Achievements of the Abbott Government To Date

Liberal Front Bench

The Abbott government has been in power fordays. This page contains a list of most of what they have done so far.

Group by policy area
  • Did not attempt to conduct privacy impact assessments for 90% of their terror bills. source
  • Lifted a ban on the import of a particular shotgun which has a fast firing rate and seven shot magazine capacity. source
  • Spent $24.6 million on an advertising campaign to spruik the benefits of a trade deal (whose content is secret), despite the alleged budget emergency. source
  • Illegally gave approval to an environmentally damaging mine. They then criticised those who pointed out the crime, and tried to change the law so that environmentalists cannot take legal action against illegal mines. source
  • Refused to offer treatment and support to an asylum seeker who was raped on Nauru. source
  • Lied about banning certain muesli bars and other products on Manus Island which have 'Freedom' in the brand name. source
  • Proposed a plan to prioritise the applications of refugees who pay the government large sums of money over less fortunate refugees. (a.k.a. a bribe.) source
  • Spent over $20,000 in a legal fight in order to hide modelling for the impact of university fee deregulation. source
  • Spent $14.4 million to get support for outdated and insecure software, instead of using current versions. source
  • Waited 3 months before giving medication to a toddler with tuberculosis (a potentially fatal illness). source
  • Spent thousands of government dollars on taxi rides to the Opera in just 8 days. The government claims that the expenditure is reasonable because the minister didn't pay for the tickets either. source
  • Spent thousands of government dollars on limousine rides, and fudged the declaration paperwork to say they were taxi rides. source
  • Incorrectly described the number of points on a star on the national flag, whilst sitting in front of 10 of them. source
  • Spent $10,000 trying to chase down someone who leaked information to the media about how the Prime Minister deliberately and knowingly used false information to justify opposition to a defence force pay rise. source
  • Held innocent asylum seekers in the same facilities as convicted rapists and murderers. source
  • Spent $90,000 to send The Speaker to europe for a fortnight so that she could apply for a job. source
  • Spent $5,000 on a helicopter so that Bronwyn Bishop wouldn't have to travel 1 hour by car to get to a Liberal fundraising event. source
  • Spent $27,000 on travel expenses for politicians to attend free sports events. source
  • Spent $500,000 on Australian flags in just 6 months, despite the alleged budget emergency. source
  • Banned the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) from investing in wind power and small scale solar power. source
  • Banned telcos from seeing warrants for metadata access requests issued to chase down journalists sources, thereby undermining the purpose of the warrant system. source
  • Removed the requirement for skills assessments of foreign electricians working under a Temporary Work visa. source source
  • Voted against a royal commission into corruption and misconduct in the financial service industry, following a series of scandals. source
  • Used classified ASIO documents as props during a photo shoot. source
  • Broke an election promise by scrapping Medicare locals. source
  • Denied asylum seekers the right to make Freedom of Information requests for information the government has about them. source
  • Admitted that an innocent senator was spied on by government employees whilst performing her job. The government initially labelled the senator an "embarassment to this country" because they said the claims were "complete nonesense". source source
  • Incorrectly claimed that the Lindt Cafe gunman was linked with ISIS. source
  • Reaped $1000 per month of government money to pay for Joe Hockey to stay in his wife's house. source
  • Illegally paid people smugglers money to turn boats around, in order to disrupt their business model. source source
  • Cut $13 million from the Australia Council and Screen Australia. source
  • Cut $105 million from the Australian Council for the Arts without bothering to consult anyone in the arts industry. source
  • Introduced 2 year jail sentences for doctors who disclose government wrongdoing and the high rates of health problems in immigration jails, even if the disclosures are in the public interest. source
  • Proposed an exemption so that Australia's richest companies no longer have to publish basic information about how much tax they are paying. source
  • Refused to offer any assistance to thousands of innocent refugees stranded offshore in our region. source source
  • Proposed new powers to banish Australians suspected of terrorism, possessing a `thing' related to terrorism, downloading a single file related to terrorism, vandalising commonwealth property or entering a 'no-go zone' country even for innocent purposes. Each guilty verdict would be made by a minister, not a court. The government does not have to prove the suspects are guilty. The new laws may contravene the 1961 United Nations Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness. source source source
  • Cut funding for an anti-deaths in custody service, the creation of which was recommended by the 1991 Deaths in Custody Royal Commission. source
  • Granted the Immigration Department the power to search through the stored metadata of all citizens (and they won't need a warrant). source
  • Tried to pass off all responsibility for "matters of national environmental significance" to the states, who have weaker environmental protections. source
  • Proposed `ag-gag' laws, under which activists who expose illegal animal cruelty can be imprisoned if they take more than 48 hours to go to the police. source source
  • Chose to leave the Minister’s Council on Asylum Seekers and Detention empty. source
  • Asked the Nauru government to block access to Facebook. source
  • Cut all funding for The Conversation, a website which allows academics to promote and explain their research to a broader audience. source
  • Censored data revealing shockingly high rates of mental illness amongst immigration detainees. source
  • Spent $200,000 per year on gardening at Kirribilli House. source
  • Spent $700,000 to rebrand "NBN Co" to "nbn TM". source
  • Lied about the cost of the price on Carbon. source
  • Scrapped the domestic violence education program in schools. source
  • Failed to name the leader of ISIS on the day they sent 330 troops to a war against ISIS. source source
  • Spent $4 million for the ‘Australian Consensus Centre’, a climate denial center to be run by someone with no qualifications in science or economics. The government had already cut all funding for the Australian Climate Commission, citing a lack of funds. source source
  • Withdrew from Australia's commitment to limit global temperature rises to two degrees. source
  • Granted immigration detention centre staff greater immunity against repercussions for inappropriate uses of force. They now have greater immunity than police officers. source
  • Scrapped a public inquiry into law enforcement agencies access to journalists' telecommunications data, for the purposes of identifying journalists' sources. source
  • Spent $4 million on a TV show which is supposed to deter people from fleeing genocide, war crimes, torture and other persecution. source
  • Prevented the release of a 'name and shame' list of multinational tax dodging corporations. source
  • Closed the school inside the Nauru detention centre, so that the space can be converted into offices, a staff gym and a staff recreational area. source
  • Prohibited detention centre workers from joining certain political parties, churches and protests even when not identifiable as employees. They can also be fired if an asylum seeker follows them on Twitter without their knowledge. source
  • Accidentally leaked the personal details of 31 world leaders, and chose not to notify them. They still claim your metadata will be safe though. source
  • Proposed taxing all bank deposits. source
  • Scrapped the National Produce Monitoring System, which monitors domestic food for dangerous chemicals. source
  • Breached the criminal code of conduct by offering the independently appointed Human Rights Commissioner a new job if she resigned. source
  • Tried to pass multiple bills to halve the backpay of intellectually disabled workers who earned only $1 per hour in wages. source source
  • Kicked 10 Save The Children workers off Nauru, despite the government having no evidence to support their allegations of sexual and physical assault by the workers against detainees. source
  • Flew across the country on a taxpayer funded private jet to attend the private birthday party of a millionaire who has made large donations to the Liberal party. source
  • Rejected the crowdfunded offer of free solar panels with free installation for Kirribilli House. source
  • Stripped 8000 public servants of their rights against unfair dismissal. source
  • Prosecuted a white hat hacker who exposed serious security vulnerabilities of the ISPs who will be storing sensitive data of all Australians if the metadata retention scheme is passed. source
  • Closed 150 remote Indigenous communities. source source
  • Breached the international convention against torture. source
  • Proposed scrapping the census. source
  • Defended the use of the War Memorial to hold corporate events for foreign arms manufacturers. source
  • Cut funding to Blind Citizens Australia, Deaf Australia and Down Syndrome Australia. source
  • Refused to publish cost estimates for the data-retention policy which were provided by the industry. source
  • Exempted Gmail, Skype and Facebook from their data-retention scheme, thereby significantly reducing it's effectiveness. They are exempted because they are not Australian. Hence, Australian email providers will be forced to pay for data retention servers, while competing with non-Australian companies who don't. source
  • Accused the Human Rights Commissioner of bias, because she published a report into children in detention, finding 233 incidents of assault against children, inside the government's immigration camps. source source
  • Voted to keep the text of the China Free Trade deal secret from the public. source
  • Abolished the $10,000 limit on political donations. source
  • Spent $17 million on a social media internet filter, allegedly to stop terrorist propaganda. The government believes that peaceful environmental protestors can be "terrorists". source source
  • Claimed "good government starts today", after 18 months of governing. source
  • Referred journalists to the police after they reported on immigration matters, including the illegal breaches of Indonesia's borders. source
  • Lied about the use of weapons by peaceful protesters on Manus Island, when their camp was flooded with armed guards in riot gear. source
  • Chose not to do any modelling whatsoever to determine whether the Emissions Reduction Fund will reduce emissions by the amount they claim it will. source
  • Spent over $80,000 on kitchen appliances. source
  • Knighted Prince Phillip, a non-Australian who asked Indigenous leaders "Do you still throw spears at each other?". source
  • Broke the law by missing the deadline for publishing the Intergenerational Report, as stipulated by the Charter of Budget Honesty Act. source
  • Applied to withdraw from a UN convention to protect migratory sharks, 2 months after agreeing to the convention. source
  • Awarded a $6.3 million contract for armored cars for politicians to a foreign company, even though the company did not bid for the tender and an Australian company did. source
  • Criminalised some discussions about cryptography by crytographic academics. source source source
  • Spent more money per student on homeopathy, flower essence therapy and naturopathy tertiary courses than law, economics, languages and humanities. source
  • Proposed the loosening of 457 work visas, allowing foreigners to work in Australia for 12 months, without passing English tests, without the need to look for local workers first. source
  • Spent $88,000 on yoga workshops to improve the emotional intelligence of Immigration Department workers. source
  • Used veto powers to block a UN resolution calling to the end of Israel's occupation of Palestine. source
  • Spent over $15 million on an advertisement campaign to make university fee deregulation more palatable. source
  • Violated the principle of non-refoulement again, by sending a refugee back to Afganistan, where he was subsequently tortured for trying to escape. source
  • Scrapped a plan to make coursework masters students eligible for income support. source
  • Cut $44 million over 4 years from the Skills for Education and Employment program which helps jobseekers improve their reading, writing and maths. source
  • Cut $66 million over 3 years from a program which supplements the income of adult apprentices earning less than minimum wage. source
  • Introduced a $900 NBN fee for all new houses. source
  • Cut all funding of homelessness and community housing programs, except the ones they are legally required to fund. source
  • Refused to give visas to refugees who were found to have a well founded fear of persecution, came by plane, passed health checks and passed security checks. source source
  • Appointed a climate change denier as parliamentary secretary to the minister of the environment. source
  • Appointed who said he has "no interest in defence issues" as Minister for Defence. source
  • Cut foreign aid a third time, this time by $3.7 billion. source
  • Spent $120,000 monitoring the media for mentions of the Immigration Department. source
  • Legislated to override all non-refoulement obligations. The government can now send refugees back to countries even if they know for certain that the refugees will be tortured or killed upon return. source
  • Withdrew from the UN Refugee Convention. source
  • Gave millions of dollars to subsidise the training of priests and other religious workers, using the money cut from public, secular universities. source
  • Forced indigenous welfare recipients to work for full time, for 52 weeks a year, to get $5 per hour. source
  • Claimed that virtual private networks (VPNs) would be exempt from their internet filter, then voted against an amendment to exempt VPNs from the internet filter. source
  • Introduced an internet filter. Consumers and rights groups will not be able to contest blockages. The filter will cost customers $130,000 per year. Village Roadshow Studios donate over $300,000 to the Liberals each year, as do many other studios. source source source source source
  • Gave the Immigration Minister the power to deny or revoke citizenship because someone has a mental illness. source
  • Refused to grant asylum to anyone waiting in refugee camps in Indonesia. source
  • Started another senate inquiry into wind farms, to look at the effect of wind power on power bills, even though the government's own reviews have already shown that wind power reduces power bills. source source
  • Started an online petition to stop job losses at the ABC, just 36 hours after cutting ABC funding by 5%. source
  • Gave permission to Chinese companies to sue the Australian government if it implements laws which reduce the corporation's profits. Australian companies can't even do the same to the Chinese government. The actual text of the legislation is being kept secret. source
  • Perpetuated the lie of `Terra Nullius'. source
  • Chose to not investigate claims of torture and rape by staff in the Manus Island detention centre, because the accused corporation investigated the claims themselves and concluded that they were not guilty. The investigation was done completely internally by Transfield, without any involvement with the Immigration Department. source
  • Contracted out the managing of the Do Not Call Register to a marketing company. source
  • Tried to remove the requirement that telecommunications companies disclose how many times they voluntarily handed customer's data to law enforcement agencies without a warrant. source
  • Bribed murder witnesses with the offer of the rights that they are currently being denied, to make them withdraw their statements about the death of someone who was murdered by the government's contractors. source
  • Disobeyed Commonwealth value-for-money rules by forcing the Australian Tax Office to spend millions on new offices without making a business case for it or doing a cost benefit analysis. source
  • Secretly and retrospectively changed the official record of what was said in parliament. source
  • Refused to fulfill a senate order to explain the reasons behind a ban on accepting any refugees from ebola infected countries. No such ban exists for normal immigrants. source
  • Tried to remove the requirement that all free to air TV stations have captions from 6am to midnight. source
  • Illegally refused to grant permanent visas to people found to be genuine refugees, despite receiving advice from their own department telling them it is illegal. source
  • Appointed 2 Liberal mates to the Migration Review Tribunal even though they were not shortlisted by the selection committee. source
  • Chose not to tell asylum seekers that sensitive information about their asylum claims, mental health problems and more was stolen again. The data was left on a hard-drive without password protection, outside of the lockable store-rooms. source
  • Reduced the number of charities and aid organisations allowed into the G20 summit from 75 to 3. source
  • Reduced leave allowances for defence force personnel and reduced wage increases to below the inflation rate, just a few days after declaring war. source
  • Introduced laws to allow ASIO to secretly detain people without charge, without any contact to the outside world, and allow them to conduct "coercive questioning" even when less extreme measures are available. Refusal to answer ASIO's questions would be a crime punishable by imprisonment. source
  • Gave ASIO the power to read, delete and modify anything and everything on the entire internet, with only one warrant. No one can sue them if they use that information or power illegally. If a journalist reports such abuse, they will be jailed for 10 years. source source source
  • Broke an election promise by cutting ABC funding again ($120 million this time). source source
  • Refused to send the Prime Minister to a UN climate summit with 125 other heads of state, even though the Prime Minister was attending another UN summit in the same city the next day. source source
  • Joined the Iraq war 3.0 by recklessly running in with guns blazing without a clear, public and testable objective, without a proposed timeline, without any explanation of why we won't fail just like the last time and without debating the matter in parliament. The government is calling the war a "humanitarian mission", even though they cut all foreign aid to Iraq just a few months prior. source source source
  • Spent $12 million trying to convince Sri Lanka to accept 2 boatloads of asylum seekers. source
  • Spent $900,000 in just 2 months on private jet flights for ministers. source
