The Herald Sun reports that petrol will be excluded from the carbon dioxide tax, a decision which has apparently been influenced by independent Tony Windsor. PM Julia Gillard stated that “he has put forward a powerful case for people in country Australia who have got no choice but to jump in their cars to get places.” So Windsor has finally considered his own electorate, a priority that was absent when he decided to back Gillard.
So the carbon tax will be less destructive for the economy and for families. I doubt this was the reason for this move however, more likely that Gillard caved to pressure from Windsor or the polls. Voters will still consider the tax a slap and the face and a sign the government is out of touch with the cost of living pressures affecting ordinary Australians. withholding one bullet will not appease the Australian people when there is a barrage coming.
In trying to get the balance between a tax that will be effective and one that won’t hit too hard, Gillard can’t win. She is stuck between the greens, their and the influence they yield and the majority of the Australian people. She can’t backtrack without destroying her credibility.
By all accounts Tony Windsor has done the right thing and stood up for the Australian people, but we wouldn’t even be facing this tax without his support for labor. He needs to go further and withdraw his support altogether, lest this tax cause irreparable damage to Australia.