Gillard: Carbon tax in 2012

Carbon tax in action

Climate Madness in its purest form. What we suspected all along has been proved right. Julia Gillard’s promise in August 2010 not to introduce a carbon tax “under the government I lead” was a barefaced lie. How many more has she told? Will we ever find out? She has cynically deceived the electorate on this crucial issue, and should suffer the consequences at the next election.

JULIA Gillard plans to introduce a carbon price from July 1 next year and defy the Greens by insisting on compensation for the coal and electricity industries, in a move that will infuriate its minority government partner.

The Weekend Australian understands the government will present its multi-party climate change committee next week with a plan for a fixed carbon price to operate from July 1, 2012, until about 2015-16 when the regime will move to an emissions trading scheme.

Labor is set to demand some “real-world compromise” from the Greens by insisting that compensation for energy-intensive industries such as electricity generation and trade-exposed industries remain close to that offered in the deal former prime minister Kevin Rudd hammered out with then opposition leader Malcolm Turnbull in late 2009.

The Prime Minister has set 2011 as a “year for decision” on a carbon price and is ambitiously pursuing a timetable under which legislation could be introduced into parliament before the end of this year. (source)

But there is no certainty that the Greens will roll over so easily, and I predict an almighty punch-up, as I mentioned a few days ago.

And what was the point of paying Flannery and his commission $5 million when the decision’s already been made? And what’s the point of a parliamentary committee to investigate climate change policy when the decision’s already been made? Who cares? Jobs for the boys. It’s only your taxpayer dollars that they’re wasting – and Labor governments don’t give an s-h-one-t about them (excuse my French). As we would expect, a total whitewash.

So in summary, assuming that the carbon tax is passed into law, let’s remind ourselves what it would achieve:

  • nothing whatsoever for climate
  • nothing whatsoever for global temperatures
  • nothing whatsoever for local temperatures
  • nothing whatsoever for the Arctic
  • nothing whatsoever for polar bears
  • nothing whatsoever for the drought or floods or clyclones
  • nothing whatsoever for the Great Barrier Reef
  • nothing whatsoever for Kakadu
  • nothing whatsoever for Tuvalu and all the other sinking islands
  • nothing whatsoever for the ringtail possum and other cuddly creatures
  • nothing whatsoever for bushfires and heatwaves
  • in fact, nothing whatsoever for anything even remotely related to the climate

On the other hand it will do the following:

  • everything to damage Australia’s economy
  • everything to damage Australia’s competitiveness
  • everything to increase the cost of living for ordinary Australians
  • everything to make the poorest in society worse off
  • everything to damage emissions intensive industries
  • everything to ensure that our industries move offshore
  • everything to create more unemployment
  • everything to raise electricity, gas and food prices
  • everything to assist a pointless global “deal”
  • everything to advance the cause of global government and global wealth distribution

Have I missed anything there? Leave a comment if I have.

(h/t Andrew Bolt)

Comments

  1. lunacy

  2. Cyndi Rose via Facebook says:

    These globalists are criminals. They need to be rounded up worldwide and prosecuted.

  3. Anonymous User via Facebook says:

    “about 2015-16 when the regime will move to an emissions trading scheme. ”
    so, they decide to go it alone without a trading floor…I.E. a stock exchange…the Achilles heel of the entire ponzi scheme is that someone has to buy the credits…taxing will just piss everyone off…jobs will disappear..then they can be voted out…good luck

  4. You forgot to mention that it will do everything to damage small businesses, the mum-and-dad types, because they aren’t able to absorb the increased electricity/gas hikes.

    I know it’s kind of half covered by all the other damage that a carbon tax will do, but I feel it’s kind of important to state, esp. given that the left-wing fringe that’s contributed to this impending doom is always so anti-big business and pro-small business.

    • If politicians like Gillard continue their push to destroy life in Australia with such ludicrous, thinly-veiled taxes and ‘levies’, then I foresee civil war erupting. Yes, civil war. There’s only so much us ‘little people’ can take. Despite Australia being a ‘civilized’ and ‘educated’ country, I doubt that will mean much once we’re pushed over the edge. And you ARE pushing us over the edge, Gillard, make no mistake.

  5. Alan Simpson says:

    There is no cure for lefty stupidity, only a dose of reality can fix it.
    Fear not, take a peek at commodity prices.

  6. “And what was the point of paying Flannery and his commission $5 million when the decision’s already been made?”

    They’re apparently just there to raise awareness of climate change issues in the community. Greg can’t do everything by himself, you know. I wonder what the community will do with that “awareness”? I know what I’ll do with it.

    “And what’s the point of a parliamentary committee to investigate climate change policy when the decision’s already been made?”

    Presumably the committee is dealing with implementation, rather than making policy about whether they think humans are causing any real damage.

    Given the vast array of climate taxes, emissions trading schemes and mitigation schemes, they’re probably deciding on which has failed the least, which is why I assume Gillard has put off an ETS for a few years, since they’ve been the most spectacular failures of all. I wonder if Flannery’s commission will include that in their awareness raising activities?

