Father of two Craig Flanigan, who has worked at the Hazelwood power plant for 24 years, said workers were sickened to see footage of politicians celebrating the successful vote in the chamber.
“They’re celebrating a tax no one wants and that they said we wouldn’t have and a tax that will destroy our community,” he said.
Mr Flanigan said the biggest blow was knowing the carbon tax and the probable loss of his job wouldn’t make any difference.
While they may claim they’ve just secured our “clean energy future” and taken the equivalent of 160 million cars off the roads, this is what they were really celebrating.
As with the failed insulation scheme, the government must realise that the carbon tax is ripe for rorting. Already it seems this is the case.
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission chairman Rod Sims revealed some taxi drivers had already been caught trying to add a “carbon levy” to fares, while a few companies were being probed for price rises that were “just silly”.
Mr Sims said the ACCC would launch a nationwide campaign and issue detailed guidelines showing what price rises would and would not be allowed.
“If anyone is putting up prices now, they’re way ahead of the game,” he told the Herald Sun.
“We’ve had a few potential cases of people saying things that are just silly, and reports of taxi drivers adding a ‘carbon levy’.
If people are making claims that price rises have been caused by the carbon tax, they must be able to substantiate them.”
The ACCC has been given $12.8 million to play the role of carbon cop and Mr Sims said it would make sure consumers were not ripped off by dodgy businesses wrongly blaming the carbon tax for price rises.
While most of the blame rests with the dodgy businesses, the government can share in it for its recklessness.
Reports are coming in that WA Nationals MP, Tony Crook will be voting down the government’s planned changes to the Migration Act. While it looks like the government are set for a loss, it’s a pity it will be happening on the wrong day.