Tony Abbott is going to try to get a bill through parliament that will result in a plebiscite on the carbon tax. It will be the first such plebiscite since the conscription votes of the first World War. It is a simple enough process that will give Australians a say in our future. What do we call that again? That’s right, democracy!
We were told before the election, “there will be no carbon tax under the government that I lead”. As such, Julia Gillard won the election, just, while we were under the impression that we will not get a carbon tax (I wonder how we got that idea). Then, what do you know, we get a carbon tax. A more blatant lie could not be imagined and it has in effect usurped or democratic rights. Now, we may have the chance to regain control over our nation, unless some unconscionable politicians vote against it. While it may cost $69 million, it is no doubt worth it to restore our great democracy. Any member of parliament who votes against this bill will do their country a great disservice. It is a no-brainer decision.
Already the greens have announced that they will not support the bill, claiming the cost is not worth it. But, as Tim Blair points out, they called for similar votes on a republic. Just more hypocrisy from the perpetually-hypocritical greens. Clearly, they don’t care for democracy, don’t respect the will of the Australian people, think we are stupid or all of the above.
I was too young to vote at the last election, but should Abbott be successful in getting this bill through, I would relish the chance to tell this government a big, fat “NO”.