The General Manager of Ford Australia has announced that the next generation of GMH’s Commodore will cost $125,000 because GMH are likely to increase executives salaries by 1,000%. Obviously this is an outrageous claim. Ford Australia have no idea what GMH are going to pay their executives next year. Of course, this is fictitious and doesn’t happen in a serious world, but it is the style of politics being played by Mr Abbott in his own la la land.
A couple of months ago I posted a thread called Meanwhile in response to this news.com article: Groceries to carry the cost of carbon tax, warn supermarkets. The article started off the scare campaign with the threat that:
Food prices are set to rise under the Federal Government’s carbon tax, with some of the nation’s largest food retailers expected to be hit with potential carbon bills of millions of dollars a year.
A national survey of 500 food and grocery retailers also revealed 83 per cent intend to pass on the cost of a carbon price in higher prices, reports the Daily Telegraph.
The survey follows the release of the Department of Climate Change and Environment’s national greenhouse reports showing leading companies’ carbon emissions.
Even though a carbon price is yet to be determined, Woolworths could be faced with a potential annual carbon bill of about $10 million a year, based on a carbon price of $26 per tonne, which industry experts and the Opposition are using as a rough guide.
Notice any key words? Try expected to be hit, even though the carbon price is yet to be determined, could be faced with a potential annual carbon bill of $10 million a year and the Opposition are using as a rough guide. This small piece from the article . . .
. . . Climate Change Minister Greg Combet said it was too early to speculate on what prices in different sectors might be affected . . .
. . . was of little or no consequence and was hidden within a blistering attack from Tony Abbott.
Fast forward to last weekend when Tony Abbott visited iconic Adelaide bakery Vili’s and made the presumptuous claim that the Carbon Tax would cost Vili’s an extra $100,000 a year in electricity costs, according to his estimation. One of our bloggers (handyrab) pointed out that the journalist covering the story lost the opportunity of challenging Mr Abbott on how he derived at that figure. And how could a figure be derived at if the carbon price has not been set, and won’t be announced until July 1? But it hasn’t stopped Mr Abbott from this great big new prediction:
Now, I say to you in all honesty there are a lot of diverse opinions about climate change and I don’t think this is about climate change. Climate change happens, mankind does make a contribution. It’s important to have an intelligent response, not a stupid one, and an intelligent response to climate change means more trees, better soils and smarter technology. It doesn’t mean a great big new tax that just for starters will drive your power bill up by $300 a year. It will put six and a half cents a litre on the cost of filling up your car. It will put $6,240 on the price of a new home and that is just for starters. It won’t just damage your standard of living, it will damage jobs. In fact, this is Australia’s new export under the carbon tax – it’s your jobs.There are 126,000 jobs that will go in regional Australia. There’s 10,000 jobs that will go in the coal industry alone and 16 big mines will close. There’s 24,000 jobs that will go in the mining industry more generally. There’s 45,000 jobs that will go in the energy intensive sector and as the boss of BlueScope Steel has made clear again and again this is a tax from a Government which doesn’t want us to make things anymore in this country.
“I’ve been putting petrol into a lot of people’s cars this morning and I’ve had a chance to remind them that thanks to the carbon tax – that the Prime Minister didn’t tell us about – their petrol will be 6.5 cents a litre more expensive,” he said.
”Obviously, cost of living pressures were very important … and federal Labor is making cost of living pressures worse with their carbon tax,” Mr Abbott said. ”The message that is coming loud and clear from the struggling families of NSW is that the carbon tax is toxic.”
The carbon tax is a deadly threat to the economies of Gladstone, many centres in the Hunter Valley, in the Illawarra, to places like Portland in Victoria and to the Latrobe Valley, to places like Kwinana in Western Australia. There isn’t a state that wouldn’t lose important manufacturing and industrial centres if the carbon tax goes ahead.