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Kiki Krazyboo Arnold She looks great!
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From the page of The National R&B Music Society http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-National-RB-Music-Society-Inc/459607965482?ref=ts&fref=ts official website www.rnbmusicsociety.com Happy 71st Birthday to Singer and Actress Marilyn McCoo of the Legen Read more ... dary Group The 5th Dimension, Marilyn McCoo (born September 30, 1943) is an American singer, actress, and television presenter, who is best known for being the lead female vocalist in the group The 5th Dimension, as well as hosting the 1980s music countdown series Solid Gold. Since 1969 she has been married to singer Billy Davis, Jr., the founder and co-member of The 5th Dimension. In the early and mid-1960s, McCoo was a member of the Hi-Fi's, who often opened for Ray Charles. She had been invited to join the group by photographer Lamonte McLemore, who would himself join McCoo in The 5th Dimension. Other Hi-Fi members included Harry Elston and Floyd Butler, who would go on to form The Friends of Distinction. She met Billy Davis, Jr. in 1966 when he established The 5th Dimension, then called The Versatiles, which would also include Ron Townson and Florence LaRue (who had won the title of "Miss Bronze California" in 1963). The group's first big hit was with 1967's "Up, Up and Away", written by Jimmy Webb. The song won four 1968 Grammy Awards and was the title track to 5th Dimension's first hit LP. A year later the group covered Laura Nyro's "Stoned Soul Picnic". A medley of "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In" (from the musical Hair) reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in April to May 1969 and won the Grammy for 'Record of the Year'. The group's cover of Nyro's "Wedding Bell Blues", featuring McCoo's most prominent vocal of that period, topped the Hot 100 in November 1969. By the early 1970s, McCoo began to sing lead on the group's remaining chart-topping singles, "One Less Bell to Answer", "(Last Night) I Didn't Get to Sleep At All" and "If I Could Reach You." In 1975, McCoo and Davis left The 5th Dimension and began performing as a duo. Landing a contract with ABC Records, they recorded their 1976 debut album, I Hope We Get to Love in Time. The first single was the title track, which was a mid-chart hit. Their follow up, "You Don't Have to Be a Star (To Be in My Show)" was an even bigger hit, reaching No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in January 1977. McCoo and Davis were awarded a gold single and a gold album as well as a Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals. They also hosted their own television program, The Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr Show, on CBS in Summer 1977. After one more album on ABC in 1978, the pair signed with CBS Records the following year and released their last album as a duo until October 2008 when the pair released The Many Faces of Love, a collection of hit songs from the 1960s and 1970s. She was the first to record "Saving All My Love for You" in 1978, later sung by Whitney Houston. The album "Marilyn and Billy", featured that track as well as a disco hit, "Shine On Silver Moon". The pair decided to go solo professionally in the early 1980s with McCoo hosting the popular American syndicated television series Solid Gold from 1981 through 1984 and again from 1986 through 1988. She also created a successful nightclub and concert act, and went on to appear as Tamara Price on Days of our Lives in 1986, as a friend of Marlena Evans who sang at her wedding. Tamara later became involved with James Reynolds' character Abe Carver. McCoo left the series in 1987. Her 1991 album, The Me Nobody Knows, was nominated for a Grammy. She also released a Christmas album in 1994. McCoo won her eighth Grammy for her contributions to Quincy Jones' Handel's Messiah. Acting career McCoo has acted in a number of movies, including Grizzly Adams and the Legend of Dark Mountain (1999), My Mom's a Werewolf (1989) and a number of television movies, often playing herself. She has appeared on stage in productions of Anything Goes, A...My Name is Alice, Man of La Mancha, and the Broadway production of Show Boat in 1995 through 1996. McCoo appeared together with Davis on The Jamie Foxx Show as Fancy's parents, the Monroes. McCoo also guest-starred on a Canadian game show in the 90s, called "Acting Crazy". Personal life McCoo is married to fellow 5th Dimension bandmate Billy Davis, Jr. On July 26, 2009, they celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary.[4] The couple shared their story of love and faith in the 2004 book, Up, Up and Away. They continue to perform together in venues around the country. She is a member of Sigma Gamma Rho sorority. As of January 2010 she is Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Mission. McCoo and Davis are born again Christians who credit God with their lasting marriage. — with Bob Ritchie and Isoken Osgood Omoruyi.
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Steve Konkel Full Independence OR Full Devo Max Nothing Less & Scrap the Bias Broadcasting Company in Scotland
Yes Next Time for Scotland
YouGov - 26 SNP MPs next year in Westminster? Wow!! Labour and Tories were tied at the hip in the week before the referendum, now look at them. Westminster is their issue now, not Scotland - they're more interested in gaining the English political ad Read more ... vantage, and certainly, it would seem, that Labour are the party with most to lose. They're using Scotland's interest in the overall UK budget as the reason. They're never going to agree and Lord Smith of Kelvin hasn't even started! SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE: Labour and the Conservatives were at loggerheads last night over the devolution of more powers to Scotland as former Prime Minister Gordon Brown accused the Tories of setting a “trap” on income tax. In a letter to his Kirkcaldy constituents, Mr Brown attacked Tory proposals to hand over complete control of income tax to Holyrood, claiming that it would “put the Union at risk” and was designed to stop Scottish MPs from voting on key parts of the Budget. The Labour MP also called on 100,000 Scots to sign a petition demanding that the UK parties “keep their promises [on more powers] with no strings attached”. His attack came as Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson insisted that devolving complete control of income tax was her “top priority” and said she would not accept any watering down of proposals her party has laid out on the future of devolution. In a speech to a packed meeting at the Tory Party conference in Birmingham, Ms Davidson said that devolving all control of income tax and Scottish VAT receipts is at the centre of her strategy for a Conservative revival north of the Border. She made it clear that the Conservatives will be running on a tax-cutting platform in the Holyrood election in 2016 and announced the creation of a low-tax commission which will begin work in January. Ms Davidson also said that devo max – whereby Holyrood controls everything other than foreign affairs and the armed forces – was “a non-starter”. The battlelines have been drawn even before a commission chaired by Lord Smith of Kelvin – with representatives from Labour, the Tories, Liberal Democrats, SNP and Scottish Greens – has convened. With a deadline of January for it to come up with an agreed plan, hopes of reaching a consensus were in disarray yesterday as the SNP accused Ms Davidson of “trying to hijack the Smith Commission”. Labour fears Tory plans to introduce “English votes for English laws” will mean its Scottish MPs would be blocked from voting on key Budget measures. The Conservative conference has already heard demands from former business minister Lord Digby Jones and Communities Secretary Eric Pickles that Scottish MPs should be blocked from voting on taxation. In his letter to constituents, Mr Brown wrote: “The Tory trap that we are in danger of falling into is to devolve all decisions on Scotland’s income tax rates away from Westminster and then to deny Scotland representation in votes on Budget decisions on income tax rates. “This would be clearly against the material interests of the people of Scotland and put the Union itself at risk. They must now demonstrate that it is not true that, on the morning after the referendum, the Conservative party stopped thinking about Scotland and started