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Achievements of the Abbott Government

Compiled by Matthew Davis

The Abbott government has been in power for 318 days. This page contains a list of most of what they have done so far.

The Economy and the Cost of Living

  • Tried to remove the laws that require financial advisors to act in the best interest of their clients, and the requirement that they provide clients with a statement of the fees they’ll be charged each year. source source
  • Cut over $900 million from local council funding. source
  • Spent $12 million to investigate whether to sell off a department for $6 billion, when it makes $0.538 billion per year. source
  • Scrapped the National Rental Affordability Scheme from 2015 onwards. source
  • Made $110 million of broad-sweeping cuts to the Arts. The only organisation to receive more funding ($1 million more) is coincidentally chaired by the daughter of Rupert Murdoch. source source
  • Cut $28.2 million from the Australia Council, which provides grants for the arts. source
  • Threw another $100 million at the mining industry. source source
  • Simultaneously increased the cost of petrol and cut funding for public transport. source source
  • Removed family tax benefits for children older than 6, and drastically reduced the income threshold for its eligibility and froze it below interest rates. source source
  • Scrapped the First Home Buyer’s Account scheme, which provided sorely needed assistance for young people to buy homes. source
  • Went $1 million (67%) over budget on the Commision of Audit, an investigation into how taxpayer money can be spent more prudently. source
  • Broke an election promise by proposing a deficit tax. source
  • Paid people $1500 per person per day to recommend spending cuts. source
  • Spent about $2 million for Prince William and Kate’s 14 day royal visit, despite the alleged budget emergency. source source
  • Claimed that the average electricity bill will be $200 per year lower without the price on carbon, despite relevant power companies rejecting the magnitude of this figure. source
  • Claimed the government will be $13.7 billion better off if the Mining Tax is scrapped, even though the scrapping the tax itself would actually result in a net loss If $3.7 billion. The only savings would be through other cuts hidden in the repeal bill. The biggest of which is the Schoolkids Bonus (an initiative which was never associated with the Mining Tax). The government claims the average household will be better off, but the average household will be $3500 worse off due to repealed subsidies and tax breaks. source source
  • Spent $211,000 on public relations staff to make the Medibank Private sale more palatable to the public. source
  • Sold Medibank Private for $4 billion, even though that means the government will lose up to $0.5 billion per year of income from dividends. source source
  • Gave $100 million to Australia’s 2 most profitable mining companies, to build a mine which isn’t even in Australia, despite claiming “the age of entitlement is over”, and despite refusing to give corporate welfare to struggling companies who have to sack hundreds of workers. source source source
  • Ripped $140 billion out of Australians’ superannuation accounts through loosening of consumer protection rules regarding financial planning. source
  • Suggested most existing major roads should introduce tolls. source
  • Spent $4.3 million on market research to gauge public opinion on social media and other outlets about government policies. source source
  • Claimed “the age of entitlement is over” whilst continuing to give mining companies billions of dollars of subsidies and tax concessions. source source source source source
  • Lied about the working conditions at SPC factories to justify declining financial assistance. source
  • Quietly reduced instant asset write-off tax breaks for small businesses despite championing themselves as pro-small-business. source
  • Scrapped the National Intercountry Adoption Advisory Group then 2 months later created the interdepartmental working group on overseas adoption, a body which serves an identical purpose. source
  • Approved a 6.2% increase in health insurance premiums. source
  • Handed $16 million to Cadbury, but refused to give subsidies to Holden, Qantas and SPC Ardmona. Cadbury is owned by a multinational firm whose profits rose by 64% to $74.9 million last year. Coincidentally the Cadbury factory is located in a marginal electorate. source source source source
  • Axed the home energy saver scheme, which successfully helped struggling households cut down high electricity bills. source
  • Broke an election promise to return to surplus by 2016-2017. source
  • Called for privatisation of electricity networks, despite evidence showing it does not lower power bills. source source
  • Cut $300 million from child care staff subsidies. source
  • Tried to scrap the school kids tax concession (thereby increasing the cost of living for families by $16,000 per school child over their education). source
  • Scrapped the Australian Animals Welfare Advisory Committee, Commonwealth Firearms Advisory Council, International Legal Services Advisory Council, National Steering Committee on Corporate Wrongdoing, Antarctic Animal Ethics Committee, Advisory Panel on the Marketing in Australia of Infant Formula, High Speed Rail Advisory Group, Maritime Workforce Development Forum, Advisory Panel on Positive Ageing, Insurance Reform Advisory Group and National Housing Supply Council (all in one day). source
  • Tried to raise the debt ceiling by $200 billion. source
  • Moved to protect companies from boycotts against them (e.g. for using slave labour or destroying the environment) thereby undermining the foundation of capitalism by reducing consumer power. source source

