"It doesn't matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn't matter how smart you are. If it doesn't agree with experiment, it's wrong." Richard P. Feynman

Friday, June 8, 2012

Democracy, what democracy?

Eric Lobbecke
Greg Combet , Australia's Climate Change Minister has said that Labor will defy the electorate and oppose an Abbott mandate to remove the tax at the next election which is expected to be a landslide to the Coalition.
The stand is breathtaking in both arrogance and stupidity. Labor,after  foisting the carbon tax on voters with a lie are now saying voters will never be able to remove it. When the electorate delivers it's opinion on these tactics the surviving Labor caucus will be able to meet in a phone booth.

GREG Combet has committed Labor to a bold and brave strategy through to the next election and beyond. Like a defiant Captain Ahab being dragged down with his Moby Dick nemesis, beckoning and cursing his damned crew and ship even after death, the Climate Change Minister has committed Labor, if defeated, to defy Tony Abbott's repeal of the carbon tax.
Tall, dark and aquiline, a bearded Combet would not look completely unlike Gregory Peck's Hollywood depiction of the obsessed sea captain who's dragged to his death by Herman Melville's great white whale and continues his call to battle beyond death.
Combet has decided to stand on principle over the carbon tax and an emissions trading scheme and declared that even if the government is defeated at the next election the ALP will use its position in the Senate with the Greens to stymie Coalition attempts to repeal the carbon tax.
Regardless of Coalition claims for a mandate to repeal a carbon tax that the Opposition Leader has campaigned for over three years, Combet has committed Labor to whatever obstruction it can provide in the Senate, to the point of forcing a double-dissolution election over the tax.
In a series of media interviews this week, in the build-up to the introduction of the world's highest, economy-wide carbon tax from July 1, Combet was adamant an election loss would not change Labor's principled position on a carbon price to combat global warming.
"In politics you've got to stand up for what you believe in. And this has been Labor policy for years now. Having a price on carbon, through an emissions trading scheme arrangement. That's what we're implementing," he told ABC radio.


  1. From http://www.thefreedictionary.com/hubris:

    hubris [ˈhjuːbrɪs], hybris
    1. pride or arrogance
    2. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) (in Greek tragedy) an excess of ambition, pride, etc., ultimately causing the transgressor's ruin.

    Something for JuLIAR, Combet and the rest of the Labor lemmings to contemplate during their many years in the wilderness post November next year.

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