Mr Abbott told Sky News on Sunday morning; The “last thing” he (Abbott) wanted to do was “offer public advice to the prime minister”
He then proceeded to urge Malcolm Turnbull:
- to revisit some of the aspects of the infamous 2014 budget
- toughen up his message on power prices
- stop talking about innovation and agility because, Quite frankly, he said, that loses people”
- to resurrect the brutal anti-carbon tax campaign
- to focus on power prices as a point of difference against Labor
- not to change the Coalition’s position on same-sex marriage
- not to allow a conscience vote on the issue without first going to an election
Abbott has been arguing for some time now that he should be given a Cabinet Ministry. The only coherent reason that he can advance for his promotion is that if he is a cabinet minister he will stop criticising Malcolm Turnbull in public.
Julie Bishop summed up the attitude of the senior members of the government: “There are no vacancies.”
Abbott is also adopting a “holier-than-thou” attitude on promises.
He concluded his interview by saying; “If you make a solemn pledge to the people you can’t break it,”
So here is his record on promises as of May 2014.
- “…no cuts to the ABC or SBS.” (Tony Abbott, September 2013)
Treasurer Joe Hockey announced $43.5 million in cuts over four years in Tuesday’s budget.
- “No cuts to education, no cuts to health…” (Tony Abbott, September 2013)
Tuesday’s budget imposed an $80 billion cut to health and education spending over next decade.
- “We are not shutting any Medicare locals.” (Tony Abbott, August 2013)
All 61 Medicare Locals will now be scrapped and replaced with new local health networks.
- “No one’s personal tax will go up” (Tony Abbott, March 2012)
The Treasurer confirmed a deficit levy would be imposed on people who earn incomes over $180,000.
- “No changes to pensions” (Tony Abbott, September 2013)
Tuesday’s budget confirmed age and disability pensions will fall behind wages growth from 2017 after they are instead linked to inflation.
- “From 2014/15, the $5 billion aid budget will grow each year in line with the Consumer Price Index” (Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, January 2014)
The Treasurer revealed foreign aid would be frozen, leading to a massive $7.6 billion cut over next 5 years.
- “The Coalition will continue the current level of funding expended on Closing the Gap activities.” (Coalition policy document, September 2013)
Tuesday’s budget cut $500 million through the consolidation of 150 programs.
- ‘‘ARENA will have over $2.5 billion in funds to manage.” (Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane, November 2013)
The ARENA (the Australian Reneweable Energy Agency) has been axed.
- “The Coalition will promote the use of solar energy by Australian families and households. It will ensure at least one million additional solar homes or community centres by 2020.” (Greg Hunt, December 2011)
Does he take us all of mugs?