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Coalition’s policies? We’ve got ‘em — well, sort of

Part handy fact source, part ideological screed, part policy bible, the Coalition’s new set of “Speaker’s Notes” (yeah, we’re not sure if the apostrophe is correct or not) — intended for “preparing electorate material and correspondence, talking points, speeches and handling constituent inquiries” — has come Crikey’s way.

The 137-page document is a core resource for Coalition MPs in preparing their communication, and “should NOT be circulated in [its] raw form”. We’re accordingly circulating it in raw form.

Inside its pages you’ll read the sad history of Labor’s many failures (with the single exception of the Fair Work Act, which “deserves a fair go”) and how the Coalition’s position is in every way superior, even when (such as in the broadband and communications chapter) that position isn’t explained in any way. There are also loads of facts and figures to demonstrate the Coalition’s superior record in government.

Key economic indicators” from the Coalition “Speaker’s Notes”

For a policy-shy opposition that has risen to a landslide-level polling lead that could deliver it control of both houses, it’s the nearest thing we’ve got to a serious collation of policies across specific issues so far.

So we’re setting a challenge for Crikey readers. If you’re an expert, or even just well-grounded, in one of the 42 different policy areas, ranging from aged care through to youth, discussed in the notes, let’s hear from you. Leave a comment, drop us a line or use the completely anonymous form.

Is there anything new here? Any howling errors? Anything worth digging into? We’re crowdsourcing the analysis of the only real insight into the policies of an Abbott government we’re likely to get until next year.

Over to you. Oh and remember, shhhh, this should not be circulated in raw form.

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  • 1
    Jimmy
    Posted Thursday, 5 July 2012 at 1:10 pm | Permalink

    Is there anything new here?” I would seriously doubt it!

  • 2
    Posted Thursday, 5 July 2012 at 1:14 pm | Permalink

    The move to ‘have the 19th of February declared as a Day of National Significance, to be
    known as “Bombing of Darwin Day”’ is part of the “Plan for Strong Borders”? I’m not sure I want to think too much about why that is.

  • 3
    Suzanne Blake
    Posted Thursday, 5 July 2012 at 1:39 pm | Permalink

    They could circulate a blank sheet of paper amd still beat the Australian Lia rs Party

  • 4
    Jimmy
    Posted Thursday, 5 July 2012 at 1:40 pm | Permalink

    That;s the way SB, don’t worry about what you are voting for just vote them out.

  • 5
    Suzanne Blake
    Posted Thursday, 5 July 2012 at 1:46 pm | Permalink

    @ Jimmy

    Yes Jimmy, we are run by clowns, look at that fool Emerson.

    Votes them out, NOTHING could be worse that this pack of dishonest oxygen thieves.

  • 6
    Holden Back
    Posted Thursday, 5 July 2012 at 1:51 pm | Permalink

    Except, of course, SB your dishonest oxygen thieves of choice.

  • 7
    Cuppa
    Posted Thursday, 5 July 2012 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

    Funny they never seem to want to talk about their economic record under Treasurer Howard.

    Good thing Crikey distributed those details as well:

    http://www.crikey.com.au/Politics/20070627-Why-John-Howard-never-made-the-cover-of-Euromoney.html

  • 8
    Bill Hilliger
    Posted Thursday, 5 July 2012 at 1:53 pm | Permalink

    @SB you have been conned and marginalised by the coalition information release, the figures and stats were actually much-much better than stated. The coalition deliberately downplayed the information for modesty reasons.

  • 9
    Gocomsys
    Posted Thursday, 5 July 2012 at 1:53 pm | Permalink

    It is like comparing apples with oranges, making sure the Howard “fruit salad” isn’t mentioned.
    There are li es, more li es and then there are selective “juicy” statistics. Must admit a great con job!

  • 10
    Jimmy
    Posted Thursday, 5 July 2012 at 1:56 pm | Permalink

    SB - Yep and because you didn’t bother to think what you were voting for you can complain about the new govt and vote them out.