  • Forced all community TV stations off the air, claiming that moving online will be better for stations and viewers. Meanwhile they continue to fervently defend foreign corporate stations like HBO, who stubbornly refuse to make content accessable online. source
  • Raised the terror threat level to "high", despite receiving no specific intelligence since claiming that the threat level "has not changed". source source
  • Refused to give medical treatment to an asylum seeker with a cut on his foot, who later died because of an infection. source
  • Rejected visa applications for unionists who wanted to attend a conference, because they didn't have enough "personal wealth". source
  • Tried to introduce WorkChoices again. The changes will make it legal for employers to pay workers in pizza instead of money. Some workers will get less pay while taking annual leave. Employers will be able to veto industrial action. Unions will be stripped of their right to enter a workplace to discuss things will employees during unpaid breaks. Workers will no longer be paid extra for weekend work and overnight work. source source source
  • Scrapped funding for the Red Cross asylum seeker support program. 500 jobs were lost. source
  • Removed the requirement for ASIO to get a warrant before using tracking devices. source
  • Legislated to permit ASIO operatives and associates to commit torture, and any other crime aside from murder, serious injury infliction, sexual assault and property damage. source source source source
  • Legislated so that courts must accept illegally obtained evidence. source
  • Privatised Australian Hearing. source
  • Increased intelligence agency funding by $630 million, and fought for the power to stop Australians from travelling to Middle Eastern countries, even though the risk of terrorism "has not changed" at the time. Australians who travel to those countries will be guilty until proven unnocent. They will face up to 10 years of imprisonment. source source
  • Scrapped the Countering Violent Extremists Program, which involved grants to community programs. source
  • Censored doctors' reports showing that 1/3 of all detainees suffer from mental illness, and that self harm amongst children is common. source source
  • Axed the Schools Business Community Partnership Brokers program, which has saved thousands of students from dropping out of school. source
  • Introduced Work-For-The-Dole despite their own data showing that such programs are the least effective way of helping people find jobs. source
  • Cut the $16 per patient per day supplement for aged care providers. source
  • Rewrote counterterrorism laws so that Australian tourists returning from Syria and Iraq will be guilty of terrorism until they prove they're innocent. source
  • Proposed building the new multi billion dollar batch of Navy submarines overseas, despite high levels of unemployment amongst our manufacturing sector. source
  • Spent $330,000 renovating a single room which has never been used. Including $800 on a single door knob. The cost of leaving it unused but on standby comes to $100,000 per year. source
  • Forced the unemployed to apply for 40 jobs per month. This will bombard businesses with over 1,000,000 applications per day. There's currently about 1 job availability for every 10 unemployed people, so a lack of job applications is not the problem. source source
  • Introduced mandatory meta-data retention schemes for all internet providers. The government admits the changes are not necessary, and that there is no evidence to show that it will improve law enforcement. Warrants will not be required to access the data. The cost of implementing the schemes will come to about another $100 per customer per year. It will be used to punish illegal downloaders. source source source source source
  • Finally admitted that "There's no crisis at all in the Australian economy", despite centering their election campaign on the alleged budget emergency. source
  • Introduced new laws which mean Edward Snowden type leaks are punishable by up to 10 years of prison. No exemptions are made for anti-corruption leaks. If journalists report on anyone (including innocent bystanders) being killed accidentally or deliberately by security personnel, they will be jailed for up to 10 years. source source source source
  • Spent $50,000 on upgrades of curtains and upholstery for the Prime Minister's office. source
  • Falsely claimed that nations around the world are scrapping emissions trading schemes, even though there is currently a net increase in adoption of such schemes. source
  • Remained unapologetic about 10 mothers trying to commit suicide. The mothers hoped that their orphan children would be freed from torturous asylum seeker prisons and cared for. source
  • Forcefully handed over 41 innocent asylum seekers to a genocidal government, despite being aware that many had already been tortured before fleeing. This violates international laws and our own domestic laws. source source
  • Incorrectly explained the mechanics of their own Carbon Price repeal. source
  • Committed maritime piracy by storming boats in international waters at gunpoint, kidnapping and then imprisoning innocent passengers. Maritime piracy constitutes crimes against humanity. source source source
  • Claimed pre-First Fleet Australia was "unsettled or, um, scarcely settled", and called British colonisation a form of foreign investment. source source
  • Cut $44 million from homelessness services. source
  • Removed all mentions of climate change from their extreme weather website. source source
  • Moved to strip environmental organisations from charity status. source source
  • Refused to refer to East Jerusalem as "occupied", even though the Israeli military has met the specific criteria which constitute the legal definition of occupation, and even though Israel's own highest court ruled that the region is occupied, and even though the Israelis have built a wall twice as tall as the Berlin Wall to separate the region from the rest of Palestine. source
  • Introduced legislation to allow the government to send asylum seekers back to the country they fled from, even if there is up to a 49% chance that they will be killed or tortured upon return. This violates the principle of non-refoulement, which constitutes human rights abuse. source source source source
  • Moved to abolish the role of freedom of information commissioner, abolish the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner and charge $800 for reviews of Freedom of Information Request denials. source
  • Refused to publish any submissions it received for or against the proposed changes to the Racial Discrimination Act, even though the government says the changes are to protect free speech. They refused to state what proportion of submissions supported the changes. The government defended this secrecy by claiming that all submissions were made with the expectation of confidentiality. This is false. The Senate Inquiry Submission Guidelines state that to make a Senate Inquiry Submission confidential, you must explicitly justify a request for confidentiality, and that such requests are generally denied. source source
  • Tried to remove the laws that require financial advisors to act in the best interest of their clients, and the requirement that they provide clients with a statement of the fees they'll be charged each year. source source
  • Refused to let Leo Seemanpillai's parents come to Australia temporarily for his funeral. He burned himself to death because the Australian Government wanted to send him back to proven genocide in Sri Lanka. His parents have been living in a refugee camp for 2 decades. 2 other people tried to commit suicide the same way within a month of Leo's death, to avoid being sent back to Sri Lanka. source source source
  • Scrapped the annual $5 million grant to the Red Cross. source
  • Defended the $4.8 million salary of the head of Australia Post, immediately after he cut 900 postal worker jobs to save money. source
  • Lied by claiming asylum claims were being processed in the lead up to the Manus Island riots. source
  • Cancelled meetings with the head of the International Monetary Fund and the president of the World Bank because Mr. Abbott would be told that the government's support for fossil fuels will heavily damage our economy in the long run. source
  • Failed to model the impact on hospital emergency room waiting times due to the proposed GP fee. source
  • Cut a further $600 million from Indigenous programs, in addition to the $534 million cuts in the 2014 budget. source source
  • Claimed that removing the upper limit on university fees will cause fees to decrease. source
  • Lied about the Australian Federal Police advising Tony Abbott not to visit Deakin University for safety reasons. source
  • Blamed everyone but themselves for the murder of an innocent person during the Manus Island riots. Contractors, locals and even the victims were blamed. The report identified at least one of the murderers, but he has not been charged with murder. source source source
  • Slashed $560,000 from the Refugee Council of Australia. source source
  • Supported Japan's moves to remove the pacifist parts of their constitution, claiming that the creation of an offensive Japanese military force will help regional stability and peace. (Japan only has a self defence force.) source
  • Offered money to Manus Island detainees if they voluntarily returned to the war crimes, genocide, torture and persecusion that they originally fled from. When in opposition the government opposed these same payments. source source
  • Refused to comment about American drone strikes which killed 2 Australians. source
  • Funded PNG's defence against a legal challenge to the Manus Island detention centre. source
  • Redirected $4 million from the Child Sex Abuse Royal Commission to the Home Insulation Inquiry. source
  • Gave the Minister for Infrastructure the power to silence Infrastructure Australia (an independent body) without justification. (See section 5A(2) of the link.) source
  • Tried to scrap the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency. source
  • Confiscated medication from asylum seeker detainees. A 3 year old consequently suffered repeated seizures. source source source
  • Deliberately hid the cost of the $4.45 million renovations on The Lodge. source
  • Tried to introduce a $7 fee for each time you go to see a GP. They claimed $7 is simultaneously large enough to act as a deterrent (thereby saving money), and small enough that it won't deter poor, sick people from getting help. source source source
  • Spent $50,000 on one dinner for 60 G20 guests, including food specially flown to Washington from all over Australia. source
  • Lied about the presence of a full time psychiatrist on Manus Island. source
  • Cut over $900 million from local council funding. source
  • Scrapped tax breaks for people with a dependent spouse. source
  • Voted against the creation of a federal anti-corruption watchdog. source
  • Scrapped The Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership. source
  • Cut $170 million from the Research Training Scheme, which supported research students. source
  • Spent $12 million to investigate whether to sell off a department for $6 billion, when it makes $0.538 billion per year. source
  • Cut $15 million from Charles Sturt University's dental health program and oral clinic. source
  • Cut $2.5 billion from aged care programs, such as Meals On Wheels. source
  • Removed financial rewards which encouraged Universities to enroll disadvantaged students. source
  • Scrapped the National Rental Affordability Scheme. source
  • Cut sunday penalty rates for casual restaurant workers. source
  • Cut $16 million from ANSTO, Australia's only nuclear research facility, and our only source of medical isotopes. source
  • Slashed $1.1 million used to fight against animal abuse. source
  • Made $110 million of broad-sweeping cuts to the Arts. The only organisation to receive more funding ($1 million more) is coincidentally chaired by the daughter of Rupert Murdoch. source source
  • Cut $28.2 million from the Australia Council, which provides grants for the arts. source
  • Cut $38 million from Australian television and film funding. source
  • Scrapped the National Water Commission. source
  • Threw another $100 million at the mining industry. source source
  • Scrapped the National Preventive Health Agency’s $2.9 million National Tobacco Campaign. source
  • Broke an election promise to have over one million roofs with solar panels. source source
  • Broke an election promise by cutting billions from school funding and committing to even less of the Gonski reforms than they did at the election. source source source source
  • Scrapped a program to encourage graduates to take up work in places of need. source
  • Cut $1.3 billion from seniors concessions funding. source
  • Scrapped the Community Food Safety campaign. source
  • Cut $2.3 million from contributions to the World Health Organization. source
  • Scrapped a program which encouraged Australian video game development. source
  • Tried to deregulate university fees, thereby allowing Universities to charge what they want. Students would end up with American levels of crippling debt. Many of the politicians behind this policy received their degrees for free. Average student debt is expected to rise to $100,000, even though Abbott himself said "it is irresponsible to saddle Australians with $25,000 of debt". OECD figures show that the public benefits from tertiary qualifications twice as much as the individual. source source source source source
  • Scrapped the Women's leadership program. source
  • Broke an election promise by cutting well over $15 billion per year from health funding. source source source source
  • Scrapped the Australian Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation Authority, which has helped increase organ donation rates. source
  • Tightened eligibility and lowered indexation for support for injured Veterans. source source
  • Scrapped the Commonwealth Human Rights Education Program. source
  • Scrapped the Education Department’s Online Diagnostic Tools Program, which helped improve teachers' productivity. source
  • Cut $4.4 million from job interview workshop programs. source
  • Scrapped the Office of Water Science research program. source
  • Reduced the Medicare optometry rebate. source
  • Spent $480 million merging the Department of Immigration and Customs into Border Force, which won't have to follow public service or Defence Force laws and protocols of conduct. source source
  • Simultaneously increased the cost of petrol and cut funding for public transport. The government argued that disadvantaged people can't afford cars anyway, so they won't be hurt by the changes. source source source
  • Scrapped Youth Connections, a program which helped disengaged youth reconnect with work and education. source
  • Removed family tax benefits for children older than 6, and drastically reduced the income threshold for its eligibility and froze it below interest rates. source source
  • Cut $845.6 million from programs which fund innovative start-ups. source
  • Stopped giving under 25s Newstart. The Joint Committee on Human Rights said that this will violate our human rights obligations. source source source
  • Spent $218 million upgrading Christmas Island's asylum seeker operations, so that we can whisk off vulnerable people out of side quicker before we start abusing them. source
  • Halved the $2.55 billion emissions reduction fund. source
  • Cut $2 billion from Australian Renewable Energy Agency, Landcare and other environmental agencies. source
  • Cut over half a billion from Indigenous spending. source
  • Cut 16,500 public service jobs, despite promising to create one million new jobs. source
  • Cut the Exotic Diseases program. source
  • Ended the Get Reading! program. source
  • Scrapped the Centre for Quality Teaching. source
  • Cut $111 million from the CSIRO. source source source
  • Cut $120 million from ethanol and biofuel programs. source source
  • Cut all funding to NICTA, a peak ICT technology research company. Coincidentally, NICTA publicly criticised the Coalition's NBN only a few weeks earlier, claiming fibre-to-node is an inferior option. source source
  • Cut welfare for young people, so they have to survive on $0 per week for 6 months, before being put on a welfare scheme which is below the poverty line anyway. The Joint Committee on Human Rights said that this breaches our human rights obligations. source source source source source
  • Set aside $245 million for religious chaplains in schools. Secular schools were stripped of the option of hiring a secular equivalent. No guarantees have been made about preventing heterosexist teachings that will make queer students feel sinful and ashamed. (Queer students are 6 times more likely to commit suicide than their peers.) Hundreds of secular social workers will lose their jobs. source source source source
  • Scrapped the First Home Buyer's Account scheme, which provided sorely needed assistance for young people to buy homes. source
  • Broke an election promise by tightening disability pension eligibility and financially penalising anyone who spends at least 4 weeks overseas. source source source
  • Broke an election promise by changing age pension indexation, and eligibility age, and the threshold. source source source
  • Abolished the position of disability commissioner, then created the position of wind farm commissioner. source source
  • Cut all funding to the government's only dedicated disability website. source source
  • Broke an election promise by cutting $40 million from the SBS and ABC. source source source
  • Cut foreign aid, again. This time by $7.6 billion. source source
  • Started charging interest on HECs. OECD figures show that the public benefits from tertiary qualifications twice as much as the individual. source source
  • Reduced the income threshold where graduates start to pay back HECS. source
  • Cut $138 million from the Australian Federal Police, resulting in 335 job losses. source
  • Scrapped a loan scheme which helped apprentices buy the tools they need to learn and work. source
  • Claimed asylum seekers are safe on Nauru, even after an unexploded wartime shell was found inside the compound. source
  • Claimed asylum seekers are safe on Nauru, even after it was leaked that some guards physically and verbally assault children regularly. source
  • Failed to provide adequate medical treatment to asylum seekers on Manus Island who were shot and bashed by locals that invaded the camp and rioted. source source
  • Went $1 million (67%) over budget on the Commision of Audit, an investigation into how taxpayer money can be spent more prudently. source
  • Cut $15 million from Flinders Hospital, then spent $10 million upgrading the field for the Manly Rugby Leage team. source
  • Broke an election promise to not cut ABC funding, by cutting all funding to the Australia Network (part of the ABC). source source source
  • Described wind farms as "urterly offensive" and "a blight on the landscape". source
  • Spent $20 million on an international campaign to discourage people from fleeing war crimes, genocide and other persecution. source
  • Broke an election promise by proposing a deficit tax. source
