Opinion

Letter to the Editor - Friday, January 16:Success and failure

HAS the year been a success for the Abbott government? If not, why not?

What have their successes been?

1.Repeal of the carbon tax.

2.Repeal of the mining tax, although there still remains billions of dollars the Labor party committed to pay which thanks to the Palmer Party will not be eliminated for a couple of years.

3.Stopping of the boats, which has saved lives. 1200 people lost their lives at sea during the Labor years and 50,000 people arrived without valid passports or visas. But no thanks from Sara Hanson-Young of the Greens, the Labor party, the Human Rights Commissioner or the ABC in particular

4.Most of the Australian bodies from the Malaysia Airlines plane shot down over the Ukraine have been returned to loved ones. Despite the sarcastic comments from the Greens, the Labor Party and the media, again led by the ABC, about Mr Abbott's taking Putin to task, this resulted in the matter being resolved. Mr Abbott met with Putin before the G20 meeting in Brisbane to avoid any media frenzy and this proved a smart move.

5.The G20 meeting proved to be a major success despite Mr Obama trying to bring up climate change. Obama made what he thought was a good deal with China until he realised that they were going to do nothing until 2030 and whatever he proposed to do would not get through Congress. Even Putin said that Mr Abbott was a courteous host. So much for Tanya Plibersek's disgraceful comment even before Mr Abbott went on his overseas trips.

6.Three trade agreements with South Korea, Japan and China, thanks mainly to Trade Minister Mr. Robb.

What are the disappointments?

Difficulty in starting the process to bring the Budget back into surplus mainly because of the Greens and Labor Parties before the new Senate sat in July and then dealing with the independents who all wanted their 15 minutes of fame and were prepared to block many sensible proposals that the Government put forward.

I will not list them here but the way the Greens, Labor, some of the independent senators and the media carried on you would think that it would be the end of Medicare, people being unable to afford to go to their doctor or to hospital and provide education to themselves and children.

Let me repeat: what the government have been saying There is "NO CUTS TO PENSIONS", pension increases go up each quarter until 2017, funds for hospitals and education go up each year for the term of this government.

In any case why would you believe the Labor party on any budget matter. They have not produced a budget surplus since 1988 even though Mr. Swan did announce in 2012 "the next four years of budget surpluses''.

A lot of Australian people are doing it tough but do not be fooled by the opposition and the Greens and some so-called economists who have tried to blame the Coalition for the predicament we are in.

When Howard and Costello gave tax cuts and other benefits like "baby bonus", the books were in credit and we had money in the bank.

Howard and Costello paid off the $90 billion debt left by the Keating government over 10 years and left Rudd with a budget in surplus.

Abbott has had to make some tough decisions which have proved unpopular but what do you expect him to do? Give everyone a $500 cheque leading into the next election and retire, which he could do and live comfortably or do you give him your support to save our standard of living if not for yourself but certainly for your children and grandchildren?

C.D. White,
Yamba

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