@geeksrulz compares IPA 100 point list and Labor policies and achievements

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Interesting comparison in the ideas debate of policies, ideology and outcomes. The highlighted items on the IPA list are the ones the Coalition has committed to implementing. Please also check out Margo’s My people’s petition for Abbott to reveal his other IPA policies.

IPA Wishlist of 100 ideas

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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.
2 Abolish the Department of Climate Change
3 Abolish the Clean Energy Fund
4 Repeal Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act

5 Abandon Australia’s bid for a seat on the United Nations Security Council

6 Repeal the renewable energy target

7 Return income taxing powers to the states
8 Abolish the Commonwealth Grants Commission
9 Abolish the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission
10 Withdraw from the Kyoto Protocol
11 Introduce fee competition to Australian universities
12 Repeal the National Curriculum
13 Introduce competing private secondary school curriculums
14 Abolish the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA)
15 Eliminate laws that require radio and television broadcasters to be ‘balanced’
16 Abolish television spectrum licensing and devolve spectrum management to the common law
17 End local content requirements for Australian television stations
18 Eliminate family tax benefits
19 Abandon the paid parental leave scheme
20 Means-test Medicare
21 End all corporate welfare and subsidies by closing the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education
22 Introduce voluntary voting
23 End mandatory disclosures on political donations
24 End media blackout in final days of election campaigns
25 End public funding to political parties
26 Remove anti-dumping laws
27 Eliminate media ownership restrictions
28 Abolish the Foreign Investment Review Board
29 Eliminate the National Preventative Health Agency
30 Cease subsidising the car industry
31 Formalise a one-in, one-out approach to regulatory reduction
32 Rule out federal funding for 2018 Commonwealth Games
33 Deregulate the parallel importation of books
34 End preferences for Industry Super Funds in workplace relations laws
35 Legislate a cap on government spending and tax as a percentage of GDP
36 Legislate a balanced budget amendment which strictly limits the size of budget deficits and the period the federal government can be in deficit
37 Force government agencies to put all of their spending online in a searchable database
38 Repeal plain packaging for cigarettes and rule it out for all other products, including alcohol and fast food
39 Reintroduce voluntary student unionism at universities
40 Introduce a voucher scheme for secondary schools
41 Repeal the alcopops tax

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

(Editors note: Abbott said he would ‘develop Northern Australia, but gave no details)

43 Repeal the mining tax

44 Devolve environmental approvals for major projects to the states

(Editors note: Libs will create a one stop shop[ for environmental approvals)
45 Introduce a single rate of income tax with a generous tax-free threshold
46 Cut company tax to an internationally competitive rate of 25 per cent
47 Cease funding the Australia Network
48 Privatise Australia Post

49 Privatise Medibank

50 Break up the ABC and put out to tender each individual function

51 Privatise SBS

52 Reduce the size of the public service from current levels of more than 260,000 to at least the 2001 low of 212,784
53 Repeal the Fair Work Act
54 Allow individuals and employers to negotiate directly terms of employment that suit them
55 Encourage independent contracting by overturning new regulations designed to punish contractors
56 Abolish the Baby Bonus
57 Abolish the First Home Owners’ Grant
58 Allow the Northern Territory to become a state
59 Halve the size of the Coalition front bench from 32 to 16
60 Remove all remaining tariff and non-tariff barriers to international trade
61 Slash top public servant salaries to much lower international standards, like in the United States
62 End all public subsidies to sport and the arts
63 Privatise the Australian Institute of Sport
64 End all hidden protectionist measures, such as preferences for local manufacturers in government tendering
65 Abolish the Office for Film and Literature Classification
66 Rule out any government-supported or mandated internet censorship
67 Means test tertiary student loans
68 Allow people to opt out of superannuation in exchange for promising to forgo any government income support in retirement

69 Immediately halt construction of the National Broadband Network and privatise any sections that have already been built

70 End all government funded Nanny State advertising
71 Reject proposals for compulsory food and alcohol labelling
72 Privatise the CSIRO
73 Defund Harmony Day
74 Close the Office for Youth
75 Privatise the Snowy-Hydro Scheme

