Give it up Uncle Tone part duo

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  1. butchmcdick

    butchmcdick Guest

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    Former prime minister Tony Abbott has said his controversial 2014 budget is a "badge of honour" and "fundamentally fair", while predicting an Abbott government would have won this year's election.
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    • Tony Abbott defends his prime ministership in 4,000-word essay
    • Says 2014 budget was "fair" and a "badge of honour"
    • Says he and Joy Hockey were "careful to avoid breaking promises"
    • Former PM confident he could have won 2016 election on budget savings


    Mr Abbott has penned a 4,000-word essay for conservative journal Quadrant defending his prime ministership, which argues his government's achievements "will stand the test of time".
    An extract of The Economic Case for the Abbott government, soon to be published, has been published in The Australian newspaper.
    In September last year Mr Abbott was toppled by Malcolm Turnbull, who argued the Member for Warringah had not shown economic leadership.
    But the now-backbencher denied this, writing: "The government's economic narrative had been clear from the beginning — lower taxes, less regulation and higher productivity."
    The Coalition's 2014 budget put forward billions of dollars in cuts to health, education and foreign aid, and saw it lose ground in opinion polls.
    It included trying to introduce a $7 GP co-payment and making unemployed people under 30 wait six months for the dole, along with university fee deregulation and pension indexation changes.
    Do you think the Abbott government could have won the 2016 election campaigning on budget savings and lower tax? Have your say.

    "Judging things by polls, many commentators have identified the 2014 budget as the Abbott government's biggest mistake," Mr Abbott wrote.
    "I regard it more as a badge of honour because it showed that we were serious about long-term budget repair and could therefore be trusted with the long-term economic management of the country.
    "Overall, it was a fundamentally fair budget because it sought to end the intergenerational theft involved in piling up debts for our children and grandchildren to meet."
    Mr Abbott said he and then-treasurer Joe Hockey had been "careful to avoid breaking promises" during their time on the expenditure review committee of Cabinet, but his "no surprises" commitment was challenging, given there had not been pre-election debate about a Medicare co-payment or university deregulation.
    But he thought people would accept the changes, seeing them as part of the Coalition's pledge to control the budget.
    "Especially after we had rejected the business subsidy requests of the type that previous governments had regularly approved, a tough budget should have been predicted," he wrote.
    Mr Abbott said he was confident an Abbott government could have won the 2016 election campaigning on budget savings and lower tax.

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-02-...ould-have-won-election-defends-budget/7204896

    In the words of Hall and Oates you're out of touch
     
  2. Brutus

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    He would have won the election despite the ABC, Fairfax hate.
     
  3. butchmcdick

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    What was preferred PM numbers v Bill when he was rolled ?

    Everyone hated him other than the hard right
     
  4. _snafu_

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    Problem with Shorten is that he is a lightweight regardless of the opponent.
     
  5. Pete Cash

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    Yeah political parties famously knife prime ministers when they are on track to winning elections.
     
  6. Bandwagon

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    Yet strangely enough he has had the innovative and agile Turnbull government on the back foot all week, having taken the unorthodox step of ( for an opposition ) releasing policy.
     
  7. I Bleed Maroon

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    :lol: A moron till the end.
     
  8. Flapper

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    "No sniping"
     
  9. phantom eel

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    And no sense of timing.

    Come out with this essay after Turnull wins the next election, and people may have had sympathy for Abbott's "I could have won too" claim.

    Or come out with it after Turnbull loses the next election, and people may have had sympathy because Abbott was rolled and not given the chance.

    But to come out with it now... so soon after being rolled, and so soon before the next election :crazy:.
     
  10. drago brelli

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    Abbo was doing really well, he didn't need the ABC or Fairfax's help. His own party pissed him off. This dope has the support of the loony right, eg; Bernardi, fat George Christensen, 2GB, Blot, Ackerman, believers in the supernatural, Henderson and a small number of 'righties' in voter land. Would he have won the election?, ah, no.
     
  11. Mong

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    :lol::lol::lol:
     
  12. some11

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    Infallible, he was also popular too.

    Which is why his own party shitcanned him.
     
  13. _snafu_

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    So, was Abbott banging Credlin?
     
  14. drago brelli

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    "um, a, look, a, there's a, now point in raking over old coals, other people want to rake over old coals, um, but, a, I am not going to rake over old coals".
     
  15. Cletus

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    That's not much of a denial. I think they were, apparently rumors were rife, but regardless they had a dysfunctional relationship were she wanted to control him and he was incapable of saying no to her.
     
  16. Twizzle

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    that mental image would turn me off sex forever
     
  17. Desert Qlder

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    Turnbull had better not have a piece on the side.
     
  18. Bandwagon

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  19. Hello, I'm The Doctor

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    These two are looking pretty snug these days...

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  20. Desert Qlder

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    Yes it gives the perception he is passing legislation through her lower house.
     

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