Humanitarian Immigration and the Military

  • Remained unapologetic about 10 mothers trying to commit suicide. The mothers hoped that their orphan children would be freed from torturous asylum seeker prison and cared for. source
  • Forcefully handed over 41 innocent asylum seekers to a genocidal government, despite being aware that many had already been tortured before fleeing. This violates international laws and our own domestic laws. source source
  • Committed maritime piracy by storming boats in international waters at gunpoint, kidnapping and then imprisoning innocent passengers. Maritime piracy constitutes crimes against humanity. source source source
  • Introduced legislation to allow the government to send asylum seekers back to the country they fled from, even if there is up to a 49% chance that they will be killed or tortured upon return. This violates the principle of non-refoulement, which constitutes human rights abuse. source source source source
  • Refused to let Leo Seemanpillai’s parents come to Australia temporarily for his funeral. He burned himself to death because the Australian Government wanted to send him back to proven genocide in Sri Lanka. His parents have been living in a refugee camp for 2 decades. 2 other people tried to commit suicide the same way within a month of Leo’s death, to avoid being sent back to Sri Lanka. source source source
  • Lied by claiming asylum claims were being processed in the lead up to the Manus Island riots. source
  • Blamed everyone but themselves for the murder of an innocent person during the Manus Island riots. Contractors, locals and even the victims were blamed. The report identified at least one of the murderers, but he has not been charged with murder. source source source
  • Slashed $560,000 from the Refugee Council of Australia. source source
  • Offered money to Manus Island detainees if they voluntarily return to the war crimes, genocide, torture and persecusion that they originally fled from. When in opposition the government opposed these payments. source source
  • Funded PNG’s defence against a legal challenge to the Manus Island detention centre. source
  • Confiscated medication from asylum seeker detainees. source source
  • Lied about the presence of a full time psychiatrist on Manus Island. source
  • Spent $480 million merging the Department of Immigration and Customs into Border Force, which won’t have to follow public service or Defence Force laws and protocols of conduct. source source source
  • Spent $218 million upgrading Christmas Island’s asylum seeker operations, so that we can whisk off vulnerable people out of side quicker before we start abusing them. source
  • Claimed asylum seekers are safe on Nauru, even after an unexploded wartime shell was found inside the compound. source
  • Claimed asylum seekers are safe on Nauru, even after it was leaked that some guards physically and verbally assault children regularly. source
  • Failed to provide adequate medical treatment to asylum seekers on Manus Island who were shot and bashed by locals that invaded the camp and rioted. source source
  • Spent $20 million on an international campaign to discourage people from fleeing war crimes, genocide and other persecution. source
  • Chose not to debrief any Manus Island detention centre staff after the riots by PNG locals which resulted in the death of one asylum seeker and the hospitalisation of dozens more. source
  • Deliberately ignored desperate and repeated pleas by security personnel on Manus Island and the commander of Operation Sovereign Borders requesting stronger fencing, CCTV cameras and better lighting.These requests were made months before locals broke down the fences, shot, stabbed and bashed detainees, none of which was caught on CCTV footage. source
  • Spent $7.5 million on life boats to send back asylum seekers in. Allegedly the motivation behind the government’s asylum seeker policy is to stop people drowning when travelling from neighbouring countries to Australia in unsafe vessels. Despite this, much of the safety equipment was removed from the boats before sending asylum seekers back into the ocean. source source
  • Classified people born in Australia who have never left Australia as “unauthorised maritime arrivals” because their parents haven’t had their asylum claims processed yet. source
  • Ceased legal assistance for people exercising their right to make a claim for asylum. source
  • Chose not to give 300 children almost any schooling during 9 months of detention. source source
  • Threatened staff against speaking out about the mismanagement of the Manus Island detention centre and the attacks against it’s inmates by locals and staff. source
  • Detained people in conditions so inhumane and horrid that three pregnant women asked for abortions, to stop their children suffering in detention indefinitely. The Government has refused to comment. source source
  • Chose not to process any claims for asylum from people detained on Manus Island. source
  • Chose to keep secret the interim report into the riots inside the Manus Island detention centre. source source
  • Interfered with the judicial process by transferring asylum seekers to a remote detention centre the day before they started a court case against the Australian Government. The case was about how the government endangered them and their families by accidentally publishing personal details about their asylum claims online. source source
  • Spent more money on detention centres than it would cost to house asylum seekers in Sydney’s most expensive 5 star hotels (per asylum seeker per day). source
  • Broke international laws by arbitrarily imprisoning children. source
  • Scrapped a program to give asylum seekers free advice on how to navigate Australia’s immigration bureaucracy when exercising their right to seek asylum. The justification for this scrapping was based on the false claim that asylum seekers are illegal. source source source source
