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The Australian Election 2010 Infographic
Some inconvenient facts to dispel right wing misinformation
Number of ‘boat people’ arriving:
2,750 Under Kevin Rudd Labor Government 2009
5,516 Under John Howard Coalition Government 2001
Government debt for Australia versus the G7 nations
Percent of GDP as net debt (approximate values from chart)
Australia: 3 percent
Canada: 30 percent
Germany: 70 percent
United Kingdom: 72 percent
France: 70 percent
USA: 60 percent
Italy: 110 percent
Japan: 140 percent
Abbott is running a scare campaign on Labor’s ‘massive debt’. It’s actually the smallest debt in the industrialised world and helped keep Australia out of recession during the Global Financial Crisis. His policies are to make cuts everywhere and not invest in infrastructure. This is a comparable strategy to playing Monopoly and saving your cash instead of buying properties.
Source: IMF World Economic Outlook April 2010. IMF Fiscal Monitor May 2010 and Treasury.
Cost of election promises so far
(as of 8th August 2010)
Labor $3.74 billion
Coalition $16.31 billion
Source: Queensland Sunday Mail 8th August 2010 Page 9
Labor: Increased hospital funding by 50%
1,300 new GPs
1,000 new nurse training places
484 GP Superclinics
Tony Abbott as health minister:
Cut federal health funding by one billion dollars from 2003 to 2007
Froze GP training places despite a shortfall, and left a shortage of 6000 nurses
Sources: Sources: Parliamentary Budget Papers 03/04, Federal Hansard 18 Nov. 2009, http://www.alp.org.au
Labor: $16.2 billion investment in education through the Building the Education Revolution Economic Stimulus Package
Coalition: Will scrap 1,800 trades training places
and 790,000 computers/upgrades
and $425 million Teacher Quality Program
http://www.alp.org.au, The Australian, 9 December 2009, The Australian, 25 May 2010,
Joe Hockey – “Coalition Savings” – National Press Club Address & Media Release – 19 May 2010
Labor: Up to 1 gigabit per second
Coalition: up to 100 megabits per second
Bear in mind that the 100MBps is an absolute maximum and that speeds will be far less in most places under Abbott’s plan.
Conversely the nature of fibreoptic networks means that Labor’s NBN will start at 1GBps but is scalable up to 1TBps and beyond – it is only the technology outside the NBN (at either end of the network) that is a limit to capacity.
Some quotes from Tony Abbott
“Climate change is absolute crap” March 2008
“Paid maternity leave over this government’s dead body” July 2002
“The Howard Government’s industrial legislation, it was good for wages, it was good for jobs, and it was good for workers. And let’s never forget that.” March 2008
“I probably feel a bit threatened (by homosexuality)” March 2010
Tony Abbott is an arrogant, homophobic, xenophobic, misogynistic, backwards, right wing theocratic imbecile living in the 1950s who looks awful in speedos. Please don’t vote for him.
You can help us all to wake up on August 22nd with Australia’s first elected female Prime Minister instead of Big-ears the Self-important Jerk by sharing this infographic with as many humans as you can. Facebook it, email it, transcribe it onto public toilet walls, etc.
MADE BY A PERSON NOT A MEMBER OF ANY POLITICAL PARTY WHO JUST HAPPENS TO DISLIKE TONY ABBOTT A LOT
[via an anonymous source… but it’s all sourced in the graphic.]