Well, we know why Tony Abbott didn’t want independent costings of his policies before the election, before punters were asked to judge him as a potential PM, or even after the election – because there’s an $11 billion hole in them. (Or $10 billion, if you’re News Ltd and incorrectly round $600 million down.)
The party of “economic managers”, indeed. If there isn’t a national asset to flog off, or a mining boom over which they have no control, all the Libs can offer is tax cuts for the biggest business paid for by cutting services for the poor. Which services they’ll cynically decline to specify before the people affected get to vote on them.
God help us all if the independents install a Tony Abbott minority government.
ELSEWHERE: David Penberthy at The Punch tells us what the election “was about“:
Well silly old me. There I was thinking the 2010 federal election was about economic management, border protection, broadband and leadership.
Silly old you indeed. You must have missed all the media coverage of leaks, boyfriends, hair, the whether we’d have a debate debate, ex-PMs, ex-leaders, etc. (I don’t know how, it was the vast majority of it.) Many of us made our decisions for other reasons, David, and who are you to tell us they were illegitimate?
As for “Sorry, can’t remember voting for [a price on carbon] either” – well, mate, at least 12% of us did. And many more support it, according to polls.
I also like how Penbo marginalises Wilkie’s demands by excluding the big national ones like dental care. HONEST.
UPDATE: Via @mjcp, @MichaelTurtle, and @LeslieCannold, the perfect description of the Liberals – “budget smugglers”. Oh, to be a sub-editor at a major metropolitan newspaper.