Sunday, July 24, 2016

The Beach Boys Meme

Right, it's a case of write a scene, do a job and field a question here. I have papers due in a fortnight. I'm getting there.

I need another day of weekend.

Questions, as per normal, for Sunday Stealing.

1. SURFER GIRL : “I have watched you on the shore, standing by the ocean drawer, do you love me do you surfer girl” Were you ever interested in someone (other than a celebrity) who did not return your interest? 

Of course. Story of my life in many ways.

Hoovering done. Started the post Sangeet scene.

2. BE TRUE TO YOUR SCHOOL : “So be true to your school now, just like you would for your girl or guy…” Looking back, how do you feel about your high school days?

They were pretty bloody awful. I was a brainy nerd. The studies themselves weren't too bad, but I didn't really have friends. Too awkward for that.

Hoover put away. Sangeet scene finished. 

3. FUN FUN FUN : “…and she’ll have fun fun fun till her daddy takes the T-Bird away…” What was the worst punishment you received as a teenager? 

I remember still getting the wooden spoon and a young teenager. But I was fairly obedient, so I didn't get much more than the occasional shouting at.

Coffee ready for tomorrow. Tube scene written.

4. I GET AROUND : “Round round get around, I get around” Where did you go on your last long trip? 

My last long trip was in 2010, I went to Singapore, Malaysia, the United States, Germany, The Netherlands, Spain and the UK. I was gone for 35 days. Want to do something like that again soon.

Clothes put out for the day. Have enough script done now.

 5. HELP ME RHONDA : “You gotta help me Rhonda, help me get her off of my mind” What do you do to cheer up after a personal tragedy such as a lost job, power outage or broken relationship? 

Exercise and read. That fixes most things. If things are really bad, I go to Bali and hang out with the hippies in Ubud. That also helps.

 6. CALIFORNIA GIRLS : “I wish they all could be California girls. The west coast has the sunshine and the girls there get so tan, I dig a French bikini on Hawaiian island dolls, by a palm tree in the sand” Where are the best boys found? 

New Zealand and England. Good things about both of them. Both appear to be far more accommodating than Australian men.

7. SLOOP JOHN B : “I wanna go home, please let me go home, ya ya. Well this is the worst trip, I’ve ever been on…” What is the worst trip you’ve ever been on? 

I don't go on bad trips, but I had a few rough days with some  New Zealandish friends about 17 years ago. We weren't mean to travel together. We lasted about three days before I took off in another direction.

8. WOULDN’T IT BE NICE : “I guess the more we talk about it, it makes it harder just to live without it, but let’s talk about it…” What is your biggest wish? 

There is still part of me that would like to get married. There is also a part of me that wishes I'd win lotto and I could buy a house. Having a thunderbolt come down to deal with Donald Trump and Cory Bernardi - that would be good too.

9. IN MY ROOM : “There’s a place where I can go and tell my secrets to. In my room. In my room.” What is your favorite thing about your own personal room or space in your home/office? 

I can lock myself away and nobody can contact me. Love being a classic introvert sometimes.

10. GOD ONLY KNOWS : “You never need to doubt it, I’ll make you so sure about it. God only knows what I feel about you” When was the last time you told a significant other or close relative that you loved them? 

Probably at Christmas time. It was a bit emotional last Christmas. Stuff like that got said.

11. GOOD VIBRATIONS : “My baby has good vibrations, she’s giving me excitations…” When do you get good vibrations? 

Normally when watching Clive Owen. Reading amazing literature gives me the shivers too.

12. KOKOMO : “We’ll go to Kokomo. We’ll get there fast and then we’ll take it slow. That’s where I wanna go…” What is your favorite warm weather destination? 

Ubud in Bali

13. DO IT AGAIN : “Let’s get back together and do it again…” If you could go back in time and gather up your school friends, what would you do again? 

I wouldn't gather up my school friends. There are a few things I think I could do differently if I had my time over, but I have no regrets. Would love to go back to Spain and do all that over again. Spain is great.


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Thumper's Law

When I was a child, I had Thumper's Law forced upon me regularly. Actually, there are a few bit's of Thumper's wisdom that I can quote, but there is one bit of crucial advice that this cartoon rabbit provides that I think all people should know - and think about before they open their mouths. (For those who don't know, Thumper is the rabbit in Bambi).

Thumper's Law is quite simple.
 

Thumper, I think, has it right. If you can't say anything nice, keep your trap shut.

Thumper had something else to say in Bambi - Thumper, it appears, was the philosopher of the movie.
 It runs like this:



Yep, that works - thought part of this negates what Thumper is best known for.

So, I've been thinking about Thumper and what he has to say - and then applying it to the latest media kerfuffles that have been going on here lately. Namely immigration and the dreaded "M" word.

The M word being Muslims.

And this is where Thumper's Second Law is being invoked.

If you're scared, be as scary as you can be to scare the rest. Is it working? No. Is it drumming up debate. Yes.

Sonia Kruger, bless her, opened her mouth to the astonishment of her colleagues - and to her credit, she won't back down on her views. Is she racist. Probably not. Is she xenophobic. Probably a little. Does she deserve to be vilified by the press and social media - to a certain extent.

I'm not going to start on Pauline Hanson. Not even going to go there. She's just loopy. Like if she's going after banning Halal certification, why not go after the Kosher certification - they're basically exactly the same thing! Sheesh. Anyway, I'm not pouring oxygen on that one.

Sonia Kruger spoke out of fear, and in doing this, invoked Thumper's Second Law.

From where I'm standing, Sonia probably should have invoked Thumper's First Law and kept her trap shut. In the words of George Brandis, "Every Australian has the right to be a bigot." But it's probably not the best to be a bigot on breakfast television. Maybe you have the right to be perceived as a bigot in your own front room, I reckon - and then have a bloody good look at your viewpoints.

What Sonia Kruger has done has spoken out of fear, and she's paid he price. I also think she's spoken out of emotion and a touch ignorance.

As it has been widely reported, the people who are perpetrating these terror attacks overseas have been people born in the country to which they commit these acts. They're the children of people who've moved to these countries to find a better life. A lot of these so called terrorists appear to be disenfranchised by the state in which they live. Many appear to have some form or quantifiable mental illness too.

So, what can be done?

Restricting Muslim immigration isn't the answer. That's just a witch hunt of biblical proportions. People who immigrate here have to go through thorough background checks anyway. Besides, Muslims, like Christians and Buddhists and Hindus and every other religion come in all shapes and sizes. Just as religious fanatics come in all shapes and sizes.

You're telling me that Pauline Hanson and Cory Bernardi aren't dangerous? Well, attitudes based on fear and ignorance (and in Bernardi's case based on White Privilege and rabid Catholicism) are just as dangerous.

Possibly Sonia could have looked past her emotions of seeing a dead child under a blanket on a Nice street and asked herself, "Why would somebody do something like this?" not "Who would do something like this?"

I think it's worth remembering that poor child who drowned in the Mediterranean  a few months back  - the one all over the papers - he was Muslim...

Maybe she should look to her Muslim friends and see what their reaction was to all of these messes of the past few years. Maybe she should talk to her Muslim friends and listen to their experiences in this country and hear about some of the things they've been subjected to over the last few years. (Same goes for the idiots wanting a plebiscite on the subject of same sex marriage - listen to people and get this legislated NOW!)

