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An invitation to Tony Abbott

Three months out from the federal election Tony Abbott must be very frustrated. He has only three months to tell us what he will do as Prime Minister but the mainstream media (MSM) cruelly refuse to hand him the microphone. He must be wondering why they’re not interested in asking him those little things about policies, plans, visions. I’m sure he has many. I’m sure he wants to tell us what they are.

If the MSM refuse to show him some courtesy then he has one alternative: the independent media. We would love to accommodate him. We’d love to ask him those questions that the MSM so rudely ignore.

Tony, we’re here to your rescue. Among the social and independent media your policies, plans and visions will reach an audience of hundreds of thousands of news hungry readers. At least those readers will be privileged to hear first hand what to expect from Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

So we invite you to speak to us.

I know that political parties keep a very sharp eye on political blog sites so I know that someone in the Coalition will be alerted to this post. Could that person please inform Tony Abbott that we want to speak to him? He could always get in touch with us here at The AIMN and following on from that we can arrange an interview with the independent media groups. It will provide Tony with the best opportunity to proudly announce what he has, to date, been robbed from doing: answering questions.

We, and only we, are interested in revealing Prime Minister Abbott to the electorate prior to the election. And I’m sure that Tony Abbott is desperate for the electorate to know more about him. How can he hope to promote himself through a lazy, uninterested, incompetent mainstream media?

By talking to our keen ears we can hear of – and propagate – the election-winning policies that are currently being stifled by the media. At last he’ll find an audience to hear him out.

Hence, Mr Abbott, we offer this invitation to you to come and talk to us.

Allay the fears of many undecided voters who have not had the opportunity to learn what you stand for, especially given there is a possibility that you might control both houses of Parliament. Some people are petrified at this prospect and the devastation you might create because of your inane personality, your reliance on Catholicism and the simplistic minds of your shadow cabinet. You can dispel those fears, which is something the MSM have not given you the opportunity to do.

Your vision is worthless without public support and yes, we are here to support you.

But let’s cut to the chase. Talk to us, on more than anything, about the Institute of Public Affairs; that free market right wing think tank that is funded by some of Australia’s major companies and closely aligned to the Liberal Party. There are rumours in the electorate that every one of your policies, plans or visions has been generated from the influence this think tank has over your party. And while the MSM are not interested to discuss this issue with you, we are.

In an article by the IPA titled Be like Gough: 75 radical ideas to transform Australia the authors suggest that:

“If he wins government, Abbott faces a clear choice. He could simply overturn one or two symbolic Gillard-era policies like the carbon tax, and govern moderately. He would not offend any interest groups. In doing so, he’d probably secure a couple of terms in office for himself and the Liberal Party. But would this be a successful government? We don’t believe so. The remorseless drift to bigger government and less freedom would not halt, and it would resume with vigour when the Coalition eventually loses office. We hope he grasps the opportunity to fundamentally reshape the political culture and stem the assault on individual liberty.”

It is the essence of that last sentence that particularly grates people and the following list gives people the wrong impression of the havoc you might cause. Here’s your chance to undo it. A chance denied by the MSM.

