Abbott deluded as ever on Budget repair

By Leith van Onselen

Former Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, has labelled his Government’s 2014 Budget as the “gold standard” for Budget repair, and argued the latest Federal Budget, released last week, is “the budget you have to have” given the current Senate composition. From The Australian:

“The 2014 budget was the gold standard in terms of budget repair and economic reform,” Mr Abbott told Sky News.

“The reason why the other week we had a second-best rather than a first-best budget, was because the first-best budget, effectively the 2014 budget, couldn’t get through the Senate, so the budget we had is the budget you have to have when you’ve got the Senate we have”…

“Without Senate reform, I am afraid that our country is condemned to be part of the weak government club of the world,” he said.

“We cannot do what we know is necessary for our country because the Senate won’t let us.”

Poor old Tony still doesn’t get it. The key reason why he failed as Prime Minister is because he did not acknowledge the true situation facing the Budget and attempted to pin the blame for “Labor’s Budget mess” on too high government spending under the guise of “lifters versus leaners”, while altogether ignoring the collapse of revenue.

Abbott then tried to argue that to not address the Budget deficit was a form of “intergenerational theft” that would leave future taxpayers worse-off, only to then target Budget cuts unfairly at the young and disadvantaged.

Under Abbott’s leadership we witnessed the Coalition attempt to cut university funding and raise fess, as well as cut unemployment benefits, which are already at razor-thin levels. At the same time the Coalition vigorously defended superannuation and property tax lurks, thus ensuring its wealthy constituents were spared from sharing any Budget pain.

The Turnbull Government’s only hope of holding onto government rests with it capturing the ‘middle ground’ and developing good policy in the national interest – reforms that blend Budget restraint with fairness, as well as combine efficiency with equity. It must also combine this with immigration cuts to recapture the One Nation vote.

The last thing that the Coalition should do is follow Abbott’s already failed script and govern in the interests of the wealthy elite.

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  1. Jeez he’s a dimwitted bastard that bloke. Lots and lots of Dunning-Kruger as well. What puzzles me is why the MSM pay so much attention to the deluded ravings of an obscure, derided and largely forgotten powerless backbencher who’s most accurate job description would be “Failed Politician”.

    “Failed politician Tony Abbott rabbited on pointlessly today about some stuff, but nobody paid attention. As usual” – The Australian

    • ” What puzzles me is why the MSM pay so much attention to the deluded ravings of an obscure, derided and largely forgotten powerless backbencher who’s most accurate job description would be “Failed Politician”.” Answer: It is easy reporting. A reporter needs to write a story, sorry clickbait, so to write it, they will ask the former prime minister what he thinks of the budget. Same thing happened during Gillard’s tenure, but mainly opinion pieces.

    • @LSWCHP
      He can ride a bike can’t he? Failed politicians who can ride a bike are, of course, not nearly as dangerous as greedy corrupt politicians. Mind you, I suspect the greedy corrupt variety wouldn’t amount to more than 80% of the political classes at best… No worries!

  2. i am genuinely interested in what life would be like if you were this genuinely deluded. Living in a completely different (parallel) world , where your brain interprets all inputs completely different to other people, to the point where your behaviour resembled mental illness.

    Genuine question: is it possible for the human brain to commit so thoroughly to way of perceiving the word that it actually brings on mental illness per a medial definition ?

    • FiftiesFibroShack

      If thoughts and behaviour are causing the person distress or become an impediment to ‘normal’ function it can be considered mental illness, but this doesn’t appear to be the situation with Abbott, he’s encouraged to promote these views by a powerful section of the media and business elite and is rewarded for it.

      Taibbi’s piece on the way Roger Ailes changed American politics actually goes a long way to explain what’s going on with the right in Australia, just exchange Fox for our locally available offerings of equal gravitas and grip on reality.

      http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/features/taibbi-roger-ailes-was-one-of-the-worst-americans-ever-w483013

      • footsoreMEMBER

        That’s one for the Weekend Links.

        “He is on the short list of people most responsible for modern America’s vicious and bloodthirsty character.

        We are a hate-filled, paranoid, untrusting, book-dumb and bilious people whose chief source of recreation is slinging insults and threats at each other online, and we’re that way in large part because of the hyper-divisive media environment he discovered.

        Ailes was the Christopher Columbus of hate. When the former daytime TV executive and political strategist looked across the American continent, he saw money laying around in giant piles. He knew all that was needed to pick it up was a) the total abandonment of any sense of decency or civic duty in the news business, and b) the factory-like production of news stories that spoke to Americans’ worst fantasies about each other.”