  • Chose not to debrief any Manus Island detention centre staff after the riots by PNG locals which resulted in the death of one asylum seeker and the hospitalisation of dozens more. source
  • Paid people $1500 per person per day to recommend spending cuts. source
  • Deliberately ignored desperate and repeated pleas by security personnel on Manus Island and the commander of Operation Sovereign Borders requesting stronger fencing, CCTV cameras and better lighting. These requests were made months before locals broke down the fences, shot, stabbed and bashed detainees, none of which was caught on CCTV footage. source
  • Tried to abolish the independent national charity regulation body, which would mean the government would regulate charities, possibly resulting in less impartial regulation. For example, environmental groups stripped of charity status because they oppose government policies. source
  • Removed climate change from the agenda of the 2014 international G20 summit. source
  • Spent about $2 million for Prince William and Kate's 14 day royal visit, despite the alleged budget emergency. source source
  • Spent $3 billion on new drones to patrol our borders, despite the alleged budget emergency. source
  • Spent $7.5 million on life boats to send back asylum seekers in. Allegedly the motivation behind the government's asylum seeker policy is to stop people drowning when travelling from neighbouring countries to Australia in unsafe vessels. Despite this, much of the safety equipment was removed from the boats before sending asylum seekers back into the ocean. source source
  • Prevented internet supplier TPG from installing fibre all the way to customers. The arbitrary bureaucratic hurdles have increased the cost of fibre to premise by 15%. source source
  • Broke an election promise by no longer guaranteeing NBN speeds higher than what ADSL can provide. source
  • Retroactively introduced legislation to classify someone born in Australia as an "unauthorised maritime arrival" because their parents haven't had their asylum claims processed yet. source source
  • Scrapped a body which provides advice on over $1 billion in tax breaks that are designed to encourage Research and Development, despite promising during the election to improve incentives for Research and Development investment. source
  • Claimed a 2.5% reduction in funding every year for the ABC is not a funding cut. source
  • Cut over 300 jobs (about 1 in 3) in the Treasury department. source
  • Cut 400 jobs in the Department of Industry. source
  • Removed anti-sweatshop laws and cut all funding to Ethical Clothing Australia. source
  • Closed all Medicare offices on Saturdays. source
  • Ceased legal assistance for people exercising their right to make a claim for asylum. source
  • Cut 250 jobs from the Federal Environment Department. source source
  • Increased the fee for lodging Freedom of Information requests. source
  • Increased the eligibility age for the pension. source
  • Claimed that the average electricity bill will be $200 per year lower without the price on carbon, despite relevant power companies rejecting the magnitude of this figure. source
  • Implemented a policy which dictates that public servants should be sacked if they criticise the government in social media, even if their profile does not mention the their employment, and even if the profile is completely anonymous. source source source source
  • Chose not to give 300 children almost any schooling during 9 months of detention. source source
  • Threatened staff against speaking out about the mismanagement of the Manus Island detention centre and the attacks against it's inmates by locals and staff. source
  • Detained people in conditions so inhumane and horrid that three pregnant women asked for abortions, to stop their children suffering in detention indefinitely. The Government has refused to comment. source source
  • Chose not to process any claims for asylum from people detained on Manus Island. source
  • Claimed that all social media is anonymous. source
  • Chose to keep secret the interim report into the riots inside the Manus Island detention centre. source source
  • Paid a public relations company $97,000 for 3 weeks of work to help improve the Education Department's image, then refused to release the report that came of it. source
  • Claimed the government will be $13.7 billion better off if the Mining Tax is scrapped, even though the scrapping the tax itself would actually result in a net loss If $3.7 billion. The only savings would be through other cuts hidden in the repeal bill. The biggest of which is the Schoolkids Bonus (an initiative which was never associated with the Mining Tax). The government claims the average household will be better off, but the average household will be $3500 worse off due to repealed subsidies and tax breaks. source source
  • Interfered with the judicial process by transferring asylum seekers to a remote detention centre the day before they started a court case against the Australian Government. The case was about how the government endangered them and their families by accidentally publishing personal details about their asylum claims online. source source
  • Spent more money on detention centres than it would cost to house asylum seekers in Sydney's most expensive 5 star hotels (per asylum seeker per day). source
  • Started charging people who put in bankruptcy applications, and increased the levy on money earned post-bankruptcy. source
  • Broke international laws by arbitrarily imprisoning children. source
  • Scrapped a program to give asylum seekers free advice on how to navigate Australia's immigration bureaucracy when exercising their right to seek asylum. The justification for this scrapping was based on the false claim that asylum seekers are illegal. source source source source
  • Tried to reintroduce temporary protection visas. source source
  • Ignored an order from the United Nations Human Rights Committee to release some asylum seekers who are being illegally held without proof or judicial protection, in cruel, inhumane or degrading circumstance. source
  • Reintroduced the British system of knights and dames, only 3 months after saying they would not do so. source
  • Spent $211,000 on public relations staff to make the Medibank Private sale more palatable to the public. source
  • Sold Medibank Private for $4 billion, even though that means the government will lose up to $0.5 billion per year of income from dividends. source source
  • Claimed that all Australians have the "right to be a bigot". source
  • Refused to grant a human rights lawyer access to the Manus Island detention centre. source
  • Backed PNG's decision to cancel a human rights inquiry into the Manus Island detention centre. source
  • Issued Manus island detention centre guards with knives designed for noose cutting, because they frequently need to cut down people who try to hang themselves because of the horrid conditions. source source
  • Tried to exempt loggers in Tasmania's World Heritage forests from the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act, so they won't have to worry about killing threatened species. source
  • Claimed that the majority of asylum seekers on Manus island won't be given refugee status, even though more than 90% of all asylum seekers who've come to Australia since mid 2009 were eventually found to be genuine refugees, fleeing torture, rape, genocide and persecution. source source
  • Vowed to revive a part of WorkChoices which means construction Industry Enterprise Bargaining Agreements don't apply to subcontractors doing Commonwealth work. source
  • Refused to support a UN proposal to investigate war crimes and crimes against humanity in Sri Lanka. If such crimes been committed, the Abbott government will be guilty of crimes against humanity for forcefully sending refugees back to Sri Lanka, and for actively helping the Sri Lankan military stop people from fleeing their rape, torture and genocide. A Sri Lankan Tribunal has already proven that the Sri Lankan government is guilty of genocide. source source source source source
  • Failed to provide running water to some toilets in the detention centre on Manus Island. source
  • Spent $25 million extending the contracts of the crew on one ship so they could be part of Operation Sovereign Borders. source
  • Provided no soap in the Manus Island detention centre and regularly gave asylum seekers worm infested food. source
  • Proposed amendments to the Racial Discrimination Act so that people who "offend" or "insult" someone because of their "race, colour or national or ethnic origin" will not be legally required to pay compensation. source source source
  • Gave $100 million to Australia's 2 most profitable mining companies, to build a mine which isn't even in Australia, despite claiming "the age of entitlement is over", and despite refusing to give corporate welfare to struggling companies who have to sack hundreds of workers. source source source
  • Prevented journalists from interviewing asylum seekers injured in the Manus Island riots. source
  • Lied thrice in one BBC interview by claiming that the Abbott government is considering settling asylum seekers in Australia, and claiming that children in detention go to school, and claiming that asylum seekers on Manus Island are having their claims processed. None of these claims are true. source source source
  • Cut all welfare ($260,000) for orphans of defence force casualties. source source source
  • Gave state governments an ultimatum: sell off government assets before a certain deadline, (regardless of whether the people or the state government want to) or miss out on billions of dollars of funding. This includes selling NSW's 'poles and wires' for only $3-5 billion, even though they generate over $1.5 billion per year for the government. The states would not be allowed to use the money from the sales to pay off debt. Reluctant states were told they could still access federal funds through environmental programs that the Federal Government is trying to scrap. source source source source source
  • Justified the logging of forests currently on the world heritage list because Christianity supposedly tells us "the environment is meant for man". source source
  • Ripped $140 billion out of Australians' superannuation accounts through loosening of consumer protection rules regarding financial planning. source
  • Deported the mother of a 4 year old Australian citizen, thereby separating the child permanently from her only remaining guardian. source
  • Stopped collecting data on gender equality in the workplace. source
  • Threatened to block government funding from arts groups who refuse sponsorship from corporations the artists deem unethical. source
  • Lied to the United Nations about the quality of the Tasmanian forests they want removed from the world heritage list. source
  • Claimed no Sri Lankan asylum seekers have been sent back into danger, despite being in possession of documents which prove at least one asylum seeker was tortured after being forcefully sent back. A Sri Lankan tribunal recently proved that the Sri Lankan government was guilty of genocide. The United Nations Human Rights Commission is currently investigating war crimes and crimes against humanity in Sri Lanka. source source source
  • Suggested most existing major roads should introduce tolls. source
  • Spent $24 billion on new, spontaneously combusting fighter jets, already years behind schedule, which aren't going to be built in Australia. The jets can't run off warm fuel from a truck which has been sitting in the sun (since the fuel tank is used as a heat sink). The software for firing the guns won't be ready until 3 years after deployment. Each plane holds less than 3 seconds of ammunition for the guns. source source source source source
  • Failed to supply enough food to asylum seekers inside the detention centre on Manus Island. source
  • Secretly defeated an international nuclear disarmament treaty, arguing against a sentence in the treaty which stated that it is in the interests of humanity that nuclear weapons never be used again "under any circumstances". Australia argued that a disarmament treaty would be less effective at reducing proliferation than having no disarmament treaty. source
  • Kept secret the taxpayer funded 900 page Audit commission report which recommended tightening eligibility for seniors health cards. source
  • Tried to scrap the price on carbon, even though the emissions of relevant companies have dropped by 7% due to the price. source
  • Declined an offer from the Uniting Church to care for unaccompanied refugee children currently in detention centres. The church offered to feed house and clothe them free of charge. source
  • Ridiculed the notion that the minister for women should identify as a feminist. source
  • Started 5 audits of the NBN within the first 7 months of being in power. source
  • Proposed the scrapping of regulation which prevents media monopolies and duopolies. source
  • Claimed that loggers are "the ultimate conservationists" during a speech about why the government will not create more national parks. In the same speech Abbott lamented that we have "too much locked up forest". There are currently over 1000 innocent children locked up in detention centres, presumably this is not "too much". source source
  • Blamed Qantas job losses on the carbon tax, even though a Qantas spokesman said "Qantas' current issues are not related to carbon pricing". source
  • Finally admitted that "Operation Sovereign Borders" is a civilian operation not a military one. source
  • Spent over $15,000 on a custom made bookcase to replace a $7,000 custom bookcase which holds $13,000 worth of taxpayer funded books and magazines in senator Brandis' office. source
  • Spent $22,000 taxpayer dollars buying new cutlery and crockery for the ministerial wing of parliament. source
  • Spent over $8 million each year on salaries alone for 95 media staff for the department of Immigration, despite the fact that the department tells the media almost nothing. Those same staff spent over $9,000 in just 2 months monitoring the media for transcripts of their own minister's press conferences. source source
  • Proposed a "green army" comprised of young people paid less than half of minimum wage without normal workplace protections. source source source
  • Cut $3 million in funding for a program to save an endangered rhino species of which there are only 100 left. source
  • Referred to our humanitarian immigration program as "Operation Sovereign Murders". source
  • Defended spending $3.5 million on a tent kitchen on Manus Island. source
  • Sent asylum seekers back to Indonesia, 3 of which later died trying to cross a river in the jungle they landed next to. source
  • Defended the Manus Island scheme during a press conference about the man who was shot dead in our detention centres by claiming the government is "ending the deaths" of asylum seekers. source
  • Chose not to send any representatives to the Partnership for Market Readiness assembly, a conference which Australia helped fund which is about market mechanisms to curb emissions. source
  • Appointed someone to head the investigation into the Manus Island riots who claimed that rape victims in Manus Island detention centres receive better treatment than Australians. source
  • Planned a doubling of the defence force's annual budget, increasing it by $24 billion, despite the supposed budget emergency and after the withdrawal of troops from Iraq and Afghanistan. source source source source source
  • Defied legislation by not appointing the Climate Change Authority to run the investigation into the Renewable Energy Target. source
  • Blamed electricity price rises on the renewable energy target, despite their own modelling predicting that is will reduce electricity prices in the long term, and Energy Australia stating that it has suppressed prices since it was created. source source source source
  • Banned the distribution of condoms in detention centres. source
  • Forced Manus Island staffers to lie to detainees. source
  • Placed an ex-officer of the Sri Lanka army in charge of the Manus Island detention centre, which holds people fleeing the Sri Lanka army's war crimes and genocide. source source
  • Spent $13.3 million on floating hotels for detention centre staff on Manus island. source
  • Admitted the information given about the Manus detention centre riots was drastically wrong. source source
  • Convinced Cambodia (one of the poorest countries in our region) to take in some of the refugees currently in our detention centres. Serious human rights abuse continue to be committed regularly under the Cambodian government and military. source source source source source
  • Purchased 8 new Poseidon aircraft totalling $4 billion despite the "budget emergency". source source
  • Guarded the body of a dead asylum seeker using guards who were possibly the ones that shot him. Those same guards confiscated a camera from a journalist on site then deleted all his photos. source
  • Blamed the Carbon Tax for job losses at Alcoa's aluminium smelter, despite Alcoa being 94.5% exempt from the tax, and despite Alcoa explicitly stating that "the carbon tax was not a factor in the decision". source
  • Accidentally published personal details about almost 10,000 asylum seekers and their claims, thereby putting all their lives in danger. Regardless of whether the original asylum claims were genuine, if those asylum seekers are returned to their country of origin, they and their family may be imprisoned, tortured or killed because governments and militias in their country of origin will know they sought asylum. After discovering the blunder, the government took 13 days to remove the information from public view. As part of a press release about the accidental leak, the government made public further information about where to find the still life threatening document. source source source source
  • Eventually admitted that Navy ships "inadvertently" crossed into Indonesian waters despite using high tech GPS navigation, then they made the exact same mistake again 5 times. The government chose to not even interview any crew members of one such ship when writing a report on the matter. source source source
  • Removed poverty reduction from the goals of the foreign affairs department, which manages foreign aid. source
  • Paid their own indigenous employees substantially less than non-indigenous co-workers despite promising to help "close the gap". source
  • Deleted negative comments on the Department of Immigration's Facebook page, but left objectively false comments, such as claims that asylum seeking is illegal. source source
  • Denied responsibility after Manus Island detention centre guards let in a mob of locals, resulting in an asylum seeker being shot and dozens more injured. Injuries included slit throats, machete wounds and eyes hanging from sockets. source source source source source
  • Chose not to mention a $882 million payout to News Corp. when outlining a $16.8 billion budget black hole. The payout was the single biggest item in the black hole. source source
  • Annoyed the Navy by having the immigration minister tour naval bases like a defence minister would. source
  • Promised to continue with their NBN plan even if a cost-benifit analysis (which is yet to be done) shows it does not give a worthwhile return on investment. source