  • Tried to reintroduce temporary protection visas. source source
  • Ignored an order from the United Nations Human Rights Committee to release some asylum seekers who are being illegally held without proof or judicial protection, in cruel, inhumane or degrading circumstance. source
  • Refused to grant a human rights lawyer access to the Manus Island detention centre. source
  • Backed PNG’s decision to cancel a human rights inquiry into the Manus Island detention centre. source
  • Issued Manus island detention centre guards with knives designed for noose cutting, because they frequently need to cut down people who try to hang themselves because of the horrid conditions. source source
  • Claimed that the majority of asylum seekers on Manus island won’t be given refugee status, even though more than 90% of all asylum seekers who’ve come to Australia since mid 2009 were eventually found to be genuine refugees, fleeing torture, rape, genocide and persecution. source source
  • Failed to provide running water to some toilets in the detention centre on Manus Island. source
  • Spent $25 million extending the contracts of the crew on one ship so they could be part of Operation Sovereign Borders. source
  • Provided no soap in the Manus Island detention centre and regularly gave asylum seekers worm infested food. source
  • Prevented journalists from interviewing asylum seekers injured in the Manus Island riots. source
  • Lied thrice in one BBC interview by claiming that the Abbott government is considering settling asylum seekers in Australia, and claiming that children in detention go to school, and claiming that asylum seekers on Manus Island are having their claims processed. None of these claims are true. source source source
  • Deported the mother of a 4 year old Australian citizen, thereby separating the child permanently from her only remaining guardian. source
  • Claimed no Sri Lankan asylum seekers have been sent back into danger, despite being in possession of documents which prove at least one asylum seeker was tortured after being forcefully sent back. A Sri Lankan tribunal recently proved that the Sri Lankan government was guilty of genocide. The United Nations Human Rights Commission is currently investigating war crimes and crimes against humanity in Sri Lanka. source source source
  • Failed to supply enough food to asylum seekers inside the detention centre on Manus Island. source
  • Declined an offer from the Uniting Church to care for unaccompanied refugee children currently in detention centres. The church offered to feed house and clothe them free of charge. source
  • Finally admitted that “Operation Sovereign Borders” is a civilian operation not a military one. source
  • Spent over $8 million each year on salaries alone for 95 media staff for the department of Immigration, despite the fact that the department tells the media almost nothing. Those same staff spent over $9,000 in just 2 months monitoring the media for transcripts of their own minister’s press conferences. source source
  • Referred to our humanitarian immigration program as “Operation Sovereign Murders”. source
  • Defended spending $3.5 million on a tent kitchen on Manus Island. source
  • Sent asylum seekers back to Indonesia, 3 of which later died trying to cross a river in the jungle they landed next to. source
  • Defended the Manus Island scheme during a press conference about the man who was shot dead in our detention centres by claiming the government is “ending the deaths” of asylum seekers. source
  • Appointed someone to head the investigation into the Manus Island riots who claimed that rape victims in Manus Island detention centres receive better treatment than Australians. source
  • Banned the distribution of condoms in detention centres. source
  • Forced Manus Island staffers to lie to detainees. source
  • Placed an ex-officer of the Sri Lanka army in charge of the Manus Island detention centre, which holds people fleeing the Sri Lanka army’s war crimes and genocide. source source
  • Spent $13.3 million on floating hotels for detention centre staff on Manus island. source
  • Admitted the information given about the Manus detention centre riots was drastically wrong. source source
  • Convinced Cambodia (one of the poorest countries in our region) to take in some of the refugees currently in our detention centres. Serious human rights abuse continue to be committed regularly under the Cambodian government and military. source source source source source
  • Guarded the body of a dead asylum seeker using guards who were possibly the ones that shot him. Those same guards confiscated a camera from a journalist on site then deleted all his photos. source
  • Accidentally published personal details about almost 10,000 asylum seekers and their claims, thereby putting all their lives in danger. Regardless of whether the original asylum claims were genuine, if those asylum seekers are returned to their country of origin, they and their family may be imprisoned, tortured or killed because governments and militias in their country of origin will know they sought asylum. As part of a press release about the accidental leak, the government made public further information about where to find the still life threatening document. source source
  • Eventually admitted that Navy ships “inadvertently” crossed into Indonesian waters despite using high tech GPS navigation, then they made the exact same mistake again 5 times. The government chose to not even interview any crew members of one such ship when writing a report on the matter. source source source
  • Deleted negative comments on the Department of Immigration’s Facebook page, but left objectively false comments, such as claims that asylum seeking is illegal. source source