1. Repeal the carbon tax, and don’t replace it. It will be one thing to remove the burden of the carbon tax from the Australian economy. But if it is just replaced by another costly scheme, most of the benefits will be undone.
2. Abolish the Department of Climate Change
3. Abolish the Clean Energy Fund
4. Repeal Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act
5. Abandon Australia’s bid for a seat on the United Nations Security Council
6. Repeal the renewable energy target
7. Return income taxing powers to the states
8. Abolish the Commonwealth Grants Commission
9. Abolish the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission
10. Withdraw from the Kyoto Protocol
11. Introduce fee competition to Australian universities
12. Repeal the National Curriculum
13. Introduce competing private secondary school curriculums
14. Abolish the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA)
15. Eliminate laws that require radio and television broadcasters to be ‘balanced’
16. Abolish television spectrum licensing and devolve spectrum management to the common law
17. End local content requirements for Australian television stations
18. Eliminate family tax benefits
19. Abandon the paid parental leave scheme
20. Means-test Medicare
21. End all corporate welfare and subsidies by closing the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education
22. Introduce voluntary voting
23. End mandatory disclosures on political donations
24. End media blackout in final days of election campaigns
25. End public funding to political parties
26. Remove anti-dumping laws
27. Eliminate media ownership restrictions
28. Abolish the Foreign Investment Review Board
29. Eliminate the National Preventative Health Agency
30. Cease subsidising the car industry
31. Formalise a one-in, one-out approach to regulatory reduction
32. Rule out federal funding for 2018 Commonwealth Games
33 Deregulate the parallel importation of books
34. End preferences for Industry Super Funds in workplace relations laws
35. Legislate a cap on government spending and tax as a percentage of GDP
36. Legislate a balanced budget amendment which strictly limits the size of budget deficits and the period the federal government can be in deficit
37. Force government agencies to put all of their spending online in a searchable database
38. Repeal plain packaging for cigarettes and rule it out for all other products, including alcohol and fast food
39. Reintroduce voluntary student unionism at universities
40. Introduce a voucher scheme for secondary schools
41. Repeal the alcopops tax
42 Introduce a special economic zone in the north of Australia including:

a) Lower personal income tax for residents
b) Significantly expanded 457 Visa programs for workers
c) Encourage the construction of dams

43. Repeal the mining tax
44. Devolve environmental approvals for major projects to the states
45. Introduce a single rate of income tax with a generous tax-free threshold
46. Cut company tax to an internationally competitive rate of 25 per cent
47. Cease funding the Australia Network
48. Privatise Australia Post
49. Privatise Medibank
50. Break up the ABC and put out to tender each individual function
51. Privatise SBS
52. Reduce the size of the public service from current levels of more than 260,000 to at least the 2001 low of 212,784
53. Repeal the Fair Work Act
54. Allow individuals and employers to negotiate directly terms of employment that suit them
55. Encourage independent contracting by overturning new regulations designed to punish contractors
56. Abolish the Baby Bonus
57. Abolish the First Home Owners’ Grant
58. Allow the Northern Territory to become a state
59. Halve the size of the Coalition front bench from 32 to 16
60. Remove all remaining tariff and non-tariff barriers to international trade
61. Slash top public servant salaries to much lower international standards, like in the United States
62. End all public subsidies to sport and the arts
63. Privatise the Australian Institute of Sport
64. End all hidden protectionist measures, such as preferences for local manufacturers in government tendering
65. Abolish the Office for Film and Literature Classification
66. Rule out any government-supported or mandated internet censorship
67. Means test tertiary student loans
68. Allow people to opt out of superannuation in exchange for promising to forgo any government income support in retirement
69. Immediately halt construction of the National Broadband Network and privatise any sections that have already been built
70. End all government funded Nanny State advertising
71. Reject proposals for compulsory food and alcohol labelling
72. Privatise the CSIRO
73. Defund Harmony Day
74. Close the Office for Youth
75. Privatise the Snowy-Hydro Scheme

Of course, some of those have very little bearing on the electorate. But some have a massive impact. You have been denied the opportunity to discuss these issues with the MSM while we in the independent media have been screaming for you to have a say. So come along and meet with us. Let us be the microphone that blasts your message across Australia. I doubt you’ll never get another chance.

We’d love to chat with you about the above, plus much more. You might even take this as an opportunity to re-affirm that WorkChoices is dead in the water. Put our minds at ease. You can only do this through bypassing the MSM.

My thanks go to John Lord whose article “Public apathy and 75 ideas to make you shudder” inspired this invitation to Tony Abbott.

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  1. dyoll09

    Why did you stop an No 75 Michael?

