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The WA Labor Opposition Leader just announced he doesn’t like the Carbon Tax

Posted By Joanne Nova On February 10, 2013 @ 3:53 am In Global Warming,Politics | Comments Disabled

I saw on the ABC news tonight that Mark McGowan announced that he doesn’t like the Carbon Tax. He’s the West Australian state opposition leader and there are just four weeks left before the State election. Strangely I can find no story, no news headline to confirm this.

What does it matter you say…  it’s a federal issue, not a state one. But it says everything you need to know about how unpopular both Gillard and the Carbon tax are. McGowan has dodged the question repeatedly for months, but trailing in the polls, he finally chose to dump the policy, despite it making his name Mud with the Federal Government and his fellow Labor compatriots. Peter van Onselen suggested it would pick him up some votes only a few days ago.

He would be the first Labor State Leader to do so.

In May the former Labor premier Kristina Keneally says Julia Gillard should revoke or wind back the carbon tax in order to claw back public popularity.  But she’s was safely out of the action by then. On August 9th 2012, the NSW Labor leader — John Robertson told his caucus they’d never hear him support the carbon tax, but publicly announced the very opposite the next day. The Victorian Labor leader Daniel Andrews came under pressure to protest against the Carbon Tax, but declined too.

How much does he object to the Carbon Tax? Not enough to speak up until the election is one month away.

Thanks to commenters Warren L, Sceptical Sam and Daremo for this ABC link to the Greens outrage in response.

Sorry no links to the story. Thanks to James for confirming.

Background links | Wikipedia: Australian State Politicians  | WA Labor PartyABC news (No I can’t find the story there either).

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