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Conservative estimate ... what will change with a changing of the guard?


So, you’ve decided to have a conservative government. Let’s not be coy. You know you want it. So, let’s think it through, shall we? Let’s imagine what it might mean.

First of all, let me just say as a wealthy middle class white male I welcome our new wealthy middle-class white male overlords. Or your overlords. To me they’re just members of the club, the right sort of chaps to share a snifter with at the 19th hole, or a spot of inside information before the market opens.

To the rest of you, sir will do. Or Your Grace, if Cardinal Pell is in residence at the Lodge for the weekend.

Apart from having the right sort of chaps running things again – especially with that dreadful Kloppers finally shown the door at BHP – what might we expect in the way of good policy? You remember good policy. It’s like virtue. Everybody’s in favour of it, except when it applies to them.

Might we look forward to the boondoggle of the National Broadband Network finally being dug up and dumped in a shallow grave somewhere? Apparently not. For having complained long and loud that it was all a massive waste of money, Malcolm Turnbull is now complaining that it’s not rolling out quickly enough to waste your money at globally competitive rates of wastage.

Might the government finally crack down on the foreign Johnnies trying to sneak in here under the guise of being refugees? Probably not, since this government has locked them all up on a remote island leaving very few left over for the next government to have at.

A roll back of gay marriage? Perhaps not, since the current PM, didn’t, ahem, get it up in the first place. Flat out refused to, in fact. 

Maybe the disaster that is defence policy and procurement might finally be sorted out by a PM with even a passing interest in the subject. Maybe. But since the biggest pile of doo-doo in the Defence Department’s naughty corner was laid by the last Liberal government when they signed up sight unseen for the F-35 fighter program, don’t hold your breath.

Really, what will change when Abbott takes over? Seriously, I’m asking. The last time a conservative ‘pro-business’ government held power they introduced the GST, a form of punishment for business owners that would have warmed the hearts of the old International Socialists. This current Labor government, meanwhile, would be a walk up start for the race to claim the crown as the worst ever.

So, really, what will change?



  • What a lot of bile.Does Tony Abbott even play golf?I know Obama does frequently.Also likes to take expensive holidays.Are you sure you are not referring to Obama's presidency,except the part where the cardinal stays over,that honour is given to celebrities and muslim leaders.

    Date and time
    February 26, 2013, 1:20AM
    • Noelene - if this be bile, then what be the mush that we are daily served about Gillard and her government?

      If this be bile, then what be terms like 'this government should have died of shame'?

      If this be bile, then what be the hypocrisy of a party that invaded Iraq to cause tens of thousands of deaths to criticise a party that indirectly caused deaths by giving money to home insulators?

      Bile is bile. We have been up to our knees, and sometimes our necks, in bile since the 2010 elections. If this be bile, it is at least bile of a different flavour to the bile spewed by Abbott's side.

      If you like, All who live by bile will die by bile.

      Date and time
      February 26, 2013, 8:05AM
    • An Abbott elected Govt? We will have a country that will be totally divided and conquered by the manipulative greedy and self interested that have funded the Abbott faction media campaign. Living and employment conditions, health and education will be slashed as usual as the Lieberal-Naionalcorp always do. All infrastructure will come to a total stop for the entire time they are in office, as always. The rest of our gold reserves will be sold off again to help make a fictitious surplus.
      The GST will be increased to 20% as they have always wanted and it will be imposed on food and health, it is the only way they can attempt to balance the books, remember most State Govts are now Lieberal-Nationalcorp, they are already ripping the guts out of health and education, there is no where to run, you have allowed this disaster to happen, you are to blame for what is about to happen yet again. The $18,000 tax free threshold will be gone and the broadband gone to fund even more tax brakes for greedy Gina Rhinhart and anyone else funding and sponsoring Lieberal-Nationalcorp cartel candidates in the coming election, many of us know who they are already.

      Abbottsolute disgrace
      Date and time
      February 26, 2013, 8:44AM
    • I don't play golf.

      Isn't Cardinal Pell getting lots of mentions in the "Inquiry into the Handling of Child Abuse" being held in Victoria ?

      J. Fraser
      Date and time
      February 26, 2013, 8:58AM
    • Abbott is nothing side show monkey dancing to the tune of the organ grinder, a greedy cartel of multi-National mining and media corporations that are funding and controlling his entire campaign. That is the Abbott narrative, there is nothing else it's a big con and many are completely suck in.
      While the Labor party's only function is to look after the interests of the Australian people, the only function the Lieberal-Nationalcorp has is to stop the Labor party doing it.
      It is the reason the Lieberal=Nationalcorp was formed by big business years ago, it serves only one purpose, stop the Labor party, the party of the Australian people.
      Take a good look at the Noalition of Abbott faction cartel, all he has done in the last few years is to stop and obstruct the Govt from doing anything and everything, his only function is to protect the greed of big business, the Lieberal-Nationalcorps only function, there for all to see, it has never ever been more clear to see, open your eyes to the Abbott lies!

      Abbottsolute disgrace
      Date and time
      February 26, 2013, 10:01AM
    • Noelene got to use "Obama" and "Muslim" in the same sentence. Its like some sort of Tea Party drinking game. She even had a go at the Catholics - kicking it old school sista!

      mint slice
      Date and time
      February 26, 2013, 10:04AM
    • I hope he teaches conservative voters how to use spaces after full stops. That might swing my vote.

      On the couch at the PMs place
      Date and time
      February 26, 2013, 10:15AM
    • The bile is apparently visiting western Sydney for five days and staying at the Rooty Hill Casino playing the pokies, those with no limits. She can ring the help line but I suspect its too late for help. Western Sydney will wipe out this sad, sad, and bile Govt. Oh yeah, the Govt that has lost its way, except to go play the pokies. Did she get a $900 cheque to try and get five lemons on the screen. I thought the five lemons were her Caucus?

      enough is enough
      Labor Party La La Land
      Date and time
      February 26, 2013, 10:33AM
    • @ Abbottsolute Disgrace - Get it off your chest why don't you.
      Apparently you know absolutely everything that will occur if the LNP win, to the exact letter. I'm glad someone does because the rest of us haven't heard a peep about details yet.

      Date and time
      February 26, 2013, 10:34AM
    • If abbot and his mob ever come out of hiding and win the election we will go back to having no money spent on public facilities, schools,hospitals,there will be more flag poles in our schools, gina will have her wish list fulfilled,alan will have his dream of turning northern Australia into an even bigger white elephant than the Ord River scheme already is.
      Uncle rupert will have his monopoly of ad laden second rate cable tv maintained while the rest of us are denied real choice and our businesses are stymied.
      The regressive gst will be increased and tax breaks given to corporations and wealthy individuals.
      We will have workchoices in all but name.
      Public servants in the areas of tax monitoring will be sacked.
      Money will be hoarded to be wasted as largesse at election time.
      The total government tax take will go back up to its record levels,as under howard, of over 24% of GDP.
      The country will go back to looking just like that wonderful Brack painting Collins st 5pm depicts.

      Date and time
      February 26, 2013, 10:50AM

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