Breaking election promises as easy as ABC

Today it has been revealed that Tony Abbott plans to break his promise that there would be "no cuts to the ABC".

On the night before the 2013 Federal Election Tony Abbott promised on SBS News: "No cuts to education, no cuts to health, no change to pensions, no change to the GST and no cuts to the ABC or SBS."

Now it seems that is a lie.

The Sun Herald has revealed that Tony Abbott has indeed made promises he does not intend on keeping and he plans to break these promises in the upcoming Budget.

"This is an issue of trust. If Tony Abbott cuts the ABC's budget it will mean he has lied to the Australian people and it will show you can't trust him," Mr Clare said.

In his first press conference as Prime Minister Tony Abbott said:

"I don't intend on making promises that I won't keep."

[TONY ABBOTT – PRESS CONFERENCE – 16 SEPTEMBER 2013]

After Tony Abbott cut down Malcolm Turnbull in 2009, Malcolm Turnbull launched a scathing attack on the leadership of Tony Abbott. He said:

"There is a major issue of integrity at stake here. The Liberals should reflect very deeply on it... Many Liberals are rightly dismayed that... we are now without integrity. We have given our opponents the irrefutable, undeniable evidence that we cannot be trusted."

[MALCOLM TURNBULL – OPINION PIECE – 7 DECEMBER 2009]

If the Government breaks its promise on the ABC Malcolm Turnbull's words from 2009 will ring true once again and prove the Liberal Government cannot be trusted.

"If Tony Abbott breaks this promise it won't just hurt his integrity, it will also hurt regional Australia," Mr Clare said.

Regional Australia relies on ABC Regional Radio for local news, local sport and emergency broadcasts.

In Senate Estimates hearings in February, ABC Managing Director Mark Scott said he could not guarantee that cuts to the ABC's budget would not affect ABC Regional Radio services.

MARK SCOTT: ...and I can give no guarantee on any services—that any services could be spared, including rural services, if our funding was cut.

SENATOR URQUHART: Does that lack of guarantee, if funding were cut, refer to radio as well?

MARK SCOTT: Yes.

SENATOR URQUHART: Particularly digital radio?

MARK SCOTT: If our funding was somehow cut, we would need to look at all our services: radio, television, online, in the cities and in the bush.

[MARK SCOTT - SENATE ESTIMATES – 25 FEBRUARY 2014]

SUNDAY, 13 APRIL 2014

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