Achievements of the Coalition Government

A comprehensive list of (almost) everything the current Australian government has done

Turnbull Government Ministers

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The Abbott government has been in power for over 5 years. This page contains a list of most of what they have done so far.

Group By Policy Area

  1. Rejected recommendations from the Productivity Commission that the government add a "fair use" exemption to copyright law, and change the law to explicitly protect Australians who circumvent geoblocking barriers to access paid content. source
  2. Spent $400,000 to help train the Myanmar military, who are guilty of ongoing genocide against the Rohingya people. source
  3. Punished an asylum seeker for reporting sexual assault committed by a government contractor, and lied about forwarding the complaint to the police. source
  4. Spent $320,000 on legal fights denying asylum seekers urgent medical transfers to the mainland to treat life-threatening conditions. source
  5. Secretly blocked funding for $4M in humanities research projects, which were already approved by the government's research approval body (ARC). source
  6. Introduced a new reason for rejecting government funding of research proposals. Research which doesn't advance the national interest will be rejected. Historically important yet socially controversial research like evolution and the sun-centric solar system would have been rejected under this model. source
  7. Spent $16,880 on personal stationary for just one minister for one year. source
  8. Spent $20k making custom phone apps for a single senator. A website would have sufficed. source
  9. Ignored advice from 3 government bodies, choosing to instead allow a private company to build environmentally damaging infrastructure in a World Heritage Area, in violation of zoning rules. source
  10. Handcuffed an innocent child whilst preventing her from receiving urgently needed medical treatment. source
  11. Gave corporate welfare to fund coal generators, through a grant which they claim is "technology neutral", despite it specifying a narrow range of technologies. source
  12. Excused the conflict of interest arising when the head of the My Health Record (appointed by the government) privately received money for consultations about the My Health Record. source
  13. Rolled out the My Health Record to the whole country as an opt-out system, despite safety concerns about how abusive stalkers can use it, and despite the trial involving 9 security breaches. 42 more security breaches happened within weeks of the system being rolled out nationally. source source
  14. Cut funding for the Foodbank charity for a third time. This time $323,000 was cut just before Christmas. source
  15. Spent half a billion dollars on an upgrade for a war memorial. source
  16. Gave money from a fund for Indigenous advancement to a fishing corporation to help it fight Indigenous land claims. source source
  17. Spent 2 years trying to hide documents from Freedom of Information requests, about a serious breach of top secret documents, and mishandling of those documents by a minister. source
  18. Cancelled the citizenship of someone who's citizenship application was approved 18 years ago, who has lived in Australia for 41 years. source
  19. Proposed the underwriting of coal power plant construction. Risks too high for the private sector will be thrust upon taxpayers, whilst the profit will remain privatised source source
  20. Doubled the amount spent on external consultants, after cutting public sector staff. source
  21. Cut one third of jobs from the Department of Environment. source
  22. Charged taxpayers for VIP plane flights to fly the Prime Minister between destinations on his "bus tour". source source
  23. Spent $9000 buying hundreds of hard copies of a book which is available online for free. source
  24. Hid a report by the Governor General showing that the government paid twice as much as necessary for new combat vehicles, because such publicity would be bad for the private manufacturer's future profitability. source
  25. Charged taxpayers $2000 per month for one minister's home Internet connection. source source
  26. Reduced the income threshold at which graduates start paying back HECS debt, down to $45,000. source
  27. Lied about the Immigration Minister having no personal connection to someone who benefited from the direct intervention by the Immigration Minister in a visa case. source source
  28. Proposed plans to privatise the visa application system. Referring to this core function of a sovereign government as a "business" which should be "commercial" and "profitable". source
  29. Removed emissions reduction targets from the National Energy Guarantee. source
  30. Outsourced top-level security clearance vetting to private contractors who transport sensitive documents via private courier, occasionally to the wrong address. source
  31. Refused a visa application on character grounds for a whistleblower who disclosed war crimes. source
  32. Refused a temporary visa application for a 10 year old boy to visit his father because the boy did not have a full time job. source
  33. Drafted laws granting 'shoot to kill' powers to military soldiers during riots. source source
  34. Sent $440 million of Reef research funds to an obscure private organisation, instead of one of the many relevant public agencies, and without any application process. source source source
  35. Spent an undisclosed amount of public money on legal defence for a minister who broken the law for political gain. source
  36. Assigned $48.7 million to a Captain Cook memorial. There are already 35 Captain Cook memorials in Australia. The money was taken from the ABC budget. source source source
  37. Cut $84 million from the ABC (again). source
  38. Exempted a facial recognition system storing data of innocent citizens from standard procurement policy disclosure rules. source
  39. Threw $700k at blockchains. source
  40. Spent $3.6 billion to keep an old, dirty coal power station running for a few more years, when the alternative renewable generation plan would be $1.4 billion cheaper. source
  41. Increased the difficulty of the citizenship English test, so that applicants who are able to speak "basic" English will be rejected. source
  42. Deliberately destroyed water supplies at a Manus Island detention centre, to force refugees out of the camp and into unfinished alternative sites. source
  43. Chose not to take back money given to an exploitative coffee chain who violated the terms of the payment which was part of the PaTH program. source
  44. Spent $300k on 60 seconds of advertising to spruik new energy policies designed to reduce power bills. That amount of money could have been spent to pay the annual energy bills of 5000 typical houses. source
  45. Increased the jail time for journalists who report on whistleblower's truthful allegations by a factor of 10. source source
  46. Cut university funding again, this time by $2.1M. source
  47. Banned the Eureka flag and all union symbols and slogans from personal equipment on federal construction sites, no matter how small or subtle they are. source
  48. Spent $2.2 million on giant fans to protect the Great Barrier Reef from global warming. source
  49. Refused to publish the percentage of calls to the veterans' suicide help line which go unanswered, because that want negatively impact the brand of the private call centre operator. source
  50. Accidentally exposed the personal health records of millions of Australians, including whether they have had abortions or are on HIV medication. source
  51. Introduced a bill to permit businesses to discriminate based on customers' sexual activity or gender. source
  52. Proposed selling biometric data of citizens to private corporations. source
  53. Proposed a law to introduce 2 year jail sentences for anyone who uses the Australian Coat of Arms without authorisation, including satirical websites who do not intend to deceive, and including when no harm comes from the unauthorised use. source
  54. Tried to reduce the number of tertiary courses eligible for Austudy report. source
  55. Proposed a law which would further destroy citizen's right to freedom from arbitrary detention, by giving police the power to imprison people for 14 days without arrest. source
  56. Introduced a national facial recognition surveillance program, which will collate faces from CCTV cameras and other sources and share them with private companies, and claimed such a program "doesn't involve surveillance" and will increase citizen's privacy. source source
  57. Told tender applicants for a $90B ship-building project that they don't need to spend any of that construction money in Australia. source
  58. Prohibited public servants from liking social media posts critical of the government, even if anonymous. source
  59. Introduced new procurement rules which will cost telcos $184k per year in paperwork and compliance. source
  60. Failed to declare multiple $1600 Foxtel subscriptions gifted to ministers by a lobby group. source
  61. Spent $7000 in one month for wine for one minister, and fought against a Freedom of Information request into the spend. source
  62. Kicked 100 asylum seekers into the street, taking their income away with no notice, after preventing them from working. source
  63. Gave $30 million to Foxtel to boost "under represented sports", and was unable to explain why free-to-air channels didn't get the money, because the decision was made without any emails, letter, or supporting documentation. source source
  64. Kept secret government data showing higher than expected emissions increases. source
  65. Illegally detained Australian citizens on Christmas Island because they failed character test. source
  66. Cut all funding for the 40 year old Haymarket health clinic for the homeless, resulting in its closure. source
  67. Lied about when they found out about the sale of Medicare data on the black market. source
  68. Claimed to have not suffered a cybersecurity breach after the systems storing sensitive Medicare information had their security breached, and that sensitive information was put up for sale on the black market. source
  69. Added politically weighted questions about coal to the citizenship test. source
  70. Paid companies to hire young people for entry level jobs at far less than the minimum wage. There is evidence that companies replace real jobs with these underpaid ones. One such company killed a person by not avoiding obvious and easily foreseeable risks. They were fined only $70k. source source source
  71. Chose not to appoint any climate scientists to the Climate Change Authority. source
  72. Tried to allow the Clean Energy Finance Corporation to invest in coal. source source
  73. Blocked the construction of a wind farm because of the 'visual impact', even though 92% of locals wanted it. source
  74. Failed to comply with the mandatory 'Top 4' cyber security strategies, in multiple departments. source
  75. Loosened protections for indigenous land owner rights. source
  76. Paid a minister $273 per night to stay in his own home. source
  77. Lent $100M to a foreign company which does not operate in Australia, for construction of a coal mine which won't employ any Australians or contribute to the Australian economy at all. This mine so bad for the environment that if it goes ahead, the world will not stay under 2 degrees of global warming. source
  78. Spent $12M per year on flights for NBN staff. source
  79. Prevented university newspapers from attending the release of multiple annual budgets like all other newspapers. These particular budgets contained multiple changes which negatively impact university students. source source
  80. Introduced a new tax, of at least $7.10 per month per NBN fixed line user. source
  81. Cut the foreign aid budget again, this time by $300 million. source
  82. Voted against changes which would reduce the wait times for medicinal cannabis from months down to hours. It currently takes up to 19 months to get approval for 3 months worth of medication. source source
  83. Started drug testing welfare recipients without consulting legal, medical or drug experts. They simultaneously claim people will be selected randomly and also based on data driven profiling tools (i.e. not random). source source source
  84. Introduced a policy very similar to the First Home Buyer's Account policy they scrapped a few years earlier, with the main difference being that it involves using Superannuation for something other than retirement savings. source
  85. Spent around $10k per person per year for a cashless welfare card trial, for welfare payments worth $14k per person per year. Almost half of the participants claimed the trial made their lives worse. source source
  86. Broke a promise to put in safeguards to prevent their data retention scheme from being abused. (Police illegally accessed the data within 2 weeks of retention commencing.) source source
  87. Cut university funding again, this time by 2.5%. source
  88. Approved the sale of weapons to a country accused of committing war crimes and killing 10,000 innocent civilians. source
  89. Rejected advice from a taskforce it set up, which provided recommendations to reduce foreign visa abuse, and then claimed the 457 visa is too prone to abuse. source
  90. Refused to release the results for the trial of a national health register. source
  91. Claimed many 'community leaders' support the cashless welfare card, but refused to list such supporters when asked. source
  92. Claimed that using more wind power and less coal power will increase emissions. source
