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Abbott’s Failures: list them here

I thought it might be interesting to create a place where the readership can feel directly involved in making “the story”.   This is a place for the politically engaged intrepid reporters to post links to articles, news stories and/or blog pieces that expose Abbott’s various failures in Government and the growing list of broken election commitments.

I think will make for one of the most interesting comment sections ever!  Enjoy.


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  1. Möbius Ecko

    I posted a list of broken promises and failures sourced from elsewhere in another topic here. Will re-up it later.

    But Abbott’s biggest failure is Abbott. In just about every way he’s an abject failure not only as a leader but as a decent human being. He’s even an abject failure as the devout Christian he professes to be.

  2. Prue

    Bad at…..being a good human being!

  3. M. R.

    I just LOVE “some people will stop at nothing”!!! – that’s really witty!

  4. Möbius Ecko

    Another asylum seeker boat nearly made it to Darwin yesterday.

    What a total failure Abbott’s asylum seeker policy has turned out to be. The only part that ashamedly is working is the previous government’s off shore detention.

  5. fluency – Yesterday I stumbled upon this tracking list of Abbott’s damage, that’s been continually updated since 1st Dec 2013. There are a few things missing, but so far it’s very comprehensive (and comprehensively despair-worthy). The author also welcomes suggestions 🙂

  6. FSM is coming.

    Really you could ‘copy & paste’ every single word that has come out of his mouth, even before he was elected. 99.9999% lies.
    Rupet Murdoch should also be held accountable.

    The whole front bench of the liberal party should be arrested.

  7. Kim Wright

    Biggest failure is to encourage and promote racism, bigotry, misogyny, fear of others that are different, animosity toward the more disadvantaged in our community and condone violent rhetoric within the wider community. The Lucky country has become the ugly country

  8. Möbius Ecko

    Let’s not forget his failure as an orator, which in turn makes him a failure on the international stage, along with him pissing off just about every country he deals with, which is yet another of his failures.

    Examples of his oration from Liam at “What’s the run dude”

    (apologies to my bad mouthing George W Bush over his verbal stuff ups. Dubya you’re an Obama in comparison to Abbott.)

    20 Quotes From Tony Abbott to Remind You Why He Shouldn’t Be Prime Minister
    Posted on August 23, 2012 by Liam Carswell & Jamila Fontana

    On immigration:

    1. ‘Jesus knew that there was a place for everything and it’s not necessarily everyone’s place to come to Australia.’

    2. ‘These people aren’t so much seeking asylum, they’re seeking permanent residency. If they were happy with temporary protection visas, then they might be able to argue better that they were asylum seekers’

    On rights at work:

    3. ‘If we’re honest, most of us would accept that a bad boss is a little bit like a bad father or a bad husband … you find that he tends to do more good than harm. He might be a bad boss but at least he’s employing someone while he is in fact a boss.’

    On women:

    4. ‘The problem with the Australian practice of abortion is that an objectively grave matter has been reduced to a question of the mother’s convenience.’

    5. ‘I think it would be folly to expect that women will ever dominate or even approach equal representation in a large number of areas simply because their aptitudes, abilities and interests are different for physiological reasons’

    6. ‘I think there does need to be give and take on both sides, and this idea that sex is kind of a woman’s right to absolutely withhold, just as the idea that sex is a man’s right to demand I think they are both they both need to be moderated, so to speak’

    7. ‘What the housewives of Australia need to understand as they do the ironing is that if they get it done commercially it’s going to go up in price and their own power bills when they switch the iron on are going to go up, every year…’

    On Julia Gillard:

    8. ‘Gillard won’t lie down and die’

    On climate change:

    9. ‘Climate change is absolute crap’

    10. ‘If you want to put a price on carbon why not just do it with a simple tax.’

    On homosexuality:

    11. ‘I’d probably … I feel a bit threatened’

    12. ‘If you’d asked me for advice I would have said to have – adopt a sort of “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy about all of these things…’

    On Indigenous Australia:

    13. ‘Now, I know that there are some Aboriginal people who aren’t happy with Australia Day. For them it remains Invasion Day. I think a better view is the view of Noel Pearson, who has said that Aboriginal people have much to celebrate in this country’s British Heritage’

    14. ‘Western civilisation came to this country in 1788 and I’m proud of that…’

    15. ‘There may not be a great job for them but whatever there is, they just have to do it, and if it’s picking up rubbish around the community, it just has to be done’

    On Nicola Roxon:

    16. ‘That’s bullshit. You’re being deliberately unpleasant. I suppose you can’t help yourself, can you?’

    Update – Election 2013

    On the merits of Liberal candidate Fiona Scott:

    17. ‘I think I can probably say [she] has a bit of sex appeal’

    18. ‘… [she’s] not just a pretty face’

    On the subtleties of the crisis in Syria:

    19: ‘It’s not goodies versus baddies, it’s baddies versus baddies’

    On posing closely with a group of teen netballers:

    20: ‘… [a] bit of body contact never hurt anyone’


  9. Michael Taylor

    Great idea, Dan.

