“We are a government that takes its commitments seriously.” (-Tony Abbott)
But really? Taking pre-election promises seriously? Here are just a few of the promises broken so far…
1. Spend first week in office with Indigenous Australians.
In the final few crucial days of the Federal election campaign, Abbott made this promise in front of aboriginal elders at the Garma Festival. Then broke the promise a week later.
4. And support for the Gonski education reforms.
Abbott killed off $30 billion in education spending over the next 10 years, bringing down the curtain on Gonski’s grand vision.
5. No cuts to health.
This promise was first broken on 27 November 2013 when they cut funding to the Alcohol and Other Drugs Council.
6. Give all Australians access to 25 megabits per second download speeds by 2016.
But that won’t happen either, with Malcolm Turnbull already revealing plans to break the NBN promise.
7. Provide fibre-to-the-premises for all Tasmanians for the National Broadband Network.
This promise was confirmed as broken by the NBN Co executive chairman Ziggy Switkowski.
8. Provide a customs vessel to monitor whaling operations in the Southern Ocean.
Happy to stop the boats. Unless they’re trawling for whales.
9. Provide a paid parental leave scheme for all women.
Not even “Women of Calibre” have seen any sign of this.
11. No cuts to ABC or SBS funding.
“No” cuts to the ABC or SBS? Oh, except that cheeky $40 million.
13. Cut no more than $4.5 billion from foreign aid.
But here we are, with a reduction in foreign aid budget of $7.9 billion.
14. No changes to the old age pension.
Abbott is increasing the pension age to 70, and cutting the old-age pension by indexing it to the CPI.
15. Keep the Australian Renewable Energy Agency.
16. Spend $2.55 billion for the Emissions Reduction Fund.
18. No cuts to Landcare.
19. No public servant to be made forcibly redundant
Two public servants in the Department of Industry have been made involuntarily redundant since September.
20. No permanent residency to people arriving by boats.
Having said he wouldn’t grant residency to refugees who arrive by boat, a permanent visa was granted to a 15-year-old Ethiopian stow-away in what hopefully sets a precedent.