Yesterday, 1 July, was Carbon Tax Sunday. The Carbon Tax (aptly misnamed) is a consumption tax that is meant to curb carbon (dioxide) emissions by Australian businesses and, by extension Australian voters.
The issue is, the Labor Government is trying to have it both ways. It’s trying to sell a tax as a “win-win” for people against “polluters”, but is really wealth re-distribution disguised by the moral cloak of envionmentalism, to buy the votes of low/middle income earners who have been deserting the duplicitous Labor party.
This new Carbon Tax will do nothing to avert climate change. The tax (and the associated sell-job) is predicate on treating Australian voters like idiots.
The point of a tax is it’s *meant* to hurt. It’s meant to shut down Industries that are carbon intensive, as well as secondary emitters where emission is not part of their core business. It’s meant to drive away investment from Australia of Carbon intensive business. It’s meant to slow down Australian growth and consumption as contrition for our environmental sins.
It would be suicide for the Labor government to stick to principles and point this out. Instead, Labor have opted for a dastardly scheme to sell their tax.
The aim is to have a “delayed reaction” so that voters do not notice the effects of the tax sliding in. Labor know this.
There is a Labor campaign to point out “oh noes, the prices have not gone up!” Of course it hasn’t gone up in the first 30 seconds of the tax going online, but those costs will go up before the next election.
They have a punitive watchdog in ACCC to ensure that “no unauthorised price rises happen” to enforce this delayed effect, to ensure that businesses cannot pass on the additional costs. In fact, this “carbon (dioxide) tax” is not just paid by “the 200 biggest polluters”, those big companies service every facet of our economy. They will pass on the price rises, especially since Australia is paying one of the world’s most punitive carbon taxes (fixed at $23 a tonne) when other places, who have allowed emissions trading, have fallen closer to $5 a tonne.
But you, the voter, will be “compensated”, yes? Other than my suspicion of election bribes to the Labor base and getting voters addicted to paid welfare and wealth redistribution, the real aim of the “compensation” it to lock in this ludicrous tax by threatening the Liberals with “they will take your welfare away”, Labor wants voters on welfare. Welfare that would not have been necessary without a Carbon Tax. Note how any mention of the Carbon Tax is missing from the “family assistance packages” that Labor is spuricking? Labor is selling a lemon, and it knows it. There is talk of voters being “worse off” or not…
… of course voters will be “worse off”, or the new tax would not have been proposed in the first place!
And it doesn’t matter if you receive a payment if your employer can no longer afford to employ you, and you lose your job.
So, the Labor government are trying to prop up businesses that might actually go broke or leave the country due to this Carbon Tax, such as the Alcoa Aluminium Smelther in Geelong, full of traditional Labor voters, defeating the point of the carbon tax in the first place. The Carbon tax is designed to shut down those energy intensive industries in the first place (Aluminium smelting being one of the most energy intensive due to the enormous magnetic fields involved).
And there are galling claims that this will somehow “help the environment”. It will do no such thing, the deception is predicate on voters confusing “carbon” (dirty soot) for “carbon dioxide” and ignoring the fact that Australia produces roughly 1.5% of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions, and that even the whole human population’s emissions make up less that 5% of the entire planet’s system. One volcano eruption can undo twenty years of Australian carbon savings in a fortnight. So a useless gesture that will cost the average family $300 on power bills alone will have little or no environmental impact, and the Labor Government knows it (hence they refuse to answer it as a “nonesense question”, although a core selling point of the tax is it is meant to help the environment.) The environmentalists know that Australia and its impact is small, but try to shift the consumption to a “per person” measure to compensate; another fudge.
In truth, this is all to justify a tax increase, using environmentalism as a new religion to blugeon heretics. Labor knows it.
The “Clean Energy Future” itself is a lie as well, and the $10 billion of taxpayer money directed to be blown by the Greens is part of this lie. Not only was this a bribe to their partners, the Greens (who have ruled out certain technologies due to their own agenda), inventions do not occur when governments “pick winners…” invariably the government will pick losers such as solar and wind energy, while ignorning nuclear and other feasible technologies. The Greens and Labor are basically proposing to replace Australia’s competitive advantage (cheap baseload coal) with a technology that doesn’t exist yet!
Both of the “Clean Energy Future” and the “help the environment” are a feint. The aim of the tax is to increase tax reciepts in a way shrouded from the public, then use those tax reciepts to bribe Labor voters, who have been deserting in droves. Labor want to have their cake and eat it. This is all predicate on digging a hole to fill another hole, ignoring the fact that you lose earth en-route by doing so (not to mention also covering the bureacratic costs of digging holes). Not only that, we have to buy “Carbon Credits” from overseas, sending billions of dollars out of our economy to pay for scams eager for an injection of money, such as a piece of paper claiming a rainforest was planted for millions of dollars.
All of this with not an iota of change in the climate.
The third (flanking) prong is to control the media about this. They are terrified that Fairfax will come under the control of Gina Rinehart, so they propose a “good character test” i.e. only people sympathetic to Labor can buy media companies. This is to buy more time for their deeply flawed, deeply unpopular tax policies. The media have been giving the Labor party a great run, focusing instead on Abbott’s “negativity” and parrotting the government’s propaganda and talking points regarding the Carbon tax. The government wants to keep this run of good press going.
Nevertheless, voters are not fools. They can tell when Labor is deceiving and spinning the electorate.
The Labor Party have form on decieving the electorate. For example the “increased super contribution” is not paid by the Mineral Resource Rent Tax (MRRT) as claimed by Labor, it is paid for by your employer, at no cost to the Government, sold as “spreading the benefits of the boom.” Labor has form on overspending your taxes on its hairbrained schemes and, after leaving a huge debt it looks for ways to justify new taxes to cover for the party’s incompetence, and for Labor’s love of regulatory intervention and big government. After all, the socialists know what’s best for you… in fact they are aiming to make this tax as difficult to repeal as possible…
It’s all quite insidious.
All of this after the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard said, “there will be no carbon tax under a government I lead.”
Show you are smarter than this, smarter than the spin. DO NOT vote Labor. Oh, and the Greens too… they are crazy and delusional, but at least they are not crafty.
I don’t like the Opposition Leader Tony Abbott either; this is a war between evil and stupid. Except now that Labor have adopted the mantle of both “evil and stupid. “ I didn’t think it possible for things to get worse after Julia Gillard’s coup, and I have been proven wrong. Labor are the moderates, occupying the middle ground and choosing the WORST of every side of every debate.
No wonder they are receiving a drubbing in the polls. I am upset, and it seems that my sentiment is shared as opposition to the Carbon Tax is running at 62%. Labor’s primary vote is 28% and, if an election were held today, it would result in a 10% swing which would wipe out every Labor MP in Queensland. I think there is a clean energy future to be had, but not through any veiled means of Labor social engineering. It’s time they started representing the workers again, instead of latching onto every fashionable socialist cause they can build a pulpit out of.
It’s easy for Labor voters to vote for someone else to pay more tax… except when they are voting to put out of business the employer that pays their wages, for no discernable gain.