most politicians know to be true, but which cannot be proven.
Instead he reverted to put downs through a sexist stereotype. All Lines did was point out that Tony Abbott has been experiencing his Wag the Dog moment.
Tony Abbott's Wag the Dog moment, and his poll improvements, arrived after the crash of MH17. Due to a number of random factors, including the presence of Australian passengers on MH17, the notoriety of MH17 passengers on their way to Melbourne for an international conference, and the delicate relationships amongst a number of other nations, Australia was able to wiggle its way into a significant international role regarding the crash.
That his advisors and colleagues were fully aware of the opportunity present in this event is manifest in the adoption of overt military leadership language by both Abbott and Bishop.
They were dedicated to 'bringing our people home'. They spoke about 'our people on the ground' in the 'war zone' of Ukraine. Abbott was being constructed as a strong leader in a time of war - and his polling figures improved, despite a domestic budget situation that was causing real electoral pain.
It was probably hard for Abbott and his advisors to guesstimate how long the 'leader in war time' persona could be maintained. But then the events of northern Iraq came along.
Debate has been all but censored in parliament over choices that are thrusting Australia towards war. It is not a question of whether the Kurds in northern Iraq should be offered assistance - it is a question, as Christine Milne has explained - of critical decisions being debated and taken in a fashion that is inclusive and considered.
To my mind, asking the hard questions is the role of our parliament; exploring the risks and benefits, obligations and consequences that come with taking decisions that have deep moral implications.
I have been fully aware for decades, through friends, of the dangers faced by Kurds in northern Iraq; it is unconscionable to leave people without protection.
However, I would have thought the most patriotic thing for Australia's leaders at this time would be to share information, where possible, with the parliament and public; to make their case strongly for whichever form of action they think best; to encourage open debate; and to bring the people with them - especially given the loss of trust that occurred after our last arguably failed escapade into Iraq.
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Sunday, 31 August 2014

Tracking Abbott's Wreckage (September Update) - » The Australian Independent Media Network

Tracking Abbott's Wreckage (September Update) - » The Australian Independent Media Network

Tracking Abbott’s Wreckage (September Update)

Sally McManus is the Secretary of the Australian Services Union in NSW and the ACT.

She has been a campaigner and an organiser for more than 20 years and
spent a lot of time doing and talking about organising and campaigning.
Her blog is a comprehensive list of policy and other decisions taken by
the Abbott Government. I cannot vouch for the veracity of the entire
list, nor do I necessarily agree with everyone (although I have no
reason to doubt them) but I recommend the list to those with an interest
in how Tony Abbott is changing Australia.


278. Bans secular workers from the school chaplaincy program – 27 August 2014

277. Refuses temporary visitors visas for Sri Lankan trade unionists to attend a union conference in Australia because they “do not have enough personal wealth” – 25 August 2014

276. Unemployment hits highest level in 12 years – 7 August 2014

275. Breaks an election promise to amend the race hate laws - 6 August 2014

274. Directs all government departments to disclose every contact
with every union for any reason over the last decade to the Royal
Commission - 28 July 2014

273. Allows the suspension of payments to parents whose children do not attend school in the Northern Territory – 19 July 2014

272. Axes the carbon tax with no viable policy to address climate change or Australia’s emission targets - 17 July, 2014

271. Risks up to $1 billion in revenue through job cuts at the ATO - July 15, 2014

270. Cuts all funding to Vibe Australia, the Indigenous organisation responsible for creating and producing the Deadly Awards, Deadly Vibe and InVibe magazines, Deadly Sounds radio, Move It Mob Style TV and deadlyvibe.com.au -  July 14, 2014

269. Detains 153 asylum seekers at sea on board a customs ship for a
month, despite questions about the legality of this action - July 12, 2014

268. Offends China and many Australians by praising the “skill and
honour” of Japanese soliders who killed 22 000 Australians and hundreds
of thousands of Chinese during World War II - 9 July 2014

267. Hands over 41 Sri Lankan asylum seekers to the custody of Sri Lankan authorities after screening them at sea and transferring them while still on the water - 07 July, 2014 

266. Creates a strategic communications branch employing 37 people
 and costing $4.7 million each year, to oversee communications in the
department of Prime Minister and Cabinet despite saying at the 2013 launch of the Liberal Party’s book on ALP waste, that they would spend less on spin than the previous government  - July 05, 2014

265. Describes Australia as ‘unsettled’ before the British arrived,
during an address to the Australia-Melbourne Institute Conference - 04 July, 2014

264. Grants the Immigration Minister power over the granting of
permanent residence allowing him to personally decide the conditions of
the test and his decisions will not be subject to appeal  - 03 July, 2014

263. Breaks a promise not to grant permanent permanent residency to people arriving by boat  by granting a visa to a least one refugee - 03 July, 2014

