What on earth is Abbott thinking?
“I’ll say it again: in the wake of the news this week that since the carbon tax was introduced last year, ”electricity generated by highly polluting coal-fired power plants had fallen 14 per cent … while renewable power had soared”, why on earth would the Coalition dismantle it to replace it with a proposal that gives ”financial incentives to companies that cut carbon emissions … [to] cost $3.2 billion over four years”? Under the current carbon tax system, the heaviest users of electricity pay the most heavily for it; under the Coalition’s system, all taxpayers contribute to bribing the polluters to no longer pollute.
Honestly, does that make sense?”
For everyone thinking somehow they will be better off without The Carbon Tax there is also the question of what the Coalition’s policies are in relation to lowering carbon emissions. The above represents essentially what they plan to do. The payments for people for the increase in electricity prices will still remain, but without the money from the Carbon Tax they will need to find it elsewhere. Superannuation maybe?
From the Liberal website:
“As soon as the Carbon Tax is repealed, the Environment Minister will introduce legislation to enact the Coalition’s Direct Action Plan on climate change and carbon emissions.”
The Energy Supply Association of Australia has itself warned the Coalition about the falling demand of power and that they should review their policy. Multinational energy companies, while reluctant to take sides, mostly side with the idea of an emission trading scheme such as Europe’s, which we will be linked to come 2015. That’s if Abbott doesn’t scrap it before then.
This little company from Kenya makes toys from slippers that wash up on the beach. Pictures by Ben Curtis
How glorious is this?! Upcycling at its finest…
I have a couple bracelets made from the same stuff! yay
The company’s name is Ocean Sole: http://www.ocean-sole.com/
Oh my god, can they teach me?! I’m going to explode.
If the worker consumes his disposable time for himself, he robs the capitalist.
Tony Abbott’s proposed fiscal approach, outlined in his budget reply on Thursday, is based on some disconcerting gaps in logic. Mr Abbott says that if the Coalition were to be elected on September 14, it would aim to ”take the budget pressure off Australian households, and … strengthen our economy so that, over time, there’s more to go round for everyone”. But his initiatives suggest the Coalition would be a government for business, not the people.
Mr Abbott may offer platitudes suggesting the Coalition cares for the broad swath of middle Australia and their ambitions, but its focus will be profit above people; those on low incomes and the disadvantaged will be left behind.
Take, for example, Mr Abbott’s plan to scrap the twice-a-year payments to people on low incomes and government benefits. Here we find his first contradiction. This is not a payment to dole bludgers, as some conservatives like to deem anyone who receives government payments. The supplementary allowance, introduced by the Gillard government in the 2012 budget, totals just $210 a year and is payable to those on Newstart, the youth allowance, parenting payments, Austudy, sickness allowances, the exceptional circumstances payment, transitional farm family payment or special benefit. One million people are eligible for it, but, if Mr Abbott has his way, they can forget even such modest assistance.
Rally for Marriage Equality Brisbane - 18/05/13