I make this pledge to you the Australian people.

Click here for source: http://sallymcmanus.net/?p=29 The List: 50. Refuses to support jobs at SPC at the cost of hundreds of jobs – 27 December 2013 49. 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 48. Approves private health fund premium increases of an average 6.2% a year – 23

December 2013 47. Fails to provide the promised customs vessel to monitor whaling operations in the Southern Ocean – 23 December 2013 46. Requests the delisting of World Heritage status for Tasmanian forests – 21 December 2013 45. Abolishes

the AusAID graduate program costing 38 jobs – 17 December 2013 44. Cuts Indigenous legal aid by $13.4 million with an unknown number of advocacy and policy jobs to go – 17 December 2013 43. Abolishes the position co-ordinator-general for

remote indigenous services – 17 December 2013 42. Changes name of NDIS “launch sites” to “trial sites” and flags cuts to funding – 17 December 2013 41. Abolishes the National Office for Live Music along with the live music ambassadors – 17

December 2013 Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/job-losses-real-and-hidden-mount-up-as-coalition-pursues-funding-cuts-20131228-300uv.html#ixzz2opOwl9hi40. Disbands the independent Immigration

Health Advisory Group for asylum seekers – 16 December 2013 39. Backs Qantas bosses over the workers as 1000s local jobs threatened – 14 December 2013 38. Starts dismantling Australia’s world leading marine protection system – 13 December

2013 37. Scraps the COAG Standing Council on Environment and Water – 13 December 2013 36. Breaks its NBN election promise of giving all Australians access to 25 megabits per second download speeds by 2016 – 12 December 2013 35. Dares

Holden to leave Australia. Holden announces closure which costs Australian workers 50 000 jobs – 11 December 2013 34. Approves Clive Palmer’s mega coal mine in the Galilee Basin, turning the Great Barrier Reef into a dumping ground for dredge

spoil and a shipping super highway – 11 December 2013 33. Demands that the few childcare workers who got pay rises “hand them back” – 10 December 2013 32. Approves the largest coal port in the world in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage

Area – 10 December 2013 31. Removes the community’s right to challenge decisions where the government has ignored expert advice on threatened species impacts – 9 December 2013 30. Downgrades national environment laws by giving approval

powers to state premiers – 9 December 2013 29. Undermines Australia’s democracy by signing a free trade agreement with South Korea allowing corporations to sue the Australian Government – 6 December 2013 28. Damages our diplomatic

relationship with our nearest neighbour East Timor – 5 December 2013 27. Repeals the pokie reform legislation achieved in the last parliament to combat problem gambling – 4 December 2013 26. Suspends the Wage Connect program, despite it

being proven to deliver good outcomes for unemployed people – 3 December 2013 25. Axes funding to the Alcohol and Other Drugs Council of Australia, forcing the 46 year old organisation to close – 27 November 2013 24. Back-flips twice on

Gonski, reversing a commitment to a ‘unity ticket’ and failing to deliver equitable education funding – 25 November 2013 23. Damages enormously 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 22. Converts crucial Start-Up Scholarships into loans, increasing the debt of 80,000 higher education students by $1.2 billion – 21 November 2013 21.

Introduces a Bill to impose on workers who are elected to unpaid committees in their union huge financial penalties and jail terms for breeches of new compliance obligations – 14 November 2013 20. Condones torture by foreign governments by

saying “sometimes in difficult circumstances, difficult things happen” – 14 November 2013 19. Hides information from the Parliament and the people about the government’s treatment of asylum seekers – 13 November 2013 18. Separates a refugee

mother from her newborn baby – 10 November 2013 17. Abolishes 600 jobs at the CSIRO – 8 November 2013 16. Scraps Advisory Panel on Positive Ageing, established to help address the challenges we will face in coming years as the number of

older Australians grows – 8 November 2013 15. Moves to massively reduce superannuation for low income workers while increasing it for high income workers – 6 November 2013 14. Refuses to offer support to manufacturing in Tasmania, despite

requests and warnings. Caterpillar announces the move of 200 jobs from Burnie to Thailand, costing approximately 1000 local jobs – 5 November 2013 13. Launches a successful High Court which strikes down the ACT Marriage Equality laws

invalidating the marriages of many people and ensuring discrimination against same-sex couples continues – 23 October 2013 12. 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 11. Appoints the head of the Business Council of Australia to a “Commission of Audit” to recommend cuts to public spending – 22 October 2013 10. 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 9. Fails to “stop the boats”. Hides the boats instead – 23 September 2013 8. Scraps the Social Inclusion

Board, which had been established to guide policy on the reduction of poverty in Australia – 19 September 2013 7. Abolishes the Climate Commission in an attempt to silence our climate scientists – 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 11 August 2013 promise to spend his first week with an Aboriginal community – 14 September 2013 2. Takes away pay rises for childcare workers – 13 September 2013 1. Takes away pay rises from aged care workers –

13 September 201

The Australian Independent Media Network

TonyAbbottProfileThe following is an excerpt from Tony Abbott’s 2013 election campaign launch speech with an interactive report card on how he is going so far.  Click on the links to read further.

“This election is about making a great country even better; and that starts with changing [to] the worst government in our history.

I will spend the next two weeks reassuring people that there is a better way while Mr Rudd will spend the next two weeks trying to scare you about what might happen if he doesn’t keep his job.

Mr Rudd thinks this election is all about him.

Well, it’s not about him and it’s not about me.

It’s about you and how a better government can help your family and make your job more secure.

We know that a stronger economy is not about picking winners but about helping everyone to get ahead.


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