  • Chose a climate change denier to lead a review of the renewable energy target. source
  • Denied any link between droughts and climate change. source
  • Spent $4.3 million on market research to gauge public opinion on social media and other outlets about government policies. source source
  • Proposed greater government control over the internet, including the power to order ISPs to block specific sites. source source
  • Granted the Environment Minister retrospective legal immunity against court challenges alleging he failed to consider expert environmental advice before approving damaging mining projects. i.e. They are undermining the Rule of Law and legislating to allow the Environment Minister to literally ignore the environment. source
  • Exempted Western Australia from federal laws protecting endangered species to allow a shark cull, despite evidence culls do not reduce the frequency of attacks on humans. source
  • Spread propaganda to potential asylum seekers which deliberately make Australia look like a villainous, uncompassionate country. The propaganda completely ignores the violence, torture, rape and persecution that causes people to seek asylum. source
  • Disbanded an asylum seeker health panel of 12 experts from a range of fields, replacing it with one military surgeon. The government has refused to comment on the matter. source
  • Alleged that Edward Snowden endangered lives and claimed that Australia does not need any surveillance reform. source source
  • Denied any wrongdoing after a government aid married to the head of a junk food lobby pulled down a government website providing simplified nutritional information within hours of its launch. source
  • Cut 500 jobs from the Australian Tax Office. source
  • Violated Youtube's policies regarding deceptive content, resulting in the suspension of Abbott's whole channel. source
  • Lied about NSW signing on with their independent schools deal. source
  • Proposed the conversion of one quarter of public schools to independent schools. source
  • Claimed "the age of entitlement is over" whilst continuing to give mining companies billions of dollars of subsidies and tax concessions. source source source source source
  • Lied about the working conditions at SPC factories to justify declining financial assistance. source
  • Arbitrarily denied many asylum seekers the right to a lawyer during the interviews where they make their asylum claim. source
  • Withheld asylum seeker arrival numbers to avoid being a "shipping news service for people smugglers", despite literally advertising those same numbers on a billboard while in opposition. source source source
  • Dismissed out of hand serious allegations that Navy personnel assaulted asylum seekers, based on the supposed moral perfection of those personnel. A recent investigation proved that some of those personnel had sexually assaulted other crew by inserting objects up their arses. The Defence Force and the Immigration Department didn't even bother interviewing the asylum seekers who made the claims. source source source
  • Embarrassed Australia on the world stage by oversimplifying the Syrian conflict as "goodies vs baddies". source
  • Appointed yet another straight, white cisgendered male as Governor General. source
  • Called Edward Snowden a traitor. source
  • Criticised the ABC because they aren't biased towards the Government. source
  • Accepted a claim for asylum not because of the merit of the claim but because Cricket Australia wanted the man in their team. source
  • Violated international convention by criticising Labor on the Global stage. source
  • Stole crucial evidence from an Australian lawyer representing East Timor in an international tribunal against Australia relating to our illegal spying on East Timor's oil deal. source
  • Shut down the 113 year old Australian Valuation Office, thereby making 200 jobs disappear. source
  • Provoked Indonesia so much that they put their air force on standby at the border. source
  • Crossed into Indonesian waters without authorisation again, then abandoned a boat without enough fuel to get to shore, forcing asylum seekers to swim for an hour to get to shore. source
  • Defeated moves to cease the recital of the (Christian) Lord's prayer at the start of each sitting day of (secular) federal parliament. source
  • Cut all funding from all international environmental programs. source
  • Closed mainland detention centres and moves detainees offshore, citing budget savings as the motivation, even though offshore processing costing almost twice as much as onshore processing. source source source
  • Authorised the Navy to fire over the bows of asylum seeker boats. source
  • Refused to comment on 4 attempted suicides, hunger strikes and many self harm attempts happening simultaneously in detention centres. source
  • Exempted Navy personnel of workplace safety obligations to treat asylum seekers safely, and gave them legal immunity for criminal acts which are committed by order of the government. source
  • Rewrote the school curriculum to make it more right wing. The previous curriculum was developed over many years with extensive consultation. The new curriculum is being written by two people. One thinks "abos" are "human rubbish tips", called a sexual assault victim a "worthless slut", and laments that Australia has too many "Mussies" and "Chinky-Poos". The other has questioned whether migrants and women are disadvantaged, and suggested homosexuality is "unnatural". source source source
  • Refused to respond to questions from the United Nations about boat tow-backs. source
  • Likened our humanitarian immigration program to war. source
  • Directed that asylum seeker families shall be given the lowest priority for processing, even those who've lived in Australia for years. source
  • Spent over $120,000 on Kirribilli House, including $13,000 on an imported luxury rug, paid for by the taxpayer. source
  • Endangered lives, committed maritime piracy and broke other international laws by turning around a boat whose passengers have the right to seek asylum in Australia. The government refused to comment on the matter. Lives were endangered as a result of this move, because the boat ran out of fuel and became stranded. source source source
  • Tried to deport a gay refugee to Pakistan, where he would be imprisoned for life for his sexuality. In doing so the government would have committed human rights abuse by violating the principle of non-refoulement. The man has never lived in Pakistan. source source
  • Threatened to withhold food from families if children don't stand still for 6 hours per day queuing for food. The food is sometimes served with hands not utensils. source
  • Forced women to queue for a whole day just to get a tampon or pad, only to queue again when they need a fresh one, because they are a fire hazard. The government refused to comment. source source
  • Scrapped the Building Multicultural Communities Program. 400 community organizations will now miss out on the promised funding they have already budgeted for. source
  • Cut all funding to Jewish Holocaust Centre ($7,700). source
  • Tried to silence the media to stop them criticising the upcoming private jet deal for politicians. source
  • Quietly reduced instant asset write-off tax breaks for small businesses despite championing themselves as pro-small-business. source
  • Criticised the ABC for not "advancing Australia's broad and enduring interests in the Asian region", without actually accusing the ABC of any specific wrongdoing or poor judgement. source
  • Scrapped the National Intercountry Adoption Advisory Group then 2 months later created the interdepartmental working group on overseas adoption, a body which serves an identical purpose. source
  • Stopped weekly press conferences on asylum seekers. Declined further comment on the matter. source
  • Approved a 6.2% increase in health insurance premiums. source
  • Deliberately omitted 23 questions asked of the immigration minister in a press conference. They have refused to comment further on why those questions were omitted. source
  • Refused requests for medical treatment from a pregnant women in detention who subsequently had a miscarriage. She probably would have had a normal birth had she received the treatment she asked for. The government declined to comment further. source
  • Broke an election promise to send a boat to monitor whaling by instead promising to only send an aircraft. The government subsequently broke that second promise too, allowing whalers to kill endangered whales without any Australian monitoring. source source
  • Broke an election promise by renaming the NDIS, making it "DisablityCare" and renaming the "launch" a "trial", thereby casting doubt on whether they will even commit to the scheme fully. source
  • Scrapped the AusAid graduate program, requiring the sacking of the newest batch of graduates. source
  • Axed the position of coordinator-general for remote indigenous services. source
  • Approved the construction of gargantuan coal mines in the Galilee Basin, including one in the habitat of an endangered species. If all projects go ahead the emissions released from that coal annually will amount to 130% of what our entire nation currently emits annually. source source source
  • Appointed Tim Wilson as human rights commissioner - someone who has personally advocated for the abolition of the human rights commission, and who's new 6 figure salary is so large that the commission will have to cut education and anti-bullying programs to fund it. source
  • Scrapped the Biodiversity fund. source
  • Cut funding for the National Congress of Australia's First Peoples, a body of elected representatives of the indigenous people. source
  • Handed $16 million to Cadbury, but refused to give subsidies to Holden, Qantas and SPC Ardmona. Cadbury is owned by a multinational firm whose profits rose by 64% to $74.9 million last year. Coincidentally the Cadbury factory is located in a marginal electorate. source source source source
  • Axed the home energy saver scheme, which successfully helped struggling households cut down high electricity bills. source
  • Dismantled the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, the Low Carbon Communities Program and the Caring for our Country Program. source
  • Cut $43.1 Million in legal aid funding, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander legal services, community legal services, the UNSW Indigenous Legal Centre and the Family Violence Prevention Legal Services. source source source
  • Cut funding for the Energy Efficiency Program (which was compulsory for large electricity consumers). source
  • Slashed all funding (over $10 million) from the Environmental Defender's Offices. source
  • Broke an election promise by cutting $150 million from NSW hospitals. source
  • Axed a scheme to improve the wages of aged care workers. source
  • Scrapped the Wage Connect Program (a scheme which encouraged employers to hire long-term unemployed people). source
  • Broke an election promise for a 25Mbi/s National Broadband Network, and announced that it will cost more than they promised. source
  • Broke an election promise to return to surplus by 2016-2017. source
  • Undermined the rule of law by proposing a "code of conduct" for refugees living in Australia, despite the fact refugees commit fewer crimes per person than the national average. source source source
  • Failed to take any action in response to Snowden's leaks showing that the Australian Government is helping the USA spy on all Australians. source
  • Repealed poker machine laws designed to address gambling addiction. source
  • Planned the unwinding of the World Heritage protection of Tasmanian forests despite opposition from the Forest Industries Association of Tasmania. source
  • Changed the ministerial code of conduct so ministers no longer have to sell shares which create a conflict of interest. source
  • Threatened queer detainees in PNG by saying they will be reported to local police if they engage in homosexual acts. Homosexuality is illegal in PNG. Such threats mean refugees fleeing persecution because of their sexual orientation are not able to make their asylum claim without fear of arrest. This counts as human rights abuse because it violates the principle of non-refoulement and strips people of their right to safely make a claim for asylum. The government has refused to comment further. source source source
  • Terminated their deal with the Salvation Army to provide humanitarian assistance with those on Manus Island and Nauru. Consequently 300 people lost their job. The government has refused to comment further. source
  • Disbanded IHAG, a group that provides advice about the health of asylum seeker detainees, which helps combat the rising rates of mental illness and self harm. The government has refused to comment further. source
  • Approved the expansions for Abbott Point coal port, which requires dumping 3 million tonnes of dredge spoil onto the Great Barrier Reef, thereby threatening the Queensland's entire tourism industry and hospitality industry, and the reef's heritage status. source source
  • Removed the Murray Darling from the list of threatened ecological communities. source
  • Signed a trade agreement with South Korea that allows foreign companies to sue the Australian government if it implements policies which adversely affect their business (e.g. for environmental or anti-sweatshop reasons). source
  • Removed the requirement for the government to consider advice about the protection of endangered species when approving projects. source
  • Detained innocent asylum seekers in conditions so horrible they amount to torture according to Amnesty International. 500ml of water per person per day, in a shadeless tropical island, with mental illness rates of over 30% and no soap despite rampant gastro. source
  • Made Orwellian threats about cutting ABC funding because the government didn't like one of their stories, and because their quality of journalism is too high, thereby creating competition which threatens the corporate newspaper duopoly (who are now floundering because they didn't see the internet coming). source
  • Incorrectly defined meta-data as billing data only, when it actually includes email subject headings, location data, financial transaction details and more. source source source
  • Called for privatisation of electricity networks, despite evidence showing it does not lower power bills. source source
  • Cut $3 billion in welfare for students, the elderly and families. source source
  • Scrapped the Advisory Panel on Positive Ageing, despite the fact our population is aging. source
  • Secretly changed voting position at the UN regarding the Israel and Palestine issue without telling anyone. source
  • Abandoned Gonski agreements with states and committed to 3 fewer years of Gonski than their pre-election promise. source
  • Broke an election promise by scrapping the Alcohol and Other Drugs Council of Australia. The government spent $1 million on administrative costs to do so, even though the council only received $1.6 million in funding per year. source
  • Cut $4.5 billion in foreign aid. source source source
  • Tried to scrap the $10 billion Clean Energy Finance Corp, even though it provides $110 million per year in net revenue to the government. source
  • Disbanded AusAid (the foreign aid body), merging the remainder into the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. source source
  • Ceased reporting births and clinical depression in detention centers. Downgraded self harm. source
  • Forcefully and unapologetically separated a mother and her newborn child. source
  • Cut $300 million from child care staff subsidies. source
  • Introduced a bill which allows for unpaid union officials in elected roles to be jailed for up to 5 years and fined up to $340,000. source
  • Cut $2.3 billion from higher education, and removed start-up scholarships (thereby significantly increasing the debt of the poorest students) and removed the 10% HECS discount for paying up-front. source
  • Increased superannuation tax for the poor, and decreased it for the rich. source
  • Tried to scrap the school kids tax concession (thereby increasing the cost of living for families by $16,000 per school child over their education). source
  • Withdraw all Commonwealth funding for Commonwealth supported places at University. source
  • Scrapped the Australian Animals Welfare Advisory Committee, Commonwealth Firearms Advisory Council, International Legal Services Advisory Council, National Steering Committee on Corporate Wrongdoing, Antarctic Animal Ethics Committee, Advisory Panel on the Marketing in Australia of Infant Formula, High Speed Rail Advisory Group, Maritime Workforce Development Forum, Advisory Panel on Positive Ageing, Insurance Reform Advisory Group and National Housing Supply Council (all in one day). source
  • Provided $2.2 million for miners and farmers to fight against native title claims. source
  • Cut $435 million from the Renewable Energy Agency. source
  • Unwound same sex marriage laws in ACT. source source
  • Scrapped the Social Inclusion Board (an anti-poverty advisory group). source
  • Used Wikipedia as a source to support a claim which was actually contradicted by Wikipedia. source source
  • Declared bushfires unrelated to climate change. source source
  • Mandated that all public servants should incorrectly refer to boat arrivals as "illegal". source source source
  • Sent no one important to the international climate summit. The people who did go went in tee-shirts, giggled and were so insensitive and disrespectful that there was a walkout by other countries. source
  • Proposed privatising HECS. source
  • Tried to raise the debt ceiling by $200 billion. source
  • Moved to protect companies from boycotts against them (e.g. for using slave labour or destroying the environment) thereby undermining the foundation of capitalism by reducing consumer power. source source
  • Kept Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations secret, even though it threatens the very foundations of our democracy. The leaked agreement would allow international companies to sue governments if their profits are diminished by environmental, indigenous land rights or anti-child-sweatshop laws. The TPP would give corporations many of the same rights that individuals have. There is no expiration date or separation clause, so once signed, it's here forever. source source source
  • Broke an election promise by trying to scrap the 2020 emissions target. source source
  • Scrapped the Climate coalition. source
  • Cut 600 CSIRO staff. source
  • Donated $2 million worth of patrol boats to help Sri Lanka stop people fleeing proven genocide, human rights abuse, war crimes and extra judicial killings. source source source source
  • Excused torture in Sri Lanka. source
  • Chose not to appoint a minister for science, for the first time in half a century. source
  • Appointed a man as minister for women who said "I don't support womens' causes". source source
  • Chose a cabinet with 18 men and only 1 woman. source
  • Broke an election promise that Abbott would spend his first week in an Aboriginal community. source source
"I think you'd be best off voting Green."
- Tony Abbott (last election day) source

