The Gillard government continues to show disdain for the Australian democratic process. They already had two strikes, now there’s a third.
The lie. Gillard went into the last election promising “there will be no carbon tax under the government that I lead”. It was an issue that was killing her and had she not made this promise, it is almost certain she would not have retained power. The carbon tax was never put to the Australian people, who have clearly rejected it.
Not only are Australians today prohibited from voting on the carbon tax, labor has done everything possible to prevent future generations from voting on it. By declaring carbon permits to be property rights, it will cost the coalition a bucket load to buy them back when they roll back the labor/green carbon dioxide scheme. Simon at Australian Climate Madness explains this subversion of democracy.
There is a general principle in constitutional law that the “sovereignty” of Parliament ensures that a future parliament cannot be bound by its predecessor. In other words, if a parliament enacts a law, then a subsequent parliament should be entitled to repeal it.
The Government and the Australian Greens today voted to block scrutiny of the carbon tax Bills in the Senate by refusing to allow the legislation to be considered by the Senate Legislation Committees.
Senate Legislation Committees play a crucial role in the scrutiny of bills put before Parliament.
To deny Senate Committees the ability to examine these Bills – which will bring into effect one of the biggest changes to the Australian economy – is completely appalling.
The Australian Labor Party and the Greens are subverting the Senate’s role as a house of review by vetoing examination of the carbon tax Bills by the Committees of the Senate,” Senator Fifield said.
So, they escape the scrutiny of the public and the parliament. That’s it Julia, Greg, Bob, Wayne and Christine. You are outta here!