- 06 Dec 2014 05:02
He pumped $10 billion into a weapons acquisition program (F-35) and then moved to cut defense personnel wages.
He scrapped the all fiber national broadband network in favor of a 'cheaper' coaxial alternative to save money, then moved to privatize all NBN infrastructure already built, effectively selling off tax payer investments to the lowest corporate bidder. Now the private contractors are dithering, half-arsing a half baked network into something no longer worth building, but more tax payer billions are being funneled to the corporate owners in the interests of speeding up construction. Tax payers are paying more for what is to be a sub-standard NBN, and in the end it won't be owned by us.
He scrapped the carbon tax to lower electricity prices and then eliminated regulatory controls over private energy firms, this has led to electricity prices going up.
He scrapped federal funding for public schools, and increased federal funding for private schools. To get around the separation of church and state (which only applies to federal government and not state government) he came up with a conditional federal funding budget, those states that fire their secular councilors and hire clergy will receive more federal cash.
He unsuccessfully tried to cut public university funding, deregulate price controls and he tried to sell off the student government contributions debt scheme to private companies so that students would end up paying more, and getting into more debt.
This guy is a malicious fiend and he's in it for his little cartel of corporate Palestinians and religious zealots. The Church is one of the biggest corporate entities and interest groups in this country, they are in a frenzy developing land they own at the moment. And they need not worry about taxes. Now he's giving them taxpayer handouts.
Unless he is voted out decisively in the next election, unless the ultra-neoliberal scummery of his cliche is kept away from the reigns for the decade thereafter, this country will start resembling a socioeconomic steaming pile of shit akin to parts of the US I had the unfortunate pleasure to visit.