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Liberal Supporters “Betrayed” By Abbott

May 5, 2014

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You know it’s all turning to custard for Tony Abbott when his own supporters voice their sense of betrayal over plans to increase taxes for virtually all Australians.

With support for the Abbott Government plummeting in recent polls, you could be hard pressed to find something else they could possibly cock up unless of course the Education Minister felt compelled to say something stupid like university students can afford to pay more for their education and the like, oh wait.

Pensioners, the traditional stalwarts of the Liberal party are already reeling from the Abbott’s looming changes to the Aged Pension, and they too feel betrayed.

Heck, even other supporters like the Business Spectator’s Robert Gottliebsen are also spewing.

“I have never seen so much anger with a Coalition prime minister [amongst staunch Liberal supporters in several States]” writes Gottliebsen in today’s Business Spectator.

“It’s not the potential increase in income taxes via a levy that angers them but rather the fact that they were misled by their leader.”

“The main weapon Tony Abbott used against Julia Gillard was that she lied over the carbon tax. And he could not have made it clearer that there would be no rises in income taxes in his government.”

“And it was that message of trust and predictability that Liberals delivered around the country.

…..Their supporters now feel betrayed.”

The anger among staunch Liberal supporters is intensified by the fact that the Prime Minister and Treasurer and other senior ministers in private briefings made it clear, in the year before the election, that they knew the budget had deep problems.

Higher income taxes were ruled out.

Last week, in indicating an income tax levy might be coming, Tony Abbott claimed that a five-year levy was not a tax. Everyone in Australia knows that is complete and utter nonsense.

Both Tony Abbott and Joe Hockey have been accused of refusing to share information with their party room colleagues and are basically announcing policy on the run.

With Tony Abbott’s credibility already in tatters, news today that the avuncular Joe Hockey has been charging business leaders an “”annual subscription fee” in return confidential briefings, is yet another unwelcome body blow.

Hockey is allegedly accepting tens of thousands of dollars in Liberal Party donations from a select group of business people and industry lobbyists in return for access.

The donors are alleged to be members of a fundraising body run by the Treasurer’s North Sydney Federal Electoral Conference (FEC), known as the North Sydney Forum.

Donors are offered “VIP” meetings with the Treasurer in return for annual fees of up to $22,000.

Tony Abbott has today ruled out a “Federal” ICAC investigation to examine allegations of financial impropriety.

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40 Comments leave one →
  1. TB Queensland permalink
    May 5, 2014 11:06 am

    The Robber Barons at play …

    ToM, now I know how you felt when the union shit finally caught up with itself …

    This is the only government I know of that has now pissed off Indonesia and Australia in its first 12 month of office … who’s next China? USA? Pommieland??

  2. Tony permalink
    May 5, 2014 11:14 am

    “This is the only government I know of that has now pissed off Indonesia and Australia in its first 12 month of office”

    Actually, no. The Indonesians became pissed-off when allegations of spying against their President were made public. Spying carried out under the Rudd Labor government.

  3. Sir Walrus of the Northern Beaches permalink
    May 5, 2014 11:26 am

    I’m quite surprised at the Polls. The LNP are doing a whole lot better than when the ALP’s support went over a cliff when Gillard announced the Carbon Tax.

    There is no rise in ALP support but a big rise for PUP from what I’ve seen. Once the PUP implodes that support should come back to the LNP.

    It wont be going to the ALP that’s for sure

  4. May 5, 2014 11:33 am

    Oooooooh….

    Joe Hockey: Accusations made in Fairfax…are both offensive and repugnant.
    “… the matter is now in the hands of lawyers”

  5. egg permalink
    May 5, 2014 11:53 am

    The upper middle class can’t believe the monk has the gall to tax the rich. My plumber is pissed off, reckons he’s going to have to give up another 5% of his income.

  6. May 5, 2014 11:54 am

    Tony Abbott has today ruled out a “Federal” ICAC investigation to examine allegations of financial impropriety.

    He’ll run for his life away from that one.

    Joe Hockey: Accusations made in Fairfax…are both offensive and repugnant.

    joe is spending a lot of time being offended these days, first wind farms and now seeing his ‘cash for access’ in print. He needs to calm down a bit.

    There was a time when meeting with business and community leaders was just part of their job.