thinking only about the Conservative party. “Indeed, all parties have to be reminded again of both the no- strings-attached promises they made and their responsibilities to the whole country.” Instead, he offered a 14-point devolution plan based on social justice, handing over control of many welfare measures and 75 per cent of income tax. However, Ms Davidson made it clear that she is not willing to compromise on income tax and pointed out that four of the five parties involved in the Commission – set up by Mr Cameron – want all of income tax devolved. She said: “We’ll make sure there’s no hiding place for politicians who want to jack up the tax bills of Scottish families.” And she called on the SNP to rule out devo max, which she said “must be off the table.” She said: “Such a plan – which would devolve everything bar foreign affairs and the armed forces – is a complete non-starter. It is incompatible with remaining part of the United Kingdom, so the SNP needs to make it clear that this is off the table. I will be part of nothing that puts the strength of our United Kingdom in peril. And I do so knowing that I have the majority of the people of Scotland in my corner.” Ms Davidson said she believes her devolution plans will cement a Tory revival on the back of a strong referendum campaign and claimed her low-tax policies will help the party win the centre ground of Scottish politics. She told party members that SNP leader-in-waiting Nicola Sturgeon “will be the most left-wing First Minister ever” and will hand the Scottish Tories an opportunity to claim the centre ground north of the Border. She said: “Nicola will take her party – and the country – leftwards. With all these fired-up new members, she’ll be locking horns with Labour, and they’ll be trying to outflank each other to demonstrate a kind of socialist machismo, elbowing each other aside to lay claim to the collectivist crown.” Ms Davidson’s speech was aimed at positioning the Scottish Conservatives as the “party of the silent majority” based on the strong No vote in parts of Scotland where they have lost out to the SNP in the last 20 years, including Perthshire, Angus and Moray. A bullish Ms Davidson promised to help return a “praetorian guard” of Scottish Tory MPs next year to Westminster to join their sole current MP, David Mundell. Ancient Rome’s praetorian guard had 12 cohorts, the same number as the Westminster seats in Scotland the Tories claimed they could win in 2010. Despite her attack on the Nationalists, she would not rule out doing a deal with the SNP in Westminster or Holyrood, as leading pollster Peter Kellner, of YouGov, suggested the SNP could win 26 Westminster seats. But the SNP identified Ms Davidson as the main block for more powers coming to Holyrood. SNP MSP Stewart Maxwell said: “People in Scotland were clearly and unambiguously promised substantial additional powers by the Westminster parties and it is just not on for Ruth Davidson to attempt to row back on that vow. If Ruth Davidson is now determined to impose limits on the additional powers Scotland should gain, why did she not speak out at the time? “Gordon Brown has made clear the Westminster parties cannot casually rewrite or revise their vow and those are words that Ruth Davidson and her Tory colleagues should pay close attention to. It shows an extraordinary degree of bad faith for Ruth Davidson to now try and dictate the terms the Smith Commission and people across Scotland must be free to discuss.”
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TMc NMe God is Good All the Time!!!!!
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From the page of The National R&B Music Society http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-National-RB-Music-Society-Inc/459607965482?ref=ts&fref=ts official website www.rnbmusicsociety.com Happy 71st Birthday to Singer and Actress Marilyn McCoo of the Legen Read more ... dary Group The 5th Dimension, Marilyn McCoo (born September 30, 1943) is an American singer, actress, and television presenter, who is best known for being the lead female vocalist in the group The 5th Dimension, as well as hosting the 1980s music countdown series Solid Gold. Since 1969 she has been married to singer Billy Davis, Jr., the founder and co-member of The 5th Dimension. In the early and mid-1960s, McCoo was a member of the Hi-Fi's, who often opened for Ray Charles. She had been invited to join the group by photographer Lamonte McLemore, who would himself join McCoo in The 5th Dimension. Other Hi-Fi members included Harry Elston and Floyd Butler, who would go on to form The Friends of Distinction. She met Billy Davis, Jr. in 1966 when he established The 5th Dimension, then called The Versatiles, which would also include Ron Townson and Florence LaRue (who had won the title of "Miss Bronze California" in 1963). The group's first big hit was with 1967's "Up, Up and Away", written by Jimmy Webb. The song won four 1968 Grammy Awards and was the title track to 5th Dimension's first hit LP. A year later the group covered Laura Nyro's "Stoned Soul Picnic". A medley of "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In" (from the musical Hair) reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in April to May 1969 and won the Grammy for 'Record of the Year'. The group's cover of Nyro's "Wedding Bell Blues", featuring McCoo's most prominent vocal of that period, topped the Hot 100 in November 1969. By the early 1970s, McCoo began to sing lead on the group's remaining chart-topping singles, "One Less Bell to Answer", "(Last Night) I Didn't Get to Sleep At All" and "If I Could Reach You." In 1975, McCoo and Davis left The 5th Dimension and began performing as a duo. Landing a contract with ABC Records, they recorded their 1976 debut album, I Hope We Get to Love in Time. The first single was the title track, which was a mid-chart hit. Their follow up, "You Don't Have to Be a Star (To Be in My Show)" was an even bigger hit, reaching No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in January 1977. McCoo and Davis were awarded a gold single and a gold album as well as a Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals. They also hosted their own television program, The Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr Show, on CBS in Summer 1977. After one more album on ABC in 1978, the pair signed with CBS Records the following year and released their last album as a duo until October 2008 when the pair released The Many Faces of Love, a collection of hit songs from the 1960s and 1970s. She was the first to record "Saving All My Love for You" in 1978, later sung by Whitney Houston. The album "Marilyn and Billy", featured that track as well as a disco hit, "Shine On Silver Moon". The pair decided to go solo professionally in the early 1980s with McCoo hosting the popular American syndicated television series Solid Gold from 1981 through 1984 and again from 1986 through 1988. She also created a successful nightclub and concert act, and went on to appear as Tamara Price on Days of our Lives in 1986, as a friend of Marlena Evans who sang at her wedding. Tamara later became involved with James Reynolds' character Abe Carver. McCoo left the series in 1987. Her 1991 album, The Me Nobody Knows, was nominated for a Grammy. She also released a Christmas album in 1994. McCoo won her eighth Grammy for her contributions to Quincy Jones' Handel's Messiah. Acting career McCoo has acted in a number of movies, including Grizzly Adams and the Legend of Dark Mountain (1999), My Mom's a Werewolf (1989) and a number of television movies, often playing herself. She has appeared on stage in productions of Anything Goes, A...My Name is Alice, Man of La Mancha, and the Broadway production of Show Boat in 1995 through 1996. McCoo appeared together with Davis on The Jamie Foxx Show as Fancy's parents, the Monroes. McCoo also guest-starred on a Canadian game show in the 90s, called "Acting Crazy". Personal life McCoo is married to fellow 5th Dimension bandmate Billy Davis, Jr. On July 26, 2009, they celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary.[4] The couple shared their story of love and faith in the 2004 book, Up, Up and Away. They continue to perform together in venues around the country. She is a member of Sigma Gamma Rho sorority. As of January 2010 she is Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Mission. McCoo and Davis are born again Christians who credit God with their lasting marriage. — with Bob Ritchie and Isoken Osgood Omoruyi.