  93. Prohibited the Aboriginal Legal Service from giving evidence at a legal enquiry into the loosening of racial hate-speech laws. source
  94. Re-established the construction industry watchdog, which spent $100,000 investigating two mates for having a cup of tea on site. source
  95. Spent over $3,000 to send the minister for Immigration to a monarchist fundraiser. source
  96. Forced public servants to move from Canberra to Armidale, prior to establishing new office facilities. They now do their work in the local Macca's. source
  97. Introduced NBN 'Fibre to the curb', which is almost identical to the 'Fibre to the premise' approach they criticised. source
  98. Introduced a bill which would allow the government to publicly release veteran's personal information (such as medical records) without their consent. source
  99. Refused to release a report into the death of a person on the government's Work for the Dole program. source
  100. Skipped the normal assessment process for large infrastructure projects when deciding to proceed with the WestConnex project. source
  101. Paid the first $500 million for the WestConnex project well before the funding was needed. source
  102. Voted against a motion to extend the privacy act to cover political parties. source
  103. Changed Newstart eligibility so that 22 to 24 year-olds get Youth Allowance instead, which is $90 less per fortnight. source
  104. Excluded offshore detention centres when ratifying the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture. source
  105. Appointed a mining lobbyist as the PM's climate change advisor. source
  106. Increased the number of IT contractors for the government, even though they cost $80,000 more per person per year than having actual IT staff. source
  107. Cut $180,000 from children's dental care funding, and almost $300 million for adult dental care. source
  108. Spent over $3,500 to send a minister to watch the AFL with his wife. source
  109. Spent over $2,700 on a trip to watch polo. source
  110. Fined welfare recipients for not attending 'hygiene' and tie-dying classes. source
  111. Spent $10,000 per day to send a single minister to the USA. source
  112. Changed public servant super laws to reduce the retirement payout of long-term teachers, police and nurses by tens of thousands, or even hundreds of thousands of dollars. source
  113. Conducted an inquiry into housing affordability which gave no recommendations on how to help fix housing affordability. source
  114. Spent $26 million and laid off 93 scientists to move the location of the agricultural chemicals and veterinary medicines regulator. source
  115. Made an 'action plan' to deal with record level bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef, which lacked any new actions or funding. source
  116. Broke a promise to scrap free lifetime travel for former ministers. The excuse is that the government is to busy to pass legislation through parliament, despite that being the job of the government and of parliament. source
  117. Indefinitely detained someone based on information obtained through torture. source
  118. Axed 900 jobs in the national flight control agency, despite concerns that losing so many staff will compromise safety. source
  119. Spent $83,000 on a baggage lift at The Lodge. source
  120. Flew 23 staff to the Australian embassy in Paris to discuss saving money. The government does not know how much the flights and accommodation cost. Others estimate it was $200,000. source
  121. Falsely advertised the closure of the Child Dental Benefits Schedule, despite Parliament rejecting the closure attempt. source
  122. Increased the cost of a Visa for bands touring to Australia by 600%. source
  123. Gave $4 billion in tax cuts to the richest fifth of the population. source
  124. Put the 000 call service out to tender, despite their own review saying not to. source
  125. Cut $68 million from the Bureau of Statistics' funding. source
  126. Introduced a second internet filter. Internet consumers will be forced pay their telcos to block websites which foreign film companies dislike. The Liberals have accepted millions of dollars of donations from those foreign companies. source source
  127. Refused to publish the cost benefit analysis on the agriculture minister's decision to move a federal agency from Canberra to his own electorate. source
  128. Personally appointed George Brandis' son's lawyer to a $370,000 job, without making a conflict of interest declaration. source source
  129. Wasted over $98,000 by cancelling flights. source
  130. Proposed charging 9% interest on all debts owed to CenterLink. source
  131. Cut $50 million from dental healthcare funding. source
  132. Tried to privatise the database of ASIC (the corporate watchdog). Under private hands the cost journalists must pay to obtain information about potentially corrupt companies would increase. source
  133. Chose not to add HIV prevention medication PrEP to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, which would have brought down the cost of the proven medication from $1000 per month to $30 per month. source
  134. Handed out $9 million to a foreign coal mining company. source
  135. Spent over $200,000 sending Border Force staff to a luxury hotel which specialises in corporate team building through circus lessons and Segway tours. source
  136. Proposed a law which will allow Australians to be sentenced to life in prison, without being charged for a crime. source
  137. Spent over $140,000 for 5 ministers to travel to a country we have no trade or diplomatic ties with, visiting tourist sites and dining in 5 star restaurants. source
  138. Spent over $100 million per year on military operations in Afghanistan, despite the alleged budget emergency. source
  139. Removed subsidies for blood sugar test strips. Now 600,000 diabetics will be forced to pay $60 per box instead of $1.20. source
  140. Decided that foreign born, adopted Australians can no longer use their Australian birth certificate as proof of Australian citizenship. source
  141. Had UNESCO censor a report on climate change to remove all mentions of Australia and the Great Barrier Reef. Large sections of the reef have already been bleached because of climate change. source
  142. Sacked 74 scientists in Antartica. source
  143. Locked up a dying New Zealander who wants to go to New Zealand. The man has had 20 heart attacks, and is close to death. He has finished serving a jail sentence, yet remains imprisoned. source
  144. Refused to release 5 year old taxi receipts to assist in a fraud case, on the grounds that terrorists could use travel information from 5 years ago to help plan an attack against the minister in question. source
  145. Accidentally leaked the contact information of thousands of women in a confidential database. source
  146. Changed the operation of Australia's rape and domestic violence hotline so that counsellors no longer need three years of experience and a tertiary qualification in psychology or social work, and so that victims must now disclose their abuse story to twice as many people before getting help. source
  147. Cut all funding for Australia's only eating disorder helpline. source
  148. Claimed that refugees simultaneously are taking our jobs whilst also taking our welfare. source
  149. Cut $20 million from the National Library, resulting in 28 job losses and the halting of all document digitisation. source
  150. Provided no workers compensation for Australian staff injured in offshore detention centres. source
  151. Refused to publicly release a video of illegal whaling. source
  152. Claimed that Australia's largest coal mine (which will export more coal than our entire nation consumes) will not contribute to climate change. source
  153. Proposed a government funded internship scheme where companies are paid lots of money to hire short term interns for $4 per hour with no award protections. source source
  154. Gave permission to a shipping company operating only in Australian waters to sack their Australian crew and hire foreigners for $2 an hour. source
  155. Proposed blocking students from going to university if their ATAR is too low, even if the course has spare spaces and is happy with their ATAR. source
  156. Proposed forcing students to pay back HECS earlier if they have parents or a long term partner with an income over a threshold. source
  157. Waited 22 hours before air-lifting a critically ill refugee to an adequately equipped hospital. He died the next day. source
  158. Rejected an offer from New Zealand to take 150 asylum seekers who are currently being illegally held in Australian detention centres. source
  159. Spent $300,000 on a single lunch, for business mates. source
  160. Cut $650 million in bulk billing incentives for pathology. source
  161. Spent $39 billion on new submarines, despite the alleged budget emergency. source
  162. Proposed new powers for job agencies so that they can fine unemployed people, without any oversight, and with minimal avenues for recourse. source source
  163. Offered an indigenous organisation half the pay rise offered to most other public sector organisations. The pay rise is below inflation, so amounts to a pay cut. source
  164. Proposed the abolition of the independent organisation that sets the minimum wage for truck drivers. source
  165. Cut all funding to Australia's only youth-led sexual health organisation. source
  166. Ran out of money to pay Army Reserves. source
  167. Proposed using government funds allocated for climate change action to build a 1.2GW coal plant. source
  168. Lied about releasing all children from immigration detention. source
  169. Spent $3.3 million on another study into 'wind turbine syndrome', even though their own senate inquiries have shown there's no such thing. The committee had all articles rejected by scientific papers, and provided no advice to the government in its first 2 years. source source
  170. Prohibited people who owe money to CenterLink from leaving the country, regardless of how small the debt is or how soon they will return. source
  171. Spent $45,000 replacing lost and stolen devices for just one department. source
  172. Reneged on their promise to accept 12,000 refugees from Syria, instead accepting 26. source
  173. Spent $55 million to resettle just two refugees in Cambodia. source
  174. Cut domestic violence leave for public servants. source
  175. Scrapped the "Safe Schools" anti-bullying program, on the National Day of Action Against Bullying. source
  176. Spent $10,000 to fly the family of 2 ministers to a tropical island for a weekend holiday. source
  177. Claimed that scrapping negative gearing would simultaneously increase and decrease house prices. source
  178. Spent $15.4 million on research into globally damaging an increasingly unprofitable fossil fuels. source
  179. Requested in inquiry into an anti-bullying program which focused on fostering tolerance for queer youth. source source
  180. Spent $1.3 million on CCTV surveillance for an impoverished indigenous community who are desperately in need of more funding for education, health, housing and welfare. source
  181. Cut funding for research missions by a world class marine science ship, instead renting out the ship to foreign fossil fuel companies looking for oil and gas in Australian waters. source
  182. Voted against a motion asking the Housing Affordability Inquiry to update the senate on how they are progressing with the recommendations the government supported. source
  183. Proposed new broad powers for the Attorney-General so that the government can demand that telcos do unspecified "things", which could include filtering the internet, tracking everyone's browsing history and more. source
  184. Attempted to exempt telcos and law enforcement agencies from laws requiring users to be notified if their personal information has been breached. source
  185. Rejected an inquiry which recommended that citizens accused of tax fraud be treated as innocent until proven guilty. source
  186. Cut the pension for 35,000 public service retirees. source
  187. Spent $1.3 million on medals for Border Force staff, despite the alleged budget emergency. source
  188. Increased the cost of pap smears. source
  189. Told myGov users to downgrade the security on their account when travelling overseas, which is when security risks are highest. source
  190. Refused to allow the family of a terminally ill man to temporarily enter Australia to see their son one last time before he died. source
  191. Paid Telstra $80 million to fix the copper network which Telstra sold to the government. source
  192. Proposed an exemption so that internet providers and some other companies are not required to inform customers when their data is stolen by malicious third parties. source
  193. Spent almost $6000 to fly a minister's family to a coastal holiday. source
  194. Violated international law by illegally conducting war in Syria. source
  195. Refused to give citizenship to eligible permanent residents, years after their refugee claims were accepted. source
  196. Spent $1770 on 3 bean bags. source
  197. Paid $1.5 billion for the East West Link far earlier than necessary, so that it would fall into Labor's financial year, to make them look worse. source
  198. Started regularly strip searching innocent females on Nauru, with only male staff present. source
  199. Spent $30,000 on a private jet to fly one minister and their partner from Perth to Canberra (instead of catching a normal plane) because a non-business event ran overtime. This is despite the alleged budget emergency. source
  200. Banned zoo visits for children in detention, deeming them "inappropriate", and ruling that they must remain imprisoned instead. source
