Tony Abbott says “I’m confident we could have won the 2016 election” 465



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It’s been just over 5 months since he was ousted unceremoniously from the top job, and now Tony Abbott has bitten back in a 3000+ word piece for The Australian, saying he would have won the election as Prime Minister.

In recent months Mr Abbott has been uncharacteristically talkative, and this latest op ed is no exception. In the wide-ranging piece the former Prime Minister of Australia talks about taxes, budgets, national security, the car industry, unemployment – you name it, he has something to say.

On budgets:

“The first law of governing is that you can’t spend what you can’t raise through taxes and borrowings; and the second law is that today’s borrowings have to be paid for — with interest — by tomorrow’s taxes”

“The task of budget repair was the most important work of the Abbott government. We were far from fully successful but made a determined effort”.

His government:

“I said that the mission of the Abbott government was to prove that the age of reform had been interrupted, not ended; and that the Rudd-Gillard years were an aberration, not the new normal. To then lose the prime ministership in a partyroom coup was to repeat recent history, not to change it”.

On national security:

“We met new national security challenges at home and abroad with a strength and sureness that was noticed internationally”.

On taxes:

As a citizen paying a mortgage … I had always understood very well that everything has to be paid for. Every single thing that government does — maintaining the police and armed forces, administering justice, paying for social security and facilitating schools and hospitals — all has to be funded by taxpayers”

On the car industry:

“The Abbott government’s car industry decision will ultimately save taxpayers upwards of half a billion dollars a year”.

On the Carbon Tax:

“The abolition of the carbon tax removed a $9bn a year economic handbrake. The abolition of the confidence-killing mining tax was the clearest possible indicator that, under the Abbott government, Australia really was “open for business””.

On employment:

“Employment growth, the best sign of economic optimism, is on track to meet our election pledge of a million new jobs within five years.

“People knew we were serious about economic reform because we were prepared to be unpopular if the national interest demanded it”.

On his fall from grace:

“As was pointed out on the afternoon of September 14, 2015, the Abbott government had been behind in 30 Newspolls in a row: we’d been behind, in fact, since the 2014 budget. Yet the 2014 budget had been our bid to ensure that long-term spending was at least matched by long-term revenue.

The former PM blamed his government’s unpopularity on having to do difficult things, and not on his captain’s calls or other issues with him personally.

“We were prepared to risk deep unpopularity to do what was necessary in the long-term national interest”, he wrote.

He went on to say the 2014 budget was “a badge of honour because it showed that we were serious about long-term budget repair and could therefore be trusted with the long-term economic management of the country”.

He also discussed pensions, welfare and Medicare:

“The point of indexing pensions to CPI was to slow the growth of social security as a percentage of GDP despite an ageing population. Introducing more price signals into Medicare would help restrain over-servicing. Reducing the rate of growth in commonwealth funding for state government-run public schools and public hospitals would force the states to seek efficiencies in organisations that account for nearly 10 per cent of GDP”.

“[We] asked this generation to tighten their belts a little so that future generations wouldn’t need to tighten theirs a lot more. As the treasurer said on budget night, don’t ask what this budget will do for you; ask what it will do for our country”.

On winning the 2016 election:

“The Coalition won the 2013 election despite promising tough measures: to abolish the schoolkids bonus and the low income supplement, to delay employer-provided superannuation benefits and to reduce Labor’s promised funding boost to schools and hospitals beyond the next few years. I’m confident we could have won the 2016 election with a program of budget savings and lower tax”.

The whole article can be read here.

Tell us, do you think Mr Abbott has a point? Could his party have won under his leadership?

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  1. This man is worse than Rudd or Gillard, and that’s saying something. Time to go Tony, you’re a nutcase.

  2. Let’s see if Turnbull can pull it off. They’re getting tired of him already. Tony might be right after all.

    6 REPLY
    • The Liberals still have Abbotts Policy and Turnbull is a weak leader, he no control at all over anything, people are realsing that and the polls are reflecting it, they just put a new head on the same old snake

    • One poll in the last couple of days has Labor at 52.4%, but Newscorp won’t publish that one

    • You are right about people getting sick of Turnbull , what has he done besides smile a lot ? nothing, he is still the same old Abbott with a silly grin.

    • I don’t believe in the newscorp polls that are published at the end of the day it’s which way the AUSTRALIAN people vote .

    • Why would anyone want Abbott as PM again.? He was the worst PM we ever had. Turnball is no better. Different leader same stupid LNP policies.😡👎

  3. Abbott was booted to the back bench by his own party, if he was not good enough for the party he is a member of, what would make him think he was good enough for the rest of Australia? The man is self pitying bore.

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  4. Turnbull is never getting my vote mainly due to takeing 1 point million away from Bendigo Health obviously he only thinks about money, but isnt that the way , the rich get richer the poor get poorer. He forgets he is getting older his health wont be like it is now forever? Personally lm very much swaying towards Paulin as l truely do not trust these men. By looking at all the polies it seems to me the whole world is in a mess, none of then are any good? God help our world its a mess.

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    • Vote One Nation in the Senate to stop the sell off of Australian assets, farms, manufacturing and jobs. If you don’t do this now then it will be to late and Australia will beblost.

    • We need to look after Australia not make it worse or totally loose our beautiful country which has just about happened.

    • ACB you’re talking gibberish re farming land – Australians STILL own 85% of Australian farming land and a further 8% is partially owned by Aussies – the balance is split btw the USA & UK – saw these stats on a finance show this morning! The Kidman property is being fought over by 3 different Chinese investors – we need foreign investment in our country but it needs to be capped! 😊

    • Foreign companys to buy here then send all the good produce iver to their countries while we get all their crap WHICH is contaminated and it is happening you cant deny it. ? ?

    • Never seen Mr Abbott saying so much as to what is to be done etc… I thought Turnbull would be better, but disagree 110% all talk…. HOw can we pull our belts in, and you give yourselves a raise etc… plus Super you get more than us , how come ???, AND give too too too much money away for overseas, and bring them i n and give more to them, and they go home to the country , they are afraid of , for a holiday, where does the money come from. WE Australian are sick of the way you govern… God help us find someone who knows what they are doing…. and keep the people who pay them, to look after us, and our country….

  5. why are people so nasty, you have no class, sarcastic people, gee

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    • most are just being honest, Abbott was very disliked, that is why he is on the back bench now

    • I didnt realize older people can be so nasty, must say, I am disappoined with”‘ starts at 60”

    • I don’t consider my comment to be nasty, it is however honest, if I wanted to be nasty I could said a whole lot worse and still been telling the truth

    • Erika, people are only speaking the truth about this vile creature that just won’t go away. Surely you realise that he lied to get into power and he and his party have stuffed up our country !

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