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