That's a total of 509 dot points indays. Averagingdot points per business day.

Matthew Davis
Matthew Davis is an independent writer and political reporter. He has previously written for the publication Tharunka, and is currently completing a bachelor of Engineering at the University of New South Wales.

241 Comments to “Achievements of the Abbott Government To Date”

  1. sometimes sue says:

    Wow! That is quite a list. It makes me feel very afraid for the next few years while we have this government running the country. Labor were far from perfect, but this is just plain scary. Australia is taking massive retrograde steps, and I do not think we can call ourselves the ‘Lucky Country’ anymore., or indeed even a democracy. Thank you for publishing this list.

    • cbbott is an aunt says:

      You said he appointed a man as Minister for Women. Than was actually cur abbott himself!
      Here’s just a few quote to make you women feel safe. Abbottisms from the Washington Post
      1970s: ”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.”
      2002: Virginity “is the greatest gift you can give someone.”
      2010: ”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.”
      2010: ”I probably feel a bit threatened” by homosexuals.

      • The Evanator says:

        “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.”

        • Peter Morris says:

          To the Evanator…that’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever read (well almost). It suggests that there is a point at which a man can make a woman have sex with him…maybe the relationship has already ended and its tine to move on. Of course its her absolute right to withhold.

          • Vikki says:

            Peter Morris – Unfortunately the Evanator was directly quoting our Prime Minister Abbott …. indeed a very sad state of affairs

          • mary says:

            Well our prime minister said these things so are we still to call it dumb or mindless. The man is on 550 thou a year plus. I am being facetious.

      • mary says:

        i love your name… clever, i feel the same

      • Diz says:

        ‘”I probably feel a bit threatened” by homosexuals'; surely Abbott has no need to feel that fear – no self-respecting homosexual would go near him!

  2. Ashlea says:

    But the Labor party broke a promise on the carbon tax and wasted money on the pink bats, so they are equal.

    • Bucky Dent says:

      Dude, did you even read this list?

    • Paul says:

      Please note that Julia Gillard said “There would be no Carbon Tax under the GOVERNMENT I lead.” After the election, she was in a COALITION government. The same that we are getting now with Abbott. In such a government you have to make deals to get what you want. It was a GREEN’s Party policy of a Carbon Price.

      • JohnB says:

        No, Gillard LIED. She broke a promise. No ifs, no buts.

        Also remember the hundreds of Labor promises of a budget surplus in 2011-12 and 2012-13. They delivered deficits instead.

        • Hazmat says:

          Labor saved us from the gfc you dimwit. Every country in the world is in debt apart from a select few. Take a few things into consideration next time.

          • Andrew says:

            Labor didn’t save us from anything. They used the GFC as an excuse to hand out ridiculously priced jobs to their union mates in construction by spending all the money the Coalition had put in the bank for us. It was simply not required. The GFC was due to banking collapses, which we had none of. The APRA requirements, which were put in place by the coalition, ensured our banking and insurance sector was much stronger than that of the USA and most European countries. We had no GFC.

          • Caleb says:

            labor “saved” us from the GFC because they had a surplus to work with left by the Howard government, who coincidentally CAME INTO office with $96bn of debt left for him to deal with.
            This is also the same surplus they were criticized for having in the first place, i would advise that you take a few more things into consideration. Labor did well to avoid the GFC in the circumstances that surrounded them, however to say that was all to do with labor is incredibly biased, they had gotten a huge leg up from the coalition surplus that they so heavily chastised.

          • Adrian says:

            The budget surplus from Howard was only $20b. Every economist that reported on the issue said that the GFC cost us $180b and would have cost twice that if it were not for labors stimulus package. The surplus made little to no difference.

            Look up the facts for yourself. There is plenty of information available from qualified experts with no political affiliation.

          • Brad says:

            Howard only had a surplus because he sold off public assets.

          • Carolyn says:

            Oh dear, I always suspected that there were some out there who believe “We had no GFC” and now it’s confirmed. Do you really believe Andrew that our country would have been immune from the impacts of the GFC if Labor didn’t take the actions they did? You need to extend your reading further because there’s plenty of information out there from reputable people qualified to comment on such matters who would say otherwise.

        • GavinB says:

          Gillard meant what she said so it was not a lie. In what universe is a change of mind a lie. In what universe is a compromise a lie. Even breaking a promise isn’t a lie. That’s just plain English 101 and to claim that Julia Gillard lied is to break the rules of English. It is just not true in any terms at all.
          In relation to the carbon tax, Abbott’s claim that Julia Gillard lied was more of a lie as he knew she had to compromise and he knew it was not a lie but a change of plan. So he was saying something that he knew at the time was not true. That is the simple definition of a lie.

          • Thank you, Gavin. In this age of newspeak, it’s good to encounter someone who remembers the English language as it was understood until the arrival of the Abbott Opposition. A promise not kept is a broken promise. An conscious untruth isa, wait for it…. a LIE. Different critters.

        • Ian Joyner says:

          The difference between Gillard’s ‘lie’ and Abbott’s is that she meant it at the time – to have an ETS rather than Carbon tax. However, the carbon tax was a good outcome for a very serious problem. So circumstances forced Gillard to back down.

          In contrast Abbott’s lies were deliberately deceptive. And look at the string of them. This is the most despicable government.

          Deficits are what you get in economically bad times. That is not the fault of the government – they did the right thing.

        • Callum S says:

          The carbon tax was a great piece of policy, which didn’t go far enough. It was the most progressive environmental policy in the world. Despite taxing only 500 companies and not hurting all who pollute.
          Furthermore, aiming for a budget surplus was a mistake. There currently is a fetish for surpluses, so much so that it seems the only policy a government needs. We have a strong economy with a 13th of the debt that other nations have, but yet we continue to have problems, with our electricity production, health, education, infrastructure, immigration, and many more. We need to spend money to improve our nation now, and pay debts off in a future. A reasonable budget deficit is not a bad thing, and I think the Labour party should say so. And i believe that people like yourself, John, should be less concerned with personality politics and your own interests and be more interested in the clear needs of this country. Needs not at all serviced by Abbott’s long track record for screwing over the needy and paying off the rich, as evidenced above.

        • ikrek67 says:

          Abbott is an even bigger liar. Gillard never got a chance to be an even better PM than Abbott. He will be remembered for one thing, the damage to this country and it’s social fabric that his gov’t is causing is unbelievable and he will go down in history as one of the worst Prime Ministers ever.

        • Dan says:

          “There will be no carbon tax under a government I lead, but let me be clear. I will be putting a price on carbon and I will move to an emissions trading scheme.” …that is the full quote

        • Mslater says:

          So, what your saying, you are so much in favour of dishonesty, in the Liberal ranks as to the Labor ranks, figures.

        • Mslater says:

          So, what your saying, you are so much in favour of dishonesty, in the Liberal ranks as to the Labor ranks, figures.

      • jtc says:

        Hey Paul – pays to pay attention mate:

        “There will be no carbon tax under a government I lead, but lets be absolutely clear. I am determined to price carbon” – Julia Gillard

        “If you want to put a price on carbon, why not do it with a simple tax?” – Tony Abbott

      • pv says:

        Paul, Coalition is centre right. When did Julia change sides?

        • Carolyn says:

          Since when is this coalition centre right? They are more like the Tea Party of the US.

          • Smith says:

            The coalition has the right, the far right making party policies easy labor has the late sipping left the right the greenies unions exetra

    • R. Balfour says:

      Anthea, that is hardly the same thing. Abbott and Co. are liars and hypocrites. They are out of touch and I wish they were out of office. They will turn this nation into a third world country where only the wealthy can access medical care and education. The poor and elderly will be adversely and irretrievably affected by this government’s actions! They are beyond contempt!!

      • Jay says:

        Bahahahahah, @ a third world country, from a nation that considers a family of 4 on less than $900 per week as BELOW THE POVERTY LINE… Now who is a contemptuous liar..

        • Ryan says:

          1st world = sided with America during Cold War
          2nd world = sided with the USSR
          3rd world = sided with nobody

    • Brian Griffin says:

      So Ashlea, you argue both major parties are liars and fiscally inept – but for the last 70 years we have voted for either one. Do you think perhaps it is time for us to look in the mirror and ask “what are we voting for?”

    • kerrymb says:

      Are you friggin kidding me.Read the list not the Telegraph

    • Callie G says:

      The National Rental Property Insulation Programme was Not a waste of money. Millions of rental properties were provided with insulation that firstly , reduced heating and cooling costs immediately, thereby reducing power bills for tenants. The Programme itself provided thousands of jobs and a huge injection of cash flow into the economy at the height of the Global Financial Crisis, playing a large part in preventing economic downturn and possible recession.
      The carbon pricing scheme was something that should have been introduced a long time ago , we have one of the lowest PPT carbon emission cost in the world and all polluters have the chance of reducing their carbon cost by reducing their emissions. It is not a tax , it is not collected by the Govt. and held in coffers. The CPS works like a bank account and the more carbon credits you have the less interest you pay , if you have enough credits you can trade them like gift vouchers with other companies and you can if done carefully reduce your carbon emissions costs to nil thereby paying nothing.

    • Roger says:

      Blinkered much ??

    • No Ashlea, Gillard did not break a promise on the carbon tax. She said, before the election “no government that I lead will impose a carbon tax.” And what happened after the election? Both Gillard and Abbott wooed the Greens as (coalition) partners and Gillard won. And what did the Greens want? A carbon tax. So she didn’t lead the government, she was in a coalition with the Greens.

      as for the pink batts, no Ashlea, that wasn’t a waste of money, that was part of a program that meant that Australia was the only country in the developed world that didn’t get hammered by the GFC

    • RhoRho says:

      Labor didn’t break a promise at all, Tony cut her sentence n half to skew the meaning, and it has remained a fallacy ever since: “There will be no carbon tax under a government I lead, but let me be clear: I will be putting a price on carbon and I will move to an emissions trading scheme.”
      PinkBatts was successful, these statements are too simplistic. Yes there were deaths, but really the blame should rest on the perpetrators, the unscrupulous businesses which exploited the situation. The LNP is Witch-Hunting. Surely it is wise to look at the reason for methods taken to protect Australia from the disastrous effects of the GFC.
      Besides, if you still think it is a broken promise, how an the two be ‘equal’, when the LNP, ie, Tony & Co, have broken countless promises, so blatantly is is scarey

  3. Nick Cowling says:

    Holy crap…I can’t even process all of this.

    • Derek says:

      You don’t need to, why would anyone waste their time, some people build some tear down. That’s where the Labor Party makes it easy, Deaths (batts and immigrants at sea,) Unfunded (NDIS, NBN, Gonski,) Debt (3 billion headed to 6 bill costing us 1 bill an month in interest) I wonder what we could do with an extra billion a month.

      • Graeme says:

        Les than we could spend on the Hockey more than doubling
        Said debt to make the previous government look bad doofus

        • Anthony says:

          dont give that lies about hockey doubling it. labor commited this country to spending for the next 4 years. what a rude as hell goverment to say hey ima commit the next party to what we want regardless of weather australia agrees or not in the election.

          • Mick says:

            The Howard government committed Australia to 14 billion worth of joint strike fighters to be built in the USA. Shit planes, heaps of issues, not the best fighter jet and 14 billion tax dollars goes to another country. Also Hockey borrowed 8.8 billion from the world bank and gave it to the RBA when advised by the RBA not to.

          • claggers says:

            two very good points, both articulately put…

          • Trish says:

            So what you’re saying is that no govt should commit to anything that will last longer than their elected term. Welcome to Australia. Short sighted people governed by short sighted rulers.

          • LeonexD says:

            @ Anthony, I suggest you obtain some education before the price goes through the roof under the current batch of clowns we have who are running the circus. You are sorely in need, judging by the spelling and grammar in your post.

      • jane says:

        HIP deaths four, three of which were deemed to be employer responsibility, one of which occurred when the employee deliberately ignored his employer’s demand the metal staples not be used. The employee discarded the plastic staples provided by his employer and purchased metal staples which caused his death.

        HIP insulated 1.1 million houses. there were four deaths and 127 fires. Prior to HIP, there were eight deaths per 67,000 installations, but not a word mentioned about those tragic accidents.

        You might like to consider those statistics before making further comment

        Asylum seeker deaths are tragic, however the alleged angst by Liars and their barrackers seem pretty hypocritical considering the treatment meted out to them in the Coalition’s concentration camps all of which has been roundly condemned by the UN.

        I’d be interested to know the interest rate on that $3bn. According to your figures it is 33%. Highly unlikely. You might also consider that that Hockey has borrowed $60bn+ since the election. Any chance that would affect the interest payment?

      • L.Baker says:

        But, have you realised? the majority funding is being redistributed, not put into paying down debt or establishing some sovereign wealth fund. It will be redirected into infrastructure spending of dubious credibility – while the same people who might have advised on the efficacy of such spending are being sacked. It truly looks like they are combining the worst parts of Keynesian and Friedman economics, with just a dash of cronyism on the side. (About the only thing they got right so far is to unfreeze the fuel excise. The cost of maintaining roads goes up with the cost of oil fuels, and this was a real drain on the budget.)

        P.S. your debt numbers are off by quite a bit.

      • James says:

        You just made me literally facepalm.

        It is awful and terrible that people died due to the Batts scheme. The whole thing is being investigated with good reason.

        It’s even more so=ad that people are dying at sea… but you think it’s better that we spend obscene amounts of money detaining immigrants in offshore detention centres where locals can and have broken in and murdered and abused them? The current and two previous Governments could be charged with assisting Genocide and war crimes for the way they’ve approached asylum seeker policies. Hell, they’re lying openly every time they say “illegal” immigrants, because it’s not illegal to seek asylum.

        The NBN would be self-funding so calling it unfunded is a misunderstanding of basic Infrastructure Economics. The NDIS is social Engineering and should have been funded by carbon pricing and mining taxes (along with about 10 other social engineering programs that benefitted the disadvantaged). Gonski was mostly about reforming the Education system. The goddam fucking EDUCATION system. Like Jesus Christ man, do you not want future generations to have it better than we do?

        And Debt, 3 billion to 6 billion… I have no idea where you’re getting your number from but they’re completely incorrect… and even if they were, you don’t seem to understand National Debt Economics and how it’s approached at all.

      • Ian Joyner says:

        Derek: “I wonder what we could do with an extra billion a month.” That’s a silly question Abbott and Hockey would not do anything with it.

        The pink batts was a very worthy program – get funds into the economy, give young people employment, and insulate homes reducing energy consumption (cheaper bills). Tragically, because of the stupidity of how it was done in Queensland, four young people died. However, the lack of public service oversight in these schemes is down to the Liberals and the way they cut the public service. Now they try to make out their own mistakes are the fault of Labor. Four young people dying is as much down to the Liberals as to Labor.

      • Fireman says:

        Under the Howard govt an average of 250 workers a year died at work. With safer regulations that dropped to around 200 under Labor and yet everyone harps on 4 deaths of inexperienced tradesmen. 7 years of Labor = over 300 lives saved.
        Under Howard at least one boat was lost with 350 people on board, others are known to have left Indonesia and were never seen again. How did everybody forget these? Oh that’s right, Murdoch media just ignored them like it does anything anti-Liberal.

        • Coops says:

          Thanks Fireman – I just know there must be many young people in the building business dying every year. Shows what a witch hunt this commission really is.
          Why don’t our journos give us the facts not just the biased reporting we are getting.

    • Rhys Sutton says:

      Vote below the mother fucking line, why don’t we? We rely on two parties to not fuck us and surprise surprise all they do MOST of the time is take a large erect government standard dick and shove it up our dry anus. Vote below the line, screw the major parties!

  4. Douglas says:

    Missed an important one:
    In the Budget, under Medicare Benefits Schedule — introducing patient contributions for general practitioner, pathology and diagnostic imaging services:
    “The measure will also remove the restriction on State and Territory Governments from charging patients presenting to hospital emergency departments for general practitioner like attendances.”
    So, if you go to The emergency dept, and they judge you could have been treated by a GP, they can charge you for the treatment.

    • Beverley Lee says:

      Heaven forbid, I am having trouble taking it all in. Time to get rid of Abbott and his cronies.

  5. Gregory Long says:

    Put him down. He is sick.

  6. kay says:

    Did you forget marriage counselling vouchers?

  7. Austriaal says:

    Terrifying. Worst government in Australian history.

  8. broady says:


  9. Jack says:

    Need we go on?

    • alf says:

      Paid ‘bribe’ money (from our taxes) for biased ‘services rendered’ to Murdoch(..and others) ;in excess of $800million which favours his Foxtel Operations (and others) ,potentially to the tune of BILLIONS of dollars!!!!

  10. Phil says:

    Pyne called shorten a grub not a c&$#. Otherwise a lot of this is true.