  201. Made refugees work with deadly friable asbestos without any training and almost no equipment. source
  202. Appointed a Windfarm Commissioner, who is paid $205,000 per year for the part-time job, who received only 2 valid complaints in its first year. source source source
  203. Refused to investigate, prosecute or do anything to a foreign company who built a large port and cut down large areas of forest home to endangered species, without environmental approval. source
  204. Introduced cashless welfare cards to reduce the autonomy and control that support recipients have over their spending. source
  205. Removed the requirements that crews on ships operating for months between Australian ports get paid Australian-level wages. source
  206. Voted against increasing transparency about how much tax large corporations pay. source
  207. Spent $1.3 billion on replacements for Defence Force Land Rovers, despite the alleged budget emergency. source
  208. Funded ethnic cleansing and war crimes in PNG. source
  209. Tried to remove exclusion zones around abortion clinics which are designed to protect patients from harassment. source
  210. Voted against a motion which called for independent investigation of the bombing of a hospital in Afghanistan by the USA, which is a war crime. source
  211. Refused to give counselling to a pregnant woman prior to an abortion. The woman was raped whilst in our asylum seeker prisons. source
  212. Violated parliamentary anti-corruption rules by not declaring a substantial loan for almost 2 years. source
  213. Spent $18.5 million on a facial recognition program to log and spy on every Australian, store social media photos and potentially conduct live tracking of all citizens. source source
  214. Spent $80,000 on catering for a week long trip to Cape York and Torres Strait, despite the alleged budget emergency. source
  215. Forced an asylum seeker to pay for medicine to treat an injury they got when a government employee physically assaulted them. source
  216. Laughed and joked about the pacific islands whose very existence is threatened by climate change sea rises. source
  217. Scrapped the requirement that the board members of the National Disability Insurance Scheme have actual experience with disabilities (either personally, or through someone close). source
  218. Started advertising the jobs of the National Disability Insurance Scheme board without notifying the current board. source
  219. Lied about how many refugees we take. source
  220. Spent $21,000 of government money to fly a minister somewhere to give a speech about the need to stop wasteful government spending. source
  221. Cited 'the boats have stopped' as evidence that the economy is doing well. source
  222. Told an Australian company to sack their Australian employees and hire foreigners, in order to remain competitive under the government's new shipping deregulation rules. source
  223. Spent $24,000 on koala hire for a G20 photo opportunity, despite the alleged budget emergency. source
  224. Spent over $100,000 on flags for the G20 summit, despite the alleged budget emergency. source
  225. Broke an election promise to cut the company tax rate by 1.5%. source
  226. Broke an election promise to introduce a new paid parental scheme. source
  227. Broke an election promise to conduct and publish a cost benefit analysis for all infrastructure projects over $100 million. source
  228. Broke an election promise to not change GST, by removing the exemption for online purchases. source
  229. Did not attempt to conduct privacy impact assessments for 90% of their terror bills. source
  230. Lifted a ban on the import of a particular shotgun which has a fast firing rate and seven shot magazine capacity. source
  231. Spent $24.6 million on an advertising campaign to spruik the benefits of a trade deal (whose content is secret), despite the alleged budget emergency. source
  232. Illegally gave approval to an environmentally damaging mine. They then criticised those who pointed out the crime, and tried to change the law so that environmentalists cannot take legal action against illegal mines. source
  233. Refused to offer treatment and support to an asylum seeker who was raped on Nauru. source
  234. Lied about banning certain muesli bars and other products on Manus Island which have 'Freedom' in the brand name. source
  235. Proposed a plan to prioritise the applications of refugees who pay the government large sums of money over less fortunate refugees. (a.k.a. a bribe.) source
  236. Spent over $20,000 in a legal fight in order to hide modelling for the impact of university fee deregulation. source source
  237. Spent $14.4 million to get support for outdated and insecure software, instead of using current versions. source
  238. Waited 3 months before giving medication to a toddler with tuberculosis (a potentially fatal illness). source
  239. Spent thousands of government dollars on taxi rides to the Opera in just 8 days. The government claims that the expenditure is reasonable because the minister didn't pay for the tickets either. source
  240. Spent thousands of government dollars on limousine rides, and fudged the declaration paperwork to say they were taxi rides. source
  241. Spent $10,000 trying to chase down someone who leaked information to the media about how the Prime Minister deliberately and knowingly used false information to justify opposition to a defence force pay rise. source
  242. Held innocent asylum seekers in the same facilities as convicted rapists and murderers. source
  243. Spent $90,000 to send The Speaker to Europe for a fortnight so that she could apply for a job. source
  244. Spent $5,000 on a helicopter so that Bronwyn Bishop wouldn't have to travel 1 hour by car to get to a Liberal fundraising event. source
  245. Spent $27,000 on travel expenses for politicians to attend free sports events. source
  246. Spent $500,000 on Australian flags in just 6 months, despite the alleged budget emergency. source
  247. Banned the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) from investing in wind power and small scale solar power. source
  248. Banned telcos from seeing warrants for metadata access requests issued to chase down journalists sources, thereby undermining the purpose of the warrant system. source
  249. Removed the requirement for skills assessments of foreign electricians working under a Temporary Work visa. source source
  250. Voted against a royal commission into corruption and misconduct in the financial service industry, following a series of scandals. source
  251. Spent $500,000 on flags in just 6 months. source
  252. Used classified ASIO documents as props during a photo shoot. source
  253. Broke an election promise by scrapping Medicare locals. source
  254. Denied asylum seekers the right to make Freedom of Information requests for information the government has about them. source
  255. Admitted that an innocent senator was spied on by government employees whilst performing her job. The government initially labelled the senator an "embarrassment to this country" because they said the claims were "complete nonsense", despite knowing they were true. source source
  256. Incorrectly claimed that the Lindt Cafe gunman was linked with ISIS. source
  257. Reaped $1000 per month of government money to pay for Joe Hockey to stay in his wife's house. source
  258. Illegally paid people smugglers money to turn boats around, in order to disrupt their business model. source source
  259. Cut $13 million from the Australia Council and Screen Australia. source
  260. Cut $105 million from the Australian Council for the Arts without bothering to consult anyone in the arts industry. source
  261. Introduced 2 year jail sentences for doctors who disclose government wrongdoing and the high rates of health problems in immigration jails, even if the disclosures are in the public interest. source
  262. Proposed an exemption so that Australia's richest companies no longer have to publish basic information about how much tax they are paying. source
  263. Refused to offer any assistance to thousands of innocent refugees stranded offshore in our region. source source
  264. Proposed new powers to banish Australians suspected of terrorism, possessing a 'thing' related to terrorism, downloading a single file related to terrorism, vandalising commonwealth property or entering a 'no-go zone' country even for innocent purposes. Each guilty verdict would be made by a minister, not a court. The government does not have to prove the suspects are guilty. The new laws may contravene the 1961 United Nations Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness. source source source source
  265. Cut funding for an anti-deaths in custody service, the creation of which was recommended by the 1991 Deaths in Custody Royal Commission. source
  266. Granted the Immigration Department and local councils the power to search through the stored metadata of all citizens (and they won't need a warrant). source source
  267. Tried to pass off all responsibility for "matters of national environmental significance" to the states, who have weaker environmental protections. source
  268. Proposed 'ag-gag' laws, under which activists who expose illegal animal cruelty can be imprisoned if they take more than 48 hours to go to the police. source source
  269. Chose to leave the Minister's Council on Asylum Seekers and Detention empty. source
  270. Asked the Nauru government to block access to Facebook. source
  271. Cut all funding for The Conversation, a website which allows academics to promote and explain their research to a broader audience. source
  272. Censored data revealing shockingly high rates of mental illness amongst immigration detainees. source
  273. Spent $200,000 per year on gardening at Kirribilli House. source
  274. Spent $700,000 to rebrand "NBN Co" to "nbn TM". source
  275. Lied about the cost of the price on Carbon. source
  276. Scrapped the domestic violence education program in schools. source
  277. Failed to name the leader of ISIS on the day they sent 330 troops to a war against ISIS. source
  278. Spent $4 million for the 'Australian Consensus Centre', a climate denial center to be run by someone with no qualifications in science or economics. The government had already cut all funding for the Australian Climate Commission, citing a lack of funds. source source
  279. Withdrew from Australia's commitment to limit global temperature rises to two degrees. source
  280. Granted immigration detention centre staff greater immunity against repercussions for inappropriate uses of force. They now have greater immunity than police officers. source
  281. Scrapped a public inquiry into law enforcement agencies access to journalists' telecommunications data, for the purposes of identifying journalists' sources. source
  282. Spent $6 million on a movie which is supposed to deter people from fleeing genocide, war crimes, torture and other persecution. No English dubs or subtitles are available. source source
  283. Prevented the release of a 'name and shame' list of multinational tax dodging corporations. source
  284. Closed the school inside the Nauru detention centre, so that the space can be converted into offices, a staff gym and a staff recreational area. source
  285. Prohibited detention centre workers from joining certain political parties, churches and protests even when not identifiable as employees. They can also be fired if an asylum seeker follows them on Twitter without their knowledge. source
  286. Accidentally leaked the personal details of 31 world leaders, and chose not to notify them. They still claim your metadata will be safe though. source
  287. Proposed taxing all bank deposits. source source
  288. Scrapped the National Produce Monitoring System, which monitors domestic food for dangerous chemicals. source
  289. Breached the criminal code of conduct by offering the independently appointed Human Rights Commissioner a new job if she resigned. source
  290. Tried to pass multiple bills to halve the backpay of intellectually disabled workers who earned only $1 per hour in wages. source
  291. Kicked 10 Save The Children workers off Nauru, despite the government having no evidence to support their allegations of sexual and physical assault by the workers against detainees. source
  292. Flew across the country on a taxpayer funded private jet to attend the private birthday party of a millionaire who has made large donations to the Liberal party. source
  293. Rejected the crowdfunded offer of free solar panels with free installation for Kirribilli House. source
  294. Stripped 8000 public servants of their rights against unfair dismissal. source
  295. Prosecuted a white hat hacker who exposed serious security vulnerabilities of some of the ISPs who store the sensitive data of all Australians under the government's data retention policy. source
  296. Closed 150 remote Indigenous communities. source source
  297. Breached the international convention against torture. source
  298. Proposed scrapping the census. source
  299. Defended the use of the War Memorial to hold corporate events for foreign arms manufacturers. source
  300. Cut funding to Blind Citizens Australia, Deaf Australia and Down Syndrome Australia. source
  301. Refused to publish cost estimates for the data-retention policy which were provided by the industry. source
  302. Exempted Gmail, Skype and Facebook from their data-retention scheme, thereby significantly reducing its effectiveness. They are exempted because they are not Australian. Hence, Australian email providers will be forced to pay for data retention servers, while competing with non-Australian companies who don't. source
