When our 17 days in limbo ended, and Julia Gillard formed a minority government with the greens and dependents, she had the opportunity to do something constructive for this nation. Even though the greens would have milked their position for everything it had, she could have resisted.
When Bob Brown came up to her and demanded a price on carbon (dioxide), she could have said to him something like:
“Well Bob, I made a promise to the Australian people that there would be no carbon tax if I was in charge.”
“You do understand that I am the prime minister, don’t you Bob?”
“If you don’t like this, perhaps you could switch your support to Tony Abbott. I don’t want this grief from you and I would rather that he live with it.”
“No Christine, I’m not going to let you announce the government’s renewable energy package.”
It’s not that hard. You can still work with the bloke without submitting to his will and breaking a promise to the Australian people. Yet she is still dishonest about this. There has been excuse after excuse.
- denial that she even made a promise
- Australians knew she wanted action on climate change/a price on carbon
- circumstances have changed
- I didn’t mean to mislead (an admission that she did)
- it’s the right thing to do
If Julia cannot be honest about this, her legacy will forever be distorted by a lie. In a democratic society, there are few worse crimes from a leader. Come clean Prime Minister, do it for yourself, and the country.