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Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Tracking Abbott's Wreckage. ''July Update'' - - The Australian Independent Media Network

Tracking Abbott's Wreckage. ''July Update'' - - The Australian Independent Media Network



Tracking Abbott’s Wreckage. ”July Update”














Sally McManus is the Secretary of the Australian Services Union in NSW and the ACT.


She has been a campaigner and an organiser for more than 20 years and
spent a lot of time doing and talking about organising and campaigning.
Her blog is a comprehensive list of policy and other decisions taken by
the Abbott Government. I cannot vouch for the veracity of the entire
list, nor do I necessarily agree with everyone (although I have no
reason to doubt them) but I recommend the list to those with an interest
in how Tony Abbott is changing Australia.



THE LIST


259. Strikes out protections for consumers of financial advice before
the report into the Commonwealth Bank of Australia financial planning
scandal is tabled, which recommends a Royal Commission into the bank to
investigate allegations of fraud, forgery and a management cover-up – July 01, 2014



258. Refuses to confirm the existence of two boatloads of refugees
reported to be currently on board customs vessels. The Government previously denied the vessels were in trouble and refuses to comment on whether the refugees will be landing in Australia – 30 June, 2014



257. Revokes the residential determination of two asylum seekers from
Vietnam currently in high school in Adelaide and removes them to a
detention centre, resulting in up to 7 other children, also in school,
running away for fear of the same fate – 28 June, 2014



256. Cuts Dementia and Severe Behaviours Supplement, a payment to
those who provide care for people with severe behavioural  and
psychological symptoms of dementia – 26 June, 2014 



255.  Breaks promise that no public servants will be forced
into redundancy as it is revealed that staff in Treasury in Finance will
be made involuntarily redundant  – 24 June, 2014



254. Seeks to reintroduce Temporary Protection Visas after the High
Court strikes down the Government’s attempt to limit the number of
permanent visas available each year  - 22 June 2014.



253. Offers asylum seekers $10 000 to voluntarily return home – 21 June, 2014


252. Refuses to halt return of refugees to war-torn Iraq – 18 June, 2014


251. Abandons the long-held, bipartisan position of referring to Palestinian land captured in 1967 as occupied – 06 June, 2014 


250. Excludes Australian shipyards from a major new contract, sending jobs offshore and threatening the industry in Australia – 05 June, 2014 


249. Cuts funding to the peak refugee organisation the Refugee Council of Australia – 30 May 2014


248. Takes money from the Royal
Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and gives
it to the Royal Commission into the Home Insulation Scheme – 28 May 2014



247. Breaks promise that no public servants will be forced
into redundancy after revelations that public servants in the Department
of Industry have been made involuntarily redundant – 19 May 2014



246. Scraps the National Water Commission – 13 May, 2014


245. Abolishes funding for Building Australia’s Future Workforce —
Connection Interviews and Job Seeker Workshops and the Experience+
Career Advice initiative – 13 May, 2014



244. Abolishes the Get Reading Programme – 13 May, 2014


243. Scraps the annual subsidy to local ethanol producers – 13 May 2014


242. Slashes the Biodiversity Fund – 13 May, 2014


241. Cuts the Education Department’s Online Diagnostic Tools Programme – 13 May, 2014


240. Abolishes the Australian Organ and Tissue Donation and
Transplantation Authority which was established to encourage organ
donation – 13 May, 2014



239 Introduces annual reviews for veterans receiving military compensation payments due to illness or injury – 13 May, 2014


238. Terminates the Office of Water Science research programme – 13 May, 2014


237. Abolishes the Commonwealth Human Rights Education Grant – 13 May 2014


236. Abolishes funding to the Exotic Disease Preparedness Programme – 13 May 2014


235. Slashes funding from the Indigenous Health Budget – 13 May 2014


234. Cuts funding for Indigenous language support – 13 May 2014


233. Cuts funding to the Torres Strait Regional Authority – 13 May 2014


232. Abolishes the Congress of Australia’s First Peoples, the only elected representative body for Indigenous Australians - 13 May 2014


231. Breaks election promise and slashes funding to Landcare – 13 May 2014


230. Abolishes the National Rental Affordability Scheme – 13 May 2014


229. Cuts funding from the corporate regulator ASIC which oversees the financial sector – 13 May 2014


228. Axes the first home buyers savings scheme – 13 May 2014


227. Reduces funding to the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency – 13 May 2014


226. Abolishes the Improving Educational Outcomes Programme – 13 May 2014


225. Cuts funding to the Child Care Early Learning Projects and the
Professional Support Program which assist childcare workers gain skills –
13 May 2014



