Tony Abbott doesn’t deserve to be PM. Here are seventeen reasons why:
1. All the statistics show that the economy is doing well and everyone except the Coalition seems to know this, including Nobel laureate economist Joseph Stiglitz. It’s doing so well Wayne Swan was awarded the best treasurer in the world.
3. The Coalition doesn’t have any big ideas of its own, whereas the ALP has the national broadband network, NDIS/DisabilityCare, carbon tax/ETS/investment in renewable energy, Gonski/Better Schools Plan, tobacco plain packaging and has invested billions in dental care, mental health, and roads and rail.
4. Tony Abbott does not support marriage equality.
5. Tony Abbott has no experience in foreign affairs.
6. Tony Abbott makes bizarre comments about female candidates.
7. Tony Abbott makes bizarre comments about females.
8. Australia’s mineral wealth is not infinite. Whereas other countries making heaps of money out of resources, like Norway, have sovereign wealth funds worth billions the Coalition doesn’t even support a tax on mining super profits.
9. The Coalition’s national broadband network proposal is a joke.
11. The Coalition will cut a superannuation bonus for low income earners, which will effectively be a 15% tax on super contributions for people on less than $37,000 a year.
12. The Coalition will cut $4b from the foreign aid budget, despite an Australian commitment at the UN to raise foreign aid spending to 0.7% of GNI (i.e. $0.07 from every $100 in the Australian economy up from the $0.036 given now) and that money saving tens of thousands of lives.
14. The Coalition will stop funding to at least five major rail projects in favour of more roads, despite high petrol prices and rail being a more affordable and sustainable type of transport.
15. The Coalition will cut the School Kids Bonus – which goes to low and middle-income families – but are prepared to pay thousands of dollars to millionaire parents under their luxurious Paid Parental Leave Scheme.
16. Tony Abbott wants to win the election so badly he steals ALP policies despite opposing them, sometimes for years.
17. The Coalition will dump the Aged Care Workers Compact, an ALP policy worth $1.2b to deliver pay rises to the nation’s 350,000 aged care workers. And they didn’t even have the guts to hold a press conference to announce it.
Liam, Jamila and guest contributor James Walker.