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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Don't mention the Carbon Tax!

We are  all familiar with Basil Fawlty and the "Don't mention the war" episode of Fawlty Towers. Australia has it's own version called "Don't mention the Carbon tax" with Gillard and her  Fawlty government crew. The verbal contortions of Labor ministers trying to avoid saying the words "Carbon tax " are hilarious and worthy of John Cleese.

Nikki Savas of the Australian has more:

IF it is too late for the Gillard government to abolish the carbon tax - and it is - the next-best option is to abolish all mention of it.
And that is exactly what has happened. If you watch and listen, you will notice that nasty little three-letter word ending in x, which used to seamlessly follow the word carbon, has disappeared from the government's lexicon.
With all the talk of sex and tax dominating the political discourse, the government has decided if it cannot rid itself of the stench of one, it will simply eradicate reference to the other.
It was only last February when Julia Gillard announced the government would, in fact, introduce a carbon tax, and she boldly refused to muck around and called a tax a tax.
She told 7.30's Heather Ewart on February 24 that it was "effectively a tax, and I am happy to say the word tax".
The next day, the Prime Minister told Alan Jones that rather than play semantic word games she was "frank enough" to say it would be like a tax.
But the change began on budget night, when Wayne Swan carefully omitted any reference to it in his speech.
The new ads make no mention of it, and now the Prime Minister and her ministers studiously avoid it too.
Rather than talk about the carbon tax, they talk about the carbon price. It all sounds terribly benign, painless in fact. If you don't talk about it, who knows, perhaps on July 1 people won't even notice it has begun.
This was Ms Gillard last Wednesday, on the day the rivers of compensation began to flow: "Today is the day that money will first start to flow through to families resulting from carbon pricing. Everybody knows that the price on carbon will start on 1 July. The price is paid by big businesses that generate carbon pollution."
Climate Change Minister Greg Combet, standing beside her, sang from the same hymn sheet: "Thanks Prime Minister. Well the first thing to bear in mind when you hear these claims, of course, is that it's going to be a bit under 500 companies around the country who are the only ones that will have a liability under the carbon price mechanism. The overwhelming majority of manufacturing firms will not have a liability under the carbon price mechanism."
On the same day, Neil Mitchell put this question to Combet on 3AW: "Oh, I'm just a bit puzzled by your advertisements which keep referring to it as the household assistance package, no mention of the carbon tax."
Combet: "Well that's what we did call it from the outset, the households assistance package. But it is related to the introduction of the carbon price, so we're not trying to disguise that at all."


  1. I'd have thought that imposing a savage "climate assisting" tax burden on the Australian people, which even the likes of Tim Foolery admit won't make the slightest difference to the climate, was more Monty Python material.

    I mentioned the carbon tax but I think I got away with it.

    1. That article has been scrubbed. the only thing on their website with today (May 20)'s date is a screed about Heartland losing money because of the billboard.
      The only mention of Gleick is this:

      "The public unravelling of Heartland began last February when the scientist Peter Gleick lied to obtain highly sensitive materials, including a list of donors."