Carbon Tax

Almost a year ago Prime Minister Gillard said that there would be no carbon tax under a labour government. Sadly faced with political realities the Labor leader was forced into such a tax by the greens just to retain power.

About a week ago Tony Abbot said that farmers should be able to refuse mining companies access to their farms. Sadly faced with political realities the Liberal leader was forced into backpedalling by the pro-mining party stance.

Yet somehow Tony’s backpedalling is being shrugged off, while Julia’s has been paraded around as ‘the great betrayal’. It seems that politics is something I will never get my head around. I do have to love the short memories and lightning fast social media commentaries though. Just last week I was watching Q & A and the Gillard ‘lie’ was contrasted against Howard’s reign of conservatism; seriously WTF? Doesn’t anyone remember the baby overboard lie?  or the smoke and mirrors republic debate designed to distract from the incoming GST? Beneath those comically off-putting eyebrows Howard was the greatest flim-flam man of our time.

“How do we distract the Australian community from a tax that none of them want? I know lets come up with a few possible republic models and hold a referendum,. After all the voting public has a memory of approximately 6 sound-bites in length, a few days of debate and they’ll forget the GST completely.”

Actually that’s an awesome idea, why hasn’t Labor recycled it?

“How do we distract the Australian community from a carbon-tax that none of them want? I know lets come up with a few possible immigration processing models and hold a referendum. After all the voting public has a memory of approximately 6 sound-bites in length, a few days of debate and they’ll forget the carbon tax completely.”

Still, I find it astonishing that smart educated people (we are supposed to be the clever country; remember?) are still dubious of climate change when I can’t find a single credible source against it. The carbon tax will come in, it will change the socio-political landscape and lo and behold after 12 months no one will care. Jobs might be lost from companies that refuse to amend their practices to include more emission friendly technology, but that should be more then off-set by the increase in jobs in alternate energy research, construction, and installation.

The only question is will the Gillard government take a hit for bringing in the most necessary of taxes at a time when Australia is the only country economically sound enough to give it a go. Maybe we’ll show ourselves as the world leaders we could be, taking a chance that we’ll begin the movement towards a cleaner future. The tax is far from perfect, but first attempts to change the world rarely are, and we have to start somewhere.

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