  10. Helen Jennings

    Please tell me if there is anything he doesn’t fail at. Oh I know – he doesn’t fail at being arrogant, a liar, a hypocrite, a self promoter, being really mean spirited, a bigot, being really stupid, being Murdoch’s puppet (all the libs), being the most embarrassing head of country we have ever had and he will never fail at being a failure as a human being with integrity and a code of ethics. Such a loser and the sad thing is Australia will go down the toilet because of him and his policy makers. And another thing – how dare he attend Nelson Mandela’s memorial service in Sth Africa when he stated on Mr Mandela’s release from prison that he should never have been given his freedom.

  11. mikestasse

    not enough room………………………………

  12. Kim Wright

    The Sally McManus list is great but much missing. Help make it accurate and add what you know

  13. Kaye Lee

    February 2013

    Joe Hockey tweets

    “What an MRRT debacle… Despite Govt’s failures we remain committed to not rescinding the increase in compulsory superannuation from 9-12%.”

    followed by

    “Would be nice if Nine News had checked the facts…Coalition remains committed to keeping increase in compulsory superannuation from 9-12%.”

  14. patsy

    he biggest failure is that he exists…….depessing

  15. Bill Morris

    I would like to see two succinct lists that can be continually updated by posters (and tidied by admin) with references to supporting articles. “Failures of the Abbott Government” and “Abbott’s failures as a person”.

  16. John Fraser


    A well researched site that covers issues across Australia as well as local.

    Deserves more "Comment".

    And has some great photos of the Clarence River area.

  17. Kaye Lee

    I wish Abbott would break more promises. His promises are what scare me.

    Everything about this government is short-term with no risk management planning for the future.

    Not taxing the mining companies on their superprofits made by exploiting the finite resources that WE own. That boom will pass with no gain for us again.

    Not pricing carbon or taking credible action to reduce emissions.

    Not encouraging the renewable energy sector and canning the profitable CEFC.

    Pouring resources into the fossil fuel industry when canny investors are moving away from it.

    Changing environmental laws and approving vast new mines.

    Abolishing statuatory bodies dealing with preventative health, crime prevention, aging etc

    Allowing manufacturing to die before we have developed other industries to absorb those workers.

    Putting us at risk from corporations with their free trade agreements.

    Spending billions on a second rate NBN that few of us will be hooked up to.

    Cutting funding to education and trades training.

    Cutting funding to research bodies like the CSIRO.

    Cutting wage increases to childcare and aged care workers.

    Cutting superannuation.

    These guys have done an incredible amount of damage in a very short time.

  18. John Fraser


    "Gillard Government legislation, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Recognition Act 2013 (assented to on 27 March 2013 and administered by Prime Minister and Cabinet), requires the Abbott Government to review constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, consider proposals for constitutional change and identify those proposals most likely to obtain the support of the Australian people – commencing this process no later than 26 March 2014 and completing it no later than September 2014."

    Read the full "lie" here :

    because you will not read it in the American Murdoch owned newspapers.

  19. Rob Sharkey

    Basically this idiot comprehensively proves the old adage – “How do you tell when a politician is lying – their mouth is moving”…. I am still aghast that someone with so little intelligence can be representing Australia and making decisions on issues that affect large numbers of people.

  20. John Fraser


    "It has long been an Australian right wing brag that when the Howard Government left office there was no public debt on the national books.

    So it was most amusing to read Messrs Hockey (Treasurer) and Cormann’s (Finance Minister) December 2013 Mid-Year Economic And Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO) document which clearly states: The total face value of CGS on issue has varied significantly over time. In level terms, the largest decrease since 1970-71 occurred between 1996-97 and 2006-07, when the face value of CGS on issue roughly halved from $111.1 billion to $53.3 billion.

    Commonwealth Government Securities (CGS) are of course the mechanism by which a federal government borrows money and it seems that Howard, Costello & Co left office owing at least $53.2 billion net or $58.2 billion in total."

    Link :

    A site that does the hard slog when it comes to bureaucratic papers.

    And one that deserves more recognition … for its photos of the Clarence River surrounds too.

  21. Anomander

    “It it better to ask for forgiveness than to ask for permission”.

    I’ll have to remember that if I ever meet him face-to-face and my anger happens to overwhelm my self-control.

  22. Graeme D1

    It isn’t a matter of listing his failures…….because he has had a success……..he has shown that he really is the Suppository of all Wisdom…….oh hail Arse Hat!

  23. Dan Rowden

    From my point of view judgements of “failure” have to be made on an objective basis. It is not a failing of this Government that is does things the Left simply doesn’t like. I hope we understand that. Its failings have to be measured against its own agenda, its own ideology and its own promises. Abbott set his Government up for criticism when it announced it would be a “no surprises” Government. It very swiftly became anything but, and that arguably constitutes failure on its part. However, that is somewhat mitigated by the fact that every Government does things it did not declare prior to an election. Abbott’s essential failure was to declare it would be a “no surprises” Government in the first place. It’s a politically stupid thing to have said. You have to be brainless to say it and just as brainless to think it possible.

