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Costings? We don’t need no stinking costings!

Not that you’d know much about it from the media, but it looks like the Liberal’s “costings” are coming back to haunt them.

As you might recall, there was a”leak” of information about one of the Coalition’s policy costings being out by $800 million, which made them completely lose their minds despite the fact that:

a)  the public would have found out anyway

b)  it was correct

This led them to having a massive tanty and saying they wouldn’t submit their policies for costing by Treasury because they were all dodgy and couldn’t be trusted *cough* Godwin Grech *cough*.  It was at this point that my irony detector blew up.

They then got an external accounting firm involved (co-incidentally founded by a former Liberal pollie) how basically checked that their spreadsheet added up and explicitly stated that this was all based on the assumptions provided by the Liberals.  Turns that this firm was hired 2 MONTHS PREVIOUSLY.  Lucky that leak happened otherwise it would have just been a waste spending all that money on the accounting firm hey?

Now the worm has finally turned.  The Independents are incredibly interested in how the potential government will pay for their promises so naturally they are interested in the costings.  As you would expect Gillard happily handed everything over without any dramas, but what does Abbott do??  Refuse outright.

Not suss at all right?  Even Bob Katter has come out and said it looks like he has something to hide.  Most normal people would agree that it’s really dodgy that he doesn’t want his facts and figures checked, but he even has the nerve to trot out that Treasury can’t be trusted to tell the truth and even has his sock puppets like Mal Brough pushing the same tired old line.  This is the same Treasury department that will actually be working for him if he’s in government and he’s publicly stating that they can’t be trusted to do their job properly and with integrity.

He’s been shown up for the empty shirt that he is, but don’t expect the media to make a big deal of this…after all they are running “polls” in the Independents’ electorates saying that they MUST side with the Liberals because these 600 people think so.  Excuse me but didn’t we just have a REALLY BIG poll on the weekend, in which these people said they trusted someone not aligned with a party to represent them?

It’s just getting more and more comical.

  1. reb
    August 27, 2010 at 3:33 PM

    I’m not sure if it’s getting more comical, but it’s definitely getting more desperate. We’ve got Steve Fielding screaming for attention (well I guess he is the comedy element) and Bob Katter acting like Lorne Greene from some old cowboy movie.

    Meanwhile Julia’s sucking up to all of them and Abbott’s playing Clint Eastwood in “For a Few Dollars More”…

    The entire situation is F**KED!!!

  2. August 27, 2010 at 4:53 PM

    I’ll be interested to see how it turns out…and not just for the obvious comedy value of watching Abbott combust if things don’t go his way.
    The indies might just be able to inflict some serious parliamentary reform if things go well.

  3. Bilko
    August 27, 2010 at 6:22 PM

    The indies only have to look at the way they and their electorates have been treated during the JWH boom years and see what will happen in the future, don’t believe what we actually did then but what we can promise to do in the future, just make sure it is written down before you commit. faust wears big ears like noddy sad days ahead

  4. Pip
    August 27, 2010 at 11:54 PM

    Very convenient polling 600 people in the three Independents electorates when there are 23,000 in total. Rob Oakeshott and Tony Windsor are into climate change and care about asylum seekers and thinks conservatively on economics. I think both he and Tony Windsor voted against the mean decisions on asylum seekers, so whatever else it won’t be dull. Part of Bob Katters speech was about farmer suicides occurring every four days in his electorate and governments doing nothing about it, and the clever journos wrote about his hat. It’s not only Murdoch angling for Tony, the Age changed a headline today from Abbotts caves to Abbott wins. What can you say?

  5. Pip
    August 29, 2010 at 11:36 PM

    Now I’m confused. I read today that there about 100,000 voters in these electorates, not 23,000.

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