Updated

25 more ideas for Tony Abbott

76 Have State Premiers appoint High Court justices
77 Allow ministers to be appointed from outside parliament
78 Extend the GST to cover all goods and services but return all extra revenue to taxpayers through cutting other taxes
79 Abolish the federal department of health and return health policy to the states
80 Abolish the federal department of education and return education policy to the states
81 Repeal any new mandatory data retention laws
82 Abolish the Australian Human Rights Commission
83 Have trade unions regulated like public companies, with ASIC responsible for their oversight
84 End all public funding to unions and employer associations
85 Repeal laws which protect unions from competition, such as the ‘conveniently belong’ rules in the Fair Work Act
86 Extend unrestricted work visas currently granted to New Zealand citizens to citizens of the United States
87 Negotiate and sign free trade agreements with Australia’s largest trading partners, including China, India, Japan and South Korea
88 Restore fundamental legal rights to all existing commonwealth legislation such as the right to silence and the presumption of innocence
89 Adhere to section 51(xxxi) of the Constitution by not taking or diminishing anyone’s property without proper compensation
90 Repeal legislative restrictions on the use of nuclear power
91 Allow full competition on all foreign air routes
92 Abolish the Medicare levy surcharge
93 Abolish the luxury car tax
94 Halve the number of days parliament sits to reduce the amount of legislation passed
95 Abolish Tourism Australia and cease subsidising the tourism industry
96 Make all government payments to external parties publicly available including the terms and conditions of those payments
97 Abandon plans to restrict foreign investment in Australia’s agricultural industry
98 Cease the practice of setting up government-funded lobby groups, such as YouMeUnity, which uses taxpayer funds to campaign to change the Australian Constitution
99 Rule out the introduction of mandatory pre-commitment for electronic gaming machines
100 Abolish the four pillars policy which prevents Australia’s major banks from merging

ALP achievements/bills since they came to office in 2007.

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  1. NBN (the real one) – total cost $37.4b (Government contribution: $30.4b)
  2. >BER 7,920 schools: 10,475 projects. (completed at less than 3% dissatisfaction rate)
  3. Gonski – Education funding reform
  4. NDIS/DisabilityCare
  5. MRRT & aligned PRRT
  6. Won seat at the UN
  7. Signed Kyoto
  8. Signatory to Bali Process & Regional Framework
  9. Eradicated WorkChoices
  10. Established Fair Work Australia
  11. Established Carbon Pricing/ETS (7% reduction in emissions since July last year)
  12. Established National Network of Reserves and Parks
  13. Created world’s largest Marine Park Network
  14. Introduced Reef Rescue Program
  15. National Apology
  16. Sorry to the Stolen Generation
  17. Increased Superannuation from 9 to 12%
  18. Changed 85 laws to remove discrimination against same sex couples
  19. Introduced National Plan to reduce violence against women and children
  20. Improvements to Sex Discrimination Act
  21. Introduced Plain packaging of cigarettes
  22. Legislated Equal pay (social & community workers up to 45% pay increases)
  23. Legislated Australia’s first Paid Parental Leave scheme
  24. Established $10b Renewable energy fund
  25. Legislated Murray/Darling Basin plan (the first in a hundred years of trying.)
  26. Increased Education funding by 50%
  27. Established direct electoral enrolment
  28. Created 190,000 more University places
  29. Achieved 1:1 ratio, computers for year 9-12 students
  30. Established My School
  31. Established National Curriculum
  32. Established NAPLAN
  33. Increased Health funding by 50%
  34. Legislated Aged care package
  35. Legislated Mental health package
  36. Legislated Dental Care package
  37. Created 90 Headspace sites
  38. Created Medicare Locals Program
  39. Created Aussie Jobs package
  40. Created Kick-Start Initiative (apprentices)
  41. Funded New Car plan (industry support)
  42. Created Infrastructure Australia
  43. Established Nation Building Program (350 major projects)
  44. Doubled Federal Roads budget ($36b) (7,000kms of roads)
  45. Rebuilding 1/3 of interstate rail freight network
  46. Committed more to urban passenger rail than any government since Federation
  47. Developed National Ports Strategy
  48. Developed National Land Freight Strategy
  49. Created the nations first ever Aviation White Paper
  50. Revitalized Australian Shipping
  51. Reduced transport regulators from 23 to 3 (saving $30b over 20years)
  52. Introduced NICS – infrastructure schedule
  53. Australia has moved from 20th in 2007 to 2nd on OECD infrastructure ranking
  54. Awarded International Infrastructure Minister of the Year (2012 Albanese)
  55. Awarded International Treasurer of the Year (2011 Swan)
  56. Introduced Anti-dumping and countervailing system reforms
  57. Legislated Household Assistance Package
  58. Introduced School Kids Bonus
  59. Increased Childcare rebate (to 50%)
  60. Allocated $6b to Social Housing (20,000 homes)
  61. Provided $5b to Support for Homelessness
  62. Established National Rental Affordability Scheme ($4.5b)
  63. Introduced Closing the Gap
  64. Supports Act of Recognition for constitutional change
  65. Provided the highest pension increase in 100 years
  66. Created 900,000 new jobs
  67. Established National Jobs Board
  68. Allocated $9b for skills and training over 5 years
  69. Established Enterprise Connect (small business)
  70. Appointed Australia’s first Small Business Commissioner
  71. Introduced immediate write-off of assets costing less than $6,500 for Sm/Bus
  72. Introduced $5,000 immediate write-off for Small Business vehicles over $6,500
  73. Introduced Small business $1m loss carryback for tax rebate from previous year
  74. Legislated Australian Consumer law
  75. Introduced a national levy to assist Queensland with reconstruction
  76. Standardized national definition of flood for Insurance purposes.
  77. Created Tourism 2020
  78. Completed Australia’s first feasibility study on high speed rail
  79. Established ESCAS (traceability and accountability in live animal exports)
  80. Established Royal Commission into Institutional Sexual Abuse
  81. Established National Crime Prevention Fund
  82. Lowered personal income taxes (Ave family now pays $3,500 less p.a. than 2007)
  83. Raised the tax-free threshold from $6,000 to $18,200
  84. Australia now the richest per capita nation on earth
  85. First time ever Australia has three triple A credit ratings from all three credit agencies
  86. Low inflation
  87. Lowest interest rates in 60 years (Ave mortgagee paying $5,000 less p.a. than 2007)
  88. Low unemployment
  89. Lowest debt to GDP in OECD
  90. Australian dollar is now fifth most traded in the world and IMF Reserve Currency
  91. One of the world’s best performing economies during and since the GFC
  92. Australia now highest ranked for low Sovereign Risk
  93. Overseen the largest fiscal tightening in nations history (4.4%)
  94. 21 years of continuous economic growth (trend running at around 3%pa)
  95. 11 years of continuous wages growth exceeding CPI
  96. Increasing Productivity
  97. Increasing Consumer Confidence
  98. Record foreign investment
  99. Historic levels of Chinese/Australian bilateral relations
  100. Won International Court of Justice whaling case against Japan