    But, Abbott has made a bed for himself and can stinking well lie in it (he may as well, he lies everywhere else).

  24. Will Boag

    Abbots biggest failure is thinking it’s ok to sell Australia and her identity out for the sake of a deficit !

  25. Dan Rowden

    One of this Government’s greatest failings thus far, one which transcends political ideology as we understand it, is in assisting a military dictatorship (i.e. Sri Lanka) in preventing its citizens from leaving its shores. The right of a citizen to leave, or in this case, flee their own country is one recognized by all democratic and civilised nations around the globe. The Abbott Government has not only failed to protect this basic human right, it has openly acted in such a way as to facilitate the denial of it. Not even the worst right wing nutters in the US have that sort of mentality (other than, perhaps, with respect to Mexican economic refugees).

    The failure is truly epic, and possibly unprecedented for a western democracy.

  26. Dan Rowden


    Abbots biggest failure is thinking it’s ok to sell Australia and her identity out for the sake of a deficit !

    The whole debt and deficit scam is a demonstrable failure on the part of the Government because its actions can be measured against its own previous rhetoric (right down to doing an economic deal with the Greens). When that comparison is made, bullshit rains down with an intensity no umbrella will save you from.

  27. Dan Rowden


    his is the most comprehensive list I have seen.

    It’s certainly a thorough list, but it’s not a list of “failures”. For it to be so we’d have to define “failure” as “anything I disapprove of”. I certainly disapprove of just about every point in that list but I’m not prepared to label much of it as “Governmental failure”. Basically what we’re saying when we do is the Government is failing to be Leftist. I don’t think that’s awfully sensible.

  28. Matthew Oborne

    On October 16 Carers NT Announced the NDIS was being dumped as they were informed there would be no money for the roll out, They posted it on their site, and it was taken Down almost immediately. Had the media reported it in a timely fashion that the NDIS was going to be dumped just five weeks after the election the public would have gotten a very different take of the onslaught of broken promises as it is clear to all of us now the Liberal Party could never bring themselves to adopt good social policy here it is – Abbott Government Dumps Disabilitycare Roll Out | Carers Australia

    The future of DisabilityCare Australia for thousands of people has been thrown into doubt with the Abbott Government walking away from F

  29. lawrencewinder

    I like Dan Rowden’s point “….. we’d have to define “failure” as “anything I disapprove of”. “Rabbott” and the other lickspittles will be successful in what they want to’s just that we don’t like it. When he said “…there would be no surprises… ” we know he was lying; but he’s never pressed beyond “motherhood” slogans to define where the country will end up. That issue needs to be forced.

  30. Kaye Lee

    To judge government failure whilst ignoring the things you disapprove of is impossible. You are asking me to ignore everything that I believe in, everything that makes me who I am.

    This government’s aim is to boost the economy through assisting large corporations and wealthy individuals by removing all protection from their behaviour. This is being done at the expense of the environment and the disadvantaged.

    The whole damn premise is a failure.

  31. Kaye Lee

    Today we announce further measures to deliver a long term and stable future for Australian manufacturing. If elected, the Coalition will:

    •Appoint a Minister for Trade and Investment whose central responsibility will be to attract trade and increase inwards investment into Australia.
    •Build our manufacturing export base by progressively restoring funding to Export Market Development Grants starting with an initial $50 million boost.
    •Establish a $50 million Manufacturing Transition Fund to provide assistance to communities and industries as they transition to new areas of manufacturing growth.
    •Implement industry specific Strategic Growth Action Agendas that bring industry and government together to develop strategic, coordinated and long term plans for growth and viability.

    MANUFACTURING activity is still falling, failing to respond to a weaker exchange rate and record low interest rates.

    The Australian Industry Group’s (Ai Group) Performance of Manufacturing Index (PMI) fell 0.1 points to 47.6 in December.

    It was the second month in a row the index was below 50, indicating activity in the sector was contracting.

    Survey participants said the mild, post-election lift in local new orders had generally disappeared, partly owing to fall in business and consumer confidence, not helped by Holden’s announcement that it would cease local production by 2017.

  32. Billy moir
    This was 19/11/2009 a real eye opener to the character flaws of the rabbott indicating his laziness and his total reliance on his belief in catholicism that when subsequent shit happens, misogyny and soppositories is added make it very dangerous to let him loose in the treasury benches? Gillard then and little billy now made no effort to call him to account and whilst they are untouchable by changes, we are not his mistakes will cost us dearly.

  33. Kaye Lee

    “One of this Government’s greatest failings thus far, one which transcends political ideology as we understand it, is in assisting a military dictatorship (i.e. Sri Lanka) in preventing its citizens from leaving its shores.”

