ABBOTT WILL BE JUDGED ON FAILURE TO KEEP HIS COMMITMENTS
September 04, 2015
Two years ago today, in the final week of the 2013 election campaign, Tony Abbott said:
“I expect that people will be very harsh on a new government that doesn't keep its commitments.”
TONY ABBOTT, PRESS CONFERENCE, ADELAIDE 3 SEPTEMBER 2013
Tony Abbott was right.
The Australian people will be very harsh on Tony Abbott for his failure to keep his promises on pensions, families and paid parental leave.
Before the last election Tony Abbott promised “no cuts or changes to pensions”, after the election he cut the pension to 330,000 pensioners and wants to increase the pension age to 70.
Before the last election Tony Abbott promised he would “help families with the real cost of raising children”, after the election he cut $8.5 billion from family tax benefits. Cuts that will leave average families up to $6,000 a year worse off.
Before the election Tony Abbott also promised a “fair dinkum paid parental leave scheme” in which “every single woman in the workforce will be better off”. After the election Tony Abbott wants to cut paid parental leave to around 80,000 new parents each year.
Before the last election Tony Abbott promised the National Disability Insurance Scheme would be delivered on time and in full, saying the NDIS “is an idea whose time has come”. After the election Mr Abbott has dragged his feet in signing agreements with state and territory governments on the next stage of the NDIS, missing an important deadline at the end of August that could delay the full roll out.
Yes Mr Abbott, people should be very harsh on your government for your failure to keep your commitments to pensioners and families.
THURSDAY, 3 SEPTEMBER 2015