    After all you wouldn’t wnat to think would you.

  • 11
    Musrum
    Posted Thursday, 5 July 2012 at 1:58 pm | Permalink

    The biggest lie in Australian Politics at the moment is the Carbon Tax.

    The Coalition and their media fluffers continue to perpetuate this lie.

    If you are looking for honesty SB, you will be disappointed with Abbott.

  • 12
    MJPC
    Posted Thursday, 5 July 2012 at 2:00 pm | Permalink

    Lie’s, Damn Lie’s and useless statistics.

    They missed one set of figures to talk about…Workchoices which beget the second time a serving PM lost their seat!

    Bring on the next election, Mr Abbott will need to pull more out of his hat than statistics.

  • 13
    Tyler T
    Posted Thursday, 5 July 2012 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

    how many times does the phrase ‘as soon as possible’ appear? I can’t be bothered counting

  • 14
    Jamil Khan
    Posted Thursday, 5 July 2012 at 2:10 pm | Permalink

    The apostrophe is incorrect. It should be “Speakers’ Notes”. Plural possessive :)

  • 15
    Jimmy
    Posted Thursday, 5 July 2012 at 2:26 pm | Permalink

    I do like their environment policy -

    1. We have a comprehensive and costed policy to reduce carbon emissions that will not add costs to families or Australian businesses.” No just to the taxpayer - hang on aren’t they families and businesses?
    “2. We will have a 15,000-strong green army to tackle real environmental issues at the local level.” - So this army will tackle “real environmental issues” like pulling weeds and rubbish out of national parks as opposed to “fake environmental issues” like global warming! Is it a volunteer army or conscripts?
    “3. The Coalition will deliver a one-stop-shop environmental approvals process that sets high standards, makes swift decisions and delivers certain outcomes.” Yep it makes things a lot quicker if you just rubber stamp the developers requests.
    “4. The Coalition has introduced a Private Member’s Bill into Parliament that requires the Gillard Government to commit to the remaining funding allocated for the Solar Scheme ($64.5 million in 2011-12).” Can a private members bill force people to go back in time to the year 2011-12? And aren’t the libs against the govt spending money?

  • 16
    Jimmy
    Posted Thursday, 5 July 2012 at 2:28 pm | Permalink

    I do like their environment pol icy -

    “1. We have a comprehensive and costed pol icy to reduce carbon emissions that will not add costs to families or Australian businesses.” No just to the taxpayer - hang on aren’t they families and businesses? And it might be “comprehensive and costed” but doesn’t work and requires trees to be planted over an area the size of tasmania and victoria combined.
    “2. We will have a 15,000-strong green army to tackle real environmental issues at the local level.” - So this army will tackle “real environmental issues” like pulling weeds and rubbish out of national parks as opposed to “fake environmental issues” like global warming! Is it a volunteer army or conscripts?
    “3. The Coal ition will del iver a one-stop-shop environmental approvals process that sets high standards, makes swift decisions and del ivers certain outcomes.” Yep it makes things a lot quicker if you just rubber stamp the developers requests.
    “4. The Coal ition has introduced a Private Member’s Bill into Parl iament that requires the Gillard Government to commit to the remaining funding allocated for the Solar Scheme ($64.5 million in 2011-12).” Can a private members bill force people to go back in time to the year 2011-12? And aren’t the l ibs against the govt spending money?

