The peril in promises made to be broken

It's impossible the so-called fiscal crisis was a post-election shock to Tony Abbott and Joe Hockey. Whether or not their new policies are in Australia’s interest, election campaigns have become destructive.

Some commentators are attempting to paint Tony Abbott’s broken promises as somehow of a different order -- every incoming government inevitably breaks promises they argue -- and therefore politically less toxic than the broken promises of Julia Gillard.

Indeed, they argue that Abbott’s broken promises are brave and in the national interest. He is proving himself to be a prime minister -- surprisingly to some -- of vision and ideological correctness.

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