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    Posted: 08 Sep 2013 at 6:04pm
Lockyer mayor calls for MP to resign over bypass funding

UPDATE: Lockyer Valley Mayor Steve Jones has called on Member for Groom Ian Macfarlane to resign over botched funding for the Toowoomba bypass.

"Mr Macfarlane, whose electorate takes in the Toowoomba region, pledged $700 million in funding from a Coalition Government towards the $1.6 billion Toowoomba Bypass project or he would stand down," he said.

"Well, it's now time for him to resign.

"I am absolutely disgusted to learn that the project will now receive just $130 million during the next four years.

"That's a $570 million shortfall of what was originally pledged and more than $1.4 billion short of what the entire project will cost.

"We have been pushing for a second range crossing now for 25 years.

I am absolutely disgusted to learn that the project will now receive just $130 million during the next four years
"Band aid solutions are no longer acceptable and it's about time all levels of government stopped mucking around and got on with the job on delivering this project.

"You only have to look at the way the government has gone about trying to fix the current Toowoomba Range to understand how important it is to have an acceptable alternative route.

"If there was a second crossing we would not have any delays and traffic would continue to flow on this important road," he said.

"I for one call on Mr Macfarlane to stick to his word and either find the $570 million within the first term of a Coalition Government, or resign immediately," Cr Jones said.

"It's an absolute disgrace.

"He knows how vital a bypass is for the region and to swear black and blue that a Coalition Government would fund the project to the tune of $700 million only to then cut it to just $130 million is abhorrent."

EARLIER: Coalition budget costings released ahead of tomorrow's federal election reveal only $130 million has been allocated towards the Toowoomba Range bypass project over the next four years.

The Fiscal Budget Impact of Federal Coalition Policies, announced by shadow treasurer Joe Hockey, shows $50 million has been allocated in 2015-16 and a further $80 million in 2016-17.

Incumbent Federal Member for Groom Ian Macfarlane had promised $700 million for the project in the Coalition's first budget should they win office.

Mr Macfarlane told The Chronicle on January 25, 2013, he would not seek re-election if the money was not delivered.

He went on to say he would put his reputation on the line in relation to the project.

However, the Fiscal Budget Impact of Federal Coalition Policies document told a different story with only $130 million being made available in the Coalition's first term should they win tomorrow's election.

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Don't you know Tony wants to be known as an infrastructure Prime Minister. 

He will slash the guts out of Labors infrastructure projects, but just thinks that infrastructure Prime Minister is a cool name to have

I would like to be known as Batman, but that wont happen either
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Guessing what a clean living, Family Man of Christian values might do as our new Prime Minister, is being presumptuous to the extreme.
Given what we have been tolerating for six years, Can he do worse.
Talk to us after he fails.    The Australian Public delivered him a
resounding victory and sent the cannibals packing.
Tony will save us.
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God help us if the interview Cassidy had with Robb is anything to go by
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Interesting that Abbott preaches small govt. 

He had the biggest shadow govt in the history of the commonwealth with 43. 

The maximum allowable govt size constitutionally is 40 

Some conservatives 'mates' will face the chop
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Bronwyn as speaker   Ermm
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God help us if the interview Cassidy had with Robb is anything to go by

BARRIE CASSIDY: Yeah, except you talked up the great differences and talked about a budget emergency, and when the costings finally came out you pretty much adopted the Labor blueprint, certainly their timetable?

ANDREW ROBB: Well Barrie, you know, that costings that we put out last week demonstrated a $16 billion reduction in debt, a $6 billion in deficit. But what it did mark is a change in direction; we are going to stop the growth of debt. Debt's growing at …

BARRIE CASSIDY: Yeah but $6 billion …

ANDREW ROBB: … a faster rate than it has in our history.


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 Policy details the Coalition kept hidden during the campaign are to become public in a document dump scheduled for next month.

The Parliamentary Budget Office sent letters of request to all three major political groups during the campaign asking for a comprehensive list of election commitments by 5pm last Friday.

The office said on Sunday that all three complied, with Labor furnishing 132 commitments, the Coalition 169 and the Greens 107.