224. Reduces funding to the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership – 13 May 2014


223. Cut the Research Training Scheme, with tertiary education
providers to introduce student contributions for higher degrees – 13 May 2014



222. Ends the development of the Australian Baccalaureate – 13 May 2014


221. Cuts higher education reward funding – 13 May 2014


220. Cuts the Australian National University’s HC Coombs Policy Forum – 13 May 2014


219. Cuts Australian Research Council funding – 13 May 2014


218. Abolishes tax break for mature age workers and replaces it with a
payment for employing people over 50 who have been on Newstart or the
DSP for more than 6 months – 13 May 2014



217. Cuts an incentive program for graduates to take up work in regional locations of need – 13 May 2014


216. Axes the National Partnership Agreement on Certain Concessions
for Pensioners and Seniors Card Holders which supports state and
territory concessions for senior citizens including energy rebates. – 13 May 2014



215. Kills off four grant programmes including the the Australian
Community Food Safety Campaign and Outreach Support Services for
Criminalised Women – 13 May 2014



214. Cuts $2.3 million in contribution to the World Health Organisation – 13 May 2014


213. Abolishes the Australian Interactive Games Fund which helped support local video game developers – 13 May 2014


212. Breaks a promise not to cuts funding to health by dramatically cutting hospital funding – 13 May 2014


211. Cuts $240 million over four years to community programs that support poor, sick or disadvantaged people – 13 May 2014


210. Cuts $25million over 4 years or a quarter of the funding to
Community Legal Centres who provide legal support to the poor and
disadvantaged – 13 May 2014



209. Cuts the Women in Leadership program – 13 May 2014


208. Breaks a promise to have one million more solar roofs across Australia and at least 25 solar towns – 13 May 2014


207. Breaks a promise to spend $2.55 billion Emissions Reduction Fund by committing less than half this amount in the budget – 13 May 2014


206. Orders the spending of $11.7 million to plan the privatisation
of: Defence Housing Australia, the Royal Australian Mint and the
registry function of the Australian Securities and Investments
Commission – 13 May 2014



205. Announces 3000 job loses at the Australian Tax Office – 13 May 2014


204. Freezes the Family Tax Benefit A at a set income level regardless of the number of children – 13 May 2014


203. Cuts the Family Tax Benefit B end-of-year supplement by 15% – 13 May 2014


202. Reduces funding for the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation – 13 May 2014


201. Reduces funding to the Australian Institute for Marine Science – 13 May 2014


200. Scraps a range of grant programs aimed at funding innovation and
start-up businesses, including: Australian Industry Participation;
Commercialisation Australia; Enterprise Solutions; Innovation Investment
Fund; Industry Innovation Councils; Enterprise Connect; Industry
Innovation Precincts; and Textile, Clothing and Footwear Small Business
and Building Innovative Capability – 13 May 2014



199. Rips a further $111.4 million over four years out of the operating budget of the CSIRO – 13 May 2014


198. Ceases funding for National ICT Australia, which is a research centre for communications and information technology – 13 May 2014


197. Abolishes Medicare locals – 13 May 2014


196. Reduces payments to people under 35 with a disability who cannot
find employment if they could work more than eight hours a week – 13 May 2014



195. Mandates religious education in schools by taking away the option for school to opt for a secular social worker instead – 13 May 2014


194. Abolishes the ABC’s disability communities website Ramp Up – 13 May 2014


193. Abolishes the Disability Discrimination Commissioner – 13 May 2014


192. Abolishes the Better Schools Centre for Quality Teaching and Learning – 13 May 2014


191. Dismantles the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare and
will establish a health productivity and performance commission – 13 May 2014



190. Abolishes the Seniors Supplement – 13 May 2014


189. Axes the tax break for people with dependent spouses – 13 May 2014


188. Axes the Diagnostic Imaging Quality Programme – 13 May 2014


187. Ceases the Dental Flexible Grants Program – 13 May 2014


186. Axes the Charles Sturt University’s dental and oral health clinics – 13 May 2014


185. Axes funding for the nursing and allied health scholarships in Tasmania – 13 May 2014


184. Defers 13 Partners in Recovery
programs which help people with severe and persistent mental illness and
complex support needs – 13 May 2014



