Sunday, March 13, 2011
Carbon Tax Rallies!
The Climate faithful are rallying in Melbourne to support Gillard's Carbon tax without any regard for how un-Australian their actions are. Any red-blooded Aussie hates the taxman and in fact it was a tax on miners in Victoria that provoked the only armed rebellion in this fair country when miners fought at the Eureka Stockade - an Ocker version of the Tea Party. The miners produced their own flag and acquitted themselves bravely with the result that the tax was removed. The Eureka Stockade story was committed to verse by Australia's own bush poet laureate Henry Lawson.
The debate on global warming heated up in Melbourne on Saturday, where rival rallies were held over the Federal Government's proposed carbon tax.
The Government's carbon tax will start in July next year and then morph into an emissions trading scheme, but the details of the tax and the amount of compensation are yet to be determined.
Several thousand people gathered at Treasury Place in the CBD to call for swift action on climate change.
Simon Sheikh from the community action group GetUp! called on the Government to speed up the implementation of the tax and to use the funds to invest in clean energy.
"We know we have no other choice. We know that we are the last generation, the last line of defence for mother nature," he said.
"It must be us that takes action on climate change before the tipping points that we know will do untold damage."
But in Melbourne's outer west, several hundred people angered by the prospect of a carbon tax protested outside Prime Minister Julia Gillard's electoral office at Werribee.
Speakers feared a tax would drive up the cost of living and cause mass job losses.
Protester Lori McLean told the crowd she blamed the Greens' influence on Labor.
"To the people that voted the Greens in in the election, I wonder what you're thinking now? And when the Greens take over the Senate in July, god help us all," she said.
"We need another election, bring on the election, that's what we need. These people were never rightfully voted in in the first place."
It is easy to guess which rally the Eureka stockaders would attend!