Clarify which of the IPA's 75 policies the Coalition plans to implement.
  • Petitioned Tony Abbott, Leader of the Opposition

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Tony Abbott, Leader of the Opposition

Clarify which of the IPA's 75 policies the Coalition plans to implement.

    1. Petition by

      Tom Cummings


The Coalition has consistently refused to unveil any policies; however Tony Abbott has indicated (in a speech to the IPA, now published on his web site) that his party supports the IPA's stance on many policy issues. These issues will adversely impact on millions of Australians.

Tony Abbott needs to state for the record which of the 75 policies the IPA published in August 2012 he and his party will take into the 2013 election, and which of these policies he and his party will pursue should they form government.

These policies are:

1 Repeal the carbon tax, and don't replace it.
2 Abolish the Department of Climate Change
3 Abolish the Clean Energy Fund
4 Repeal Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act
5 Abandon Australia's bid for a seat on the United Nations Security Council
6 Repeal the renewable energy target
7 Return income taxing powers to the states
8 Abolish the Commonwealth Grants Commission
9 Abolish the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission
10 Withdraw from the Kyoto Protocol
11 Introduce fee competition to Australian universities
12 Repeal the National Curriculum
13 Introduce competing private secondary school curriculums
14 Abolish the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA)
15 Eliminate laws that require radio and television broadcasters to be 'balanced'
16 Abolish television spectrum licensing and devolve spectrum management to the common law
17 End local content requirements for Australian television stations
18 Eliminate family tax benefits
19 Abandon the paid parental leave scheme
20 Means-test Medicare
21 End all corporate welfare and subsidies by closing the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education
22 Introduce voluntary voting
23 End mandatory disclosures on political donations
24 End media blackout in final days of election campaigns
25 End public funding to political parties
26 Remove anti-dumping laws
27 Eliminate media ownership restrictions
28 Abolish the Foreign Investment Review Board
29 Eliminate the National Preventative Health Agency
30 Cease subsidising the car industry
31 Formalise a one-in, one-out approach to regulatory reduction
32 Rule out federal funding for 2018 Commonwealth Games
33 Deregulate the parallel importation of books
34 End preferences for Industry Super Funds in workplace relations laws
35 Legislate a cap on government spending and tax as a percentage of GDP
36 Legislate a balanced budget amendment which strictly limits the size of budget deficits and the period the federal government can be in deficit
37 Force government agencies to put all of their spending online in a searchable database
38 Repeal plain packaging for cigarettes and rule it out for all other products, including alcohol and fast food
39 Reintroduce voluntary student unionism at universities
40 Introduce a voucher scheme for secondary schools
41 Repeal the alcopops tax
42 Introduce a special economic zone in the north of Australia including:
a) Lower personal income tax for residents
b) Significantly expanded 457 Visa programs for workers
c) Encourage the construction of dams
43 Repeal the mining tax
44 Devolve environmental approvals for major projects to the states
45 Introduce a single rate of income tax with a generous tax-free threshold
46 Cut company tax to an internationally competitive rate of 25 per cent
47 Cease funding the Australia Network
48 Privatise Australia Post
49 Privatise Medibank
50 Break up the ABC and put out to tender each individual function
51 Privatise SBS
52 Reduce the size of the public service from current levels of more than 260,000 to at least the 2001 low of 212,784
53 Repeal the Fair Work Act
54 Allow individuals and employers to negotiate directly terms of employment that suit them
55 Encourage independent contracting by overturning new regulations designed to punish contractors
56 Abolish the Baby Bonus
57 Abolish the First Home Owners' Grant
58 Allow the Northern Territory to become a state
59 Halve the size of the Coalition front bench from 32 to 16
60 Remove all remaining tariff and non-tariff barriers to international trade
61 Slash top public servant salaries to much lower international standards, like in the United States
62 End all public subsidies to sport and the arts
63 Privatise the Australian Institute of Sport
64 End all hidden protectionist measures, such as preferences for local manufacturers in government tendering
65 Abolish the Office for Film and Literature Classification
66 Rule out any government-supported or mandated internet censorship
67 Means test tertiary student loans
68 Allow people to opt out of superannuation in exchange for promising to forgo any government income support in retirement
69 Immediately halt construction of the National Broadband Network and privatise any sections that have already been built
70 End all government funded Nanny State advertising
71 Reject proposals for compulsory food and alcohol labelling
72 Privatise the CSIRO
73 Defund Harmony Day
74 Close the Office for Youth
75 Privatise the Snowy-Hydro Scheme


Tony Abbott, Leader of the Opposition
Clarify which of the IPA's 75 policies the Coalition plans to implement.

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    Reasons for signing

    • jake ban AUSTRALIA
      • 3 months ago

      im so sick of this government thinking we are their 'slaves'

    • Judith Capps AUSTRALIA
      • 6 months ago

      I cannot imagine what damage his government will do to Australia.

    • Daniel Radley AUSTRALIA
      • 8 months ago

      I do not want billionaire miners, religious leaders, tobacco companies, racists hack bloggers to have any dictation on our great countries future. Oh and what scares you Tony Abbott and clan about science and facts?

    • chris morris SHOALWATER, AUSTRALIA
      • 10 months ago

      I want to live in a progressive responsible society that cares for everyone, the IPA's 75 policies will see wealth further concentrated to a few..

      • 10 months ago

      The IPA have added another 25, so please clarify which of the 100 policies the Coalition plans to implement.

      76 Have State Premiers appoint High Court justices

      77 Allow ministers to be appointed from outside parliament

      78 Extend the GST to cover all goods and services but return all extra revenue to taxpayers through cutting other taxes

      79 Abolish the federal department of health and return health policy to the states

      80 Abolish the federal department of education and return education policy to the states

      81 Repeal any new mandatory data retention laws

      82 Abolish the Australian Human Rights Commission

      83 Have trade unions regulated like public companies, with ASIC responsible for their oversight

      84 End all public funding to unions and employer associations

      85 Repeal laws which protect unions from competition, such as the ‘conveniently belong' rules in the Fair Work Act

      86 Extend unrestricted work visas currently granted to New Zealand citizens to citizens of the United States

      87 Negotiate and sign free trade agreements with Australia's largest trading partners, including China, India, Japan and South Korea

      88 Restore fundamental legal rights to all existing commonwealth legislation such as the right to silence and the presumption of innocence

      89 Adhere to section 51(xxxi) of the Constitution by not taking or diminishing anyone's property without proper compensation

      90 Repeal legislative restrictions on the use of nuclear power

      91 Allow full competition on all foreign air routes

      92 Abolish the Medicare levy surcharge

      93 Abolish the luxury car tax

      94 Halve the number of days parliament sits to reduce the amount of legislation passed

      95 Abolish Tourism Australia and cease subsidising the tourism industry

      96 Make all government payments to external parties publicly available including the terms and conditions of those payments

      97 Abandon plans to restrict foreign investment in Australia's agricultural industry

      98 Cease the practice of setting up government-funded lobby groups, such as YouMeUnity, which uses taxpayer funds to campaign to change the Australian Constitution

      99 Rule out the introduction of mandatory pre-commitment for electronic gaming machines

      100 Abolish the four pillars policy which prevents Australia's major banks from merging


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