      • “Taibbi’s piece on the way Roger Ailes changed American politics actually goes a long way to explain what’s going on with the right in Australia, just exchange Fox for our locally available offerings of equal gravitas and grip on reality”

        As an expat Brit and having lived in all 3 countries, my view is Aus is safe from this nonsense for now anyway. The right here are trying to reuse the US blueprint but its failing. The culture is just too different. The UK on the other hand, has its own evil figures like the Mail’s Paul Dacre and wingnuts like Aaron Banks who are getting some traction in importing this model there.

        But for whatever intangible reasons, I just don’t see it gaining ground here.

      • drsmithyMEMBER

        But for whatever intangible reasons, I just don’t see it gaining ground here.

        Really ? Because it seems to me it’s been rollicking along for a decade or so.

    • The MacCrazzypants part is Fox originally started off as what could be called socially liberal and once ratings were in the zone the old switcheroo or coup was done.

      The doco Outfoxed is a bit of a view.

  3. I wonder if Abbott would agree to giving out a $5000 cheque to each poor voter annually in return for a GST rise?

    The ALP would probably not agree to a GST rise and the $5000/year cheques – so Abbott would get my vote. But he is a pathological liar like Gillard.

    • AFAIK Julia only really lied about her Big Australia enthusiasm (enough to turn me off the ALP). But at least she was articulate – compare her speech after losing the PM ship compared to Abbott (he didn’t make one until the next day and it was his usual bumbling lies – remember “no sniping”). And she didn’t undermine Rudd from that point. Altogether far more dignified than Abbott who is a deluded, serial liar with either extremely low intelligence or something lacking in processing the real world going on around him.

  4. Torchwood1979

    I love his “less tax on the most productive sections of our society” line. Who is he talking about? I bet a list would be every rent seeker from coast to coast.

    The 2014 Budget, along with kicking the poorest and most vulnerable, relied on bracket creep to increase the income tax burden for the vast majority of working Australians. So Tony, you’re telling 90% of the working population (who go to work to produce things and provide services) that because they aren’t productive enough they deserve a tax hike?

    No wonder this useless jerk was hated.

  5. SweeperMEMBER

    “Without Senate reform, I am afraid that our country is condemned to be part of the weak government club of the world,”
    This was 3d’s line. When did Menzies’ party become anti-federalist, centralist believers in strong government?
    Keating’s fault again; for pushing the political culture so far to the right

    • Under Howard.

      The wage laws became the same across AUS. So the minimum wage in postcode 2000 is the same as the minimum wage in Hobart!

      Ditto the GST.

      Ditto gun laws.

      Obviously the minimum wage in postcode 2000 should be $30/hour and a lot less in Hobart and Adelaide.

      Also, who would have thought that Menzies party is in my bathroom telling me how big my showerhead can be and how big my tungsten light bulb can be!

      Oh, the EU decided to tell British people how powerful their kettles, toasters, vacuum cleaners can be!

      No. Just no. Get out of my bathroom you supposed champions of the free market.

      • SweeperMEMBER

        Yeh Menzies wouldn’t recognise the party these fanatics have hijacked.
        The Senate is the last good thing about this country imo. It means we don’t just get policy for inner city Sydney.
        That’s why Keating hated it. It wasn’t “representative” enough of his mates in Martin pl boardrooms.

    • drsmithyMEMBER

      The real irony is that these are the same people who will turn around a minute later and argue that Government *SHOULD* be small and powerless.

      Wannabe dictators to a man. *cough* Sorry, person.

  6. CornflakesMEMBER

    He seems hell bent on this Senate Reform agenda. Although there might be a bit of despair over the make up of the Senate at the moment, any reform is going to be a hard sell to the public, about a third of which voted for minor parties to block or slow down the government.

  7. proofreadersMEMBER

    While I am no fan of Senator David Leyonhjelm, he has written a frank indictment in the AFR today of the wrongly-venerated John Howard’s time in office – it’s worth a read.

      • Ronin8317MEMBER

        But it will be unlimited. Australia will become a Chinese colony within 3 years under that scheme.

      • That’s the stupidest idea I’ve heard. Now you are just going to get a whole bunch of rich corrupt immigrants instead of smart immigrants.

  8. surflessMEMBER

    The question is why is The Australian and Skynews giving The Hon. Tony Abbott oxygen for his opinions and not challenging him on those opinions?

    • Yeah the BBQ brawler is a regular Stoic….that said the people that did not have that sorted a long time ago are all in the same life boat….

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