”I remember him saying: ‘Tony, I would do anything for this job. The only thing I wouldn’t do is sell my arse, but I’d have to give serious thought to it,”’ he said.
When Tony Windsor released this little gem, I think 22 million Australians deep in their heart said. ‘Yep. Sounds like Abbott!’
This was the man who ran a 2010 election campaign saying that the coalition will cut spending to realistic levels. Remember that? Shortly after the election we discover that Andrew Wilkie asked for a billion dollars to the Hobart hospital. Abbott promptly agreed. I mean why not? It was not like he had to sell his arse right? The population of Tasmania is 500,000 people. At 1 billion dollars, it is equivalent of spending $2000 per person in Tasmania. That is double the stimulus spending per person the ALP spent. And the coalition called that a frightful waste. I guess double that amount is not a frightful waste?
Abbott went to the 2010 elections making the claim that his coalition would introduce no new taxes. He did however release his paid parental leave scheme which had a ‘levy’. He DENIED this levy was a tax. For the election campaign he denied it. For 18 months after the election campaign he denied it. And yesterday in a interview with John Laws he finally admitted that it was sort of a tax.
At the same time Abbott claimed that Gillard was planning to put in a carbon tax. Gillard denied this. She appeared and made her statement which has since been edited to only show half her answer.
“There will be no carbon tax under a government I lead”.
However that is NOT the full sentence despite how often Andrew Bolt plays this edited statement on loop. Gillard’s full answer went on to talk about capping emissions (2:14)
Also in newspaper article a week before the election, the PM had already said this
“I don’t rule out the possibility of legislating a Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme, a market-based mechanism,” she said of the next parliament. “I rule out a carbon tax.””
We know what came next. A hung parliament. Neither party with a majority and negotiations began. It is unclear if Abbott offered Bob Brown his arse. It is clear that Bob Brown declined. Gillard found herself in an uncomfortable rock and a hard place place. To get her pricing of carbon through, she negotiated a 3 year fixed price. At the end of that, the ETS will begin. As she had said. She was determined to price carbon. And even if that meant doing something she had previously ruled out to get there.
Of course Abbott LOVED this. He played this carbon tax thing for all its worth. I think its time people knew the truth.
To get a new tax in place, the word ‘tax’ has to be used in the legislation. NONE of the pieces of legislation in regards to the Clean Energy Fund mentions the word ‘tax’.
Here is another little truth. For Abbott to demand a ‘levy’ to be imposed on business, to legally make that a valid piece of legislation, the coalition MUST use the word ‘tax’. That is because businesses are not citizens. You can levy citizens (eg MEDICARE levy) but you have to tax business. Abbott knew this. He knew this before the 2010 election when he deceived the electorate telling them he will NOT impose any new taxes. He denied his levy was a tax saying what ever he needed to say to get into power. He even tried to sell his arse to new parents. But he also knew it was a tax.
Likewise, Abbott is very aware that the CEF legislation has NO NEW TAXES in it. But he lied and he told the electorate it was. He still does now despite having now seen the legislation.
Abbott has been saying the PM said one thing at the election and did another thing after the election all to try and win power. Hypocrisy. I implore you to once again, read that quote from Tony Windsor. You know its true. Abbott would do anything to win power. Even sell his arse.
And if it means he lies to an electorate before an election, he does not balk at all. He will even maintain the lie for 18 months after. Apparently there would be no new taxes under a government he leads. But Albo gave us the clue.
“In your guts, you know he’s nuts”.
So true. Not only is this guy mental, he would really would say anything.
ADDENDUM: I thought some of you won’t believe me re the Clean Energy Bill so here it is for you to search your self. It talks about acting as a tax, but it does not introduce any NEW taxes. It also uses a lot of existing taxes to do the job. Hence when Abbott claims removing the Clean Energy Bill will be easy, he is lying. It will mean having to redesign new laws to allow the benefits but remove the tax. It will be very difficult. Not easy.