It’s not a carbon tax, it’s a carbonanza!
Gillard and the carbon tax:
Dave Sag, founder and Executive Director, Carbon Planet Limited, writes: Re. “Gillard’s credibility going from bad to worse” (yesterday, item 3). Why does the Government call the carbon price a tax? I pay my local council to collect my rubbish but that’s not a rubbish tax.
When Gillard first took over as PM one of the very first things she said was that she would “re-prosecute the case for a price on carbon.” This is what she has done, and done very well. Full credit to her and the multi-party committee on carbon pricing for getting a complex set of negotiations through. So what idiot told her to call it a carbon tax?
Julia Gillard could have avoided all the #juliar shrieking simply by sticking to a clear message that this is about putting a price on carbon pollution. Because that’s what it is.
Now, instead of simply having a hard job of persuading the general public that forcing big polluters to pay for their pollution, she has to fight off the #juliar cries. Sadly the damage is already done and it would be hard for her to reframe the message properly. What a terrible shame.
She may in all likelihood lose this fight, simply because some numbskull somewhere told her to use the word “tax”. No-one likes tax. And it’s a strange sort of “tax” that leaves 9/10 households financially better off. Honestly the stupidity of it is breathtaking. She should have called it the carbonanza.
What a dog’s breakfast.
In my humble opinion whoever has been advising this government on their communication ought to be fired.
Charles writes: My name is Charles and I was born in Victoria in 1917. You can believe me when I say I have witnessed a few changes of government but have never seen Australia in such debt as it is today. One does not have to look to far to witness what uncontrollable debt does to nations and the people.
However Crikey, I’m more than a little concerned about this carbon tax and send you the following epistle as I see it. It seems that you and I are going to waste $16 million dollars plus endeavouring to convince us that it is a good thing when in fact we will continue producing energy and carbon because we cannot do without it. Imagine the hospital beds that money would furnish.
I question why electricity generators are labelled the “bad guys” for carbon production. The producers of electricity and the coal needed to produce that energy are merely meeting our demands. The “bad guys” are you and me who demand unlimited electricity to run the many appliances we refuse to live without,and we are the first to complain if that supply is interrupted. Now we want to tax the coal that produces the energy and the manufacturers for using electricity and farmers for having animals that ’break wind’ when these people are providing us with the necessities and luxuries of life.
Is it not possible to have a fair and reasonable debate on the issue of carbon and it’s consequences without those who believe nature will have it’s way being labelled “right wing sceptics” or is common sense now dead and buried and replaced by “spin”?
Ken Lambert writes: The driven don’t need a coherent narrative or belief system — the engine is pure ambition to get to the top of the greasy pole. Principles and policies are incidental and pragmatic vehicles for this ambition.
It is clear that Ms Gillard knows nothing about climate change and cares nothing for the infinitesimal difference a 5% cut in Australia’s puny emissions will make to the planet.
Preposterous claims of saving the Barrier Reef and our children’s future by cleaning up carbon pollution should be met with equally preposterous ways of actually doing that. How about a clear plastic screen right around the Australian coastline extending up to the troposphere which will preserve our carbon reductions and stop CO2 from the rest of the world mixing with our pristine atmosphere? A cat flap could be inserted to let Foreign Minister Rudd jet in and out — preferably one way — out.
For Ms Gillard, a carbon tax is only a vehicle — a big policy issue to define an otherwise grossly incompetent administration mired in the kindergarten impulses of a nanny shop steward, and in the grip of the loony tune Greens.
Small business and contractors not engaged in the mining industries are doing it tough. The last thing they need is a tax collector in the power stations and a flow of extra costs right through the economy.
Added to the live export fiasco, BER fiasco, Pink Batt fiasco — the punters are as mad as hell and not going to cop Ms Gillard any more.
She and her paramour will be gone by Christmas.
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