Recent Nielsen polling analysis suggests the Coalition might be able to gain control of the Senate in conjunction with two conservative-leaning politicians -- John Madigan of the Democratic Labor Party, and the other possibly a member of the Katter Australia Party. If this were to transpire the carbon price would be dead as a dodo.

Madigan takes his science on climate change from Dorothea Mackellar's poetry in preference to the National Academies of Science. Bob Katter’s party is of a similar rural folk-wisdom ilk.