183. Cuts funding to the National Anti-Tobacco Campaign – 13 May 2014


182. Cuts Australia’s Animal Welfare Strategy – 13 May 2014


181. Abolishes Health Workforce Australia and cuts the expansion of the Clinical Training Funding Program – 13 May 2014


180. Axes the National Partnership Agreement on Preventive Health – 13 May 2014


179. Defers the National Partnership Agreement for adult public dental services until July 2015 – 13 May 2014


178. Reduces the Medicare benefit for optometry services and allows optometrists to charge more – 13 May 2014


177. Abolishes the GP Education and Training Limited and ceasing the Pre-vocational GP Placements Scheme – 13 May 2014


176. Axes industry and community clean
energy programs include the Low Emissions Technology Demonstration Fund,
the National Low Emission Coal Initiative, Energy Efficiency
Programmes, the National Solar Schools Plan, Energy Efficiency
Information Grants and Low Carbon Communities – 13 May 2014



175. Scraps The Australian
Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) which was set up to support new and
emerging renewable technologies and in doing so breaks an election
promise – 13 May 2014



174. Scraps the Housing Help for Seniors scheme which provided assistance to older Australians – 13 May 2014


173. Pulls $2.5 billion from aged care, including $1.7 billion from home based support such as Meals on Wheels – 13 May 2014


172. Cuts the benefit for unemployed people under 25 by moving them onto the Youth Allowance – 13 May 2014


171. Kills off the Gonski school funding vision by cutting future funding by $30 billion – 13 May 2014


170. Reduces Medicare and Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme safety nets – 13 May 2014


169. Breaks a promise to make no cuts to health with a $368 million cut from preventative health measures – 13 May 2014


168. Cuts the Family Tax Benefit A end-of-year supplement by 17% – 13 May 2014


167. Increases the fuel excise twice a year by indexing it to CPI – 13 May 2014


166. Forces students to repay their debt earlier by lowering the wage they need to earn before payments kick in – 13 May 2014


165. Increases debt for students by increasing the interest on their fees – 13 May 2014


164. Makes it harder for retirees to access the Commonwealth Seniors Health Card – 13 May 2014


163. Guts the Australia Council and Screen Australia by cutting $87 million for the Arts – 13 May 2014


162. Forces
people under 30 to work for the dole if they want to receive any
financial support after a waiting period of six months with no financial
support – 13 May 2014



161. Imposes a six month wait for people under 30s to receive unemployment benefits13 May 2014


160. Cuts the Family Tax Benefit Part B – 13 May 2014


159. Cuts the old age pension by indexing it to CPI instead of wages – 13 May 2014


158. Increases the pension age to 70 from 2035 – 13 May 2014


157. Imposes a $5 increase on the cost of all medicines available
under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (80c for concession card
holders) – 13 May 2014



156. Cuts the ‘Tools for the Trade’ program which helped apprentices
buy their tools, and replacing it with a loan scheme apprentices will
have to repay – 13 May 2014



155. Caps the amount of money workers can recoup in entitlements if their employer becomes insolvent or bankrupt to 16 weeks – 13 May 2014


154. Breaks a promise to only cut the foreign aid budget by $4.5 billion and cuts it by $7.9 billion instead - 13 May 2014


153. Axes funding to the Australian Youth Affairs Coalition, the national peak body for young people- 13 May 2014


152. Slashes Disability Support Pensions by indexing to inflation – 13 May 2014


151. Abolishes
the highly successful Youth Connections program that supports young
people who have not completed, or are at risk of not completing Year 12
or equivalent qualifications also costing hundreds of community sector
jobs – 13 May 2014



150. Breaks a promise of “no new taxes” by introducing a fuel levy – 13 May 2014


149. Announces
the sacking of 16,500 public sector workers as whole Departments are
abolished despite promising only 12,000 job losses – 13 May 2014



148. Cuts $500 million from indigenous programs over five years – 13 May 2014


147. Breaks a promise of “no new taxes” by introducing a
deficit tax rise of two percentage points for people earning more than
$180,000 a year – 13 May 2014



146. Scrapping a net $1.2 billion in tuition subsidies for universities – 13 May 2014


145. Scraps
the Australia Network, Australia’s international television service
broadcast across our region that provides news and current affairs from
an Australian perspective – 13 May 2014