The office now makes its own assessment of whether the lists are accurate and releases its account of what it believes was promised within 30 days of Saturday's poll, which will be Monday, October 7, just after the first week of parliamentary sittings.

It will also release its estimate of the total effect of each set of commitments on the budget bottom line. The assessment will be the first not mediated by the parties themselves. The Coalition employed three analysts it said were independent, who limited their comments to one page, saying they agreed with the totals.

Parliamentary Budget Officer Phil Bowen said he would also release the detailed figuring and assumptions the Coalition had not. Many had already been prepared for the Coalition by the office but kept secret, with the Coalition deciding to release only totals rather than the means by which they were determined.

As a result, details such as the starting date of policies and the way they would be applied were kept secret from Labor, encouraging it to make errors such as claiming the Coalition's policy was to cut 20,000 public service positions rather than 12,000.

The document dump will allow the public and Labor to see the details of the policies with which the Coalition went to the people.

The requirement for a post-election review was inserted into the Parliamentary Budget Office Act initiated by former treasurer Wayne Swan to ensure "political parties are straight with the Australian people before the election".

"They will be caught out afterwards if they are not," he said in March.

This story was found at: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/federal-election-2013/costings-truth-will-follow-details-drop-20130908-2tea0.html

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THE incoming Coalition government will have to cut spending much more than it flagged during the campaign if it wants any hope of returning the budget to surplus, leading economists say.

The expected bounce in business and consumer confidence should lift share prices and the Australian dollar, but only drastic structural reforms to spending can bridge the $30 billion gap between federal revenues and expenses.

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The Building Industry will give the new Government a big boost.
We have had 6 years going backwards in that area and supply and demand has to be move things eventually.   Expect pressures upwards on Interest rates within the first half of Abbotts term.    We may even have restrictions put on Banks to slow the recovery.
Interesting times.
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Abbott will do very little if he is smart He is inheriting a healthy economy. He would be stupid to do anything to change that. That is why he is back tracking from all the gloom and doom rhetoric. The dumbest thing he could do is bring his commission of audit to find gaping holes and risk downgrading our credit rating
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abbott knows what he has. 

they will blame labor for a lot. that is normal

they will find more problems with the budge. that is normal

they have outlined that they will stop the boats and get rid of the mining and carbon tax. on the first one they will have to be tough and on the second two they will either need to get it through or go to a double dissolution. abbott cannot afford to go to an election in 3 years with these things.

great to hear warren truss say they will go ahead with badgerrys creek yesterday. for mine they have 4 key areas of infrastructure to focus on. roads, second sydney airport, rail freight and the nbn. the liberal nbn plan is turnbull's plan and if labor voters thought they could vote for him then they have to trust that this plan is the best plan( i was thinking yesterday that palmer got the turnbull vote, those that would of voted liberal if turnbull was in charge)

the fact that they are moving on the roads and the second sydney airport is a positive.

they do all those things and provide stability and focus at the top level then business willbe ready to jump on investment at the first sign of consumer confidence. 

i said before the election that any government that was elected would get the benefit of things improving. the fact that it is the liberal party hopefully means they do not blow it.  
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Originally posted by Browndog Browndog wrote:

Abbott will do very little if he is smart He is inheriting a healthy economy. He would be stupid to do anything to change that. That is why he is back tracking from all the gloom and doom rhetoric. The dumbest thing he could do is bring his commission of audit to find gaping holes and risk downgrading our credit rating


$12 Billion a year in interest .    Healthy ???,      PERLEASE.
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Originally posted by maccamax maccamax wrote:

Originally posted by Browndog Browndog wrote:

Abbott will do very little if he is smart He is inheriting a healthy economy. He would be stupid to do anything to change that. That is why he is back tracking from all the gloom and doom rhetoric. The dumbest thing he could do is bring his commission of audit to find gaping holes and risk downgrading our credit rating


$12 Billion a year in interest .    Healthy ???,      PERLEASE.

