Sunday, August 08, 2010

Oh, here's Abbott's action plan, and a review:

If elected, a Coalition government will act to end the waste, pay back the debt, stop the big new taxes, stop the boats and help struggling families and we will do so from day one.

Change for the better is coming and it will run to a strict timetable.

·         The mining tax threat will be lifted
·         The carbon tax threat will be lifted
·         I will pick up the phone to the President of Nauru to start official negotiations on re-opening an offshore processing centre
·         I will act to safeguard the livelihoods of people who earn their living from the sea
·         Payments to states under the ‘school halls’ programme will be suspended and the money will be redirected to school communities

·         I would announce my Cabinet and National Security Committee
·         The National Security Committee will meet, I will chair it, and there will be full attendance by ministers
·         A Debt Reduction Taskforce will be established

·         An Economic Statement will be issued
·         The Murray-Darling Basin Plan will be released for consultation
·         I will visit the countries in our region
·         New arrangements will be implemented to reimburse householders for ‘insulation batts’ safety inspections
·         Parliament will be recalled and legislation introduced to toughen people smuggling penalties and introduce TPVs
·         All the modelling associated with the Henry Tax Review recommendations will be published

·         Preparations for an Emissions Reduction Fund will be underway
·         Recruiting arrangements for Green Army will be finalised
·         We will commence the implementation of our small business reforms
·         A National Violent Gangs Squad will be established
·         COAG will meet to secure agreement on hospital boards and beds
·         I will visit Afghanistan to support Australian troops and their mission

No one will accuse the next Coalition government of being all talk and no action.

We are committed to once more giving Australia the good government that a great country deserves and we will deliver on this commitment.

Grog's Gamuut review is below the fold

Election 2010: Day 23 (or, yes, this is what it has come to)

Want to know how bad the ALP’s campaign has been; want to know how bad the Rudd Government was at selling anything? At the Liberal Party campaign launch, the big policy announcement was the plan to introduces mandatory prison sentencing for people who harbour asylum seekers. The policy Abbott was most proud of was announcing the return of the Pacific Solution.

In 2007 the voters were pretty much of a mind that Pacific Solution was the type of policy only a backward looking, racist and morally bereft nation would employ. Now it is Abbott’s set piece.


He also announced a “Three Month Plan” so absent of anything of substance that it alone should render him unfit for office. Let’s go through it:


- End the threat of the mining tax

Oh good, give back $10.5b in tax revenue to some of the wealthiest companies in the world, even though they have agreed to pay it. That’s real smart. Remember the Mineral’s Council of Australia called the MRRT “a positive outcome for the country”.

- End the threat of the carbon tax

Oh good, let us ignore the market system and pretend incentives can work just like they didn’t in the Soviet Union.

- Invite talks with Nauru's president on re-opening an offshore processing centre

Yep let’s start up a process under which almost every asylum seeker sent to Nauru will eventually come to Australia anyway.

- Act to stop marine parks

Yes let’s overfish the sea so that the next generation of fishermen will have nothing to do.

- Suspend Building the Education Revolution payments to states and redirect the money to school communities

Yes, so you should after all a 97.3% satisfaction ratting is pretty crap, unless you compare it to … well.. any other program ever undertaken by a Government.


- Mr Abbott would chair a National Security Committee meeting with full attendance by ministers

A pathetic swipe at Gillard, but about as weighty in policy as Greg Hunt’s credibility on climate change.

- Establish a debt reduction taskforce

Oh my God yes – because we must quickly pay back a debt which is the smallest in the western world and easily manageable. A debt which has Asutralia struggling with a AAA rating and according to Moody’s": “Australia's strong institutions and low government debt levels mean the country is highly likely to keep its valued triple-A rating for years to come”. Yeah we really need a taskforce…


- Issue an economic statement

You mean like every other incoming Government does?

- Release the Murray-Darling Basin Plan for consultation

You mean like the Government is intending to do?

- Visit the countries in our region

Hang on, you guys criticised Rudd for spending too much time overseas when he became PM! And you’re taking Julie Bishop? Remind her to take along some of those ASIO forged passports she has.

- Implement new arrangements to reimburse householders for insulation batts safety inspections

Yes, you should do that, because otherwise those people who took part in a scheme that increased the safety standards of the insulation industry might get some benefit from it, and hell we wouldn’t want that.

- Recall parliament and introduce legislation to toughen people smuggling penalties and introduce Temporary Protection Visas

Oh my God, you’ll recall parliament!! You mean you weren't planning to take the rest of the year off, instead of sitting for the 8 weeks that are already scheduled? Oh and by the way, good luck getting that TPV Bill past the ALP, the Greens and Nick Xenaphon in the Senate.

- Publish all modelling associated with the Henry Tax Review recommendations

What even the modelling that advocated a mining tax – you know the tax you slaughtered due to political reasons completely at odds with economics?


- Prepare for an emissions reduction fund

A fund? So you’re in favour of big government, and against the free market. How interesting.

- Finalise recruitment arrangements for a green army of environmental workers

Yeah, I can see so many people rushing to work in a green army in this period of low unemployment. Nice idea. Pity the people who would maybe volunteer to do it would prefer a price on carbon

- Start small business reforms

Oh wow. We hold our breath. The Howard Govt was so good at reducing the red tape for small business.

- Establish a national violent gangs squad

Yep, because that’s what has been missing from our nation, now that the Cripps and the Bloods have taken over our once safe streets here in South Central.

- COAG will meet to secure agreement on hospital boards and beds

Yeah, sure they will.

- Visit Afghanistan to support Australian troops and their mission

Oh goody, that will make them feel so much safer.

Geez. What a pathetic list.

Oh and you know Abbott’s policy for disability education that I was so concerned about? They still haven’t submitted it under the Charter for Budget Honesty. Interesting don’t you think, given they have submitted the costing for the National Violent Gangs Squad that was announced a day earlier than his disability policy...

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