Maybe, instead of trying to be scarier than her fear, she should have a look at what is an extremely complicated, emotive and changing topic and become better grounded in what people really want (maybe have a look at Maslow's theories) rather than speaking out from her own emotions.

Yes, Sonia Kruger is a goose - an emotional goose. I'd be asking her to read wider, talk more and discuss the real issues behind what makes a man get into a lorry and mow down a crowd rather than make blanket statements which fire up people.

I think there's a lot of people who should be doing this. Walk a mile in another person's shoes before casting judgements. Find out what people are like. Work out why people stick together in their ethnic groups and don't assimilate with the mainstream. Think about what it is to be shunned by a society which has taken you in. And think about what you might be able to do about it rather than putting a blanket ban on having people of a whole religion turned away.

And most of all. If you don't have anything nice to say, keep quiet, until you can work out a better way of saying things - once you've looked around all of the facts.

P.S.  I rather like the Guardian's First Dog on the Moon's take on this.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

A Storyteller's Meme

I'm writing this from my mother's kitchen table in Myponga, South Australia. It's freezing, but a lovely day down here. Back to Melbourne soon.

Not a bad set of questions from Sunday Stealing  (bar the stupid and seemingly obligatory relationship questions at the end which blight these memes.)


1. What are your current obsessions?

The new series or Rake on the ABC.
Messina Gelati ice cream
Pokemon Go - I hope this obsession leaves soon.

2. What are you listening to?

The prattlings of Adelaide talk back radio. I'm sitting in my mother's kitchen - what else would be playing?

3. Which item from your wardrobe do you wear most often?

I've got a lovely pair of soft baggy jeans that I adore - a week doesn't go by when they're not in the wash.

4. What are you reading?

Currently reading "My Brilliant Friend" by Elena Ferante. Just finished, "The Natural Way of Things" which was incredible.

5. What’s for dinner?

Probably something take away as I get back to Melbourne early evening and I won't be bothered cooking.

6. What was the last thing you bought?

Lunch for my sister and her family yesterday. We went to the local bakery for pasties and bienenstich.

7. Guilty pleasure?

Candy Crush. Tattoo shows like InkMaster, Best Ink and Tattoo Nightmares.

8. What training did you get and how do you make a living?

I've got an Arts Degree and various certificates and diplomas. I'm trained to be a writer. I am a writer.

9. If you could go back in time, knowing what you know now, and choose a different career path, what would you train to do?

I still reckon I'd be an okay doctor.

10. What’s your best time of day?

I'm better in the morning until about 3 pm. Then I start yawning.

11. Do you like being on a team or are you a solo player?

I can do both. Depends on the team and the task.

12. What’s your favorite way to create art?

I write - that's my art - though I like to bake and crochet too.

13. Name three items in your refrigerator:

Mustard, olives, tonic water.

14. Tell us about your first crush:

It was Mark Holden. I was five years old. I had no taste in men even back then.

15. The first time that I became a boyfriend/girlfriend was with who, when?

I was sixteen. He as tall and had a lot of spots and was into computers.

16. Do you remember what you did on your first date?

We went and saw Police Academy - the first one and the best one.

17. How did you meet your current (or most recent) girlfriend/boyfriend/husband/wife?

Never having a long term boyfriend, can't answer this.

18. How did your first romantic relationship end?

Daft question - it was over 30 years ago. It ended badly.

19. Do you remember your first kiss?

Yes. It was a first kiss. I remember thinking, "Is this it?"

20. What do we still not know about you?

That's for me to know and you to ponder.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

The Movie Nut's Meme

Another great effort from Sunday Stealing. Now this is my type of meme!


What was you first movie-going experience without your parents? 

I remember my father taking me to see Disney's "Robin Hood" when I was five years old at the Chelsea Cinema in Adelaide. It was a big deal. My parents both loved movies. Dad used to take us to the drive-in when I was a kid.

Do you still buy DVDs or Blu Rays (or do you just stream them)?

Occasionally, but normally I stream or download now.

What is your guilty pleasure movie? What about it works for you?

I adore the original "Rocky Horror Picture Show". I can sing and dance along to my heart's content. It's fabulous. Wrong in so many ways.



You have compiled a list of your top 100 movies. Which movies do you like, but would not make the list?

I love movie that make you think and feel. I love arthouse and British films. What is missing on my list is pretty much anything in the horror and action genre.

Which movie(s) do you compulsively watch over and over again? What makes it so great?

Other than the Harry Potter movies, which are nearly as good as the books, I love The Wedding Singer, which appears to be on telly here ever six weeks. I can also watch, things like Gosford Park and Julia and Julia end on end. I love movies about another time.

Classic(s) you're embarrassed to admit you haven't seen yet?

Here are a few. The Godfather Trilogy. The Deerhunter. Apocalyse Now. Inglorious Basterds. Django Unchained. I'm not one for violence, but I know these are supposed to be good movies.

Do you have any movie posters hanging on your wall? If yes, which ones and why?

No. Never have.

Tell us about a movie that you are passionate about.

I adore The Princess Bride. It's sweet, funny, courageous and just plain fun. Suggest everybody from the ages of 8-80 rewatch it. It doesn't age.

What is a movie you vow to never watch? Why?

Captain Corelli's Mandolin. It's my favourite book and I can't stand Penelope Cruz (and Nicholas Cage is NOT Corelli.)

Tell us about a movie that literally left you speechless.

Calvary. It's incredibly powerful. So was "The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas". Harrowing stuff.



What’s a movie that you always recommend?

The Argentinian original of "The Secret in their Eyes." It's incredible - and they never should have remade it.

Who is an actor you always watch, no matter how crappy the movie?

I'm fond of both Ben Stiller and Steve Carell. Both have been in hit and miss films. Both are great. I also miss Philip Seymour Hoffman. He was fantastic and I mourn the films he never made. Susan Sarandon is awesome too.

Who is an actor you don't get the appeal for? Why don’t you like them?

Brad Pitt. I really don't get what all the fuss is about - though he was pretty hot in Thelma and Louise.

Who is an actor, living or dead, you'd love to meet? Why do they intrigue you?

Philip Seymour Hoffman - he's just wonderful. That voice. I'd love to talk Shakespeare with Kenneth Branagh and Sir Ian McKellen as well.

Sexiest actor/actress you've seen. (Picture required!)

Easy - Clive Owen.

Image result for clive owen

OK, you are casting a movie, pick four or five actors you’d hire to be in it and why we’d love them together.

I've always wanted to cast Donna Tartt's, "The Secret History".  Clive Owen as Richard, Gwyneth Paltrow as Camilla, Benedict Cumberbatch as Charles, Philip Seymour Hoffman as Bunny, Kenneth Branagh as Francis and Ian McKellan as Julian. Unfortunately that would have had to be made 20 years ago as it's about uni students and Hoffman is dead - but that would be great. It would be hard to cast this movie now.

Who are your favorite actor pairing of all time?

That's a toss up between Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr.


And Rock Hudson and Doris Day.




Have you ever watched movies from a decade that was before you were born? If so, which decade is your favorite?

I love movies from the 50s and 60s,  Hitchcock especially. Great stuff.

If you were to be in a movie would you rather play the hero, villain or anti-hero? Why?

As I'm a ratbag I think I'm best as an anti-hero. It's fun to be an anti-hero. Being a hero is boring, being the villain is just too predictable.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

High Tea at Fancy Nance

Fancy Nance

21 Daly Street, South Yarra

http://www.zumbocafe.com.au/

High Tea from $45.

