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    Quote Originally Posted by delirium View Post
    I think everything is Labor's fault when it comes to the Libs
    I know! It is seriously no different that 2 five year olds saying "well he started it" and the other "did not, HE started it because he looked at my funny".

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    For the non-clickers this is a list of 89 broken election promise and objectionable decisions, statements or changes the Abbott government has introduced since election 142 days ago. He's currently averaging one every 36 hours.


    TRACKING ABBOTT’S WRECKAGE

    Tony Abbott has been in power since 7 September 2013. From that moment, he and his government have broken promises and hurt Australians.

    This post will be regularly updated to keep track of the Abbott Government’s broken promises and everything his Government does to hurt Australians.

    Each separate item will have a link to a source. Broken promises appear in bold and in a separate list at the end.

    THE LIST

    89. Launches an “efficiency study” into ABC and the SBS - 30 January 2014

    88. Cuts the wages of Australian troops deployed overseas by almost $20 000 per solider – 29 January 2014

    87. Intervenes on the side of Toyota to support cutting Australian workers wages and conditions – 28 January 2014

    86. Privatises the 104 year old Australian Valuation Office costing nearly 200 jobs – 24 January 2014

    85. Seeks to wind back the World Heritage listing of Tasmania’s forests – 23 January 2014

    84. Withdraws funding for an early intervention program to help vulnerable young people – 22 January 2014

    83. Defunds all international environmental programs, the International Labour Organisation and cuts funding to a range of international aid programs run by NGOs such as Save the Children, Oxfam, CARE Australia and Caritas – 18 January 2014

    82. Violates Indonesia’s territorial sovereignty while turning back asylum seeker boats – 17 January 2014

    81. Scraps weekly media briefings on asylum seeker issues in an attempt to avoid public and media scrutiny – 14 January 2014

    80. Politicise the national school curriculum by appointing a former Liberal staffer and a Coalition supporter, both critics of the current curriculum to conduct a review - 10 January 2014.

    79. Directs that people already found to be refugees who arrived by boat be given the lowest priority for family reunion - 8 January 2014

    78. Fails to contradict or take any action against a member of his government, Senator Cory Bernardi, who makes divisive statements about: abortion, “non-traditional” families and their children, same sex couples, couples who use IVF and calls for parts of WorkChoices to be reintroduced - 6 January 2014

    77. Devastates Australia’s contribution to overseas aid by cutting $4.5 billion from the budget, causing vital programs supporting those in extreme poverty in our region to collapse - 1 January 2014

    76. Drastically reduces tax breaks for small business and fails to publicise it - 1 January 2014

    75. Refuses to support jobs at SPC at the cost of hundreds of jobs – 27 December 2013

    74. Appoints Tim Wilson, a Liberal Party member and Policy Director of a right-wing think tank to the position of Commissioner at the Human Rights Commission even though this think tank argued for the Commission to be abolished – 23 December 2013

    73. Approves private health fund premium increases of an average 6.2% a year – 23 December 2013

    72. Fails to provide the promised customs vessel to monitor whaling operations in the Southern Ocean – 23 December 2013

    71. Requests the delisting of World Heritage status for Tasmanian forests – 21 December 2013

    70. Drastically dilutes consumer protections and transparency requirements for financial planners, including abolishing the requirement they put their clients interests first - 20 December 2013

    69. Scraps the Home Energy Saver Scheme which helps struggling low income households cut their electricity bills - 17 December 2013

    68. Defunds the Public Interest Advocacy Centre whose objectives are to work for a fair, just and democratic society by taking up legal cases public interest issues - 17 December 2013

    67. Defunds the Environmental Defenders Office which is a network of community legal centres providing free advice on environmental law - 17 December 2013

    66. Axes funding for animal welfare - 17 December 2013

    65. Abolishes the AusAID graduate program costing 38 jobs - 17 December 2013

    64. Cuts Indigenous legal services by $13.4 million. This includes $3.5 million from front line domestic violence support services, defunding the National legal service and abolishing all policy and law reform positions across the country - 17 December 2013