  • 17
    Jimmy
    Posted Thursday, 5 July 2012 at 2:29 pm | Permalink

    I do like their environment pol icy -
    “1. We have a comprehensive and costed pol icy to reduce carbon emissions that will not add costs to famil ies or Australian businesses.” No just to the taxpayer - hang on aren’t they famil ies and businesses? And it might be “comprehensive and costed” but doesn’t work and requires trees to be planted over an area the size of tasmania and victoria combined.
    “2. We will have a 15,000-strong green army to tackle real environmental issues at the local level.” - So this army will tackle “real environmental issues” like pulling weeds and rubbish out of national parks as opposed to “fake environmental issues” like global warming! Is it a volunteer army or conscripts?
    “3. The Coal ition will del iver a one-stop-shop environmental approvals process that sets high standards, makes swift decisions and del ivers certain outcomes.” Yep it makes things a lot quicker if you just rubber stamp the developers requests.
    “4. The Coal ition has introduced a Private Member’s Bill into Parl iament that requires the Gillard Government to commit to the remaining funding allocated for the Solar Scheme ($64.5 million in 2011-12).” Can a private members bill force people to go back in time to the year 2011-12? And aren’t the l ibs against the govt spending money?

  • 18
    linda
    Posted Thursday, 5 July 2012 at 2:30 pm | Permalink

    I think people should show a little compassion towards SB, she’s obviously logically challenged

  • 19
    Sharkie
    Posted Thursday, 5 July 2012 at 2:32 pm | Permalink

    Bombing of Darwin Day”. That’s sure to stop those ‘illegals” ‘invading” Australia by showing up unarmed and calling our defence forces to let them where and when the boats will be arriving.
    And as for reducing carbon emissions without costing business or the australian public any money, that is a beauty. Who’s going to pay for it, the citizens of another country, the fairies at the bottom of the garden, or will the funding come from Abbott’s economic magic pudding?

  • 20
    Jimmy
    Posted Thursday, 5 July 2012 at 2:36 pm | Permalink

    Sharkie & Little Maths - Maybe “Bombing of Darwin Day” would be a public holiday meaning an boat people arriving on that day would find the place closed and have to go home?

  • 21
    Cuppa
    Posted Thursday, 5 July 2012 at 2:36 pm | Permalink

    The Liberals - Kings of Spin!

  • 22
    mattsui
    Posted Thursday, 5 July 2012 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

    Well kids, there’ll be no cherries this christmas…… The Liberal Party of Australia done went an’ picked ‘em all already.

  • 23
    Sharkie
    Posted Thursday, 5 July 2012 at 2:42 pm | Permalink

    8. Provide a principled voice on human rights
    The Coalition will pursue a principled and robust approach to human rights abuses, particularly in our region. A Coalition Government will work with countries in our region to establish more Ministerial level Human Rights Dialogue where issues of human rights can be discussed in an open and frank forum.”

    And can anyone remember even one occasion (other than their cynical faux concern for “illegals” getting sent to Malaysia) where the conservatives have said anything about human rights in the last 5 years?

  • 24
    mattsui
    Posted Thursday, 5 July 2012 at 2:47 pm | Permalink

    I think one or two of them might have stood up for the BoltA’s freedom of speech?

  • 25
    sanders josh
    Posted Thursday, 5 July 2012 at 2:48 pm | Permalink

    I see British Columbia has just increased it’s carbon tax from $25 to $30 per ton.
    It’s been so successful that the New York Times is advocating that America adopt the same model.
    Over to you Tony……

  • 26
    Sean O Finn
    Posted Thursday, 5 July 2012 at 2:54 pm | Permalink

    Another example of Coalition spin for any validity it should at least compare like periods. Some compare 10 year period against 2 year period others show end of month and none seem to match anything I have seen on the OECD site for the same period. We still had debt equivalent to 7% of GDP when they left office so were did all these so called surpluses go plus of course the funds ripped off from those who bought Telstra at the over inflated price of $7 or something? Another Coalition scam.

  • 27
    Maccas
    Posted Thursday, 5 July 2012 at 2:59 pm | Permalink

    The Libs skite about a surplus, they kept all the GST for the first two years they would want to have a bit tucked away and let’s not for-get all the things they cut out. Money to the states for public housing( now we have a shortage) apprentiships were stopped( shortage of skilled workers)Dentistry, hospitals, I could go on.They stashed the money away while our hospitals, roads, teeth slowly crumbled.Paul Keating was all for the future and put things in place for exactly that, and THAT my friends is what the Libs coasted on for their first six years, the economy was growing and things were picking up and because they didn’t like Paul Labor was voted out and we suffered and got the GST .SB if you want a liar you have one with Tony, big ears Abbott, he wasn’t going to touch Health,and it was the first thing he did,lie or what Suzanne?Maccas`

  • 28
    Thorn
    Posted Thursday, 5 July 2012 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

    I really get sick of this Labor lies business continually trotted out by simple minded people like Suzanne Blake. Their inability to understand even in the most basic terms the way that the Election process works in Australia is most lamentable.

