Before the last election, Prime Minister Julia Gillard said: "There will be no carbon tax..." and Wayne Swan describe it a hysterical.
|PM on Insiders|
On day 1 of the tax, Prime Minister, for the first time in a long time, went on the ABC's Insiders program to push pro-tax proaganda.
From News.com:BARRIE CASSIDY: That language that he (Opposition leader Abbott) uses though, and he does call you a liar often, after a while you think it has to hurt politically, if not personally?JULIA GILLARD: Well, I've explained the circumstances of the last election campaign, and when I said those words about a carbon tax I meant every one. But our nation's been involved in a debate now for many long years about putting a price on carbon and tackling climate change and we have got this done. Yes, with a fixed price, a carbon tax, if you like, for the first three years and then an emissions trading scheme to follow.
Treasurer Wayne Swan said "today is the day that Tony Abbott is going to get mugged by the truth".That's hysterical coming from you, Mr Swan.
Well, both the PM and deputy PM lied to retain power. They are meant to represent the people.
There were rallies around Australia on day 1 of the tax. In Sydney, thousand marched through the streets from the north of Hyde Park to Belmore Park near Central Rail.
|As far back as the eye can see.......|
|into Hay street and into Belmore Park, the thousands marched.|
There were many worthwhile speakers; Malcolm Roberts, John Macrae, Craig Kelly (Lib), and Scientist David Archibald - Bronwyn Bishop’s speech made it eminently clear that the Liberals were about getting rid of the carbon tax and no more. Tony Abbot's opposition to the tax has raised his numbers way above Malcolm Turnbull's. However he still talks of reducing CO2 emissions and Renewable Energy Targets.
|Malcolm's CO2 yellow strip.|
demonstrating the small amount of atmospheric CO2 with a yellow strip twice as long as the stage.
Dr Jennifer Marohasy writes:
It’s a strange business this preoccupation with climate change and desire to save the planet by way of a carbon tax. Carbon is the chemical element with symbol C and atomic number 6. Carbon is known to form almost ten million different compounds including the hardest naturally occurring substance the diamond. But more than this, carbon compounds form the basis of all known life on Earth. Carbon should not be equated with pollution – and neither should carbon dioxide that is the stuff trees breathe in.and
If the Treasurer, Wayne Swan, was really serious about us all reducing energy consumption he would surely provide no compensation for the increased costs associated with the tax. He would simply insist ordinary Australians pay more so they consume less.
If I wanted Australia to fail -
“If I wanted Australia to fail, to follow not lead, to suffer not prosper, to despair not dream, I’d start with energy. I’d cut off Australia’s supply of cheap, abundant energy. I couldn’t take it by force. So I’d make Australians feel guilty about using the energy that heats their homes, fuels their cars, runs their businesses and powers their economy. I’d make cheap energy expensive. So that expensive energy would seem cheap.”