The call came in last week. "Wanna do High Tea? I'm child-free next weekend?"

Never one to deny my parenting friends an outing I said yes. Evie suggested Fancy Nance, at the back of the Zumbo Cafe.

Did somebody say Zumbo!!

My joy was only tempered a little by the knowledge that this would mean a trip to South Yarra. This mean putting on make up, doing my hair and wearing something more than my normal leggings and tunic that I wear on weekends. See, South Yarra is full of posers and I feel completely inadequate going down Chapel Street, especially the Como end of Chapel Street (the Windsor end is fine - still full of hipsters, but better) You find lots of people like this down the Como end of Chapel Street.



Anyway, prepped in a little black dress, boots, hair done and make up on, Evie picked me up from home. I noted she was similarly decked out, making the comment that it's easier to fit in down there than go daggy.

After parking we found the place easily. The modern set up is great, a large, airy, part industrial, part bar, part ice creamery, part kitchen.

Heaven.

Sitting down, the first thing on order - a drink.

Evie went for some sparkling pink bubbles, where I went for a very reasonably priced Hendricks G&T.


We ordered the $65 "I'm so Fancy" High Tea, just so we could sing along with Iggy Azalea. Evie has also just discovered macarons, so with them on the list, it had to be done.

The interesting thing about the menu here is that they start with the sweet stuff before moving on to the savoury.

It works well.

The first course came. An apple, white cholocate and rosemary verrine (read trifle), a salted caramel tart, a rhubarb crumble with custard and a salted caramel macaron.


All were divine. The trifle thingy was great once you got past the foam. The salted caramel tart was incredibly rich, but lovely. The bite of rhubarb crumble and custard was glorious, as was the macaron, the goeey inner salted caramel was perfect. We were off to a great start.

Shortly after, the mandarin, chocolate and macadamia concoction arrived.


The cake was of the flourless variety, the white sheets on top, macadamia flavoured. Intense flavours and not too sweet.

Fancy Nance has the textures down to a fine art. Another wonderful dish.

What followed then was the scones.


Perfect scones. As a segue into the savoury courses, the scones came with peach and raspberry jam and cream and a capsicum jam with a savoury cream cheese. Evie wasn't enamored with the latter, but I couldn't fault the scones. They were amazing. Better than my grandmothers. Better than Barney's (and Barney makes a mean scone).

Grandma's treasure tin came soon after. A small chocolate biscuit, perfectly salted, along with a sliver of perfectly formed caramel slice . They do like their salted caramel here.


We settled in with a pot of tea. The tea list is longer than the wine list. Evie settled for a spiced cinnamon tea, my a black tea infused with vanilla - the Paris blend.

And then started the savouries - which really was a great way to end the tea.

First up, a chickpea cracker with basil hummus with tomato dust. Intensely flavoured and superbly light.  However, as I've discovered, me and pesto don't get on - but that's nothing that a bit of antacid, some buscopan and a lot of water won't fix.


The 'mains' for savouries consisted of a carrot, orange, ginger soup with roasted pumpkin seeds. drunk through a thick straw from a mustard jar (to appease the hipsters). The Lamb Bao with cucumber and mint packed a punch without being too big. The Mac and Cheese with bacon and chilli aioli finished of everything brilliantly.



Fancy Nance gives a lovely experience. Okay, you're in South Yarra so you will find a number of expensive blondes, posers and women in their active wear showing off to their friends in similar clothing inhabiting the place, but the staff are friendly and attentive without being over the top.

The High Tea itself left us replete without being overly stuffed and I'm thrilled that they do $10 G&Ts with Hendricks - that's like better than pub prices.

Will I be back? Yes - for a special treat (Evie was celebrating being child free, I thought I'd celebrate being halfway through my Masters and the distinction I managed to procure last term).

Is it value for money. Yes, definitely.

Do I recommend the place. Hell yes, but do be prepared to dress a little better than normal so the hipsters, yummy mummies and sloane rangers don't thumb their nose at you.

Oh, and pop around the front to the Zumbo cafe. They have 100s and 1000s macarons that I will have to try one of these days.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

The Controversial Meme

Thank you Sunday Stealing for coming up with a cracker this week. Some of the best questions we've had in ages.

It's been a great weekend for democracy around here. No idea who the Prime Minister will be at the end of the week.m Watching the conservatives provide some of the best dummy spits this side of kindergarten has been wonderful.


1. Would you try a recreation drug if all were legalized?

In the past, many years ago, I tried one or two recreational drugs. Tried once, that was enough.

2. Are you happy that the U.S. Supreme Court once again upheld a woman’s right to abortion?

Hell yes. Coming from a country where abortion is legal (and strictly regulated) I think this is a good thing. What America does with women's rights, particularly in some more conservative states, is horrific. If you don't want women to get pregnant, give them access to decent sex education and contraception.  America's demonising of Planned Parenthood makes me shake my head. Stupid, stupid, stupid. The ones who get arrested are the daft people who picket the abortion clinics. Women's bodies, women's rights. White, middle-aged, conservative Christians need a pregnant teenage daughter to mull over and see what they think about it all.

3. Would our country cope any differently with a woman president?

Ours did okay with one. She was better than the last two put together ten times over.

4. Do you believe in the death penalty?

No. Not ever. It was taken off the statute books here in 1972.

5. Do you wish marijuana would be legalized already?

I come from a place where marijuana is decriminalised - if you're doing it at home, not selling it, not growing it for profit, keep your nose clean, not much is done. I wish they'd legalise medical marijuana. It's hopefully not too far away.

6. Do you believe in God?

Yes. Am I a Christian. No. But I'm good with God.

7. How do you feel now that same-sex marriage is legalized?

In Australia, Same sex marriage is still not legislated to my great shame. Stupid politicians. A lot of the far right wing politicians who got dumped last night were the ones blocking it. The sooner it happens the better. Love is love, fair is fair.

8. Do you think it’s wrong that so many Hispanics are moving to the USA?

I'm Australian. Not my business, though I do like multi-culturalism.

9. A 12-year-old girl has a baby… should she keep it?

Umm, I think this is one of those situations where abortion is a good move. It it is not discovered until too late, it would depend on the family, the situation, etc. There are no right and wrongs about this, but at 12 year old girl's body can barely sustain a pregnancy, let alone the psychological fallout  from the situation. Case by case, but generally no. Another reason why they should be teaching about safe sex and contraception.

10. Should the alcohol age be lowered to 18?

In Australia, the legal drinking age is 18.

11. Should the wars in the Middle East be called off?

Yes. Let the peacekeepers stay, that's it.

12. Do you believe in spanking your children?

I don't have kids, but I really don't agree with spanking. I think spanking is harder on the parents than children anyway.

13. A mother is declared innocent after murdering her 5 children in a temporary insanity case… what do you think?

That five kids are dead is unfortunate, that the mother  got off - she had good lawyers. It's a hard one but the judiciary has to do it's job.I was more incensed by the Stanford Rapist, Brock Turner, for being given six months for raping a drugged woman.

14. Would you want to prosecute someone for burning their country’s flag as a method of protest?

No. it's freedom of speech - and just bloody stupid.

15. It’s between you and a person who is being kept alive (with NO hope) by life support machines… one has to die? Who?

It's Malthus., and survival of the fittest. Let the person with no hope go and die with dignity. No brainer that one. Circle of life, I'm afraid.

