There’s a site that that’s tallying up a list of so-called Liberal “broken promises”. Rather unfairly, it lists Joe Hockey’s promise to have a surplus in his first budget, because every knows that he didn’t mean that one. And anyway, he took it back before the election. He clarified his position and only promised a surplus when the revenue exceeded the expenditure. But he assured us that while it wouldn’t happen overnight, it would happen.
And on Climate Change, Tony Abbott said, “I accept that climate change happens but we think it should be dealt with through incentives not penalties.” How clear is that! He clearly stated that he wants to encourage climate change through incentives. I think we can all agree that his policies are doing just that. You may not agree, but I can’t see this as a broken promise.
Now I don’t want to confuse things here by talking about the facts, but wasn’t it early in its term that the Howard Government stopped the Superannuation Guarantee going from 9% to 12% as Keating had intended.
The reason? We couldn’t afford it.
A three percent difference may not seem like that much, but over twenty five years or more, it’d add quite a tidy sum onto one’s super. Keating’s intention was to reduce future reliance on the pension for the aging population by ensuring that workers were better able to fund their own retirement. Under the Liberals the figure stayed at 9% and because we enjoyed sound, economic management nothing was done to fix the problem of an ageing population because we couldn’t afford it.
But now – because Labor didn’t do anything about it under Rudd and Gillard – it’s an emergency. We need to do something about it. And the Liberals’ have an excellent solution: People need to work harder and longer.
Not everyone, of course, because – by reducing pensioners’ ability to afford medication and insisting people work till seventy – we’ll have significantly fewer people of pension age.
Yet, some people will be calling this a broken promise too. But they’re only breaking the promise you thought they made, not the promise that they actually made. You see, it won’t happen in this term of government, so their promise not to touch pensions isn’t being broken.
As for other broken promises, like cuts to the ABC, well, that doesn’t count because the ABC is very biased you see, and it’s putting people out of jobs by competing against private media companies who have a right to be biased because they’re privately owned. The ABC, on the other hand, needs to report the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. And the truth is that this is an awesome government, so if they’re not reporting that, or reporting claims made by people who don’t think like Alan Jones, then they’re being biased and need to have their funding cut. Like, for example, they recently reported that some Defence Service Personnel had been sacked and disciplined for publishing anti-asylum seeker remarks.
Defence has confirmed it is investigating the comments, which the member made on a friend’s post about asylum seekers whose boat had sunk.
“More Asylum boaties sank in a boat trying to get here to jump on Centrelink and get free government housing,” the post said.
The Navy member responded: ‘”I’m about to head out today to deal with these f——s.”
ABC, February 4th 2014
Is this the sort of thing that the National Broadcaster should be broadcasting? I think it’s clearly an attempt to justify their unfounded assertion that asylum seekers had their hands burned. The person in question has probably been taken out of context and was actually just intending to play cards with the “illegals”, because when a navy member says “deal” what would you rather believe?
And the ABC frequently embarrasses the government by including Christopher Pyne on the Q & A panel.
Then, we have “The Insiders” attempting to embarrass the PM by his inability to remember the names of the female members of the recent trade delegation.
See this is why we can’t have too many women – sorry, ladies – in Cabinet. The media scares them off.
So, why should the government be giving funding to an organisation that criticises it? After all, that’s why they got rid of the Climate Commission. Government funded bodies are there to agree with them, not to put forward other agendas.
There you have it. No broken promises. None that count anyway.
P.S. And the ladies were there all along!