With the carbon tax nearly three months away, Gillard is going to try to head off the impending backlash by handing out free money earlier.
CASH bonuses for families of up to $100 per child and $250 for pensioners will be deposited in voters’ bank accounts within weeks as the Gillard Government fights a public backlash over the carbon tax.
But taxpayers will be forced to pick up the tab for a public education campaign with a multi-million-dollar advertising blitz in the pipeline.
The carbon tax is tipped to increase household bills by $10 a week when it is introduced on the nation’s top 500 polluters from July 1.
The government maintains that ‘once people realise the sky hasn’t fallen in’, they will embrace their plan and forget about the deception on the part of the prime minister and the treasurer. They are no doubt hoping that getting the compensation in early will help ease such concerns.
It is an arrogant proposition to suggest that the only reason people are so anxious about the carbon tax is because of scaremongers claiming the ‘sky will fall in’ (who actually said that, I wonder?). In doing so, they fail to credit the Australian people with the intelligence to evaluate the tax for themselves, and associate them with the gullibility to be taken in by what we are told is shameless scaremongering. They don’t think much of us, and this latest attempt to sell the tax exemplifies this.
(Via Andrew Bolt)