The Day After:
What we witnessed from Opposition Leader, Tony Abbott was the Oprah Winfrey of campaign launches. You can have free money, and you, and you, and you…
Unfortunately Tony was pointing to the Gallery, where his family were watching from, and Gina Rinehart, who was also watching.
Tony’s speech (full speech can be found here) was designed to satisfy only 3 people: Gina Rinehart, Rupert Murdoch, Tony Abbott.
[Correction: Thursday night was a budget reply, not a campaign launch]
The feedback to the Budget Reply was a little like an episode of Orpah – a buffet of everything.
Tony’s plans to scrap the carbon “tax” to save families up to $300 a year in exchange low-income Australians will lose the low-income super contribution as well as the supplementary bonus paid to people on benefits. Makes sense? Perhaps to a Coalition voter. Although, as NSW Senator Doug Cameron points out, the Liberals are far from economic geniuses.
Gina spend the morning comparing herself to an ATM. Forgetting that the natural resources belong to all Australians and she is treating our environment like a ATM.
Rupert wasn’t happy and had some advice for his Chosen One. This is what we have come to expect in modern elections, most
benefit suffer, from the intervention of foreign billions who dominate almost the entire media industry.
It was a budget reply that pleased the on-air presenters on the ABC’s Breakfast Show, so much so, they were happy to show wear the colours of Team Tony. As any athlete knows, if you want to join the team, you wear the uniform.
Tony Abbott’s use of “You” throughout the budget (eg. “It is not about us. It is about you”), is not the accepted way of speaking on the floor of the House Of Representatives, where “You” is discouraged.
Oh and Tony, when I cast my ballot, and I put the Liberal National candidate last, behind Bob Katter’s Australia Party, behind Family First, behind Keep Australia White Party… it’s not me, its You.
Post BY Diane Murphy and Janet Sharp for Turn Left