17 reasons not to vote Liberal on election day

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.

2. The Coalition’s policy costings are completely pathetic.

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.

10. Climate change exists and the Direct Action plan will not work – even Tony Abbott says so! The rest of the world is beginning to implement policies like the ETS championed by the ALP.

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.

13. The Coalition will end access to the Refugee Review Tribunal, which is potentially unconstitutional and may flood the High Court with claims.

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.


About Liam Carswell & Jamila Fontana

We are two twenty something, pop culture loving, politics loving, left leaning, female rap adoring, fashion obsessive friends from Hobart, Tasmania, Almost Melbourne. On politics, world affairs, relationships, society and all things unspoken and awkward. Liam likes vinyl, Topman and coke. Jamila likes Eve, middle aged folk singers and Che Guevara (still!).
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9 Responses to 17 reasons not to vote Liberal on election day

  1. Reblogged this on Shit's Gotta Stop and commented:
    Reblogging, again… This is excellent and accurate. Thanks to Liam, Kajoka, and James for using WordPress, allowing the semi-plagiarism.

  2. St Frances of Rome says:

    Another reason not to have Anthony Abbott for PM is that I saw a shadow on his forehead, during a campaign visit and that shadow appeared as a 666. It stretched across his forehead from ear tear – so it was large. I think it might be an omen but my friends tell me naaaah. Just that it spooked me a little.

  3. Maureen says:

    Well done. Why can’t Labor put their case this well?

  4. Monika Szigeti says:

    Here is another onr! He just cannot be trusted! Quietly added on Thursday night!

    A Coalition government would seek to slow or abandon requirements for childcare centres to lift staff numbers in child-to-staff ratios and employ more highly qualified workers.
    The Coalition posted its childcare policy on its website late on Thursday, without issuing a press release or making an announcement.
    In a shift from the Coalition’s previous public position, the document says it would work with state and territory governments to slow down implementation of changes which require centres to lift the ratio of staff to children. It would also seek state and territory agreement to pause requirements for higher staff qualifications.

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/federal-election-2013/late-coalition-policy-seeks-to-reduce-childcare-staff-numbers-20130906-2taix.html#ixzz2e9H6LUnQ

  5. An Aussie farmer says:

    Maybe, just maybe you’re wrong mate and now that Abbotts in we are going to be set for the next 11-12 years unlike the labor party who managed to have three changes to PM in the last six years. Labor are just downright stupid, they managed to make a joke out of Australia while creating debt. That fella may have gotten treasurer of the year but then wouldn’t we see the Australian economy in a surplus, nope that’s what the LNP had when Howard was PM. Plus Labor’s whole election campaign was completely negative towards the LNP and yet the LNP put forward postive campaigning techniques while throwing in a few blows to the greenies and labor for holding their finger up each others asses. Mate, Kevo you’re out, Australia has spoken.

    • Someone123 says:

      Liberals didn’t run a negative campaign?… I’m guessing you don’t even watch T.V? and what about Rupert Murdoch having his whole hand and right up Tony abbots ass. The media had no pressure around Tony for not putting up his costs for any of his policies till the last days of the election. And our debt compared to others is TINY. Tony will fuck us up

  6. Tired of the debt debate says:

    Labor have been hopeless at running the Labor Party, definitely, but they have done a good job running the economy. We’ve had consistent growth – we’re now in our 22nd year of consecutive economic growth in Australia – and our level of debt is low compared to other countries. Australia isn’t a joke overseas, we and our economy are highly regarded. Also, the debt issue was something that was extensively fact checked through out the campaign – http://www.politifact.com.au/truth-o-meter/statements/2013/aug/07/kevin-rudd/government-debt-australia-low-global-standards

    The other thing about debt is that it can be GOOD. Households go into debt to buy things like houses because they know in the long run the benefit will outweigh going into debt. Why shouldn’t a government go into debt to spend on things when the benefit in the long run will outweigh doing so? The long-term benefits of the NBN for example would have been huge. This surplus fetish that has crept in to political debate in Australia is not helpful and in the long-run could stop governments taking important measures to help the economy or from investing in important policies.

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