    • Mike says:

      Not to my ears. I’ve watched that video and listened very carefully and there’s no way he’s saying grub.

    • Elric says:

      Have you actually seen/heard the footage? It sounds like a pretty clear c-bomb to me

      • Katie says:

        He said as he walked past, ” you such a c#*! ” speaker then speaks,

      • Lyndy says:

        He obviously said C*#! – why do we all the discussion about waste time talking about what word he used instead of talking about his show of disrespect for the Parliament and Bronwyn Bishops misuse of the position of Speaker.

      • Lyndy says:

        He obviously said C*#! – why do we waste time talking about what word he used instead of talking about his show of disrespect for the Parliament and Bronwyn Bishops misuse of the position of Speaker.

        • Brendan says:

          I am a stupid head who uses inappropriate language on a public comments section and my butt smells and I like to kiss my own butt.

    • Suse says:

      Not only did it not sound like the word ‘grub’, but it didn’t look like it either. The movements the mouth makes when sounding certain phonemes is very different, and the difference between a word ending in ‘nt’ and ‘ub’ is quite pronounced. The movements his mouth made were consistent with a word ending in ‘nt’.

    • bob says:

      Sir, You would be the first and only person I have read or spoken to that heard grub, when did you last have your hearing checked?

    • Cynic says:

      I listened to it several times “grub” does not end with a “t” a insult rhyming with punt does. Either way Pyne needed to be kicked out after all a Labor member had been kicked out for call Abbott a grub. But Bishop let Pyne stay because he is a Liberal and she could not figure out a way to throw the Labor member out for being offensive by inciting the swearing against him.

    • Coops says:

      It wasn’t grub!

  11. lee says:

    I counted about $20 billion in cuts from the information provided. Kinda funny how even with such dramatic cuts, the ‘budget emergency’ still isn’t fixed yet…

    • Alexander says:

      Doesn’t help that they spent at least that much on shiny new jets…

    • Suse says:

      Considering that last year’s Nobel Laureate in Economics has predicted that the budget measures will effect a 2% reduction in GDP – which is about 30 billion per year, I’d love to see their justification for measures that will slow economic growth at a rate equal or above the proposed ‘savings’.

      • alex dante says:

        I expect they’ll blame any economic damage from their actions on Labor, possibly even claiming they’d mitigated it and it would have been worse without them.

  12. Josh says:

    What about denying the fact that his daughters scholarship which was given by a liberal campaign supporter, was given as a gift. Or what about that he got in and another of his daughters instantly gets a job in an overseas embassy?

  13. Geoff says:

    Watch money go to feather the nests of their “mates” who will be the first to offer them employment after the next election.. I hope Gina hires each one of them for 3 dollars a day to work in her mines..

  14. Mila says:

    This government seems to have done clear away with a social conscience. It’s actually embarrassing to tell people you’re Australian these days.

  15. jan stewart says:

    I apologise if I am incorrect but quite frankly my brain is reeling from that long list of accomplishments …… you may have missed…..Abbott has removed the group overseeing adoption and has loosened the way for traffickers and pedaphiles to bring in adopted children to Australia. There will no longer be strictly controlled agreements.

  16. Chris says:

    He is just cleaning up the mess Labour government made.

    • Poida says:

      Care to detail what this “mess” was?
      With facts?

    • Poida says:

      Care to detail what this “mess” was?
      With facts?

      Oh, it’s spelled LABOR, dimwit.

    • miranda says:

      What a load of crap.
      A. its spelt LABOR.
      B. The Labor government is applauded world wide for the injection of funds they put in as soon as they got into power to forgo the GFC, brought on by the actions Of John Howard and many other global leadeers for the years before the crisis.
      C. Its obvious you have not read the above points, because destroy heritage forrests and refusing freee housing food and clothing for children confined in barbaric conditions, or buying junky old planes for 24 billion dollars, among about 100 other points, have nothing to do with the Labor government.

      • Mitch says:

        1. Stimulus was indeed necessary, but when a lot of it ends up in the hands of foreign companies it is inefficient and wasteful stimulus. It should have been regulated spending, in the form of goods and service vouchers for Australian based businesses… not a few $900 cheques given to the majority of living Australians (and a few dead ones apparently) to buy imported goods with.
        2. Swan and Gillard left a shitload of debt as it was, imagine if they didn’t have the multi billion dollar surplus when they came into power? I wonder who left that in the bank for them?
        2. “The GFC was brought on by the actions of John Howard….” Wow.

        • Matt says:

          Ok, i’ve sort of had enough of this now. The Howard years were fortunate ones lining up the the infrastructure period of the mining boom, the Rudd/Gillard years however lined up exactly with the GFC. Now it doesn’t take a genius to look up the fiscal graphs on our own government website to see the real picture.
          Expenditure during the Rudd/Gillard government was indeed a little higher than that of the Howard years, HOWEVER, during the Howard years, revenue peaked at over 26% GDP and was very steady around that 26% mark whilst expenditure stayed between 24-25% GDP, if we were to project the spending during the Rudd/Gillard years over the Howard years, Australia would still have seen a surplus, because there was just so much money coming in. Move into the Rudd/Gillard years and within 2 short years due to the GFC revenue dropped a staggering 4% GDP. If Howard was in power during those years, we would have still accrued debt. The major reason for our current debt was the sudden drop in revenue due to the GFC, not unweildly expenditure which was sitting at just over 25% GDP on average. The biggest fallacy that exists in our society right this second is that Australia wasn’t affected by the GFC because we didn’t go into recession, well the data proves we were affected, and the sudden drop in revenue is the main reason for our current fiscal position. Furthermore, the graphs clearly show a steady upward trend of revenue rising from the worst of the GFC, continuing that trend would have put us into a budget surplus somewhere around the 2017 mark (based off the graph) if the trend were to continue.

          Now, i just wish people would stop pedaling this political crap that “Labor put us in this mess and now we have to clean it up”, this mess would have been about the same regardless of the Government in power at the time. I’m not saying Labor was perfect, but those who agree so strongly with this current government about our fiscal position, the (false) reasons for it, and then letting the current government restructure our society whilst potentially driving us into a recession based off these flat out lies really need to get off the band wagon and educate themselves in the realities of the situation. There’s no doubt we’re currently in debt, and need to rein this debt in somewhat, but many factors must be considered, it’s useless saving $20 billion in potential debt interest if we lose much more than that in the falling of our GDP.

          • Kim says:

            Well explained Matt, I am going to post this to my face book page, will of course credit you. Just think it is important to have a clear view point without the hate or taking political sides. Cheers Kim

          • LeonexD says:

            Absolutely spot on. My guess is that if Labor had stayed in power the people who refute this would have been able to cheaply obtain enough education to allow them to analyse the facts and figures.

        • Ruth S says:

          Perhaps if the Howard government had fulfilled their responsibility and used the surplus from taxes we all paid to maintain health, education, roads, transport … (in fact all the things we entrusted them to look after,) instead of giving a little bit of it back to each tax payer, the country might not have needed as much money to fix these areas when Labor took over. Individuals can’t make a significant difference in these areas. That’s why we pay taxes and elect governments.

    • K says:

      Spoken like a true brainwashed Lib supporter.

    • Bryce says:

      I just thought he was being funny, & making a Liberal leadership style statement.

    • Fireman says:

      Howard presided over a boom time never before seen in history but it wasn’t his doing. The contracts to sell Iron ore, Coal and timber to China and LPG to Japan were put in place by Hawke and Keating. Howard credits them for this in the series of interviews after he was dumped. So those contracts brought in something like an ‘additional’ $260 billion windfall. What did Howard to with that ‘extra’ money? Well try and find any new infrastructure during that 11 years. No new airports or sea port, no new freeways, no new rail links even though he could have built the high speed Melbourne to Sydney link six times over with that. But it was all wasted on rubbish. Planes that didn’t do what they were supposed to, dude submarines etc. Then as his term was coming to an end and he had blown the entire $260 billion and more! He sold off assets that were actually earning Australia income. Qantas, Telstra, 23 airports including all major capitols and secondary airports, 45 government departments and then 70% of our gold bullion reserve at bargain basement price. This fire sale raised about $70 billion. So please understand if I’m not jumping for joy that the LNP brag about leaving a $20 billion ‘surplus’ when they sold $70 billion of assets to do it, in a boom economy.

    • viplounger says:

      Are you serious. You have all these claims in front of you. He has been named the worse most embarrassing prime minister we have ever had. And all you can say he is cleaning up Labors me. Ok mate you definitely need help.

  17. Dieter says:

    Amazing, but what we should not forget are the LIES IN THE FIRST PLACE!! ELECTION NOW!!

  18. troy says:

    what about how abbott got a pedo priest off charges?

    what about how he stole 8 grand to promote his garbage book and quickly paid it back once busted?

  19. cam says:

    * Climate “Commission”, not “coalition”.
    But. Wow.

  20. Nic says:

    That would be 3100 from the ATO, not 500

  21. Dale says:

    An interesting list, sure. But the main content of the list was spending cuts. When the country is running at 26% spending relative to GDP compared to just receiving 23% of revenue relative to GDP, we can’t continue to spend money like we have grown used to.

    Here’s some alternate reading:

    • miranda says:

      Completly true, we do have to create a SUSTAINABLE Australia, but selling off our assets and corporate welfare is not the way to go. This government has no idea what their actual job is.
      Adding up all the money they have cut to the the social infrastructure of our country does not even add up to half the ridiculous amounts of money they are spending on “border protection”, fighter jets, and corporate welfare.
      They are removing everything that makes Australia a FIRST WORLD COUNTRY, and replacing these rules with the rules inplace in 3rd world countries.
      THe lack of foresight is atrocious.

    • Russ says:

      Except… The problem is in tax avoidance, tax loopholes, etc, not overspending. Except for the GFC, spending rates have remained largely unchanged as a %of GDP since the Howard years. Revenue has dropped.

  22. Pixie Kath says:

    Amazing and distressing list, but Sarah Murdoch (chair of the ballet organisation to receive $1M more funding), is Rupert’s daughter-in-law, his son Lachlan’s wife, not his daughter.

  23. Martin says:

    Excellent article, and terrifying.
    Correction required on the NDIS point; it was Labor who renamed it DisabilityCare, before that name was dropped, and to be fair there were no changes to NDIS funding or timetable in this budget.

  24. Cheryl Hayward says:

    Couldn’t get past calling Shorten a cunt. Quite apart from the fact that he is, this item is totally incorrect, as I’m sure most if them are.

    • Jay says:

      Ah, the deaf ears of a moron.

      Watch the video with the volume turned up. Plain as day princess.

    • miranda says:

      There is no excuse for a man in Christopher Pynes position calling ANYONE that name in public, let alone in his place of work, a position that is supposed to be one of the most dignified in Australia.
      And you are the reason Australia is in the predicament it is in. Your willingness to remain ignorant, (in this case by admitting you did not read the article) but still commenting and “debating”in the negative against it, shows the blindsighted, pathetic ideology you follow.

  25. Helen says:

    I have always said that Abbott looks sleazy and he is!!

  26. Heather says:

    I don’t often say this, but Oh My god (OMG).

  27. Dylan says:

    Forgot the 1.5% reduction in company tax I think.

  28. Jessica says:

    A correction re: the ballet funding. Although the extra $1M to the ballet clearly shows favouritism, you cited that it is chaired by Rupert Murdoch’s daughter, which is untrue- Sarah Murdoch married into the Murdoch family, she’s Rupert’s daughter in law.

  29. Paul Winkler says:

    Wow! They haven’t done much then.

  30. Sam says:

    Hahahahahaahahahaahahahahahaaa! Hey,most of you morons voted for this prick when you voted against Labor. Voting for any of the factional parties like the Greens, Palmer United, Australian Sex Party, etc. is the same as voting Liberal, because these smaller parties will do anything to get a seat, such as selling their preferences to whichever of the two major parties that is likely win the election. No matter how much you protest about it, there are only two parties to vote for: Labor and The Coalition (Liberals and The Nationals). WAKE UP!!!
    P.S. Kevin Rudd might have been a pain in the arse as a person, but I couldn’t give a shit about personality – I care about policy, intelligence and inclusive leadership. Australians voted for Abbott based solely, SOLELY, on being convinced that Rudd’s personality is bad. Fucking morons!

    • Roger Colclough says:

      Yes, true but Labor did not have the fortitude of either Rudd or Gillard. They ran
      scared and as a result got shafted by the ignorant

    • bob says:

      Um, why are you laughing? your in the same boat as us even if you didn’t vote them in which means your just as much a part of the process and as a result just as responsible (and yes I donkey voted which is just as bad) and mate you say wake up, but I see someone who can’t lookout side the box, calling others morons but you seem to be just as committed to an ideology that doesn’t work. how bout we truly think outside the box and give the system some real reform and mate for someone who prides themselves on intelligence you would want to start showing it by being a bit more humble :-)

    • Matt says:

      Actually, that’s not exactly how our preference system works. You are right when you talk about those that vote “above the line” and essentially follow the preferences of that party’s “how to vote” card, but “voting below the line”, that is, actually preferencing who you want to preference in the order you wish to puts that vote completely in your hands. The issue isn’t so much with the smaller parties “selling their preferences”, it’s with the Australian people who have been told to take control of their vote and instead just following the “how to vote” cards. So not quite as clear cut as you make it.

    • LeonexD says:

      Yes, precisely. Not a thought given to the policy platform being promoted We just have to have change according to the dim witted. What a total disaster, look at the bloody mess. Though I guess you’d rather not.

  31. Davide says:

    Cut $16 million from ANSTO, Australia’s only source of medical isotopes.

    – this one is INCORRECT, the source is a 2008 article on something the previous Rudd government did. A shame because a Liberal supporter I was arguing with just discounted the whole list because of this error. (typical Lib tactic), but annoying that he was correct none the less.

  32. M says:

    ‘Appointed yet another straight, white cisgendered male as Governor General.’

    You forgot age; ‘old’. Cannot forget to divide people along age either now :P

  33. Stephen says:

    This is the government that promised what they were not going to and never said anything about what they “were” going to. Kept the focus on the opposition for the entire of their campaign and all the imbeciles that voted for them, I hope you are satisfied!!

  34. Alex says:

    FYI the note on the debt ceiling: it’s $200 billion not million.

  35. Ann says:

    I couldn’t even get through the list because there was one I kept thinking about and that was how he actually did one thing right…….. yes shock horror….. he froze politicians wages……. but only after he and Neumann gave themselves massive wage rises that is. So it falls into the category of total fail.

  36. miranda says:

    I didnt see anything on him lifting the limit for 457 VISAS allowing free reign to companies and corporations to hire cheap imported labour, taking much needed jobs out of Australian hands.

    He is destroying not only the saftey nets that make Australia a civilised “developed”nation but also Australians ability to sustain and suport its land and people.
    THe whole thing is terrifying.

  37. Vince says:

    Why is it that those on handouts or want handouts
    are the only ones complaining. Seriously ! Get
    a job and pay tax like the majority of hard working

    • Rob says:

      Get your facts straight Vince – I have never had a handout and I’ve likely paid as much if not more tax than you – and I’m part of a large group of people in a similar situation that fit in to your “hard working Australian” category and I’m disgusted with many of the absolutely stupid and heartless decisions being made. And most of them don’t affect me particularly adversely at all – but I, and I would hope many Australians, unlike you actually give a shit about vulnerable people in out society. You are a selfish dickhead – plain and simple. If you don’t like a society that cares about the little guy then ill happily accept your passport and pay for your flight somewhere else – as long as you stay away for good.