    A conservative voter on another thread was doing the “blood of a 1000 poor souls on their hands” about asylum seekers drowning whilst Labor was in power. When I pointed out that people had drowned during Howard’s Pacific solution, and also since Abbott had been elected he asked “Where? If they were in Indonesian waters then who cares – not our problem.”

    Therein lies the political ideological divide. If it doesn’t affect me right here right now then it ain’t my problem. Make them deal with their own people and problems. Cut foreign aid. Stop the boats.

  34. VoterBentleigh

    Failures on manufacturing and jobs:.

    Coalition promises:

    “Government’s job is to make it easier, not harder, for business to be more productive.”

    “By restoring jobs growth of the Howard government, there’ll be two million more jobs in a decade.”

    (Address to the National Press Club, 31 January, 2013)

    “We believe in reward for effort and we believe in protecting people’s jobs.”

    “Our policy will encourage business to work innovatively and productively, helping create one million new jobs over the next five years and two million jobs within ten years.”

    (“The Coalition’s Policy to Improve the Fair Work Laws”, May , 2013, Introduction)

    “We will create stronger jobs growth by building a diverse, world-class 5-Pillar economy – by building on our strengths in Manufacturing Innovation, …”

    (“Our Plan, Real Solutions for all Australians”, The Coalition’s top policy priorities, Pt. 1, No. 5 )

    “We will unleash the real economic potential in our manufacturing industry by removing the shackles and burdens holding the industry back and by making the industry more productive and competitive.”

    (“Our Plan, Real Solutions for all Australians”, Pt.10. page 28)

    “Our economic plan will deliver stronger jobs growth right across Australia by unleashing Australia’s real economic potential and growing a bigger, more productive and prosperous economy .”

    (“Our Plan, Real Solutions for all Australians”, Pt.12. page33)

    Mr. Macfarlane says there are good reasons to help car makers.

    “For those economic rationalists I’d urge them to consider the car industry is our most sophisticated manufacturing industry, ” Mr Macfarlane said.

    “It is the basis of 50,000 jobs in Australia.”


    vs what has happened so far (in the Coalition’s own words)

    “Mr TRUSS: On this day, though, we are most concerned about the capacity of those who have been working in this industry—some 1,600 at the Elizabeth vehicle-manufacturing plant and 1,300 at the Holden Victoria plant—who will no longer be employed by that company sometime between now and 2017. ”

    (“Hansard”, Wednesday, 11 December, 2013 House of Representatives QWN, page 49)

    Failure summarised: 2,900 jobs to be lost, no innovation encouraged in automotive manufacturing and the only new jobs created have been for Tim Wilson (appointed to Australian Human Rights Commission) and Sophie Mirabella (appointed to the Board of ASC).

  35. Kaye Lee

    Nov 26, 2013

    Dear S,

    Thank you for your correspondence regarding the ABC.

    Australia’s media, like media environments all over the world, are experiencing great, disruptive change of unprecedented speed and scale. In these challenging times our national broadcasters are more important than ever and the Australian Government recognises the important role the ABC plays in Australia’s cultural, economic and democratic way of life.

    While the Australian government provides an overall level of funding for the ABC, it has no power to direct the ABC in relation to operational matters. Parliament has guaranteed this independence to ensure that what is broadcast is free of political interference.

    Internal ABC programming decisions are the responsibility of the ABC Board and Executive. One of the ABC’s statutory obligations is to be accurate and impartial in its news and current affairs programmes according to the recognised standards of objective journalism.

    While the ABC has editorial independence, it is accountable to the Parliament through annual reports, corporate plans, financial and performance audits, and appearances before Parliamentary Committees. Unlike the former government, the Coalition will not seek to assert control over the media to the extent the previous government did with its perverse attempt at media reform.

    The Government has stated its commitment to maintaining the quality, performance and efficiency of the ABC and to ensure that the ABC fulfils its Charter.

    The Government has no plans to either privatise or reduce funding to the ABC, however the Government has established a National Commission of Audit (NAOC) to review the scope, efficiency and functions of Government. The Commission has a broad remit to examine all areas of government expenditure, which would include all government funded agencies. The ABC, along with other government agencies, has been invited to make a submission to the NAOC.

    Thank you for raising this matter with me.


    Malcolm Turnbull

    Jan 2, 2014

    “Bishop told the News Corp-owned Australian newspaper the way the previous Labor government “corrupted the tender process … and prevented a competitive process from occurring has resulted in ongoing concerns about the contract that was awarded to the ABC”.

    Bishop said she was aware of concerns within the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Dfat) about the ABC’s fulfilment of its contractual obligations.

    “I also have concerns about the quality of the programming and whether it is meeting the goal of promoting Australia’s interests overseas,” she told the newspaper. “It is meant to be a tool of public diplomacy and I am concerned by the level of negative feedback I receive from overseas.”

  36. VoterBentleigh

    Transparent, accountable government.
    “The Coalition will do the right thing for Australia and deliver a strong, stable, accountable government that puts the national interest first and delivers a better future for all Australians.
    We will restore accountability and improve transparency measures to be more accountable to you.
    We will govern for all Australians, not favour any particular group.”