    63. Abolishes the position of co-ordinator-general for remote indigenous services - 17 December 2013

    62. Changes name of NDIS “launch sites” to “trial sites” and flags cuts to funding – 17 December 2013

    61. Abolishes the National Office for Live Music along with the live music ambassadors - 17 December 2013

    60. Cuts $2.5 million from community radio – 17 December 2013

    59. Weakened the ministerial code of conduct to let ministers keep shares in companies - 16 December 2013

    58. Disbands the independent Immigration Health Advisory Group for asylum seekers – 16 December 2013

    57. Axes $4.5 million from charities and community groups for the Building Multicultural Communities Program – 13 December 2013

    56. Starts dismantling Australia’s world leading marine protection system - 13 December 2013

    55. Scraps the COAG Standing Council on Environment and Water – 13 December 2013

    54. Breaks its NBN election promise of giving all Australians access to 25 megabits per second download speeds by 2016 – 12 December 2013

    53. Overturns the “critically endangered” listing of the Murray Darling Basin - 11 December 2013

    52. Dares Holden to leave Australia. Holden announces closure which costs Australian workers 50 000 jobs – 11 December 2013

    51. Approves Clive Palmer’s mega coal mine in the Galilee Basin which opponents say will severely damage Great Barrier Reef - 11 December 2013

    50. Demands that the few childcare workers who got pay rises “hand them back” – 10 December 2013

    49. Approves the largest coal port in the world in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area – 10 December 2013

    48. Removes the community’s right to challenge decisions where the government has ignored expert advice on threatened species impacts – 9 December 2013

    47. Downgrades national environment laws by giving approval powers to state premiers – 9 December 2013

    46. Undermines Australia’s democracy by signing a free trade agreement with South Korea allowing corporations to sue the Australian Government – 6 December 2013

    45. Damages our diplomatic relationship with our nearest neighbour East Timor – 5 December 2013

    44. Repeals the pokie reform legislation achieved in the last parliament to combat problem gambling – 4 December 2013

    43. Suspends the Wage Connect program, despite it being proven to deliver good outcomes for unemployed people – 3 December 2013

    42. Axes funding to the Alcohol and Other Drugs Council of Australia, forcing the 46 year old organisation to close – 27 November 2013

    41. Back-flips twice on Gonski, reversing a commitment to a ‘unity ticket’ and failing to deliver equitable education funding – 25 November 2013

    40. Shifts Australia’s position at the UN on Israeli settlements - 25 November 2013

    39. Damages our diplomatic relationship with the Indonesian Government by refusing to apologise for tapping the phones of their President, his wife and senior Government officials – 23 November 2013

    38. Converts crucial Start-Up Scholarships into loans, increasing the debt of 80,000 higher education students by $1.2 billion – 21 November 2013

    37. Gifts two navy patrol boats to the Sri Lankan government to stop asylum seekers fleeing the Sri Lankan government - 17 November 2013

    36. Introduces a Bill to impose on workers who are elected onto unpaid union committees huge financial penalties and jail terms for breeches of new compliance obligations – 14 November 2013

    35. Condones torture by foreign governments by saying “sometimes in difficult circumstances, difficult things happen” – 14 November 2013

    34. Hides information from the Parliament and the people about the government’s treatment of asylum seekers – 13 November 2013

    33. Separates a refugee mother from her newborn baby – 10 November 2013

    32. Cuts 600 jobs at the CSIRO - 8 November 2013

    31. Abolishes Insurance Reform Advisory Group which provided a forum for industry and consumer bodies to discuss insurance industry reform - 8 November 2013

    30. Abolishes the Maritime Workforce Development Forum which was an industry body working to build a sustainable skills base for the maritime industry - 8 November 2013

    29. Abolishes the High Speed Rail Advisory Group whose job it was to advise Governments on the next steps on implementing high speed rail for eastern Australia - 8 November 2013

    28. Abolishes the Advisory Panel on the Marketing in Australia of Infant Formula which for 21 years monitored compliance of industry to agreements on marketing infant formula - 8 November 2013