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Williewill Jones "WILLIE WILL NOT WILLIE WON'T" (EP) COMING JANUARY 18, 2015 PRODUCED BY Williewill Jones FFMGRD/LUE
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Shawntel Evette Griffin Walker What a wonderful tribute to my fraternal Brother!
Shawn Michael Jude Papillion
Jeremy Anthony Olivier was the second son born to John R. Olivier Sr. and Gwen Chrétien Olivier on January 18, 1983. Jeremy departed this life according to God’s appointed time on September 27, 2014. He was a life long resident of Lake Charles, L Read more ... ouisiana whom after marrying the love of his life moved to Port Arthur, TX. Jeremy initially attended Washington Marion Magnet High School but he was a proud graduate of Lake Charles Boston High School in 2001. After attending McNeese State University Jeremy continued his higher education and received an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Process Technology from Sowela Technical Community College on May 18, 2010. Jeremy was a control room A operator for Colonial Pipeline in Beaumont, TX. Jeremy was a life long member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. He was extremely faithful in God and the promise of resurrection through his son our personal Savior and Messiah. Sublime Prince Jeremy Olivier was an active member of John G. Lewis Consistory 165 32nd and 33rd degree Masons located in Lake Charles, LA operating under the jurisdiction of the United Supreme Council of Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Southern Jurisdiction, United States of America, Prince Hall Affiliation, where the 32nd degree was conferred upon Jeremy. He also received the Sublime Degree of Master Mason in Golden Chain Lodge 103 and was an active member of Ionic Lodge 26; both Lodges are located in Lake Charles, LA and operates under the jurisdiction of the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Louisiana, Prince Hall Affiliation. Jeremy married his best friend and the love of his life LaKisha Jones on December 5, 2012. Jeremy had the brightest smile you would ever encounter in your human experience. His eyes were filled with warmth, his touch was inviting and his heart was full with the love of life. Jeremy was in love with his life and cherished the possibilities of an abundant harvest of the bounty gathered from the seeds he had sown. His proudest moment was his announcement of his wife’s pregnancy. LaKisha was his rib and completed him as a person as they lived together as one flesh and heart. Jeremy was a dutiful husband and excited father to be, supportive brother, a helpful uncle, mentoring Godfather, best friend, and a loving care giving son. Jeremy had a bubbly personality, with a mild temperament. His spirit was filled with care; he always had a positive attitude towards life and always offered words of encouragement. He never met anyone that was not his friend. Many affectionately knew him by many names, Jeremy, Jay, Big Perm, Boy Boy, Big O, and brother; but all knew him as a passionate caregiver. Jeremy’s life approach was that of a free spirit as he enjoyed life’s experiences and the direction he was headed. Jeremy had room in his heart unmatched by anyone, evident of his ever extended arms always willing to reach out in assistance for his family, friends, or any member of the human family. Jeremy always left you as he greeted you, with a remarkable laughter that engulfed your heart and mind. Jeremy’s soul was impressive as he left you with a positive reflection of a higher calling guided by the Most High. His footsteps were truly illuminated; his light will continue to shine on every place he walked and in every one he set eyes on. He was preceded in death by his paternal Grand Parents Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert, (Bernice Francois), Olivier, and his maternal Grand father Edward Chrétien Sr. Jeremy leaves behind to cherish the many wonderful memories of his life LaKisha Olivier his wife and their unborn daughter, John and Gwen Oliver (mother and father), Lilly Chrétien ( maternal grandmother) John Olivier Jr. and Shawn (Shalanda) Michael Jude Papillion (brothers and sister-in-law), Robert and Adrina Hargrove (father and mother-in-law) Blaine Hines (brother-in-law) Aliyajah Jude Papillion (Godson and nephew), Maaliyah Papillion, Ja’Nazia Olivier, Tianna Olivier, Jazzmyne Olivier (nieces), Jaylin Olivier, Jamarric Clayton (nephews), and a host of cousins, aunts, uncles, extended family, friends and fraternal brothers and sisters.
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Chris Kaszubski Quite amazing really what our government has managed to achieve in the short time it has been in office so far. One can only imagine what wonders it has in store for the future.
Football meat pies kangaroos and Abbott's LIES
The LIST of Abbott's WRECKING BALL.......October update..... Tracking Abbotts Wreckage ”October Update” by John Lord Sally McManus is the Secretary of the Australian Services Union in NSW and the ACT. She has been a campaigner and an organise Read more ... r for more than 20 years and spent a lot of time doing and talking about organising and campaigning. Her blog is a comprehensive list of policy and other decisions taken by the Abbott Government. I cannot vouch for the veracity of the entire list, nor do I necessarily agree with everyone (although I have no reason to doubt them) but I recommend the list to those with an interest in how Tony Abbott is changing Australia. The List 285. Signs a deal with Cambodia to accept Australia’s refugees for a payment of $40 million over 4 years – 26 September, 2014 284. Breaks an election promise to a publish a proposal for constitutional recognition for Indigenous people and establish a bipartisan process to try to bring about recognition as soon as possible within the first 12 months of Government – 19 September 2014. 283. Breaks election promise to build replacement submarines in South Australian shipyards, spending more than $20 billion on Japanese submarines instead – 8 September, 2014 282. Fails to provide adequate medical care to asylum seeker Hamid Kehazaei who died after developing an infection from a cut on his foot – 5 September 2014 281. Delays superannuation increases for seven years costing workers thousands of dollars in retirement savings – 2 September 2014 280. Kills the Low Income Super Contribution payment and the Superannuation Guarantee which aimed to boost the retirement savings of 3.6 million workers who earn $37,000 per year or less – 2 September 2014 279. Repeals the mining tax on the profits of big coal and iron ore companies – 2 September 2014 278. Bans secular workers from the school chaplaincy program – 27 August 2014 277. Refuses temporary visitors visas for Sri Lankan trade unionists to attend a union conference in Australia because they “do not have enough personal wealth” – 25 August 2014 276. Unemployment hits highest level in 12 years – 7 August 2014 275. Breaks an election promise to amend the race hate laws – 6 August 2014 274. Directs all government departments to disclose every contact with every union for any reason over the last decade to the Royal Commission – 28 July 2014 273. Allows the suspension of payments to parents whose children do not attend school in the Northern Territory – 19 July 2014 272. Axes the carbon tax with no viable policy to address climate change or Australia’s emission targets – 17 July, 2014 271. Risks up to $1 billion in revenue through job cuts at the ATO – July 15, 2014 270. Cuts all funding to Vibe Australia, the Indigenous organisation responsible for creating and producing the Deadly Awards, Deadly Vibe and InVibe magazines, Deadly Sounds radio, Move It Mob Style TV and deadlyvibe.com.au – July 14, 2014 269. Detains 153 asylum seekers at sea on board a customs ship for a month, despite questions about the legality of this action – July 12, 2014 268. Offends China and many Australians by praising