The blame game
The state Victorian Opposition (ALP) blames the Victorian Government (Lib) for Alcoa potentially closing its Victorian smelter. It says the government should do something.
Federal Opposition leader Tony Abbott blames Gillard’s carbon tax.
Alcoa today announced it would examine the viability of its Point Henry aluminium smelter at Geelong because a high dollar, higher metal prices and input costs had made it unprofitable.
Alcoa blames neither the state (Lib) nor federal (ALP) government per se.
Mr Cransberg [the Alcoa big cheese] said while the carbon tax was not the reason for the review, it would hurt business.
“Obviously post July 1 that will make life more difficult for us,” he told journalists.
Thus Julia’s “hyperbowl” (she said Abbott’s comments were “disgusting”) at Abbott is just that; “hyperbowl”.