Abbott Lies: The Most Cynical Dishonest Deceitful Politician Ever?

Tony AbbottGranted, it’s a hard list to top, how many politicians have been found to be cynical, dishonest, and deceitful? Hundreds upon thousands of them, but this Tuesday in Australia, Tony Abbott took the top spot. He is, beyond a shadow of a doubt, a phenomenal liar. In Tuesday’s budget, he broke almost every promise he made to the electorate in his campaign of a year ago:

“No cuts to education, no cuts to health, no change to pensions, no change to the GST, and no cuts to the ABC or SBS.”

Those were the words that came out of Abbott’s mouth in September 2013. With supreme duplicity, he has reneged on all of them.   This is the same man who said in June 2013 “we’ve had too many politicians who say one thing before an election to win votes, and then do the opposite after the election.” It was almost as if he had the gift of foresight.

“No cuts to education:” University fees are set to soar into the stratosphere as they are put onto the open market. As recently as November 2013, the minister responsible said this was an impossibility because “we promised that we wouldn’t.”

“No cuts to health:” Even the poorest Australian families will now have to pay to use Medicare from anything as simple as a GP appointment, through the whole raft of services. This so-called “co-payment” is only $7 but could spiral out of control very quickly with any serious medical condition. It’s called a “co-payment” even though it is a tax, as this Abbott government promised, yes, that’s right, no new taxes.   Emergency departments at the hospitals will now charge as well, and the ambulance service was never free in Australia. Doctors are already anticipating unnecessary deaths. Moreover, the “best friend that Medicare ever had” (that’s Tony Abbott, describing himself) is going to impel the states between them to save $80 billion in health and education.

“No cuts to the ABC:” The national public service broadcaster is to be hit with an “efficiency dividend” and that will come after it has had to cut staff, close the foreign bureau, and cut programming.

For too long, the theory goes: Australians have been living in an “age of entitlement” and the time has come to pay the price. Even politicians will have to do their bit. Yes, they are going on a wage freeze. Whether this will impact too much on the Abbott household is debatable as he is one of the highest paid of all the world’s leaders. He will still earn $507,000 per annum, rather more than the President of the United States who takes home $425,000. Britain’s David Cameron, another staunch conservative talking “tough” decisions for the sake of his country struggles by on a mere £142,000 ($238,000). Joe Hockey, the treasurer who delivered this budget, is privately worth more than $10 million with all prime assets in his wife’s name. Moreover, Mrs. Hockey chose Budget Day to show off a new Carla Zampatti outfit valued at $750–representing a lot of visits to the doctor for a family on a low-income.

Additional surprises in the Abbott-Hockey “no surprise” budget were a rise in fuel tax, a rise in the retirement eligibility age to 70, tougher measures on benefit claims, including for the disabled, and an increase in tax for the higher-earners. One of the only schemes not to face “sacrifice” is Abbott’s pet project–the Paid Parental Leave scheme.

The counter-argument is that all this is needed now if Australia is not going to go the way of Europe and slide into recession. Like everywhere else, the aging population is going to place undue strains on all resources. Australians believe in a “fair go” in which they would not want to push their debts onto future generations. Australia is not in crisis, not at all. Their spending is just three percent short of the GDP. The theory is to prevent one from happening.

That being the case, these budget cuts have fallen so hard and so harshly even the Business Council of Australia, an organization with only really one aim in mind to protect big business, said they were concerned about the effects on “families and young people.”

Abbott clearly decided to take the gamble of dispersing with the truth. Some will say this demonstrates his strength and purpose. This is not just a conservative, but rather a stern, ideological, and zealous Conservative. Others will say, with incredulity, that this man, Tony Abbott,  is surely the most cynical, deceitful, and dishonest politician ever.

Opinion By Kate Henderson

Sources:
Canberra Times
Sydney Morning Herald
News.com.au

18 Responses to "Abbott Lies: The Most Cynical Dishonest Deceitful Politician Ever?"

  1. Tom Watson   January 28, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    Julia Gillard is an absolute angel in comparison to the consummate lying of Tony Abbott. Steve and Benson talk of TWO so called lies by the Labor Party. If you care to read the complete statement by Julia Gillard she infact did NOT LIE!
    As for the ENDLESS LIES of the Liberal Party, there have been so many that the Australian people are in complete state of shock at the number and the on going deceptions served up every day by a creepy little bunch of ideologists determined to destroy the Australian way of life.
    I say send Abbott back to the UK complete with his ten quid and along with his dukes and duchesses – keep Australia Australian!!!

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    • Benson   January 28, 2015 at 4:14 pm

      How can Julia Gillard ever be an Angel. She’s a bloody atheist. Shows how much you know.

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  2. Richard Brady   November 21, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    I still they believe in Abbott and his lies, what would it take to admit everything he has said is a lie? true believers no matter what. Repeating all the lies that the rest of the world see as lies. Abbotts lies are making people sick. He will destroy our economy if given enough time. Remember how popular Hitler was ? it all ended in tears. Still, Abbott seems hell bent on creating a new nazi party.

