Turnbull V Abbott, five points of difference

On Climate Change:

Tony Abbott once described climate change as “absolute crap”. Abolished carbon pricing and committed the government to the expensive, complex and ineffectual Direct Action plan.

Malcolm Turnbull once described climate change as “a global problem”. Has promised not to re-introduce carbon pricing and reaffirmed the government’s commitment to the expensive, complex and ineffectual Direct Action plan.

On Marriage Equality:

Tony Abbott opposed same-sex marriage. He refused a conscience vote for government MPs instead offering an expensive, unnecessary and non-binding plebiscite on marriage equality if re-elected.

Malcolm Turnbull supports same-sex marriage. He is refusing a conscience vote for government MPs instead offering an expensive, unnecessary and non-binding plebiscite on marriage equality if re-elected.

On ISIS:

Tony Abbott described ISIS as a “Death Cult” and worse than the Nazis. Committed Australia to a bombing campaign in Syria which has so far had little or no impact on ISIS but contributed to the flow of refugees from that country.

Malcolm Turnbull urged against comments about ISIS that make people “amplifiers of their wickedness and significance”. Remains Committed to Australia’s participation in the bombing campaign in Syria which has so far had little or no impact on ISIS but contributed to the flow of refugees from that country.

On Jobs and the Economy:

Tony Abbott said he was committed to jobs and the economy. Backed Joe Hockey’s disastrous 2014 budget, blocked investment in renewable energy at a time when investment in renewables is undergoing a global boom, refused to address over $40 billion in lost annual revenue due to tax and superannuation loopholes for the wealthy and punished the unemployed during the biggest increases in unemployment this century.

Malcom Turnbull has said he was committed to jobs and the economy. Backed Joe Hockey’s disastrous 2014 budget, and remains committed to a number of government policies that block investment in renewable energy at a time when investment in renewables is undergoing a global boom, fail to address over $40 billion in lost annual revenue due to tax and superannuation loopholes for the wealthy and punish the unemployed during the biggest increases in unemployment this century.

On his Government:

Tony Abbott promised to lead a competent government of “no surprises”.

Malcolm Turnbull has promised to lead a ”predictable and competent” government.

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