262. Prohibits Community Legal Centres from using Government funding to advocate for policy or law reform - 02 July, 2014

261. Appoints a former Liberal MP and a conservative columnist and
vocal opponent of the ABC to the ABC and SBS appointments panel - 02 July, 2014

260. Strikes out protections for consumers of financial advice before
the report into the Commonwealth Bank of Australia financial planning
scandal is tabled, which recommends a Royal Commission into the bank to
investigate allegations of fraud, forgery and a management cover-up - 01 July, 2014

259. Refuses to confirm the existence of two boatloads of refugees
reported to be currently on board customs vessels. The Government previously denied the vessels were in trouble and refuses to comment on whether the refugees will be landing in Australia - 30 June, 2014

258. Revokes the residential determination of two asylum seekers from
Vietnam currently in high school in Adelaide and removes them to a
detention centre, resulting in up to 7 other children, also in school,
running away for fear of the same fate - 28 June, 2014

257. Cuts Dementia and Severe Behaviours Supplement, a payment to
those who provide care for people with severe behavioural  and
psychological symptoms of dementia - 26 June, 2014 

256.  Breaks promise that no public servants will be forced
into redundancy as it is revealed that staff in Treasury in Finance will
be made involuntarily redundant  – 24 June, 2014

255. Seeks to reintroduce Temporary Protection Visas after the High
Court strikes down the Government’s attempt to limit the number of
permanent visas available each year  - 22 June 2014.

254. Refuses to halt return of refugees to war-torn Iraq - 18 June, 2014

253. Abandons the long-held, bipartisan position of referring to Palestinian land captured in 1967 as occupied - 06 June, 2014 

252. Abolishes the Corporations and Markets Advisory Committee, which
has, for 25 years,  investigated gaps in Australia’s corporate and
financial markets law  and recommended ways to close them - 05 June, 2014

251. Excludes Australian shipyards from a major new contract, sending jobs offshore and threatening the industry in Australia - 05 June, 2014 

250. Cuts funding to the peak refugee organisation the Refugee Council of Australia - 30 May 2014

249. Takes money from the Royal Commission into Institutional
Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and gives it to the Royal Commission
into the Home Insulation Scheme - 28 May 2014

248. Breaks promise that no public servants will be forced
into redundancy after revelations that public servants in the Department
of Industry have been made involuntarily redundant – 19 May 2014

247. Scraps the National Water Commission – 13 May, 2014

246. Abolishes funding for Building Australia’s Future Workforce —
Connection Interviews and Job Seeker Workshops and the Experience+
Career Advice initiative - 13 May, 2014

245. Abolishes the Get Reading Programme - 13 May, 2014

244. Scraps the annual subsidy to local ethanol producers – 13 May 2014

243. Slashes the Biodiversity Fund – 13 May, 2014

242. Cuts the Education Department’s Online Diagnostic Tools Programme – 13 May, 2014

241. Abolishes the Australian Organ and Tissue Donation and
Transplantation Authority which was established to encourage organ
donation – 13 May, 2014

240.  Introduces annual reviews for veterans receiving military compensation payments due to illness or injury – 13 May, 2014

239. Terminates the Office of Water Science research programme – 13 May, 2014

238. Abolishes the Commonwealth Human Rights Education Grant - 13 May 2014

237. Abolishes funding to the Exotic Disease Preparedness Programme - 13 May 2014

236. Slashes funding from the Indigenous Health Budget - 13 May 2014

235. Cuts funding for Indigenous language support - 13 May 2014

234. Cuts funding to the Torres Strait Regional Authority - 13 May 2014

233. Abolishes the Congress of Australia’s First Peoples, the only elected representative body for Indigenous Australians - 13 May 2014

232. Breaks election promise and slashes funding to Landcare - 13 May 2014

231. Abolishes the National Rental Affordability Scheme - 13 May 2014

230. Cuts funding from the corporate regulator ASIC which oversees the financial sector - 13 May 2014

229. Axes the first home buyers savings scheme - 13 May 2014

228. Reduces funding to the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency - 13 May 2014

227. Abolishes the Improving Educational Outcomes Programme - 13 May 2014

226. Cuts funding to the Child Care Early Learning Projects and the
Professional Support Program which assist childcare workers gain skills
13 May 2014

225. Reduces funding to the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership - 13 May 2014

224. Cut the Research Training Scheme, with tertiary education
providers to introduce student contributions for higher degrees - 13 May 2014

223. Ends the development of the Australian Baccalaureate - 13 May 2014

222. Cuts higher education reward funding - 13 May 2014

221. Cuts the Australian National University’s HC Coombs Policy Forum - 13 May 2014

220. Cuts Australian Research Council funding - 13 May 2014

219. Abolishes tax break for mature age workers and replaces it with a
payment for employing people over 50 who have been on Newstart or the
DSP for more than 6 months - 13 May 2014