      • Vince says:

        I doubt very much you have paid as much tax as I have.
        Are you talking about the vulnerable uni students that
        abuse the Hecs system. So it’s ok for the majority who’s parents paid
        private school tuition, but fail to pay their uni fees.
        As far as the $7 co payment. It’s capped at ten visits for pensioners.
        Or maybe you’re talking about those 100’s of thousands abusing the disability
        pension or then again those on the dole for life and still work.
        couple of days a week for cash.
        I gladly donate and give up my time to a charity in need. Do you? Btw no need to give you my passport , I’m a happy born and bred Australian.

        • Laura says:

          Vince, I happen to be currently studying at university, I will at the end of the year be graduating, which means because I have chosen to put my education first and not work whilst I study I will be unable to pay my rent unless I find a job the day I finish, which isn’t as easy as it sounds. I did not want to go to uni and dedicate myself to my degree for three years to not even be given a grace period to find a job within the field I have chosen to study. I have worked since I was 17 and I have only not worked whilst studying (I am 27 now). The only uni to offer a degree for my chosen industry is in a different state to my parents. These budget choices effect me, my parents are not rich I went to public school so I do not have the luxury of relying on them for support. It doesn’t make any sense for a government to put the younger generation at risk and at a higher disadvantage when trying to improve their lives. The $7 co-payment may not seem like much to you, however it is a lot for those who are already below the poverty line (which if you receive welfare you are in that category), the people who medicare is supposed to be in place to help. I truly hope you never find yourself in a situation where you need help getting back on your feet but, if you do I hope people treat you with a bit more compassion and respect than what you are showing.

        • Rob says:

          No I’m talking about policies that punish the vulnerable for the systemic abuses of others. Everything you are saying is occurring – but a policy that punishes everyone to stop the offenders is ridiculous. Particularly when it punishes those who have nothing already. $70 in copayments might not be much for you and me – but it’s the difference between able to eat or keep shelter for many others – many others who have not wroughted the system whatsoever.

          I spend a lot of time and money helping a number of charities and causes in need as well – but if I adopted your attitude then I wouldn’t do it at all in case the beneficiaries were not deserving.

          I was only suggesting you give up your passport as you clearly have no connection to the type of Australia that the majority of us want – one that doesn’t stereotype the poor as being a bunch of dole cheating, lazy do-nothings. The overwhelmingly negative response from people from all political persuasions is more than enough proof of the will of the majority.

        • Trish says:

          It’s capped at 10 visits for CHRONIC illness only. I.e. If you go to your doctor with something not related to your chronic illness you will have to pay the co-payment.

    • Sallie says:

      Vince – no hand outs here, pay a lot of tax, but not happy Vince, not happy with what the Coalition is doing with it.

    • A. Cat says:

      Or, how about I don’t, because I have a chronic illness and can barely walk or see some days let alone work.

      How about you shut up, work your job and pay taxes to support people who are entitled to so-called “hand-outs,” as that is how this system works. Don’t like it? Too bad.

  38. Coli Mc says:

    None of the “Labor broke promises” crowd seem to remember Howard and Costello saying they would never be a GST? Short sighted much?

  39. John says:

    Vince: I am 61. The benefits I have ever received were 2 weeks unemployment (for which I was grateful), plus children’s govt education. Barely used a doctor & hospitals used for births. Never cashed school bonus cheques for children.

    This is the worst-crafted, most draconian budget I have experienced in the UK or Australia. It is based on a heap of lies and therefore illegitimate. It is UNFAIR (even the Gov line now is only they “strive for fairness”). imho this budget should be thrown out and there should be a new election.

    There area LOT more people complaining than you seem to know.

    Get out a bit more and you’ll find out.

  40. william hawken says:

    I knew he was a failed Jesuit. Now he is what? Some misguided prelude to post Thatcherism, Raygunism? Milton Freidman reincarnated? It is a lost concept based on an essential error. Australia has a higher child poverty rate than New Zealand. The free country. Scandinavia has the answer. Wealth among the few is orchestrating poverty among the many. The impoverished will respond almost immediately

  41. Dave says:

    And we are still fixing up labors screw ups. So much to do!

    • Sally says:

      Clear off you jerk. Same old tired response from a rusted on screwball tory. Why is it so hard for you Libs to actually admit this government are heartless bastards. Perhaps it’s because you are one yourself.

    • Megan says:

      I agree. People are looking at the financial cuts made by Liberal and are not taking into account the financial debt Australia experienced which left us with only $20 billion in debt, which totalled at $200 billion after Labor came into power and left us with five consecutive deficits. Sorry to all you Labor supporters but the truth is that the budget isn’t supposed to facilitate a main purpose of equality and government benefits aren’t supposed to be considered as ‘income’. Financial budgets and re-direction of spending is supposed to strengthen the economy, boost employment rates and allow working Australians to gain the benefits of the income they deserve.

      The Labor government has created a culture in which people work less because of their dependency on handouts from the government. People earning above the bracket contribute 60% of their income to tax already, which is then handed out by the Labor government to those who are unemployed or earning below the bracket. Tax being handed to those who earn less due to uncontrollable factors such as disability or maybe Indigenous Australian disadvantage I believe is fair. But when the people who have worked hard and have studied, gained a university degree and climbed to the top of a profession are then forced to give up a large percentage of their income to facilitate the handouts paid to those who have decided to work less and depend on government benefits – that’s just wrong.

      People should receive the money they deserve from working hard. People who are unable to do so due to other factors such as disability, I agree, should get handouts. BUT the people who are capable of working full-time to earn and support themselves but choose not to SHOULD NOT be rewarded by receiving money from those who do.

      • Abaddon says:

        You’re a myopic elitist with a dystopian perspective on the poor and disadvantaged. The Housos aren’t draining your pay-packet, and the deficit is minuscule. If Labor had been spending so exorbitantly, then all Abbott had to do was stop it. But he couldn’t, because there wasn’t any unnecessary spending, that’s why he’s taking money from places like welfare and public services to fund his ideological paradigm shift.

        You’re a paranoid idiot, in short.

      • Ecks Why Zed says:

        Megan, look up the term “infrastructure deficit”. The game Howard played was to avoid spending on infrastructure and using the savings from record mining returns for an “electoral war chest” (his term).

        It’s always the same game, the Libs refuse to invest because they want to give it all over to private, then Labor spends a bomb getting things done that the private sector won’t or can’t do and are then criticised relentlessly by the deeply biased self-interested Murdoch media (who own 70% of Australia’s media).

      • Fireman says:

        You have a lot to learn about economy Megan. Labor actually spent a lot LESS than Howard did but it was the INCOME side that dried up due to the GFC. Basically the USA stopped buying from China so China reduced the purchase of our resources. It was the drop in income not an increase in spending. Secondly Howard sold $70 billion worth of taxpayers owner assets before he was dumped. Libs keep doing this, selling things that MAKE money. They sell the most profitable for short term gain but then we don’t own it anymore. Once it’s in corporate hands they get greedy and triple the prices. Look at your power bills and phone bills since Lib government sold all these utilities to their already rich mates.
        As for high tax on those who have gained a University degree. Well even if they took out loans and repaid all of their HECS fees they are still only paying for between 25 and 40% of the cost of their education. The taxpayers pick up the tab for the rest. So I think it only fair that they pay a higher rate of tax so the next generation can do exactly what they did.
        And Labor Governments ‘created’ these welfare dependent people? Go back to the history books and the Welfare system in Australia, New Zealand and the UK were all established under Liberal governments. You have a lot of gaps in YOUR education it appears.

    • Alex says:

      Spending money on drones and fighter jets aint gonna help.

  42. Peter says:

    Tried to raise the debt ceiling by $200 million.

    Should read “Tried to raise the debt ceiling by $200 Billion” I believe.

  43. Andrew says:

    “We” sounds like a liberal lover – Labour might have Benn stewing up but this labour govt is doing the whole country from behind!

    I think we need a military coup like Thailand and jail this moron , Christ hugging, women hating, still livin in the 50’s, back water, slime bag, no idea how much worse than labour, gay hating, wife ironing, lying, pencil dick Prime Minister.

    This list isn’t scary – it’s sounds like something out of a horror moving or a book about how a country wound the clock to when when we were dressed in our Knightware and kissing fair Dames.

    We need to put Tony A in jail – period ! On Manys island too. Next thing GE make it mandatory to go to church and go home to beat the missus.

    Get rid of him before this country goes down the toilet.

    • Vince says:

      You are right in one sense….. This labor gov’t is doing the whole country
      from behind……… day you may happy and realise that the LNP may actually get the budget in surplus then your welfare may then be increased .
      Seriously this hysteria has gone mad.

  44. Preston Smith says:

    Sorry, the internet jumbled my message, it should read:

    Hello, I’m an American who has never visited Australia but I’m alarmed at these details. Socialism is a dirty, filthy word here, you WILL get pointed out and stared at for mentioning it in a bar. Jesus Christ was a brutal Capitalist, don’tcha know???

    Please note that our parties are labeled differently than yours. In short Liberal in Oz = Conservative Republicans in US. Labor in Oz = Democrats in US. That said, A WORD OF CAUTION: Abbott seems eerily similar to Ronald Reagan, the Hollywood cowboy Republican who changed America forever. On his election in 1980, America had a healthy 24% Unionized workforce. Today, based on his theory of “trickle down economics,” only 7% of the US remains Union members, including me. “Trickle down” is the idea that, by giving massive tax cuts and rewards to the CORPORATIONS and WEALTHY CLASS, it will magically create jobs by these “givers” for the “takers,” ya know… the peasants and surf class. This is beyond insulting, but now the poor people who vote Republican are actually so brainwashed by propaganda, they fight for this model (we are the only advanced country WITHOUT universal healthcare because Reagan promoted “personal responsibility”).

    Pensions have been destroyed in favor of unpredictable Wall Street 401k’s, which was originally designed for the rich people during the mid-80’s as a gambling scheme. Basically, you contribute every pay check to the Stock Market, and upon retiring, maybe you’ll have a little something, or maybe not. Oh well, that’s life. I’m a school teacher in a field with one of the last remaining pensions (along with police/fire & federal workers)…… now our pensions are being targeted by the rich “as a tax drain on the economy.” The evil Conservatives are trying to switch us to the Stock Market plan!!!!!! I just can’t make this stuff up.

    Coincidentally, we now have the widest income inequality gap among all advanced nations. The middle class is disappearing… people work paycheck to paycheck, yet have been told they neeeeed that big gas-guzzling SUV, they neeeeeed that big flat-screen tv.

    Reagan REMOVED solar panels off the President’s White House in ’86 (installed just prior to his arrival by a Democrat). Barack Obama has recently re-installed solar on the President’s roof as a symbol of alternative energy.

    Unfortunately, Barack Obama has become a slave to the lobbyists, wealthy corporations, and Capitalist Wall Street, that now he’s a powerless pawn. And Hillary Clinton in 2016 will be the same. FACT: The minimum wage an employer must pay you is $7.25/hr, before taxes. Wage increases are never guaranteed and you must pay for your own healthcare (somehow). FACT: The average age of a fast food worker in America is 29 years old.

    So, you ask, why don’t Americans protest like Greece, Oz, or Brazil? I ask myself this all the time. The Millennials (youngest adult generation) are 1] scared of the militarized police-state, 2] scared to be fired from their coveted, pathetic, low-wage jobs, 3] the Conservative Republicans have succeeded with their brilliant method of chipping away at the stone foundation and, over time, it crumbles, becoming “the new normal.”


    • Steph says:

      amazing – well said. you know what, i think i will.

    • Willy says:

      Our liberals would be left to your American taste.

    • Realist says:

      Hello Im an Australian and I’ve never been to America and I am alarmed that you think you should come and tell us what we should be doing when you should be worrying about what’s going on in your dirty backyard.

      Maybe if you (and the US) stopped trying to tell the rest of the world how to do things and put the effort into sorting your own crap out the world would be a better place?

      • Larry says:

        Realist: I think you will find that if you read this a little more closely Preston is very worried about what his country has become and is being neighborly in warning us that we may go down the same path. Just in passing you do realise that Preston is in the Americas and that the magics of the internet allows him to have an opinion and express it without actually physically coming to Australia?

      • Ross says:

        You’re a tool, mate. His piece was all about the problems in America, at least he has the guts to acknowledge the problems. Funny how you take offence at him telling us what we should be doing, then proceed to tell him to “put the effort into sorting out your own crap” Funny how the tools on here don’t use there own names. What do you think, “Realist”???

  45. Douglas says:

    The worst government of all time – by a long margin.

    • John says:

      I completely agree with you… The previous Labor government was indeed the worst government in our history by leaps and bounds! Thankfully we’ve got a government in power which is slowly rectifying the economic damage they inflicted on the Australian people.

      • Douglas says:

        Nice try at verballing. Obviously I was referring to this LIBERAL government – the worst and most dishonest in history.

  46. Louise says:

    Overwhelming! It really doesn’t matter what side of politics you prefer. When we are being courted during election time, we expect to hear all party’s policies so we can make an informed choice at the ballot box. What is occurring now is a very dangerous trend that politicians think that they can take us all as fools by making promises that they never intended to keep and then when in office just explaining them away by blaming the previous government with the old ‘but it was worse that we thought’ argument. We need to STAND UP and demand that broken promises = ‘you’re out on your ear’. Supply should be blocked to force an election and we should demand that politicians stick to their promises. This means that if you don’t have the figures, then don’t make the promise. How about speaking openly and honestly to the Australia public by letting them know that if the figures stack up then Promise A can be achieved but if they don’t then we will water it down BEFORE the election. Gee wouldn’t that approach be novel – a bit of truth!

  47. freddy says:

    How can one compare a minority government to the Abbott Government with a massive majority in the House of Reps , minority governments are about compromise, wonder how Abbott will do compromising with the Senate. Saw the heavyweights last night calling Shorten the chief whinger sounded like the school yard bullies

  48. Dallas Wealands says:

    Well let’s abolish him.

  49. Jen says:

    Absolutely great piece but I am a little concerned about the writing/editing. I did read it all of the way through – is it ok as far as gays are concerned to call them queers? I didn’t think that was the case.

  50. Peter Ford says:

    Amazing…toxic Tony doesn’t believe in climate change but deeply believes in Noah’s ark!! What a jerk!

  51. Deivido says:

    “The poverty of our century is unlike that of any other. It is not, as poverty was before, the result of natural scarcity, but of a set of priorities imposed upon the rest of the world by the rich. Consequently, the modern poor are not pitied…but written off as trash. The twentieth-century consumer economy has produced the first culture for which as beggar is a reminder of nothing.” ~ John Berger

  52. Barry Melville says:

    Had no idea we wasted that much money , and to think we have been spending it for the last 5 years , more cuts needed

  53. Barry Melville says:

    Had no idea we wasted that much money , and to think we have been spending it for the last 5 years , more cuts needed.

  54. John says:

    All pretty good accomplishments. We need to cut more money and fat from public agencies and authorities, bureaucrats and welfare in my opinion but hopefully he’ll continue further cuts… Thank heavens we got rid of Labor!

