Who else received a Contract from Tony Abbott? Just wondering, because I misplaced mine and I’ve been searching for it on the internet, and I can’t seem to find it there either. Perhaps, it was an individual contract…
”You’ll notice we haven’t said we’re going to get to a surplus by a particular date.” Tony Abbott
“But missing from the independent costings will be the analysis on three of the Coalition’s key policies: broadband, Direct Action and the plan to stop asylum seekers coming to Australia by boat.” The Sydney Morning Herald
Anyway, I was searching for it, because I couldn’t remember if it said anything about surpluses, but as I can’t find it, I guess he’s off the hook.
Still, I wonder whether it was such a good idea to send me a contract at all. I mean, I hadn’t asked for one. And if I was going to ask for one, I’d expect that I would be consulted as to what I wanted in the contract. But I guess that was the idea behind WorkChoices – people being given contracts and told that was what they were getting.
And I wanted to check that it said that it was “A” contract, because if it was a verb and not a noun at the top of the page, it may have been what they expect to happen to the Australian Economy.
But I can’t seem to find the document anywhere. I did tell my wife that I wanted to keep it, so that I could keep the Liberals to their promise to build “Modern” Roads as opposed to the ones we’ve built in the past. And they intend to build more of them. It’s unclear whether that’s more than we have now, or more than are usually built in a given period. Or indeed, more roads than we actually need.
Likewise, it promised a “stronger” economy. Stronger than what? I would have like that cleared up before the contract was signed. Nietsche’s, “That which doesn’t kill me makes me stronger” comes to mind, for some reason.
The contract didn’t actually indicate what penalties would apply should Tony Abbott fail to live up to his end of the bargain. Samuel Goldwyn is alleged to have said that a verbal contract isn’t worth the paper it’s written on. I’m left wondering the point of giving someone a contract when all you can do is say that they broke a promise that they wrote down as opposed to something that was just said…
Oh, that’s right:
”I know politicians are going to be judged on everything they say but sometimes in the heat of discussion you go a little bit further than you would if it was an absolutely calm, considered, prepared, scripted remark,” Mr Abbott said. ”Which is one of the reasons why the statements that need to be taken absolutely as gospel truth [are] those carefully prepared, scripted remarks.”
If someone finds the Contract on the internet can they post a link in the comments. I’d like to I sign a copy and send it back to him.