218. Cuts an incentive program for graduates to take up work in regional locations of need - 13 May 2014

217. Axes the National Partnership Agreement on Certain Concessions
for Pensioners and Seniors Card Holders which supports state and
territory concessions for senior citizens including energy rebates. - 13 May 2014

216. Kills off four grant programmes including the the Australian
Community Food Safety Campaign and Outreach Support Services for
Criminalised Women - 13 May 2014

215. Cuts $2.3 million in contribution to the World Health Organisation - 13 May 2014

214. Abolishes the Australian Interactive Games Fund which helped support local video game developers - 13 May 2014

213. Breaks a promise not to cuts funding to health by dramatically cutting hospital funding - 13 May 2014

212. Cuts $240 million over four years to community programs that support poor, sick or disadvantaged people - 13 May 2014

211. Cuts $25million over 4 years or a quarter of the funding to
Community Legal Centres who provide legal support to the poor and
disadvantaged - 13 May 2014

210. Cuts the Women in Leadership program - 13 May 2014

209. Breaks a promise to have one million more solar roofs across Australia and at least 25 solar towns - 13 May 2014

208. Breaks a promise to spend $2.55 billion Emissions Reduction Fund by committing less than half this amount in the budget - 13 May 2014

207. Orders the spending of $11.7 million to plan the privatisation
of: Defence Housing Australia, the Royal Australian Mint and the
registry function of the Australian Securities and Investments
Commission - 13 May 2014

206. Announces 3000 job loses at the Australian Tax Office - 13 May 2014

205. Freezes the Family Tax Benefit A at a set income level regardless of the number of children - 13 May 2014

204. Cuts the Family Tax Benefit B end-of-year supplement by 15% - 13 May 2014

203. Reduces funding for the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation - 13 May 2014

202. Reduces funding to the Australian Institute for Marine Science - 13 May 2014

201. Scraps a range of grant programs aimed at funding innovation and
start-up businesses, including: Australian Industry Participation;
Commercialisation Australia; Enterprise Solutions; Innovation Investment
Fund; Industry Innovation Councils; Enterprise Connect; Industry
Innovation Precincts; and Textile, Clothing and Footwear Small Business
and Building Innovative Capability - 13 May 2014

200. Rips a further $111.4 million over four years out of the operating budget of the CSIRO - 13 May 2014

199. Ceases funding for National ICT Australia, which is a research centre for communications and information technology - 13 May 2014

198. Abolishes Medicare locals - 13 May 2014

197. Reduces payments to people under 35 with a disability who cannot
find employment if they could work more than eight hours a week - 13 May 2014

196. Mandates religious education in schools by taking away the option for school to opt for a secular social worker instead - 13 May 2014

195. Abolishes the ABC’s disability communities website Ramp Up - 13 May 2014

194. Abolishes the Disability Discrimination Commissioner - 13 May 2014

193. Abolishes the Better Schools Centre for Quality Teaching and Learning - 13 May 2014

192. Dismantles the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare and
will establish a health productivity and performance commission - 13 May 2014

191. Abolishes the Seniors Supplement - 13 May 2014

190. Axes the tax break for people with dependent spouses - 13 May 2014

189. Axes the Diagnostic Imaging Quality Programme - 13 May 2014

188. Ceases the Dental Flexible Grants Program - 13 May 2014

187. Axes the Charles Sturt University’s dental and oral health clinics - 13 May 2014

186. Axes funding for the nursing and allied health scholarships in Tasmania - 13 May 2014

185. Defers 13 Partners in Recovery programs which help people with
severe and persistent mental illness and complex support needs - 13 May 2014

184. Cuts funding to the National Anti-Tobacco Campaign - 13 May 2014

183. Cuts Australia’s Animal Welfare Strategy - 13 May 2014

182. Abolishes Health Workforce Australia and cuts the expansion of the Clinical Training Funding Program - 13 May 2014

181. Axes the National Partnership Agreement on Preventive Health - 13 May 2014

180. Defers the National Partnership Agreement for adult public dental services until July 2015 - 13 May 2014

179. Reduces the Medicare benefit for optometry services and allows optometrists to charge more - 13 May 2014

178. Abolishes the GP Education and Training Limited and ceasing the Pre-vocational GP Placements Scheme - 13 May 2014

177. Axes industry and community clean energy programs include the
Low Emissions Technology Demonstration Fund, the National Low Emission
Coal Initiative, Energy Efficiency Programmes, the National Solar
Schools Plan, Energy Efficiency Information Grants and Low Carbon
Communities - 13 May 2014

176. Scraps The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA)
which was set up to support new and emerging renewable technologies and
in doing so breaks an election promise - 13 May 2014

175. Scraps the Housing Help for Seniors scheme which provided assistance to older Australians - 13 May 2014

174. Pulls $2.5 billion from aged care, including $1.7 billion from home based support such as Meals on Wheels - 13 May 2014