  303. Accused the Human Rights Commissioner of bias, because she published a report into children in detention, finding 233 incidents of assault against children, inside the government's immigration camps. source
  304. Voted to keep the text of the China Free Trade deal secret from the public. source
  305. Abolished the $10,000 limit on political donations. source
  306. Spent $17 million on a social media internet filter, allegedly to stop terrorist propaganda. The government believes that peaceful environmental protestors can be "terrorists". source source
  307. Claimed "good government starts today", after 18 months of governing. source
  308. Referred journalists to the police after they reported on immigration matters, including the illegal breaches of Indonesia's borders. source
  309. Lied about the use of weapons by peaceful protesters on Manus Island, when their camp was flooded with armed guards in riot gear. source
  310. Chose not to do any modelling whatsoever to determine whether the Emissions Reduction Fund will reduce emissions by the amount they claim it will. source
  311. Spent over $80,000 on kitchen appliances. source
  312. Knighted Prince Phillip, a non-Australian who asked Indigenous leaders "Do you still throw spears at each other?". source
  313. Broke the law by missing the deadline for publishing the Intergenerational Report, as stipulated by the Charter of Budget Honesty Act. source
  314. Applied to withdraw from a UN convention to protect migratory sharks, 2 months after agreeing to the convention. source
  315. Awarded a $6.3 million contract for armored cars for politicians to a foreign company, even though the company did not bid for the tender and an Australian company did. source
  316. Criminalised some discussions about cryptography by crytographic academics. source source source
  317. Spent more money per student on homeopathy, flower essence therapy and naturopathy tertiary courses than law, economics, languages and humanities. source
  318. Proposed the loosening of 457 work visas, allowing foreigners to work in Australia for 12 months, without passing English tests, without the need to look for local workers first. source
  319. Spent $88,000 on yoga workshops to improve the emotional intelligence of Immigration Department workers. source
  320. Used veto powers to block a UN resolution calling to the end of Israel's occupation of Palestine. source
  321. Spent over $15 million on an advertisement campaign to make university fee deregulation more palatable. source
  322. Violated the principle of non-refoulement again, by sending a refugee back to Afghanistan, where he was subsequently tortured for trying to escape. source
  323. Scrapped a plan to make coursework masters students eligible for income support. source
  324. Cut $44 million over 4 years from the Skills for Education and Employment program which helps jobseekers improve their reading, writing and maths. source
  325. Cut $66 million over 3 years from a program which supplements the income of adult apprentices earning less than minimum wage. source
  326. Introduced a $900 NBN fee for all new houses. source
  327. Cut all funding of homelessness and community housing programs, except the ones they are legally required to fund. source
  328. Refused to give visas to refugees who were found to have a well founded fear of persecution, came by plane, passed health checks and passed security checks. source source
  329. Appointed a climate change denier as parliamentary secretary to the minister of the environment. source
  330. Appointed who said he has "no interest in defence issues" as Minister for Defence. source
  331. Cut foreign aid a third time, this time by $3.7 billion. source
  332. Spent $120,000 monitoring the media for mentions of the Immigration Department. source
  333. Legislated to override all non-refoulement obligations. The government can now send refugees back to countries even if they know for certain that the refugees will be tortured or killed upon return. source
  334. Withdrew from the UN Refugee Convention. source
  335. Gave millions of dollars to subsidise the training of priests and other religious workers, using the money cut from public, secular universities. source
  336. Forced indigenous welfare recipients to work for full time, for 52 weeks a year, to get $5 per hour. source
  337. Claimed that virtual private networks (VPNs) would be exempt from their internet filter, then voted against an amendment to exempt VPNs from their internet filter. source
  338. Introduced an internet filter. Consumers and rights groups will not be able to contest blockages. The filter will cost customers $130,000 per year. Village Roadshow Studios donate over $300,000 to the Liberals each year, as do many other studios. source source source source source
  339. Gave the Immigration Minister the power to deny or revoke citizenship because someone has a mental illness. source
  340. Refused to grant asylum to anyone waiting in refugee camps in Indonesia. source
  341. Started another senate inquiry into wind farms, to look at the effect of wind power on power bills, even though the government's own reviews have already shown that wind power reduces power bills. source source
  342. Started an online petition to stop job losses at the ABC, just 36 hours after cutting ABC funding by 5%. source
  343. Gave permission to Chinese companies to sue the Australian government if it implements laws which reduce the corporation's profits. Australian companies can't even do the same to the Chinese government. The actual text of the legislation is being kept secret. source
  344. Perpetuated the lie of 'Terra Nullius'. source
  345. Chose to not investigate claims of torture and rape by staff in the Manus Island detention centre, because the accused corporation investigated the claims themselves and concluded that they were not guilty. The investigation was done completely internally by Transfield, without any involvement with the Immigration Department. source
  346. Contracted out the managing of the Do Not Call Register to a marketing company. source
  347. Tried to remove the requirement that telecommunications companies disclose how many times they voluntarily handed customer's data to law enforcement agencies without a warrant. source
  348. Bribed murder witnesses with the offer of the rights that they are currently being denied, to make them withdraw their statements about the death of someone who was murdered by the government's contractors. source
  349. Disobeyed Commonwealth value-for-money rules by forcing the Australian Tax Office to spend millions on new offices without making a business case for it or doing a cost benefit analysis. source
  350. Secretly and retrospectively changed the official record of what was said in parliament. source
  351. Refused to fulfill a senate order to explain the reasons behind a ban on accepting any refugees from Ebola infected countries. No such ban exists for normal immigrants. source
  352. Tried to remove the requirement that all free to air TV stations have captions from 6am to midnight. source
  353. Illegally refused to grant permanent visas to people found to be genuine refugees, despite their own department and the United Nations Human Rights Council telling them it is illegal. source
  354. Appointed 2 Liberal mates to the Migration Review Tribunal even though they were not shortlisted by the selection committee. source source
  355. Chose not to tell asylum seekers that sensitive information about their asylum claims, mental health problems and more was stolen again. The data was left on a hard-drive without password protection, outside of the lockable store-rooms. source
  356. Reduced the number of charities and aid organisations allowed into the G20 summit from 75 to 3. source
  357. Reduced leave allowances for defence force personnel and reduced wage increases to below the inflation rate, just a few days after declaring war. source
  358. Introduced laws to allow ASIO to secretly detain people without charge, without any contact to the outside world, and allow them to conduct "coercive questioning" even when less extreme measures are available. Refusal to answer ASIO's questions would be a crime punishable by imprisonment. source
  359. Gave ASIO the power to read, delete and modify anything and everything on the entire internet, with only one warrant. No one can sue them if they use that information or power illegally. If a journalist reports such abuse, they will be jailed for 10 years. source source source
  360. Broke an election promise by cutting ABC funding again ($120 million this time). source source
  361. Refused to send the Prime Minister to a UN climate summit with 125 other heads of state, even though the Prime Minister was attending another UN summit in the same city the next day. source source
  362. Joined the Iraq war 3.0 by recklessly running in with guns blazing without a clear, public and testable objective, without a proposed timeline, without any explanation of why we won't fail just like the last time and without debating the matter in parliament. The government is calling the war a "humanitarian mission", even though they cut all foreign aid to Iraq just a few months prior. source source source
  363. Spent $12 million trying to convince Sri Lanka to accept 2 boatloads of asylum seekers. source
  364. Spent $900,000 in just 2 months on private jet flights for ministers. source
  365. Forced all community TV stations off the air, claiming that moving online will be better for stations and viewers. Meanwhile they continue to fervently defend foreign corporate stations like HBO, who stubbornly refuse to make content accessible online. source
  366. Raised the terror threat level to "high", despite receiving no specific intelligence since claiming that the threat level "has not changed". source source
  367. Refused to give medical treatment to an asylum seeker with a cut on his foot, who later died because of an infection. source
  368. Rejected visa applications for unionists who wanted to attend a conference, because they didn't have enough "personal wealth". source
  369. Tried to introduce WorkChoices again. The changes will make it legal for employers to pay workers in pizza instead of money. Some workers will get less pay while taking annual leave. Employers will be able to veto industrial action. Unions will be stripped of their right to enter a workplace to discuss things will employees during unpaid breaks. Workers will no longer be paid extra for weekend work and overnight work. source source source
  370. Scrapped funding for the Red Cross asylum seeker support program. 500 jobs were lost. source
  371. Removed the requirement for ASIO to get a warrant before using tracking devices. source
  372. Legislated to permit ASIO operatives and associates to commit torture, and any other crime aside from murder, serious injury infliction, sexual assault and property damage. source source source source
  373. Legislated so that courts must accept illegally obtained evidence. source
  374. Privatised Australian Hearing. source source
  375. Increased intelligence agency funding by $630 million, and fought for the power to stop Australians from travelling to Middle Eastern countries, even though the risk of terrorism "has not changed" at the time. Australians who travel to those countries will be guilty until proven innocent. They will face up to 10 years of imprisonment. source source
  376. Scrapped the Countering Violent Extremists Program, which involved grants to community programs. source
  377. Censored doctors' reports showing that 1/3 of all detainees suffer from mental illness, and that self harm amongst children is common. source source
  378. Axed the Schools Business Community Partnership Brokers program, which has saved thousands of students from dropping out of school. source
  379. Introduced Work-For-The-Dole despite their own data showing that such programs are the least effective way of helping people find jobs. source
  380. Cut the $16 per patient per day supplement for aged care providers. source
  381. Rewrote counterterrorism laws so that Australian tourists returning from Syria and Iraq will be guilty of terrorism until they prove they're innocent. source
  382. Broke an election promise by allowing the new multi-billion dollar batch of Navy submarines to be built overseas, despite high levels of unemployment amongst our manufacturing sector. source source
  383. Spent $330,000 renovating a single room which has never been used. Including $800 on a single door knob. The cost of leaving it unused but on standby comes to $100,000 per year. source
  384. Forced the unemployed to apply for 40 jobs per month. This will bombard businesses with over 1,000,000 applications per day. There's currently about 1 job availability for every 10 unemployed people, so a lack of job applications is not the problem. source source
  385. Introduced mandatory metadata retention schemes for all internet providers. The government admits the changes are not necessary, and that there is no evidence to show that it will improve law enforcement. Warrants will not be required to access the data. The cost of implementing the schemes will come to about another $100 per customer per year. It will be used to punish illegal downloaders. source source source source source
  386. Finally admitted that "There's no crisis at all in the Australian economy", despite centering their election campaign on the alleged budget emergency. source
