If there has been one failing of TA’s government so far it has been the lack of clarity and communication on a range of issues: renewable energy targets, continued support for the ABC, MP expenses, etc…
Category: Federal Politics
The following interview on 2GB indirectly makes a pretty strong case for the head of the Australian War Memorial Brendan Nelson to resign.
Treasurer Joe Hockey announced the measures after a federal Cabinet meeting in Canberra today.
“The Coalition government will have to increase the debt limit for Commonwealth Government securities to $500b,” he said.
“We are increasing it to that level because I’ve been advised that on 12 December, the current debt limit of $300b will be hit.”
He said the last Treasury assessment, provided in the pre-election fiscal outlook, predicted debt would peak at $370 billion.
However, recent trends show it will instead “exceed $400 billion”.
Seems like this Labor-Lite Coalition is letting government spending get the better of them. Moreover it will be another 18 months before we see any Commission of Audit recommendations implemented.
Andrew Bolt has criticised the Abbott government for a seemingly ‘go-slow’ in the first 40 days. Bolt has back away from the criticism after receiving a bunch of criticism himself from readers. However, the facts remain that not much has happened. I have previously argued that Abbott has morphed into a Labor-Lite politician. So what has happened or his happening? We don’t exactly know.
I give Abbott’s Cabinet selections only an average score. By my count 69 per cent of Ministers, assistant Ministers and Secretaries are either former lawyers and / or former political advisors. Seems hardly reflective of the broader community and more reflective – dare I say – of the type of people that were in the ALP Cabinet.
For example, I wonder how someone like Marise Payne is going to manage a complex and technical portfolio like Human Services, when her only background is in arts / law and working in the Liberal Party. It is a bit ridiculous. The same might be said of many other Ministers that are likely to be over awed by their responsibilities because they lack the requisite skills and background to understand their portfolio responsibilities. As a consequence, they are likely to become overly dependent on their Departments for advice and the voters will just end up with more of the same as last time.
However, the following Cabinet members are not as described above: Warren Truss, Barnaby Joyce, Ian Macfarlane, Peter Dutton, Andrew Robb, Luke Hartsuyker, Sussan Ley, Stuart Robert, Richard Colbeck, Bob Baldwin, Steven Ciobo, Paul Fletcher and Michael McCormack. They are all non-legal, non-arts, non-political advisor types.
There should be quotas to keep the lawyers and spin merchants out of office.
Scientist and Coalition Dennis Jensen MP is not happy with the selections.
The audacity of Shorten to seek the leadership after he knifed Rudd and then Gillard. Another union hack – not exactly what the ALP needs right now. His announcement for the leadership was only given 8 seconds on Channel 9 news tonight. Shorten is being called a ‘rat and a liar’ on 2GB. Listen to the linked audio. It is unbelievable.
David Cameron has congratulated Australia’s new Prime Minister Tony Abbott saying how it will be ‘great to work with another centre-right leader.’
Tory MP Douglas Carswell seized on Mr Abbott’s victory to urge Mr Cameron to adopt similar policies.
‘I’m loving the way that the centre right in Australia have modernised – and won. Ought to inspire Conservatives here in UK!’ he wrote on Twitter.
‘Abbott won offering lower taxes, less immigration, an end to obsession with CO2 and less foreign aid. Go figure.
‘Abbott’s views are throughly modern. He seems to have seen through global warming fad, wants less government and is pro Anglosphere.’
Tony Abbott will become Australia’s Prime Minister. I’d like to second John O’Sullivan’s wise words on Mr Abbott’s conservatism: we’re not talking about a Cameronesque trimmer and opportunist here….I remember wishing the GOP could produce a few more chaps like that, instead of risk-averse over-managed money guys who can afford to buy up the previous loser’s most expensive consultants.
a conservative new conservative, not an Australian version of a RINO
Tony Abbott has won the Australian election – a blow not only to the Australian Labor Party but to Left-wingers everywhere who presumed that he was too “Neanderthal” to win. Well, us Neanderthals will be having a barbie tonight and sculling some beers to celebrate. “Good on yer, mate!”
Mr Abbott stands for all the things which, in this country, the Cameroons repeatedly claimed would make the Conservative Party unelectable……Mr Abbott stuck to his conservative guns…..
In other words, this pseudo-compassion (which the Left wears on its sleeves to proclaim its own virtue) is actually responsible for creating a more brutalised, selfish and irresponsible society.
By comparison, Mr Abbott’s beliefs are sincere: he lives a compassionate life….
In short, Britain has every reason to be envious of its Aussie friends. Can we clone Tony Abbott, please, and put him into Number 10 forthwith?
In the run up to 2015, perhaps we need what Tony Abbott seems to have more than anything: authenticity. He believes in what he says, and says what he believes – not in what the commentariat say he should say.
Australians like their politicians blunt and pugilistic, and Abbott is certainly that. But his detractors often miss, or affect to miss, his wryness, his self-awareness, his humour. The purple, choking rage he provokes among Lefties has a lot to do with the fact that he is, in their eyes, a kind of class traitor: an intellectual who speaks demotically; a Rhodes Scholar with the common touch; an Australian Roman Catholic who inexcusably refuses to be either republican or Labour.
Mr. Abbott did the very thing so many U.S. Republicans and British Tories have shied away from in recent years: He had the courage to broaden the appeal of a conservative agenda rather than copy the policies of his opponents. As a result, Australians enjoyed a real choice at the polls this weekend. Mr. Abbott’s resounding victory shows that they relished this opportunity to chart a more free-market course.
For more than a decade Australia had one of the world’s most successful center-right governments, and on Saturday it voted overwhelmingly for a restoration….Much of the West has careened to the statist left since the 2008 financial panic, the U.S. included. Australia had a dalliance with that fate but is now pulling back. The center-right politicians of America and Europe could do worse than ask Mr. Abbott how he did it.