  2. Michael Taylor

    I didn’t want to scare him off. 😉

  3. J.Fraser

    O ! please “Slick’ Abbott take this opportunity to get your message across via the inimitable Australian Independent Media Network.

    Take this opportunity to show all Australians that you are not beholden to Murdoch (snigger, snigger).

  4. Damien Keitel

    Hahaha. I see what you did there…. :).

  5. pterosaur1

    Aww c’mon folks,Tones is reeely shy, and Peta told him he’s not allowed to, ‘cos we might tease.

    Gotta STAND UP! Tony, to be a trooly TUFF MAN! C’mon mate, we.re here for you.

  6. lmrh5

    Reblogged this on lmrh5.

  7. Justphill

    Just some real policy would be a shock. Might scare off those brainwashed by the slogans he has been repeating since he couldn’t negotiate with men of morals to gain power at the last election. Between the LNPs three word sloganeering & the MSMs 24/7 on-air support the general public have been unwittingly brainwashed. Abbott & his sponsors definately don’t want them to wake up before their deceit has had the desired affect & given them the power.

  8. Robbie.

    Peta, Tony Abbott’s master, won’t allow him to debate with any pne of whom she disapproves, like this blog. You won’t get a debate from him because he cannot debate. To be able to debate you need to undedrstand the issue you are debating. Can you see the problem here? Need not say anything further!

  9. John Ward

    Gina Hancock announced in 1979 over the Qantas 747 intercom to a plane full of CEO’s, the local press (John Singleton among others) and international television.
    She said “my potential wealth, is 100 times all the Arab oil sheiks potential wealth put together. It will take more than a thousand years to dig it all up”.
    She is still swept away by the magnificence of it all.
    Just good luck thanks to Daddy.

  10. CMMC

    Tones haz a plan, “Wreck the joint”.

    The LNP must fulfil the destiny of Menzies and Howard; to be the suppository of the body politic.

  11. Colin Fitton

    Abbott talk, no way !!! You just have to see him in Parliament, he can hardly put a full sentence together. …….. On another point if I could go back 20 years and this imbecile was running for Prime Minister, he would have been laughed at like a guy in the UK, SCREAMING LORD SUCH, but when you have got a bombardment of media giving THEIR OPINIONS , to the benefit of the FIBS, sorry I mean LIBS what can you expect, a lot of people are gullible to what they see on the news and that is what Murdoch is banking on, ps just seen on tv (one of his channels) that he and his lovely wife are parting……. I say no more !!!!!! , MAYBE HE’S ***, , no I won’t go into that….

  12. wantok

    There is an enormous risk in Mr Abbott speaking publicly as people might suddenly realize that there is no substance or depth under the lycra or the blue tie.

    I have written to the ABC several times criticising them for not giving Abbott equal time but they always get blocked by Peta who basically says that if there’s anything you need to know, ask Chris Pyne or Joe Hockey, Tony is off limits.

    Bit of a worry isn’t it ?

  13. Steven Subhash James

    pyne and hockey never answer questions anyway, pyne is a walking talking heart attack just waiting to happen.. hockey just sneers and changes the subject.. turnbull shows potential to be open and honest in some things, but in many other topics just lies his head off ! bishop is just plain evil !! why not have a debate with credlin !

  14. Möbius Ecko

    Vice President of Indonesia yesterday said that his country would not countenance an Australian policy of sending back the boats.

    So that’s now the Indonesian Ambassador, Foreign Minister (in unusually strong term) and now the second highest authority in the land, the Vice President, all saying they will not support Abbott’s sending back the boats. Then there is the Australian authorities like the head of Navy who say it won’t work.

    Worse for Abbott is the fact the Indonesian Vice President in what is unusual for Indonesian diplomacy made it know his country is not pleased with Julie Bishop saying the Indonesians were stating one thing in public but something different to her in private. In others words Bishop more or less calling the Indonesians liars.

    But we all know who the real liars are and always have been.

  15. staffordhall

    Slick… and slimy… the Abbott…

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