There is growing disillusion with Malcolm Turnbull. Despite the rhetoric about an agile nation, innovation and technology, Turnbull has changed nothing since deposing Abbott. We can look forward to an election campaign based on fear of change: fear of changing negative gearing, fear of introducing a tax on carbon, fear of asylum seekers and, if Cory Bernardi gets the bit between his teeth, fear of same-sex marriage.
Spot the difference
Under a headline “Behold Malcolm Abbott”, Political editor, Michael Gordon, writes in The Age:
Political editor, Michael Gordon
On Friday the PM went further. “We can’t afford to let the empathy that we feel for the desperate circumstances that many people find themselves in to cloud our judgment,” he told 3AW’s Neil Mitchell. “Our national security has to come first.”
The only difference between what Turnbull is saying and what Abbott would have said is that Turnbull has the decency to recognise that some people may have “empathy … for the desperate circumstances that many people find themselves”.
Earlier in the week, Turnbull had shown that he was “rock solid” on Abbott’s climate change policy too, signalling his readiness to run a carbon-tax scare campaign against the Labor policy big business had tacitly endorsed.
And this from the man who sought bi-partisan support for attacks on carbon.
The problem for Turnbull on both fronts, and on negative gearing and marriage equality, is that his position now sits so uncomfortably with his past statements and, more importantly, with the expectations of many who greeted his ascension with such unbridled enthusiasm and hope.
On negative gearing and child care Anne Summers writes: Have we seriously become the kind of country that is willing to pay for a $300 a week tax deduction to help a one-year-old baby own a property but we are not willing to stump up anything like that sort of money to allow kids to have high-quality childcare?
At present we pay parents $7500 a year, which is $144.23 per week, to help out with childcare expenses.
Note the different amounts to offset family spending: $300 a week for property investment but only $144.23 a week for investment in a child’s early learning.