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June 6, 2012

Australia's economy continues to expand whilst the global economy is in recession. Thanks to the mining boom and China's demand for our iron ore resources.

That doesn't stop the scare campaign against carbon pricing in the form of a carbon tax that is a wrecking ball that will severely damage the Australian economy. The rhetoric, which mines the current of technophobia, holds that the carbon tax is more akin to a python squeeze than a poisonous Cobra bite. The rhetoric is designed to cause panic. We are all going to die.

David Pope

The scare campaign is designed to block the reforms that will shift Australia's economy to a low carbon economy and away from a total energy reliance on fossil fuels. The scare campaign--the lights will go out--- is premised on climate change being a scam from the left. Only nuclear will keep the lights on!

The other assumption of the rhetoric is that coal will continue to be the cheapest and the central source of power for ever and a day and so it will provide the cheap baseload power that Australia needs to be internationally competitive. In other words it is business as usual.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 1:46 PM | | Comments (8)


"We are all going to die. "

Armageddon is coming thanks to the carbon tax

"the carbon tax is more akin to a python squeeze than a poisonous Cobra bite. "

You can hear Abbott reworking his scare campaign in the light of Australia's continued economic growth:

Sure okay the carbon tax hasn’t led to the end of the world as we know it ….YET. But you know the carbon price will just go up and up and as sure as night follows day so will the electricity price. This will steadily snuff out the economy.’

Your death will be drawn out and painful. That is why panic is rational and why you need to go and scream ‘axe the tax’ at Parliament House.

" the carbon price will just go up and up and as sure as night follows day so will the electricity price. This will steadily snuff out the economy"

Another metaphor: The Coalition has said that the impact of the carbon tax will be like the proverbial boiled frog, unnoticed until it's too late.

"Australia's economy continues to expand"

We all know that the Australian economy is weak ---the wrist-slashing pessimists have told us. The truth is, they say, that the Euro bomb will destroy us. Or China's slow down will ruin us. Or the Green-Labor alliance in Canberra will turn Australia into a banana republic.

It's all written in the sands.

Tony Abbott has changed the rhetoric of his attack on carbon pricing from warning of instant doom on July 1 to forecasting a long, slow strangulation of industry. It's still a doomsday issue.

Abbott had previously warned that steel and mining towns would be closed by the carbon pricing scheme because it penalises major pollution emitters.

Now he says:

It's going to be a python squeeze rather than a cobra strike ... But it is going to hurt from day one. And as time goes by, it's just going to get worse and worse and worse.

industry after industry will close, businesses are on notice, the economy will be crippled. The message is constant and unrelenting.

Australia's growth pattern is lopsided. For instance, NSW grew just 1.9 per cent over the year compared with 14.5 per cent growth in Western Australia.

Is Australia's "subdued" property market the missing link between strong growth figures and low consumer confidence?

It's more than subdued---home prices fell 1.4 per cent last month alone across five capital cities - Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. Households remain financially stretched.

But still Toyota has sold a huge number of vehicles already this year.