the “skill and honour” of Japanese soliders who killed 22 000 Australians and hundreds of thousands of Chinese during World War II – 9 July 2014 267. Hands over 41 Sri Lankan asylum seekers to the custody of Sri Lankan authorities after screening them at sea and transferring them while still on the water – 07 July, 2014 266. Creates a strategic communications branch employing 37 people and costing $4.7 million each year, to oversee communications in the department of Prime Minister and Cabinet despite saying at the 2013 launch of the Liberal Party’s book on ALP waste, that they would spend less on spin than the previous government – July 05, 2014 265. Describes Australia as ‘unsettled’ before the British arrived, during an address to the Australia-Melbourne Institute Conference – 04 July, 2014 264. Grants the Immigration Minister power over the granting of permanent residence allowing him to personally decide the conditions of the test and his decisions will not be subject to appeal – 03 July, 2014 263. Breaks a promise not to grant permanent permanent residency to people arriving by boat by granting a visa to a least one refugee – 03 July, 2014 262. Prohibits Community Legal Centres from using Government funding to advocate for policy or law reform – 02 July, 2014 261. Appoints a former Liberal MP and a conservative columnist and vocal opponent of the ABC to the ABC and SBS appointments panel – 02 July, 2014 260. Strikes out protections for consumers of financial advice before the report into the Commonwealth Bank of Australia financial planning scandal is tabled, which recommends a Royal Commission into the bank to investigate allegations of fraud, forgery and a management cover-up – 01 July, 2014 259. Refuses to confirm the existence of two boatloads of refugees reported to be currently on board customs vessels. The Government previously denied the vessels were in trouble and refuses to comment on whether the refugees will be landing in Australia – 30 June, 2014 258. Revokes the residential determination of two asylum seekers from Vietnam currently in high school in Adelaide and removes them to a detention centre, resulting in up to 7 other children, also in school, running away for fear of the same fate – 28 June, 2014 257. Cuts Dementia and Severe Behaviours Supplement, a payment to those who provide care for people with severe behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia – 26 June, 2014 256. Breaks promise that no public servants will be forced into redundancy as it is revealed that staff in Treasury in Finance will be made involuntarily redundant – 24 June, 2014 255. Seeks to reintroduce Temporary Protection Visas after the High Court strikes down the Government’s attempt to limit the number of permanent visas available each year – 22 June 2014. 254. Refuses to halt return of refugees to war-torn Iraq – 18 June, 2014 253. Abandons the long-held, bipartisan position of referring to Palestinian land captured in 1967 as occupied – 06 June, 2014 252. Abolishes the Corporations and Markets Advisory Committee, which has, for 25 years, investigated gaps in Australia’s corporate and financial markets law and recommended ways to close them – 05 June, 2014 251. Excludes Australian shipyards from a major new contract, sending jobs offshore and threatening the industry in Australia – 05 June, 2014 250. Cuts funding to the peak refugee organisation the Refugee Council of Australia – 30 May 2014 249. Takes money from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and gives it to the Royal Commission into the Home Insulation Scheme – 28 May 2014 248. Breaks promise that no public servants will be forced into redundancy after revelations that public servants in the Department of Industry have been made involuntarily redundant – 19 May 2014 247. Scraps the National Water Commission – 13 May, 2014 246. Abolishes funding for Building Australia’s Future Workforce — Connection Interviews and Job Seeker Workshops and the Experience+ Career Advice initiative – 13 May, 2014 245. Abolishes the Get Reading Programme – 13 May, 2014 244. Scraps the annual subsidy to local ethanol producers – 13 May 2014 243. Slashes the Biodiversity Fund – 13 May, 2014 242. Cuts the Education Department’s Online Diagnostic Tools Programme – 13 May, 2014 241. Abolishes the Australian Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation Authority which was established to encourage organ donation – 13 May, 2014 240. Introduces annual reviews for veterans receiving military compensation payments due to illness or injury – 13 May, 2014 239. Terminates the Office of Water Science research programme – 13 May, 2014 238. Abolishes the Commonwealth Human Rights Education Grant – 13 May 2014 237. Abolishes funding to the Exotic Disease Preparedness Programme – 13 May 2014 236. Slashes funding from the Indigenous Health Budget – 13 May 2014 235. Cuts funding for Indigenous language support – 13 May 2014 234. Cuts funding to the Torres Strait Regional Authority – 13 May 2014 233. Abolishes the Congress of Australia’s First Peoples, the only elected representative body for Indigenous Australians - 13 May 2014 232. Breaks election promise and slashes funding to Landcare – 13 May 2014 231. Abolishes the National Rental Affordability Scheme – 13 May 2014 230. Cuts funding from the corporate regulator ASIC which oversees the financial sector – 13 May 2014 229. Axes the first home buyers savings scheme – 13 May 2014 228. Reduces funding to the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency – 13 May 2014 227. Abolishes the Improving Educational Outcomes Programme – 13 May 2014 226. Cuts funding to the Child Care Early Learning Projects and the Professional Support Program which assist childcare workers gain skills – 13 May 2014 225. Reduces funding to the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership – 13 May 2014 224. Cut the Research Training Scheme, with tertiary education providers to introduce student contributions for higher degrees – 13 May 2014 223. Ends the development of the Australian Baccalaureate – 13 May 2014 222. Cuts higher education reward funding – 13 May 2014 221. Cuts the Australian National University’s HC Coombs Policy Forum – 13 May 2014 220. Cuts Australian Research Council funding – 13 May 2014 219. Abolishes tax break for mature age workers and replaces it with a payment for employing people over 50 who have been on Newstart or the DSP for more than 6 months – 13 May 2014 218. Cuts an incentive program for graduates to take up work in regional locations of need – 13 May 2014 217. Axes the National Partnership Agreement on Certain Concessions for Pensioners and Seniors Card Holders which supports state and territory concessions for senior citizens including energy rebates. – 13 May 2014 216. Kills off four grant programmes including the the Australian Community Food Safety Campaign and Outreach Support Services for Criminalised Women – 13 May 2014 215. Cuts $2.3 million in contribution to the World Health Organisation – 13 May 2014 214. Abolishes the Australian Interactive Games Fund which helped support local video game developers – 13 May 2014 213. Breaks a promise not to cuts funding to health by dramatically cutting hospital funding – 13 May 2014 212. Cuts $240 million over four years to community programs that support poor, sick or disadvantaged people – 13 May 2014 211. Cuts $25million over 4 years or a quarter of the funding to Community Legal Centres who provide legal support to the poor and disadvantaged – 13 May 2014 210. Cuts the Women in Leadership program – 13 May 2014 209. Breaks a promise to have one million more solar roofs across Australia and at least 25 solar towns – 13 May 2014 208. Breaks a promise to spend $2.55 billion Emissions Reduction Fund by committing less than half this amount in the budget – 13 May 2014 207. Orders the spending of $11.7 million to plan the privatisation of: Defence Housing Australia, the Royal Australian Mint