1. Deny that any promises made pre-election by the Abbott Government have been broken. (From the man himself, December 2013: ‘There have been no broken promises and there will be no broken promises under this government.’) It helps, when referring to the new taxes the Abbott Government has or is going to introduce and which represent clear breaches of pre-election commitments, to refer to them by any other name: levy, excise, impost, Bette Midler.
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