Updates at end of post:
Much has been made in world media of Australia “implementing a price on carbon” with leftists crowing about a fait accompli – nothing could be further from the truth:
Record Labor low on carbon fury: Newspoll - JULIA Gillard’s carbon tax plan has reversed public support for action on global warming, damaged her leadership and delivered Labor its lowest primary support on record. –The Australian
ALP loses its licence to campaign on global warming - JULIA Gillard’s decision to announce her plan for a carbon tax from July 1 next year could be the political game-changer for her leadership, the Labor government and, most importantly, the future of climate change action in Australia. –Dennis Shanahan, Political Editor, The Australian
Meanwhile, minority rainbow conglomerate government puppet masters, The Australian Greens, continue to sabotage any chance of a Gillard Government reelection or of any measure of carbon restraint whatsoever with their missionary zeal:
Greens want less climate compensation - THE Greens have put the government on notice that they will demand the industry assistance offered in Kevin Rudd’s 2009 climate change plan be cut if Julia Gillard wants to introduce a carbon price by July next year. –The Australian
The Greens also very publicly seek to make people’s fuel prohibitively expensive despite it being savagely taxed already.
Australia is certain to change government, probably long before full-term of this unworkable conglomerate and it will not be imposing a user tax on carbon-dense energy sources.
PRIME Minister Julia Gillard says she can convince the public to come around on carbon pricing as the latest polls show a drop in support for Labor. –Herald Sun
Gillard is now Prime Minister in name only - Julia Gillard is engaged in the most prized foreign assignment for an Australian Prime Minister – the lavish hospitality of an American president in Washington.
But at home opinion polls are sending the much less hospitable message that Ms Gillard is Prime Minister in name only, that voters want her out of the job.
Poll backlash: Julia Gillard and Labor punished for carbon tax - LABOR leaders today warned Government MPs they were in for a long, difficult fight on climate change policy, but that they could win. Labor’s primary vote has plunged to a record low 30 per cent on the back of its proposed carbon tax. With Prime Minister Julia Gillard in Washington, senior ministers were mobilised to reassure MPs, and voters, that crushing opinion poll figures did not mean the battle over a carbon price was over. –news.com.au
Gillard stuck between Libs and a Green place - The latest polling highlights Labor’s carbon tax dilemma. There may be a light at the end of Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s climate-change tunnel, but it sure is hard to see it from here. After Kevin Rudd’s emissions trading scheme backdown, Labor cannot retreat again. But its polling is in freefall, the Coalition attack has started and it is still a long way from a clear policy that it can sell. –Sydney Morning Herald
Goodbye to ALP’s hard-won goodwill - A DRAMATIC turnaround in support for action on climate change among young voters and an even more dramatic hardening of attitudes against higher energy costs among older voters has overturned Labor’s hard-won goodwill on imposing a price on carbon. In the past four months, a clear majority of voters aged between 18 and 34 supporting Labor’s action on climate change, even if it meant higher prices for gas, electricity and petrol, has been lost and turned into more young people opposing Labor’s plan than supporting it. –The Australian