  7. Come on ELECTION, maybe this time we can get rid of the Greens and have a real government.

  8. I’m still convinced it will never happen. Support for climate taxes is piled up in the cities, and with only one vote in hand (and a requirement for all MPs to be present) it’s just too hard for them to get it through the lower house. If they manage that, there will be a hostile green senate waiting to chop it up. Remember the greens wouldn’t pass the ETS because it wouldn’t do anything, the same noises are already starting. The difference is now the greens are more powerful and more sure of themselves.

    Rudd could not get the mining tax up, and that was a tax only affecting large mining companies. The carbon dioxide tax will affect everyone. He also had higher polls and more numbers in parliament when he started the process.

    I assume that the carbon tax will include handouts for lower income earners to try and buy their support, but the uncertainty will put many off. It’s not the same as getting cheques for nothing.

    It’s a dead simple issue for the coalition to skewer with a few choice attack lines and ads, and I can assume that industry groups will get together and fight it just like mining taxes and cigarette branding.

    No, the only outcome I can see from this is another Labor policy failure and an early election.

    • The Loaded Dog says:

      I’m not completely convinced but suspect you may be right brc.

      The only thing I’m certain of with this pathetic excuse of a government is their incompetence….

  9. Not a really a bright side, but a carbon tax may be the best of a bad lot as they say. As Jo Nova puts it

    A carbon tax is bad because it’s unnecessary and nobody wastes money better than big government…

    Add to that, of course, Simon’s long list.

    ….but a carbon trading scheme is worse. The latter is a fake market that feeds corruption and creates it’s (sic) own vested industry…..

    Carbon Tax = bad

    Carbon Trade = sew raw steaks to your shirt and swim with sharks

  10. The Loaded Dog says:

    Here’s a couple of cut and pastes, arranged in a certain manner, to have a think about:-

    1 – ”There will be no carbon tax under the government I lead,” – Julia Gillard August 2010

    2 – Julia Gillard’s promise in August 2010 not to introduce a carbon tax “under the government I lead” was a barefaced lie.

    3 – She has cynically deceived the electorate on this crucial issue

    4 – JULIA Gillard plans to introduce a carbon price from July 1 next year

    5 – The Prime Minister has set 2011 as a “year for decision” on a carbon price

    6 – How many more (lies) has she told?

    For possible or likely answer to point 6 above, apply Gillard modus operandi as outlined at points 1 and 2 then refer point 3.

    • The Loaded Dog says:

      Addendum instructions for Gillard behavioural chart as outlined above:-

      For possible or likely answer to point 6 above – and with reference to points 4 and 5 – apply Gillard modus operandi as outlined at points 1 and 2 then refer point 3.

  11. this unaffordable so we have to get the masses to speak.

  12. I think that letting the carbon tax through maybe a blessing. So that at the next election the people of Australia can choose. If they are stupid enough to choose tax. By then they should be able to see how much it is going to cost.
    The thing that is disappointing me most at present is the opposition they don’t seem to want to hold the government to account by exposing people like Garnaut and Flannery.

  13. I guess your country missed the memo about the whole global warming thing being a giant money grabbing farce? who knows, maybe the egyptians know something we dont…?

    hide the decline baby!

    • The Loaded Dog says:

      I guess your country missed the memo about the whole global warming thing being a giant money grabbing farce

      Only those with sheep’s eyes missed the memo.

  14. With all due respects Simon, your two long accurate lists are not the issue.
    Your second sentence is what has caused me so much angst today. She would not be PM had she told the truth prior to the election.

    So far we have a story “The Australian understands…”
    I await confirmation from Gillard. (tomorrow’s media round?)
    If confirmation does come, I will be emailing the independents.

    • Your second sentence is what has caused me so much angst today.

      along with literally millions of Australians who care deeply for their nation, Norma. Gillard did indeed swindle her way into power.

      Tragically, however, it’s water under the bridge. That’s the reality. What’s left is to make the case loud and clear that this deplorable government is intent on wreaking havoc on our economy by forging ahead with its cretinous iniquitous carbon tax with even worse to follow.

  15. Graham Richards says:

    http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSLDE6791WI20100812 [google this]

    Before the Chicago Climate Exchange collapsed carbon was trading at US$00.10 [ten cents / tonne]. The CCE was the largest carbon trader in the world and has since closed it’s doors……financial failure!!!

    Gillard & the Greens talked of a “market driven” carbon market. They have also talked of a market price of around US$23.00 / tonne. If the CCE failed at US$00.10 / tonne what kind of financial disaster would we be headed for?
    Oh sorry they now want a “Carbon Tax” where the price will be kept artificially high and will no doubt be adjusted up at every conceiveable opportunity.

    The day this TAX is introduced will be the beginning of the end for a free economy in Australia. The SOCIALISTS are always looking to enslave free enterprise to pay for there ever more riculous policies.

    Time for them & more particularly the Greens to be thrown out before it’s tooo late.

  16. Did you about this I think not?

    http://www.omegatimes.com/article.php?intid=1321

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