Labor’s long list Failures – Listed and Categorised

It is easy to become numb to the constant stream of failures, senselessness and stupidity to which our Gillard-led Labor government subjects our poor country. What’s one more closed down industry, one more boat drowning, one more senseless tax hike to pay for waste, after so many.

Lest we forget, we will gradually timeline, list, classify and catalogue the long list of Labor’s failures for us all to remember and realise why this Labor / Green coalition indeed is the worst government in our history amd why we would like an early election:

Look on the LABOR FAILURES and remember. (Updated 24.5.12)

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Cash for Clunkers Green $1bil Stupidity

Green is the mantra of Gillard the gullible

Gillard’s promise is to pay $2000 a piece to the first 200,000 voters to drag a pre-1995 car to the scrapyard, as long as they promise to replace it with a new green car, such as the Holden Cruze, Hyundai Getz or Toyota Camry Hybrid, now retailing for $39,000.

The aim of this $396 million plan, says Gillard, is to help save the planet from our wicked gases, which she claims are heating the world to hell.

“Australians own a lot of old motor cars, and those old cars guzzle a lot of petrol and they spew out a lot of pollution,” she preached. “The amount of carbon we anticipate saving through this measure by getting the 200,000 old cars off the road is one million tonnes.”

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Official Site for Cash for Clunkers:

The Gillard Labor Government will provide $394 million to support motorists to purchase new, low-emission, fuel-efficient vehicles. Households will be able to receive a $2,000 rebate towards a new vehicle by trading in their pre-1995 car for scrapping.

This is part of Federal Labor’s plan to make positive changes to how we live, work and travel.

Over four years from 1 January 2011 to the end of 2014, the Cleaner Car Rebate is expected to result in significant cuts in Australian fleet emissions as close to 200,000 pre-1995 vehicles are taken off the road and replaced with more fuel-efficient, environmentally friendly cars. Rebate will be capped over its four years of operation at 200,000 vehicles. Improving the efficiency of our vehicle fleet

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ABC July 25, 2010: Gillard pledges cash for clunkers scheme, and here.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard has promised a $2,000 rebate for people who update their old motor vehicles.

Campaigning south of Brisbane, Ms Gillard said that if Labor is re-elected, owners of pre-1995 cars who buy a new car after January 1 next year would be eligible for the rebate.

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Cars Guide: Cash for clunkers doomed

Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries chief executive Andrew McKellar said the loss of the $430m clunker scheme in which people were to receive $2000 to trade an old car for a more economical model was doomed from the start.

“There wasn’t a lot of industry consultation before that scheme was proposed and it wasn’t the best designed,” he said.

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The Australian: Taken for ride by cash for clunkers

I suppose the idea for cash for clunkers in the US came from an adviser to the new administration who knew of its “success” in Europe. When the program started in 2009, I admit I was surprised at the almost immediate outcry from economists, pundits and, yes, citizens, denouncing it as wasteful.

They were, of course, right: It pulls forward new car sales, but it also scraps perfectly good, serviceable vehicles, lowering supply and driving up used-car prices.

Green Loans $175m Scheme Debacle

The Age: Green scheme sunk by rorts and bungling

It was pitched as yet another federal government plan to help Australians tackle climate change – a free energy assessment for hundreds of thousands of homes, and “green loans” for those who wanted them. Not only would it boost the energy efficiency of Australian households, it would also create jobs.

But barely six months since it launched, the $175 million Green Loans program has become the latest of the federal government’s green schemes to descend into farce, hot on the heels of the solar panel rebates and insulation batts.

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The Australian: I’m to blame for the lot in bungled insulation scheme, Kevin Rudd declares

Auditor-General yesterday launched a probe into another of the government’s bungled environment programs, the $175 million green loans scheme.[12]. In May 09, up to 200,000 homes are expected to be eligible for the $300 million loans scheme, to make green improvements such as installing a water tank or solar panels.

The program offered assessments of the energy efficiency of a house and then interest-free loans of up to $10,000 for improvements.

“is the clearest example of this government’s gross mismanagement of the climate change plans” Greens Senator Christine Milne.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/climate/im-to-blame-for-the-lot-in-bungled-insulation-scheme-kevin-rudd-declares/story-e6frg6xf-1225834540206

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Like solar panels and low-energy lighting. On Friday Mr Garrett axed the green loans
The government is still running a “Green Loans Program” – but it no longer has any green loans. Only 1500…

http://www.thepunch.com.au/articles/green-loans-an-insulation-style-mess/

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It was pitched as yet another federal government plan to help Australians tackle climate change – a free energy assessment for hundreds of thousands of homes, and “green loans” for those who wanted them. Not only would it boost the energy efficiency of Australian households, it would also create jobs.

But barely six months since it launched, the $175 million Green Loans program has become the latest of the federal government’s green schemes to descend into farce, hot on the heels of the solar panel rebates and insulation batts.

http://www.theage.com.au/business/green-scheme-sunk-by-rorts-and-bungling-20100205-nisg.html#ixzz1TAdWNR2a

Grocery Watch $4m Waste

Promise: In 2007 election campaign Rudd said he was going to bring down grocery prices: “When families fill up their baskets and trolleys at the local supermarket, they should not have to worry if they are getting a raw deal by inflated grocery prices. Under Federal Labour, the ACCC will be directed to publish a periodic survey of grocery prices at supermarkets for a typical shopping basket, including family staples like biscuits, bread and milk.”

Delivered: Grocery Watch – a complete flop. After investing more than $4 million in the creation of the Grocery Watch website, the Government has pulled the plug on the election promise in June 2009. Minister Craig Emerson, concluded it was impossible to generate reliable, timely data to allow consumers to make meaningful comparisons and wanted supermarket chains to run an industry website, presumably to police its own gauging of customers.

From a subsequent Inquiry into the GROCERYchoice Website:

Recommendation 8
The committee recommends that the Government learn from this episode of waste and mismanagement

References:

ALP Website Grocery Watch Promise

ABC: Grocery watch scheme ‘unfair’

Grocery Watch not dead yet

 

Even Ita has had enough of Julia

Herald Sun, July 02, 2011: Buttrose said Ms Gillard needed to be bold and go to the polls, following similar calls this week by businessmen John Symond, Gerry Harvey and John Singleton.

“Australians are looking for strong leadership and because we have a minority Government with Labor continually having to capitulate to the wishes of the Greens and the independents, we are not getting it,” Buttrose said….”A true leader would take a risk; would be prepared to put her leadership on the line. I think the PM should tell the Greens and the independents the party’s over and then call an election.” … Read the story…