Interesting take on the CPRS and the hidden agendas in The Oz last Friday. No, that’s not a reference to the big end of town furiously lobbying behind the scenes, it’s not about the BCA, or even the Liberal backbench determined to bring their leader down over this issue.
Nope, the all powerful cabal in this equation, according to Peter Walsh’s retiring presidential address to the Lavoisier Group and published in The Australian’s opinion pages, is the Greens.
Peter Walsh served as minister for resources and energy from 1983 to 1984 and finance minister from 1984 to 1990 in the Hawke government. His take on the CPRS?
The driving force behind this campaign to decarbonise Australia has been the Greens.
Don’t think there’d be any argument there. But Walsh continues:
Although they are small in terms of numbers they are extraordinarily influential.
Not influential enough to have the controlling vote in the Senate, mind you, but Walsh continues:
Their influence is derived from the support they have in the media – notably the ABC and the Fairfax media – but also because they are well off with secure jobs and they live in the best suburbs.
Malcolm Turnbull’s seat of Wentworth, which is probably the richest seat per capita in all of Australia, is a prime example of this wealth and influence.
Notwithstanding their personal prosperity the Greens seek to reduce the standard of living of other Australians (often in states far from Sydney and Melbourne, such as Western Australia) through measures that will reduce our productivity and progress.
Never mind that the Greens failed to secure the vote there in the last election (key words here: Turnbull’s seat). A mere trifle. There’s more to this conspiracy theory:
The extreme Left realised early on that a regime that controlled emissions of carbon dioxide would enable them to control in great detail the lives of every Australian.
…At the heart of this campaign is the creation of a powerful rent-receiving and rent-seeking alliance of banks and other financial institutions that will make billions from trading the emissions permits and that, once the emissions trading scheme is established, will be able to spend hundred of millions in ensuring, as best they can, that repeal is politically impossible.
…It is an extraordinary thing that the Left has become a willing accomplice in this racket.
The government is facing one of the greatest policy challenges in recent times, so how about some thoughtful, insightful and informed commentary from the national broadsheet instead of stuff straight from the grassy knoll?
Cue the Stonecutters tune …
What rhymes with Bob Brown?