Those of you who read my articles would be well aware I am not a fan of the Liberal Party or their leadership, particularly Tony Abbott.
In fact, even before I figured out Australian politics and where I stood in terms of my values, I can remember thinking Tony Abbott looked shifty, aggressive and untrustworthy.
We’re talking the mid 1990s, shortly after Abbott’s election to federal parliament. Long before I had any deep interest in politics. I’ve always been an astute judge of character and it didn’t fail me in this instance.
It is no surprise therefore that I abhor the Abbott Government and want to see them out of office as soon as possible before they rip our country asunder.
Even if I was more forgiving of this federal government or a more impartial swinging voter I would be worried by what I have seen since their election last September.
Their budget is an absolute shocker and a swift kick in the guts to the middle and lower classes of Australia.
Many of the people attacked by this budget naively voted for Tony Abbott having no idea he would totally and utterly betray them and break promises at a record clip.
The broken promises, lies and deceit are well known by now, along with the horrendous attacks on the most needy in society. No need to repeat them here.
What is concerning me at the moment is the omnishambles that is this government’s internal processes and communications.
On numerous occasions ministers have made statements regarding their department’s policies only to be contradicted by another member of the government or their own department.
Tony Abbott went on talk back radio and softly told people their proposed changes to the university system meant that students currently enrolled will not be impacted in the slightest.
Currently enrolled students are in fact impacted by the changes from the moment the legislation would take effect.
Why is it the leader of our nation has no clue about the finer details of a key policy in the budget he is so passionate about?
It pays to remember Tony Abbott chaired every meeting, against convention, during the development of the budget.
I find it stunning in the extreme that he has no clue what his own policies are.
He’s not alone. The popular, pleasant and well loved Education Minister Christopher Pyne has no idea what he’s talking about either. On Insiders recently he claimed that the HECS interest increases that will be allowed under proposed legislation will only impact courses studied after the policy takes effect.
According to the Education Department website, the interest increases apply to all courses no matter when they are undertaken.
They are rushing in headlong to destroy the social safety net and increase the gap between the least well off and the most well off yet they aren’t even bothered enough to be properly across the detail.
There are several other instances of stunning ineptitude by ministers like Kevin Andrews but I think you get the picture.
How could it be that a federal government that purports to be so concerned by the so called “debt and deficit disaster” and proud of their budget, has no idea what they talking about?
It doesn’t do much to instil confidence does it?
They are having a hard enough time pitching this budget when they get their facts right without flubbing it every time they attempt to go into its details.
If they don’t know what they’re talking about, how are we supposed to?
It seems anybody that protests this budget is “whinger” or a “leaner” and not a “lifter”.
It wouldn’t be that some people are genuinely concerned about the shock changes and the impact they will have on their lives by any chance would it?
Some people will have support equivalent to 10% of their income ripped away by 2017/18. This at the same time as cost of living blows out under their policies like the GP tax.
The patient doesn’t want or need this medicine. The Abbott Government is like a parent of yesteryear trying to force castor oil down a reluctant and perfectly healthy child’s throat.
Revenue will never be looked at as a way to solve the structural issues that exist in the budget. That would require them to ask the big end of town to do some “heavy lifting”.
They don’t want to break poor old Gina’s back.
It’s all spend side and all on the average Australian.
That might explain why this is one of the worst received budgets in our history and their polls are getting worse everyday.
Confidence in the Abbott Government according to Morgan polling is lower than it ever was during the Rudd or Gillard years.
What does that tell you?
They get this budget through, against the wishes of Labor supporters and a 40 per cent of Liberal supporter’s wishes, we could be looking at risking our AAA credit rating or a self-inflicted recession.
It’s quite clear to me Hockey has no clue and just makes things up as he goes along.
The Saturday Paper recently reported what I already knew. This government is completely beholden to the shadowy forces of the Institute of Public Affairs and their far right extreme fringe agenda.
No wonder ministers don’t know their policies. They didn’t even write them.
The Abbott Government are in the habit of berating the Labor Party for their approach to this horror budget.
Hockey and Abbott are all of a sudden keen on putting “good” and “fair” policy first. Ahead of “populist politics” and “negativity”.
They say the Labor Party only “whinge” and offer no alternative.
Let’s assume this is the case.
Now where would an Opposition have got the idea for a strategy like that I wonder?