and the registry function of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission – 13 May 2014 206. Announces 3000 job loses at the Australian Tax Office – 13 May 2014 205. Freezes the Family Tax Benefit A at a set income level regardless of the number of children – 13 May 2014 204. Cuts the Family Tax Benefit B end-of-year supplement by 15% – 13 May 2014 203. Reduces funding for the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation – 13 May 2014 202. Reduces funding to the Australian Institute for Marine Science – 13 May 2014 201. Scraps a range of grant programs aimed at funding innovation and start-up businesses, including: Australian Industry Participation; Commercialisation Australia; Enterprise Solutions; Innovation Investment Fund; Industry Innovation Councils; Enterprise Connect; Industry Innovation Precincts; and Textile, Clothing and Footwear Small Business and Building Innovative Capability – 13 May 2014 200. Rips a further $111.4 million over four years out of the operating budget of the CSIRO – 13 May 2014 199. Ceases funding for National ICT Australia, which is a research centre for communications and information technology – 13 May 2014 198. Abolishes Medicare locals – 13 May 2014 197. Reduces payments to people under 35 with a disability who cannot find employment if they could work more than eight hours a week – 13 May 2014 196. Mandates religious education in schools by taking away the option for school to opt for a secular social worker instead – 13 May 2014 195. Abolishes the ABC’s disability communities website Ramp Up – 13 May 2014 194. Abolishes the Disability Discrimination Commissioner – 13 May 2014 193. Abolishes the Better Schools Centre for Quality Teaching and Learning – 13 May 2014 192. Dismantles the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare and will establish a health productivity and performance commission – 13 May 2014 191. Abolishes the Seniors Supplement – 13 May 2014 190. Axes the tax break for people with dependent spouses – 13 May 2014 189. Axes the Diagnostic Imaging Quality Programme – 13 May 2014 188. Ceases the Dental Flexible Grants Program – 13 May 2014 187. Axes the Charles Sturt University’s dental and oral health clinics – 13 May 2014 186. Axes funding for the nursing and allied health scholarships in Tasmania – 13 May 2014 185. Defers 13 Partners in Recovery programs which help people with severe and persistent mental illness and complex support needs – 13 May 2014 184. Cuts funding to the National Anti-Tobacco Campaign – 13 May 2014 183. Cuts Australia’s Animal Welfare Strategy – 13 May 2014 182. Abolishes Health Workforce Australia and cuts the expansion of the Clinical Training Funding Program – 13 May 2014 181. Axes the National Partnership Agreement on Preventive Health – 13 May 2014 180. Defers the National Partnership Agreement for adult public dental services until July 2015 – 13 May 2014 179. Reduces the Medicare benefit for optometry services and allows optometrists to charge more – 13 May 2014 178. Abolishes the GP Education and Training Limited and ceasing the Pre-vocational GP Placements Scheme – 13 May 2014 177. Axes industry and community clean energy programs include the Low Emissions Technology Demonstration Fund, the National Low Emission Coal Initiative, Energy Efficiency Programmes, the National Solar Schools Plan, Energy Efficiency Information Grants and Low Carbon Communities – 13 May 2014 176. Scraps The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) which was set up to support new and emerging renewable technologies and in doing so breaks an election promise – 13 May 2014 175. Scraps the Housing Help for Seniors scheme which provided assistance to older Australians – 13 May 2014 174. Pulls $2.5 billion from aged care, including $1.7 billion from home based support such as Meals on Wheels – 13 May 2014 173. Cuts the benefit for unemployed people under 25 by moving them onto the Youth Allowance – 13 May 2014 172. Kills off the Gonski school funding vision by cutting future funding by $30 billion – 13 May 2014 171. Reduces Medicare and Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme safety nets – 13 May 2014 170. Breaks a promise to make no cuts to health with a $368 million cut from preventative health measures – 13 May 2014 169. Cuts the Family Tax Benefit A end-of-year supplement by 17% – 13 May 2014 168. Increases the fuel excise twice a year by indexing it to CPI – 13 May 2014 167. Forces students to repay their debt earlier by lowering the wage they need to earn before payments kick in – 13 May 2014 166. Increases debt for students by increasing the interest on their fees – 13 May 2014 165. Makes it harder for retirees to access the Commonwealth Seniors Health Card – 13 May 2014 164. Guts the Australia Council and Screen Australia by cutting $87 million for the Arts – 13 May 2014 163. Forces people under 30 to work for the dole if they want to receive any financial support after a waiting period of six months with no financial support – 13 May 2014 162. Imposes a six month wait for people under 30s to receive unemployment benefits – 13 May 2014 161. Cuts the Family Tax Benefit Part B – 13 May 2014 160. Cuts the old age pension by indexing it to CPI instead of wages – 13 May 2014 159. Increases the pension age to 70 from 2035 – 13 May 2014 158. Imposes a $5 increase on the cost of all medicines available under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (80c for concession card holders) – 13 May 2014 157. Cuts the ‘Tools for the Trade’ program which helped apprentices buy their tools, and replacing it with a loan scheme apprentices will have to repay – 13 May 2014 156. Caps the amount of money workers can recoup in entitlements if their employer becomes insolvent or bankrupt to 16 weeks – 13 May 2014 155. Breaks a promise to only cut the foreign aid budget by $4.5 billion and cuts it by $7.9 billion instead – 13 May 2014 154. Axes funding to the Australian Youth Affairs Coalition, the national peak body for young people- 13 May 2014 153. Slashes Disability Support Pensions by indexing to inflation – 13 May 2014 152. Abolishes the highly successful Youth Connections program that supports young people who have not completed, or are at risk of not completing Year 12 or equivalent qualifications also costing hundreds of community sector jobs – 13 May 2014 151. Breaks a promise of “no new taxes” by introducing a fuel levy – 13 May 2014 150. Announces the sacking of 16,500 public sector workers as whole Departments are abolished despite promising only 12,000 job losses – 13 May 2014 149. Cuts $500 million from indigenous programs over five years – 13 May 2014 148. Breaks a promise of “no new taxes” by introducing a deficit tax rise of two percentage points for people earning more than $180,000 a year – 13 May 2014 147. Scrapping a net $1.2 billion in tuition subsidies for universities – 13 May 2014 146. Scraps the Australia Network, Australia’s international television service broadcast across our region that provides news and current affairs from an Australian perspective – 13 May 2014 145. Breaks promise of “no cuts to the ABC or SBS” by cutting $43.5 million from the ABC and SBS – 13 May 2014 144. Undermines Medicare by imposing a $7 fee increase for GP visits – 13 May 2014 143. Tears up Federal Government’s agreement with states and territories to help fund increasing health costs – 13 May 2014 142. Scraps caps on university fees, meaning universities will be able to charge whatever they like for degrees – 13 May 2014 141. Abolishes the COAG Reform Council — which provides information to Governments so they can track the performance of their programs – 13 May 2014 140. Sacks the National People with Disability and Carers Council — which pushed for and then helped build the NDIS – 13 May 2014 139. Releases the Commission of Audit report which recommends savage budget cuts that would negatively affect every Australian – 1 May 2014 138. Breaks a promise