16. Are you afraid others will judge you from reading some of your answers?

No. judge away. I think people are allowed to have varying differences of opinion.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Blog a Day June: According to the Tarot.

Thankfully the election advertisements have left our television screens. I was over the Liberal media whitewash when the election was called. Smacked of desperation.

Anyway, for my last blog of the month, I'm going to get my cards out and make a few predictions for the election. I'll do a three card draw for each question and give my interpretation on them.

They will probably not come true, but let's see what goes.

So, will Malcolm Turnbull be Prime Minister at the end of next week?

Cards: 6 of Wands, 3 of Pentacles, Fool

Okay, we know Turnbull is a fool the way he panders to the Far Right. To me this says that anything could happen. He took control early, but he's had to go into his cave and do  some penance, and hard work. The Fool shows a new journey. I'm not at all sure that he's in - but it's going to be interesting.


Will Kelly O Dwyer lose her seat?

King of Cups, Death, King of Pentacles.

Okay, here's what I predict, I think she might be gone - if not, it will be another Indi type race. I really hope she doesn't keep her seat. She's awful, I think the race is close. I also have a feeling that if she does retain her seat there are going to be many questions to answer. With a lot of men in this reading, I reckon Luke Ball is in with a chance. Fingers crossed.

Will we have independents holding the balance of power in the senate?
 
Will the independents get up in the Senate?
 
3 Pentacles, 4 Swords, Magician

I'm going to go with a yes for this one. The Magician gets things done. A few big names may lose their tickets, being a double dissolution and all. Watch this space (Oh how good would it be if the Senate is even more gnarly than last time. I'm in awe for Ricky Muir, Jackie Lambie and the brick with eyes.

I just want my country back. I want some decency and common sense to prevail. The current mob appear to lack both of these qualities.

And really, if you want some reasons why voting for the current mob is not a good thing - here you go... Courtesy of Matthew Lewis of The Sauce: (Click for links the links to back all of this up)

The Abbott-Turnbull government has been in power for 1027 days. This page contains a list of most of what they have done so far.