  • Denied responsibility after Manus Island detention centre guards let in a mob of locals, resulting in an asylum seeker being shot and dozens more injured. Injuries included slit throats, machete wounds and eyes hanging from sockets. source source source source source
  • Spread propaganda to potential asylum seekers which deliberately make Australia look like a villainous, uncompassionate country. The propaganda completely ignores the violence, torture, rape and persecution that causes people to seek asylum. source
  • Disbanded an asylum seeker health panel of 12 experts from a range of fields, replacing it with one military surgeon. The government has refused to comment on the matter. source
  • Arbitrarily denied many asylum seekers the right to a lawyer during the interviews where they make their asylum claim. source
  • Withheld asylum seeker arrival numbers to avoid being a “shipping news service for people smugglers”, despite literally advertising those same numbers on a billboard while in opposition. source source source
  • Dismissed out of hand serious allegations that Navy personnel assaulted asylum seekers, based on the supposed moral perfection of those personnel. A recent investigation proved that some of those personnel had sexually assaulted other crew by inserting objects up their arses. The Defence Force and the Immigration Department didn’t even bother interviewing the asylum seekers who made the claims. source source source
  • Accepted a claim for asylum not because of the merit of the claim but because Cricket Australia wanted the man in their team. source
  • Crossed into Indonesian waters without authorisation again, then abandoned a boat without enough fuel to get to shore, forcing asylum seekers to swim for an hour to get to shore. source
  • Closed mainland detention centres and moves detainees offshore, citing budget savings as the motivation, even though offshore processing costing almost twice as much as onshore processing. source source source
  • Authorised the Navy to fire over the bows of asylum seeker boats. source
  • Refused to comment on 4 attempted suicides, hunger strikes and many self harm attempts happening simultaneously in detention centres. source
  • Exempted Navy personnel of workplace safety obligations to treat asylum seekers safely, and gave them legal immunity for criminal acts which are committed by order of the government. source
  • Refused to respond to questions from the United Nations about boat tow-backs. source
  • Likened our humanitarian immigration program to war. source
  • Directed that asylum seeker families shall be given the lowest priority for processing, even those who’ve lived in Australia for years. source
  • Endangered lives, committed maritime piracy and broke other international laws by turning around a boat whose passengers have the right to seek asylum in Australia. The government refused to comment on the matter. Lives were endangered as a result of this move, because the boat ran out of fuel and became stranded. source source source
  • Tried to deport a gay refugee to Pakistan, where he would be imprisoned for life for his sexuality. In doing so the government would have committed human rights abuse by violating the principle of non-refoulement. The man has never lived in Pakistan. source source
  • Threatened to withhold food from families if children don’t stand still for 6 hours per day queuing for food. The food is sometimes served with hands not utensils. source
  • Forced women to queue for a whole day just to get a tampon or pad, only to queue again when they need a fresh one. The government refused to comment. source
  • Stopped weekly press conferences on asylum seekers. Declined further comment on the matter. source
  • Deliberately omitted 23 questions asked of the immigration minister in a press conference. They have refused to comment further on why those questions were omitted. source
  • Refused requests for medical treatment from a pregnant women in detention who subsequently had a miscarriage. She probably would have had a normal birth had she received the treatment she asked for. The government declined to comment further. source
  • Undermined the rule of law by proposing a “code of conduct” for refugees living in Australia, despite the fact refugees commit fewer crimes per person than the national average. source source source
  • Threatened queer detainees in PNG by saying they will be reported to local police if they engage in homosexual acts. Homosexuality is illegal in PNG. Such threats mean refugees fleeing persecution because of their sexual orientation are not able to make their asylum claim without fear of arrest. This counts as human rights abuse because it violates the principle of non-refoulement and strips people of their right to safely make a claim for asylum. The government has refused to comment further. source source
  • Terminated their deal with the Salvation Army to provide humanitarian assistance with those on Manus Island and Nauru. Consequently 300 people lost their job. The government has refused to comment further. source
  • Disbanded IHAG, a group that provides advice about the health of asylum seeker detainees, which helps combat the rising rates of mental illness and self harm. the government has refused to comment further. source
  • Detained innocent asylum seekers in conditions so horrible they amount to torture according to Amnesty International. 500ml of water per person per day, in a shadeless tropical island, with mental illness rates of over 30% and no soap despite rampant gastro. source
  • Ceased reporting births and clinical depression in detention centers. Downgraded self harm. source
  • Forcefully and unapologetically separated a mother and her newborn child. source
  • Mandated that all public servants should incorrectly refer to boat arrivals as “illegal”. source source source

