Julia Gillard seems to be very conscious of how history will perceive her.
HISTORY will judge how every member of parliament votes on Labor’s carbon tax, Julia Gillard has declared…
“The final test is this: are you on the right side of history?” Ms Gillard said, echoing a similar speech to the Labor caucus earlier today.
“And in my experience, the judgment of history has a way of speaking sooner than we expect.”
The question is Julia, are you on the right side of history? I don’t think the eyes of history will look too kindly at a government that rushed to introduce such a drastic piece of legislation, without even considering the other side of the debate, and against the will of the Australian people.
Christine Milne comments:
“This is a great day,” Senator Milne said.
“You have no idea how excited people, particularly young people, are across the country right now.”
I’ve got a fair idea. I imagine it would be similar to the outrage experienced by people across the country, only twice as strong (owing to the fact that there are twice as many carbon tax opponents as supporters).
And also, from the people who complain about a scare campaign:
LABOR has launched a new attack warning voters will pay $1300 a year extra in tax under the Coalition.
The new advertisement, released as the government’s carbon tax legislation was tabled in the parliament, is an attempt to turn Tony Abbott’s hip-pocket arguments back on the Coalition.
It says the burden of the carbon tax will fall on big polluters, while taxpayers will foot the bill themselves for Mr Abbott’s direct action plan.
“With Labor the biggest polluters will pay for their emissions. Under the Liberals, you pay $1300 in taxes and the biggest polluters pay nothing,” it says.
$1300 a year? How is that not a scare campaign? Gillard claims that would be $1300 EXTRA in tax a year. That’s only if the coalition decide to raise taxes (they have in fact suggested they would provide tax cuts). They could always take the money for their direct action plan out of that juicy surplus they’re going to inherit in 2013…right?
The difference between the direct action plan and the carbon tax is that the coalition’s plan will not impede our most productive industries. So, while it will waste money, it is, in my book, heaps better than the carbon tax, although equally unneccessary.