May 22, 2014

Memo to MPs: how to break a promise and get away with it

Breaking a promise has ended some prime minister's careers, while others have thrived. Why? And which camp will Tony Abbott fall into?

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

If Tony Abbott’s leadership is to revive after the broken promises in the 2014-15 budget, he’ll need the trust of the public, good timing and a savvy conversation with voters. Is he ticking those boxes?


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14 thoughts on “Memo to MPs: how to break a promise and get away with it

  1. cairns50

    even you cant help yourself can you cathy?

    julia gillard did not lie about introducing a ETS she just did not bother to contest it being called a carbon tax

    abbott in his 10 months as PM has shown himself to be a serial liar

    his lies before the election enabled him to be elected PM

    dont you get it? he has no mandate

    he was elected on the basis of lies

    trying to compare julia gillard&kevin rudd with abbott, is just plain wrong

  2. zut alors

    My favourite line before/after the wink incident yesterday was Abbott dangling the prospect of cutting taxes down the track.

    His antidote to being caught out lying is to spin an even bigger whopper. In excess of half the nation was gullible pre-September but a significant percentage has suddenly wised-up.

  3. Kristian

    “Will Abbott get an easier run than Gillard?”

    Funniest thing I’ve read in months.

  4. Catherine Scott

    For Pete’s sake! The public hasn’t just been lied to. Everyone except the wealthy is being actively attacked and punished. How about you pop that in the calculator?

  5. Jimmyhaz

    Abbot doesn’t have the brains, the trust, the political savvy or the extenuating circumstances to justify the rubbish he is trying to pull.

    All he has is a ‘compliant’ (blatantly biased?) media, and I doubt their declining influence will be enough.

  6. Cathy Alexander

    True in a way Kristian, but have you been reading Fairfax and the Guardian? Full of negative coverage pounding Hockey and Abbott over the budget and the broken promises. I don’t think we should assume that “media coverage” only refers to News Corp outlets. Although of course, readership and % of swinging voters make a difference in how much media “matters” …

  7. Peter Phipps

    ‘Will Abbott get an easier run than Gillard?’ Cathy this is Crikey, you don’t have to pretend the Murdochracy press is committed to ‘fair and balanced’ or even ‘reality-based’ reporting. It is a very powerful, shabby propaganda outfit, and will remain the most malign influence on Australian politics until we collectively disassemble it. Murdoch will eventually shaft Abbott, but not until he can get more of his agenda (neoliberal social reassemblage) advanced by another party of the right (craven Labor under Shorten).

  8. zut alors

    Peter Phipps, Murdoch’s almost has his payoff: the Australia Network has been given the flick, the NBN has been nobbled & Turnbull has already mentioned a review of media cross-ownership laws. When that agenda is satisfactorily completed Murdoch will sharpen the blade on the whetstone & Abbott will be history.

    Oh yes, it will happen…the only question is how soon. Murdoch likes to demonstrate power & it’s best displayed when removing governments.

  9. klewso

    “Will Abbott get an easier run than Gillard”?
    [“Is the puppet a Catholic”?]

  10. old greybeard

    He is already getting an easier run. His stupidity has never been scrutinised in Murdoch and I doubt it ever will be. Even in the more balanced press Hockey has got away with his disgusting prancing and gloating. Abbott is a bully and like most of them is a sook. He runs away from a demo because it might look like he is unpopular. Notice his not very tacit support of the ditch the witch stuff. I am a serious long term Howard hater, but he was twice the leader Abbott is. Met Abbott, reminded me of the goanna after the eggs- disllike both man and reptile.

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