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ALP carbon tax driving companies to the wall


At the beginning of the year, Treasurer of the Year™, Wayne Swan, claimed the impact of the carbon tax was minimal. Swan gleaned this vital information not from detailed Treasury costings or anything like that. Rather, he went down to his local supermarket – voila!

But new figures in paint a very different and worrying picture.

The Australian Securities & Investments Commission reports there were 10,632 company collapses for the 12 months to March 1 – averaging 886 a month – with the number of firms being placed in administration more than 12 per cent higher than during the global financial crisis.

Sure. Companies are also hurting because of the GFC, and the high Australian dollar, but the timing of the CO2 essential trace gas tax couldn’t have been worse.

Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief economist Greg Evans said: “Rapidly escalating energy prices caused by the carbon tax and other green programs are taking their toll on many Australian businesses.

“In energy reliant industries it is already showing up in job losses, deferred investment and in the worst cases, business closures,” Mr Evans said.

A real kick in the guts. OK, so Gillard and Co. had no control over the GFC, and whilst there are limited options to address the high Aussie dollar, it is a floated currency. But the carbon tax is certainly something they could control.

It compounds.

The carbon tax – and mining tax – were also showing up as “sovereign risk” issues in discussions with foreign investors.

In short, it’s a rolled-gold disaster. Record company closures, higher prices, job losses, lower investment and for what?

The bloody tax doesn’t even make any money!

No, it’s not the only reason the ALP and Gillard are doing so poorly in the polls, but it can’t be helping. The 2PP is at 56-44 today, ALP primary vote is down to a paltry 31, and yet the ALP ship sails full steam ahead towards oblivion.

And as for the climate the tax is meant to soemhow change? Nope, it’s pretty static, too.

Do the math


It seems the ALP isn’t much chop at it.

Riddle me this. With any budget surplus and carbon tax compo set to be tied to a hopeful EU carbon (dioxide) price of around $29 a ton, how’s it all going to work when it’s less than $5 a ton?

Carbon carking it


Just walk away already. How many more billions need to be wasted on useless gestures?

The world’s only global system of carbon trading, designed to give poor countries access to new green technologies, has “essentially collapsed”, jeopardising future flows of finance to the developing world.

Billions of dollars have been raised in the past seven years through the United Nations’ system to set up greenhouse gas-cutting projects, such as windfarms and solar panels, in poor nations. But the failure of governments to provide firm guarantees to continue with the system beyond this year has raised serious concerns over whether it can survive.

No worries. There’s another junket in Qatar this December.

Image H/T Craig Kelly MP, via reader Sean (on Facebook)

Kelly:

Australian taxpayers are funding a 21-strong delegation of bureaucrats from the Department of Climate Change to attend a UN “Climate Change Conference” in Bangkok, with all the departmental staff travelling bus
iness class.

This delegation follows a $360,000 trip for a 38-member delegation to last year’s UN “Climate Change Conference” in Mexico, where Climate Change Minister Mr. Combet, parliamentary secretary for Climate Change Mark Dreyfus, and their advisers all flew business class to exotic Cancun – which followed the then Rudd government spending nearly $1.5 million on travel and accommodation costs for his delegation of 68 to Copenhagen “Climate Change Conference”.

Killing the golden goose


Perfect timing for a carbon tax and mining super profits tax! /sarc

And after all that, boy oh boy will Queensland Premier, the LNP’s Campbell Newman be unpopular. TBH, I think he’s going to far with all his cuts and stuff.

His latest is raising state mining royalties by 50% to the tune of an extra $1.6 bil.

OK, so he has to raise revenue (and slash 14,000 public sector jobs) to deal with the disastrous $90 bil odd debt Labor left QLD in, and thus he really is in between a rock and a hard place, and sure, he has time before the next election, but one suspects a lot of people who voted for him will be quite grumpy indeed.

