Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

PM's Strategy Based on 'Populism and Ideology'

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

PM's Strategy Based on 'Populism and Ideology'

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RECENT trends in federal politics suggest one thing is certain: while Tony Abbott is in charge he will go with the prevailing populist wind.

His pronouncements and actions are a litany of contradictions.

The Prime Minister took many promises to the last election, broke several of them, denied breaking them and then, in the face of community anger, began to unpick the measures of last year's draconian budget one by one.

When questioned on breaking promises he declared he would only be accountable for the promises he had actually made, not the ones people thought he had made.

He preached "debt and deficit disaster" but recently proclaimed that a debt level four times that left by Labor would be "a pretty good result".

The Medicare Co-payment has been jettisoned as has the indexation of the pension. He was ambivalent on compensation for the carbon tax. He backed down on pay for defence personnel and his "unity ticket" on education is now a distant memory.

These examples alone suggest Abbott's strategy is based on populism and ideology rather than on principles and governing in the national interest.

F CARROLL

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