  387. Introduced new laws which mean Edward Snowden type leaks are punishable by up to 10 years of prison. No exemptions are made for anti-corruption leaks. If journalists report on anyone (including innocent bystanders) being killed accidentally or deliberately by security personnel, they will be jailed for up to 10 years. source source source source
  388. Spent $50,000 on upgrades of curtains and upholstery for the Prime Minister's office. source
  389. Falsely claimed that nations around the world are scrapping emissions trading schemes, even though there is currently a net increase in adoption of such schemes. source
  390. Remained unapologetic about 10 mothers trying to commit suicide. The mothers hoped that their orphan children would be freed from torturous asylum seeker prisons and cared for. source
  391. Forcefully handed over 41 innocent asylum seekers to a genocidal government, despite being aware that many had already been tortured before fleeing. This violates international laws and our own domestic laws. source source
  392. Incorrectly explained the mechanics of their own Carbon Price repeal. source
  393. Committed maritime piracy by storming boats in international waters at gunpoint, kidnapping and then imprisoning innocent passengers. Maritime piracy constitutes crimes against humanity. source source
  394. Claimed pre-First Fleet Australia was "unsettled or, um, scarcely settled", and called British colonisation a form of foreign investment. source source
  395. Cut $44 million from homelessness services. source
  396. Removed all mentions of climate change from their extreme weather website. source source
  397. Moved to strip environmental organisations from charity status. source source
  398. Refused to refer to East Jerusalem as "occupied", even though the Israeli military has met the specific criteria which constitute the legal definition of occupation, and even though Israel's own highest court ruled that the region is occupied, and even though the Israelis have built a wall twice as tall as the Berlin Wall to separate the region from the rest of Palestine. source
  399. Introduced legislation to allow the government to send asylum seekers back to the country they fled from, even if there is up to a 49% chance that they will be killed or tortured upon return. This violates the principle of non-refoulement, which constitutes human rights abuse. source source source source
  400. Moved to abolish the role of freedom of information commissioner, abolish the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner and charge $800 for reviews of Freedom of Information Request denials. source
  401. Refused to publish any submissions it received for or against the proposed changes to the Racial Discrimination Act, even though the government says the changes are to protect free speech. They refused to state what proportion of submissions supported the changes. The government defended this secrecy by claiming that all submissions were made with the expectation of confidentiality. This is false. The Senate Inquiry Submission Guidelines state that to make a Senate Inquiry Submission confidential, you must explicitly justify a request for confidentiality, and that such requests are generally denied. source source
  402. Tried to remove the laws that require financial advisors to act in the best interest of their clients, and the requirement that they provide clients with a statement of the fees they'll be charged each year. source source
  403. Refused to let Leo Seemanpillai's parents come to Australia temporarily for his funeral. He burned himself to death because the Australian Government wanted to send him back to proven genocide in Sri Lanka. His parents have been living in a refugee camp for 2 decades. 2 other people tried to commit suicide the same way within a month of Leo's death, to avoid being sent back to Sri Lanka. source source source
  404. Scrapped the annual $5 million grant to the Red Cross. source
  405. Defended the $4.8 million salary of the head of Australia Post, immediately after he cut 900 postal worker jobs to save money. source
  406. Lied by claiming asylum claims were being processed in the lead up to the Manus Island riots. source
  407. Cancelled meetings with the head of the International Monetary Fund and the president of the World Bank because Mr. Abbott would be told that the government's support for fossil fuels will heavily damage our economy in the long run. source
  408. Failed to model the impact on hospital emergency room waiting times due to the proposed GP fee. source
  409. Cut a further $600 million from Indigenous programs, in addition to the $534 million cuts in the 2014 budget. source source
  410. Claimed that removing the upper limit on university fees will cause fees to decrease. source
  411. Lied about the Australian Federal Police advising Tony Abbott not to visit Deakin University for safety reasons. source
  412. Blamed everyone but themselves for the murder of an innocent person during the Manus Island riots. Contractors, locals and even the victims were blamed. The report identified at least one of the murderers, but he has not been charged with murder. source source
  413. Slashed $560,000 from the Refugee Council of Australia. source source
  414. Supported Japan's moves to remove the pacifist parts of their constitution, claiming that the creation of an offensive Japanese military force will help regional stability and peace. (Japan only has a self defence force.) source
  415. Offered money to Manus Island detainees if they voluntarily returned to the war crimes, genocide, torture and persecution that they originally fled from. When in opposition the government opposed these same payments. source source
  416. Refused to comment about American drone strikes which killed 2 Australians. source
  417. Funded PNG's defence against a legal challenge to the Manus Island detention centre. source
  418. Redirected $4 million from the Child Sex Abuse Royal Commission to the Home Insulation Inquiry. source
  419. Gave the Minister for Infrastructure the power to silence Infrastructure Australia (an independent body) without justification. (See section 5A.2 of the link.) source
  420. Tried to scrap the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency. source
  421. Confiscated medication from asylum seeker detainees. A 3 year old consequently suffered repeated seizures. source source source
  422. Deliberately hid the cost of the $4.45 million renovations on The Lodge. source
  423. Tried to introduce a $7 fee for each time you go to see a GP. They claimed $7 is simultaneously large enough to act as a deterrent (thereby saving money), and small enough that it won't deter poor, sick people from getting help. source source source
  424. Spent $50,000 on one dinner for 60 G20 guests, including food specially flown to Washington from all over Australia. source
  425. Lied about the presence of a full time psychiatrist on Manus Island. source
  426. Cut over $900 million from local council funding. source
  427. Scrapped tax breaks for people with a dependent spouse. source
  428. Voted against the creation of a federal anti-corruption watchdog. source
  429. Scrapped The Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership. source
  430. Cut $170 million from the Research Training Scheme, which supported research students. source source
  431. Spent $12 million to investigate whether to sell off a department for $6 billion, when it makes $0.538 billion per year. source
  432. Cut $15 million from Charles Sturt University's dental health program and oral clinic. source
  433. Cut $2.5 billion from aged care programs, such as Meals On Wheels. source
  434. Removed financial rewards which encouraged Universities to enroll disadvantaged students. source
  435. Scrapped the National Rental Affordability Scheme. source
  436. Cut Sunday penalty rates for casual restaurant workers. source
  437. Cut $16 million from ANSTO, Australia's only nuclear research facility, and our only source of medical isotopes. source
  438. Slashed $1.1 million used to fight against animal abuse. source
  439. Made $110 million of broad-sweeping cuts to the Arts. The only organisation to receive more funding ($1 million more) is coincidentally chaired by the daughter of Rupert Murdoch. source source
  440. Cut $28.2 million from the Australia Council, which provides grants for the arts. source
  441. Cut $38 million from Australian television and film funding. source
  442. Scrapped the National Water Commission. source
  443. Scrapped the National Preventive Health Agency's $2.9 million National Tobacco Campaign. source
  444. Broke an election promise to have over one million roofs with solar panels. source source
  445. Broke an election promise by cutting billions from school funding and committing to even less of the Gonski reforms than they did at the election. source source source source
  446. Scrapped a program to encourage graduates to take up work in places of need. source
  447. Cut $1.3 billion from seniors concessions funding. source
  448. Scrapped the Community Food Safety campaign. source
  449. Cut $2.3 million from contributions to the World Health Organization. source
  450. Scrapped a program which encouraged Australian video game development. source
  451. Tried to deregulate university fees, thereby allowing Universities to charge what they want. Students would end up with American levels of crippling debt. Many of the politicians behind this policy received their degrees for free. Average student debt is expected to rise to $100,000, even though Abbott himself said "it is irresponsible to saddle Australians with $25,000 of debt". OECD figures show that the public benefits from tertiary qualifications twice as much as the individual. source source source source
  452. Scrapped the Women's leadership program. source
  453. Broke an election promise by cutting well over $15 billion per year from health funding. source source source source
  454. Scrapped the Australian Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation Authority, which has helped increase organ donation rates. source
  455. Tightened eligibility and lowered indexation for support for injured Veterans. source source
  456. Scrapped the Commonwealth Human Rights Education Program. source
  457. Scrapped the Education Department's Online Diagnostic Tools Program, which helped improve teachers' productivity. source
  458. Cut $4.4 million from job interview workshop programs. source
  459. Scrapped the Office of Water Science research program. source
  460. Reduced the Medicare optometry rebate. source
  461. Spent $480 million merging the Department of Immigration and Customs into Border Force, which won't have to follow public service or Defence Force laws and protocols of conduct. source source
  462. Simultaneously increased the cost of petrol and cut funding for public transport. The government argued that disadvantaged people can't afford cars anyway, so they won't be hurt by the changes. source source source
  463. Scrapped Youth Connections, a program which helped disengaged youth reconnect with work and education. source
  464. Removed family tax benefits for children older than 6, and drastically reduced the income threshold for its eligibility and froze it below interest rates. source source
  465. Cut $845.6 million from programs which fund innovative start-ups. source
  466. Stopped giving under 25s Newstart. The Joint Committee on Human Rights said that this will violate our human rights obligations. source source source
  467. Spent $218 million upgrading Christmas Island's asylum seeker operations, so that we can whisk off vulnerable people out of side quicker before we start abusing them. source
  468. Halved the $2.55 billion emissions reduction fund. source
  469. Cut $2 billion from Australian Renewable Energy Agency, Landcare and other environmental agencies. source
  470. Cut over half a billion from Indigenous spending. source
  471. Cut 16,500 public service jobs, despite promising to create one million new jobs. source
  472. Cut the Exotic Diseases program. source
  473. Ended the Get Reading! program. source
  474. Scrapped the Centre for Quality Teaching. source
  475. Cut $111 million from the CSIRO. source source source
  476. Cut $120 million from ethanol and biofuel programs. source source
  477. Cut all funding to NICTA, a peak ICT technology research company. Coincidentally, NICTA publicly criticised the Coalition's NBN only a few weeks earlier, claiming fibre-to-node is an inferior option. source source
  478. Cut welfare for young people, so they have to survive on $0 per week for 6 months, before being put on a welfare scheme which is below the poverty line anyway. The Joint Committee on Human Rights said that this breaches our human rights obligations. source source source source source
  479. Set aside $245 million for religious chaplains in schools. Secular schools were stripped of the option of hiring a secular equivalent. No guarantees have been made about preventing heterosexist teachings that will make queer students feel sinful and ashamed. (Queer students are 6 times more likely to commit suicide than their peers.) Hundreds of secular social workers will lose their jobs. source source source source
  480. Scrapped the First Home Buyer's Account scheme, which provided sorely needed assistance for young people to buy homes. source
  481. Broke an election promise by tightening disability pension eligibility and financially penalising anyone who spends at least 4 weeks overseas. source source source
  482. Broke an election promise by changing age pension indexation, and eligibility age, and the threshold. source source source
  483. Abolished the position of disability commissioner, then created the position of wind farm commissioner. source source
