Peter Costello loves hitting out at the treasurer who followed him.
Peter Costello, writing in the News Ltd Papers: (Link)
IN the Sherlock Holmes mystery Silver Blaze there is the curious incident of a dog that didn't bark in the night. Sherlock Holmes realises this is the key to the crime and solves the mystery. The guard dog didn't bark because it knew the intruder.
Sometimes in politics we focus too much on what people say and not enough on what they don't say. In this month's Budget speech there was the curious case of the dog that didn't bark. Wayne Swan had no section on climate change.
Peter talks of past Swan budgets and how they were peppered with climate change payouts. The acid tongue of Costello cuts in again.
The object of the carbon tax is to make high energy users pay more for electricity from coal-fired power stations. Eventually, as the cost rises, they will stop using it. This policy could be on the verge of working.
The Ford motor car company will be closing in Geelong in 2016 and Alcoa's aluminium smelter (also in Geelong) is reviewing its operations.
The closure of Ford and Alcoa would make a large reduction in our carbon emissions. The Greens should be happy about that.
I have looked carefully and been unable to find any statement where they welcome it. They should. It is evidence that their policies are working.
Perhaps they think it is better to go quiet when people are losing their jobs. But when the future of the planet is at stake what are a few dirty-carbon-pollution-creating jobs to stand in the way?
Peter signs off:
Climate change was the dog that didn't bark in the Budget. If that dog had barked it would have raised uncomfortable questions that our government just doesn't want to answer.
Perhaps Rob Oakeshott was the barking dog - see Oakeshott's Question Time Question HERE.