Science, Technology and the Environment

  • Falsely claimed that nations around the world are scrapping emissions trading schemes, even though there is currently a net increase in adoption of such schemes. source
  • Incorrectly explained the mechanics of their own Carbon Price repeal. source
  • Removed all mentions of climate change from it’s extreme weather website. source source
  • Moved to strip environmental organisations from charity status. source source
  • Cut $170 million from the Research Training Scheme, which supported research students. source
  • Cut $16 million from ANSTO, Australia’s only nuclear research facility, and our only source of medical isotopes. source
  • Scrapped the National Water Commission. source
  • Broke an election promise to have over one million roofs with solar panels. source source
  • Scrapped the Office of Water Science research program. source
  • Cut $845.6 million from programs which fund innovative start-ups. source
  • Halved the $2.55 billion emissions reduction fund. source
  • Cut $2 billion from Australian Renewable Energy Agency, Landcare and other environmental agencies. source
  • Cut $111 million from the CSIRO. source source
  • Cut $120 million from ethanol and biofuel programs. source source
  • Cut all funding to NICTA, a peak ICT technology research company. Coincidentally, NICTA publicly criticised the Coalition’s NBN only a few weeks earlier, claiming fibre-to-node is an inferior option. source source
  • Described wind farms as “urterly offensive” and “a blight on the landscape”. source
  • Removed climate change from the agenda of the 2014 international G20 summit. source
  • Scrapped a body which provides advice on over $1 billion in tax breaks that are designed to encourage Research and Development, despite promising during the election to improve incentives for Research and Development investment. source
  • Cut 250 jobs from the Federal Environment Department. source source
  • Claimed that all social media is anonymous. source
  • Tried to exempt loggers in Tasmania’s World Heritage forests from the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act, so they won’t have to worry about killing threatened species. source
  • Justified the logging of forests currently on the world heritage list because Christianity supposedly tells us “the environment is meant for man”. source source
  • Lied to the United Nations about the quality of the Tasmanian forests they want removed from the world heritage list. source
  • Tried to scrap the price on carbon, even though the emissions of relevant companies have dropped by 7% due to the price. source
  • Claimed that loggers are “the ultimate conservationists” during a speech about why the government will not create more national parks. In the same speech Abbott lamented that we have “too much locked up forest”. There are currently over 1000 innocent children locked up in detention centres, presumably this is not “too much”. source source
  • Blamed Qantas job losses on the carbon tax, even though a Qantas spokesman said “Qantas’ current issues are not related to carbon pricing”. source
  • Cut $3 million in funding for a program to save an endangered rhino species of which there are only 100 left. source
  • Chose not to send any representatives to the Partnership for Market Readiness assembly, a conference which Australia helped fund which is about market mechanisms to curb emissions. source
  • Defied legislation by not appointing the Climate Change Authority to run the investigation into the Renewable Energy Target. source
  • Blamed electricity price rises on the renewable energy target, despite their own modelling predicting that is will reduce electricity prices in the long term, and Energy Australia stating that it has suppressed prices since it was created. source source source source
  • Blamed the Carbon Tax for job losses at Alcoa’s aluminium smelter, despite Alcoa being 94.5% exempt from the tax, and despite Alcoa explicitly stating that “the carbon tax was not a factor in the decision”. source
  • Chose a climate change denier to lead a review of the renewable energy target. source
  • Denied any link between droughts and climate change. source
  • Granted the Environment Minister retrospective legal immunity against court challenges alleging he failed to consider expert environmental advice before approving damaging mining projects. i.e. They are undermining the Rule of Law and legislating to allow the Environment Minister to literally ignore the environment. source
  • Exempted Western Australia from federal laws protecting endangered species to allow a shark cull, despite evidence culls do not reduce the frequency of attacks on humans. source
  • Cut all funding from all international environmental programs. source
  • Broke an election promise to send a boat to monitor whaling by instead promising to only send an aircraft. The government subsequently broke that second promise too, allowing whalers to kill endangered whales without any Australian monitoring. source source
  • Approved the construction of gargantuan coal mines in the Galilee Basin, including one in the habitat of an endangered species. If all projects go ahead the emissions released from that coal annually will amount to 130% of what our entire nation currently emits annually. source source source
  • Scrapped the Biodiversity fund. source
  • Dismantled the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, the Low Carbon Communities Program and the Caring for our Country Program. source
  • Cut funding for the Energy Efficiency Program (which was compulsory for large electricity consumers). source
  • Slashed all funding (over $10 million) from the Environmental Defender’s Offices. source
  • Planned the unwinding of the World Heritage protection of Tasmanian forests despite opposition from the Forest Industries Association of Tasmania. source
  • Approved the expansions for Abbott Point coal port, which requires dumping 3 million tonnes of dredge spoil onto the Great Barrier Reef, thereby threatening the Queensland’s entire tourism industry and hospitality industry, and the reef’s heritage status. source source
  • Removed the Murray Darling from the list of threatened ecological communities. source
  • Removed the requirement for the government to consider advice about the protection of endangered species when approving projects. source
  • Tried to scrap the $10 billion Clean Energy Finance Corp, even though it provides $110 million per year in net revenue to the government. source
  • Cut $435 million from the Renewable Energy Agency. source
  • Used Wikipedia as a source to support a claim which was actually contradicted by Wikipedia. source source
  • Declared bushfires unrelated to climate change. source source
  • Sent no one important to the international climate summit. The people who did go went in tee-shirts, giggled and were so insensitive and disrespectful that there was a walkout by other countries. source
  • Scrapped the 2020 emissions target. source
  • Scrapped the Climate coalition. source
  • Cut 600 CSIRO staff. source
  • Chose not to appoint a minister for science, for the first time in half a century. source

Education

  • Claimed that removing the upper limit on university fees will cause fees to decrease. source
  • Scrapped The Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership. source
  • Removed financial rewards which encouraged Universities to enroll disadvantaged students. source
  • Broke an election promise by cutting billions from school funding and committing to even less of the Gonski reforms than they did at the election. source source source source
  • Deregulated university fees, thereby allowing Universities to charge what they want. Students will end up with American levels of crippling debt. Many of the politicians behind this policy received their degrees for free. Average student debt is expected to rise to $100,000, even though Abbott himself said “it is irresponsible to saddle Australians with $25,000 of debt”. source source source source
  • Scrapped the Education Department’s Online Diagnostic Tools Program, which helped improve teachers’ productivity. source
  • Ended the Get Reading! program. source
  • Scrapped the Centre for Quality Teaching. source
  • Set aside $245 million for religious chaplains in schools. Secular schools were stripped of the option of hiring a secular equivalent. No guarantees have been made about preventing heterosexist teachings that will make queer students feel sinful and ashamed. (Queer students are 6 times more likely to commit suicide than their peers.) source source source
  • Started charging interest on HECs. source
  • Reduced the income threshold where graduates start to pay back HECS. source
  • Lied about NSW signing on with their independent schools deal. source
  • Proposed the conversion of one quarter of public schools to independent schools. source
  • Appointed Kevin Donnelly to lead the new curriculum review. Donnelly once questioned whether migrants and women are disadvantaged, and suggested homosexuality is “unnatural”. source
  • Halted the roll out of the national school curriculum (which was developed over 3 years with heavy and wide consultation). The justification was that it needs to be rewritten by 2 individuals so that they can make it more right wing. source
  • Abandoned Gonski agreements with states and committed to 3 fewer years of Gonski than their pre-election promise. source
  • Cut $2.3 billion from higher education, and removed start-up scholarships (thereby significantly increasing the debt of the poorest students) and removed the 10% HECS discount for paying up-front. source
  • Proposed axing funding for Commonwealth supported places at University. source
  • Proposed privatising HECS. source

