Opposition Finalises 40 Policies Where Is the Detail?

29 June 2011

Tony Abbott should reveal details of his proposed tax changes next week, following reports today that the Opposition has finalised its election policies.
Opposition finance spokesman Andrew Robb has told the media that 40 Opposition policies will be finalised by the end of the week.
It is the onus of an Opposition to present an alternative policy platform and to be upfront with the Australian people about these plans.
These policies must go beyond the flawed policy proposals that led to a $10.6 billion black hole in last years election campaign. And they must be funded.
So far all we have from Mr Abbott about his tax policy is a headline, with no details of the size of the tax cuts, or how they will be funded.
Mr Robb claims the Opposition are well prepared, however you cannot be well prepared without fully funded policies and a clear plan to return to surplus.
Opposition treasury spokesman Joe Hockey clearly doesnt think the Opposition is well prepared, in fact nobody even bothered to tell him they were close to finalising policies.
Just last week (24 June), Joe Hockey told Sky News:
Its no use putting down an election platform today, when in two years time the policy parameters may be very different.
The Gillard Government has a clear plan to return the budget to surplus in 2012-13.
We have a plan to tackle climate change which will see our biggest polluters pay, so we can protect our environment and our economy. We will then use that money to deliver tax cuts and increases to pensions, allowances and family payments.
Mr Abbott has a so-called direct action policy that will cost Australian families $720 a year without a cent of assistance, he has no plan to enable him to deliver tax cuts, and no plan to return the budget to surplus.