Every word uttered by our Prime Minster, Julia Gillard, is dissected, analysed and, in some instances (for example the Murdoch Press) is filtered through a distortion lens to extract often ridiculous meanings and conclusions.
So here now is a recent Tony Abbott with John Laws radio interview (2nd April, 2011) where, in his own words, Tony Abbott talks about the Carbon Tax, the GST (and how calls for repelling it by Labor, are somehow different to his calls to repel the CT), his great new tax on companies to fund his Paid Parental Leave policy, and how a “Tax” is not a “Levy” (in Bizarro Universe). All this even when Laws is practically giving him a free run, which begs the question, what would come out of Abbott’s mouth if a real journalist were to do a probing interview with the Man of La Budgies?
Click on each question to hear the audio.
Q1. Will the winding back of the Carbon Tax include the winding back of the tripling of the tax free threshold?
Q2. What about the V Age Pension what are you going to do about that?
Q3. What about Work Choices? Will they be coming back in any form?
Q4. How do we know you will tell the truth in future when you’ve mentioned in the past that we should’t believe you unless it’s in writing – are you going to carry a lot of paper with you?
Q5. What are you going to do about funding the Pacific Highway?
Q6. Will the GST be charged on the Carbon Tax?
Q7. Are you going to throw out the Carbon Tax?
Q8. If you were to purchase a vehicle you pay a percentage on stamp duty and then you pay GST on the accumulated cost which is a tax on a tax, which it is… but you don’t have a retort for it?
Q9. What are you going to do to control the price of fuel?
Q10. What makes him [Tony Abbott] think he’d be a better PM than Julia Gillard?
Q11. Why is it you seem to have a problem with female voters?
Q12. The idea to extend the Child Care Rebate to include nannies, was that simply a way of trying to fine tune the female friendly credentials?
Q13. Some of the figures over the weekend suggest that the cost of your plan would run to something like $500Million a year, that’s $2Billion over 4 years, I mean, how can we afford that given where the budget is at the moment?
Q14. The PM says your push to unwind the Carbon Tax, it be nothing more than a bit of chest beating, the process to be incredibly hollow, how does that differ from Labor’s plan to roll back the GST?
Q15. Would you be forced to a Double Dissolution election to secure the end of that Carbon Tax?
Q16. Your proposal for Paid Parental Leave, that will be funded by 1% levy on the country’s biggest companies, now, that’s a Great Big Tax?
Q17. It’s very interesting when you talk about a “cut” it’s a tax, when you talk about an “increase” it’s a levy, what’s the difference between a levy and a tax?