Swan will blame Newman. Newman will blame Swan :roll:

UPDATE

The editorial in the Australian:

THERE should be no surprise if the Newman government’s first state budget was tough. Treasurer Tim Nicholls must have known there could be no half-measures if he is to restore the once-prosperous state’s financial position. He told Queenslanders: “we trust and hope neither this government, nor any other government will need to undertake such a difficult task of such magnitude again.” After years of fiscal ill-discipline in other jurisdictions, we would not be too sure.

A word of warning? Tony Abbott winning the next federal election isn’t even going to be half the battle. Our gross national debt will have gone up more than $100 bil by then.

Thank goodness the mining boom might be over


Finally.

RESOURCES Minister Martin Ferguson has declared the end of the mining boom, following the shelving by BHP Billiton of its Olympic Dam mine expansion.

OK, so people will lose their jobs, families will be affected. But those families shouldn’t worry about what they’ll eat for dinner, or how the kids’ education will be paid for, or where they’ll sleep that night.

Rather, they should think of themselves as, now, part of the Solution whereas before, they were part of the Problem. As they withdraw that Centrelink welfare cash, a warm inner glow should be felt, bright with the knowledge that the planet is being saved.

When the planet will actually be saved, how we’ll ever know, and when we’ll be told by the authorities is an argument for another time, but to be clear, when your house is foreclosed and your belly rumbles, fret not, and feel the positive Gaia energy flowing into your hearts from literally millions of Australians who care for the earth.

Much praise, of course, goes to both the current and former Prime Ministers of Australia, Julia Gillard and Kevin Rudd, respectively. Without their foresight, their vision – and we are of course talking about the extra mining tax, the belated carbon tax, and not to mention the myriad of other reassuring regulations recently implemented – the earth’s salvation could have been delayed by years, or worse, never have manifested.

Footnote: And a little added bonus is that those affected families will no longer have to worry about the rightful condemnation extolled by Wayne Swan, our Treasurer of the Year.

So the carbon tax won’t hurt small business, eh?


Hmm.

SMALL business owners are are unable to pass on rising costs from the carbon tax because of unfair competition from landlords and big retailers, a lobby group says.

A national survey of 186 small firms has found 50 per cent are reporting carbon tax-related price hikes to power bills and other supplies. But only 33 per cent are making their clientele pay.

That’s OK. Everybody knows small businesses have huuuuuge profit margins.

Some businesses claimed the effect of the tax is so bad they may have to close some operations.

“We have to consider closing one business down to keep the other business open because of the carbon tax,” said Doug Cush, the owner of Bellata Gold Pasta, in the northern NSW electorate of New England.

A real vote winner.

Should be fun when those quarterly power bills start coming in.

Three big reasons why Julia Gillard can’t possibly continue as PM


Not to mention the other myriad of reasons – listed here – but here’s the big three.

  1. The carbon tax
  2. The boats
  3. The AWU/Slater&Gordon scandal and cover-up

No wonder Labor’s Caucus is in crisis discussions.

And as for that list, do you agree? Perhaps the NBN,  her deal with the Greens, or something else scores higher in your mind.

Tell us below in comments. What are your big three?

Release the hounds


And in this case, the “hounds” are the files Gillard’s old Lefty law firm Slater&Gordon has, the information the police have, and the files Paul Howes’ “zero corruption” Australian Workers’ Union has.

Does a prestigious law firm really want to be embroiled in a cover-up?

Do the cops?

Aren’t they there to protect this nation?

I thought Howes was, in effect, attempting to open up a new era of positive unionism, evidenced by his friendship with pariah of the Left, Andrew Bolt.

Lisa Simpson told us all that the Chinese word for “crisis” is the same word for “opportunity”.

Notice how haggard workplace relations minister Bill Shorten looks these days.

Well, Bill, it’s hard to find any sympathy for you. You’ve been covering this shit up for years. You deserve to look haggard.

And thank your lucky Roxon I ain’t calling for a jail sentence.

And your mum-in-law….

