Abbott and the IPA (Idiotic Policy Advisors)
So, we know who Abbott is – the no account, right wing, nut job LOTO, who aspires to be a no account, right wing, nut job PM – but who are the IPA?
Well for starters, you can see the public faces of the IPA every day, pretty much, on their (Mark Scott and the right wing nut jobs) ABC, sharing and extolling the virtues of their wealth of experience in the areas of extreme right wing nut job policy making.
The Institute for Public Affairs is the mogul financed extreme right wing think tank that has a policy wish list of 75 policies that the LNP seem to be drawing from for one of four possible reasons:
- That they have been so busy lying cheating and scheming, that they haven’t had the time to develop policies of their own.
- Simply couldn’t be bothered developing policies, when they have a guarantee from Murdoch that he will hand them government, and his favoured policy direction is that of the IPA. (Abbott in his speech to the IPA Stated that Murdoch was a long standing Director of the IPA, as was his father and whether that is true or not, at the very least he is a major backer/supporter/contributor).
- That they are so closely aligned philosophically and ideologically to the policies that the IPA have produced and are exactly what the LNP would have produced, had they made the effort themselves, that there is no need to do the work themselves.
- A combination, or in fact all, of the above.
Here are a few policies from the IPA wish list that the LNP have taken up so far:
1 Repeal the carbon tax, and don’t replace it. It will be one thing to remove the burden of the carbon tax from the Australian economy. But if it is just replaced by another costly scheme, most of the benefits will be undone.
Abbott has been pushing this one since a Carbon Price was first announced, telling outright lies and giving misleading information to justify the policy position, when the truth is that he believes that man made Climate Change is “Crap”, and that the bottom line, for his mates, is much more important anyway. But seeing as how, the chances are, he would have introduced a carbon tax himself it the indies had given him the go ahead for forming gov in 2010, maybe the main reason for him opposing it is because… Labor did it! 😯
2 Abolish the Department of Climate Change
Speaks for itself, except the Gov has already announced that the department has done it’s job and will now be merged into another dept. 😦
3 Abolish the Clean Energy Fund
Why support anything that promotes change to the way we do things, when you don’t believe in the fundamental principles, ergo the changes are not necessary, and there are DOLLARS to be saved? 😯
4 Repeal Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act
So that idiots like Andrew Bolt can spout their rubbish with impunity. 😉
6 Repeal the renewable energy target
You don’t need renewable energy targets, if you don’t see the need for renewable energy, or it doesn’t suit your backers best interests. 😦
42 Introduce a special economic zone in the north of Australia including:
a) Lower personal income tax for residents
b) Significantly expanded 457 Visa programs for workers
c) Encourage the construction of dams
Cos Gina wants it (amongst others) for the expansion of mining interests and personal wealth building. Abbott has said that he would “develop Northern Australia,” but gave no details 😯
43 Repeal the mining tax
Cos Gina doesn’t want it, along with her mining mates Twiggy etc. 😯
44 Devolve environmental approvals for major projects to the states
Cos the big end of town wants it, as a way to speed up approvals by bypassing one level of regulatory watchdogs, with the intent of further trashing our environment for the sake of mega profits, and with state govs like QLD LNP already trashing the state watchdogs and making every effort to cut red and green tape, it won’t take long before there are no constraints on state sanctioned environmental vandalism. 😦
49 Privatise Medibank
Amongst other assets. 👿
69 Immediately halt construction of the National Broadband Network and privatise any sections that have already been built
The MSM campaign against the Labor Government started in ernest after the announcement of the NBN, and Abbott’s meeting with Murdoch. Coincidence? 😯
Not on your life!
These are ten of the seventy five IPA policies that the LNP have committed to so far, but with the IPA not being very transparent when it comes to disclosure of donors, and the LNP not being very transparent when it comes to disclosing the ties that they have to this right wing think tank that is over subscribed and exposed on the ABC, supposedly OUR ABC! 🙄 There are questions that need to be asked and answered.
But the question for Australia is; “Are we really prepared for public policy to be determined not by our duly elected representatives, but rather a shady bunch of faceless, self absorbed and self promoting representatives of the mega rich/mega selfish, because those aforementioned duly elected representatives are either to damned lazy or busy chasing their own agendas to be bothered doing the work that WE pay them to do?
And if the answer is a resounding NO, which is what it should be, then there is a petition that we all should sign, asking Abbott for transparency with regards to the policies from the IPA list, that the LNP are committed to implementing.
This is about honesty, transparency, policy direction, democracy, our future but also who we are voting for and why?
Tony Abbott, Leader of the Opposition
Clarify which of the IPA’s 75 policies the Coalition plans to implement.