A High Court challenge to the carbon tax?

With three and a half months to go until the carbon tax arrives, the news that Clive Palmer is considering a High Court challenge to it is welcome news.

MINING billionaire Clive Palmer has escalated his campaign against  the  Gillard government, vowing to  mount a High Court challenge to the  carbon  tax.

As the major political parties wrestled  over proposed cuts to company  tax,  Mr Palmer last night turned his sights to the carbon tax, telling  the ABC’s 7.30 he had legal advice that it was unconstitutional.

Asked on what grounds it was unconstitutional, Mr Palmer said: ”The  grounds  are set out in legal advice and they’ll be coming out in the  High Court.”

This could be our last roll of the dice to head off the carbon tax before it is implemented, or at least to delay it in court.

…Treasurer Wayne Swan accused Mr Palmer and other mining  bosses Gina Rinehart  and Andrew Forrest of wielding too much power and  being a threat to  democracy.

Last night, Mr Palmer hit back, saying:  ”I’ve given away each year  more  than a hundred times the Treasurer’s salary to Australians who are  needy. I  wonder how much of his salary has he given away to Australians  who need that  wealth.”

Mr Palmer denied that launching a High Court challenge would prove Mr  Swan’s  accusation that he and other mining bosses were using their  wealth to distort  public debate. ”We’ve all got the right to go to High  Court,” he said.

If the court rules against the carbon tax, then Palmer will have clarified the public debate by preventing the government by implementing anything unlawful. And anyway, he’ll have the overwhelming support of the Australian public on his side, so I’ll ask; who is the real threat to democracy, Mr Swan?

Tim Blair:

If he can pull this off, he’ll become the Greatest Living Australian.


About Climate Nonconformist

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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