I had been holding out hope that a Labor MP with a conscience would respect the will of his or her electorate and cross the floor on the carbon dioxide tax. In hindsight, it was a misguided hope.
THE Gillard Government has secured passage of its controversial carbon tax through the lower house of federal parliament with the support of key crossbench MPs.
Labor won the vote on the 18 carbon tax bills 74 to 72.
The tax still has to pass the senate, but Gillard won’t have any problems there. Looking at the numbers, at least five Labor senators will have to cross the floor. That’s not going to happen, so it seems our last chance is an early election. After that comes the need to repeal it. I think Gillard is a bit deluded.
Labelling Mr Abbott ”the biggest wrecker to ever serve in a leadership role”, Ms Gillard insisted a repeal would never happen because it would involve taking associated compensation from pensioners and families and ”repudiating the views of every living Liberal leader”.
You’d also be taking away the need for compensation and John Howard doesn’t support the carbon tax. While he did propose an ETS, he is smart enough to recognise that the failure of Copenhagen means that we’re doing this alone. Also, isn’t Gillard repudiating the views of two-thirds of Australians by pushing on with this carbon tax?