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THE FIRST NEWSPOLL since the September election is out, and it's a ripper for Tony Abbott and his new Liberal government: leading the ALP by a 56-44 margin after preferences, the Coalition is building on its election-winning lead. Despite the honeymoon factor, the findings raise questions for Labor.
Since Australians went to the polls six weeks ago, two things -- broadly -- have happened.
- Abbott's popularity grows: Newspoll (sbs.com.au)
- Tony Abbott Builds On Election Landslide: Newspoll - 28 October 2013 (lucas2012infos.wordpress.com)
- "Performance was marred by a lack of caution and political cunning." or "not fit to rule" take two (iainhall.wordpress.com)
- In the internet age, a time when there are effectively no media islands any more (iainhall.wordpress.com)
- Coalition extends lead over Labor (heraldsun.com.au)
- Australia's new gov't vows to scrap carbon tax (bigstory.ap.org)
- PM to release carbon tax repeal law (skynews.com.au)
I have been arguing for years that carbon trading schemes are virtually Ponzi schemes that are bound to collapse and the European scheme certainly seems to be following the script that I imagined. The fringe benefit of this is clearly watching the Australian Labor Party making even greater fools of themselves every time their “fixed price” Carbon tax rises as it is scheduled to do in June. If our “Carbon price” is already many times the price of European traded value imagine the pain felt by Labor when the carbon tax rises and the European price falls yet again as I think it will.
So I ask again does anyone seriously think that, after the election, any Labor MP or senator will inflict further pain upon the greatly depleted party by opposing the repeal of this ludicrous carbon tax and all of its accompanying administrative apparatus?
The party is a laughing stock now so just imagine how silly it will look standing up for the tax that has utterly destroyed its credibility.
I have repeatedly suggested that when it comes to repealing the carbon tax that the ALP will not be at all obstructive in the upper house because they will have to concede that Tony Abbott will have a mandate to do this. Now I find in today’s Oz the same suggestion from Tony Abbott himself:
My friends from the left have been fooling themselves if they think that the incoming government will not be true to their word, after all being untruthful to the electorate is what will be buying Labor’s very long lease on their wilderness accommodation…
No matter which side of politics you barrack for you have to be delighted to see the continued decline of Greens. They have done thing with amazing clarity during the reign of the Gillard government and that is to prove just how ill suited their brand of hand wringing holier than thou politicking is to any role in the government process thanks to them and their fellow travellers in the Labor party we have an absolutely dysfunctional border/immigration policy. A carbon tax that is almost universally loathed, we have the ludicrous situation of a mining tax that co0llects no revenue, We have been assailed with a long running and always futile campaign for Gay marriage. Yep the Greens have been such a hit with the voting public that their support has, well plummeted…
Perhaps we need a new nation wide “plant a Green” campaign to finally rid the nation of the scourge to good governance, after all they do advocate for euthanasia don’t they ?
With tongue very firmly in my cheek Comrades…
- Gillard’s stocks continue to rise (theage.com.au)
- Labor in the toilet still (iainhall.wordpress.com)
- ALP future bleak: Tanner (theage.com.au)
- Essential: fired-up Gillard gets a poll bounce – from men (crikey.com.au)
On another thread, resident leftie Brian reckoned:
The industrial sector in this country is just about dead in the water, manufacturing is not far behind.
Could the carbon tax have contributed to this? Labor is also killing the fishing industry and the cattle export market. Is there any industry, other than the imaginary ‘pie in the sky’ green industry, that Labor has helped rather than exacerbating?
Labor destroys initiative, Labor breaks down aspiration and replaces it with desperation.
Wyatt Roy, Australia’s youngest member of parliament recognises this and takes a great swerve at the socialist and destructive Labor party that is currently losing control of our economy and governance.
Enjoy the eloquence of a future leader.
In another place I have been discussing the level of respect afforded to our current PM and I have been making the argument that ours is a rather informal society and that our leaders themselves promote that informality. No one in the United States would dare address a sitting or former President by their first name unless they were specifically invited to do so because they have a long tradition of revering the office of president itself. Here in this country it is entirely alien to genuflect to our leaders in any way at all. Frankly I think that it makes our leaders much more grounded that the ordinary people wont stand for the sort of obsequious deference that is common elsewhere.
But I will draw readers attention to the deliberate lie at the end of Julia’s missive> where she tells me that the 9% rise in electricity prices is “fully compensated” maybe for those individuals who are under a certain threshold there is “compensation” but there are many Australians who don’t qualify for this largess who will be paying that extra 9% without a single cent of “compensation” So I ask you dear readers how can our PM be believed when she claims that the rise Is “fully compensated”?
Oh yeah that’s right we can believe her because she did give us that sincere promise before the last election “there will be no Carbon Tax under a government that I lead” Yeah well its obvious that she is just continuing in the same vein in all of her other political pronouncements and that we can expect the most convoluted semantic gymnastics from Julia and her barrackers . Now if only semantic gymnastics were an Olympic event then this country would have wall to wall Gold thanks entirely to Julia Gillard.
- PM Julia Gillard Seeks Overhaul of Australia’s Electricity Supply Market (ibtimes.com)
- No carbon tax lift for ALP – Newspoll (bigpondnews.com)
- Carbon tax won’t effect Sunday, Gillard (bigpondnews.com)
- No lift for ALP after carbon tax hand-outs (news.smh.com.au)
- Aus: Voters desert carbon tax (junkscience.com)
- Abbott Insists Aussies Still Fear Carbon Tax (ibtimes.com)
- Rhetoric continues as carbon tax hits (bigpondnews.com)
- Coalition Advises Julia Gillard: ‘Repeal Carbon Tax to Bring Down Electricity Cost’ (ibtimes.com)
- PM Julia Gillard seeks overhaul of Australia’s electricity supply market (eco-business.com)
- Obama: ‘I’m not the president of black America’ (thegrio.com)
I’ve always been impressed with the skill of ‘climate scientists’. Particularly when it comes to graphs. The first that comes to mind is of course that famous ‘hockey stick’ curve. And what a curve (ball) it was. Despite being shown to ‘hide the decline’ and be completely fabricated, it nonetheless captured the hearts and minds of the warmist brigade.
So it’s no surprise that I find myself in the same enthrall of some recently revealed data.
Apparently Australia’s plethora of Silver, and not Gold, Medals won in the London Olympics, isn’t due to a lack of training, or a surfeit of tweeting but something far more noxious.
It’s the Carbon Tax, Labor’s tax on carbon dioxide, that’s worrying our Olympians. They’re afraid to breathe in or out, lest they rack up a carbon dioxide debt upon returning home.
This graph proves that.