The line that everyone seems to have missed (or become numbingly inured to) is one where Combet claims that Australians won’t be able to get rid of the carbon price even if they want to:
“(Greg Combet) said the linkage of the schemes would make it more difficult for Mr Abbott to axe the carbon price if the Coalition were elected.” [Source: The Australian]
The spiffy idea, apparently, is that voters won’t have an option of voting to decide a major part of our economic system. The Australian Labor Party’s proud contribution to the national debate is to tell us they have deliberately crafted the legislation that way. We the voters are supposed to be impressed that it will be harder for any newly elected representatives to remove it without major penalties. If the Australian people decide to toss the current government off an electoral cliff, the current government is going to fall, but make the nation pay. Yes, score ten points for Machiavellian behaviour, but I’m not so sure the voters will be impressed when they have to foot the bill.
Over 80% of Australian’s at the last election voted for parties that promised “no carbon tax”, do I need to use the words arrogant and undemocratic?
I suppose the smile-with-me-excuse is that the ALP “knows what’s best for Australia” and are so smart they can stop the stupid punters from choosing differently? Though a cynic might say that the ALP knows voters hate the carbon tax, and knows that it’s a gift campaign for the opposition to run against it, so they are protecting their political hides by neutering the advantage — bugger the cost to the citizens of Australia. I’m not sure which is worse, narcissistic tyrant, or pragmatic parasite.
It’s traitorously selfish, but where is the evidence that the ALP have higher aims?
The Labor Party were bragging about this back in October 2010, so over the last two years of dismal polls, they still haven’t done any soul searching about the philosophy of what The Australian Labor Party stands for? It tells us much about the current malaise within the Australian Labor Party that no wise elders have quietly advised these hollow men in their party that this is not in the spirit of western democracies. Aren’t the citizens of Australia supposed to decide which policies they want to live by and pay for? If 90% of Australians wanted to remove this legislation, theoretically, the Labor Party have booby-trapped it and there is no way Australians can vote against it to use their resources in ways of their choosing. If that isn’t unconstitutional, it should be.