On 7 September 2013, almost six years of an Australian nightmare – namely the Labor Rudd-Gillard-Rudd governments – came to an end with a thumping defeat at the hands of the Tony Abbott-led centre-right Liberal-National coalition.
The Coalition won with a swing of 3.6%, taking it to a two-party preferred (TPP) vote of 53.5%, gaining 18 seats to make 90 in total – a majority of 35 over Labor in the 150-seat House of Representatives (where government is formed).
The 2013 result exceeded Coalition gains made at the 2010 election, which saw a swing of 2.6%, a TPP vote of 49.9%, gaining 7 seats to make 72 in the House, tied with Labor. Infamously, Labor secured minority government in the so-called ‘new paradigm’ era of independents Oakeshott, Windsor and Wilkie.
Whilst the Abbott Coalition’s gains were impressive, they came arguably at the expense of tougher budgetary stances and more conservative, common sense positions on economic and social policy. A mandate-crippling, ‘no cuts’ sugar-coating at the eleventh hour had already undermined the foundations of the incoming Coalition government.
Celebrate the end of the Rudd-Gillard-Rudd Labor era of government by:
- watching this predictably long-winded concession speech of outgoing PM Rudd v2.0
- viewing this victory speech by Tony Abbott
- reminding yourself of the chaos and dysfunction of the Rudd-Gillard-Rudd years (but lamenting that it didn’t seem to end there)
- reviewing Mr Abbott’s unfortunate “no cuts” election-eve pledge, and/or
- sharing this Action Plan post on social media with family, friends, conservatives, classical liberals and those that long for a return to saner, smaller government.
Further details on Labor disasters under PMs’ Rudd and Gillard
The consecutive series of three terrible Labor governments – after the steady, prudent hand of nearly 12 straight years under the conservative Howard Coalition Government – brought Australia:
- A Carbon Tax
- A green revolution involving pink batts and electrified attics/roofs
- The Department of Climate Change
- Numerous other “clean green” bodies and regulators (eg CEFC, ARENA, Climate Council, Clean Energy Regulator, myriad other energy market regulators, all asleep at the wheel as our energy supplies went from world’s-best to now near world’s-worst in terms of price and reliability)
- A 41,000 GWh (or 20%) large-scale renewable energy target (LRET), ensuring medium and long-term destruction of our once-world-class electricity market and baseload power supply
- 50,000 illegal maritime arrivals, in 800 leaky boats with 1,200 deaths at sea and a boat people detention legacy on the Budget of $14 billion to 2017 (plus $2 billion per year from there).
- A string of massive budget deficits, and going forward (a future deep in red ink)
- Ridiculously optimistic forward estimates of government finances beyond the 2010 and 2013 elections
- A baked-in trajectory of $500 billion-plus in federal government debt (after starting with negative net debt of $40 billion by end-June 2008)
- An over-blown, wasteful and poorly-targeted Keynesian fiscal stimulus package, including $900 cheques to foreigners and the dead
- A dividend-stripped Reserve Bank of Australia (requiring an $8.8 billion grant to replenish its reserve fund)
- An investment-destroying mining tax
- A pie-in-the-sky, gold-plated, fibre-to-the-premises National Broadband Network
- Unnecessary, over-priced school halls and unsupported, poorly integrated student computers
- An inefficacious, underfunded schools package with the bumper-sticker slogan, “I give a Gonski”
- The demand-driven university industrial complex (degree mills)
- Vocational education rorts
- Unionised, red-taped, gold-plated and PhD-level childcare
- An unfunded, open-ended National Disability Insurance Scheme
- Total shut-down of the live cattle export trade to Indonesia
- Defence spending at less than 1.4% of GDP and
- UN and supra-national body sycophantry.