    I hope this helps them:

    During the Election process Politicians make a series of promises based upon their Party’s policies, and if they win the Election they may or may not implement those promises depending on how they feel once they get in office, usually based on what they say the actual economic situation of the country is. The breaking of promises is then mostly blamed on the previous Government.

    The exception to this basic rule is John Howard who broke promises even when he won the elections. He broke so many promises that he had to invent the concept of “core and non-core” promises. Every promise he broke fitted into the non-core catagory, of course.

    When Gillard made the commitment regarding a Carbon Tax she did so believing that Labor would win the Election and that she would be able to honour that commitment, even though Labor was intent on bringing in a Carbon Polution Reduction Scheme in the future.

    Labor did not win that election, and in the negotiations that enabled Gillard to form a Minority Government the prospect of a Carbon Tax was one of the areas that the other parties to the Minority Government wanted to see become reality.

    So to say she lied, as if this was something unusual or singularly terrible is to ignore the common practice of every incoming Government, and especially ignore that of John Howard’s Governments, and to not understand that once Labor lost that election all bets were off.

    I know that this seemingly simple concept is sadly beyond the ability of some people to grasp, but never the less that is the way politics works in Australia.

    If by some incredible misfortune the people of this country do not come to their senses before the end of next year you just watch how many non-core promises Abbott manages to pull out of his hat!

  • 29
    Holden Back
    Posted Thursday, 5 July 2012 at 3:08 pm | Permalink

    The Arts ‘policies’ are basically a description of the Howard-era policies, with a bit of bagging of the artists’ resale royalties scheme and the de-funding of ANAM, and a statement of their ‘commitment’ to ‘Australian culture’.

    The Howard era policies were basically business as usual with a little more commitment to the major organisations. Most of their claims of increasing funding in the 2007-8 year amount to catch up, and true to form, the figures are cooked up via a four-year model. Example: $4.8m to NIDA over four years starting 2007-8.

  • 30
    geomac62
    Posted Thursday, 5 July 2012 at 3:24 pm | Permalink

    The idea of a bombing of Darwin day ? Is there anything more crass than that . Gallipoli was a long stretch for a military failure to glorify but a brilliant PR job and now part of the culture . Villiers for some reason beyond my ken lags behind yet was an area of action that we can be proudly look back on . Maybe we should make an award such as the silver pen star for Bradman for his work during the war living in the USA . Keith Miller comes to mind when thinking about war and medals but Darwin and Bradman will do for the libs . As long as we get to wave our flag . You know the flag officially designated in 1953 , the blue ensign .

  • 31
    Recalcitrant.Rick
    Posted Thursday, 5 July 2012 at 3:45 pm | Permalink

    GEOMAC62 Whenever I hear “Never forget Australia” in reference to the Villers action I tear up with pride! Thanks for reminding me. :-)

  • 32
    Jimmy
    Posted Thursday, 5 July 2012 at 3:46 pm | Permalink

    Thorn - And all that is before you get to the fact that it isn’t even a Carbon Tax, it is an ETS with a fixed price period.

