The coalition has promised to repeal the carbon dioxide tax if (when) it wins the next election. Wonderful. We can put a stop to Gillard’s economically destructive ways before the damage is irreparable. There is a problem however. On Friday, 10 out of Australia’s 76 senators will be greens. Unless the labor party realises its mistake, there’s no way the coalition will be able to get through the senate. This was put to Joe Hockey on Q&A last night. Already, two years out from being elected (fingers crossed), the liberals may have already made their first broken promise.
So how do we get rid of this toxic tax? As with dealing with a disease, there are two options; prevention or cure.
Prevention; stop labor implementing this tax in the first place. The plebiscite has gone bust no thanks to Steve Fielding. Joe Hockey suggested people power may return us to democracy. More rallies, bigger rallies, Australians getting their fair say. Maybe it could stop the tax. Of course, if the tax goes bust, so must Gillard. Then there is the slight chance that the tax will not be extreme enough for the greens, so like the ETS, they could shut it down. There is no doubt however that if the government cannot get this tax through, Julia Gillard is finished for good.
Cure; repeal the tax. The only way for this to happen is for the liberals to win the next election. If the tax is disastrous enough, we might get enough labor senators to do a backflip so we can offset the greens. The will of their electorates may have an influence here. If not, the only chance is a double dissolution election. Will Quinten Bryce dissolve the parliament however? Will Abbott have to sack her? Imagine the cries of sexism if he had to do that.
On a related note, this photo shows just how scary our current situation is. The greens, littered through the senate, Lee Rhiannon on the end there. From their perspective, she is furthest to the left. Telling? If the greens are watermelons, she is a tomato.