Consider these two images –
Winmalee in the Blue Mountains is now a fairly safe LNP federal seat. So much for Climate change, so much for the environment. Do the people of Winmalee regret voting for a party whose leader is on record for saying Climate change is crap and a party policy which is at best a fig leaf covering up no climate change action.
“The Coalition has reduced the amount of money it is spending on its Direct Action carbon reduction plan by more than $300 million.” Why waste good money on something which fixes a problem which doesn’t exist…
Bush fires are part of the Australian summer, only now its the very start of Spring…
Much of today is dull filler as Labor grind slowly through the decision to have either Bill Shorten or Anthony Albanese as Labor leader. Due to Shorten’s role in the knifing of two PMs the public favours Albanese.
The other news is the slow defeat of the Lib black widow Sophie Mirrabella to the independent Cathy McGowen in the seat of Indi. 1003 votes to McGowen were recently found after they had been misplaced… It should be enough to banish Mirrabella. Thhis will bring joy to many…
“I asked him whether this meant the Coalition’s extravagant paid parental leave scheme would go. The MP said no, because if you read Abbott’s book Battlelines, handouts to the upper-middle class and wealthy ‒ which is what the Coalition’s PPL will effectively achieve ‒ are exactly what Abbott believes in. According to the MP, what Abbott does not agree with is benefits going to the poor and needy, whom he regards as generally lazy and unworthy. Therefore, said the MP, expect services and assistance to lower income earners, the underprivileged and the disadvantaged to be the areas most under attack by an Abbott Government.”
More now on mandates…these are Abbotts thoughts on the idea in 2007 after losing in a big way to the Rudd Government
Finally I couldn’t go past this cartoon which features Credlin as Curella Deville…very fitting
What Hockey didn’t tell us …Fine print of last minute costings announced with no debate – does Abbott have a mandate for these?
INCOME REDISTRIBUTION (away from poor):
• Lower the tax-free threshold from $18,200 back to $6000.
• Abolish the low-income superannuation contribution….
• Abolish the means test on the Private Health Care Rebate
• Scrap baby bonus and relax childcare staffing ratios to fund $75,000 paid leave for mothers earning $150,000
• Allow people to opt out of superannuation in exchange for promising to forgo any government income support in retirement
SUPPORT FOR BIG BUSINESS
• Repeal the mining tax
• Abolish the Australian Consumer & Competition Commission
• Abolish the Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB)
• Remove anti-dumping laws
• Abolish the means-tested school kids bonus which benefits 1.3 million families by up to $410 per primary child & $820 per high school child.
• Abandon the bulk of the school funding reforms
• Reintroduce voluntary student unionism at universities
• Remove academic freedom through political control of research grants
JOBS, WORKPLACE RELATIONS • Repeal Fair Work Act, restore individual agreements
• Cut at least 50,000 public service jobs • End preferences for Industry Super Funds in workplace relations laws
• Cease subsidising the car industry.
• Abolish the Clean Energy Fund
• Abolish the Department Of Climate Change
• Repeal the renewable energy target and withdraw from kyoto ppotocol
• Repeal the marine park legislation
• Encourage the construction of dams
FREE SPEECH, CITIZENSHIP
• End mandatory disclosures on political donations
• End public funding support for political parties (allowing rich an advertising monopoly
• Abolish media bias regulations • Introduce voluntary voting
• Halt and privatise the National Broadband Network
• Abolish the Australian Communications And Media Authority
• Break up the ABC and put out to tender each individual function.
• Abolish TV spectrum licensing
• Abolish local content requirements
• Deregulate the parallel importation of books, thus damaging our local authors and publishers.
• End all public subsidies to sport and the arts
• Repeal section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act
• End all government funded public interest (‘Nanny state’) advertising
• Privatise the CSIRO
• Privatise the Australian Institute of Sport.
• Privatise Medibank. • Privatise the Snowy-Hydro Scheme
• Privatise Australia Post • Privatise SBS.
• Formalise a one-in, one-out approach to regulatory reduction.
• Eliminate the National Preventative Health Agency
• Repeal the Alcopops tax.
• plain cigarette packaging, rule it out on alcohol, fast foods etc
• Reject proposals for compulsory food and alcohol labeling