Julia Gillard has always been good at calling a spade a spade. And that’s exactly what she’s done in her letter to the Business Council of Australia today.

Addressed to BCA president Graham Bradley, the prime minister notes Australia’s target of reducing emissions 5% by 2020, writing:

”I would appreciate it if, on behalf of the BCA, you are able to indicate whether or not you support [it]. I would also appreciate your views on whether the BCA agrees that the preferred means of achieving this unconditional target is through using a market mechanism to put a price on carbon.”

Yes, do tell.

As Bernard Keane wrote in Crikey last week, the BCA in particular likes to brag about its record on reform since its inception in 1983. But the BCA’s track record tells a very different story.

And when it comes to a carbon price, there’s a “…pretence of commitment to the national interest and the ostensible rigour of detailed analysis, coupled with a strange inconsistency that only accepts the benefits, and never the costs, of reforms”.

But then, what do we know? We’re just a bunch of warmenists.