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EYE-BALL’s Harry’ Growl on – Election 2013 – Growl No: 1 – Senator Penny Wong … policy exposed –

January 28, 2013
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– Election 2013  – Growl No: 1
– Senator Penny Wong … policy exposed –
| Author: EYE-BALL’s Harry’s Growl | 28th Jan 2013|

This post commences a series of special ‘Election 2013’ year posts concerning issues, political candidates, polling data, and all other matters relating to the policy and discussion covering the 2013 Federal election.  

Today’s post highlights Penny Wong’s response to the Oppositions mini-election starter pack claiming to bring the budget back to surplus in their first year with some proviso’s.

In an article published in The Australian written by Ben Packham, he wrote:

Tony Abbott sparks surplus brawl as political year kicks off

| Author: Ben Packham | Date: Jan 28th, 2013 | Link to On-Line Story. |

TONY Abbott says he’ll get the budget into shape because it’s “in our DNA”, but won’t say how he’ll deliver one until just weeks before the election.

A fresh brawl over the surplus has marked the beginning of the political year, with Labor accusing the Coalition of a secret plan to slash health and education funding.

The Opposition Leader said his costings would rely heavily on the state of the budget that Labor, which had jettisoned its own surplus commitment, would bequeath an incoming government.

“We’ve got to see their figures before we can tell you exactly what we’ll do but I tell you what, the fiscal position will always be better under the Coalition because budget surpluses and reducing debt, paying back debt, that’s in our DNA,” he told Seven’s Sunrise program.

Mr Abbott is travelling the country this week on a mini-campaign to kick-off the election year, spruiking “fully costed” policies.

Abbott promises ‘cranes over cities’

But Finance Minister Penny Wong said opposition had fudged its numbers during the last election campaign and it costings claims could not be believed this time around.

“Well let’s remember that Joe Hockey is the shadow treasurer who delivered an $11 billion budget black hole in his last set of election costings,” she told ABC radio.

“Let’s remember he used auditors who were subsequently fined for professional misconduct in terms of his last election costings.

“He’s now claiming these so-called real solutions are fully budgeted and costed. I mean that’s simply a work of fiction.”

She claimed Mr Abbott’s “Real Solution’s” policy document had hidden the cuts he would make to health and education.

Mr Hockey said the Coalition could not be more specific on costings “because the government’s numbers keep changing”.

“And therefore until we get to the weeks before the election when the pre-election fiscal outlook is released by the Department of Treasury and the Department of Finance, we don’t know what the real state of the budget is and we do not know what the funding envelope is for our commitments,” he told ABC radio.

Mr Hockey said the Coalition’s commitment to a surplus remained emphatic.

“Based on the numbers published today, we will deliver a surplus in our first year and every year after that,” he said.

Senator Wong said the opposition would have to cope with economically volatile conditions should it win government.

“This is the nature of … what is happening in the Australian economy. And if the opposition say that they are able to govern they also have to deal with this,” she said.

Well ain’t that the pot calling the kettle black … this Government who from office, and who gave us equally balanced budget policies during the 2010 election with a guaranteed ‘never to be broken’ return to ‘surplus; by the 2012-13 year, have themselves delivered a track record of budget deficits as illustrated below:

  1. 2009-10 … $57 billion deficit –
  2. 2010-11 … $51 billion deficit –
  3. 2011-12 … $47 billion deficit … and the
  4. 2012-13 forecast was for a $1.5 billion surplus, but has been revised twice and now is estimated at a another $15 billion deficit.

If Senator Wong wants to blame Mr Hockey and the Opposition for an $11 billion error in a hypothetical experiment of policy costing arithmetic before the 2010 election – what credentials can she offer to support her claims her Government are better money managers?

In the real case scenario, her Government of the day made mistakes of $100+ billion in revenue and expenditure forecasts used to formulate and initiate policies over the term of the current Government?

This most recent clusterfu_k of budget errors administered under Gillard and Swan, despite all attempts to stop the carnage with new taxes and revised revenue forecasts, along with an expenditure growth in the forward estimates – have caused the National debt to blow some $100+ billion since the last election in 2010 – and by some $300+ billion since the ALP came to power in 2007.

Ms Wong – you have no perch upon which you can throw mud …

Politicians need to wake up – the electorate is not dumb – they never were – yet the narrative being used to score points in the battle to win votes treats the electorate as if they were a bunch of unthinking neanderthals.  You risk much with such a lame based debate with no creditability whatsoever from which to land your blows.

The electorate knows much more that you think and can tell when the bullshit meter registers ‘extreme crap’ –  as opposed to genuine and reliable comment.

Ms Wong – your star is falling and attaching yourself in any way to Treasurer Wayne Swan and his staffers will only flame you out that much quicker.

Do your own research as opposed to relying on staffers and public relations personnel aiming at a media cycle punch-line … get out there and talk about your own Government’s failings and how you are going to try and fix them .. and if you have no response or answer to that reality – then do yourself a favour and shut the fu_k up …

To bring some much-needed levity – there is always the Larry Pickering Cartoons … below is a sample of his summer offerings – his images page can be access here[click on image below to enlarge] … enjoy and don’t hurt yourself with the belly laughs …

Larry Pickering also writes some very intelligent blogs including many on the AWU scandal.  Whilst not as regarded as Hedley Thomas in journalistic circles – his penmanship and his heady wit give him a take on things not easily publishable in mainstream media.  None the less … his take on events cuts to the chase and he does not mince words … his Facebook page can be accessed here

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  1. January 28, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    If any politician from either Party wanted to take up the challenge and offer something tangible as a policy – why not introduce a real spending undertaking – something that has a measure of accountability – not something like a promise of a budget surplus at some future date – but a referendum proposal to be voted on at the next election that places a maximum debt expansion to a benchmark like a percentage of GDP year on year,

    The thinking has to be outside the box to implement change … pledging policies that have no definitive costing process under a budget process that looks to expenditure to make re-election promises and then try to fund the policy when they introduce new taxes or alter tax rates …

    It is madness as it functions now … there needs to be a trigger that changes current thinking in how election policies are though up and sold …

  2. barry
    January 28, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    Watch this , and you’ll forget about policies:-


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