Tony Abbott continues to hide his planned cuts from Australian families. Releasing a policy for Paid Parental Leave (PPL) Mr Abbott refused to answer a crucial question: Who will pay for it?
Will it be families, pensioners, school kids or patients?
Mr Abbott claims that his PPL will be fully funded through a 1.5 per cent levy on 3,000 of the largest companies in Australia. But what he fails to mention is that these same companies will receive a tax cut from him. This will cancel out any revenue Mr Abbott hopes to raise through his levy.
“A tax cut that's paid for by a tax increase is not a cut, it's a con. It's a tax fiddle, not a tax reduction.”
Tony Abbott, 14 March 2012
Mr Abbott will have to make big cuts to education, health care and other government services. His own policy document as much as confirms this. It say there will be “associated reductions in other outlays.” This is Coalition code for cuts.
In preparing major policy it is common practice to prepare tables showing expenditure and savings associated with the policy.
In 2010 Mr Abbott followed this practice. When he released his 2010 PPL scheme the associated policy document contained tables showing how and when the money would be spent and savings would come from.
However, the Coalitions latest policy document contains no such tables.
If there are not cuts then why not release the tables like Mr Abbott did in the 2010 election?
“We will do something that will hurt”
Tony Abbott, 18 April 2013
Refusing to releases details and using buzz words confirms Mr Abbott would make cuts.