Tony Abbott, The Real Cost of His Arse.
With the revelation from BushfireBill and C@tmomma, from the Pub blog, of a
conversation that they had with a senior insider from the Canberra Press Gallery, that
Tony Abbott has regular (weekly) lunches at Murdoch HQ, the question arrises as to what the real cost of an Abbott government would be?
The main promise so far is that he will tear down the carbon price, in fact his entire campaign, since the last election, has been based on this promise, so what does it mean?
Well for starters, he’s claiming that the election will be a referendum on the carbon “tax”, and that will give him a mandate to dismantle it and that the ALP should recognise his mandate and vote to scrap it…..WTF! And the good fairy will turn the Simpson Desert into a rain forest…. oh wait, that’s his Direct Action Plan.
Anyway, how will he achieve this?
Well the first thing will be to introduce legislation into parliament, which will fail due to the fact that the ALP and the greens will definitely oppose it. Therefore he will, as he has already foreshadowed, seek to call a double dissolution.
Now to some costs;
As we know elections are very expensive (Millions of dollars) and a DD will not only further deplete the coffers, but give us another campaign to go through! Mmmmmmm? Something to look forward to!
As Morriscum is now talking about closing Manus Island, which is a part of their revamped Pacific Solution, it’s very difficult to know where their Asylum Seeker policy is headed, and with little or no hope of him stopping the boats, it’s impossible to quantify the costs of this policy. $$$$$$$$$$$$$$?
We do know that the cost to families, pensioners, the lower paid and the broader community will be;
- scrapping the School Kids Bonus
- reducing pensions
- reducing the tax free threshold from $18,200 to $6,000
- scrapping the MRRT
- reducing the Public Service by at least 20,000, which will lead to reduced services and service delivery.
These are a few of of the announcements so far that will have a financial and social impact, although I have noticed a toning down of the rhetoric on some of these promises since they were announced, presumably in the hope that we will forget that he said them.
What we haven’t been told, from the LNP at least, is the debt that Tony Abbott owes Murdoch and Co? And he does owe Murdoch big time, as the LNP couldn’t afford the two plus years of free publicity that they’ve been getting from him and the rest of the complicit MSM!
So what may be the real cost of Abbotts arse?
Well we know that Murdoch started his anti ALP campaign, in earnest, after the announcement of the NBN, and a subsequent meeting with Abbott, so it’s a fair bet that the NBN is on the table, probably at “Mates rates”.
Why is the NBN so important to Murdoch?
- Because it represents the biggest threat to his bottom line in this country.
- Because he didn’t bother to update his business model to incorporate the internet and is now playing catch up.
- Because if he controls the NBN, he controls the future of this country; communications, news, TV, movie distribution etc.
- Because then he becomes even richer and more powerful, and controlling Abbott now means controlling Australia’s future!
Then there’s the ABC, that would make a nice addition to his empire…..At the right price of course 😉
Those are a few things Murdoch would like to get his grubby mits on.
There are also private health providers, like Ramsay Health in QLD who donated $100,000 to the LNP, and are now poised to take advantage of Costello’s audit recommendations. There will be others, as well, who see supporting an abbott election not as donations, but as an investment in their future expansions, and placing themselves to take advantage of the ensuing, inevitable fire sale of assets.
The Post Office, Medicare, Roads and Transport as well as everything already mentioned and more, could be up for grabs due to The real cost of Abbotts arse!