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?