173. Cuts the benefit for unemployed people under 25 by moving them onto the Youth Allowance - 13 May 2014

172. Kills off the Gonski school funding vision by cutting future funding by $30 billion - 13 May 2014

171. Reduces Medicare and Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme safety nets - 13 May 2014

170. Breaks a promise to make no cuts to health with a $368 million cut from preventative health measures - 13 May 2014

169. Cuts the Family Tax Benefit A end-of-year supplement by 17% - 13 May 2014

168. Increases the fuel excise twice a year by indexing it to CPI - 13 May 2014

167. Forces students to repay their debt earlier by lowering the wage they need to earn before payments kick in - 13 May 2014

166. Increases debt for students by increasing the interest on their fees - 13 May 2014

165. Makes it harder for retirees to access the Commonwealth Seniors Health Card - 13 May 2014

164. Guts the Australia Council and Screen Australia by cutting $87 million for the Arts - 13 May 2014

163. Forces people under 30 to work for the dole if they want to
receive any financial support after a waiting period of six months with
no financial support - 13 May 2014

162. Imposes a six month wait for people under 30s to receive unemployment benefits - 13 May 2014

161. Cuts the Family Tax Benefit Part B - 13 May 2014

160. Cuts the old age pension by indexing it to CPI instead of wages - 13 May 2014

159. Increases the pension age to 70 from 2035 - 13 May 2014

158. Imposes a $5 increase on the cost of all medicines available
under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (80c for concession card
holders) - 13 May 2014

157. Cuts the ‘Tools for the Trade’ program which helped apprentices
buy their tools, and replacing it with a loan scheme apprentices will
have to repay - 13 May 2014

156. Caps the amount of money workers can recoup in entitlements if their employer becomes insolvent or bankrupt to 16 weeks - 13 May 2014

155. Breaks a promise to only cut the foreign aid budget by $4.5 billion and cuts it by $7.9 billion instead - 13 May 2014

154. Axes funding to the Australian Youth Affairs Coalition, the national peak body for young people- 13 May 2014

153. Slashes Disability Support Pensions by indexing to inflation - 13 May 2014

152. Abolishes the highly successful Youth Connections program that
supports young people who have not completed, or are at risk of not
completing Year 12 or equivalent qualifications also costing hundreds of
community sector jobs - 13 May 2014

151. Breaks a promise of “no new taxes” by introducing a fuel levy - 13 May 2014

150. Announces the sacking of 16,500 public sector workers as
whole Departments are abolished despite promising only 12,000 job
losses - 13 May 2014

149. Cuts $500 million from indigenous programs over five years - 13 May 2014

148. Breaks a promise of “no new taxes” by introducing a
deficit tax rise of two percentage points for people earning more than
$180,000 a year - 13 May 2014

147. Scrapping a net $1.2 billion in tuition subsidies for universities - 13 May 2014

146. Scraps the Australia Network, Australia’s international
television service broadcast across our region that provides news and
current affairs from an Australian perspective - 13 May 2014

145. Breaks promise of “no cuts to the ABC or SBS” by cutting $43.5 million from the ABC and SBS - 13 May 2014

144. Undermines Medicare by imposing a $7 fee increase for GP visits - 13 May 2014

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

142. Scraps caps on university fees, meaning universities will be able to charge whatever they like for degrees - 13 May 2014

141. Abolishes the COAG Reform Council — which provides information
to Governments so they can track the performance of their programs - 13 May 2014

140. Sacks the National People with Disability and Carers Council — which pushed for and then helped build the NDIS - 13 May 2014

139. Releases the Commission of Audit report which recommends savage
budget cuts that would negatively affect every Australian - 1 May 2014

138. Breaks a promise to introduce the paid parental leave scheme he took to the election - 30 April 2014

137. Spends $12.4 billion on new fighter jets whilst claiming a
budget “emergency” and preparing to make big cuts to health and welfare
23 April 2014

136. Abolishes the research and development tax incentives board – 11 April 2014

135. Begins dismantling GP Super clinics - 8 April 2014

134. Cuts 480 jobs from the Environment Department who are
responsible for protecting places such as Kakadu, Antarctica and the
Great Barrier Reef - 7 April 2014

133. Forbids public servants from making political comments online,
even anonymously, and instructs them to report on colleagues who do - 6 April 2014

132. Establishes a secret, publicly funded “hit squad” to target
political opponents led by the man who provided a “chaff bag” for Alan
Jones to auction at a Young Liberal fundraiser - 1 April 2014

131. Imposes fees and charges on people who become bankrupt – 1 April 2014

130. Axes free legal assistance for asylum seekers - 31 March 2014

129. Defunds Ethical Clothing Australia that worked with industry to
protect outworkers in the textile and clothing industry from
exploitation and abandons the Governments ethical procurement guidelines
30 March 2014

