Never forget this quote:
It is always better to ask forgiveness than to seek permission
That was our new Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, after he announced his paid parental leave scheme, a scheme that even most of his own coalition didn’t like.
Here’s a few other quotes for you, this first one from the Liberal Party newsletter, otherwise known at The Australian:
Just over a week before the September election, Mr Pyne promised: “You can vote Liberal or Labor and you’ll get exactly the same amount of funding for your school.”
Mr Pyne, who claimed to be on a “unity ticket” with Labor on school funding before the election, today said the Gonski model was a “shambles” and “unimplementable”.
“The change of government means that the new government will implement its policies in the future,” he said.
But wait a minute….. the new government’s policy was the same as the old government’s policy, right?
Again, Tony Abbott, before the election:
“There is no difference between Kevin Rudd and myself when it comes to school funding,” the Opposition Leader said at an independent school in Melbourne.
“We will honour the agreements that Labor has entered into. We will match the offers that Labor has made. We will make sure that no school is worse off.
Basically, if you’ve got kids that’ll be school-aged in the next 4 years, don’t count on your school having the boosted resources that you thought it might have. Your school would have had those resources under the Gonski plan for school funding and the Libs even backflipped their policy from early this year and promised that they would honour the Gonski funding model for the next four years.
Today, they backflipped on their backflip.
Australia, you’ve been lied to in the most blatant fashion since Julia Gillard’s Carbon Tax quote. The big difference is that at least the Carbon Tax had honourable intentions and an unexpected partner putting on the clamps.
This is just flat-out penny pinching lies that will see funds diverted to more Lib-friendly areas from 2015 onwards.
You’ve been sold a dud. A complete, utter pup. I think we can unequivocally say that this is not the government that people voted for back on September 9. Yes, it’s a Lib/Nat coalition and yes, Labor didn’t deserve to govern given the state they were in. But few people expected this, typified by today’s brazen backflip on school funding reform, an area where the Libs went out of their way to announce their unanimity with Labor’s policy.
You’ve elected a government that’s going to take no meaningful action on climate change, one that pays lip service to the science but can’t even send an elected representative to a conference on the issue.
You’ve elected a government that’s going to take away the safety net $500 Superannuation co-contribution for low income earners.
You’ve elected a government that claimed a budget crisis for 12+ months prior to the election and then gifted an unwanted $8billion to the Reserve Bank, money it neither asked for or needed.
You’ve elected a government that cried foul over debt and deficit for years and then immediately asked for a 66% rise in the nation’s debt ceiling.
You’ve elected a government that doesn’t tell you anything about what it’s doing, whether it be the way it’s treating aspiring immigrants from war-torn countries or our nation’s changed attitude and vote towards Israeli settlements in the occupied territories (a silent move that’s put us in line with just half a dozen countries and hurt the peace process in the Middle East – good work, Aussie).
As I mentioned last time I wrote on Auspol, Australia is becoming a mushroom democracy where we’re kept in the dark, fed bullshit and expected to just go along for the ride. Your government wants to be out of sight and out of mind.
Meanwhile, we’re going to fall behind the world in setting ourselves up for a carbon economy, our relationships with neighbours are getting worse, Gina Rinehart going to keep getting fatter on super-profits that will never spread to the people who own the land she digs up, the nation’s kids are not going to have the education we all thought they might have and the people already doing it tough can just keep on doing it tougher.
Speaking of Gina Rinehart, if Fairfax’s largest shareholder – in both respects – gets her way then Fairfax will either be a mining missive or it’ll be on its way out the door. When that happens, the only physical newspapers you’ll be able to buy will be based on the aforementioned Liberal Party newsletter. You’ll have to go online to get real independent news about what your Mushroom Government is doing. I guess it’s no wonder, then, that Malcolm Turnbull wants to roll out a sub-standard National Broadband Network.
But fret not, you’ll be asked to forgive them all in three years time and chances are, by then, that a few of you will.