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Which one REALLY is the liar – the Prime Minister or Tony Abbott?

Abbott is reported as saying during the post-election negotiations that he would ”do anything” to be prime minister. This implies that he, too, would have accepted a carbon tax as part of a minority government compromise.

Taxing the truth: why we must not let Abbott’s dogmas lie, The Age, July 7, 2012 Ian Robinson Opposition Leader Tony Abbott constantly accuses the Prime Minister of ‘lying’ when she made a commitment before the last election not to introduce a tax on carbon. But who’s the liar here?
A lie is when you say something is true when you know it is not true. This is quite different from a commitment, which is a promise to do something in the future.
We can be absolutely certain that Abbott, as a former student in a
Catholic seminary, knows the substantive and moral difference between
a lie and a commitment.
So when Abbott says the Prime Minister told a lie, he is saying
something is true when he knows it is not true, so Abbott is telling a
lie. Whereas the most the Prime Minister can be truthfully accused of
is breaking a pre-election commitment, like John Howard with the GST
and ”core and non-core promises”, or Ted Baillieu with Victorian
teachers’ salaries…..
Abbott is reported as saying during the post-election negotiations that he would ”do anything” to be prime minister. This implies that he, too, would have accepted a carbon tax as part of a minority government compromise.
http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/taxing-the-truth-why-we-must-not-let-abbotts-dogmas-lie-20120706-21mlz.html#ixzz1zzQ5wJdG

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July 7, 2012 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, politics

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