    (“Our Plan, Real Solutions for all Australians”, Pt.21. Page 49)

    Scott Morrison refused to answer questions on asylum seekers
    ( )

    Mr. Abbott refusied to confirm or deny Indonesian account of events regarding asylum seekers.

    ( )

    Turnbull refused to release information on the NBN.
    See “The inconvenient truth for the Coalition’s NBN”, by David Braue
    (—nbn/5152800 )

    Abbott refused to say why he sacked senior public servants

    ( )

    So much for transparency and accountability.

  37. Kaye Lee

    “We will reduce spending and cut the deficit.”

    Earlier today, Finance Minister Mathias Cormann tweeted that the “MYEFO update was Labor’s last Budget”.

    The Coalition has been in office four months now and the sum total of policy changes it has taken to date has added to the budget deficit through a ramping up in spending and the abolition of some taxes. In other words, the Coalition is over 10% of the way through its term and is adding to the budget deficit not cutting it.

    The MYEFO document Cormann refers to (that has his name on the cover) has a simple line in table 3.4 which confirms that “effect of policy decisions” between the Pre-Election Fiscal Outlook and the MYEFO totalled $13.7 billion.

    These policy decisions by the Abbott government and obviously not Labor include the outlay of money to the RBA, the abolition of the carbon price and the mining tax and some additional infrastructure spending.

    Some of the wider budget deficit between PEFO and MYEFO was due to a downgrade in world economic activity, something that I suspect even Cormann can’t sheet home to Labor. Between PEFO and MYEFO, Treasury cut the world GDP forecast for 2013 from 3% to 2.75%; for 2014 from 3.75% to 3.5% and for 2015 from 4% to 3.75%. These are important changes that have impacted on the budget position that the Coalition is now managing and have zero to do with the prior government.

  38. VoterBentleigh


    “We’re committed to super high speed broadband that’s affordable for everyone and built sooner rather than later.
    Our fibre to the node plan will deliver superfast broadband for a fraction of the price and in a fraction of the time required to deliver fibre to the door.
    And Malcolm Turnbull is the right person to give Australians a 21st Century network…”

    “The Coalition will deliver high speed broadband that is both affordable for families and businesses and cost effective for taxpayers.”
    (“Our Plan, Real Solutions for all Australians”,Pt. 11, page 32)

    The Coalition promised to honour existing contracts.

    Not everyone will get fibre-to-home NBN in Tasmania (ie., existing contracts) as promised.

    The NBN is not to meet its targets.—nbn/5152800

    The Fibre-to-the-node will cost more than promised.

  39. randalstella

    To define LCP “failure” according to their policies and objectives requires second guessing just what these are. So much of what they advocate is fork-tongued, if not outright gibberish, designed to rope in the voter with social commitment verbiage. Are we to measure them by assuming that they are trustworthy for the sake of the exercise; or by assuming that they are not, and have another agenda than their professed concerns? No critical capacity could tolerate the former. The latter far more realistically has them measured against the ‘progressive’ rhetoric they use so often; and is thus not much different from measuring them against more reliably progressive and equitable expectations .
    For example, do we measure “failure” on the environment by what they say, or by what they do? Do we take as reliable Abbott’s claim that he accepts AGW and intends to act against it; or do we assume – like the global-warming deniers who visit here – that all this is poppycock and that the policy is to hinder emissions reforms?

  40. Dan Rowden

    Kaye Lee,

    Dan, it is the job of this government to look after the people of this country and to fulfil our responsibilities as global citizens. I therefore would contend that any failure to do so should be included.

    Sure, but not everybody agrees with what constitutes those things and how they are achieved. Those are matters that, again, fall down socio-ideological lines. It’s odd to me for a Leftist to suggest a conservative is “failing” by not being a Leftist (or vice versa). When we list the Government’s failings on the basis that we simply don’t approve of the action, that’s what we’re doing. We may as well just declare that Conservatism is in and of itself, a failure, and therefore most everything it does (I’d be happy yo make such a declaration btw).

    I think it’s entirely possible to collate this Government’s failings and broken promises along more objective lines. There’s plenty to choose from so far. In fact, I think it could be said that the only “big ticket” item so far that hasn’t been a policy failure or a broken promise is “stop the waste”. But again, the manner in which that promise is to be judged will differ according to one’s view of what constitutes “waste”. That judgement will depend on how one views the role of Government, its size and reach etc etc.

    For example, the Government’s unraveling of certain environmental protections (e.g. Tassie Heritage Forests) is not a failure on its part. It’s what Conservatives Governments do, according to their worldview. We don’t like it, obviously, but it doesn’t mean it’s “failed”. From a particular Conservative viewpoint, such actions are total successes. However, this Government’s attack on the CSIRO and other scientific instrumentalists was extraordinary even by Conservative standards, so I think it fair to list it as a failure under the “no surprises” clause.,6021

    Thanks for the link, but I can’t read Bob Ellis. He makes me ill.

