That’s fair dinkum, mate!
From SEA NEWS, TURKEY (Wednesday, 30.Oct.2013, 00:16 (GMT+3):
“AUSTRALIA’S newly elected Prime Minister Tony Abbot said the previous Australian Labor Party’s government carbon tax had to be abolished at the first opportunity.
“‘The carbon tax is bad for the economy and it doesn’t do any good for the environment,’ Prime Minister Abbot told the Washington Post.
“‘Despite a carbon tax of A$ 37 (US$ 35.46) a ton by 2020, Australia’s domestic emissions were going up, not down. The carbon tax was basically socialism masquerading as environmentalism, and that’s why it’s going to be abolished.’
“The Australian Labor Party government received a crippling blow in the recent elections, as Mr. Abbot’s conservative coalition garnered enough votes to create the largest ruling coalition in the country since 2004.
“The conservatives-Liberal-National coalition rode in on a wave of widespread disapproval of the previous government’s handling of the economy, including the imposition of a carbon tax in the summer of 2012.
“Protested former Labor Party Prime Minister Julia Gillard: ‘We’ve got an overwhelming majority of scientists telling us our planet needs to do this. Are you really going to be the one who bets that the cast majority of them are wrong with something as important as the planet’s future?’
“But the tax hit families and the economy, increasing taxes on 2.2 million people, and did nothing to decrease carbon dioxide emissions, according to a study by University of Brisbane economist Alex Robson.
“News Limited Network reported in March that the tax was contributing to a record 10,632 businesses facing insolvency in 2012 – up from 10,481 for 2011.
“The country’s hospitals were also affected. The Melbourne Herald Sun reports that Victoria provincial hospitals spent an extra $ 6.1 million in energy costs in just six months due to the carbon tax. The carbon tax made up eight per cent of the hospital’s total energy costs,” –
Looks like folks are finally seeing through Mr. Gore and the Kyoto Protocols. Good.
By the way, Ms. Gillard – we hope you didn’t include among your “vast majority” the thousands of scientists who’ve signed petitions protesting the 1997 Kyoto Protocols.
And Tony Abbot: Thanks for grabbing the BULL@#$% by the horns!