How do you arrive at this figure maxie?
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Thought of a number,doubled it added 14. Halved it,took away the number he thought of added a few billion more.    Easy
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How could Turnbull seriously be thinking of appointing ziggy as chair of NBN. Whe it was he that said copper network was at 5 minutes to midnight when he was in charge of TELSTRA many many moons ago.
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How could Turnbull seriously be thinking of appointing ziggy as chair of NBN. Whe it was he that said copper network was at 5 minutes to midnight when he was in charge of TELSTRA many many moons ago.

you are building a telecommunications company that will be one of the largest companies in australia and doing it from scratch and there is no one on the board with civil engineering experience or has headed a telecommunications company in the past.

would that not be the first thing you look for?

looks like turnbull did the sensible thing and went out to speak to anyone that has experience in running a telecommunications company and ziggy put his hand up. ziggy did not understand the sales and marketing side of telstra like thodey does and that is what is returning telstra. the nbn is a contruction project in its current form and will be that way for 2 to 3 years and therefore, you need people running it with netowrking construction experience.

no brainer. 

they are running 4 reports over the current rollout and will set forward a plan in the next 3 months with a new board and management. this is where turnbull will be essential with his private sector connections and experience. 

this is a big challenge for him and so far when it comes to selling it he struggles or trips over himself. he needs to nail this if he ever wants to be a future leader. 

he has to make this turnbulls internet. 

i wont be surprised if they come back and say that the labor party plan would never of worked because in the areas they promised the nbn, about 10-20% of places would not be able to be connected at all because of issues getting to places and that goes for old buildings and newer ones. and the report will outline the average cost of their plan and for the places that it coudl get to, the cost will be markably higher than the 2400 per connection the labor party had reported. 
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A nuclear physicist and Doctor of philosophy, failed telco boss....sounds like the CV to look for  

Jobs for the boys methinks Current chair of Opera Australia...a passion of the Turnbulls who are major brnrfactors


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"Turnbull's internet"? What a laugh. Up there with "Malcolm virtually invented the internet in this country". Seems Australian cons have learned the game of rewriting history from their good ol boy Tea Party mates. You might get away with it in the backwaters of the USA but you won't here despite the fawning Murdoch press. Even after the Coalition fiu it will still be another of Labor's many nation building successes irrespective of how you spin it. Switkowski belongs in academia and has nothing to bring to the table from a leadership perspective but the canny Turnbull knows a good fall guy when he sees one. Even the totally inept Trijullo did more for Telstra and there could hardly be a more damning indictment than that.
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sorry 3bm. this conversation was for people that have been paying attention.

the idea of turnbulls internet is in order to take it away from what labor has been advertising and that is is ''abbotts internet'' in some very good adds. when abbott has had nothing to do with the design of it and has entrusted turnbull with it. turnbull needs to own it so that when it is completed it is he that people remember for it. if it is abbott then it suggests he has failed to change the public perception and that will suggest that he has failed to comunicate to the public or do to what he has said.

if he cant do that in one portfolio, no way could he do it all of them.

and i totally understand that you do not understand a joke abbott made, while laughing and while the rest of the audience laughed at what he said in reference to turnbull and the internet. it was a great moment in recent weeks. if you saw anyone that wrote an article to dispute the claim, you could categories them as an idiot. made things easy. 

at least we know where you sit. although you have been supporting the biggest joke of a government we have had. must make it difficult to distinguish between the two 
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I must have missed the policy that cuts solar panel rebates by 50%. It's starting to unravel
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While I don't share your idea of jokes Ben I have no trouble at all sorting out the forum "jokes". You need to lift your game to get into the placings, you're running about 5th at the moment.
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How do you arrive at this figure maxie?

12 billion a year in interest is widely mentioned and accepted.
Amazing how all concerned in the Opposition fail to accept the Abbott Govt. has a resounding Victory.        We get election speeches daily from Labor ,   They even refer to themselves as the Government.
   Wake up call required,     OUT for at least 6 years, ACCEPT.
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Are you sure Libs won the election max?