  41. John Fraser


    @Dan Rowden

    Is your New Years wish to be as semantic / pedantic as possible ?

    I ask this in the nicest way possible.

  42. Gillian

    Could you compose a list of his lies leading up to the election and after, then show when was caught out lying/contradicted himself and dates, sources etc? Examples of him having double standards would good too. He was happy to throw around the phrase Jui-liar, it would be good to show the shoe on the other foot done credibly

  43. Dan Rowden

    “One of this Government’s greatest failings thus far, one which transcends political ideology as we understand it, is in assisting a military dictatorship (i.e. Sri Lanka) in preventing its citizens from leaving its shores.”

    A conservative voter on another thread was doing the “blood of a 1000 poor souls on their hands” about asylum seekers drowning whilst Labor was in power. When I pointed out that people had drowned during Howard’s Pacific solution, and also since Abbott had been elected he asked “Where? If they were in Indonesian waters then who cares – not our problem.”

    Therein lies the political ideological divide. If it doesn’t affect me right here right now then it ain’t my problem. Make them deal with their own people and problems. Cut foreign aid. Stop the boats.

    It’s one of the most extraordinary aspects of the whole Asylum Seeker tragedy. This bizarre juxtaposition of feigning concern for people when they drown in Australian waters but not giving a crap when they drown elsewhere (or that they often die in circumstances that don’t involve boats or water) is amazing. It is quite literally an exercise in using death for political expediency. It’s really quite sickening. Sadly, it’s a moral backwardness that isn’t the sole province of conservatives. It probably constitutes the greatest sadness in my political life that Labor walked this path along with the conservative ratbags.

    I wish there was a way for them [Labor] to turn this around.

  44. Dan Rowden


    @Dan Rowden

    Is your New Years wish to be as semantic / pedantic as possible ?

    I ask this in the nicest way possible.

    I don’t think it’s pedantic to use language properly. Modern politics has caused us to use certain terms and phrases in ways that are kind of screwy. My problem with that is that it’s predominantly the Coalition that have driven this dynamic. It scares me.

  45. Kaye Lee

    Dan’s comments didn’t strike me as pedantic. He is asking us to try to assess impartially, an ask I find impossible. That has nothing to do with political parties – it has to do with who I am and how my brain works and what is important to me.

    To comment on whether the Coalition are achieving their goals is hard for me because I disagree with their direction and find it impossible to disassociate that. To do so, I would have to forget all the facts I know, all the research and reading I have done, and to accept the lies that they have spread as being an advisable or prudent course of action.

    Sorry Dan, I can’t do it.

  46. sallymcmanus71

    Hey all – some people have said there are things missing from my list. Can you tell me what you think that is as I dont want to miss things? I will update daily, but I’m only adding things once they have actually done something, not when they fly kites or speculate. I’m also not putting everything he does, only things that I think fit the definition of “wrecking” Australia or “hurting” Australians (ie most, but not all things) –

  47. Dan Rowden

    Kaye Lee,

    I’m not asking anyone to “assess” impartially at all. I’m asking that we don’t turn the word/term/notion of “failure” into something nonsensical. That’s all I’m specifically doing. “Failure” has become one of those words that gets tossed around and linguistically distorted for political purposes, much like “lie” and “liar”. I think we should be mindful of the history of that linguistic distortion and not be unconsciously drawn into it.

    Describing something as a “failure” purely on the basis that you don’t like it is irrational. There’s lots of other language that is more appropriate for things we disagree with and disapprove of. “Failure” is not synonymous with “bad” or “damaging” or “wrong” etc.

  48. Dan Rowden


    The NBN is an excellent example of a failure on the Coalition’s part. The original concept and rhetoric was bad enough, but now the reality isn’t even meeting that. When the reality doesn’t live up to the hype (as tepid as that hype may have been), “failure” is an appropriate label to hang on the matter. It’s one of those “big ticket” items that this Government has stuffed up substantially, even by its own standards. God only know what Malcolm Turnbull is doing being prepared to put his name to it. Silly man.

  49. randalstella

    On the proviso that one could find an LCP policy or objective openly and honestly espoused, and then duly pursued, I would expect a more socially inclusive approach to call all this a failing, or some such words.
    I would know what was meant – because the meaning would be clear, in context. It would not be a scary misuse of words.
    People all know that the LCP play the socially-concerned card. The LCP are probably right that they would otherwise never get into power. The problem is this radical absence of probity in the LCP; which makes this game over “failings” highly theoretical.