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    • Steve   November 21, 2014 at 4:52 pm

      So lets bring back Honest uncorrupt Julia or maybe even here to help Kev Eh?At least Tony Abbott has Autralias future at heart,not his own political interests.

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  3. Richard Brady   November 21, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    easily the biggest liar that Australia has ever seen, how do we stop his lies?

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  4. Ja   May 19, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    Is it just me or do Tony Abott and Lance Armstrong have more than just bike riding in common? An ability to lie point blank and act like its nothin?

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    • Benson   May 19, 2014 at 9:58 pm

      Compare the lies and broken promises between labor, and the liberals ,and you will find that labor wins the compotetion of broken promises lies and deception by miles.
      Remember Julia Gillard promise, that there will be no carbn tax under the government i lead.? How about Wayne Swan numerouse promises of budget surpluses.
      At leat Tony Abbott broke some promises for the good of the contry ,and the good for the future of the next generation.
      But labor broke evrey one of their promises simply because they where incompeten ,and for their own political achievements.
      Im not happy either because of Tony Abbott broken promises ,But Im not blaming Tony Abbott. I’m blamining labor for creating this mess.

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      • Steve   November 21, 2014 at 3:58 pm

        Werll said Benson.Agree 100%.Cheers Mate.

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  5. Frank Vitellaro   May 17, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    What’s there to whip up Benson, you are right totally fabricated . People are just so naïve and complacent and ignorant to what is actually happening around them, that an opposition leader will drum up support on pure fabrication.
    The Australian public deservers Abbot and his ministry and more so that the likes of Jones and mediators against labour will have a better Australia .
    Tony Abbot is underestimated and unbelievable for what he has conjured up to date. A Rogue Scholar, a diverse public speaker and generous advisory, a beautiful physical specimen depicting the Australian Ideology.
    He will send the Liberals into the ibis of defeat for years to come and will take Malcolm Turncoat with him . Turnbull will stimulate his news media friends and launch into the “opinion pole trilogy” and be inundated with Tony Abbots sliding opinion pole demise until sufficient support is generated for the overthrow.
    If Turnbull play his cards right which he will reinstate the Status Quo and the Australian Republic agenda.
    I welcome other liberal’s to hold up their hand and say Happy Days Are here Again.

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  6. Ecks Why Zed   May 17, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    There is one group who have not been hit by the budget – billionaires. Given that Kerry Packer famously once managed to declare his personal taxable income for a year to be $15,000, you’d expect most billionaires will have structured their wealth to largely avoid the effects of the “wealth tax”.

    So we take from those who need help and don’t touch the vast reservoir of potential revenue because it’s easier to take from little people.

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    • Benson   May 18, 2014 at 12:15 am

      Also most billionars are not stupid they have the power to take governments to court and in Kerry Packer case he won. Also billionairs can take their buisness offshore if they are slugged with high taxes,But mining billionairs pay a lot of royalties , build huge projects and employ a lot of people by creating many jobs ,without the billionars Australia will be a basket case.
      Clive Palmer is good examplewhat billonairs are capable off. . Clive Palmer use to be a liberal supporter, but when he asked Tony Abbtt for a seat in parlament if Abbott won the ellection ,Abbott refused and Palmer spat the dummy with Abbott. So then Clive started his own party and bought his way into parlament.

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  7. Benson   May 17, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    Bill Shorten is sounding more like a union shop steward rallying a work force against some employer.
    But in this case Bill Shorten is wipping up unrest against the liberalas. unrest like we saw on julie Bishop by university students.
    Bill Shorten thinks that Australia should have aunion boss at the helm ,and not a prime minister.

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  8. Benson   May 17, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    Bill Shorten is yelling at Tony Abbott ,saying that labor is strong not weak try us.. Yet Bill Shoeten is too gutless to show up even just once on the Bolt Report to defend himself and the labor party .
    Tony Abbott was brave enough to be interviewed several times on the liberal enemies the ABC. even this mornning on Insiders.
    Tony Abbott was also brave enough to stop all the boats

    Bill Shorten who are you trying to bluff.? labor are weak ,and so are you.

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  9. Steve   May 17, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    You cannot live on borrowed money.It’s not rocket science.The chief economist at Moody’s said this budget will set Australia up for the future.How much interest has been paid and is still being paid on the $900 stimulus payments??

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  10. Heather   May 17, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    I think you may be missing something. Your so called waste of money bolstered us through the GFC and later. It is good to all social equality and cohesion. It might help you to read this too.

    http://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/topic/politics/2014/05/17/the-ideology-driving-the-abbott-governments-first-budget/1400248800#.U3gF7b1-8dX

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  11. barry allen   May 17, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    this can only be a person who does not understand the full implications left by a very socialist govt that only spent

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  12. Heathe   May 17, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    Steve, it might be worth you while to listen to Clive Palmer about this issue. :Like Abbott’s fairytale.

    You have been surely conned, about the so called mess our Labor govt let us in, We were in very good hand with them, compared with the idiots up there now. You just have to go look at our ratings cf with world wide. We are doing very well indeed.

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  13. Steve   May 17, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    Give me Tony over Rudd or Hillard any day.If Labor hadn’t wasted so much money we wouldn’t have got the budget we now need for the future prosperity of the country.

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