When Tony Abbott quotes Julia Gillard as saying “There will be no carbon tax under the Government I lead” he is using a partial quote. Gillard continued that she would be introducing a price on carbon leading to a market based carbon trading scheme. I saw the speech and Julia Gillard definitely said there would be a carbon pricing scheme.
I have been looking for the speech to find the exact wording. It is buried somewhere under reams of Abbott’s ‘Juliar’ rubbish. Can anyone help me with this one?
I did find several pieces where Julia Gillard’s position was made clear such as ;
JULIA Gillard says she is prepared to legislate a carbon price in the next term as part of a bold series of reforms that include school funding, education and health.
In an election-eve interview with The Australian, the Prime Minister revealed she would view victory tomorrow as a mandate for a carbon price, provided the community was ready for this step.
“I don’t rule out the possibility of legislating a Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme, a market-based mechanism,” she said of the next parliament. “I rule out a carbon tax.”
This is the strongest message Ms Gillard has sent about action on carbon pricing.
The Australian, August 20, 2010
Note that the date is the day before the Federal election. Julia Gillard repeated many times before the election that there would be carbon pricing. The mistake of labour was to allow Abbott to redefine ‘Carbon Pricing’ as ‘Carbon Tax’
Abbott did what Abbott does. He took a truth, redefined the context and claimed the truth to be a lie. He renamed ‘carbon price’ a ‘carbon tax’ and then conduct the vilest of attacks on a Prime Minister Australia has ever seen.
Basically every attack on the government by Abbott has been a lie, but somehow he has managed to create the fiction that Julia Gillard is a liar.
The problem is that our Australian press only reports what is said. ‘Today Tony Abbott said ….’ Where are the journalist who are prepared to do some basic research and write ‘Today Tony Abbott said …. But what Julia Gillard really said was ……’
Just reporting what a person said is not journalism. Real journalism is looking at what was said, doing background checks and where someone is lying or misrepresenting they should say so.
There is no use saying the news moves too fast. Journalist can slow the news cycle by coming back to an issue. If they wanted to they could say ‘Yesterday Abbott said… But on checking what was really said was…’ If that happened yesterday’s news becomes today’s news.
Tony Abbott uses several techniques to tell lies. One is to tell a lie and move on to something else before what he said can be checked.
There are two issues from 2012 that must not be aloud to die. The first is Abbott’s lies about the carbon tax. The second is what really happened with the Ashby attack. There is a third. Anything that Abbott says must be checked and where he is lying it must be fed straight back to him.
But while Australian Media remains dominated by Rupert Murdoch the only hope of truth in politics is the blogging community.
Not every Blogger is a trained journalist but until mainstream journalism lifts its game bloggers are the best hope we have.