  50. Buff McMenis

    Excellent idea, Dan .. only problem is .. do you have /any/ idea how far I had to scroll down to even put this comment up??? OK, I agree with most of the stuff I have read above (it took me ages!) but my pet one is the NBN .. although I know this isn’t a broken promise and he did set his toothless Tigger onto it to “trash it” .. I feel it is the biggest “Fail” of all. We so desperately need a Network which can bring us all together in a fast a secure and weather-proof way. NBN could have done this and now it won’t. I’m a wheelie, as most of you know, and I’m also an old lady who is almost house-bound these days. NBN for me would mean talking to my brother and sisters in other States, my kids up in Perth, my friends in Genealogy .. sure I have this and the FB and Twitter outlets, but it’s not the same somehow. OK, ’nuff said. And a close 2nd is the NDIS, purely for personal reasons! I hate waiting 10 years for new technology wheelchairs!!! 🙁

  51. Kaye Lee

    “I’m not asking anyone to “assess” impartially at all.”

    Ok Dan I give up. Trying to work out what you will allow as failures it too hard for me.

  52. upbeatme (@upbeatme)

    His deeply embarrassing ‘welcome’ to Aung San Suu Kyi

  53. Misst

    Ok I would desperately like to list Australia’s performance at the Warsaw Climate Conference as a ‘failure’ but I suppose it was actually a huge Abbott SUCCESS! Surely it must be acknowledged that Abbott’s minions (and Australia’s representatives) did exactly as they were told in acting like kiddies and being disruptive at the conference. Full marks to Abbott for shaming us. Why didn’t the MSM go bananas over this ‘success’??

  54. Chris Davies

    Promised to spend first week as prime minister with indigenous community.

  55. Kim Wright

    Totally totally agree Dan

  56. JDarwin (@SydDarwin)

    Promised to work the Left up into a frenzy of personal abuse and hatred. Oh wait, he succeeded at that.

  57. Janet

    I don’t know where to start! asylum seekers, refugees, family policy, education policy, infrastructure policy, health policy, tax policy, being nice to our neighbours, foreign aid, foreign policy, Promoting our country as a fair and decent country, proving legal protections against racism, aboriginal services and funding——– I’ve run out of time!

  58. Dan Rowden


    His deeply embarrassing ‘welcome’ to Aung San Suu Kyi

    Oh, God yes. That was a failure on so many levels – diplomatic, character, intelligence awareness. I guess we all fall victim to brain farts now and then, but it’s hard to tell whether he seriously meant what he said or not. Indicative of the boofheadery that is evident in his makeup.

  59. Peter Cain

    If this thread can stay on topic it will make a contribution.

    If it is going to descend into a slanging match, well, I haven’t got the time for it – life’s too short…

    And remember folks, John Howard took some getting rid of. So, before writing Tony Abbott off it pays to ask oneself this: can/will Bill Shorten lead the ALP to victory at a general election?

  60. James Synot

    Failure to be a Christian!

  61. Michael Taylor

    Yes, Peter, I believe he can.

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  63. Kaye Lee


    The intro to this thread said

    “I thought it might be interesting to create a place where the readership can feel directly involved in making “the story”.”

    It certainly has been interesting. Are you suggesting we are supposed to be sticking to some specific storyline?

  64. Hefina

    I have already listed mine on Face book. but new ones keeps coming to mind. failed to stop the boats heads the list, Failing to tell the truth , failed the people of NT, failing to implement the Gonski fully, will fail the NDIS, failing to tell the Australian people what next is going to be chopped, look im sure with everyone on board the list will be endless. then let send it to him, marked private and confidential , so that Credlin doesn’t destroy it.
    Abbott thinks he is doing fantastic because she tells him so, he doesn’t read remember!!
    Maybe the list when finalised can be made public , to everyone.

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  66. brianconcannon

    Hockey gives the RBA $8.8 billion just in case they needed it and this added hugely to the 2013 – 2014 budget deficit. Seems this insane move was done on purpose by the Abbott Govt adding fuel to putting us in greater debt, so they could get away with making painful budget cuts to hurt everyday Australians and possibly keep the banksters happy in their quest for eventual Australian austerity and one day joining their one world govt NWO ?

    Abbott and his puppet master Murdoch want to Americanise Australia. Hence the Attack on Medicare and privatizing Medicare Private – US healthcare shambles here we come

    Abbott has proven he is a dictator by insulting all Australians and treating us with contempt with his total lack of transparency and accountability regarding refugee information and harsh navy treatment. plus he needs a totally Murdoch and puppet controlled MSM, thus the coming attacks on the ABC by breaking it into pieces and privatizing what he can

    Abbotts open for business farce where he favours Foreign corporations and business over Australian and his drive for FTAs, giving corporations greater power than govt and causing an exodus of Australian businesses relocating because of cheaper costs and higher profits and eventually leading to Australian pay and conditions matching third world countries, just so we can compete. Getting rid of all the red tape so corporations and banksters can get away with a lot more crime and alleged corrupt politicians like Sinodenas and Obeid can get away with rorting taxpayers blind without checks

    Does Abbott want to be a war time prime minister, the way he is disrespecting Indonesia’s sovereignty and borders and getting our biggest trading partner China offside by publicly siding with Japan over the disputed oil rich islands 200km from China and 600km from Japan. Did Obama give him some war mongering words of wisdom in their telephone call. Is that why he appointed Peter Cosgrove as the new GG and we get a constant pro military diatribe in the media ?

