Pretending a debt levy is not a tax grossly insults voters’ intelligence | World news |

Pretending a debt levy is not a tax grossly insults voters' intelligence | World news |
Tony Abbott spent four years in a hi-vis vest telling us over and over about the hit on families from the carbon tax. Photograph: Alan Pottitt/AAP

Now that the prime minister has confirmed the government is considering a “debt levy” and Sydney’s Daily Telegraph is telling us it is likely to be 1% for those earning between $80,000 and $180,000 and 2% for those earning over $180,000 it is possible to calculate the extent to which Australian voters may have been duped.

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Tony Abbott: no pension cuts before 2016, but family benefits may change | World news |

Tony Abbott: no pension cuts before 2016, but family benefits may change | World news |
Pensioners protesting for a rise in the aged pension at parliament house in Melbourne in 2010. Photograph: Julian Smith/AAP

The prime minister is reassuring pensioners they won’t suffer any reductions in payments before the election due in 2016, but is warning that tougher eligibility rules for pensions are likely after the poll and that family benefits could be reigned in even sooner.

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Tony Abbott’s duplicity in proposing a ‘temporary debt levy’ is astounding | World news |

Tony Abbott's duplicity in proposing a 'temporary debt levy' is astounding | World news |
Tony Abbott and Joe Hockey have been floating the idea of a debt levy to gauge public reaction. Photograph: Daniel Munoz/AAP

The Abbott government has not confirmed that it is considering a “temporary debt levy” on high income earners, but it also hasn’t denied it – as it easily could have done. We can therefore assume it is an idea being deliberately floated to gauge reaction as the cabinet wrestles to finalise what’s in, and out, of the budget on 13 May.

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