Show in chronological order 
Group by policy area 
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
Sacked 74 scientists in Antartica.  source
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
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
Accidentally leaked the contact information of thousands of women in a confidential database.  source
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
Cut all funding for Australia’s only eating disorder helpline.  source
Claimed that refugees simultaneously are taking our jobs whilst also taking our welfare.  source
Cut $20 million from the National Library, resulting in 28 job losses and the halting of all document digitisation.  source
Provided no workers compensation for Australian staff injured in offshore detention centres.  source
Refused to publicly release a video of illegal whaling.  source
Claimed that Australia’s largest coal mine – which will export more coal than our entire nation consumes – will not contribute to climate change.  source
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
Gave permission to a shipping company operating only in Australian waters to sack their Australian crew and hire foreigners for $2 an hour.  source
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
Proposed forcing students to pay back HECS earlier if they have parents or a long term partner with an income over a threshold.  source
Waited 22 hours before air-lifting a critically ill refugee to an adequately equipped hospital. He died the next day.  source
Rejected an offer from New Zealand to take 150 asylum seekers who are currently being illegally held in Australian detention centres.  source
Spent $300,000 on a single lunch, for business mates.  source
Cut $650 million in bulk billing incentives for pathology.  source
Spent $39 billion on new submarines, despite the alleged budget emergency.  source
Proposed new powers for job agencies so that they can fine unemployed people, without any oversight, and with minimal avenues for recourse.  source  source
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
Proposed the abolition of the independent organisation that sets the minimum wage for truck drivers.  source
Cut all funding to Australia’s only youth-led sexual health organisation.  source
Ran out of money to pay Army Reserves.  source
Failed to conduct a cost benefit analysis for the $1.2 billion Perth Freight Link. The government previously claimed that major infrastructure projects lacking cost benefit analysis are “reckless” and “detracts from Australia’s wellbeing”.  source
Proposed using government funds allocated for climate change action to build a 1.2GW coal plant.  source
Tried to reintroduce a construction industry watchdog to tackle corruption, but the watchdog will not have jurisdiction over corruption issues.  source
Lied about releasing all children from immigration detention.  source
Spent $3.3 million on another study into ‘wind turbine syndrome’, even though their own senate inquiries have shown there’s no such thing.  source
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
Spent $45,000 replacing lost and stolen devices for just one department.  source
Reneged on their promise to accept 12,000 refugees from Syria, instead accepting 26.  source
Spent $55 million to resettle just two refugees in Cambodia.  source
Cut domestic violence leave for public servants.  source
Scrapped the “Safe Schools” anti-bullying program, on the National Day of Action Against Bullying.  source
Spent $10,000 to fly the family of 2 ministers to a tropical island for a weekend holiday.  source
Claimed that scrapping negative gearing would simultaneously increase and decrease house prices.  source
Spent $15.4 million on research into globally damaging an increasingly unprofitable fossil fuels.  source
Requested in inquiry into an anti-bullying program which focused on fostering tolerance for queer youth.  source  source
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
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
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
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
Attempted to exempt telcos and law enforcement agencies from laws requiring users to be notified if their personal information has been breached.  source
Rejected an inquiry which recommended that citizens accused of tax fraud be treated as innocent until proven guilty.  source
Cut the pension for 35,000 public service retirees.  source
Spent $1.3 million on medals for Border Force staff, despite the alleged budget emergency.  source
Increased the cost of pap smears.  source
Told myGov users to downgrade the security on their account when travelling overseas, which is when security risks are highest.  source
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
Paid Telstra $80 million to fix the copper network which Telstra sold to the government.  source
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
Spent almost $6000 to fly a minister’s family to a coastal holiday.  source
Violated international law by illegally conducting war in Syria.  source
Refused to give citizenship to eligible permanent residents, years after their refugee claims were accepted.  source
Spent $1770 on 3 bean bags.  source
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
Started regularly strip searching innocent females on Nauru, with only male staff present.  source
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
Banned zoo visits for children in detention, deeming them “inappropriate”, and ruling that they must remain imprisoned instead. source
Made refugees work with deadly friable asbestos without any training and almost no equipment.  source
Appointed a Windfarm Commissioner, who is paid $205,000 per year, for the part-time job.  source  source
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
Introduced cashless welfare cards to reduce the autonomy and control that support recipients have over their spending.  source
Removed the requirements that crews on ships operating for months between Australian ports get paid Australian-level wages.  source
Voted against increasing transparency about how much tax large corporations pay.  source
Spent $1.3 billion on replacements for Defence Force Land Rovers, despite the alleged budget emergency.  source
Funded ethnic cleansing and war crimes in PNG.  source
Tried to remove exclusion zones around abortion clinics which are designed to protect patients from harassment.  source
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
Refused to give counselling to a pregnant woman prior to an abortion. The woman was raped whilst in our asylum seeker prisons. source
Violated parliamentary anti-corruption rules by not declaring a substantial loan for almost 2 years.  source
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  source
Spent $80,000 on catering for a week long trip to Cape York and Torres Strait, despite the alleged budget emergency.  source
Forced an asylum seeker to pay for medicine to treat an injury they got when a government employee physically assaulted them.  source
Laughed and joked about the pacific islands whose very existence is threatened by climate change sea rises.  source
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
Started advertising the jobs of the National Disability Insurance Scheme board without notifying the current board.  source
Lied about how many refugees we take.  source
Cited ‘the boats have stopped’ as evidence that the economy is doing well.  source
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
Spent $24,000 on koala hire for a G20 photo opportunity, despite the alleged budget emergency.  source
Spent over $100,000 on flags for the G20 summit, despite the alleged budget emergency.  source
Broke an election promise to cut the company tax rate by 1.5%.  source
Broke an election promise to introduce a new paid parental scheme.  source
Broke an election promise to conduct and publish a cost benefit analysis for all infrastructure projects over $100 million.  source
Broke an election promise to not change GST, by removing the exemption for online purchases.  source
Did not attempt to conduct privacy impact assessments for 90% of their terror bills.  source
Lifted a ban on the import of a particular shotgun which has a fast firing rate and seven shot magazine capacity.  source
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
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
Refused to offer treatment and support to an asylum seeker who was raped on Nauru.  source
Lied about banning certain muesli bars and other products on Manus Island which have ‘Freedom’ in the brand name.  source
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
Spent over $20,000 in a legal fight in order to hide modelling for the impact of university fee deregulation.  source
Spent $14.4 million to get support for outdated and insecure software, instead of using current versions.  source
Waited 3 months before giving medication to a toddler with tuberculosis (a potentially fatal illness).  source
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
Spent thousands of government dollars on limousine rides, and fudged the declaration paperwork to say they were taxi rides.  source
Incorrectly described the number of points on a star on the national flag, whilst sitting in front of 10 of them.  source
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
Held innocent asylum seekers in the same facilities as convicted rapists and murderers.  source
Spent $90,000 to send The Speaker to Europe for a fortnight so that she could apply for a job.  source
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
Spent $27,000 on travel expenses for politicians to attend free sports events.  source
Spent $500,000 on Australian flags in just 6 months, despite the alleged budget emergency.  source
Banned the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) from investing in wind power and small scale solar power.  source
Banned telcos from seeing warrants for metadata access requests issued to chase down journalists sources, thereby undermining the purpose of the warrant system.  source
Removed the requirement for skills assessments of foreign electricians working under a Temporary Work visa.  source  source
Voted against a royal commission into corruption and misconduct in the financial service industry, following a series of scandals. source
Used classified ASIO documents as props during a photo shoot.  source
Broke an election promise by scrapping Medicare locals.  source
Denied asylum seekers the right to make Freedom of Information requests for information the government has about them.  source
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
Incorrectly claimed that the Lindt Cafe gunman was linked with ISIS.  source
Reaped $1000 per month of government money to pay for Joe Hockey to stay in his wife’s house.  source
Illegally paid people smugglers money to turn boats around, in order to disrupt their business model.  source  source
Cut $13 million from the Australia Council and Screen Australia.  source
Cut $105 million from the Australian Council for the Arts without bothering to consult anyone in the arts industry.  source
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
Proposed an exemption so that Australia’s richest companies no longer have to publish basic information about how much tax they are paying.  source
Refused to offer any assistance to thousands of innocent refugees stranded offshore in our region.  source  source
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
Cut funding for an anti-deaths in custody service, the creation of which was recommended by the 1991 Deaths in Custody Royal Commission.  source
Granted the Immigration Department the power to search through the stored metadata of all citizens (and they won’t need a warrant).  source
Tried to pass off all responsibility for “matters of national environmental significance” to the states, who have weaker environmental protections.  source
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
Chose to leave the Minister’s Council on Asylum Seekers and Detention empty.  source
Asked the Nauru government to block access to Facebook.  source
Cut all funding for The Conversation, a website which allows academics to promote and explain their research to a broader audience.  source
Censored data revealing shockingly high rates of mental illness amongst immigration detainees.  source
Spent $200,000 per year on gardening at Kirribilli House.  source
Spent $700,000 to rebrand “NBN Co” to “nbn TM”.  source
Lied about the cost of the price on Carbon.  source
Scrapped the domestic violence education program in schools.  source
Failed to name the leader of ISIS on the day they sent 330 troops to a war against ISIS.  source  source
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