144. Breaks promise of “no cuts to the ABC or SBS” by cutting $43.5 million from the ABC and SBS – 13 May 2014


143. Undermines Medicare by imposing a $7 fee increase for GP visits – 13 May 2014


142. Tears up Federal Government’s agreement with states and territories to help fund increasing health costs – 13 May 2014


141. Scraps caps on university fees, meaning universities will be able to charge whatever they like for degrees – 13 May 2014


140. Abolishes the COAG Reform Council —
which provides information to Governments so they can track the
performance of their programs – 13 May 2014



139. Sacks the National People with Disability and Carers Council — which pushed for and then helped build the NDIS – 13 May 2014


138. Releases the Commission of Audit report which recommends savage
budget cuts that would negatively affect every Australian – 1 May 2014



137. Breaks a promise to introduce the paid parental leave scheme he took to the election – 30 April 2014


136. Spends $12.4 billion on new fighter jets whilst claiming a
budget “emergency” and preparing to make big cuts to health and welfare –
23 April 2014



135. Abolishes the research and development tax incentives board – 11 April 2014


134. Begins dismantling GP Super clinics – 8 April 2014


133. Cuts 480 jobs from the Environment Department who are
responsible for protecting places such as Kakadu, Antarctica and the
Great Barrier Reef – 7 April 2014



132. Forbids public servants from making political comments online,
even anonymously, and instructs them to report on colleagues who do – 6 April 2014



131. Establishes a secret, publicly funded “hit squad” to target
political opponents led by the man who provided a “chaff bag” for Alan
Jones to auction at a Young Liberal fundraiser – 1 April 2014



130. Imposes fees and charges on people who become bankrupt – 1 April 2014


129. Axes free legal assistance for asylum seekers – 31 March 2014


128. Defunds Ethical Clothing Australia that worked with industry to
protect outworkers in the textile and clothing industry from
exploitation and abandons the Governments ethical procurement guidelines
30 March 2014



127. Opposes a UN resolution to conduct war crimes inquiry in Sri Lanka – 28 March 2014


126. Closes all Medicare offices on Saturdays – 26 March 2014


125. Brings back the awards of knights and dames which were abolished in 1986 – 25 March 2014


124. Cuts 400 jobs from the industry department – 25 March 2014


123. Ensures a human rights enquiry into the Manus Island detention
centre is shut down and human rights lawyers are denied access to the
centre – 23 March 2014



122. Abolishes one third of the jobs in Treasury costing approximately 300 jobs – 21 March 2014


121. Cuts welfare payments to orphans of soldiers – 16 March 2014


120. Moves to deny funding to artists or events that refuse corporate sponsorship for ethical reasons – 15 March 2014


119. Cuts hundreds of jobs at the CSIRO – 14 March 2014


118. Reopens 457 visa loophole to allow employers to hire an unlimited number of workers without scrutiny – 12 March 2014


117. Overturns a ban on cattle grazing in the Victorian Alpine National Park – 6 March 2014


116. Frustrated and defeated an attempt at the UN to highlight the humanitarian consequences of nuclear war – 5 March 2014


115. Axes funding earmarked to save the Sumatran rhinoceros from extinction – 28 February 2014


114. Introduces legislation to allow people aged between 17-24 years
old to work for half the minimum wage and be exempted from all other
work rights including health and safety laws and protections should they
be injured at work – 26 February 2014



113. Misleads the Australian public about what occurred on Manus
Island when asylum seekers were attacked killing one person and injuring
seventy-seven. Once the information was known to be untrue, waited five
days to correct the record – 25 February 2014



112. Contravenes 113 years of established practice by moving to
release the previous Government’s confidential cabinet papers to the
Royal Commission into the Pink Batts scheme – 22 February 2014



111. Scraps food grants program for small farmers – 21 February 2014


110. Pressured SPC Ardmona to cut the pay and conditions for workers in return for Government money – 20 February 2014


109. Blames carbon pricing for the close of Alcoa smelters and
rolling mills and the loss of nearly 1000 jobs, despite the fact the
company states it had no bearing on their decision – 19 February 2014



108. Breaches the privacy and puts in danger around 10, 000 asylum
seekers and their families by releasing their personal details on the
Department of Immigration website – 19 February 2014



107. Fails to ensure the safety of asylum seekers in our care on
Manus Island who were subjected to a vicious attack, which left one
person dead and seventy-seven seriously injured – 18 February 2014