128. Opposes a UN resolution to conduct war crimes inquiry in Sri Lanka - 28 March 2014

127. Closes all Medicare offices on Saturdays - 26 March 2014

126. Brings back the awards of knights and dames which were abolished in 1986 - 25 March 2014

125. Cuts 400 jobs from the industry department - 25 March 2014

124. Ensures a human rights enquiry into the Manus Island detention
centre is shut down and human rights lawyers are denied access to the
centre - 23 March 2014

123. Abolishes one third of the jobs in Treasury costing approximately 300 jobs - 21 March 2014

122. Cuts welfare payments to orphans of soldiers - 16 March 2014

121. Moves to deny funding to artists or events that refuse corporate sponsorship for ethical reasons - 15 March 2014

120. Cuts hundreds of jobs at the CSIRO - 14 March 2014

119. Reopens 457 visa loophole to allow employers to hire an unlimited number of workers without scrutiny - 12 March 2014

118. Overturns a ban on cattle grazing in the Victorian Alpine National Park - 6 March 2014

117. Frustrated and defeated an attempt at the UN to highlight the humanitarian consequences of nuclear war - 5 March 2014

116. Axes funding earmarked to save the Sumatran rhinoceros from extinction - 28 February 2014

115. Introduces legislation to allow people aged between 17-24 years
old to work for half the minimum wage and be exempted from all other
work rights including health and safety laws and protections should they
be injured at work – 26 February 2014

114. Axes funding to Aboriginal Early Childhood Support and Learning
Incorporated, the only Indigenous peak body advising on early childhood
issues for Indigenous people in NSW - 25 February, 2014

113. Misleads the Australian public about what occurred on Manus
Island when asylum seekers were attacked killing one person and injuring
seventy-seven. Once the information was known to be untrue, waited five
days to correct the record - 25 February 2014

112. Contravenes 113 years of established practice by moving to
release the previous Government’s confidential cabinet papers to the
Royal Commission into the Pink Batts scheme - 22 February 2014

111. Scraps food grants program for small farmers - 21 February 2014

110. Pressured SPC Ardmona to cut the pay and conditions for workers in return for Government money - 20 February 2014

109. Blames carbon pricing for the close of Alcoa smelters and
rolling mills and the loss of nearly 1000 jobs, despite the fact the
company states it had no bearing on their decision - 19 February 2014

108. Breaches the privacy and puts in danger around 10, 000 asylum
seekers and their families by releasing their personal details on the
Department of Immigration website - 19 February 2014

107. Fails to ensure the safety of asylum seekers in our care on
Manus Island who were subjected to a vicious attack, which left one
person dead and seventy-seven seriously injured – 18 February 2014

106. Reverses the previous government’s decision to care for refugee
children who are without an adult family member (ie unaccompanied
minors) in the community and sends them to detention centres in Nauru – 17 February 2014

105. Removes poverty reduction from the goals of the foreign affairs budget –February 17, 2014

104. Appoints a climate change sceptic to head a review of our renewable energy target – 17 February 2014

103. Pays hundreds of indigenous workers in his Department up to $19
000 less than non-indigenous workers doing the same job and cuts the
budget for the representative body the National Congress of Australia’s
First Peoples causing two-thirds of the staff to lose their jobs – 15 February 2014

102. Breaks a promise to provide fibre-to-the-premises for all Tasmanians for the National Broadband Network – 13 February 2014

101. Unemployment rate jumps to highest in more than 10 years - 13 February 2014

100. Lies to the Australian public about the reasons Toyota gave for
their decision to close in order to blame the workers and their union - 12 February 2014

99. Takes down a website providing information to the Australian
public on the ingredients and nutritional content of foods. It is later revealed that the person in the Minister’s office who gave this directive is married to a lobbyist from the junk food industry and was still a share holder in their lobbying company - 11 February 2014

98. Destroys the Australian car manufacturing industry by refusing to
provide any industry assistance leading to the decision of Toyota to
shut costing up to 30 000 jobs – 10 February 2014

97. Launches a Royal Commission into unions – 10 February 2014

96. Attempts to reintroduce temporary visas for asylum seekers found
to be fleeing persecution preventing them ever settling in Australia and
retrospectively applies them to 20 000 people. This is stopped in the
Senate twice by the ALP and The Greens - 7 February 2014

95. Supports a reduction of penalty rates and other Award minimums in
a submission to the Fair Work Commission’s review of all Awards - 4 February 2014

94. Lies to the Australian public about the wages and working
conditions of factory workers at SPC Ardmona in Shepparton and uses this
incorrect information to blame them for their job insecurity - 4 February 2014