    27. Abolishes the Antarctic Animal Ethics Committee who ensured research on animals in the Antarctic complies with Australian standards - 8 November 2013

    26. Abolished the National Steering Committee on Corporate Wrongdoing that for 21 years worked to make sure the law was effectively enforced on corporate criminals - 8 November 2013

    25. Abolishes the National Inter-country Adoption Advisory Council which provided expert advice on overseas adoption - 8 November 2013

    24. Abolishes International Legal Services Advisory Council which was responsible for working to improve the international performance of Australia’s legal services - 8 November 2013

    23. Abolishes the Commonwealth Firearms Advisory Council a group of experts in gun crime and firearms which was set up after the Port Arthur massacre - 8 November 2013

    22. Abolishes Australian Animals Welfare Advisory Committee a diverse group of experts advising the Agriculture Minister on animal welfare issues - 8 November 2013

    21. Abolishes the National Housing Supply Council which provided data and expert advice on housing demand, supply and affordability - 8 November 2013

    20. Abolishes the Advisory Panel on Positive Ageing, established to help address the challenges the country faces as the number of older Australians grows – 8 November 2013

    19. Refuses to offer support to manufacturing in Tasmania, despite requests and warnings. Caterpillar announces the move of 200 jobs from Burnie to Thailand, costing around 1000 local jobs – 5 November 2013

    18. Provides $2.2 million legal aid for farmers and miners to fight native title claims - 1 November 2013

    17. Abolishes the 40 year old AusAID costing hundreds of jobs - 1 November 2013

    16. Launches a successful High Court which strikes down the ACT Marriage Equality laws invalidating the marriages of many people and ensuring discrimination against same-sex couples continues – 23 October 2013

    15. Denies there is a link between climate change and more severe bush fires and accuses a senior UN official was “talking through their hat” – 23 October 2013

    14. Appoints the head of the Business Council of Australia to a “Commission of Audit” to recommend cuts to public spending – 22 October 2013

    13. Cuts compensation to the victims of bushfires - 21 October 2013

    12. Instructs public servants and detention centre staff to call asylum seekers “illegals” - 20 October 2013

    11. Appoints Howard era Australian Building & Construction Commission (ABCC) Director to help reinstate the ABCC with all its previous oppressive powers over construction workers – 17 October 2013

    10. Axes the Major Cities Unit a Government agency with 10 staff which provided expert advice on urban issues in our 18 biggest cities - 24 September 2013

    9. Fails to “stop the boats”. Hides the boats instead – 23 September 2013

    8. Scraps the Social Inclusion Board, which had been established to guide policy on the reduction of poverty in Australia - 19 September 2013

    7. Abolishes the Climate Commission – 19 September 2013

    6. Appoints himself Minister for Women – 16 September 2013

    5. Appoints only one woman into his cabinet and blames the women for his decision, saying he appoints “on merit”– 16 September 2013

    4. Abolishes key ministerial positions of climate change and science – 16 September 2013

    3. Breaks his promise to spend his first week with an Aboriginal community -
    14 September 2012

    2. Takes away pay rises for childcare workers – 13 September 2013

    1. Takes away pay rises from aged care workers – 13 September
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    Wow, what a destructive, uncaring and downright torturous government.

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    And now he wants to review the ABC because of their alleged bias. *Looks at elephant in the room*

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    I feel like we are living in some conservative dictatorship. Media gagging, cutting of assistance to the most needy while funding the wealthy to get even wealthier. Media blackouts of the boat people situation. It's starting to feel like bible belt America

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    Quote Originally Posted by delirium View Post
    I feel like we are living in some conservative dictatorship. Media gagging, cutting of assistance to the most needy while funding the wealthy to get even wealthier. Media blackouts of the boat people situation. It's starting to feel like bible belt America
    Yep!! This is exactly how I feel. Plus the changes they want to make to our health care system truly frighten me

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    Did everyone read about the liberal MP (yes, LIBERAL) who publicly stated that Abbott and Hockey have been lying to the public over the SPC/Ardmona situation?

    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politi...204-31y52.html

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