Tony Abbotts Mini Me

Protest Against Campbell Newman

Protest Against Campbell Newman (Photo credit: rtkng)

Tony Abbotts mini me.

Why is it that conservatives can never learn from their mistakes, only repeat them?

With Campbell Newman’s latest announcements, on privatising health and educational services, on top of his savage cuts to the public service and general government services, he is surely showing a sample of what to expect from an LNP federal government, and himself as Tony Abbott’s mini me.

The problem is that the conservative side of politics believe that government should be run like a business, and they are ideologically driven to producing surpluses regardless of the impact on the lives of workers or the wider economy.

A governments job is to provide services and infrastructure to the people, for the purposes of nation building and taking care of the elderly, the sick and underprivileged, as well as the maintaining a healthy level of support for the wider community.

Now the truth is that many of these services and infrastructure requirements will not, and cannot be profitable, without a degradation to areas of quality and delivery, usually to rural and regional areas and lower socio economic communities.

The lessons to be learned from the GFC are that firstly austerity measures are decidedly unpopular amongst the majority of the citizenry, and secondly they are manifestly unsuccessful.

Austerity measures, as seen in Europe and now in QLD and other Eastern states, are implemented to impact the most vulnerable in society, namely pensioners and those that depend on social and medical services.

In QLD, Newman used the Costello audit, and claims of a state economy comparable to that of Greece, to justify wholesale sackings in the public service sector and removing the traditional job security associated with the public service.

He promised that there would be no cuts to frontline services, which was a blatant lie, as we now know.

Newman’s first year in office is marked by;

  1. cutting thousands of jobs, and then cancelling the state government  jobs support and retraining schemes, not only making it harder for those that found themselves unemployed, but forcing them to compete for what jobs are available with the people/educators who would otherwise have been helping them to find work in other areas.
  2. Removing the inbuilt protections for public servants to be able to give advice from an independent stand point, and the inherent past security of public services.
  3. Axing the Premier’s Literary awards to save $250,000 whilst giving millions to the horse racing and sporting fraternities.
  4. Sending out directives that remaining public servants should bring their own tea and coffee to save money, as well as such innovations such as printing on both sides of a piece of paper for further savings.
  5.  Telling The Australian Conservation Foundation that,  “I take this opportunity to reaffirm my statements, made before the last election, that the State Government has no plans to approve the development of uranium in Queensland, ”  Then within two weeks, Newman’s gov voted to lift a ban on uranium mining.
  6. Outsourcing and selling off health and educational services, which invariably results in  poorer services and service delivery.
  7. An economy going backwards, while the rest of the states still show varying levels of positive growth.

These are just a few of the cuts, and lies, have created unnecessary uncertainty and hurt amongst the community and done untold damage to the states economy along with his ramping up of the cost of royalties to the coal mining industry which are now as high as anywhere in the world further reducing investment opportunities in QLD.

The fact that mass sackings, reduces the levels of tax receipts,  and affects the job prospects of up to a further 4 workers, for every 1 sacked, in a number of related service industries, reducing consumer confidence across the wider community and further depressing the economy, seems to completely elude those of the ideologically driven LNP.

Newman is by no means alone in the implementation of this style of ideologically driven policies, with Lies, misrepresentations and backflips being the stock in trade of  the NSW and Vic LNP governments as well, cutting spending on such meaningless portfolio areas as health and education?

The scary thing for Australians is that even this morning, Abbott was reconfirming his support for Newman’s style of governing, and after Hockey’s stated commitment to a Costello style audit and Abbott’s declaration of at least 20,000 public servants to get the chop, their can be no doubt that Campbell Newman is;

Tony Abbott’s Mini Me


Picture: Mark Calleja Source: The Courier-Mail

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21 Responses to Tony Abbotts Mini Me

  1. deknarf says:

    Never been convinced by the argument that the Public Service can’t be run as efficiently as any other business, especially when you don’t have the profit motive and shareholder dividends driving the price of your services up.
    Nor do I believe that Government’s have the right to sell of public infrastructure paid for by Joe Public without a referendum (Fed or State depending on the infrastructure).


    • Truth Seeker says:

      deknarf, thanks for your comment , which is welcome and appreciated. 😀
      Absolutely, when you remove the need for profits and dividends, service delivery can be much cheaper and just as efficient, if not more so.

      My wife saw the evidence of the effects of privatisation of cleaning services,in the hospital system in NSW years ago when working as a nurse.
      The cleaners were allowed a certain time to clean an area, which didn’t allow for such regular eventualities as spilt blood, vomit, urine, faeces, antibiotics and other IV meds etc, and put more strain on already stretched nursing staff, who often had to clean up after the cleaners.
      Just one of many examples of false economy. 😦

      Cheers 😀


  2. Sandra Searle (@SandraSearle) says:

    I can endorse your comments, having worked on the Gold Coast in a Privately owned hospital system (3 hospitals owned by Mayne Health at the time).

    They were all top class hospitals but driven by the need for shareholders profits. It did not make for a good working environment for the Nursing Staff, attending Drs. or the rest of the staff.
    Now, living back here in Victoria, I am watching those with the same ideology as Newman trying to do the same thing here. Fortunately tho, Bailleau only holds a 1 seat majority. So there is some light at the end of our tunnel.