If someone who doesn’t know about this saga is reading this for he first time, know this:

The Prime Minister of Australia, Julia Gillard, was implicit in the stealing of hundreds of thousands of dollars from the people she was supposed to protect.

AWU members, rather that having their rights protected, instead had their money stolen.

This money was stolen – and we’re talking hundreds of thousands if not millions of workers’ hard labour – by people who advocated the protection of workers.

Some protection.

The very people to be trusted had no other interest but their own. It’s the antithesis to the union movement – a movement that was created to protect the rights of the little guy and stop him being exploited, and yet this is what Gillard, federal court judge Murphey, and Wilson did:

THEY STOLE PEOPLE’S MONEY… and lot’s of it.

Well, they’ve thrown Wilson, the dodgy bastard, on to the scrapheap, but that shit is small fry.

Just take Gillard’s reaction when she received one soft Slater&Gordon question from a journalist who was leaving anyway.

The bloke’s gone, so who gives a shit?

But Julia Gillard’s face went palpable.

Why would that happen when she knew Mathrew Franklin’s – the bloke who asked the question but everyone knew he was quitting anyway – situation, and besides, she apparently has nothing to hide anyway?

Long story short, Julia Gillard is short-changing Australia. She is going to send billions upon billions of our hard-earned money overseas, she is an expert in robbing hard-earned money that people worked for, and the wicked witch still has the hide to try and make the average bloke or sheila feel guilty for it.

It’s high time the PM come clean


Because the longer she stalls in relation to her involvement in the ever-growing AWU/Slater&Gordon scandal, the grubbier and even more untrustworthy she looks to an electorate already betrayed by her introduction of the carbon tax she promised wouldn’t be imposed.

Her excuse of being “young and naive”, barely believable when first uttered, is now completely unreliable.

Come clean, Julia Gillard.

Via Andrew Bolt, we see more evidence today of a PM desperate to cover her tracks. Even though she was a Partner (didn’t know a big-shot law firm would have the “young and naive” as Partners), she left Slater&Gordon very abruptly after her professional, romantic, and indeed questionable relationship with corrupt AWU official Bruce Wilson – the bloke who syphoned off $400,000 of union members’ funds with Gillard’s help – came to light.

There’s a six month gap from when she left to when she started working for the Victorian ALP that has been airbrushed out of the parliamentary records.

Why would someone do that, especially someone “young and naive”?

It’s high time our PM begin treating the electorate with a bit more respect. It comes down to trust and credibility, and right now, it just feels like we have a lying thief running the show.

Also, via the link, finally the Canberra press pack is starting to ask the appropriate questions, however tentatively.

UPDATE

Larry Pickering has put up his fourth instalment of, “Is the Prime Minister a Crook?”

In it, we take a look at Bill Shorten as AWU National Secretary shutting down police investigations by not releasing files.

We look at Gillard’s co-Partner and co-conspirator, Bernard Murphy, now a Gillard-appointed Federal Court judge.

Bill Ludwig is apoplectic.

And Larry challenges current AWU National Secretary, Paul Howes, on his claims of “zero tolerance” towards union corruption.

Hand over the files. Your “zero tolerance” will assist in recovering your members’ stolen funds… but it will destroy your friends and devastate your union. Your call, Piggy.

More to come.

Gillard’s first carbon tax carcass


And she’s going to sick the ACCC onto him, too, with their potential $1.1 million fines.

JULIA Gillard’s carbon tax has claimed its first job with the resignation of the Brumby’s bakery chain manager who advised franchisees to “let the carbon tax take the blame” for price rises.

Brumby’s managing director Deane Priest tendered his resignation yesterday after drawing the ire of the federal government and sparking an investigation by the consumer watchdog.

Hell hath no fury and all that.

Beware the wounded beast. Have uglier politics ever been witnessed in Australia?

The Snowy Mountain Scheme: what Labor giveth, Labor taketh away


Quite astonishing that Julia Gillard likened her carbon tax to the Snowy Mountain scheme insofar at how momentous it is.