Welfare, Employment and Equity

  • Cut $44 million from homelessness services. source
  • Cut $1.3 billion from seniors concessions funding. source
  • Stopped giving under 25s Newstart. source source
  • Cut welfare for young people, so they have to survive on $0 per week for 6 months, before being put on a welfare scheme which is below the poverty line anyway. source source source source source
  • Broke an election promise by changing age pension indexation, and eligibility age, and the threshold. source source source
  • Increased the eligibility age for the pension. source
  • Started charging people who put in bankruptcy applications, and increased the levy on money earned post-bankruptcy. source
  • Stopped collecting data on gender equality in the workplace. source
  • Kept secret the taxpayer funded 900 page Audit commission report which recommended tightening eligibility for seniors health cards. source
  • Appointed yet another straight, white cisgendered male as Governor General. source
  • Cut $3 billion in welfare for students, the elderly and families. source
  • Increased superannuation tax for the poor, and decreased it for the rich. source
  • Scrapped the Social Inclusion Board (an anti-poverty advisory group). source

Indigenous Affairs and Multiculturalism

  • Claimed pre-First Fleet Australia was “unsettled or, um, scarcely settled”, and called British colonisation a form of foreign investment. source source
  • Planned to cut a further $600 million from Indigenous programs, in addition to the $534 million cuts in the 2014 budget. source source
  • Cut over half a billion from Indigenous spending. source
  • Paid their own indigenous employees substantially less than non-indigenous co-workers despite promising to help “close the gap”. source
  • Scrapped the Building Multicultural Communities Program. 400 community organizations will now miss out on the promised funding they have already budgeted for. source
  • Axed the position of coordinator-general for remote indigenous services. source
  • Cut funding for the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples, a body of elected representatives of the indigenous people. source
  • Provided $2.2 million for miners and farmers to fight against native title claims. source
  • Broke an election promise that Abbott would spend his first week in an Aboriginal community. source

Civil Rights and Ethics

  • Redirected $4 million from the Child Sex Abuse Royal Commission to the Home Insulation Inquiry. source
  • Slashed $1.1 million used to fight against animal abuse. source
  • Scrapped the Women’s leadership program. source
  • Scrapped the Commonwealth Human Rights Education Program. source
  • Tried to abolish the independent national charity regulation body, which would mean the government would regulate charities, possibly resulting in less impartial regulation. For example, environmental groups stripped of charity status because they oppose government policies. source
  • Removed anti-sweatshop laws and cut all funding to Ethical Clothing Australia. source
  • Reintroduced the British system of knights and dames, only 3 months after saying they would not do so. source
  • Claimed that all Australians have the “right to be a bigot”. source
  • Proposed amendments to the Racial Discrimination Act so that people who “offend” or “insult” someone because of their “race, colour or national or ethnic origin” will not be legally required to pay compensation. source source source
  • Threatened to block government funding from arts groups who refuse sponsorship from corporations the artists deem unethical. source
  • Ridiculed the notion that the minister for women should identify as a feminist. source
  • Proposed greater government control over the internet, including the power to order ISPs to block specific sites. source
  • Alleged that Edward Snowden endangered lives and claimed that Australia does not need any surveillance reform. source
  • Called Edward Snowden a traitor. source
  • Defeated moves to cease the recital of the (Christian) Lord’s prayer at the start of each sitting day of (secular) federal parliament. source
  • Cut all funding to Jewish Holocaust Centre ($7,700). source
  • Appointed Tim Wilson as human rights commissioner – someone who has personally advocated for the abolition of the human rights commission, and who’s new 6 figure salary is so large that the commission will have to cut education and anti-bullying programs to fund it. source
  • Cut $43.1 Million in legal aid funding, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander legal services, community legal services, the UNSW Indigenous Legal Centre and the Family Violence Prevention Legal Services. source source source
  • Failed to take any action in response to Snowden’s leaks showing that the Australian Government is helping the USA spy on all Australians. source
  • Repealed poker machine laws designed to address gambling addiction. source
  • Incorrectly defined meta-data as billing data only, when it actually includes email subject headings, location data, financial transaction details and more. source source source
  • Unwound same sex marriage laws in ACT. source source
  • Excused torture in Sri Lanka. source
  • Appointed a man as minister for women who said “I don’t support womens’ causes”. source source
  • Chose a cabinet with 18 men and only 1 woman. source

Military and Defence Matters

  • Tightened eligibility and lowered indexation for support for injured Veterans. source source
  • Spent $3 billion on new drones to patrol our borders, despite the alleged budget emergency. source
  • Cut all welfare ($260,000) for orphans of defence force casualties. source source source
  • Spent $24 billion on new fighter jets, which aren’t going to be built in Australia, despite the supposed budget emergency. source source source source source
  • Planned a doubling of the defence force’s annual budget, increasing it by $24 billion, despite the supposed budget emergency and after the withdrawal of troops from Iraq and Afghanistan. source source source source source
  • Purchased 8 new Poseidon aircraft totalling $4 billion despite the “budget emergency”. source source
  • Annoyed the Navy by having the immigration minister tour naval bases like a defence minister would. source

