|Ms Gillard lying about the Carbon (dioxide) Tax|
"There will be no carbon tax under the government I lead."Now Ms Gillard has rejected claims small businesses will be hurt by the carbon emissions tax, as one of the nation's richest men flagged a High Court challenge against the incoming pricing regime.
She said the carbon tax would directly impact on fewer than 500 big companies, and consumers - including the 'mums and dads of the children on the bus' - would be compensated through tax cuts and payment rises.
'The policies and plans of the leader of the opposition are a disgrace for those working families because they are all about placating billionaires,' Ms Gillard said.
The coalition also seized on a report that shopping centre giant Westfield is introducing a charge clause in lease agreements for its 12,000 onsite retailers to offset the impact of the carbon tax.
Sid Maher, in The Australian, reports that Ministers are panning Clive Palmer's carbon (dioxide) tax challenge in the High Court.
'In every shopping centre, in every shop all around Australia, it is the small businesses that will pay and it is the mums and dads and pensioners who will pay,' opposition environment spokesman Greg Hunt said.
SENIOR Gillard government ministers have lashed out at billionaire Clive Palmer's proposed High Court challenge to the carbon tax, accusing the Queensland-based miner of having more money than sense.
Julia Gillard and Climate Change Minister Greg Combet attacked the proposal, adding to Wayne Swan's attack on Mr Palmer and vested interests in The Monthly, but Mr Palmer yesterday defended his right to mount the challenge
"They think I am a threat to democracy . . . well I think I am epitomising what democracy is all about," Mr Palmer said. "I have the right to appeal to the High Court on legal advice that I have received that the carbon tax is unconstitutional," he said. "I am very disappointed in the attitudes of Ms Gillard and Mr Swan."Remember Wayne Swan's "hysterical" pre-election outburst....
Now we Ms Gillard is making hysterical comments:
The Prime Minister said the government had taken careful legal advice. "If Clive Palmer is going to take a court case and Tony Abbott is going to back him, well so be it. It will be part of their hysterical campaign against putting a price on carbon."
Clive Palmer's response (From Mining Australia)
Clive Palmer has defended his move to mount a High Court challenge against the Government's carbon tax following criticism from the Government and some legal experts.
In a statement late yesterday Palmer said the lawsuit represented his democratic right to challenge the Government.
"I am very disappointed in the attitudes of Ms Gillard and Mr Swan. What are they worried about? Maybe they think a successful challenge will expose them and this ill-conceived tax," he said.
"They think I am a threat to democracy...well I think I am epitomizing what democracy is all about."
"I have the right to appeal to the High Court on legal advice that I have received that the carbon tax is unconstitutional, that’s what the Constitution is set up for."