Cory Bernardi suddenly thinks only the named top polluting companies will be paying the carbon tax

You know how the Liberals are claiming that, unlike their parental leave levy WHICH IS TOTALLY NOT A TAX, the ALP’s carbon price WHICH IS TOTALLY A TAX is going to force all businesses to raise their prices even the ones who aren’t paying it to the government directly ALTHOUGH THAT’S TOTALLY NOT WHAT WOULD HAPPEN WITH THEIR LEVY BECAUSE ALL AUSTRALIAN WOMEN WILL GET PREGNANT AT ONCE AND THEN IT WILL BE OVER…

That’s right, if you believe the Coalition, a Labor carbon price, I mean TAX, affects EVERY SINGLE BUSINESS IN THE COUNTRY.

Although Cory Bernardi isn’t so sure you should believe his party. Here he is in his laughably-named “weekly dose of common sense” email trying to convince his supporters to ignore the pro-carbon price businesses:

A group of businesses have surprisingly come out in support of the carbon tax, but it appears that all is not as it seems. Apparently many of them have a vested interest in carbon pricing at the taxpayers’ expense and some might not even exist, while only one will actually pay the tax!

Yes, only AGL “will actually pay the tax”. What a refreshing reversal of the Liberals’ usual scaremongering.

(Amusingly, both of Cory’s links to claims about those companies are to, you’d never guess, Andrew Bo… nah. You don’t need me to name him.)

Ironically, Cory’s claim that nobody but the top polluters will be affected is as inaccurate as the rest of the Liberals’ claims that the carbon price will cause price increases anywhere near the level of their GST. The fact is that there’ll be a small increase in the price of electricity and it will be passed on to consumers, the vast majority of whom will, after compensation, come out ahead.

It’s a bit difficult to believe the Liberals’ claims to the contrary when they can’t even keep their stories straight.

UPDATE: If the ALP had any brains, they’d throw the Liberals’ turning of a carbon price into a “tax” back at them by getting stuck into their “parent tax”. Or “baby tax”. Tony Abbott’s Great Big New Baby Tax. “Every time you go to the grocery store, Tony Abbott wants you to pay more to give extra money to rich mums.”

Seriously, the best strategy the ALP can come up with is to join News Ltd in smearing and lying about the Greens?

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11 responses to “Cory Bernardi suddenly thinks only the named top polluting companies will be paying the carbon tax

  1. If the ALP had any brains
    Just stop right there.

  2. Splatterbottom

    “If the ALP had any brains, they’d throw the Liberals’ turning of a carbon price into a “tax” back at them by getting stuck into their “parent tax”. Or “baby tax”. “

    Put the crack pipe down and have a think about that for a minute. Compelling people pay money to the government, which is precisely what the carbon (dioxide) tax does, is taxation. When the government gives people money that is the opposite of taxation. Got that? Government exacts money from people = tax. Government gives money to people = not a tax.

    As to whether the ALP has any brains, the evidence is very thin on the ground. However it seems their new spin doctor at least understands the need for them to distance themselves from the lunatic fringe.

  3. Did you see Sophie Mirabella make an absolute hash of this on Q and A the other week when someone finally put this screamingly obvious point to her, after she’d gone on a huge tear about the carbon tax forcing up prices for everyone? Here, look:

    “TONY JONES: Okay. Very briefly though, to follow your logic on the carbon tax, if you put a tax on business to make them pay for parental leave – paid parental leave…

    SOPHIE MIRABELLA: It’s only large businesses that will be paying, sure.

    TONY JONES: Yeah, sure. Yes, it’s only large businesses who pay the carbon tax.

    SOPHIE MIRABELLA: No, every time you switch on the light you’ll be paying for the carbon tax, Tony.

    TONY JONES: Okay but that’s because costs are passed on. So what I’m asking is are the businesses – this is the point of the questioner – are the businesses who pay this tax going to pass on those costs to consumers?

    SOPHIE MIRABELLA: Well, I’m assuming businesses will have a cost structure that reflects their costs so if – well, if that modest cost increase is incorporated in their prices, sure, but I think you’re being quite mischievous, Tony, in… ” (End of quote.)

    This vague waffly bullshit is up there with Tony Abbott’s explanation of why Gillard’s schoolkid bonus was any different to Howard’s baby bonus (“Well look, they just are.”)

