Three strikes against democracy

The Gillard government continues to show disdain for the Australian democratic process. They already had two strikes, now there’s a third.

Strike One!

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.

Strike Two!

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.

Strike Three!

Reader Frances notes the actions of the ALP and the greens in parliament yesterday. Senator Mitch Fifield:

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!


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Hi, I'm the climatenonconformist (not my real name), and I am a global warming skeptic, among the few in generation Y. With Australia facing the prospect of a carbon tax, we need to be asking the simple question; where is the evidence that our emissions are causing any dangerous warming?
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7 Responses to Three strikes against democracy

  1. Frances says:

    Julia Gillard is a complete disgrace. She has the temerity to tell bold faced lies to the public, on TV, The sooner she is gone the better for this nation. I was actually sitting there this morning watching her on Fox News and screaming abuse at her on TV. 😦

  2. techapilla says:

    Correction: Slight 2: It will cost *taxpayers* a bucketload to buy those carbon permits back. What does Labor care about the taxpayers?

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  4. CarbonIsUS says:

    Activist Lies and Propaganda.
    This person has no respect for democracy or the institutions of this nation.
    One must assume that goes for the ‘party’ that supports her.
    Do we have grounds for their sacking via Governor General?
    Are there grounds for a class action?
    The whole carbon issue is a scam – see UN Agenda 21.
    It is na excuse/subterfuge to panic the herd into accepting the unacceptable.
    The ‘believers’ are the ‘flat earthers’ who cannot accept change or the challenge of a possibly better future for mankind.
    The great cathedrals of Europe were built in the last warm period – prosperity improved life.
    The Club of Rome, Green Cross, IPCC, are all political organisations seeking to enshrine the status quo for the elite of whatever persuasion.
    Please check up on UN Agenda 21 – it is already here in part
    The aim is reduce population to below 1 Billion by 2030 to ensure sustainability.

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