    However, both Qld. & NSW have felt the full force of a party being voted into power with landslides. Are we prepared to do the same to this government who have given us so many good things in a time of worldwide insecurity? The government we have now, as Truth Seeker has pointed out in this article, has kept us safe and secure, it has helped us Pensioners have a better standard of living. It has helped my family and their children with the School Kids Bonus and is now trying to implement the NDIS and Gonski.

    To have all of this and more stripped back by the LNP, in the name of what? Certainly not for the good of the nation and the majority of its people. Abbott and his party’s only concern is getting back into power and taking us all back into a time that we, the people, disliked intensely. We voted them out because we disliked the policies that they had enforced on us, we did not just vote Kevin Rudd in because he looked like a good bloke. We voted the ALP in because it promised us a better, more progressive way of life and to for the better have succeeded in delivering the policies we voted for. All this has been done with the aid of great Independents and the Greens. The fact that they been forced to water down some policies because they couldn’t get LNP support should not deter us from supporting a good government lead by a good female PM.

    There is a long enough time for each and everyone of us to keep on spreading what we know is TRUTH to defeat those who at this moment, think that they can win by misinformation given to the MSM who spread it around for the benefit of owners and who want nothing more than to control the masses and ultimately our country.


    • Truth Seeker says:

      Sandra, thank you for your comment and support, and well said. 😎

      You are a font of common sense, clear thinking, reason and wisdom, and you are always welcome on my site. 🙂 😀

      Cheers 🙂 😀 😎


  3. Cuppa says:

    That the federal Coalition were able to record a “surplus” shows that, with all that astounding amount of money coming in from the mining boom (along with the general global prosperity at the time in which Australia shared) they taxed too much. They were the biggest-taxing government in history, as Stephen Koukoulas outlines here:

    They were also the most wasteful government EVER, as the IMF reported:

    Years of combined Spin by the Liberals-media have brainwashed many voters into believing one of the great myths of Australian politics: that the Coalition are the “better economic managers”.


  4. Truth Seeker says:

    Cuppa, welcome to my site, and thanks for your comment 😀

    Yes, and Abbott has the unmitigated gall to accuse the government of waste when he was a part of the most wasteful gov this country has ever seen. 👿

    Cheers 😀


  5. I fail to see where privatisation has ever helped the punter. Makes the Govt books look good for a while, then a few years down the track the punter is paying even more for a service. There should be certain social services that are necessary for society to function that are a sacred site and should always be owned by the people, power, water, health, education etc., Unless there is a referendum, they should never sold.

    As Newman is intent on selling off Queensland, I would like to know exactly what companies are getting what contracts and what their prior dealings with the Newman Govt or LNP personal are? We already see that Ramsay Health are the frontrunner for the SCUH which was a sorely needed public hospital they are flogging off, of course Ramsay were are big LNP donor as well, guess that is not really a donation at all is it, more an investment in the companies future 😦

    Hope one ethical journal, with an editor that allows them to follow through, will record all these sales, outsourced contracts etc., & find out just who is making money in Queensland. It sure as hell is not the punters 😦


  6. Truth Seeker says:

    Noely, welcome to my site, and thank you for your comment 😎

    you are absolutely right, privatisation rarely if ever benefits the punters long term, but that is not their plan. It is only to help their rich mates make more money, at our expense.

    One can only hope that Costello’s audit will be seen, by the voters, for the grubby money grab that it is, remembering of course that this is the same Costello that, as treasurer, sold off our gold reserves at bargain basement prices. 👿

    These right wing nut jobs need to be stopped, before it’s too late.

    Abbott once said that he wouldn’t sell his arse, but it looks very much like him and his mates would happily sell ours! 😯

    Cheers 🙂


  7. khtagh says:

    You said it TS, so much evidence of what he would do, just carbon copy what “Can Demolish” does.


    • Truth Seeker says:

      khtagh, thanks for your comment, and continued support 😀

      Yes, as I have said many times of late….. Be afraid, be very afraid 😀

      The problem is that they learn from right wing nut jobs like David Cameron, and then come and implement his failed ideas and policies here.

      As I said at the beginning of this post, they never learn from mistakes they just keep making them over and over again 😉 😦

      Cheers 😀


      • khtagh says:

        Yes but past successes they try to repackage, I think Morrison is only trying to parrot the Rodent trying to create his own Tampa “Reffo’s” in your backyard in the last day or so, why doesn’t someone in Labor just come out & call it for what it is, xenophobia.


  8. Truth Seeker says:

    khtagh, the issue of past successes is a bit of a moot point, as they label everything that they have done as a success, even though very few of their policies/programs have been, as witnessed by their continual diatribe on the Pacific solution stopping the boats, which the stats clearly show was not a success, but rather the boats stopped as a consequence of a world wide, major slowdown in refugee movements.

    But in typical RW fashion, they can’t let the truth get in the way of claiming something worked 😯

    Having said that, I agree that xenophobia is a defining factor in Moriscums motivations 👿

    Cheers 😀


  9. khtagh says:

    Yes I did mean successes it their minds not in actuality.


  10. Selton says:

    Well written article ,I may not always agree with everything you say but this one I do….


    • Truth Seeker says:

      Selton, welcome to my site, and thanks for your comment 😀

      I appreciate you honesty, and your feedback, and it shouldn’t be about always agreeing, but about comparing ideas and the ensuing conversation, so thanks again and please feel free to comment anytime. 😀

      Cheers 🙂 😀


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