    • Callum S says:

      Why John? Our civil service is already cut to bare bones. And do you want people to starve? Welfare is there for a reason. Govt. exists to “Take from those according to their ability, give to those according to their needs.” Where does pillaging the poor and subsidising the rich fit with the model. When you are only governing for your voters and funders, that’s when. You need to be willing to sacrifice, John. Not everyone lives in the comfort I’m sure you enjoy. How many need to suffer before you see this.

  55. Marie says:

    We used to be able to call Australia the lucky country. Thank you Mr Abbott for taking that away from us

  56. Scott says:

    Long live Tony!

  57. Meg says:

    What I don’t understand is that when it comes to other countries we are horrified at what we hear/see/read but when it comes to our own country we just turn into keyboard warriors and call each other names but we don’t actually do anything about anything. Everyone has beliefs and opinions all should be respected and debated properly. BUT WRONG IS WRONG!! Why is our government unanswerable for the way they are treating other human beings? Why are we allowing a blatant disregard for human welfare to take place just off our shores by a government who seems to be hell bent on segregating its people. Why do I have to work my arse off to put a new bookcase in a building that I do not enter when they are planning to take more from me anyway? So I can give them a nice side table as well? Sorry getting off track there. All human beings have a right to fresh water, health care and basic human decency. I’m not saying accept all who seek asylum in our (debating the truth of this statement as I write it) “beautiful country” what I am saying is treat them with respect, decency and humanity. How dare a government of a modernised, civilised first world country treat people like this. How dare we allow them to be treated like this. But then again we are allowing our own to be treated like this so why would some child from another country be treated any better then a, and I use the term lightly, PROUD Aussie!!!!

    Truly Discusted in the transparent, bigoted, sexist, racist, anti basic human rights Australia we have become.

  58. George Las says:

    Anything else – like are using the expensive brand toilet paper in the lodge?
    Rantings from a Labour shrill.

  59. RA says:

    round and round the sheep go … never realising it’s a circle they’re forming .

  60. nikraf says:

    i have gone over this list and there is no mention of the 8.9 billion dollars hockey gave the RBA

  61. Jonathon Clark says:

    I actually felt physically ill reading that list of shame and failure.

    We can only pray for a or we are going to have to put up with this small minded, short sighted assault on the Aussie Battler.

  62. Craig says:

    Well what a mess Australia is in, reading the comments on hear it seems you are doomed to continue your decline well into the future.
    Labor/ Green’s tried there very best to destroy the country with fiscally irresponsible policy to try and buy votes, what is happening now, is the price you pay to FIX the mess they left your country in, if this doesn’t happen we will see Australian’s standard of living fall into third world status.
    Simply fact, Australia has no money there revenue streams have dried up and are going to get worse in the foreseeable future, nothing the government can do to fix the short term but to look to the future, put the blame solely where it belongs Labor/ Greens and the people who voted for them.
    Mining is in decline, car manufacturing is to exit Australia over the coming few years world commodity prices falling, Labor / Greens knew this and kept spending money the knew they could not pay back under there policies, they now sit on the side lines knowing that what is happening is for the best and what they themselves could not do, but knowing that Australian’s have very short memories that they will again in 4 short years be back in charge throwing the country further into debt.

  63. Realist says:

    Although I don’t like Abbot or his policies. I sure would like to know if the person who did this bothered to make one up for when Labor was in power.

    I’m sure they would be quite similar, but that would require being impartial I guess.

    • Callum S says:

      Labour’s faults were mostly buggering up their marketing. All the policies were aimed at improving our society (except the cruel asylum seeker policy). The policies were too compromised, fell too short or invested in the wrong areas, and then the party didn’t have the united strength to combat a combined attack from Murdoch and the miners.
      Contrastingly, Abbott is a destructive PM, tearing down institutions (no minister for science, climate commission sacked, for instance) and feeding the capitalist system that is wrecking industry and society in our country. Unlike some free-marketeers (like Turnbull), who are deluded in their strategy but are attempting things; Socially conservative, economically-archaic Abbott wants to reduce the government to nothing but the military and conservative think-tanks for telling minorities how to live their lives.

  64. 123 says:

    I’m not sure what people are complaining about in terms of Australia’s debt?

    Sure our debt is roughly 350billion dollars, but our GDP (Gross Domestic Product) is about 1.6 trillion dollars per year. The debt is only about 20% of the total GDP (which is less than New Zealand).

    Look at America, their GDP is over 100% of their GDP or Germany where it’s around 80%.

    Sure spending may have been quite high in the past but the benefits for citizens were huge, allowing for anyone to be very successful in Australia.

    If the government was really trying to produce a surplus they wouldn’t be spending money on spy drones to patrol Australia’s border, oh and spend 2 million dollars on a fucking “royal” visit which no one cares about. I can think of plenty of childrens hospitals that could have really use that 2 million dollars.

  65. Victor says:

    We never seem to learn anything from History. Does anyone remember the insensitive anti-humanitarian fascistic havoc wrought by the three amigos, Mr Sheen, Billy Bunter and Reichsfuehrer Ruddock. And in the current Conga Line of our political amnesia the CAPITAL L lie ” there will be no GST”. Please don’t keep it a legal infringement not to vote. This is not democratic. When asked what I think of Australia, i now respond, I think it was better before I came here…

  66. anon says:

    “Appointed yet another straight, white cisgendered male as Governor General. ”


  67. Kim says:

    Breaking election promises is wrong and can’t be justified with “but labour also said this or done this”. We need to reform our system so that false promises at election time is ILLEGAL. Our whole democracy is nothing but a sham.

  68. Chris Launder says:

    I do agree with cutting legal aid to asylum seekers , that’s like attracting bees to a honey pot , why should my taxes fund these cases when they have the money to pay airfares to Indonesia and people smugglers ????? You have to contribute to the tax system before you can draw upon its benefits . As for pregnant women having difficulties in detention , that’s what happens when you use babies and young children as emotional blackmail to further your claim , got a child that young ? , then don’t bring it with you to use as a pawn .

  69. Phillip says:

    In their defence, who the f**k in the abbot government could be minister for science. I’d prefer no minister than one who didn’t believe in science. Look at the minister for women.

  70. Ronniethenotsogreengreenie says:

    He forgot to mention Beezlebub Joyce reopening live export to countries with NO animal welfare eg Iran, Vietnam, can’t wait to see the horrendous videos coming from these countries, oh wait, we might not get to see them because they want to introduce ag-gag laws here in Australia, where the person who photographs or videos the cruelty will be charged instead.

  71. Pari Gilmour says:

    No government of any persuasion has so systematically and cynically lied to the Australian public as the Abbott government has. We need to be very worried about them. The terminology in use is exclusively that of the economic rationalist with everything being re-defined within fiscal limitations. For example, on Q&A the week after the budget was delivered Hockey claimed that the ABC had to take a cut because they had not delivered “efficiency dividends”. Which means they were supposed to cut bits out to yield a specified percentage real reduction in running costs.
    Hockey at no time, and will never, mention that during disasters and emergencies, which are a regular feature of Australian life; e.g. bushfires and floods; Local ABC radio becomes the number one, and often only, means of communication for people who otherwise would not be aware of what was happening and what they should do. If the ABC did not provide this service, you can be certain that no-one else would, or would even have the network and infrastructure to deliver this service across any variable geographical area, depending on the emergency.
    He also failed to refer to the considerable boost to the economy that various ABC organised and promoted events contribute locally. That very weekend, ABC JJJ had organised “The Big Day Out” which was held in Mildura this year. 20,000 people turned up from as far away as Brisbane and Perth, thus injecting considerable finances not only into Mildura itself but all the way there and back.
    Hockey chooses to completely disregard these valuable contributions that the ABC makes, and worse, paints it in the light of ‘tax-payer funded’ as if this is evil. Even people who don’t pay tax benefit from the many services the ABC provides ‘free of charge’. Take a look at their web-page for example. As a tax payer, I am delighted that people who don’t earn enough to pay tax, have access to these great services. As a civilised, first world, democratic country, we should be able to do this for everyone.
    Then yesterday listening to question time, (OMG) suddenly I learn that the coalition inherited a budget deficit of 660$ Billion. Amazing! It was less than half of this on election night. What on earth has the coalition been up to? Cooking the propaganda books I would say.
    Our American friend has provided some insights which we ignore at our own peril.

  72. Anomander says:

    Wow! This list is:
    impressive (in a good way)
    disturbing (in as much as the government could commit so many inhumane actions)
    frighteningly bad (that people voted for these clowns and still believe these actions are right)
    frustrating (that we have so many ignorant, selfish fuckers in this country)
    disbelieving (at how anybody could even think this way, let alone do it) and
    angering (that we should all be standing-up and throwing these fuckers out on their worthless arses.)

    There are very few people in this world upon whom I would wish any harm. But this government is challenging even my strong will.

  73. pv says:

    What many people fail to realise is the Liberal Govt during the Howard era was not in surplus. Remember also they sold many publicly owned assets so on paper it looked as if we were in surplus. 12 months ago it was leaked that Liberals left Australia in debt but it wasn’t picked up by mainstream media quick enough. Howard and his henchmen also had a nasty streak especially when it came to the Northern Territory Intervention. So he is not what he seems to be. And, It is obvious that Abbott could be likened to Bush no. 2. Can’t string a sentence together and really doesn’t know what is going on.

    Liberal party – they are simply instigating the Liberal Ideologies…it’s as simple as that. I say to everyone, know what the party ideologies are then vote for them. If you believe in Liberal Ideology then fine that is your preference. I personally believe in a social democratic Ideology so I voted Labor. I believed in their philosophies. Unless you are independently wealthy or a self funded retiree, then voting Liberal is like going to your own execution.

    No country will ever be out of debt. People need to realise this. Its impossible and not important anyway.

    Jobs are created from the bottom up not from the top down. With Liberal cutting bottom up spending where do they expect the jobs to come from. It’s illogical.

    People need to stop voting for the person or policies because that’s not what politic is. Learn your political science. Look at the bigger picture. Look at the impact of the IMF. We are simply small players on a very large stage.

  74. Courtney says:

    I’m surprised there was no mention, unless I missed it, of how Abbott’s daughter received quite a large scholarship over many students whom I’m sure deserved it more.

  75. Alex says:


  76. Barbara says:

    . Howard promised to take us back to the picket fence era. Abbott has actually done so with all the poverty people experienced then. As a 78 year old pensioner ready to tighten my belt I am now truly worried. My partner of thirty years was retrenched and bravely returned to Uni at fifty to earn a living with new skills. His only asset and mine is the modest timber home we live in. Not married I am now wondering if the confiscating of his HECS debt on death will see me inheriting a HECS debt with his half of our house. My contentment with my modest circumstances in my retirement has turned into total panic as I am terrified that I might have to sell my home to service that debt. Why should I trust Tony Abbotts assurances that Pyne and Hockey won’t do this ?

  77. Sarah says:

    Is there a list of the positive things the Abbot Government has done? I know some people will think some of the above are good things – but for a normal, moral person with a soul; have they done anything that could be classified as good?

  78. Redditor says:

    That’s one incredible work Matthew, congratulations. Have cited you here, hope you’re cool with that (gave full credit of course) will delete if you wish.

  79. Austin says:

    Well… At least they are consistent.

  80. like one of those old adds that just go on and on. “Wait there’s more!”
    Can we have that revolution now?

  81. Kiwi in OZ says:

    Abbott Government also had

    Failed HECS loans for NZ citizens living in Australia for 1st January 2015.

    Failed post 2001 NZ citizens on Temporary visa SCV444 with no pathway for Permanent Resident Visa or Australian Citizenship.

    Failed retirement visa 410 also temporary visa, no pathway for permanent Resident Visa or Australian Citizenship.

  82. jase says:


  83. Rod Whitfield says:

    This badly needs updating, the last 6 months have been even more of a dismal, catastrophic failure than the first 6…..

  84. Lush says:

    Thank you for this brilliant – if terrifying – article.

    Such a gob-smacking list of atrocious, regressive, disgusting acts.

    Even worse than my worst fears, pre-election last year.


  85. Florence nee Fedup says:

    Yes, Abbott has been a very busy boy. Shame it is about demolition not building.

  86. Alex Reid says:

    If the TPP agreement has not first been run by THE PEOPLE what effect could it have legally?

  87. Alex Reid says:

    No one is above the law and just because you head the Government you don’t get a licence to lie to THE PEOPLE who elected you.
    Anyone who lost a job, as a result of believing the promises made before the election may be legally entitled to recompense in a class action against the (Qld Govt Corporation) forced redundancies.

    Therefor I move that fair trading laws be applied to public servants such as Campbell Newman, and statements made to the media etc by the Corporation called The Queensland Government, just as they do to other corporations and persons conduction bushiness in the jurisdiction.

    In fact I think you will find that this is already the case under common law rules.
    BTW I have attracted well over 600 people (including 3 doctors) to join in a movement that’s heading for success at

  88. quasimode says:


    Meanness, Cupidity

    Brutal stupidity

    Winky and crew.

    Morons and imbeciles

    Halfwits and just plain dills

    Feed them all poison pills

    Winky and crew.

    Mumblers in monotones

    Bumblers with megaphones

    Winky and crew.

    Bogans in hot pursuit

    Of all low-hanging fruit

    Time to give them the boot

    Winky and crew.

    Bullies and panderers

    Bankers and slanderers

    Winky and crew.
Liars who scream and shout

    Ponces who primp and pout
Toss these low scumbags out
Winky and crew.

    High in mendacity
Low brain capacity

    Winky and crew.
Nothing you say is true

    That doesn’t worry you

    You’ve never really had a clue
Winky and crew.

    Scoundrels and sycophants
Liars in burning pants

    Winky and crew.

    Scams we must not allow

    Give back our country now

    Can’t even run it, don’t know how.

    Winky and crew.

  89. Gimp says:

    Apart from that, they have a good Captain.
    God save us.

  90. DM says:

    Replaced the CFO of NBN (a Foxtel competitor) with exec from Foxtel’s owner, Murdoch’s News Corp (source:

  91. JOHN GLEESON says:

    You forgot Bernie Banton and the James Hardie saga-it may have been before these shits were elected, but it is so disgusting that we need forever reminding.
    Wasn’t Julie Bishop counsel for Hardie? Yes she was.

  92. Eric says:

    Matt, Impressive and I have shared it several times on FB. I notice your list ends in May 2014. I know it’s immense work, but any chance it can be got and kept up to date. It’s a very valuable resource. Eric

    • the Sauce says:

      Hi Eric, May 2014 was when we published Matt’s article on the site, but it is kept regularly updated by him to this day. He’s really doing an amazing job keeping up with the never-ending torrent of things that need to be added on a daily basis!

    • Agreed says:

      Thank you heaps !

  93. James Winston says:

    Wow, this list is just. Wow.
    I mean, if there wasnt a number of glaring errors in the assertions made, and the inclusion of ‘things that happen anyway for any federal government’ this article might have more validity.
    Unfortunately it seems by spamming an entire list the effort required to retort and counterpoint the factual inaccuracies and biases would be in the extreme.

    For example: Piracy on international waters doenst work how you are asserting it to. Australia is also involves in counter-piracy operations off the coast of Africa, but the convention applies here and not in your so called example.

    For example: buzzfeed is not a a news source that has any scholarly value. If you are using it (which you have) I suggest going back to your media degree which I imagine has also been asserted as too expensive.

    I’m all for keeping a government to account, but this is kind of like that scene in Gone Girl. Add a few pages of truth and then apply a diligent amount of slander and no one will question it as fact.

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