No, I don't think he has provided enough alternatives. However, having said that he has said enough to ring alarm bells. He will scrap the carbon and mining taxes. Sure, the revenue generated so far is minimal but these taxes are still generating an income. Besides, they may improve over time. How much will scrapping the carbon tax reduce electricity costs when infrastructure costs are rising? I am still not convinced their Direct Action Plan is sufficient.
Surpluses are great to have! We all like to have money in the bank! There are times however, when we have to go into debt. Disability Care, Gonski and the National Broadband Network are great long term reforms, investments that the nation needs and hopefully the electric national rail link will also come on to the agenda for further discussion. These are all investments in our future.
Australia has to look forward not backwards. Tony Abbott and his team always look back and not forward, except for the Paid Parental Leave, and we all know who benefits from that.
The fact that the Coalition has many ministers from the Howard Government isn't a bonus in my books. It is a worry! Australia had a surplus at the expense of health, education and many other programs.
The proposed audit to come after the election will throw out all of Mr Abbott's vague promises and he will have a mandate, if he wins the election, to savage cuts. I think we need to keep in mind what has happened in QLD and NSW and of course Mr Costello's contribution.
The fact that Mr Abbott says he will not change his mind after an election shows he is not comprising and not willing to negotiate. Times change and we at times have to change views or be open to negotiation to forward programs and projects. We cannot always say 'no' because that was what we thought 3 or 4 years ago.
He is only saying that because he has fought a battle with this Government on credibility. I would like to see how he and his team would have handled the GFC and ongoing economic pressures. We did not go into recession and we cannot be arrogant enough to think that economic pressures from Europe and around the world would not affect us eventually. So, the path to surplus will take longer. In the meantime we are nation building and helping to educate our youngsters and care for those who need it most. I don't believe this will happen with a Coalition Government.
We need to keep in mind the Labor Government had to work within a minority parliament. I believe policies would have been different if we had a majority Labor Government.
I have watched a listened to many articles by many commentators so cannot be precise in my sources. The 24 hour news cycle has informed, each journalist and their views and opinions have contributed. But, I have also developed my own view having experienced both governments over 50+ years.