Withdrew from Australia’s commitment to limit global temperature rises to two degrees.  source
Granted immigration detention centre staff greater immunity against repercussions for inappropriate uses of force. They now have greater immunity than police officers.  source
Scrapped a public inquiry into law enforcement agencies access to journalists’ telecommunications data, for the purposes of identifying journalists’ sources.  source
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
Prevented the release of a ‘name and shame’ list of multinational tax dodging corporations.  source
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
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
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
Proposed taxing all bank deposits.  source  source
Scrapped the National Produce Monitoring System, which monitors domestic food for dangerous chemicals.  source
Breached the criminal code of conduct by offering the independently appointed Human Rights Commissioner a new job if she resigned.  source
Tried to pass multiple bills to halve the backpay of intellectually disabled workers who earned only $1 per hour in wages.  source  source
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
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
Rejected the crowdfunded offer of free solar panels with free installation for Kirribilli House.  source
Stripped 8000 public servants of their rights against unfair dismissal.  source
Prosecuted a white hat hacker who exposed serious security vulnerabilities of the ISPs who will be storing sensitive data of all Australians if the metadata retention scheme is passed.  source
Closed 150 remote Indigenous communities.  source  source
Breached the international convention against torture.  source
Proposed scrapping the census.  source
Defended the use of the War Memorial to hold corporate events for foreign arms manufacturers.  source
Cut funding to Blind Citizens Australia, Deaf Australia and Down Syndrome Australia.  source
Refused to publish cost estimates for the data-retention policy which were provided by the industry.  source
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
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  source
Voted to keep the text of the China Free Trade deal secret from the public.  source
Abolished the $10,000 limit on political donations.  source
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
Claimed “good government starts today”, after 18 months of governing.  source
Referred journalists to the police after they reported on immigration matters, including the illegal breaches of Indonesia’s borders. source
Lied about the use of weapons by peaceful protesters on Manus Island, when their camp was flooded with armed guards in riot gear.  source
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
Spent over $80,000 on kitchen appliances.  source
Knighted Prince Phillip, a non-Australian who asked Indigenous leaders “Do you still throw spears at each other?”.  source
Broke the law by missing the deadline for publishing the Intergenerational Report, as stipulated by the Charter of Budget Honesty Act.  source
Applied to withdraw from a UN convention to protect migratory sharks, 2 months after agreeing to the convention.  source
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
Criminalised some discussions about cryptography by crytographic academics.  source  source  source
Spent more money per student on homeopathy, flower essence therapy and naturopathy tertiary courses than law, economics, languages and humanities.  source
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
Spent $88,000 on yoga workshops to improve the emotional intelligence of Immigration Department workers.  source
Used veto powers to block a UN resolution calling to the end of Israel’s occupation of Palestine.  source
Spent over $15 million on an advertisement campaign to make university fee deregulation more palatable.  source
Violated the principle of non-refoulement again, by sending a refugee back to Afghanistan, where he was subsequently tortured for trying to escape.  source
Scrapped a plan to make coursework masters students eligible for income support.  source
Cut $44 million over 4 years from the Skills for Education and Employment program which helps jobseekers improve their reading, writing and maths.  source
Cut $66 million over 3 years from a program which supplements the income of adult apprentices earning less than minimum wage.  source
Introduced a $900 NBN fee for all new houses.  source
Cut all funding of homelessness and community housing programs, except the ones they are legally required to fund.  source
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
Appointed a climate change denier as parliamentary secretary to the minister of the environment.  source
Appointed who said he has “no interest in defence issues” as Minister for Defence.  source
Cut foreign aid a third time, this time by $3.7 billion.  source
Spent $120,000 monitoring the media for mentions of the Immigration Department.  source
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
Withdrew from the UN Refugee Convention.  source
Gave millions of dollars to subsidise the training of priests and other religious workers, using the money cut from public, secular universities.  source
Forced indigenous welfare recipients to work for full time, for 52 weeks a year, to get $5 per hour.  source
Claimed that virtual private networks (VPNs) would be exempt from their internet filter, then voted against an amendment to exempt VPNs from the internet filter.  source
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
Gave the Immigration Minister the power to deny or revoke citizenship because someone has a mental illness.  source
Refused to grant asylum to anyone waiting in refugee camps in Indonesia.  source
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
Started an online petition to stop job losses at the ABC, just 36 hours after cutting ABC funding by 5%.  source
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
Perpetuated the lie of `Terra Nullius’.  source
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
Contracted out the managing of the Do Not Call Register to a marketing company.  source
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
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
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
Secretly and retrospectively changed the official record of what was said in parliament.  source
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
Tried to remove the requirement that all free to air TV stations have captions from 6am to midnight.  source
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
Appointed 2 Liberal mates to the Migration Review Tribunal even though they were not shortlisted by the selection committee.  source source
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
Reduced the number of charities and aid organisations allowed into the G20 summit from 75 to 3.  source
Reduced leave allowances for defence force personnel and reduced wage increases to below the inflation rate, just a few days after declaring war.  source
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
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
Broke an election promise by cutting ABC funding again ($120 million this time).  source  source
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
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
Spent $12 million trying to convince Sri Lanka to accept 2 boatloads of asylum seekers.  source
Spent $900,000 in just 2 months on private jet flights for ministers.  source
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
Raised the terror threat level to “high”, despite receiving no specific intelligence since claiming that the threat level “has not changed”.  source  source
Refused to give medical treatment to an asylum seeker with a cut on his foot, who later died because of an infection.  source
Rejected visa applications for unionists who wanted to attend a conference, because they didn’t have enough “personal wealth”.  source
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
Scrapped funding for the Red Cross asylum seeker support program. 500 jobs were lost.  source
Removed the requirement for ASIO to get a warrant before using tracking devices.  source
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
Legislated so that courts must accept illegally obtained evidence.  source
Privatised Australian Hearing.  source  source
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
Scrapped the Countering Violent Extremists Program, which involved grants to community programs.  source
Censored doctors’ reports showing that 1/3 of all detainees suffer from mental illness, and that self harm amongst children is common.  source  source
Axed the Schools Business Community Partnership Brokers program, which has saved thousands of students from dropping out of school.  source
Introduced Work-For-The-Dole despite their own data showing that such programs are the least effective way of helping people find jobs.  source
Cut the $16 per patient per day supplement for aged care providers.  source
Rewrote counterterrorism laws so that Australian tourists returning from Syria and Iraq will be guilty of terrorism until they prove they’re innocent.  source
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
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
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
Introduced mandatory meta-data 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
Finally admitted that “There’s no crisis at all in the Australian economy”, despite centering their election campaign on the alleged budget emergency.  source
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
Spent $50,000 on upgrades of curtains and upholstery for the Prime Minister’s office.  source
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
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
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
Incorrectly explained the mechanics of their own Carbon Price repeal.  source
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
Claimed pre-First Fleet Australia was “unsettled or, um, scarcely settled”, and called British colonisation a form of foreign investment.  source  source
Cut $44 million from homelessness services.  source
Removed all mentions of climate change from their extreme weather website.  source  source
Moved to strip environmental organisations from charity status.  source  source
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
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
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
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
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
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
Scrapped the annual $5 million grant to the Red Cross.  source
Defended the $4.8 million salary of the head of Australia Post, immediately after he cut 900 postal worker jobs to save money.  source
Lied by claiming asylum claims were being processed in the lead up to the Manus Island riots.  source
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
Failed to model the impact on hospital emergency room waiting times due to the proposed GP fee.  source
Cut a further $600 million from Indigenous programs, in addition to the $534 million cuts in the 2014 budget.  source  source
Claimed that removing the upper limit on university fees will cause fees to decrease.  source
Lied about the Australian Federal Police advising Tony Abbott not to visit Deakin University for safety reasons.  source
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
Slashed $560,000 from the Refugee Council of Australia.  source  source
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
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
Refused to comment about American drone strikes which killed 2 Australians.  source
Funded PNG’s defence against a legal challenge to the Manus Island detention centre.  source
Redirected $4 million from the Child Sex Abuse Royal Commission to the Home Insulation Inquiry.  source
Gave the Minister for Infrastructure the power to silence Infrastructure Australia (an independent body) without justification. (See section 5A(2) of the link.)  source
Tried to scrap the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency.  source
Confiscated medication from asylum seeker detainees. A 3 year old consequently suffered repeated seizures.  source  source  source
Deliberately hid the cost of the $4.45 million renovations on The Lodge.  source
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
Spent $50,000 on one dinner for 60 G20 guests, including food specially flown to Washington from all over Australia.  source