  484. Cut all funding to the government's only dedicated disability website. source source
  485. Broke an election promise by cutting $40 million from the SBS and ABC. source source source
  486. Cut foreign aid, again. This time by $7.6 billion. source
  487. Started charging interest on HECS. OECD figures show that the public benefits from tertiary qualifications twice as much as the individual. source source
  488. Reduced the income threshold where graduates start to pay back HECS. source source
  489. Cut $138 million from the Australian Federal Police, resulting in 335 job losses. source
  490. Scrapped a loan scheme which helped apprentices buy the tools they need to learn and work. source
  491. Claimed asylum seekers are safe on Nauru, even after an unexploded wartime shell was found inside the compound. source
  492. Claimed asylum seekers are safe on Nauru, even after it was leaked that some guards physically and verbally assault children regularly. source
  493. Failed to provide adequate medical treatment to asylum seekers on Manus Island who were shot and bashed by locals that invaded the camp and rioted. source source
  494. Went $1 million (67%) over budget on the Commision of Audit, an investigation into how taxpayer money can be spent more prudently. source
  495. Cut $15 million from Flinders Hospital, then spent $10 million upgrading the field for the Manly Rugby League team. source
  496. Broke an election promise to not cut ABC funding, by cutting all funding to the Australia Network (part of the ABC). source source source
  497. Described wind farms as "utterly offensive" and "a blight on the landscape". source
  498. Spent $20 million on an international campaign to discourage people from fleeing war crimes, genocide and other persecution. source
  499. Broke an election promise by proposing a deficit tax. source
  500. Chose not to debrief any Manus Island detention centre staff after the riots by PNG locals which resulted in the death of one asylum seeker and the hospitalisation of dozens more. source
  501. Paid people $1500 per person per day to recommend spending cuts. source
  502. Deliberately ignored desperate and repeated pleas by security personnel on Manus Island and the commander of Operation Sovereign Borders requesting stronger fencing, CCTV cameras and better lighting. These requests were made months before locals broke down the fences, shot, stabbed and bashed detainees, none of which was caught on CCTV footage. source
  503. Tried to abolish the independent national charity regulation body, which would mean the government would regulate charities, possibly resulting in less impartial regulation. For example, environmental groups stripped of charity status because they oppose government policies. source
  504. Removed climate change from the agenda of the 2014 international G20 summit. source
  505. Spent about $2 million for Prince William and Kate's 14 day royal visit, despite the alleged budget emergency. source source
  506. Spent $3 billion on new drones to patrol our borders, despite the alleged budget emergency. source
  507. Spent $7.5 million on life boats to send back asylum seekers in. Allegedly the motivation behind the government's asylum seeker policy is to stop people drowning when travelling from neighbouring countries to Australia in unsafe vessels. Despite this, much of the safety equipment was removed from the boats before sending asylum seekers back into the ocean. source source
  508. Prevented internet supplier TPG from installing fibre all the way to customers. The arbitrary bureaucratic hurdles have increased the cost of fibre to premise by 15%. source source
  509. Broke an election promise by no longer guaranteeing NBN speeds higher than what ADSL can provide. source
  510. Retroactively introduced legislation to classify someone born in Australia as an "unauthorised maritime arrival" because their parents haven't had their asylum claims processed yet. source source
  511. Scrapped a body which provides advice on over $1 billion in tax breaks that are designed to encourage Research and Development, despite promising during the election to improve incentives for Research and Development investment. source
  512. Claimed a 2.5% reduction in funding every year for the ABC is not a funding cut. source
  513. Cut over 300 jobs (about 1 in 3) in the Treasury department. source
  514. Cut 400 jobs in the Department of Industry. source
  515. Removed anti-sweatshop laws and cut all funding to Ethical Clothing Australia. source
  516. Closed all Medicare offices on Saturdays. source
  517. Ceased legal assistance for people exercising their right to make a claim for asylum. source
  518. Cut 250 jobs from the Federal Environment Department. source source
  519. Increased the fee for lodging Freedom of Information requests. source
  520. Increased the eligibility age for the pension. source
  521. Claimed that the average electricity bill will be $200 per year lower without the price on carbon, despite relevant power companies rejecting the magnitude of this figure. source
  522. Implemented a policy which dictates that public servants should be sacked if they criticise the government in social media, even if their profile does not mention the their employment, and even if the profile is completely anonymous. source source source
  523. Chose not to give 300 children almost any schooling during 9 months of detention. source source
  524. Threatened staff against speaking out about the mismanagement of the Manus Island detention centre and the attacks against it's inmates by locals and staff. source
  525. Detained people in conditions so inhumane and horrid that three pregnant women asked for abortions, to stop their children suffering in detention indefinitely. The Government has refused to comment. source source
  526. Chose not to process any claims for asylum from people detained on Manus Island. source
  527. Claimed that all social media is anonymous. source
  528. Chose to keep secret the interim report into the riots inside the Manus Island detention centre. source source
  529. Paid a public relations company $97,000 for 3 weeks of work to help improve the Education Department's image, then refused to release the report that came of it. source
  530. Claimed the government will be $13.7 billion better off if the Mining Tax is scrapped, even though the scrapping the tax itself would actually result in a net loss If $3.7 billion. The only savings would be through other cuts hidden in the repeal bill. The biggest of which is the Schoolkids Bonus (an initiative which was never associated with the Mining Tax). The government claims the average household will be better off, but the average household will be $3500 worse off due to repealed subsidies and tax breaks. source source
  531. Interfered with the judicial process by transferring asylum seekers to a remote detention centre the day before they started a court case against the Australian Government. The case was about how the government endangered them and their families by accidentally publishing personal details about their asylum claims online. source source
  532. Spent more money on detention centres than it would cost to house asylum seekers in Sydney's most expensive 5 star hotels (per asylum seeker per day). source
  533. Started charging people who put in bankruptcy applications, and increased the levy on money earned post-bankruptcy. source
  534. Broke international laws by arbitrarily imprisoning children. source
  535. Scrapped a program to give asylum seekers free advice on how to navigate Australia's immigration bureaucracy when exercising their right to seek asylum. The justification for this scrapping was based on the false claim that asylum seekers are illegal. source source source source
  536. Tried to reintroduce temporary protection visas. source source
  537. Ignored an order from the United Nations Human Rights Committee to release some asylum seekers who are being illegally held without proof or judicial protection, in cruel, inhumane or degrading circumstance. source
  538. Reintroduced the British system of knights and dames, only 3 months after saying they would not do so. source
  539. Spent $211,000 on public relations staff to make the Medibank Private sale more palatable to the public. source
  540. Sold Medibank Private for $4 billion, even though that means the government will lose up to $0.5 billion per year of income from dividends. source source
  541. Claimed that all Australians have the "right to be a bigot". source
  542. Refused to grant a human rights lawyer access to the Manus Island detention centre. source
  543. Backed PNG's decision to cancel a human rights inquiry into the Manus Island detention centre. source
  544. Issued Manus island detention centre guards with knives designed for noose cutting, because they frequently need to cut down people who try to hang themselves thanks to of the horrid conditions. source source
  545. Tried to exempt loggers in Tasmania's World Heritage forests from the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act, so they won't have to worry about killing threatened species. source
  546. Claimed that the majority of asylum seekers on Manus island won't be given refugee status, even though more than 90% of all asylum seekers who've come to Australia since mid 2009 were eventually found to be genuine refugees, fleeing torture, rape, genocide and persecution. source source
  547. Vowed to revive a part of WorkChoices which means construction Industry Enterprise Bargaining Agreements don't apply to subcontractors doing Commonwealth work. source
  548. Refused to support a UN proposal to investigate war crimes and crimes against humanity in Sri Lanka. If such crimes been committed, the Abbott government will be guilty of crimes against humanity for forcefully sending refugees back to Sri Lanka, and for actively helping the Sri Lankan military stop people from fleeing their rape, torture and genocide. A Sri Lankan Tribunal has already proven that the Sri Lankan government is guilty of genocide. source source source source source
  549. Failed to provide running water to some toilets in the detention centre on Manus Island. source
  550. Spent $25 million extending the contracts of the crew on one ship so they could be part of Operation Sovereign Borders. source
  551. Provided no soap in the Manus Island detention centre and regularly gave asylum seekers worm infested food. source
  552. Proposed amendments to the Racial Discrimination Act so that people who "offend" or "insult" someone because of their "race, colour or national or ethnic origin" will not be legally required to pay compensation. source source
  553. Gave $100 million to Australia's 2 most profitable mining companies, to build a mine which isn't even in Australia, despite claiming "the age of entitlement is over", and despite refusing to give corporate welfare to struggling companies who have to sack hundreds of workers. source source source
  554. Prevented journalists from interviewing asylum seekers injured in the Manus Island riots. source
  555. Lied thrice in one BBC interview by claiming that the Abbott government is considering settling asylum seekers in Australia, and claiming that children in detention go to school, and claiming that asylum seekers on Manus Island are having their claims processed. None of these claims are true. source
  556. Cut all welfare ($260,000) for orphans of defence force casualties. source source source
  557. Gave state governments an ultimatum: sell off government assets before a certain deadline, (regardless of whether the people or the state government want to) or miss out on billions of dollars of funding. The states would not be allowed to use the money from the sales to pay off debt. Reluctant states were told they could still access federal funds through environmental programs that the Federal Government is trying to scrap. source source source source
  558. Justified the logging of forests currently on the world heritage list because Christianity supposedly tells us "the environment is meant for man". source
  559. Ripped $140 billion out of Australians' superannuation accounts through loosening of consumer protection rules regarding financial planning. source
  560. Deported the mother of a 4 year old Australian citizen, thereby separating the child permanently from her only remaining guardian. source
  561. Stopped collecting data on gender equality in the workplace. source
  562. Threatened to block government funding from arts groups who refuse sponsorship from corporations the artists deem unethical. source
  563. Lied to the United Nations about the quality of the Tasmanian forests they want removed from the world heritage list. source
  564. Claimed no Sri Lankan asylum seekers have been sent back into danger, despite being in possession of documents which prove at least one asylum seeker was tortured after being forcefully sent back. A Sri Lankan tribunal recently proved that the Sri Lankan government was guilty of genocide. The United Nations Human Rights Commission is currently investigating war crimes and crimes against humanity in Sri Lanka. source source source
  565. Suggested most existing major roads should introduce tolls. source
  566. Spent $24 billion on new, spontaneously combusting fighter jets, already years behind schedule, which aren't going to be built in Australia. The jets can't run off warm fuel from a truck which has been sitting in the sun (since the fuel tank is used as a heat sink). The software for firing the guns won't be ready until 3 years after deployment. Each plane holds less than 3 seconds of ammunition for the guns. source source source source source