  67. gerrybuiltscenicGerry Satrapa

    sorry for the long post, but I was keeping this list (not as comprehensive as the Sally McManus one – which seems to have disappeared)

    There is a Facebook Community Page which reference the McManus blog –

    Abbott – “No cuts to education, no cuts to health, no change to pensions, no change to the GST and no cuts to the ABC or SBS.” – – (Sept 5, 2013)

    Abbott – PM appoints first cabinet without science minister since 1931 –…/story-fn5fsgyc-1226720375674- (Sept 17, 2013)

    Morrison – Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has instructed departmental and detention centre staff to publicly refer to asylum seekers as ‘‘illegal’’ arrivals and as ‘‘detainees’ –…/minister-wants-boat-people… – (Oct 20, 2013)

    Brandis – appoints IPA member, Tim Wilson to Human Rights Commissioner –…/tim-wilson-appointment-to-human… (Dec 18, 2013) – Why embarrassing?…/uploads/BbuJIlfCIAAYBMo.png

    Pyne – Appoints two right-wing educationalists to Education review, calling Australian Curriculum “too left wing” –…/pyne-announces-curriculum…/ – (Jan 10, 2014)

    Morrison – Manus Island Riots, initial response “Police did not enter centre”, “asylum seeker was killed, after being injured outside the centre”, “Morrison concedes uncertainty about where Reza Barati was killed” –…/28/manus-island-riot-timeline -(Feb 18, 2014)

    Morrison – Manus Island Riots; Morrison issues release casting doubt on claim that Barati was killed outside the centre – – (21 Feb, 2014)

    Cory Bernardi labelled pro-choice advocates “pro-death” and accused some women of using abortion as “an abhorrent form of birth control”. –…/story-fncynjr2-1226795567806 -Jan 6

    Bernardi – believes, of children raised in single-parent families; boys more likely to be criminals, and girls more likely to be promiscuous –…/story-fncynjr2-1226795567806 – (Jan 6)

    Brandis – People have the right to be a bigot – – (Mar 24, 2014)

    Abetz – spin doctors blow out from 1600 under Labor to 1900 – (Mar 26, 2014)

    Abbott – Swearing in of GG, comments “As Sir Peter Cosgrove and Lady Lynne travel the length and breadth of our country visiting all the places that aren’t important enough for Prime-Ministers…” – – (Mar 28, 2014)

    Hockey – Labels wind turbines around Lake George “offensive” – – (May 2, 2014)

    Australian Public Service employees told they have an obligation to dob in colleagues who publish criticism of the Government on Social Media (publicly backed by Human Rights Commissioner, Tim Wilson) – -(April 6, 2014)

    Cormann and Hockey smoke celebratory cigars on Budget Eve –…/treasurer-joe-hockey-and… – (May 8, 2013)

    Pyne – A debate has broken out over whether Christopher Pyne called Bill Shorten a “c*nt” in question time – – (May 14, 2014)

    Hockey – fuel excise indexed to CPI – – (May 13, 2014)

    Pyne – Pyne signals Speaker, Bronwyn Bishop, to rise signalling order, and therefore silence in the house – – (May 17, 2013)

    Morrison – Morrison makes “no apologies” for “orientation” video shown to asylum seekers revealed to public –…/scott-morrisons-urges… – (Jun 25, 2014)

    Greg Hunt – approved mining on Great Barrier Reef –…/story-fncynjr2-1226795567806 – (Jul 28, 2014)

    Abetz – Abortions cause Breast Cancer –…/eric-abetz-draws-link-between… – (Thursday 7 Aug, 2013 )

    Hockey – Poor people don’t have cars or actually drive very far- – (Aug 13)

    Maurice Newman – urgent need to address “Global Cooling” –…/136836-Australian-PM… – (Aug 15)

    Brandis – description of Metadata – (Aug 6, 2014)
    Hockey – Hockey apologises for use of those words (Aug 15, 2014)

    Abbott – Advocates of Scottish independence “not friends of freedom and justice” – (Aug 16, 2014)

    Hockey’s Canberra house – taxpayer funded – appearance on Q&A in June

    Q&A Zaky Mallah June 2015

    Abbott – describes other countries emissions targets as “airy-fairy” – – (July 12, 2015)

    Abbott – Bans the Clean Energy Finance Corpration (CEFC) from investing in Wind Power(and later emerges; roof-top solar) – – (July 12, 2015)

    Corman – Calls Labor’s Shorten “economic girly-man” – – (October 17, 2014)

    Abbott/Truss – caught out lying re advice to ship operator to sack staff, re-flag and employ foreign nationals – ( ) – (Sept 7, 2015)

    Tracking Abbott’s Wreckage: (Sally McManus)
    The AIM Network –

  68. Roswell

    Gerry, your comment was caught up in the spam filter. That happens with comments that have a lot of links. It has been cleared. Sorry about that.

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