Abbott: I’ll kill tax within six months of being elected

I’ve been heartened by Tony Abbott’s steadfast commitment to repeal the carbon tax. After his “pledge in blood“, it became apparent that the Coalition would stand up resolutely for the majority of Australians who don’t want the carbon dioxide tax. Now, we have another assurance.

TONY Abbott has pledged to get rid of carbon pricing within just six months of the Coalition winning government.

The Opposition Leader said that if blocked in the Senate he would immediately call another election, a double dissolution, and invite the ALP to commit “suicide twice”.

“I won’t reduce the tax, change the tax, or redesign the tax. I will repeal the tax,” Mr Abbott said in Brisbane today.

[…]“If they do, there is a constitutional procedure designed for just this eventuality. It’s called a double dissolution. I would not hesitate to seek a second mandate to repeal this toxic tax. Indeed, it would be my duty to do so.”

Mr Abbott said that “because the electorate would double-punish the Labor Party for wilful obstruction, I expect that the repeal arrangements would be in place within six months.”

Last time Labor tried to push something like this through, the Liberals under Malcolm Turnbull were ready to let us take it. Now, there is someone to represent the position most Australians hold. Abbott is right to point out that upon becoming  our 28th Prime Minister, it will be his duty to repeal the carbon tax, as the majority of Australians will have placed their trust and faith in him to do so.

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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4 Responses to Abbott: I’ll kill tax within six months of being elected

  1. Iain Hall says:

    Reblogged this on Iain Hall's SANDPIT and commented:
    This is bad news for the cynics who keep insisting that once in office Abbot would just put repealing the Carbon dioxide tax would be too hard and that the tax would remain.
    Cheers Comrades

  2. Tony says:

    About time the Libs took an adament position on this stupid tax and stopped flapping in the wind waiting for opinion poll results. Bye, bye Labor: Squeezed on the Left by the radical Greens’ ecoreligious nuts, and abandoned on the other side of their voter group by disenfranchised, disenchanted, disappointed, disgusted and fast disappearing moderates.

  3. trucker bob says:

    Thing is three Liberal State premiers have gone to elections pledging to challange this tax on constitutional grounds, now they all say legal opinion says they have little chance of winning.
    Legal opinion would have been available prior to those elections, whats changed? other than their promises have seen them take power, just like all politicians few a good to their word.
    I pray Tony is different.

  4. Let me get this straight – the tax is designed to penalise companies which “emit carbon” (didn’t know you made pencils in Oz), and Gillard and her ministers “hope” they won’t pass the cost onto customers. Ignoring the fact that “hope” isn’t a good foundation for government policy, they simultaneously expect that “some” cost will be passed on though – logic disconnect #1. They then “hope” that the small amount passed on (yeah, right!) will suppress demand, thus reducing “carbon emissions”. If it is a small amount, it won’t reduce demand much, and won’t achieve their objective – logic disconnect #2. The companies will thus sell less “death-inducing” product, so reducing profit, and possibly harming the economy, so some are to be rebated some of the “carbon tax” they’ve just paid, thus reducing the increased cost passed on to customers. Bear in mind it’s the “slight” increase passed on that’s supposed to reduce demand, and that compensation will reduce that “slight” increase further.

    Are you still with me? I’m struggling to see over this mountain of hope. The “slight” increase in cost to private customers, the diggers and shakers, if you’ll excuse the expression, or existing/potential Labour voters as Gillard looks upon them, will increase household bills “slightly” (yeah right!), so the hoi polloi are to be compensated for that, thus totally removing the incentive to buy less luxury goods like electricity, gas and petrol – logic disconnect #3. I’m getting the hang of this now, I can see a future for me as an Oz economist (I’ll settle for Climate Commissioner).

    So in summary, the effect of this tax will be to annoy everyone it touches, fail to achieve its objectives, employ bureaucrats who produce rather less than nothing, and result in the continuouse circulation of lots of dosh to no purpose. To use an Oz espression, it’ll achieve “bugger all”. I’d go further and suggest it’ll achieve far less than “bugger all”.

    “There’ll be no commonsense policies under any government I lead” – THAT’s what she meant.

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