  567. Failed to supply enough food to asylum seekers inside the detention centre on Manus Island. source
  568. Secretly defeated an international nuclear disarmament treaty, arguing against a sentence in the treaty which stated that it is in the interests of humanity that nuclear weapons never be used again "under any circumstances". Australia argued that a disarmament treaty would be less effective at reducing proliferation than having no disarmament treaty. source
  569. Kept secret the taxpayer funded 900 page Audit commission report which recommended tightening eligibility for seniors health cards. source
  570. Tried to scrap the price on carbon, even though the emissions of relevant companies have dropped by 7% due to the price. source
  571. Declined an offer from the Uniting Church to care for unaccompanied refugee children currently in detention centres. The church offered to feed house and clothe them free of charge. source
  572. Ridiculed the notion that the minister for women should identify as a feminist. source
  573. Started 5 audits of the NBN within the first 7 months of being in power. source
  574. Proposed the scrapping of regulation which prevents media monopolies and duopolies. source
  575. Claimed that loggers are "the ultimate conservationists" during a speech about why the government will not create more national parks. In the same speech Abbott lamented that we have "too much locked up forest". There are currently over 1000 innocent children locked up in detention centres, presumably this is not "too much". source source
  576. Blamed Qantas job losses on the carbon tax, even though a Qantas spokesman said "Qantas' current issues are not related to carbon pricing". source
  577. Finally admitted that "Operation Sovereign Borders" is a civilian operation not a military one. source
  578. Spent over $15,000 on a custom made bookcase to replace a $7,000 custom bookcase which holds $13,000 worth of taxpayer funded books and magazines in senator Brandis' office. source
  579. Spent $22,000 taxpayer dollars buying new cutlery and crockery for the ministerial wing of parliament. source
  580. Spent over $8 million each year on salaries alone for 95 media staff for the department of Immigration, despite the fact that the department tells the media almost nothing. Those same staff spent over $9,000 in just 2 months monitoring the media for transcripts of their own minister's press conferences. source source
  581. Proposed a "green army" comprised of young people paid less than half of minimum wage without normal workplace protections. source source
  582. Cut $3 million in funding for a program to save an endangered rhino species of which there are only 100 left. source
  583. Referred to our humanitarian immigration program as "Operation Sovereign Murders". source
  584. Defended spending $3.5 million on a tent kitchen on Manus Island. source
  585. Sent asylum seekers back to Indonesia, 3 of which later died trying to cross a river in the jungle they landed next to. source
  586. Defended the Manus Island scheme during a press conference about the man who was shot dead in our detention centres by claiming the government is "ending the deaths" of asylum seekers. source
  587. Chose not to send any representatives to the Partnership for Market Readiness assembly, a conference which Australia helped fund which is about market mechanisms to curb emissions. source
  588. Appointed someone to head the investigation into the Manus Island riots who claimed that rape victims in Manus Island detention centres receive better treatment than Australians. source
  589. Planned a doubling of the defence force's annual budget, increasing it by $24 billion, despite the supposed budget emergency and after the withdrawal of troops from Iraq and Afghanistan. source source source source source
  590. Defied legislation by not appointing the Climate Change Authority to run the investigation into the Renewable Energy Target. source
  591. Blamed electricity price rises on the renewable energy target, despite their own modelling predicting that is will reduce electricity prices in the long term, and Energy Australia stating that it has suppressed prices since it was created. source source source
  592. Forced Manus Island staffers to lie to detainees. source
  593. Placed an ex-officer of the Sri Lanka army in charge of the Manus Island detention centre, which holds people fleeing the Sri Lanka army's war crimes and genocide. source source
  594. Spent $13.3 million on floating hotels for detention centre staff on Manus island. source
  595. Admitted the information given about the Manus detention centre riots was drastically wrong. source source
  596. Convinced Cambodia (one of the poorest countries in our region) to take in some of the refugees currently in our detention centres. Serious human rights abuse continue to be committed regularly under the Cambodian government and military. source source source source source
  597. Purchased 8 new Poseidon aircraft totalling $4 billion despite the "budget emergency". source source
  598. Guarded the body of a dead asylum seeker using guards who were possibly the ones that shot him. Those same guards confiscated a camera from a journalist on site then deleted all his photos. source
  599. Blamed the Carbon Tax for job losses at Alcoa's aluminium smelter, despite Alcoa being 94.5% exempt from the tax, and despite Alcoa explicitly stating that "the carbon tax was not a factor in the decision". source
  600. Accidentally published personal details about almost 10,000 asylum seekers and their claims, thereby putting all their lives in danger. Regardless of whether the original asylum claims were genuine, if those asylum seekers are returned to their country of origin, they and their family may be imprisoned, tortured or killed because governments and militias in their country of origin will know they sought asylum. After discovering the blunder, the government took 13 days to remove the information from public view. As part of a press release about the accidental leak, the government made public further information about where to find the still life threatening document. source source source source source
  601. Eventually admitted that Navy ships "inadvertently" crossed into Indonesian waters despite using high tech GPS navigation, then they made the exact same mistake again 5 times. The government chose to not even interview any crew members of one such ship when writing a report on the matter. source source source
  602. Removed poverty reduction from the goals of the foreign affairs department, which manages foreign aid. source
  603. Paid their own indigenous employees substantially less than non-indigenous co-workers despite promising to help "close the gap". source
  604. Deleted negative comments on the Department of Immigration's Facebook page, but left objectively false comments, such as claims that asylum seeking is illegal. source source
  605. Denied responsibility after Manus Island detention centre guards let in a mob of locals, resulting in an asylum seeker being shot and dozens more injured. Injuries included slit throats, machete wounds and eyes hanging from sockets. source source source source source
  606. Chose not to mention a $882 million payout to News Corp. when outlining a $16.8 billion budget black hole. The payout was the single biggest item in the black hole. source source
  607. Annoyed the Navy by having the immigration minister tour naval bases like a defence minister would. source
  608. Promised to continue with their NBN plan even if a cost-benefit analysis (which is yet to be done) shows it does not give a worthwhile return on investment. source
  609. Chose a climate change denier to lead a review of the renewable energy target. source
  610. Denied any link between droughts and climate change. source
  611. Spent $4.3 million on market research to gauge public opinion on social media and other outlets about government policies. source source
  612. Proposed greater government control over the internet, including the power to order ISPs to block specific sites. source source
  613. Granted the Environment Minister retrospective legal immunity against court challenges alleging he failed to consider expert environmental advice before approving damaging mining projects. i.e. They are undermining the Rule of Law and legislating to allow the Environment Minister to literally ignore the environment. source
  614. Exempted Western Australia from federal laws protecting endangered species to allow a shark cull, despite evidence culls do not reduce the frequency of attacks on humans. source
  615. Spread propaganda to potential asylum seekers which deliberately make Australia look like a villainous, incompassionate country. The propaganda completely ignores the violence, torture, rape and persecution that causes people to seek asylum. source
  616. Disbanded an asylum seeker health panel of 12 experts from a range of fields, replacing it with one military surgeon. The government has refused to comment on the matter. source
  617. Alleged that Edward Snowden endangered lives and claimed that Australia does not need any surveillance reform. source source
  618. Denied any wrongdoing after a government aid married to the head of a junk food lobby pulled down a government website providing simplified nutritional information within hours of its launch. source
  619. Cut 500 jobs from the Australian Tax Office. source
  620. Violated Youtube's policies regarding deceptive content, resulting in the suspension of Abbott's whole channel. source
  621. Lied about NSW signing on with their independent schools deal. source
  622. Proposed the conversion of one quarter of public schools to independent schools. source
  623. Claimed "the age of entitlement is over" whilst continuing to give mining companies billions of dollars of subsidies and tax concessions. source source source source source
  624. Lied about the working conditions at SPC factories to justify declining financial assistance. source
  625. Arbitrarily denied many asylum seekers the right to a lawyer during the interviews where they make their asylum claim. source
  626. Withheld asylum seeker arrival numbers to avoid being a "shipping news service for people smugglers", despite literally advertising those same numbers on a billboard while in opposition. source source source
  627. Dismissed out of hand serious allegations that Navy personnel assaulted asylum seekers, based on the supposed moral perfection of those personnel. A recent investigation proved that some of those personnel had sexually assaulted other crew by inserting objects up their arses. The Defence Force and the Immigration Department didn't even bother interviewing the asylum seekers who made the claims. source source source
  628. Embarrassed Australia on the world stage by oversimplifying the Syrian conflict as "goodies vs baddies". source
  629. Appointed yet another straight, white cisgendered male as Governor General. source
  630. Called Edward Snowden a traitor. source
  631. Criticised the ABC because they aren't biased towards the Government. source
  632. Accepted a claim for asylum not because of the merit of the claim but because Cricket Australia wanted the man in their team. source
  633. Violated international convention by criticising Labor on the Global stage. source
  634. Stole crucial evidence from an Australian lawyer representing East Timor in an international tribunal against Australia relating to our illegal spying on East Timor's oil deal. source
  635. Shut down the 113 year old Australian Valuation Office, thereby making 200 jobs disappear. source
  636. Provoked Indonesia so much that they put their air force on standby at the border. source
  637. Crossed into Indonesian waters without authorisation again, then abandoned a boat without enough fuel to get to shore, forcing asylum seekers to swim for an hour to get to shore. source
  638. Defeated moves to cease the recital of the (Christian) Lord's prayer at the start of each sitting day of (secular) federal parliament. source
  639. Cut all funding from all international environmental programs. source
  640. Closed mainland detention centres and moves detainees offshore, citing budget savings as the motivation, even though offshore processing costing almost twice as much as onshore processing. source source source
  641. Authorised the Navy to fire over the bows of asylum seeker boats. source
  642. Refused to comment on 4 attempted suicides, hunger strikes and many self harm attempts happening simultaneously in detention centres. source
  643. Exempted Navy personnel of workplace safety obligations to treat asylum seekers safely, and gave them legal immunity for criminal acts which are committed by order of the government. source
  644. Rewrote the school curriculum to make it more right wing. The previous curriculum was developed over many years with extensive consultation. The new curriculum is being written by two people. One thinks "abos" are "human rubbish tips", called a sexual assault victim a "worthless slut", and laments that Australia has too many "mussies" and "chinky-poos". The other has questioned whether migrants and women are disadvantaged, and suggested homosexuality is "unnatural". source source source
  645. Refused to respond to questions from the United Nations about boat tow-backs. source
  646. Likened our humanitarian immigration program to war. source
  647. Directed that asylum seeker families shall be given the lowest priority for processing, even those who've lived in Australia for years. source
  648. Spent over $120,000 on Kirribilli House, including $13,000 on an imported luxury rug, paid for by the taxpayer. source
