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July 13, 2011

Abbott is obliged to keep shifting his ground on the carbon tax as the carbon tax deal undercuts his "we will all be ruined" rhetoric. That campaign now looks to be one based on mass deception, misinformation and lies.


Abbott's current fall back position when the media bothers to confront his lies---eg., that the carbon tax would wipe steel towns such as Whyalla "off the map"--- is that the Gillard Government cannot be trusted. The deceptive claim doesn't carry the same weight.

So those on the right who are opposed to a carbon tax have to find new reasons to oppose it now that it is clear that the sky wont fall in. They are trying out over compensation.

As Peter van Onselen points out Abbott's own response to green gas emissions is a bundle of contradictions:

He'll have significant tax cuts of his own we are told, just without the carbon tax which pays for them. He scoffs at the value of a 5 per cent emissions reduction target by 2020, even though the target is bipartisan and underpins Coalition climate change policy. He won't cut emissions as part of his direct action alternative by purchasing abatements from overseas, even though, without doing so, hitting the 2020 target would be nigh impossible under direct action. And that means the costs of direct action will go sky high, or it will be a multi-billion dollar exercise in window dressing that is never expected to meet the reduction targets.

Abbott's policy is window dressing and cannot be taken seriously.

The Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) is still banging the old Chicken Little fear drum. They aim to stop the green juggernaut because it will suffocate the economy with economy killing measures that will result in economic stagnation. Stuff the shift to a low carbon economy. Let Big Coal rule. Ignore the negative externalities and market failure.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 1:00 PM | | Comments (2)


Today, the people of Wollongong were told that Julia Gillard would be haunting them 24-hours a day.

According to Barnaby Joyce... from the moment the ELECTRIC alarm clock woke them... Julia would be meddling in my fellow citizen's lives.


(Barnably) said the carbon tax meant Julia Gillard’s Government would the there charging people at every stage of the day.

‘‘You put on the kettle, she’s in the cup of tea with you,’’ he said.

‘‘You turn on the electric blanket, she’s back there with you as well.’’

Oh f&ck me! That bloke has totally lost the plot!

Barnaby has lost the plot. The blue collar people of Wollongong are just ahead re compensation. The new right wing anti--carbon tax talking point is that they are being "overcompensated"