May 21, 2014

Porkies: the biggest broken promises in Australian politics

It is possible for a politician to survive a broken promise, but sometimes they come back to haunt. Here are 10 of the most memorable broken promises ...

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

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28 thoughts on “Porkies: the biggest broken promises in Australian politics

  1. Brian Williams

    It’s a bit unfair targeting little Johnny because of his ‘never, ever’ on GST. Yes, he did introduce it later, but at least he had the guts to go to the 1998 election and ask for the publics permission…and OK, he lost the popular vote at that election, but you have to give him credit for putting it out there, and not doing the slimy trick of pulling a ‘Gillard’ or an ‘Abbott’.

  2. JMNO

    You know Gillard said numerous times before the 2010 election that she intended to put a price on carbon and to do so by July 2012(year? perhaps 2011, can’t remember)and this is what she did. Why she made a stupid statement about a tax I am not sure but none of the media ever went back to ponder and discuss her numerous statements about a price on carbon, whether this was different from a tax or whether she was in fact keeping her promise to put a price on carbon. Michelle Grattan, for one, was incapable of writing Julia Gillard’s name for about 2 years without adding the qualifier ‘broken promise carbon tax’ as if it were a macro attached to Gillard’s name.

  3. Venise Alstergren

    You omitted one doozie uttered by Bob Hawke. He said under his government they would plant a million trees. Doubtless they had photographers taking individual shots of these trees?

  4. klewso

    “….. fed into general perceptions on Abbott’s trustworthiness”? Shouldn’t that be “fed into perceptions of Abbott’s mendacity”?

  5. paddy

    LOL You underestimate the silver budgie’s gall Vernise.
    He said they’d plant a BILLION trees.

  6. AR

    Paddy – and whom was the greenest of green Minister’s responsible for all that planting? None other than Senator ‘wotever it takes’ Richardson who also gave us the classic ‘I don’t care if people have to hold their nose when they vote as long as thy give us the 2nd preference.”
    Brian & JMNO – the wickedness of the shoutjocks in constantly replaying that Gillard quote is that they “never, ever” played the 2nd half,”but I do believe that there should be a price on carbon”, as JMNO pointed out, she had often advocated for it in the past.
    The evidence (currently reading McKew’s crie-de-couer “..from the Trenches” and she is adamant, as are others, that it was Gillard & the Wan Goose who demanded that Krudd drop the original ETS.

  7. Gary Carrol

    What about Malcom Fraser ‘we will defend and extend Medibank’. l

  8. Cathy Alexander

    Some good broken promises identified here that didn’t crack the Crikey top 10. Not sure what happened to Hawke’s billion trees!

    And don’t forget Bob Menzies’ promise to shore up the pound.

  9. Electric Lardyland

    How about Tony Abbott’s (and countless other members of the coal-ition’s) continual and deliberate lie of “We believe in the science of climate change”.

  10. Cathy Alexander

    Also Howard promised not to increase troop numbers in Iraq and then did.

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