Workplace Relations and Unemployment

  • Defended the $4.8 million salary of the head of Australia Post, after he cut 900 postal worker jobs to save money. source
  • Cut sunday penalty rates for casual restaurant workers. source
  • Scrapped a program to encourage graduates to take up work in places of need. source
  • Scrapped a program which encouraged Australian video game development. source
  • Cut $4.4 million from job interview workshop programs. source
  • Scrapped Youth Connections, a program which helped school leavers find work. source
  • Cut 16,500 public service jobs, despite promising to create one million new jobs. source
  • Cut $138 million from the Australian Federal Police, resulting in 335 job losses. source
  • Scrapped a loan scheme which helped apprentices buy the tools they need to learn and work. source
  • Cut over 300 jobs (about 1 in 3) in the Treasury department. source
  • Cut 400 jobs in the Department of Industry. source
  • Implemented a policy which dictates that public servants should be sacked if they criticise the government in social media, even if their profile does not mention the their employment, and even if the profile is completely anonymous. source source source source
  • Vowed to revive a part of WorkChoices which means construction Industry Enterprise Bargaining Agreements don’t apply to subcontractors doing Commonwealth work. source
  • Proposed a “green army” comprised of young people paid less than half of minimum wage without normal workplace protections. source source source
  • Cut 500 jobs from the Australian Tax Office. source
  • Shut down the 113 year old Australian Valuation Office, thereby making 200 jobs disappear. source
  • Axed a scheme to improve the wages of aged care workers. source
  • Scrapped the Wage Connect Program (a scheme which encouraged employers to hire long-term unemployed people). source
  • Introduced a bill which allows for unpaid union officials in elected roles to be jailed for up to 5 years and fined up to $340,000. source

International Relations and Diplomacy

  • Refused to refer to East Jerusalem as “occupied”, even though the Israeli military has met the specific criteria which constitute the legal definition of occupation, and even though Israel’s own highest court ruled that the region is occupied, and even though the Israelis have build a wall twice as tall as the Berlin wall to separate the region from the rest of Palestine. source
  • Cancelled meetings with the head of the International Monetary Fund and the president of the World Bank because Mr. Abbott will be told that the government’s support for fossil fuels will heavily damage our economy in the long run. source
  • Supported Japan’s moves to remove the pacifist parts of their constitution, claiming that the creation of an offensive Japanese military force will help regional stability and peace. (At the end of WW2 Japan adopted a pacifist constitution. Japan only has a self defence force. Due to the horror of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings, this pacifist stance has been widely supported by Japanese citizens.) source
  • Refused to comment about American drone strikes which killed 2 Australians. source
  • Cut foreign aid, again. This time by $7.6 billion. source source
  • Refused to support a UN proposal to investigate war crimes and crimes against humanity in Sri Lanka. If such crimes been committed, the Abbott government will be guilty of crimes against humanity for forcefully sending refugees back to Sri Lanka, and for actively helping the Sri Lankan military stop people from fleeing their rape, torture and genocide. A Sri Lankan Tribunal has already proven that the Sri Lankan government is guilty of genocide. source source source source source
  • Secretly defeated an international nuclear disarmament treaty, arguing against a sentence in the treaty which stated that it is in the interests of humanity that nuclear weapons never be used again “under any circumstances”. Australia argued that a disarmament treaty would be less effective at reducing proliferation than having no disarmament treaty. source
  • Removed poverty reduction from the goals of the foreign affairs department, which manages foreign aid. source
  • Embarrassed Australia on the world stage by oversimplifying the Syrian conflict as “goodies vs baddies”. source
  • Violated international convention by criticising Labor on the Global stage. source
  • Stole crucial evidence from an Australian lawyer representing East Timor in an international tribunal against Australia relating to our illegal spying on East Timor’s oil deal. source
  • Provoked Indonesia so much that they put their air force on standby at the border. source
  • Scrapped the AusAid graduate program, requiring the sacking of the newest batch of graduates. source
  • Signed a trade agreement with South Korea that allows foreign companies to sue the Australian government if it implements policies which adversely affect their business (e.g. for environmental or anti-sweatshop reasons). source
  • Secretly changed voting position at the UN regarding the Israel and Palestine issue without telling anyone. source
  • Cut $4.5 billion in foreign aid. source source source
  • Disbanded AusAid (the foreign aid body), merging the remainder into the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. source source
  • Kept Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations secret, even though it threatens the very foundations of our democracy. The leaked agreement would allow international companies to sue governments if their profits are diminished by environmental, indigenous land rights or anti-child-sweatshop laws. The TPP would give corporations many of the same rights that individuals have. source source source source source
  • Donated $2 million worth of patrol boats to help Sri Lanka stop people fleeing proven genocide, human rights abuse, war crimes and extra judicial killings. source source source source

Infrastructure

  • Tried to prevent internet supplier TPG from installing fibre all the way to customers. source
  • Broke an election promise by no longer guaranteeing NBN speeds higher than what ADSL can provide. source
  • Gave state governments an ultimatum: sell off government assets before a certain deadline, (regardless of whether the people or the state government want to) or miss out on billions of dollars of funding. This includes selling NSW’s ‘poles and wires’ for only $3-5 billion, even though they generate over $1.5 billion per year for the government. The states would not be allowed to use the money from the sales to pay off debt. source source source source
  • Started 5 audits of the NBN within the first 7 months of being in power. source
  • Promised to continue with their NBN plan even if a cost-benifit analysis (which is yet to be done) shows it does not give a worthwhile return on investment. source
  • Broke an election promise for a 25Mbi/s National Broadband Network, and announced that it will cost more than they promised. source