  4. Err, Abbott said that the parental leave scheme will be funded by an increase in company tax, applied to 3200 companies rather than 500.

    http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/political-news/division-over-abbotts-parental-leave-plan-20120228-1u124.html

  5. Put the crack pipe down and have a think about that for a minute. Compelling people pay money to the government, which is precisely what the carbon (dioxide) tax does, is taxation. When the government gives people money that is the opposite of taxation. Got that? Government exacts money from people = tax. Government gives money to people = not a tax.

    The crack pipe? The Liberals’ “parental tax” scheme does involve companies paying a levy to the government, which then distributes the money. Exactly what they’re complaining about the carbon “tax” doing.

    it seems their new spin doctor at least understands the need for them to distance themselves from the lunatic fringe.

    Cheers mate. I don’t agree that progressive policy is “lunatic”, and somehow I doubt other progressives are going to be enticed back to the ALP whilst it tells us we’re mad.

  6. it seems their new spin doctor at least understands the need for them to distance themselves from the lunatic fringe

    Yes, the ALP should distance itself from the party without whose support it has no hope of being elected again anytime soon. I’m not sure you’ve thought this through.

  7. Splatterbottom

    The fact that the money Abbott intends to pay parents comes from taxation is merely incidental to the main purpose of the expenditure, whereas the carbon tax is an end in itself – it will allegedly change behaviour by the nature of its incidence and thus save us all from climate disaster. The fact that it will be spent largely on compensating people so they don’t have to change their behaviour or on unicorn farms or on the aluminium industry only serves to reinforce the stupidity of the thing.

    Buns: “the ALP should distance itself from the party without whose support it has no hope of being elected again anytime soon.”

    The main reason Labor is in such a hopeless electoral position is because Gillard sold out to the Greens and implemented their insane policies. It is precisely because she was happy to make a liar out of herself and break her promise not to introduce a carbon tax that people despise her wretched government.

    Funnily enough, despite the synchronised chorus from the choir of the faithful, despite the caterwauling of ass-clown Emerson, despite the antics of that spluttering cunt Albanese, Labor got no bounce in the polls at all. Now the symphony of sycophants must nervously sit and wait, knowing that when Gillard is rolled they will have to turn on a dime and proclaim the virtues of a new leader, quite probably the one they rejected and pilloried a short while ago. They must feel like Mistadobalina: “The way ya suck my dick must really hurt ya knees”

    The one good thing about this monstrosity of a minority government is that people now realise how anti-democratic minority governments are. Forget about proportional representation. It ain’t going to happen. Not even if the new Ministry of Truth orders every newspaper and blog to sing in tune with our new political elite.

  8. The fact that the money Abbott intends to pay parents comes from taxation is merely incidental to the main purpose of the expenditure, whereas the carbon tax is an end in itself – it will allegedly change behaviour by the nature of its incidence and thus save us all from climate disaster.

    None of that alters the fact that if the carbon price is a “tax” that’s going to push up prices, then so is the Liberals’ parental leave “tax”.

    It is precisely because she was happy to make a liar out of herself and break her promise not to introduce a carbon tax that people despise her wretched government.

    It was a monstrously dumb promise to make even at the time.

    The ALP should’ve envisaged that there was a good chance it would have to work with the Greens, and locking itself out of meaningful negotiations was a poor idea.

    The one good thing about this monstrosity of a minority government is that people now realise how anti-democratic minority governments are.

    Quite the reverse.

  9. The one good thing about this monstrosity of a minority government is that people now realise how anti-democratic minority governments are.

    To be fair to people, there wasn’t exactly a lot of cause to think about this prior to the 2010 election, much less a collective view one way or the other. But yes, that’s probably the last time the people deliberately elect a hung parliament thinking it will work out well. Great news.

  10. narcoticmusing

    The one good thing about this monstrosity of a minority government is that people now realise how anti-democratic minority governments are.

    Too bad neither of the major parties have learned anything from the hung parliament – which was a significant message is discontent for BOTH parties from the Australian people.

  11. It is extraordinary that tha ALP don’t make more of Abbott’s parental leave tax. On the weekend my vaguely Liberal voting brother and his family visited. They had never heard of it. If the ALP actually got out there a bit more I’m sure loosely committed Liberal voters like him could probably see that Abbot is an economic disaster waiting to happen.

    Their strategizing is so bad that I wonder sometimes if the ALP has been infiltrated by deep cover Liberal Party agents. Their latest effort of attacking the Greens is jawdroppingly dumb. They can’t possibly think it’s going to save their arse. Must be another explanation.

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