bit harsh comparing australia post to slave traders.
still haven't answered why they exempted most of the economy, especially agriculture and petrol.
why do you refer to our biggest manufacturers and service providers as all bad guys? which of the 500 companies targeted specifically are using outdated manufacturing and processing technology leading to high emissions?
they're not going to lose because they're picking a fight with big business - they're going to lose because people didn't vote for the greens, they voted for labor.
Certain industries were exempted to minimise the impact on consumers.
Our biggest polluters are the bad guys - maybe they do good work, maybe they employ thousands of people, but they've had decades to invest and innovate - with no incentive to do so, and no punishment for not doing so they've sat on their hands. No more.
People didn't vote for the Greens? An ETS was Labor and Liberal policy in 2007. People stopped supporting Labor when Rudd "shelved" the ETS. The "Carbon Tax" is in effect for a short period of time, after which an ETS is launched. The Greens garner more support than the Nationals nationwide, yet the Nationals leader is the Deputy PM in any Liberal PM's Government. Despite the "Carbon Tax" brouhaha the Greens' vote hasn't shifted down in any major opinion poll over the past two years. Bob Brown is consistently regarded as one of the most honest, trustworthy people in Australia.
They're going to lose because people have been misinformed constantly, consistently since 2007. The BER still gets a bad rap, it's still seen as a massive mess and waste of money despite all evidence to the contrary (part of the most successful stimulus package in the Western world) - it only became a story because a Sydney talk-back radio host made it so. Same with the home insulation scheme - a huge success, with thousands of homes saving money on their power bills every Winter, and thousands of people employed who otherwise wouldn't have been during a worldwide economic downturn, yet it's viewed now as a big bungle.
There are parts of Sydney where poker machines swallow 30% of the average local (relatively poor) citizen's paycheque - yet a massive fraudulent campaign by wealthy clubs who were set to lose money saw the end to a piece of legislation that would help minimise the damage wrought by gambling addiction. No-one ever bothered to mention that in WA clubs survive without pokies - they still manage to fund their local sports teams, provide a secure, fun place for communities to enjoy a meal and a drink of a night, and support local charities. Picking a fight with the Clubs cost the government support.
Mining companies literally dig up parts of Australia and ship them overseas - at the same time their overseas shareholders receive the benefits - the government sought to capture a chunk of those profits for the benefit of us all. Somehow this was turned into a "the government is hurting the average worker" meme, and cost them support.
The National Broadband Network is the biggest piece of Federal infrastructure to occur in my lifetime - it's long overdue and will see the vast majority of the nation brought up to speed in terms of telecommunications - somehow this has been turned into a negative, not least by Murdoch who stands to lose the most as a result - every report on the NBN in the Daily Telegraph features a doctored photo of the Communications Minister with his eyes crossed!
There's no reason for the majority of people to oppose any of the measures I've mentioned there - you then have, as Jess Irvine mentioned in her front page SMH column today "Low unemployment. A budget in balance. Inflation under control. If that doesn't sound like good news to you, you'll never be satisfied." (she didn't mention that interest rates are lower, taxes are lower, unemployment is at a historic low, and wages are higher.)
Looking at the FACTS, there's no reason for people to be unhappy - we've a government keeping everything on track, and bringing in sensible reforms. The only explanation is misinformation.
Edited by Andrew, 25 April 2012 - 12:21 PM.