 

And to finish, some mining billionaire poetry:

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My people’s petition for Abbott to reveal his other IPA policies

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Comments


  1. Impressive list of achievements from the allegedly dysfunctional & chaotic ALP government contrasted with the appalling wishlist from the rulers of the Liberal Party, the IPA, which is guaranteed to make our country dysfunctional & chaotic. These people have no empathy or care for anyone other than their “own kind of people”.

    Thanks Geek for going to all of this time & trouble to remind us of the yawning gap between those who believe in progressing the country for the good of its citizens & those who only think of themselves & how they can benefit the most. To heck with everybody else.

  2. Marion Wilson says:

    Tony Abbott has said that he will cut regulations and red tape. I want to know exactly which regulations are going to be cut. I fear that they will be regulations that protect workplace safety, wages and conditions of vulnerable, workers (women, non-English speaking and young people) and the red tape that protects the environment like industrial waste disposal that may cause harm to future generations…

  3. Marion Wilson says:

    I also want to know if it is intended that any Federal Government assets are going to be sold such as Snowy Hydro, Medibank Private, the ABC, CSIRO, Travelling Stock Reserves or any parts of any of them.


  4. What is the IPA ? Perhaps you should have an explanation on the top of this page. It would help

  5. Bill Calvin says:

    As a parent of 3 secondry school children attending 2 different schools – I call bullshit on the 1:1 computer ratio. You would have to be living in a dream world or be a hard core Labor muppet to believe the ALP achieved anything close to that.


  6. So which of these top 100 actually created wealth, made the average Aussie better off, made Australia more competetive internationally and wasn’t pandering to some fringe group? Tell me. Just wait until 2017 when the real costs of Labor’s “achievements” actually kick in.


  7. 3 out of the first 4 achievements listed for the ALP were beyond the four year forward estimates. They are unfunded hot air. Big deal.

  8. Ken Goldsmith says:

    Almost all of those “achievements” were unfunded, or put on the Credit Cards of our children and grandchildren. But at least Gough can go to his grave knowing he was not the worst Aus. Fed. government ever, KRUDD/JuLiar/KRUDD had a silver lining for him.


  9. I’m sorry, but I just read something very silly. Apparently Gough Whitlam is now the second worst PM after Rudd/Gillard/Rudd Government?

    Some facts: Gough brought Australia out of the 1950s. How does that make him a bad PM?

    I agree he wasn’t good at budgets, but the idea that he was one of the worst governments this country has ever had says a lot more about the person who thinks that –
    i.e. no interest or concern for social justice, women trapped in violent marriages because of the divorce laws, conscription of our young men to fight in Vietnam, higher education restricted to the wealthy, women restricted to careers in teaching, nursing or motherhood, women having to resign from their positions when they married (this applied in the public sector until Gough), children of migrants ridiculed for their accents and strange names, no rights for the First Australians, women and minorities without access to finance from banks, freedom from bankruptcy through a national health scheme, etc.

    Oh life was so great back then – EXCEPT if you were a woman, Aboriginal, disabled, unwell, of non-English ethnicity, young person, gay and the list of goes on,

    Also the vicious mutterings, particularly about Julia Gillard, will be judged by history as just that – vicious. The Gillard Government was so unfairly vilified – who could tell when they did the right thing or not? All I did know, is that I couldn’t believe what was printed in most of this country’s press. There are the real liars.


  10. @geeksrulz compares IPA 100 point list and Labor policies and achievements http://t.co/dYg7hjupeu via @NoFibs

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