“I’ve instructed the Liberal Party to accept no further donations from tobacco companies,” Mr Abbott said in Sydney.
“I don’t want Mr Rudd’s distractions… I don’t want furphies like this to distract people’s attention from the main issues of this campaign.”
Labor stopped taking donations from tobacco companies in 2004 while the Coalition continued to accept them, reaping millions of dollars in contributions.
- The NBN debate isn’t just about costs: it’s also about benefits (theguardian.com)
Sadly, the paper’s coverage of the NBNCo rollout and fibre coverage in the Coffs Harbour area has been disputative rather than informative, publishing regular objections on the cost and progress from the local Member, Mr Hartsuyker, leaving the sensible advice and general ignorance to their comments pages.
Coalition frontbencher Luke Hartsuyker says Kevin Rudd wants to “put his hand in the pockets of those people who have prudently saved”.
He has told the Coffs Coast Advocate: “Under Labor you will effectively be taxed twice on your savings – once when you earn the money and again when it sits in the bank.”
Tony Abbott hits bum note with ‘suppository of all wisdom’ gaffe
- Australian gaffe: No one’s ‘suppository of wisdom’ (conservativeread.com)
- Suppository gaffe makes Tony Abbott the butt of the world’s jokes (theguardian.com)
“In 1929 the Postmaster-General’s Department devised a plan of national broadcasting, having its object the provision of fading free broadcasting service to at least 95 per cent of the population of the Commonwealth and a reasonably good service to the remainder of the people in the remote areas.
- The NBN as enabling infrastructure (disruptsydney.wordpress.com)