  • 33
    Sharkie
    Posted Thursday, 5 July 2012 at 3:52 pm | Permalink

    I think one or two of them might have stood up for the Bolt’s freedom of speech?”
    That would be his freedom to vilify minorities with a monumental lack of basic research skills.
    So apart from backing the right of rich honkies to vilify, can anyone else think of a conservative championing human rights late

  • 34
    Edward James
    Posted Thursday, 5 July 2012 at 3:58 pm | Permalink

    If we want respect from our elected representatives. More voters should consider finishing the job by voting Labor party members and their supporters right out of the Parliament and into the street, rather than let them wander over to the opposition benches for a taxpayer funded rest. It has always been up to voters to do to Labor what it refused to do for itself. It is long over due to get rid of the garbage politicians and influence peddlers from government! I do not believe voters have done enough damage to the Labor Party yet! Edward James

  • 35
    Ben Cole
    Posted Thursday, 5 July 2012 at 4:08 pm | Permalink

    Got a chuckle from the communications section - page 51
    “The market is already supplying more than adequate high-speed broadband for those who need it. Australia has much higher infrastructure priorities - repairing the damage to public education at all levels by the Howard government, updating and extending rail networks and closing the world’s most polluting brown coal power stations for starters.”
    - Kenneth Davidson, The Age, August 2, 2010

    So Liberal party policy is that we shouldn’t build the NBN and instead spend the money fixing up the wreckage in public education inflicted the last time they had the reins :)

  • 36
    tinman_au
    Posted Thursday, 5 July 2012 at 4:11 pm | Permalink

    Nice to see they have a comprehensive policy on technology…oh, wait, the only “tech” they are interested in is “communications and broadband”…

    What a pack of luddites :/

  • 37
    Col Campey
    Posted Thursday, 5 July 2012 at 4:17 pm | Permalink

    This is yet another example of why we would be much better off with non-partisan government.

    See: colflower.blogspot.com.au

    Unfortunately the Crikey stalwarts would suffer from a reduction in the number of targets for (ridicule), sorry, satire.

  • 38
    shepherdmarilyn
    Posted Thursday, 5 July 2012 at 4:19 pm | Permalink

    It’s funny how the liberals have never said a word about human rights in my memory but then the ALP record is just as atrocious.

    I think what they mean is they will lecture the neighbours into doing our dirty work for us.

  • 39
    Matt Hardin
    Posted Thursday, 5 July 2012 at 4:33 pm | Permalink

    I presume that having been released through Crikey, the MSM will have all read this. I look forward to their analysis over the coming weeks as well…..

  • 40
    Robert Merkel
    Posted Thursday, 5 July 2012 at 4:38 pm | Permalink

    From page 35, in a section devoted to pointing out (for criticism) Greens policies in the Attorney-General’s portfolio:

    The Greens moved a private members bill entitled Anti-Terrorism Reform Bill 2009 to relax terrorism laws and calls for amendments to the Criminal Code and Crimes Act. The Bill calls for greater freedom of expression and association, freedom from arbitrary detention, legal due process and privacy.

    freedom of expression and association, freedom from arbitrary detention, legal due process and privacy” are “bad” according to the Opposition?

    We are living in strange times.

  • 41
    Gocomsys
    Posted Thursday, 5 July 2012 at 4:44 pm | Permalink

    Edward

    More voters should consider finishing the job by voting Labor party members and their

    supporters right out of the Parliament and into the street.

    Great idea. We do not need a parliament and democracy is useless.
    But you are not seriously suggesting that are you? You rather vote in Abbott and his motley bunch
    instead? Is that what you are contemplating? Please explain?

  • 42
    Sharkie
    Posted Thursday, 5 July 2012 at 4:45 pm | Permalink

    Robert Merkel,
    Those greens are obviously dangerous radicals.
    I even think the greens believe those crazy ideas of freedom and due process should be applied to Musl*ms too.

  • 43
    Suzanne Blake
    Posted Thursday, 5 July 2012 at 4:48 pm | Permalink

    @Gocomsys

    More voters should consider finishing the job by voting Labor party members and their > supporters right out of the Parliament and into the street.
    Great idea. We do not need a parliament and democracy is useless.
    But you are not seriously suggesting that are you? You rather vote in Abbott and his motley bunch instead? Is that what you are contemplating? Please explain?