106. Reverses the previous government’s decision to care for refugee
children who are without an adult family member (ie unaccompanied
minors) in the community and sends them to detention centres in Nauru – 17 February 2014



105. Removes poverty reduction from the goals of the foreign affairs budget –February 17, 2014


104. Appoints a climate change sceptic to head a review of our renewable energy target – 17 February 2014


103. Pays hundreds of indigenous workers in his Department up to $19
000 less than non-indigenous workers doing the same job and cuts the
budget for the representative body the National Congress of Australia’s
First Peoples causing two-thirds of the staff to lose their jobs – 15 February 2014



102. Breaks a promise to provide fibre-to-the-premises for all Tasmanians for the National Broadband Network – 13 February 2014


101. Unemployment rate jumps to highest in more than 10 years – 13 February 2014


100. Lies to the Australian public about the reasons Toyota gave for
their decision to close in order to blame the workers and their union – 12 February 2014



99. Takes down a website providing information to the Australian
public on the ingredients and nutritional content of foods. It is later revealed that the person in the Minister’s office who gave this directive is married to a lobbyist from the junk food industry and was still a share holder in their lobbying company – 11 February 2014



98. Destroys the Australian car manufacturing industry by refusing to
provide any industry assistance leading to the decision of Toyota to
shut costing up to 30 000 jobs – 10 February 2014



97. Launches a Royal Commission into unions – 10 February 2014


96. Attempts to reintroduce temporary visas for asylum seekers found
to be fleeing persecution preventing them ever settling in Australia and
retrospectively applies them to 20 000 people. This is stopped in the
Senate twice by the ALP and The Greens – 7 February 2014



95. Supports a reduction of penalty rates and other Award minimums in
a submission to the Fair Work Commission’s review of all Awards – 4 February 2014



94. Lies to the Australian public about the wages and working
conditions of factory workers at SPC Ardmona in Shepparton and uses this
incorrect information to blame them for their job insecurity – 4 February 2014



93. Launches an “efficiency study” into ABC and the SBS – 30 January 2014


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


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


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


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


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


87. Exempts Western Australia from national environment laws to facilitate shark culling – 21 January 2014


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



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


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


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


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



81. Scraps funding from the Jewish Holocaust Centre –January 3, 2014


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


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


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



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


76. Breaks his promise to provide the promised customs vessel to monitor whaling operations in the Southern Ocean – 23 December 2013


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


74. Cuts funding to the Energy Efficiency Opportunities Programme
which makes it mandatory for large energy using businesses to improve
their efficiency –17 December, 2013



73. Breaks a promise to make no cuts to health by cutting $150 million from hospital and health services – 17 December 2013.


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


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



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



69. Axes funding for animal welfare – 17 December 2013


68. Breaks his election promise of no cuts to education by cutting funding for trade training centres in schools – 17 December 2013


67. Abolishes the AusAID graduate program costing 38 jobs – 17 December 2013


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


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


64. Breaks his promise to unequivocally support the NDIS by
changing the name of NDIS “launch sites” to “trial sites” and flags cuts
to funding – 17 December 2013



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


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


61. Weakens the ministerial code of conduct to let ministers keep shares in companies – 16 December 2013


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


59. Dumps the National Occupational Licensing Scheme which was
designed to increase productivity by making it easier for skilled
workers to work interstate – 14 December 2013



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


57. Starts dismantling Australia’s world leading marine protection system – 13 December 2013


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


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


54. Overturns the “critically endangered” listing of the Murray Darling Basin – 11 December 2013


53. Dares Holden to leave Australia. Holden responds by announcing
its closure which costs Australians tens of thousands of jobs – 11 December 2013



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


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


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


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



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


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



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


45. Repeals the pokie reform legislation which was designed to combat problem gambling – 4 December 2013


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


43. Axes funding to the Alcohol and Other Drugs Council of Australia, forcing the 46 year old organisation to close. It is later revealed that a staffer in the Assistant Health Minister’s office had links to the Alcohol Industry – 27 November 2013


42. Breaks his promise to support Gonski and back flips three times – 25 November 2013


41. Shifts Australia’s position at the UN on Israeli settlements – 25 November 2013


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



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



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


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



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


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


34. Abandons Australia’s emission reduction targets - 12 November, 2013


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


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


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



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



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



28. Abolishes the Advisory Panel on the Marketing in Australia of
Infant Formula which for 21 years ensured companies comply with
agreements on the advertising of infant formula – 8 November 2013



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



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



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


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



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



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



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



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



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



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


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


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



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



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


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


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


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



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



9. Breaks his promise to “stop the boats” – 23 September 2013


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


7. Abolishes the Climate Commission – 19 September 2013


6. Appoints himself Minister for Women – 16 September 2013


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


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


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


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


1. Takes away pay rises from aged care workers – 13 September 2013


The Broken Promise Count


1. Does not spend his first week as Prime Minister with an Aboriginal community – 14 September 2013. This promise was made in front of indigenous elders and participants at the Garma Festival on 10 August 2013, this is a live recording.