Lied about the presence of a full time psychiatrist on Manus Island.  source
Cut over $900 million from local council funding.  source
Scrapped tax breaks for people with a dependent spouse.  source
Voted against the creation of a federal anti-corruption watchdog.  source
Scrapped The Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership.  source
Cut $170 million from the Research Training Scheme, which supported research students.  source
Spent $12 million to investigate whether to sell off a department for $6 billion, when it makes $0.538 billion per year.  source
Cut $15 million from Charles Sturt University’s dental health program and oral clinic.  source
Cut $2.5 billion from aged care programs, such as Meals On Wheels.  source
Removed financial rewards which encouraged Universities to enroll disadvantaged students.  source
Scrapped the National Rental Affordability Scheme.  source
Cut Sunday penalty rates for casual restaurant workers.  source
Cut $16 million from ANSTO, Australia’s only nuclear research facility, and our only source of medical isotopes.  source
Slashed $1.1 million used to fight against animal abuse.  source
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
Cut $28.2 million from the Australia Council, which provides grants for the arts.  source
Cut $38 million from Australian television and film funding.  source
Scrapped the National Water Commission.  source
Scrapped the National Preventive Health Agency’s $2.9 million National Tobacco Campaign.  source
Broke an election promise to have over one million roofs with solar panels.  source  source
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
Scrapped a program to encourage graduates to take up work in places of need.  source
Cut $1.3 billion from seniors concessions funding.  source
Scrapped the Community Food Safety campaign.  source
Cut $2.3 million from contributions to the World Health Organization.  source
Scrapped a program which encouraged Australian video game development.  source
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  source
Scrapped the Women’s leadership program.  source
Broke an election promise by cutting well over $15 billion per year from health funding.  source  source  source  source
Scrapped the Australian Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation Authority, which has helped increase organ donation rates.  source
Tightened eligibility and lowered indexation for support for injured Veterans.  source  source
Scrapped the Commonwealth Human Rights Education Program.  source
Scrapped the Education Department’s Online Diagnostic Tools Program, which helped improve teachers’ productivity.  source
Cut $4.4 million from job interview workshop programs.  source
Scrapped the Office of Water Science research program.  source
Reduced the Medicare optometry rebate.  source
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
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
Scrapped Youth Connections, a program which helped disengaged youth reconnect with work and education.  source
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
Cut $845.6 million from programs which fund innovative start-ups.  source
Stopped giving under 25s Newstart. The Joint Committee on Human Rights said that this will violate our human rights obligations.  source  source  source
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
Halved the $2.55 billion emissions reduction fund.  source
Cut $2 billion from Australian Renewable Energy Agency, Landcare and other environmental agencies.  source
Cut over half a billion from Indigenous spending.  source
Cut 16,500 public service jobs, despite promising to create one million new jobs.  source
Cut the Exotic Diseases program.  source
Ended the Get Reading! program.  source
Scrapped the Centre for Quality Teaching.  source
Cut $111 million from the CSIRO.  source  source  source
Cut $120 million from ethanol and biofuel programs.  source  source
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
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
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
Scrapped the First Home Buyer’s Account scheme, which provided sorely needed assistance for young people to buy homes.  source
Broke an election promise by tightening disability pension eligibility and financially penalising anyone who spends at least 4 weeks overseas.  source  source  source
Broke an election promise by changing age pension indexation, and eligibility age, and the threshold.  source  source  source
Abolished the position of disability commissioner, then created the position of wind farm commissioner.  source  source
Cut all funding to the government’s only dedicated disability website.  source  source
Broke an election promise by cutting $40 million from the SBS and ABC.  source  source  source
Cut foreign aid, again. This time by $7.6 billion.  source
Started charging interest on HECS. OECD figures show that the public benefits from tertiary qualifications twice as much as the individual.  source  source
Reduced the income threshold where graduates start to pay back HECS.  source
Cut $138 million from the Australian Federal Police, resulting in 335 job losses.  source
Scrapped a loan scheme which helped apprentices buy the tools they need to learn and work.  source
Claimed asylum seekers are safe on Nauru, even after an unexploded wartime shell was found inside the compound.  source
Claimed asylum seekers are safe on Nauru, even after it was leaked that some guards physically and verbally assault children regularly.  source
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
Went $1 million (67%) over budget on the Commision of Audit, an investigation into how taxpayer money can be spent more prudently.  source
Cut $15 million from Flinders Hospital, then spent $10 million upgrading the field for the Manly Rugby League team.  source
Broke an election promise to not cut ABC funding, by cutting all funding to the Australia Network (part of the ABC).  source  source  source
Described wind farms as “utterly offensive” and “a blight on the landscape”.  source
Spent $20 million on an international campaign to discourage people from fleeing war crimes, genocide and other persecution.  source
Broke an election promise by proposing a deficit tax.  source
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
Paid people $1500 per person per day to recommend spending cuts.  source
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
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
Removed climate change from the agenda of the 2014 international G20 summit.  source
Spent about $2 million for Prince William and Kate’s 14 day royal visit, despite the alleged budget emergency.  source  source
Spent $3 billion on new drones to patrol our borders, despite the alleged budget emergency.  source
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
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
Broke an election promise by no longer guaranteeing NBN speeds higher than what ADSL can provide.  source
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
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
Claimed a 2.5% reduction in funding every year for the ABC is not a funding cut.  source
Cut over 300 jobs (about 1 in 3) in the Treasury department.  source
Cut 400 jobs in the Department of Industry.  source
Removed anti-sweatshop laws and cut all funding to Ethical Clothing Australia.  source
Closed all Medicare offices on Saturdays.  source
Ceased legal assistance for people exercising their right to make a claim for asylum.  source
Cut 250 jobs from the Federal Environment Department.  source  source
Increased the fee for lodging Freedom of Information requests.  source
Increased the eligibility age for the pension.  source
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
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  source
Chose not to give 300 children almost any schooling during 9 months of detention.  source  source
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
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
Chose not to process any claims for asylum from people detained on Manus Island.  source
Claimed that all social media is anonymous.  source
Chose to keep secret the interim report into the riots inside the Manus Island detention centre.  source  source
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
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
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
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
Started charging people who put in bankruptcy applications, and increased the levy on money earned post-bankruptcy.  source
Broke international laws by arbitrarily imprisoning children.  source
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
Tried to reintroduce temporary protection visas.  source  source
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
Reintroduced the British system of knights and dames, only 3 months after saying they would not do so.  source
Spent $211,000 on public relations staff to make the Medibank Private sale more palatable to the public.  source
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
Claimed that all Australians have the “right to be a bigot”.  source
Refused to grant a human rights lawyer access to the Manus Island detention centre.  source
Backed PNG’s decision to cancel a human rights inquiry into the Manus Island detention centre.  source
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 because of the horrid conditions.  source  source
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
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
Vowed to revive a part of WorkChoices which means construction Industry Enterprise Bargaining Agreements don’t apply to subcontractors doing Commonwealth work.  source
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
Failed to provide running water to some toilets in the detention centre on Manus Island.  source
Spent $25 million extending the contracts of the crew on one ship so they could be part of Operation Sovereign Borders.  source
Provided no soap in the Manus Island detention centre and regularly gave asylum seekers worm infested food.  source
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  source
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
Prevented journalists from interviewing asylum seekers injured in the Manus Island riots.  source
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  source
Cut all welfare ($260,000) for orphans of defence force casualties.  source  source  source
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. This includes selling NSW’s ‘poles and wires’ for only $3-5 billion, even though they generate over $1.5 billion per year for the government. 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
Justified the logging of forests currently on the world heritage list because Christianity supposedly tells us “the environment is meant for man”.  source
Ripped $140 billion out of Australians’ superannuation accounts through loosening of consumer protection rules regarding financial planning.  source
Deported the mother of a 4 year old Australian citizen, thereby separating the child permanently from her only remaining guardian.  source
Stopped collecting data on gender equality in the workplace.  source
Threatened to block government funding from arts groups who refuse sponsorship from corporations the artists deem unethical. source
Lied to the United Nations about the quality of the Tasmanian forests they want removed from the world heritage list.  source
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
Suggested most existing major roads should introduce tolls.  source
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
Failed to supply enough food to asylum seekers inside the detention centre on Manus Island.  source
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
Kept secret the taxpayer funded 900 page Audit commission report which recommended tightening eligibility for seniors health cards.  source
Tried to scrap the price on carbon, even though the emissions of relevant companies have dropped by 7% due to the price.  source
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
Ridiculed the notion that the minister for women should identify as a feminist.  source
Started 5 audits of the NBN within the first 7 months of being in power.  source
Proposed the scrapping of regulation which prevents media monopolies and duopolies.  source
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
Blamed Qantas job losses on the carbon tax, even though a Qantas spokesman said “Qantas’ current issues are not related to carbon pricing”.  source
Finally admitted that “Operation Sovereign Borders” is a civilian operation not a military one.  source