93. Launches an “efficiency study” into ABC and the SBS - 30 January 2014

92. Cuts the wages of Australian troops deployed overseas by almost $20 000 per solider - 29 January 2014

91. Intervenes on the side of Toyota to support cutting Australian workers wages and conditions - 28 January 2014

90. Privatises the 104 year old Australian Valuation Office costing nearly 200 jobs – 24 January 2014

89. Seeks to wind back the World Heritage listing of Tasmania’s forests – 23 January 2014

88. Withdraws funding for an early intervention program to help vulnerable young people – 22 January 2014

87. Exempts Western Australia from national environment laws to facilitate shark culling - 21 January 2014

86. Defunds all international environmental programs, the
International Labour Organisation and cuts funding to a range of
international aid programs run by NGOs such as Save the Children, Oxfam,
CARE Australia and Caritas – 18 January 2014

85. Violates Indonesia’s territorial sovereignty while turning back asylum seeker boats – 17 January 2014

84. Politicises the national school curriculum by appointing a former Liberal staffer and a Coalition supporter, both critics of the current curriculum to conduct a review - 10 January 2014.

83. Directs that people already found to be refugees who arrived by boat be given the lowest priority for family reunion - 8 January 2014

82. Fails to contradict or take any action against a member of his
government, Senator Cory Bernardi, who makes divisive statements about:
abortion, “non-traditional” families and their children, same sex
couples, couples who use IVF and calls for parts of WorkChoices to be
reintroduced - 6 January 2014

81. Scraps funding from the Jewish Holocaust Centre –January 3, 2014

80. Devastates Australia’s contribution to overseas aid by cutting $4.5 billion from the budget, causing vital programs supporting those in extreme poverty in our region to collapse - 1 January 2014

79. Drastically reduces tax breaks for small business and fails to publicise it - 1 January 2014

78. Appoints Tim Wilson, a Liberal Party member and Policy Director
of a right-wing think tank to the position of Commissioner at the Human
Rights Commission even though this think tank argued for the Commission
to be abolished – 23 December 2013

77. Approves private health fund premium increases of an average 6.2% a year – 23 December 2013

76. Breaks his promise to provide the promised customs vessel to monitor whaling operations in the Southern Ocean – 23 December 2013

75. Requests the delisting of World Heritage status for Tasmanian forests – 21 December 2013

74. Cuts funding to the Energy Efficiency Opportunities Programme
which makes it mandatory for large energy using businesses to improve
their efficiency –17 December, 2013

73. Breaks a promise to make no cuts to health by cutting $150 million from hospital and health services - 17 December 2013.

72. Scraps the Home Energy Saver Scheme which helps struggling low income households cut their electricity bills - 17 December 2013

71. Defunds the Public Interest Advocacy Centre whose objectives are
to work for a fair, just and democratic society by taking up legal cases
public interest issues - 17 December 2013

70. Defunds the Environmental Defenders Office which is a network of
community legal centres providing free advice on environmental law - 17 December 2013

69. Axes funding for animal welfare - 17 December 2013

68. Breaks his election promise of no cuts to education by cutting funding for trade training centres in schools - 17 December 2013

67. Abolishes the AusAID graduate program costing 38 jobs - 17 December 2013

66. Cuts Indigenous legal services by $13.4 million. This includes $3.5 million from front line domestic violence support services, defunding the National legal service and abolishing all policy and law reform positions across the country - 17 December 2013

65. Abolishes the position of co-ordinator-general for remote indigenous services - 17 December 2013

64. Breaks his promise to unequivocally support the NDIS by
changing the name of NDIS “launch sites” to “trial sites” and flags cuts
to funding – 17 December 2013

63. Abolishes the National Office for Live Music along with the live music ambassadors - 17 December 2013

62. Cuts $2.5 million from community radio – 17 December 2013

61. Weakens the ministerial code of conduct to let ministers keep shares in companies - 16 December 2013

60. Disbands the independent Immigration Health Advisory Group for asylum seekers – 16 December 2013

59. Dumps the National Occupational Licensing Scheme which was
designed to increase productivity by making it easier for skilled
workers to work interstate - 14 December 2013

58. Axes $4.5 million from charities and community groups for the Building Multicultural Communities Program – 13 December 2013

57. Starts dismantling Australia’s world leading marine protection system - 13 December 2013

56. Scraps the COAG Standing Council on Environment and Water – 13 December 2013

55. Breaks his NBN election promise of giving all Australians access to 25 megabits per second download speeds by 2016 – 12 December 2013

54. Overturns the “critically endangered” listing of the Murray Darling Basin - 11 December 2013

53. Dares Holden to leave Australia. Holden responds by announcing
its closure which costs Australians tens of thousands of jobs – 11 December 2013

52. Approves Clive Palmer’s mega coal mine in the Galilee Basin which opponents say will severely damage Great Barrier Reef - 11 December 2013

51. Demands that the few childcare workers who got pay rises “hand them back” – 10 December 2013

50. Approves the largest coal port in the world in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area – 10 December 2013

49. Removes the community’s right to challenge decisions where the
government has ignored expert advice on threatened species impacts – 9 December 2013