    “… the matter is now in the hands of lawyers”

    They threw everything they could at gillard, she was a crook lawyer, a liar and a jezebel of a woman. C’mon joe, you wanted this.

    The public have had a gutful of both of them

    the ALP’s support went over a cliff when Gillard announced the Carbon Tax.

    wasn’t there a multimillion ad campaign from the miners? remember gina on the back of a truck in pearls and diamonds screaming through a megaphone. Abbott ran the ‘juliar’ campaign throughout her term with daily media stunts, ably assisted by newscorp.

  7. May 5, 2014 12:09 pm

    Well.. Its not like we didn’t know he was a fuckwit ideologue, extremist; incapable of governing for all Australians before the election…Australia got what it deserved, the most unworthy man to ever be promoted to the office who reflects the underlying stupidity and ingrained prejudice of the electorate.
    When you ride a wave of intolerance, indifference, racism and hatred….expect to get dumped on the fatal shore of reality.

  8. May 5, 2014 12:10 pm

    I’m disgusted with the whole bloody lot of them. Not a statesman among them.
    It’s a total embarrassment, both sides of the house.
    We need a parliament full of Tony Windsors, just to get us back on track.
    Just who can we believe?

    Maybe this media microphone cartoon puts some light on it . . . . . . . . .

    http://cartoonmick.wordpress.com/editorial-political/#jp-carousel-859

    Cheers
    Mick

  9. May 5, 2014 12:10 pm

    Whoops wrong thread but.. then again..

  10. Sir Walrus of the Northern Beaches permalink
    May 5, 2014 12:11 pm

    “”The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.””

    – Winston Churchill

  11. May 5, 2014 12:16 pm

    Mick that is Awesome.. ROTFPML well done 🙂

  12. TB Queensland permalink
    May 5, 2014 1:00 pm

    Spying carried out under the Rudd Labor government.

    Indeed, and continued under the present regime (take the reins – you control the horse). However, it was the way that Abbott & The Tonedeafs, mis-handled the uproar that offended the Indonesians

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    The Libs are fucked now…

    Did you check the answers to the questions relating to “broken promises” – a lot of delusional LNP voters too … (ie say no he hasn’t … ) Thick as …

    (OT – enjoyed George Gently last night – nice characterisations of John and George handling the shooting and the neat twist at the end!)

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    “”The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.””

    – Winston Churchill

    And the of course the landed gentry brat from Blenheim would know – he was responsible for the deaths of thousands of them … including Canadians and Australian “colonial” assault troops and cannon fodder … his hare brained schemes were a testament to his whisky befuddled thought bubbles … a buffoon of history if ever there was one … his one redeeming feature is that unlike Hitler in the end his senior staff could manage to over-ride his nonsense …

    Magik! Mick! Thanks for sharing …

  13. TB Queensland permalink
    May 5, 2014 1:03 pm

    Photo caption …

    Hockey (thimks*) : Now. Four and four are … ahmmmmm …. bugger …

  14. May 5, 2014 1:09 pm

    caption: “”Not division before multiplication again….”

  15. May 5, 2014 1:39 pm

    And now Clive Palmer has put the boot in, calling Hockey “corrupt””…

    Clive Palmer has described allegations that Joe Hockey is offering privileged personal access to wealthy business people as “corruption” and called on the Treasurer to explain himself.

    …“The right of access to someone to meet a politician of any party cannot involve a pre-payment or a payment of any kind, if it does, if that’s knowingly received by the politician that’s just corruption, there’s nothing else for it,” Mr Palmer said.

    “People can pay money for a dinner if they want to but specifically paying to meet that person goes too far.”

    http://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2014/05/palmer-calls-hockey-corrupt/

  16. Sir Walrus of Palm Beach permalink
    May 5, 2014 1:52 pm

    “People can pay money for a dinner if they want to but specifically paying to meet that person goes too far.”

    What a load of bollocks.

    If you go to an ALP or LNP shindig you always pay more depending on who you want to sit with

  17. TB Queensland permalink
    May 5, 2014 2:57 pm

    Agree Wally, but the Treasurer has very privileged information and obviously a very privileged clientele …

    And quite frankly it should ALL be stopped NOW by ALL parties and pollies!