  649. Endangered lives, committed maritime piracy and broke other international laws by turning around a boat whose passengers have the right to seek asylum in Australia. The government refused to comment on the matter. Lives were endangered as a result of this move, because the boat ran out of fuel and became stranded. source source source
  650. Tried to deport a gay refugee to Pakistan, where he would be imprisoned for life for his sexuality. In doing so the government would have committed human rights abuse by violating the principle of non-refoulement. The man has never lived in Pakistan. source source
  651. Threatened to withhold food from families if children don't stand still for 6 hours per day queuing for food. The food is sometimes served with hands not utensils. source
  652. Forced women to queue for a whole day just to get a tampon or pad, only to queue again when they need a fresh one, because they are a fire hazard. The government refused to comment. source
  653. Scrapped the Building Multicultural Communities Program. 400 community organizations will now miss out on the promised funding they have already budgeted for. source
  654. Cut all funding to Jewish Holocaust Centre ($7,700). source
  655. Tried to silence the media to stop them criticising the upcoming private jet deal for politicians. source
  656. Quietly reduced instant asset write-off tax breaks for small businesses despite championing themselves as pro-small-business. source
  657. Criticised the ABC for not "advancing Australia's broad and enduring interests in the Asian region", without actually accusing the ABC of any specific wrongdoing or poor judgement. source
  658. Scrapped the National Intercountry Adoption Advisory Group then 2 months later created the interdepartmental working group on overseas adoption, a body which serves an identical purpose. source
  659. Stopped weekly press conferences on asylum seekers. Declined further comment on the matter. source
  660. Approved a 6.2% increase in health insurance premiums. source
  661. Deliberately omitted 23 questions asked of the immigration minister in a press conference. They have refused to comment further on why those questions were omitted. source
  662. Refused requests for medical treatment from a pregnant women in detention who subsequently had a miscarriage. She probably would have had a normal birth had she received the treatment she asked for. The government declined to comment further. source
  663. Broke an election promise to send a boat to monitor whaling by instead promising to only send an aircraft. The government subsequently broke that second promise too, allowing whalers to kill endangered whales without any Australian monitoring. source source
  664. Broke an election promise by renaming the NDIS, making it "DisablityCare" and renaming the "launch" a "trial", thereby casting doubt on whether they will even commit to the scheme fully. source
  665. Scrapped the AusAid graduate program, requiring the sacking of the newest batch of graduates. source
  666. Axed the position of coordinator-general for remote indigenous services. source
  667. Approved the construction of gargantuan coal mines in the Galilee Basin, including one in the habitat of an endangered species. If all projects go ahead the emissions released from that coal annually will amount to 130% of what our entire nation currently emits annually. source source source
  668. Appointed Tim Wilson as human rights commissioner. He has personally advocated for the abolition of the human rights commission, and his new 6 figure salary is so large that the commission will have to cut education and anti-bullying programs to fund it. source
  669. Scrapped the Biodiversity fund. source
  670. Cut funding for the National Congress of Australia's First Peoples, a body of elected representatives of the indigenous people. source
  671. Handed $16 million to Cadbury, but refused to give subsidies to Holden, Qantas and SPC Ardmona. Cadbury is owned by a multinational firm whose profits rose by 64% to $74.9 million last year. Coincidentally the Cadbury factory is located in a marginal electorate. source source source
  672. Axed the home energy saver scheme, which successfully helped struggling households cut down high electricity bills. source
  673. Dismantled the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, the Low Carbon Communities Program and the Caring for our Country Program. source
  674. Cut $43.1 Million in legal aid funding, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander legal services, community legal services, the UNSW Indigenous Legal Centre and the Family Violence Prevention Legal Services. source source source
  675. Cut funding for the Energy Efficiency Program (which was compulsory for large electricity consumers). source
  676. Slashed all funding (over $10 million) from the Environmental Defender's Offices. source
  677. Broke an election promise by cutting $150 million from NSW hospitals. source source
  678. Axed a scheme to improve the wages of aged care workers. source
  679. Scrapped the Wage Connect Program (a scheme which encouraged employers to hire long-term unemployed people). source
  680. Broke an election promise for a 25MBi/s National Broadband Network, and announced that it will cost more than they promised. source
  681. Broke an election promise to return to surplus by 2016-2017. source
  682. Undermined the rule of law by proposing a "code of conduct" for refugees living in Australia, despite the fact refugees commit fewer crimes per person than the national average. source source source
  683. Failed to take any action in response to Snowden's leaks showing that the Australian Government is helping the USA spy on all Australians. source
  684. Repealed poker machine laws designed to address gambling addiction. source
  685. Planned the unwinding of the World Heritage protection of Tasmanian forests despite opposition from the Forest Industries Association of Tasmania. source
  686. Changed the ministerial code of conduct so ministers no longer have to sell shares which create a conflict of interest. source
  687. Threatened queer detainees in PNG by saying they will be reported to local police if they engage in homosexual acts. Homosexuality is illegal in PNG. Such threats mean refugees fleeing persecution because of their sexual orientation are not able to make their asylum claim without fear of arrest. This counts as human rights abuse because it violates the principle of non-refoulement and strips people of their right to safely make a claim for asylum. The government has refused to comment further. source source source
  688. Terminated their deal with the Salvation Army to provide humanitarian assistance with those on Manus Island and Nauru. Consequently 300 people lost their job. The government has refused to comment further. source
  689. Disbanded IHAG, a group that provides advice about the health of asylum seeker detainees, which helps combat the rising rates of mental illness and self harm. The government has refused to comment further. source
  690. Approved the expansions for Abbott Point coal port, which requires dumping 3 million tonnes of dredge spoil onto the Great Barrier Reef, thereby threatening the Queensland's entire tourism industry and hospitality industry, and the reef's heritage status. source source
  691. Removed the Murray Darling from the list of threatened ecological communities. source
  692. Signed a trade agreement with South Korea that allows foreign companies to sue the Australian government if it implements policies which adversely affect their business (e.g. for environmental or anti-sweatshop reasons). source
  693. Removed the requirement for the government to consider advice about the protection of endangered species when approving projects. source
  694. Detained innocent asylum seekers in conditions so horrible they amount to torture according to Amnesty International. 500ml of water per person per day, in a shadeless tropical island, with mental illness rates of over 30% and no soap despite rampant gastro. source
  695. Made Orwellian threats about cutting ABC funding because the government didn't like one of their stories, and because their quality of journalism is too high, thereby creating competition which threatens the corporate newspaper duopoly (who are now floundering because they didn't see the internet coming). source
  696. Incorrectly defined metadata as billing data only, when it actually includes email subject headings, location data, financial transaction details and more. source source source
  697. Called for privatisation of electricity networks, despite evidence showing it does not lower power bills. source source
  698. Cut $3 billion in welfare for students, the elderly and families. source source
  699. Scrapped the Advisory Panel on Positive Ageing, despite the fact our population is aging. source
  700. Secretly changed voting position at the UN regarding the Israel and Palestine issue without telling anyone. source
  701. Abandoned Gonski agreements with states and committed to 3 fewer years of Gonski than their pre-election promise. source
  702. Broke an election promise by scrapping the Alcohol and Other Drugs Council of Australia. The government spent $1 million on administrative costs to do so, even though the council only received $1.6 million in funding per year. source
  703. Cut $4.5 billion in foreign aid. source source
  704. Tried to scrap the $10 billion Clean Energy Finance Corp, even though it provides $110 million per year in net revenue to the government. source
  705. Disbanded AusAid (the foreign aid body), merging the remainder into the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. source
  706. Ceased reporting births and clinical depression in detention centers. Downgraded self harm. source
  707. Forcefully and unapologetically separated a mother and her newborn child. source
  708. Cut $300 million from child care staff subsidies. source
  709. Introduced a bill which allows for unpaid union officials in elected roles to be jailed for up to 5 years and fined up to $340,000. source
  710. Cut $2.3 billion from higher education, and removed start-up scholarships (thereby significantly increasing the debt of the poorest students) and removed the 10% HECS discount for paying up-front. source
  711. Increased superannuation tax for the poor, and decreased it for the rich. source
  712. Tried to scrap the school kids tax concession (thereby increasing the cost of living for families by $16,000 per school child over their education). source
  713. Withdraw all Commonwealth funding for Commonwealth supported places at University. source
  714. Scrapped the Australian Animals Welfare Advisory Committee, Commonwealth Firearms Advisory Council, International Legal Services Advisory Council, National Steering Committee on Corporate Wrongdoing, Antarctic Animal Ethics Committee, Advisory Panel on the Marketing in Australia of Infant Formula, High Speed Rail Advisory Group, Maritime Workforce Development Forum, Advisory Panel on Positive Ageing, Insurance Reform Advisory Group and National Housing Supply Council (all in one day). source
  715. Provided $2.2 million for miners and farmers to fight against native title claims. source
  716. Cut $435 million from the Renewable Energy Agency. source
  717. Unwound same sex marriage laws in ACT. source source
  718. Scrapped the Social Inclusion Board (an anti-poverty advisory group). source
  719. Used Wikipedia as a source to support a claim which was actually contradicted by Wikipedia. source source
  720. Declared bushfires unrelated to climate change. source source
  721. Mandated that all public servants should incorrectly refer to boat arrivals as "illegal". source source source
  722. Sent no one important to the international climate summit. The people who did go went in tee-shirts, giggled and were so insensitive and disrespectful that there was a walkout by other countries. source
  723. Proposed privatising HECS. source
  724. Tried to raise the debt ceiling by $200 billion. source
  725. Moved to protect companies from boycotts against them (e.g. for using slave labour or destroying the environment) thereby undermining the foundation of capitalism by reducing consumer power. source source
  726. Kept Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations secret, even though it threatens the very foundations of our democracy. The leaked agreement would allow international companies to sue governments if their profits are diminished by environmental, indigenous land rights or anti-child-sweatshop laws. The TPP would give corporations many of the same rights that individuals have. There is no expiration date or separation clause, so once signed, it's here forever. source source source
  727. Broke an election promise by trying to scrap the 2020 emissions target. source source
  728. Scrapped the Climate coalition. source
  729. Cut 600 CSIRO staff. source
  730. Donated $2 million worth of patrol boats to help Sri Lanka stop people fleeing proven genocide, human rights abuse, war crimes and extra judicial killings. source source source source
  731. Excused torture in Sri Lanka. source
  732. Chose not to appoint a minister for science, for the first time in half a century. source
  733. Appointed a man as minister for women who said "I don't support womens' causes". source source
  734. Chose a cabinet with 18 men and only 1 woman. source
  735. Broke an election promise that Abbott would spend his first week in an Aboriginal community. source source

I think you'd be best off voting Green.

- Tony Abbott (election day, 2013) source

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