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Would YOU trust this smile?

Tony Abbott“Your money is safe with us” is a line meant to reassure but one that nearly always has the opposite effect. If it’s got to be said, there is cause for worry, right?

Even less reassuring, in this case, is Mr. Abbott’s smile. Perhaps this is just down to an unfortunate angle, and besides, there’s no need to insist politicians be photogenic.

And yet, there’s something unnatural about it. It’s as if someone is pulling Abbott’s lips back with invisible wires. (His sidekick’s expression isn’t much better.)

As reported in The Age this morning:

Tony Abbott has intensified his campaign against potential superannuation tax rises for high-income earners, assuring voters their money would be ”safe with us”, while refusing to reverse changes…

Mr Abbott repeatedly refused to guarantee to wind back the government’s proposed changes, saying only that the Coalition would not make matters worse.

”We aren’t going to do any more damage,” he said.

”Your money is safe with us.”

Mr Abbott reaffirmed, however, that the Coalition would scrap the super tax offset for low-income earners, prompting the government to accuse him of having skewed priorities by going after 3.6 million Australians on salaries of $37,000 or less.

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