Health

  • Scrapped the annual $5 million grant to the Red Cross. Aside from their charity work, they are the only organisation in Australia which collects blood donations. source
  • Failed to model the impact on hospital emergency room waiting times due to the new GP fee. source
  • Tried to scrap the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency. source
  • Tried to introduce a $7 fee for each time you go to see a GP. They claimed $7 is simultaneously large enough to act as a deterrent (thereby saving money), and small enough that it won’t deter poor, sick people from getting help.source source source
  • Scrapped tax breaks for people with a dependent spouse. source
  • Cut $15 million from Charles Sturt University’s dental health program and oral clinic. source
  • Cut $2.5 billion from aged care programs, such as Meals On Wheels. source
  • Scrapped the National Preventive Health Agency’s $2.9 million National Tobacco Campaign. source
  • Scrapped the Community Food Safety campaign. source
  • Cut $2.3 million from contributions to the World Health Organization. source
  • Broke an election promise by cutting well over $15 billion per year from health funding. source source source source
  • Scrapped the Australian Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation Authority, which has helped increase organ donation rates. source
  • Reduced the Medicare optometry rebate. source
  • Cut the Exotic Diseases program. source
  • Broke an election promise by tightening disability pension eligibility and financially penalising anyone who spends at least 4 weeks overseas. source source source
  • Abolished the position of disability discrimination commissioner. source
  • Cut all funding to the government’s only dedicated disability website. source
  • Cut $15 million from Flinders Hospital, then spent $10 million upgrading the field for the Manly Rugby Leage team. source
  • Closed all Medicare offices on Saturdays. source
  • Broke an election promise by renaming the NDIS, making it “DisablityCare” and renaming the “launch” a “trial”, thereby casting doubt on whether they will even commit to the scheme fully. source
  • Broke an election promise by cutting $150 million from NSW hospitals. source
  • Scrapped the Advisory Panel on Positive Ageing, despite the fact our population is aging. source
  • Broke an election promise by scrapping the Alcohol and Other Drugs Council of Australia. The government spent $1 million on administrative costs to do so, even though the council only received $1.6 million in funding per year. source

Control of the Media, Corruption, Democracy and Transparency

  • Introduced new laws which mean Edward Snowden type leaks are punishable by up to 10 years of prison. No exemptions are made for leaks to anti-corruption bodies. source
  • Spent $50,000 on upgrades of curtains and upholstery for the Prime Minister’s office. source
  • Moved to abolish the role of freedom of information commissioner, abolish the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner and charge $800 for reviews of Freedom of Information Request denials. source
  • Refused to publish any submissions it received for or against the proposed changes to the Racial Discrimination Act, even though the government says the changes are to protect free speech. They refused to state what proportion of submissions supported the changes. The government defended this secrecy by claiming that all submissions were made with the expectation of confidentiality. This is false. The Senate Inquiry Submission Guidelines state that to make a Senate Inquiry Submission confidential, you must explicitly justify a request for confidentiality, and that such requests are generally denied. source source
  • Lied about the Australian Federal Police advising Tony Abbott not to visit Deakin University for safety reasons. source
  • Gave the Minister for Infrastructure the power to silence Infrastructure Australia (an independent body) without justification. (See section 5A(2) of the link.) source
  • Deliberately hid the cost of the $4.45 million renovations on the Lodge. source
  • Spent $50,000 on one dinner for 60 G20 guests, including food specially flown to Washington from all over Australia. source
  • Voted against the creation of a federal anti-corruption body. source
  • Cut $38 million from Australian television and film funding. source
  • Broke an election promise by cutting $40 million from the SBS and ABC. source source source
  • Broke an election promise to not cut ABC funding, by cutting all funding to the Australia Network (part of the ABC). source source source
  • Claimed a 2.5% reduction in funding every year for the ABC is not a funding cut. source
  • Increased the fee for lodging Freedom of Information requests. source
  • Paid a public relations company $97,000 for 3 weeks of work to help improve the Education Department’s image, then refused to release the report that came of it. source
  • Proposed the scrapping of regulation which prevents media monopolies and duopolies. source
  • Doubled electoral registration fees in an attempt to suppress the Liberals’ loss of votes to minor parties, thereby undermining democracy. source
  • Spent over $15,000 on a custom made bookcase to replace a $7,000 custom bookcase which holds $13,000 worth of taxpayer funded books and magazines in senator Brandis’ office. source
  • Spent $22,000 taxpayer dollars buying new cutlery and crockery for the ministerial wing of parliament. source
  • Chose not to mention a $882 million payout to News Corp. when outlining a $16.8 billion budget black hole. The payout was the single biggest item in the black hole. source source
  • Denied any wrongdoing after a government aid married to the head of a junk food lobby pulled down a government website providing simplified nutritional information within hours of its launch. source
  • Violated Youtube’s policies regarding deceptive content, resulting in the suspension of Abbott’s whole channel. source
  • Criticised the ABC because they aren’t biased towards the Government. source
  • Spent over $120,000 on Kirribilli House, including $13,000 on an imported luxury rug, paid for by the taxpayer. source
  • Tried to silence the media to stop them criticising the upcoming private jet deal for politicians. source
  • Criticised the ABC for not “advancing Australia’s broad and enduring interests in the Asian region”, without actually accusing the ABC of any specific wrongdoing or poor judgement. source
  • Changed the ministerial code of conduct so ministers no longer have to sell shares which create a conflict of interest. source
  • Made Orwellian threats about cutting ABC funding because the government didn’t like one of their stories, and because their quality of journalism is too high, thereby creating competition which threatens the corporate newspaper duopoly (who are now floundering because they didn’t see the internet coming). source

That’s a total of 353 dot points in 318 days. Averaging 1.6 dot points per business day.