Apr 30, 2014

Coalition hypocrisy? Abbott and Hockey in their own words

As the budget looms, we compare what Coalition leaders said in opposition with what they're saying now. There's quite a difference ...

Cathy Alexander — Freelance journalist and PhD candidate in politics at the University of Melbourne

Cathy Alexander

Freelance journalist and PhD candidate in politics at the University of Melbourne

As Tony Abbott’s government prepares to hand down its first budget next month, there are surprise plans for a new “deficit tax” or levy, plus cuts to welfare payments for families earning over $100,000. Neither plan was mentioned before last year’s election. We compare what Coalition leaders are saying now with what they said before getting elected. Will there be some “nasty surprises and lame excuses” from Abbott after all?

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41 thoughts on “Coalition hypocrisy? Abbott and Hockey in their own words

  1. Andybob

    Hoist on his own petard. My fear is that he will change his course and avoid the catastrophe of biblical proportion that would result from implementing his’deficit levy’ thought bubble.

    I have never met a single person who voted for Gillard who would have changed their vote had they been told about the ‘carbon tax’ before they voted.

    I suspect there are many, many people who voted for Abbott, who would have changed their vote (perhaps to PUP, or the Nats) had they been told about the ‘deficit tax’.

  2. Dogs breakfast

    I am both appalled at their hypocrisy, and hope that they carry it out, and that perhaps Labor only points out that when they tried to do the same thing with the medical benefits rebate and other measures they were pilloried by all and sundry, that when they tried to enact responsible budgetary policy they were blocked at every turn.

    This tiresome debate, this non-sequitur that doubles for coalition policy (and republican policy in USA) that all taxation is bad is just the most brain-dead debate currently in public life.

    “No country ever taxed itself to prosperity”, oh except for Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, god knows, there are a thousand examples of countries raising taxes and being prosperous, so many more than the examples of those countries dropping all their taxes and becoming prosperous. In fact, there is almost no certainty of a link between tax rates and prosperity, but let’s not let the facts get in the way of complete bullshit.

    The ole US of A republican mantra that reducing taxes actually increases tax revenues never, repeat, never occurred. The ‘trickle down’ effect never, repeat, never occurred.

    Let’s grow up, finally, and face reality. Taxes pay for our way of life, they don’t get in the way of it. The only debate worth having is about how efficiently tax is spent, and to a lesser extent how efficiently it is raised.

  3. Jimmy

    That is all well and good but we can’t just add a letter to his name to have it include the word L- i a-r.

    When the Libs break a promise their supporters just say “All politicians do that” when the ALP do it is a capital offence.

    The worst part is I can live with extra taxes and some trims to middle class welfare if they wree going to worthwhile programs but all this slashing and taxing is simply to replace revenue lost from cutting the mining and Carbon taxes and pay for the PPL and Direct action.

  4. Recalcitrant.Rick

    Tonyliar doesn’t sound right, but Tony,Tony,pant’s on fire, seems to work for me! Of course Slimy, hypocritical scumbag works better!

  5. Jimmy

    Dogs Breakfast – I am with you – I’m happy nto taxes and pay a little bit more to get the services we need but at the moment it looks like I will pay more tax, get less services and my extra tax will go to pay high income women a parental leave, allow big miner to be taxed less and pay big polluters to carry on business as usual.

  6. paddy

    Watching the Abbott trainwreck in real time, feels like the planets are aligning for a spectacular explosion.
    I just hope there are enough casualties, so the “one term” moniker actually comes true.

  7. Bill Hilliger

    Cathy excellent article. Please send a copy of your article to the Australian and Tele and other MSM with written permission to plagiarise in full …especially I respect to the Tele. It would be interesting to see if it were to be printed in any of the MSM.

  8. Jimmy

    Paddy – The problem is Abbott still has News Ltd onside – if the ALP had of done half what he has already they would be calling for a revolution – but instead the try to play up the budget emergency as much as possible.

  9. seriously?

    It’s pretty breathtaking stuff – takes hypocrisy to a whole new level. I consider myself mature enough to accept that things can and do change, and that taxes may or may not need to be increased (on a “temporary” or “permanent” basis, as needs be) and governments should get on and govern and be judged every three years – they are elected to make decisions, not slavishly execute a checklist of things they run past a largely ill-informed and ignorant mob.

    So on one hand I have “sympathy” for Tony & Co and would rather they just be left to get on an run things as they see fit. HOWEVER, given the base, cynical politics he has played since becoming opposition leader, and saying or doing whatever it takes to get in power, I hope he cops a massive whack over all this, if for no other reason to (perhaps in vain) serve as a lesson for others what can happen if you try and emulate his gameplan.

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