48. Downgrades national environment laws by giving approval powers to state premiers – 9 December 2013

47. Undermines Australia’s democracy by signing a free trade
agreement with South Korea allowing corporations to sue the Australian
Government – 6 December 2013

46. Damages our diplomatic relationship with our nearest neighbour East Timor – 5 December 2013

45. Repeals the pokie reform legislation which was designed to combat problem gambling – 4 December 2013

44. Suspends the Wage Connect program, despite it being proven to deliver good outcomes for unemployed people – 3 December 2013

43. Axes funding to the Alcohol and Other Drugs Council of Australia, forcing the 46 year old organisation to close. It is later revealed that a staffer in the Assistant Health Minister’s office had links to the Alcohol Industry - 27 November 2013

42. Breaks his promise to support Gonski and back flips three times – 25 November 2013

41. Shifts Australia’s position at the UN on Israeli settlements - 25 November 2013

40. Damages our diplomatic relationship with the Indonesian
Government by refusing to apologise for tapping the phones of their
President, his wife and senior Government officials – 23 November 2013

39. Converts crucial Start-Up Scholarships into loans, increasing the
debt of 80,000 higher education students by $1.2 billion – 21 November 2013

38. Gifts two navy patrol boats to the Sri Lankan government to stop asylum seekers fleeing the Sri Lankan government - 17 November 2013

37. Introduces a Bill to impose on workers who are elected onto
unpaid union committees huge financial penalties and jail terms for
breeches of new compliance obligations – 14 November 2013

36. Condones torture by foreign governments by saying “sometimes in difficult circumstances, difficult things happen” – 14 November 2013

35. Hides information from the Parliament and the people about the government’s treatment of asylum seekers – 13 November 2013

34. Abandons Australia’s emission reduction targets - 12 November, 2013

33. Separates a refugee mother from her newborn baby – 10 November 2013

32. Cuts 600 jobs at the CSIRO - 8 November 2013

31. Abolishes Insurance Reform Advisory Group which provided a forum
for industry and consumer bodies to discuss insurance industry reform - 8 November 2013

30. Abolishes the Maritime Workforce Development Forum which was an
industry body working to build a sustainable skills base for the
maritime industry - 8 November 2013

29. Abolishes the High Speed Rail Advisory Group whose job it was to
advise Governments on the next steps on implementing high speed rail for
eastern Australia - 8 November 2013

28. Abolishes the Advisory Panel on the Marketing in Australia of
Infant Formula which for 21 years ensured companies comply with
agreements on the advertising of infant formula - 8 November 2013

27. Abolishes the Antarctic Animal Ethics Committee who ensured
research on animals in the Antarctic complies with Australian standards
8 November 2013

26. Abolished the National Steering Committee on Corporate Wrongdoing
that for 21 years worked to make sure the law was effectively enforced
on corporate criminals - 8 November 2013

25. Abolishes the National Inter-country Adoption Advisory Council which provided expert advice on overseas adoption - 8 November 2013

24. Abolishes International Legal Services Advisory Council which was
responsible for working to improve the international performance of
Australia’s legal services - 8 November 2013

23. Abolishes the Commonwealth Firearms Advisory Council a group of
experts in gun crime and firearms which was set up after the Port Arthur
massacre - 8 November 2013

22. Abolishes Australian Animals Welfare Advisory Committee a diverse
group of experts advising the Agriculture Minister on animal welfare
issues - 8 November 2013

21. Abolishes the National Housing Supply Council which provided data
and expert advice on housing demand, supply and affordability - 8 November 2013

20. Abolishes the Advisory Panel on Positive Ageing, established to
help address the challenges the country faces as the number of older
Australians grows – 8 November 2013

19. Refuses to offer support to manufacturing in Tasmania, despite
requests and warnings. Caterpillar announces the move of 200 jobs from
Burnie to Thailand, costing around 1000 local jobs - 5 November 2013

18. Provides $2.2 million legal aid for farmers and miners to fight native title claims - 1 November 2013

17. Abolishes the 40 year old AusAID costing hundreds of jobs - 1 November 2013

16. Launches a successful High Court challenge which strikes down the
ACT Marriage Equality laws invalidating the marriages of many people
and ensuring discrimination against same-sex couples continues – 23 October 2013

15. Denies there is a link between climate change and more severe
bush fires and accuses a senior UN official was “talking through their
hat” – 23 October 2013

14. Appoints the head of the Business Council of Australia to a “Commission of Audit” to recommend cuts to public spending – 22 October 2013

13. Cuts compensation to the victims of bushfires - 21 October 2013

12. Instructs public servants and detention centre staff to call asylum seekers “illegals” - 20 October 2013

11. Appoints Howard era Australian Building & Construction
Commission (ABCC) Director to help reinstate the ABCC with all its
previous oppressive powers over construction workers – 17 October 2013