It’s funny because the Snowy Mountain Hydro scheme is on her bucket list of the top 250 “big polluders”.

The Snowy Mountain scheme was started by Labor, and yet it is Labor driving the first nail into its coffin.

And wasn’t hydro electricity meant to be pretty clean and green, anyway?

What a farce. And it doesn’t end there.

Remember when it was 1000 companies that would have to pay? And then it was watered down to 500? And now it’s 250?

And mere days in, there’s talk of that $23 per tonne being watered down to $15.

It makes you wonder if this government has a clue about what it stands for, and what it’s doing.

Thus, business is left most uncertain, as if penalising the big polluders engines of Australia wasn’t enough (and no, they don’t trust Abbott, either).

Damn that’s taxing


What an excruciating read. PM Gillard has come out today and equated the Greens’ her carbon tax with the Snowy Mountains scheme.

Unbelievable. She’s equated a giant, useless TAX with one of Australia’s greatest achievements in infrastructure.

I was going to quote but I don’t have enough brain bleach to go around.

Somehow, the PM thinks making electricity more expensive, including (but not exclusively) by means of forcing power plants to close, should be equated with a scheme that provided more and cheaper electricity.

The party that once started building seven power stations at the same time now wants to close power stations one at a time.

Oh for the Labor of old.

They’ve descended from a party that started building 16 dams in one big hit to a party that won’t build a single dam even in the middle of a drought.

That woman is living in a watermelon dreamland. I never thought I’d see a Labor party become so out of touch with ordinary working people and families.

So where are these climate scientists, gurus, our government is so sure of?


A planet in peril, or a society?

On ABC’s QandA political affairs program last Monday, aside from GetUp!’s Simon Sheikh’s collapse, we were privilege to the dulcet tones of Climate Change minister, Greg Combet.

A major part of his reassuring argument is that the government simply cannot ignore the warnings of all the world’s top scientists.

Noted empirical evidence – namely that we haven’t seen any warming in at least ten years – was dismissed as a rubbish argument.

No, Combet smoothly argued the scientists had to be trusted.

So? Who?

The IPCC, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change?

Even they’ve admitted they are just another UN body, and certainly not the “gold standard”.

They admitted they don’t necessarily promote views of the world’s “top scientists”, but rather, make sure every geographic region is represented as equally as possible.

Sorry, but that’s not the world’s top scientists.

No Frakking Consensus:

Leading scientists. Top climate scientists. The best scientific minds. That was the fiction. Now, at long last, the IPCC is admitting that its authors don’t, in fact, all belong to the highest echelons of the scientific community. Instead we’re advised that the IPCC has “always sought” to “achieve geographic representation.”

The end of Chapter 5 in my book reads:

Journalists say we should trust the IPCC’s conclusions because its reports have been written by the world’s finest scientific minds. But in order for that to be the case the IPCC would need to apply very different criteria when selecting its authors.

It would need an explicit policy that says something along the lines of: Even though we are a UN body, we are not influenced by UN diversity concerns. We select the world’s best experts and only the world’s best experts – regardless of where they come from or what gender they happen to be.

In fact, readers may recall that the crux of the IPCC argument, the one governments such as our own are rolling with (OK, well basically just ours), was written by a teenage boy.

The blurb:

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) performs one of the most important jobs in the world. It surveys climate science research and writes a report about what it all means. This report is informally known as the Climate Bible.

Cited by governments around the world, the Climate Bible is the reason carbon taxes are being introduced, heating bills are rising, and costly new regulations are being enacted. It is why everyone thinks carbon dioxide emissions are dangerous. Put simply: the entire planet is in a tizzy because of a United Nations report.

What most of us don’t know is that, rather than being written by a meticulous, upstanding professional in business attire, the Climate Bible is produced by a slapdash, slovenly teenager who has trouble distinguishing right from wrong.