to introduce the paid parental leave scheme he took to the election – 30 April 2014 137. Spends $12.4 billion on new fighter jets whilst claiming a budget “emergency” and preparing to make big cuts to health and welfare – 23 April 2014 136. Abolishes the research and development tax incentives board – 11 April 2014 135. Begins dismantling GP Super clinics – 8 April 2014 134. Cuts 480 jobs from the Environment Department who are responsible for protecting places such as Kakadu, Antarctica and the Great Barrier Reef – 7 April 2014 133. Forbids public servants from making political comments online, even anonymously, and instructs them to report on colleagues who do – 6 April 2014 132. Establishes a secret, publicly funded “hit squad” to target political opponents led by the man who provided a “chaff bag” for Alan Jones to auction at a Young Liberal fundraiser – 1 April 2014 131. Imposes fees and charges on people who become bankrupt – 1 April 2014 130. Axes free legal assistance for asylum seekers – 31 March 2014 129. Defunds Ethical Clothing Australia that worked with industry to protect outworkers in the textile and clothing industry from exploitation and abandons the Governments ethical procurement guidelines – 30 March 2014 128. Opposes a UN resolution to conduct war crimes inquiry in Sri Lanka – 28 March 2014 127. Closes all Medicare offices on Saturdays – 26 March 2014 126. Brings back the awards of knights and dames which were abolished in 1986 – 25 March 2014 125. Cuts 400 jobs from the industry department – 25 March 2014 124. Ensures a human rights enquiry into the Manus Island detention centre is shut down and human rights lawyers are denied access to the centre – 23 March 2014 123. Abolishes one third of the jobs in Treasury costing approximately 300 jobs – 21 March 2014 122. Cuts welfare payments to orphans of soldiers – 16 March 2014 121. Moves to deny funding to artists or events that refuse corporate sponsorship for ethical reasons – 15 March 2014 120. Cuts hundreds of jobs at the CSIRO – 14 March 2014 119. Reopens 457 visa loophole to allow employers to hire an unlimited number of workers without scrutiny – 12 March 2014 118. Overturns a ban on cattle grazing in the Victorian Alpine National Park – 6 March 2014 117. Frustrated and defeated an attempt at the UN to highlight the humanitarian consequences of nuclear war – 5 March 2014 116. Axes funding earmarked to save the Sumatran rhinoceros from extinction – 28 February 2014 115. Introduces legislation to allow people aged between 17-24 years old to work for half the minimum wage and be exempted from all other work rights including health and safety laws and protections should they be injured at work – 26 February 2014 114. Axes funding to Aboriginal Early Childhood Support and Learning Incorporated, the only Indigenous peak body advising on early childhood issues for Indigenous people in NSW – 25 February, 2014 113. Misleads the Australian public about what occurred on Manus Island when asylum seekers were attacked killing one person and injuring seventy-seven. Once the information was known to be untrue, waited five days to correct the record – 25 February 2014 112. Contravenes 113 years of established practice by moving to release the previous Government’s confidential cabinet papers to the Royal Commission into the Pink Batts scheme – 22 February 2014 111. Scraps food grants program for small farmers – 21 February 2014 110. Pressured SPC Ardmona to cut the pay and conditions for workers in return for Government money – 20 February 2014 109. Blames carbon pricing for the close of Alcoa smelters and rolling mills and the loss of nearly 1000 jobs, despite the fact the company states it had no bearing on their decision – 19 February 2014 108. Breaches the privacy and puts in danger around 10, 000 asylum seekers and their families by releasing their personal details on the Department of Immigration website – 19 February 2014 107. Fails to ensure the safety of asylum seekers in our care on Manus Island who were subjected to a vicious attack, which left one person dead and seventy-seven seriously injured – 18 February 2014 106. Reverses the previous government’s decision to care for refugee children who are without an adult family member (ie unaccompanied minors) in the community and sends them to detention centres in Nauru – 17 February 2014 105. Removes poverty reduction from the goals of the foreign affairs budget –February 17, 2014 104. Appoints a climate change sceptic to head a review of our renewable energy target – 17 February 2014 103. Pays hundreds of indigenous workers in his Department up to $19 000 less than non-indigenous workers doing the same job and cuts the budget for the representative body the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples causing two-thirds of the staff to lose their jobs – 15 February 2014 102. Breaks a promise to provide fibre-to-the-premises for all Tasmanians for the National Broadband Network – 13 February 2014 101. Unemployment rate jumps to highest in more than 10 years – 13 February 2014 100. Lies to the Australian public about the reasons Toyota gave for their decision to close in order to blame the workers and their union – 12 February 2014 99. Takes down a website providing information to the Australian public on the ingredients and nutritional content of foods. It is later revealed that the person in the Minister’s office who gave this directive is married to a lobbyist from the junk food industry and was still a share holder in their lobbying company – 11 February 2014 98. Destroys the Australian car manufacturing industry by refusing to provide any industry assistance leading to the decision of Toyota to shut costing up to 30 000 jobs – 10 February 2014 97. Launches a Royal Commission into unions – 10 February 2014 96. Attempts to reintroduce temporary visas for asylum seekers found to be fleeing persecution preventing them ever settling in Australia and retrospectively applies them to 20 000 people. This is stopped in the Senate twice by the ALP and The Greens – 7 February 2014 95. Supports a reduction of penalty rates and other Award minimums in a submission to the Fair Work Commission’s review of all Awards – 4 February 2014 94. Lies to the Australian public about the wages and working conditions of factory workers at SPC Ardmona in Shepparton and uses this incorrect information to blame them for their job insecurity – 4 February 2014 93. Launches an “efficiency study” into ABC and the SBS – 30 January 2014 92. Cuts the wages of Australian troops deployed overseas by almost $20 000 per solider – 29 January 2014 91. Intervenes on the side of Toyota to support cutting Australian workers wages and conditions – 28 January 2014 90. Privatises the 104 year old Australian Valuation Office costing nearly 200 jobs – 24 January 2014 89. Seeks to wind back the World Heritage listing of Tasmania’s forests – 23 January 2014 88. Withdraws funding for an early intervention program to help vulnerable young people – 22 January 2014 87. Exempts Western Australia from national environment laws to facilitate shark culling – 21 January 2014 86. Defunds all international environmental programs, the International Labour Organisation and cuts funding to a range of international aid programs run by NGOs such as Save the Children, Oxfam, CARE Australia and Caritas – 18 January 2014 85. Violates Indonesia’s territorial sovereignty while turning back asylum seeker boats – 17 January 2014 84. Politicises the national school curriculum by appointing a former Liberal staffer and a Coalition supporter, both critics of the current curriculum to conduct a review – 10 January 2014. 