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Policy comparison – the facts

We hear a lot these days about how the Government can’t get its message out. Of course if the media were actually prepared to cover Government policy with any degree of factual coverage instead of screeching slogans and cherry picking for anything slightly controversial this might be different, but that’s never going to happen in Australia right now. Our current media treats politics as a blood sport and as such covers it like sport, with faux tension, scorelines and winners and losers plus a very healthy serving of bias towards the LNP.

As such we need to take extra steps to get the facts of the policy differences between the two parties out there as the media won’t touch it with a ten foot pole. Now as Abbott and his bunch of incompetents haven’t got very many policies at all, we can only compare what they have currently announced. Below is a comparison table with what details I have been able to glean. If you think it will help please send it on to whoever you can.



Carbon Tax


  • Will take money of top 500 polluters and use it for compensation for price rises
  • Will use money to increase tax free threshold for everyone from $6000 to $18000, an effective tax cut.
  • Will gradually increase super from 9% to 12%.
  • Will meet a 5% reduction in emissions.


  • Will take $1300 off every taxpayer and give it to polluters as incentive to stop them polluting.
  • Will also meet 5% reduction in emissions, but by planting trees.
  •  Amount of trees required will cover more ground than the current available fertile area.
  •  Will not keep tax cut.
  • Will keep super increase but won’t say how to pay for it.




  • Is implementing a fibre to the home network reaching 93% of households .
  • No more Telstra monopoly for services, they become another retailer .
  • Fibre provides consistent fast speeds regardless of distance.
  • Fibre is future proof and will not require further replacement.  As technology improves only the transmission/reception equipment at the ends needs updating.


  • Wants to implement fibre to the node, relying on Telstra copper for the last mile.
  • Wants more reliance on wireless, despite it being an inferior solution
  • Copper cannot provide same speeds as fibre and wireless is not a scalable solution
  • Copper is not a future proof solution and cannot provide further speed/capacity increases.


Parental leave


  • Will provide minimum wage for anyone who meets the means tested criteria for 6 months, meaning everyone gets the
  • same assistance


  • Will provide half salary for anyone meeting criteria for 6 months, meaning those who can most afford it will receive more money.
  • Will tax companies to pay for plan.
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  1. recalcitrantrick
    April 30, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    None of this has sunk in to the heads of your average punter yet. I fear it won’t until it is to late and Abbott starts reversing everything. By then Labor will be in dissaray following the defeat and won’t be able to muster a strong bounceback in time for the double dissolution election, and we will get six years (at least) of a government that the country doesn’t need, doesn’t particularly like, but the one they deserve due to their lack of engagement and critical thinking skills! Another “Poor fellow, my country” moment.

  2. jane
    May 3, 2012 at 12:12 AM

    Good one, massive. Lyn @TPS has put a link to this post up @TPS.

    • May 3, 2012 at 11:55 AM

      And when I get near a computer I shall do the same at the Cafe. These days most of my comments are posted through a phone or iPad and generally while I’m on the run or sitting in a taxi etc etc.

  3. Min
    May 5, 2012 at 4:11 PM

    Massive, very well said. This is the job which the msm should be doing, but they’re too busy chasing Tony around for his next photo op.

  4. Neil of Sydney
    May 5, 2012 at 7:15 PM

    but they’re too busy chasing Tony around for his next photo op.”


    But since most of the MSM are Labor party supporters they are trying to catch Abbott in some mistake.

    They will only start doing their job, ie watching the Government when Abbott is PM.

    What a disgrace are the newspaper reporters except for Andrew, Piers and Janet.

    • Min
      May 5, 2012 at 7:23 PM

      Neil, if the msm are Labor supporters then they are doing a good job in hiding this fact. I await with baited breath the next exposé about Tony Abbott’s rear end, his empty fruit bowl, his ear lobes and his gratingly unpleasant voice..and of course, his jackets.

      • Neil of Sydney
        May 5, 2012 at 9:51 PM

        Neil, if the msm are Labor supporters then they are doing a good job in hiding this fact.”

        If the MSM were mainly Coalition supporters they would be pointing out the failed Labor policies. When is the last time you have seen a report on what is going on in the detention centers???

        We have gone from 6 asylum seekers in detention in 2007 to 6,000. It used to cost $80M/year but now costs $1.2B/year. An increase of $1,000 million/year. If Howard was in power the MSM would be all over asylum seekers in detention and the usual suspects would be chaining themselves to detention fences.

        We will have to wait for the MSM to do its job, ie scrutinize govt policies, until Abbott is PM.

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