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
Spent $22,000 taxpayer dollars buying new cutlery and crockery for the ministerial wing of parliament.  source
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
Proposed a “green army” comprised of young people paid less than half of minimum wage without normal workplace protections. source  source  source
Cut $3 million in funding for a program to save an endangered rhino species of which there are only 100 left.  source
Referred to our humanitarian immigration program as “Operation Sovereign Murders”.  source
Defended spending $3.5 million on a tent kitchen on Manus Island.  source
Sent asylum seekers back to Indonesia, 3 of which later died trying to cross a river in the jungle they landed next to.  source
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
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
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
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
Defied legislation by not appointing the Climate Change Authority to run the investigation into the Renewable Energy Target.  source
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  source
Forced Manus Island staffers to lie to detainees.  source
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
Spent $13.3 million on floating hotels for detention centre staff on Manus island.  source
Admitted the information given about the Manus detention centre riots was drastically wrong.  source  source
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
Purchased 8 new Poseidon aircraft totalling $4 billion despite the “budget emergency”.  source  source
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
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
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
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
Removed poverty reduction from the goals of the foreign affairs department, which manages foreign aid.  source
Paid their own indigenous employees substantially less than non-indigenous co-workers despite promising to help “close the gap”.  source
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
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
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
Annoyed the Navy by having the immigration minister tour naval bases like a defence minister would.  source
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
Chose a climate change denier to lead a review of the renewable energy target.  source
Denied any link between droughts and climate change.  source
Spent $4.3 million on market research to gauge public opinion on social media and other outlets about government policies.  source  source
Proposed greater government control over the internet, including the power to order ISPs to block specific sites.  source  source
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
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
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
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
Alleged that Edward Snowden endangered lives and claimed that Australia does not need any surveillance reform.  source  source
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
Cut 500 jobs from the Australian Tax Office.  source
Violated Youtube’s policies regarding deceptive content, resulting in the suspension of Abbott’s whole channel.  source
Lied about NSW signing on with their independent schools deal.  source
Proposed the conversion of one quarter of public schools to independent schools.  source
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
Lied about the working conditions at SPC factories to justify declining financial assistance.  source
Arbitrarily denied many asylum seekers the right to a lawyer during the interviews where they make their asylum claim.  source
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
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
Embarrassed Australia on the world stage by oversimplifying the Syrian conflict as “goodies vs baddies”.  source
Appointed yet another straight, white cisgendered male as Governor General.  source
Called Edward Snowden a traitor.  source
Criticised the ABC because they aren’t biased towards the Government.  source
Accepted a claim for asylum not because of the merit of the claim but because Cricket Australia wanted the man in their team.  source
Violated international convention by criticising Labor on the Global stage.  source
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
Shut down the 113 year old Australian Valuation Office, thereby making 200 jobs disappear.  source
Provoked Indonesia so much that they put their air force on standby at the border.  source
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
Defeated moves to cease the recital of the (Christian) Lord’s prayer at the start of each sitting day of (secular) federal parliament. source
Cut all funding from all international environmental programs.  source
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
Authorised the Navy to fire over the bows of asylum seeker boats.  source
Refused to comment on 4 attempted suicides, hunger strikes and many self harm attempts happening simultaneously in detention centres.  source
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
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
Refused to respond to questions from the United Nations about boat tow-backs.  source
Likened our humanitarian immigration program to war.  source
Directed that asylum seeker families shall be given the lowest priority for processing, even those who’ve lived in Australia for years.  source
Spent over $120,000 on Kirribilli House, including $13,000 on an imported luxury rug, paid for by the taxpayer.  source
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
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
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
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
Scrapped the Building Multicultural Communities Program. 400 community organizations will now miss out on the promised funding they have already budgeted for.  source
Cut all funding to Jewish Holocaust Centre ($7,700).  source
Tried to silence the media to stop them criticising the upcoming private jet deal for politicians.  source
Quietly reduced instant asset write-off tax breaks for small businesses despite championing themselves as pro-small-business.  source
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
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
Stopped weekly press conferences on asylum seekers. Declined further comment on the matter.  source
Approved a 6.2% increase in health insurance premiums.  source
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
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
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
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
Scrapped the AusAid graduate program, requiring the sacking of the newest batch of graduates.  source
Axed the position of coordinator-general for remote indigenous services.  source
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
Appointed Tim Wilson as human rights commissioner – someone who has personally advocated for the abolition of the human rights commission, and who’s new 6 figure salary is so large that the commission will have to cut education and anti-bullying programs to fund it.  source
Scrapped the Biodiversity fund.  source
Cut funding for the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples, a body of elected representatives of the indigenous people.  source
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  source
Axed the home energy saver scheme, which successfully helped struggling households cut down high electricity bills.  source
Dismantled the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, the Low Carbon Communities Program and the Caring for our Country Program.  source
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
Cut funding for the Energy Efficiency Program (which was compulsory for large electricity consumers).  source
Slashed all funding (over $10 million) from the Environmental Defender’s Offices.  source
Broke an election promise by cutting $150 million from NSW hospitals.  source  source
Axed a scheme to improve the wages of aged care workers.  source
Scrapped the Wage Connect Program (a scheme which encouraged employers to hire long-term unemployed people).  source
Broke an election promise for a 25Mbi/s National Broadband Network, and announced that it will cost more than they promised.  source
Broke an election promise to return to surplus by 2016-2017.  source
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
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
Repealed poker machine laws designed to address gambling addiction.  source
Planned the unwinding of the World Heritage protection of Tasmanian forests despite opposition from the Forest Industries Association of Tasmania.  source
Changed the ministerial code of conduct so ministers no longer have to sell shares which create a conflict of interest.  source
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
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
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
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
Removed the Murray Darling from the list of threatened ecological communities.  source
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
Removed the requirement for the government to consider advice about the protection of endangered species when approving projects.  source
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
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
Incorrectly defined meta-data as billing data only, when it actually includes email subject headings, location data, financial transaction details and more.  source  source  source
Called for privatisation of electricity networks, despite evidence showing it does not lower power bills.  source  source
Cut $3 billion in welfare for students, the elderly and families.  source  source
Scrapped the Advisory Panel on Positive Ageing, despite the fact our population is aging.  source
Secretly changed voting position at the UN regarding the Israel and Palestine issue without telling anyone.  source
Abandoned Gonski agreements with states and committed to 3 fewer years of Gonski than their pre-election promise.  source
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
Cut $4.5 billion in foreign aid.  source  source
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
Disbanded AusAid (the foreign aid body), merging the remainder into the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.  source
Ceased reporting births and clinical depression in detention centers. Downgraded self harm.  source
Forcefully and unapologetically separated a mother and her newborn child.  source
Cut $300 million from child care staff subsidies.  source
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
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
Increased superannuation tax for the poor, and decreased it for the rich.  source
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
Withdraw all Commonwealth funding for Commonwealth supported places at University.  source
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
Provided $2.2 million for miners and farmers to fight against native title claims.  source
Cut $435 million from the Renewable Energy Agency.  source
Unwound same sex marriage laws in ACT.  source  source
Scrapped the Social Inclusion Board (an anti-poverty advisory group).  source
Used Wikipedia as a source to support a claim which was actually contradicted by Wikipedia.  source  source
Declared bushfires unrelated to climate change.  source  source
Mandated that all public servants should incorrectly refer to boat arrivals as “illegal”.  source  source  source
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
Proposed privatising HECS.  source
Tried to raise the debt ceiling by $200 billion.  source
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
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
Broke an election promise by trying to scrap the 2020 emissions target.  source  source
Scrapped the Climate coalition.  source
Cut 600 CSIRO staff.  source
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
Excused torture in Sri Lanka.  source
Chose not to appoint a minister for science, for the first time in half a century.  source
Appointed a man as minister for women who said “I don’t support womens’ causes”.  source  source
Chose a cabinet with 18 men and only 1 woman.  source
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 (last election day)  source
That’s a total of 596 dot points in 1027 days. Averaging 0.8 dot points per business day.