Tony Abbott Australia's George Bush

Famously, on election eve, he promised Australian voters that, if elected, his government would enact: "no cuts to education, no cuts to health, no change to pensions, no change to the [goods and services tax] and no cuts to [the public broadcasters] ABC and SBS." All of those promises have been broken.

More than a decade ago, US President George W Bush made a similar set of promises in his 2000 presidential election campaign. He crafted his message to resonate with low- and middle-income earners, promising targeted tax cuts to peoplein that bracket. When in office, however, it was the millionaires, the high-income earners, who enjoyed the significant tax cuts. Likewise, his promises on education and health were also broken upon being elected.