83. Directs that people already found to be refugees who arrived by boat be given the lowest priority for family reunion – 8 January 2014 82. Fails to contradict or take any action against a member of his government, Senator Cory Bernardi, who makes divisive statements about: abortion, “non-traditional” families and their children, same sex couples, couples who use IVF and calls for parts of WorkChoices to be reintroduced – 6 January 2014 81. Scraps funding from the Jewish Holocaust Centre –January 3, 2014 80. Devastates Australia’s contribution to overseas aid by cutting $4.5 billion from the budget, causing vital programs supporting those in extreme poverty in our region to collapse - 1 January 2014 79. Drastically reduces tax breaks for small business and fails to publicise it – 1 January 2014 78. Appoints Tim Wilson, a Liberal Party member and Policy Director of a right-wing think tank to the position of Commissioner at the Human Rights Commission even though this think tank argued for the Commission to be abolished – 23 December 2013 77. Approves private health fund premium increases of an average 6.2% a year – 23 December 2013 76. Breaks his promise to provide the promised customs vessel to monitor whaling operations in the Southern Ocean – 23 December 2013 75. Requests the delisting of World Heritage status for Tasmanian forests – 21 December 2013 74. Cuts funding to the Energy Efficiency Opportunities Programme which makes it mandatory for large energy using businesses to improve their efficiency –17 December, 2013 73. Breaks a promise to make no cuts to health by cutting $150 million from hospital and health services – 17 December 2013. 72. Scraps the Home Energy Saver Scheme which helps struggling low income households cut their electricity bills – 17 December 2013 71. Defunds the Public Interest Advocacy Centre whose objectives are to work for a fair, just and democratic society by taking up legal cases public interest issues – 17 December 2013 70. Defunds the Environmental Defenders Office which is a network of community legal centres providing free advice on environmental law – 17 December 2013 69. Axes funding for animal welfare – 17 December 2013 68. Breaks his election promise of no cuts to education by cutting funding for trade training centres in schools – 17 December 2013 67. Abolishes the AusAID graduate program costing 38 jobs – 17 December 2013 66. Cuts Indigenous legal services by $13.4 million. This includes $3.5 million from front line domestic violence support services, defunding the National legal service and abolishing all policy and law reform positions across the country – 17 December 2013 65. Abolishes the position of co-ordinator-general for remote indigenous services – 17 December 2013 64. Breaks his promise to unequivocally support the NDIS by changing the name of NDIS “launch sites” to “trial sites” and flags cuts to funding – 17 December 2013 63. Abolishes the National Office for Live Music along with the live music ambassadors – 17 December 2013 62. Cuts $2.5 million from community radio – 17 December 2013 61. Weakens the ministerial code of conduct to let ministers keep shares in companies – 16 December 2013 60. Disbands the independent Immigration Health Advisory Group for asylum seekers – 16 December 2013 59. Dumps the National Occupational Licensing Scheme which was designed to increase productivity by making it easier for skilled workers to work interstate – 14 December 2013 58. Axes $4.5 million from charities and community groups for the Building Multicultural Communities Program – 13 December 2013 57. Starts dismantling Australia’s world leading marine protection system – 13 December 2013 56. Scraps the COAG Standing Council on Environment and Water – 13 December 2013 55. Breaks his NBN election promise of giving all Australians access to 25 megabits per second download speeds by 2016 – 12 December 2013 54. Overturns the “critically endangered” listing of the Murray Darling Basin – 11 December 2013 53. Dares Holden to leave Australia. Holden responds by announcing its closure which costs Australians tens of thousands of jobs – 11 December 2013 52. Approves Clive Palmer’s mega coal mine in the Galilee Basin which opponents say will severely damage Great Barrier Reef – 11 December 2013 51. Demands that the few childcare workers who got pay rises “hand them back” – 10 December 2013 50. Approves the largest coal port in the world in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area – 10 December 2013 49. Removes the community’s right to challenge decisions where the government has ignored expert advice on threatened species impacts – 9 December 2013 48. Downgrades national environment laws by giving approval powers to state premiers – 9 December 2013 47. Undermines Australia’s democracy by signing a free trade agreement with South Korea allowing corporations to sue the Australian Government – 6 December 2013 46. Damages our diplomatic relationship with our nearest neighbour East Timor – 5 December 2013 45. Repeals the pokie reform legislation which was designed to combat problem gambling – 4 December 2013 44. Suspends the Wage Connect program, despite it being proven to deliver good outcomes for unemployed people – 3 December 2013 43. Axes funding to the Alcohol and Other Drugs Council of Australia, forcing the 46 year old organisation to close. It is later revealed that a staffer in the Assistant Health Minister’s office had links to the Alcohol Industry – 27 November 2013 42. Breaks his promise to support Gonski and back flips three times – 25 November 2013 41. Shifts Australia’s position at the UN on Israeli settlements – 25 November 2013 40. Damages our diplomatic relationship with the Indonesian Government by refusing to apologise for tapping the phones of their President, his wife and senior Government officials – 23 November 2013 39. Converts crucial Start-Up Scholarships into loans, increasing the debt of 80,000 higher education students by $1.2 billion – 21 November 2013 38. Gifts two navy patrol boats to the Sri Lankan government to stop asylum seekers fleeing the Sri Lankan government – 17 November 2013 37. Introduces a Bill to impose on workers who are elected onto unpaid union committees huge financial penalties and jail terms for breeches of new compliance obligations – 14 November 2013 36. Condones torture by foreign governments by saying “sometimes in difficult circumstances, difficult things happen” – 14 November 2013 35. Hides information from the Parliament and the people about the government’s treatment of asylum seekers – 13 November 2013 34. Abandons Australia’s emission reduction targets – 12 November, 2013 33. Separates a refugee mother from her newborn baby – 10 November 2013 32. Cuts 600 jobs at the CSIRO – 8 November 2013 31. Abolishes Insurance Reform Advisory Group which provided a forum for industry and consumer bodies to discuss insurance industry reform – 8 November 2013 30. Abolishes the Maritime Workforce Development Forum which was an industry body working to build a sustainable skills base for the maritime industry – 8 November 2013 29. Abolishes the High Speed Rail Advisory Group whose job it was to advise Governments on the next steps on implementing high speed rail for eastern Australia – 8 November 2013 28. Abolishes the Advisory Panel on the Marketing in Australia of Infant Formula which for 21 years ensured companies comply with agreements on the advertising of infant formula – 8 November 2013 27. Abolishes the Antarctic Animal Ethics Committee who ensured research on animals in the Antarctic complies with Australian standards – 8 November 2013 26. Abolished the National Steering Committee on Corporate Wrongdoing that for 21 years worked to make sure the law was effectively enforced on corporate criminals – 8 November 2013 25. Abolishes the National Inter-country Adoption Advisory Council which provided expert advice on overseas adoption – 8 November 2013 24. Abolishes International Legal Services Advisory Council which was responsible for working to improve the international performance of Australia’s legal services – 8 November 2013 23. Abolishes the Commonwealth Firearms Advisory Council a group of experts in gun crime and firearms which was set up after the Port Arthur massacre – 