When Labor yielded to the Greens idiotic plan for a carbon tax, they put themself in the most awkward position imaginable. They now find themselves stuck between the ridiculous demands of these environmental madmen and the pleas of their core voting base. Their position is best exemplified by the situation at Alcoa, with 600 jobs at risk.
THE Gillard government will be pressured by global aluminium giant Alcoa and Victoria to cut a better deal under the carbon tax for its struggling Point Henry aluminium smelter in Geelong as part of a broader assistance package to save 600 jobs at the plant.
Victoria will push the federal government to design an automotive-style bailout for the smelter, which Alcoa has placed under review amid a surging Australian dollar and collapsing metal prices, and ahead of the extra impost of the carbon tax from July 1.
Surely if the aim is to curb carbon dioxide emissions, then the closure of Alcoa is a desirable result, given the magnitude of its emissions. Even if so many unionised workers go out of a job, I mean, if we’re really in for all the doom and gloom that we keep hearing from the alarmists.
Mr Baillieu yesterday backed the Alcoa campaign for more generous treatment.
“The clear option, which is the standout at the moment, is (that) the compensation for the carbon tax in relation to the aluminium smelter is not adequate,” he said.
“The commonwealth have got to address it.”
This is pathetic by Baillieu. How about instead of trying to accommodate the carbon tax, he stand up for his state and fight against it. And he’s got another two Liberal premiers who should be standing with him, not to mention another one on the way in Queensland.
Julia Gillard has described as “disgusting” attempts by Tony Abbott to insert carbon tax concerns at the centre of Point Henry’s plight.
The queen of hyperbole at her best.
As with the car industry, Labor seems determined to appease the Greens with the carbon tax, yet is trying to bandage a wound that she has caused with this barrage of corporate welfare.