This expose, by an investigative journalist, is the product of two years of research. Its conclusion: almost nothing we’ve been told about the IPCC is true.

So?

Who?

What top climate scientists? Could Combet quote one? A credible one?

The “father” of global warming Gaia theory, perhaps?

No. Remember, James Lovelock came out recently and admitted much of the doom and gloom he’d forecast simply isn’t and hasn’t turned out to be the case.

Unfortunately, not so many other climate scientists are as free to revise their views as Lovelock is. You see, he doesn’t require government funding to keep him afloat.

That is a significant catch 22 that simply cannot be dismissed.

So?

Who?

Australia’s very own Climate Commissioner, Tim Flannery, who the government pays $180,000 per year for three days work per week?

Well, this is a bloke who predicted permanent drought for Australia’s three major eastern coastal cities.

Now the dams are as good as full, and the desal plants have been mothballed – at a cost of considerable billions.

So? Who?

That other government-paid climate expert, Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, who predicted our thriving reefs would be wiped out by now?

Who, Combet? Who, Gillard?

Who are they, are they on your payroll, and have any of their predictions come true?

Of course, their argument is bunkum, like as if a trace gas, of which humans produce only a fraction of, somehow drives global climate.

Hence, you’ll see more arguments like GetUp!’s Simon Sheikh’s; that being, “to rise above the politics”, like he said on QandA last Monday.

You see, to them, it was never about the science, even though that’s of course what they claimed and possibly what they also believed to a point.

And when the science started riding home, the hard empirical data that refuted the models, they argued it was time to “move on from that”.

OK. So we’re back to the political argument many claimed it always was?

Oh no, now it’s “let’s rise above the politics”.

Utterly vacuous words and sentiments. Deceitful, too – and perhaps to themselves the most.

People like Sheikh I do believe mean well. But he’s trying to change the way the world works because essentially, he doesn’t understand how the world works (and he must have been asleep in history class).

I would argue, however, that he does see genuine problems such as real pollution but has unfortunately, like many of our politicians and scientists, been caught up in CO2=pollution nonsense hypothesis.

He’s stuck.

He, like the other 50,000 delegates at the Rio+20 convention, have made and staked their careers on this.

Families to feed.

For example, what would he and his wife, Australian Youth Climate Coalition (AYCC) chairperson, Anna Rose, do if this all came unravelled?

What would Combet do?

What would Flannery do?

What would Gillard do?

Looking at the big picture, that is hardly important. It’s what they’ve done, what they’re doing, and what they will do before time is up that actually matters in the broader sense.

Larry Pickering:

Now we know what Emerson’s “Whyalla” rendition was all about. It was a “get that up ya” celebration which wasn’t directed at us at all. He had already lost us.

Gillard’s old bed mate, Emerson, was serenading Abbott alone in a taunting display of ridicule.


*You know, if they’d actually just made it a big money-go-round – not a take from the rich, give to the poor – but an actual money-go-round, and admitted it as simply as that, something that might have stimulated the economy, I’d probably be half for it…*

Also, if this carbon tax did ANYTHING to lower global temperatures, then they might have a sliver of an argument. That said, the whole world could adopt it and not even Tim Flannery claims it would make an iota of difference.

Their argument of, “So what? We do nothing?” is fallacious. By wasting so much time, money, and endeavour on the carbon caper, there is in fact a lot we are not doing that we should be doing again.

Carbonitis


No. No *FUCK YOU* Gillard.

Sentiment may not be enough right this moment, but history will slay that stubborn drone.

*wife edit

Useless fucking retarded troglodyte. Shoot the dam thing out of a cannon all the way to Wales.

UPDATE

Thanks, Sean.

Two weeks


I don’t know. Who will this be worse for? Folks trying to get their shopping done, or Julia’s poor lackeys?

JULIA Gillard will begin a fortnight-long national blitz next week to sell her carbon tax to a sceptical public, ordering ministers and backbenchers out into the electorate in a desperate bid to revive the government’s fortunes.

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