8 November 2013 22. Abolishes Australian Animals Welfare Advisory Committee a diverse group of experts advising the Agriculture Minister on animal welfare issues – 8 November 2013 21. Abolishes the National Housing Supply Council which provided data and expert advice on housing demand, supply and affordability – 8 November 2013 20. Abolishes the Advisory Panel on Positive Ageing, established to help address the challenges the country faces as the number of older Australians grows – 8 November 2013 19. Refuses to offer support to manufacturing in Tasmania, despite requests and warnings. Caterpillar announces the move of 200 jobs from Burnie to Thailand, costing around 1000 local jobs – 5 November 2013 18. Provides $2.2 million legal aid for farmers and miners to fight native title claims – 1 November 2013 17. Abolishes the 40 year old AusAID costing hundreds of jobs – 1 November 2013 16. Launches a successful High Court challenge which strikes down the ACT Marriage Equality laws invalidating the marriages of many people and ensuring discrimination against same-sex couples continues – 23 October 2013 15. Denies there is a link between climate change and more severe bush fires and accuses a senior UN official was “talking through their hat” – 23 October 2013 14. Appoints the head of the Business Council of Australia to a “Commission of Audit” to recommend cuts to public spending – 22 October 2013 13. Cuts compensation to the victims of bushfires – 21 October 2013 12. Instructs public servants and detention centre staff to call asylum seekers “illegals” – 20 October 2013 11. Appoints Howard era Australian Building & Construction Commission (ABCC) Director to help reinstate the ABCC with all its previous oppressive powers over construction workers – 17 October 2013 10. Axes the Major Cities Unit a Government agency with 10 staff which provided expert advice on urban issues in our 18 biggest cities – 24 September 2013 9. Breaks his promise to “stop the boats” – 23 September 2013 8. Scraps the Social Inclusion Board, which had been established to guide policy on the reduction of poverty in Australia – 19 September 2013 7. Abolishes the Climate Commission – 19 September 2013 6. Appoints himself Minister for Women – 16 September 2013 5. Appoints only one woman into his cabinet and blames the women for his decision, saying he appoints “on merit”– 16 September 2013 4. Abolishes key ministerial positions of climate change and science – 16 September 2013 3. Breaks his promise to spend his first week with an Aboriginal community -14 September 2012 2. Takes away pay rises for childcare workers – 13 September 2013 1. Takes away pay rises from aged care workers – 13 September 2013 The Broken Promise Count 1. Does not spend his first week as Prime Minister with an Aboriginal community – 14 September 2013. This promise was made in front of indigenous elders and participants at the Garma Festival on 10 August 2013, this is a live recording. 2. Fails to “stop the boats” – 23 September 2013. This promise was repeated so many times I can’t count. Here’s Abbott’s 2013 campaign launch speech. 3. Breaks his promise to support Gonski – 25 November 2013 and 13 May 2014. Fails to commit to future funding or to require States to match the Commonwealth funding commitment. See paragraph two from Christopher Pyne on 29 August 2013 4. Breaks its NBN election promise of giving all Australians access to 25 megabits per second download speeds by 2016 – 12 December 2013 This was the Coalition’s policy they took to the election first announced 9 April 2013. 5. Breaks his election promise of no cuts to education by cutting funding for trade training centres in schools on 17 December 2013. He made this promise at the National Press Club on 2 September 2013 and in writing on 5 September 2013 as part of their policy commitments. 6. Breaks a promise to make no cuts to health. He made this promise at the National Press Club on 2 September 2013 and in writing on 5 September 2013 as part of their policy commitments. This promise was first broken on 27 November 2013 when they cut funding to the Alcohol and Other Drugs Council 7. Breaks a promise to make no cuts to health on 17 December 2013 when they cut $150 million from hospitals and health services. 8. Fails to provide the promised customs vessel to monitor whaling operations in the Southern Ocean – 23 December 2013 Promise made by Greg Hunt – 9 April 2013 9. Breaks a promise to provide fibre-to-the-premises for all Tasmanians for the National Broadband Network. This promise was confirmed my Malcolm Turnbull on 17 August 2013 and confirmed as broken by the NBN Co executive chairman Ziggy Switkowski on 13 February 2014. 10. Breaks a promise to introduce the paid parental leave scheme he took to the election on 30 April 2014 by reducing the promised benefit for those earning above $100 000. 11. Breaks promise of “no cuts to the ABC or SBS” by cutting $43.5 million from the ABC and SBS. 12. Breaks a promise of “no new taxes” by introducing a deficit tax rise of two percentage points for people earning more than $180,000 a year. 13. Announced to sacking of 16,500 public sector workers as whole Departments are abolished despite promising only 12,000 job losses and through natural attrition. 14. Breaks a promise of “no new taxes” by introducing a fuel levy. 15. Reduction in foreign aid budget of $7.9 billion over five years despite promise to not exceed $4.5 billion and cut via indexation. 16. Increases the pension age to 70 from 2035 after promising no changes to pensions 17. Cuts to old age pension by indexing to CPI, while it was promised there would be no changes. 18. Scraps The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) which was set up to support new and emerging renewable technologies and in doing so breaks an election promise. 19. Tears up Federal Government’s agreement with states and territories to help fund increasing health costs despite promise of no cuts to health. 20. Breaks a promise to make no cuts to health with a $368 million cut from preventative health measures. 21. Reduces the Medicare benefit for optometry services and allows optometrists to charge more, despite promise to not cut health budget. 22. Axes the Charles Sturt University’s dental and oral health clinics, despite promise to not cut health budget. 23. Abolishes Medicare locals, despite promise to not cut health budget. 24. Breaks a promise to spend $2.55 billion Emissions Reduction Fund by committing less than half this amount in the budget. 25. Breaks a promise to have one million more solar roofs across Australia and at least 25 solar towns. 26. Breaks a promise not to cuts funding to health by dramatically cutting hospital funding. 27. Breaks election promise and slashes funding to Landcare 28. Breaks promise that no public servants will be forced into redundancy after revelations that two public servants in the Department of Industry have been made involuntarily redundant since September. 29. Breaks promise that no public servants will be forced into redundancy as it is revealed that at least 30 staff in Treasury will be made involuntarily redundant. 30. Breaks a promise not to grant permanent permanent residency to people arriving by boat by granting a visa to a least one refugee 31. Breaks a promise to amend the race hate laws 32. Breaks a promise to “make no unexpected detrimental changes to superannuation” by killing the Low Income Super Contribution, the Superannuation Guarantee and delaying superannuation increases for seven years. 33. Breaks election promise to build replacement submarines in South Australian shipyards, spending more than $20 billion on Japanese submarines instead. 34. Breaks an election promise to a publish a proposal for constitutional recognition for Indigenous people and establish a bipartisan process to try to bring about recognition as soon as possible within the first 12 months of Government.
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