    Abbott is not the ideal PM, but his crew CANNOT be worse that dishonest Gillards and that stupid singing fool Emerson

  • 44
    Jimmy
    Posted Thursday, 5 July 2012 at 4:52 pm | Permalink

    SB - “Abbott is not the ideal PM, but his crew CANNOT be worse that dishonest Gillards and that stupid singing fool Emerson” Based on what? What policies do you like of Abbott’s, whatactions have they takenin opposition that demonstrates they are fit to govern? Why is a singing Emerson worse than a rambling Joyce?

  • 45
    geomac62
    Posted Thursday, 5 July 2012 at 5:03 pm | Permalink

    Jimmy
    Lets not forget cardboard cutout specialist Hockey or should that be tutu Hockey ? What about Pyne and his failing memory regarding Ashby or kerosene Bishop . Plagiarist Bishop , the younger one with the cats claws action and evil eye show . Truss , the invisible man or Dutton the magic mumbling man who struggles to remember what seat he is in . Last but not least Mirabella of sister of mercy fame , shuns sick males unless rich and enfeebled but good with wills .

  • 46
    Suzanne Blake
    Posted Thursday, 5 July 2012 at 5:05 pm | Permalink

    @ geomac62

    With the amount of stunts lefty Simon Sheik pulls, she may have throught he was pulling another.

  • 47
    Jimmy
    Posted Thursday, 5 July 2012 at 5:09 pm | Permalink

    Geomac - I think it’s shrek ears Hockey.

    SB - “With the amount of stunts lefty Simon Sheik pulls, she may have throught he was pulling another.” Combet could tell he wasn’t OK from across the desk but Mirrabella couldn’t tell from sitting right beside him? And Sheik was hardly going to “pull a stunt” in that forum and when his “lefty” mate Combet was speaking.

    It was just another example of her being a hard hard woman.

  • 48
    geomac62
    Posted Thursday, 5 July 2012 at 5:13 pm | Permalink

    SB
    Name one stunt or more to the point numerous stunts involving singing , dancing , memory loss , tutu wearing or anything that might be considered unusual ?

  • 49
    Peter Ormonde
    Posted Thursday, 5 July 2012 at 5:41 pm | Permalink

    From what I can see here there is a huge commitment to setting up little committees to look at things…

    But I do like the idea of Tony Abbott going and living in an Aboriginal community for a week each year. Would that it were more.

    Redfern, Fitzroy, Musgrave Park… nah it’d be some picture card place out west - lots of photo ops and opportunities for showing concern. I hope he takes Sophie Mirabella with him - she does concern and compassion so well.

    Gimmick as policy. An empty box.

  • 50
    fractious
    Posted Thursday, 5 July 2012 at 5:49 pm | Permalink

    @ Jimmy

    “1. We have a comprehensive and costed pol icy to reduce carbon emissions that will not add costs to famil ies or Australian businesses.”

    “2. We will have a 15,000-strong green army to tackle real environmental issues at the local level.”

    “3. The Coal ition will del iver a one-stop-shop environmental approvals process that sets high standards, makes swift decisions and del ivers certain outcomes.”

    “4. The Coal ition has introduced a Private Member’s Bill into Parl iament that requires the Gillard Government to commit to the remaining funding allocated for the Solar Scheme ($64.5 million in 2011-12).”

    So, leaving aside carbon emissions and a Private Member’s Bill they are yet to formulate or put up, and whose legitimacy is at best suspect, their entire environmental policy “platform” revolves around a “green army” (details of which and members of which it doesn’t provide) and a “one-stop shop” for environmental approvals.

    Given we already have the Green Corps (mind you they’ve only been around for 20 years so Tiny and Sloppy Joe prolly haven’t noticed) and they number at least 20,000 at any time, that means the Noalition’s entire environment platform is promising to set up a fast-track process for approving projects which will substantially affect environmental assets (MNES or Matters of National Environmental Significance).

    On the positive side, at least environment is one portfolio they decided to not embarrass themselves any further on.

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