Rudd came back, that weak reed Abbott twisted and turned in any direction it took to get elected, and in the course of that adopted almost all of Labors policy agenda

Abbott might have won the occupancy of the Lodge(once the possums and asbestos are cleaned out of it) but Labor won the policy battle
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Police Acadamy 8: Eat your heart out VladPutinOuch

What an embarrassmentLOL

Tony Abbott abandons possum-infested Lodge in Canberra to live with AFP recruits until renovations are complete

Abbott to live with AFP recruits

Tony Abbott tried on a police vest when he met with police in 2010. Source: News Limited

TONY Abbott has decided to bunk with Australian Federal Police recruits in a $120-a-night flat while renovations are conducted at the possum-infested prime ministerial residence The Lodge.

The modest and unusual digs, in a red brick AFP building close to Parliament, will feature a kitchenette and around-the-clock security from his AFP security officers and their junior colleagues.

GALLERY: A portrait of Tony Abbott's first week in office

Perhaps most importantly for the fitness fanatic, the student quarters also include an impressive gym.

The AFP recruits were informed over the weekend that they should soon expect a very "VIP" visitor.

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The old Australian Federal Police College in Canberra where the Tony Abbott will be staying. Picture: Gary Ramage Source: News Limited

The Lodge is preparing for major renovations that could last for up to a year to repair dodgy wiring, remove asbestos and replace the roof on the 1927 property.

Mr Abbott rejected the other options on offer: a $3,000 a week dress circle rental in the nation's capital. Mr Abbott currently stays at the five-star Hotel Realm.

Coalition to revive work for dole program

Providing proper security to the Prime Minister was the biggest problem in finding a temporary new abode, with many options requiring significant security upgrades if AFP officers were to properly protect the PM. For that reason, staying a hotel was swiftly discounted as an option.

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A room at the Australian Federal Police College in Barton, Canberra. Tony Abbott can expect to live in something like this while the Lodge is being renovated. Source: Supplied

The plan represents one of the most unusual Canberra living arrangements for a politician since former Liberal leader Brendan Nelson camped out in Joe Hockey's shed to save money after his divorce settlement. When Mr Abbott needs to entertain VIP guests he will do so at his Prime ministerial offices at Parliament House.

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In Sydney, Mr Abbott will also be able to use Kirribilli House on Sydney Harbour, but he has not yet announced when he will move out of the family home and live there.

In the 1980s, Mr Abbott lived at St Patrick's seminary where he trained as a Catholic priest. Mr Abbott's unusual choice echoes the Canberra habits of his unlikely political hero: Labor's Ben Chifley.

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A room at the Australian Federal Police College in Barton, Canberra. Tony Abbott can expect to live in something like this while the Lodge is being renovated. Source: Supplied

As Prime Minister, Mr Chifley preferred the Hotel Kurrajong to the Lodge. He died there in 1951 after suffering a heart attack. The historic hotel is close by to the AFP flat Mr Abbott will live in.

"My old man always says that Ben Chifley was a great prime minister, I think probably because he was very down-to-earth and a decent human being,'' Mr Abbott said.

Maiden: Roo Poo Senator a breath of fresh Gippsland air

The vexed question of where to put the Prime Minister while the renovations were conducted at the Lodge has exercised the minds of public servants for years after Julia Gillard first signed off on the multi-million dollar renovations of the historic property two years ago.

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A room at the Australian Federal Police College in Barton, Canberra. Tony Abbott can expect to live in something like this while the Lodge is being renovated. Source: Supplied

Ms Gillard was fond of regaling guests with stories of the possum urine stains in the ceiling detailing the horror in a 2012 interview with The Sunday Telegraph.

"We had a celebrated incident where we had a visiting foreign leader,'' Ms Gillard said.

 

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Julia might put the ring on the finger to attract on going publicity.
I expect she has quite a few "hair dressers".
I long to hear her say "I do".       To =   love onher and OBEY.
BTW.    I think the Libs won the election.
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True maxie, the LNP did win the election, and the Libs now want their party back. 
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Had to turn my TV off.   Labor have another bag of verbal diarrhoea.
Michelle Rowlands .    Check out Chic turned Labor party mouth.
   Think I have had enough Politics for 3 years .     Labor are still delivering their Victory speech.
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Not enough 'women of calibre' in the LNP to fit any more than one into a 20 person cabinetOuch


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