  18. TB Queensland permalink
    May 5, 2014 2:57 pm

    Wally, its akin to insider trading!

  19. TB Queensland permalink
    May 5, 2014 2:58 pm

    Joe Hockey issues comprehensive statement in response to Fairfax allegations…

    Hope the budget is that succinct!

  20. May 5, 2014 4:25 pm

    So apparently Joe Hockey is so “offended” by what he read in Fairfax that he’s called in the lawyers… But I thought Brandis was the champion of free speech and people’s right to offend others?

  21. TB Queensland permalink
    May 5, 2014 4:26 pm

    LOL!

    What’s good fer the goose …

  22. May 5, 2014 4:30 pm
  23. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    May 5, 2014 4:56 pm

    ‘Five boardroom events including one guest’

    Joe’s personal advice – ‘you can eat twice as much if you don’t bring the guest’

  24. May 5, 2014 5:09 pm

    ”””The anger among staunch Liberal supporters is intensified”””

    Nah, kneel`s fine, totally calm.

    .

    ”””Donors are offered “VIP” meetings with the Treasurer in return for annual fees of up to $22,000.”””’

    kneel looks forward to his photo of him sitting in santa`s lap 🙂

  25. TB Queensland permalink
    May 6, 2014 8:11 am

    http://www.news.com.au/national/queensland/mp-warren-entsch-warns-treasurer-joe-hockey-panicked-pensioners-are-frightened-about-budget/story-fnii5v6w-1226906601840

    Serious stuff when Entsch takes on the leadership …

    As for that dumb twit Tony Shepherd on Lateline last night … I’m now sure he’s an alien … he certainly is to my world … :mrgreen:

  26. Tony permalink
    May 6, 2014 8:47 am

    “People can pay money for a dinner if they want to but specifically paying to meet that person goes too far.”

    So the test, according to Clive, is whether or not “dinner” is served. What about sandwiches at lunchtime? Or cheese and crackers in the afternoon? Tea and scones?

  27. Neil of Sydney permalink
    May 6, 2014 9:00 am

    “As for that dumb twit Tony Shepherd on Lateline last night

    What did he say you disagreed with??

  28. TB Queensland permalink
    May 6, 2014 9:53 am

    What did he say you disagreed with??

    Mind yer own fkn business …

  29. May 6, 2014 10:04 am

    What did he say you disagreed with??

    The most basic premise like the methodology of how they arrived at these significant recommendations sees him befuddled, ill prepared and reveals that this Con Mission is steeped in ideology rather than economics.

    This commission of audit is farcical and Tony Shepard’s answers seem to based on assumptions and conversations with people who are neither experts nor people he cares to reveal….. Tony Shepard is extremity unconvincing as his answers and explanation of process are vague and frankly making him look amateurish and stupid under scruteny, which personify’s Abbott’s regime of ridiculous.

    His performance before the senate committee revealed his ineptitude to validate this farcical festival as anything more than the manifest of idealogues.

  30. May 6, 2014 10:05 am

    Mind yer own fkn business …

    indeed 🙂

  31. egg permalink
    May 6, 2014 1:16 pm

    Tip Custard Rescues Government

    ‘Peter Costello is warning Prime Minister Tony Abbott against breaking his promise not to introduce new taxes, saying the proposed debt levy has “no economic benefit”.’

    Bourke / ABC

  32. May 6, 2014 2:06 pm

    As is Dr John Hewson, they both know these ass trumpets are economic illiterates pandering to a parade of corporate crooks who have paid for a ride on the fiberal bike. Emergency is these children have been given mum and dads pin number 🙄

  33. May 6, 2014 8:29 pm

    Hewson is highly selective though, when it come to blowing the arse-trumpets on economic illiterates, l think he only shrieks when his masters tell him. He has made much more noise since the John-W/Costello regime. There was plenty of possible revenue `uncollected` and lots of service and infrastructure `starved` which are just as important to the economy too.

  34. Tony permalink
    May 6, 2014 9:30 pm

    Pharrell and Snoop, just because 🙂 …

  35. James permalink
    May 12, 2014 10:36 am

    Abbott and Hockey are simply hatefull individuals that have always been on a power trip.
    It is no surprise that they practise what they are.

  36. TB Queensland permalink
    May 12, 2014 11:29 am

    LOL! A new James! G’day!

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