When Crikey first looked at the Institute of Public Affairs’ 100-point wishlist as compared to Tony Abbott’s election promises, we found the IPA had a pretty good strike rate. Of the 100 policies put forward by the IPA, 11% had been achieved or explicitly promised, 31% had been partially achieved or promised and 58% were unlikely or ruled out.
With the Abbott government now past the halfway point of its first term, we thought it’d be an excellent time to review the list and see how many of the IPA’s policies the Coalition followed up on. This time around, we think those at the IPA have even more reason to be happy: 20% of their policies have been fully or partially implemented; 15% remained promised, partially promised, or at least somewhat likely to be adopted; while 65% are unlikely, abandoned, or just plain dead in the water. We are assessing the first 25 today, with the rest to follow this week.