2. Fails to “stop the boats” – 23 September 2013. This promise was repeated so many times I can’t count. Here’s Abbott’s 2013 campaign launch speech.


3. Breaks his promise to support Gonski – 25 November 2013 and 13 May 2014. Fails to commit to future funding or to require States to match the Commonwealth funding commitment. See paragraph two from Christopher Pyne on 29 August 2013


4. Breaks its NBN election promise of giving all Australians access to 25 megabits per second download speeds by 2016 – 12 December 2013 This was the Coalition’s policy they took to the election first announced 9 April 2013.


5. Changes name of NDIS “launch sites” to “trial sites” and flags cuts to funding – 17 December 2013. The unequivical promise to deliver the NDIS in full was made 20 August 2013 and is in the policies they took to the election


6. Breaks his election promise of no cuts to education by cutting funding for trade training centres in schools on 17 December 2013. He made this promise at the National Press Club on 2 September 2013 and in writing on 5 September 2013 as part of their policy commitments.


7. Breaks a promise to make no cuts to health. He made this promise at the National Press Club on 2 September 2013 and in writing on 5 September 2013 as part of their policy commitments. This promise was first broken on 27 November 2013 when they cut funding to the Alcohol and Other Drugs Council and again on 17 December 2013 when they cut $150 million from hospitals and health services.


8. Fails to provide the promised customs vessel to monitor whaling operations in the Southern Ocean – 23 December 2013 Promise made by Greg Hunt – 9 April 2013


9. Breaks a promise
to provide fibre-to-the-premises for all Tasmanians for the National
Broadband Network. This promise was confirmed my Malcolm Turnbull on 17 August 2013 and confirmed as broken by the NBN Co executive chairman Ziggy Switkowski on 13 February 2014.



10. Breaks a promise to introduce the paid parental leave scheme he took to the election on 30 April 2014 by reducing the promised benefit for those earning above $100 000.


11. Breaks promise of “no cuts to the ABC or SBS” by cutting $43.5 million from the ABC and SBS.


12. Breaks a promise of “no new taxes” by introducing a deficit tax rise of two percentage points for people earning more than $180,000 a year.


13. Announced to sacking of 16,500 public sector workers as whole Departments are abolished despite promising only 12,000 job losses and through natural attrition.


14. Breaks a promise of “no new taxes” by introducing a fuel levy.


15. Reduction in foreign aid budget of $7.9 billion over five years despite promise to not exceed $4.5 billion and cut via indexation.


16. Increases the pension age to 70 from 2035 after promising last month that changes to indexation and pension age would come in three years.


17. Cuts to old age pension by indexing to CPI, while it was promised there would be no changes.


18. Scraps The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) which was set up to support new and emerging renewable technologies and in doing so breaks an election promise.


19. Tears up Federal Government’s agreement with states and territories to help fund increasing health costs despite promise of no cuts to health.


20. Breaks a promise to make no cuts to health with a $368 million cut from preventative health measures.


21. Reduces the Medicare benefit for optometry services and allows optometrists to charge more, despite promise to not cut health budget.


22. Axes the Charles Sturt University’s dental and oral health clinics, despite promise to not cut health budget.


23. Abolishes Medicare locals, despite promise to not cut health budget.


24. Breaks a promise to spend $2.55 billion Emissions Reduction Fund by committing less than half this amount in the budget.


25. Breaks a promise to have one million more solar roofs across Australia and at least 25 solar towns.


26. Breaks a promise not to cuts funding to health by dramatically cutting hospital funding.


27. Breaks election promise and slashes funding to Landcare


28. Breaks promise that no public servants will be forced into redundancy after revelations that two public servants in the Department of Industry have been made involuntarily redundant since September.


29. Breaks promise that no public servants will be forced into redundancy as it is revealed that at least 30 staff in Treasury will be made involuntarily redundant

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