Tony Abbott’s top policys (sic) and plans (you can also see them in their campaign ad):
- End the waste
- Repay the debt
- Stop the taxes
- Stop the boats
Jeez, the Opposition Leader’s top four election priorities. Really important issues, you’d think?
Government debt, for instance. There’s a debate to be had about long-term structural deficits (which, if they exist, are the result of decisions taken during the late Howard era), but the short-term risks on government debt Australia faces, compared to other developed countries, are neatly summarized in one picture:
As for boats, the sheer non-importance of these can be seen at a glance:
Image by Tim Bennett
So we’re left with opposing the new resource rent tax, a tax so inoffensive (and possibly ineffectual) that even Mitch Hooke has stopped publicly complaining.
Is this really what Australian conservative politics has devolved to?