Friday, February 25, 2011

Carbon Tax ... Julia Tax .... Whatever, it's wrong ...

From: Otto Marasco

Sent: Friday, February 25, 2011 10:18 PM
To: Tony Abbott, Andrew Robb, Malcolm Turnbull, Julie Bishop, Joe Hockey

Subject: Carbon tax

You do understand that the exact wording of this email must remain private but the general premise is this:

Arm and launch all party attack dogs ... Force an election before tax is enacted ... bring this government down by years end!


They said it:

August 12 2010 Wayne Swan:
"We have made our position very clear, we have ruled it - Carbon tax - out.”
August 16, 2010 Julia Gillard:
"There will be no carbon tax under the Government I lead"
August 18, 2010 Wayne Swan:
"What we rejected is this hysterical allegation that somehow we are moving towards a carbon tax.”
August 20, 2010 Julia Gillard:
''I don't rule out the possibility of legislating a carbon pollution reduction scheme, a market-based mechanism, I rule out a carbon tax.''
The Australian Federal election was held on Saturday, 21 August 2010 ...

Joe Hockey poses a question for Wayne Swan ...

A picture says a thousand words:

What others said:

Bluescope Steel Chief Executive Paul O'Malley:
I'm very concerned that the Government is proposing to 'offshore emissions' by taxing and potentially killing manufacturing in Australia
Origin Energy Managing Director Grant King:
Unless that price was probably at least $25 per tonne it's unlikely to cause much difference
Australian Industry Group Chief Executive Heather Ridout:
These missing details will impact on key questions such as the continuity of electricity supply and preventing the erosion of competitiveness for large and small business
ACCI Chief Executive Peter Anderson:
The extra lead in the saddlebags of Australian business will not reduce overall global emissions, nor will it help save jobs that will be exported offshore to countries without a carbon scheme
Carbon Analytics Research Firm Reputex:
A $25 a tonne price would cost ASX 200 companies $3.3 billion a year, of which $1.56 billion would be passed onto consumers
  • It's not smart but fact is, there is nothing intrinsically wrong with politicians changing there mind however in Julia Gillard's case it's quite different. If Gillard has changed her mind on her tax, there is just one honourable way to introduce it - to ask voters at the next election for a mandate, as John Howard did when he changed his mind on a GST.
  • How will Australia's export and import competing industries remain competitive if the tax is not integrated into an international trading system.
  • For those hoping the tax will be set low I'm afraid it's bad news. If the price is too low the tax is useless because it won't lead to any behavioral change; it's purported purpose.
  • It will be even worse if the carbon tax does not apply to Indian and Chinese steel producers, meaning importers will have a price advantage over their local product in addition to lower wages.
And what's this about ...
Billions of dollars raised by Australia's carbon tax will end up overseas, helping poor countries battle climate change.

So what was the PM's answer?

NSW Liberal leader Barry O’Farrell has his say on the tax ...

This will stick the knife in ...

More to come ...

For now help stop this madness: The conservative Menzies House is running the petition here.