10. Axes the Major Cities Unit a Government agency with 10 staff
which provided expert advice on urban issues in our 18 biggest cities - 24 September 2013

9. Breaks his promise to “stop the boats” – 23 September 2013

8. Scraps the Social Inclusion Board, which had been established to guide policy on the reduction of poverty in Australia - 19 September 2013

7. Abolishes the Climate Commission – 19 September 2013

6. Appoints himself Minister for Women – 16 September 2013

5. Appoints only one woman into his cabinet and blames the women for his decision, saying he appoints “on merit”– 16 September 2013

4. Abolishes key ministerial positions of climate change and science – 16 September 2013

3. Breaks his promise to spend his first week with an Aboriginal community -14 September 2012

2. Takes away pay rises for childcare workers – 13 September 2013

1. Takes away pay rises from aged care workers – 13 September 2013

The Broken Promise Count

1. Does not spend his first week as Prime Minister with an Aboriginal community – 14 September 2013. This promise was made in front of indigenous elders and participants at the Garma Festival on 10 August 2013, this is a live recording.

2. Fails to “stop the boats” – 23 September 2013. This promise was repeated so many times I can’t count. Here’s Abbott’s 2013 campaign launch speech.

3. Breaks his promise to support Gonski - 25 November 2013 and 13 May 2014. Fails to commit to future funding or to require States to match the Commonwealth funding commitment. See paragraph two from Christopher Pyne on 29 August 2013.

4. Breaks its NBN election promise of giving all Australians access to 25 megabits per second download speeds by 2016 – 12 December 2013 This was the Coalition’s policy they took to the election first announced 9 April 2013.

5. Breaks his election promise of no cuts to education by cutting funding for trade training centres in schools on 17 December 2013. He made this promise at the National Press Club on 2 September 2013 and in writing on 5 September 2013 as part of their policy commitments.

6. Breaks a promise to make no cuts to health. He made this promise at the National Press Club on 2 September 2013 and in writing on 5 September 2013 as part of their policy commitments. This promise was first broken on 27 November 2013 when they cut funding to the Alcohol and Other Drugs Council.

7. Breaks a promise to make no cuts to health on 17 December 2013 when they cut $150 million from hospitals and health services.

8. Fails to provide the promised customs vessel to monitor whaling operations in the Southern Ocean – 23 December 2013 Promise made by Greg Hunt - 9 April 2013.

9. Breaks a promise to
provide fibre-to-the-premises for all Tasmanians for the National
Broadband Network. This promise was confirmed my Malcolm Turnbull on 17 August 2013 and confirmed as broken by the NBN Co executive chairman Ziggy Switkowski on 13 February 2014.

10. Breaks a promise to introduce the paid parental leave scheme he took to the election on 30 April 2014 by reducing the promised benefit for those earning above $100 000.

11. Breaks promise of “no cuts to the ABC or SBS” by cutting $43.5 million from the ABC and SBS.

12. Breaks a promise of “no new taxes” by introducing a deficit tax rise of two percentage points for people earning more than $180,000 a year.

13. Announced to sacking of 16,500 public sector workers as whole Departments are abolished despite promising only 12,000 job losses and through natural attrition.

14. Breaks a promise of “no new taxes” by introducing a fuel levy.

15. Reduction in foreign aid budget of $7.9 billion over five years despite promise to not exceed $4.5 billion and cut via indexation.

16. Increases the pension age to 70 from 2035 after promising no changes to pensions.

17. Cuts to old age pension by indexing to CPI, while it was promised there would be no changes.

18. Scraps The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) which was set up to support new and emerging renewable technologies and in doing so breaks an election promise.

19. Tears up Federal Government’s agreement with states and territories to help fund increasing health costs despite promise of no cuts to health.

20.  Breaks a promise to make no cuts to health with a $368 million cut from preventative health measures.

21. Reduces the Medicare benefit for optometry services and allows optometrists to charge more, despite promise to not cut health budget.

22.  Axes the Charles Sturt University’s dental and oral health clinics, despite promise to not cut health budget.

23. Abolishes Medicare locals, despite promise to not cut health budget.

24. Breaks a promise to spend $2.55 billion Emissions Reduction Fund by committing less than half this amount in the budget.

25. Breaks a promise to have one million more solar roofs across Australia and at least 25 solar towns.

26. Breaks a promise not to cuts funding to health by dramatically cutting hospital funding.

27. Breaks election promise and slashes funding to Landcare.

28. Breaks promise that no public servants will be forced into redundancy after revelations that two public servants in the Department of Industry have been made involuntarily redundant since September.

29. Breaks promise that no public servants will be forced into redundancy as it is revealed that at least 30 staff in Treasury will be made involuntarily redundant.

30. Breaks a promise not to grant permanent permanent residency to people arriving by boat by granting a visa to a least one refugee.