Ned, Julia Gillard did not lie about Carbon Tax.

To Ned, and others who keep insisting that I change my blog on Julia Gillard not lying about a Carbon Tax. This is a good time to raise the issue again and tell the truth about what Julia Gillard actually said.

This is the quote:

JULIA Gillard says she is prepared to legislate a carbon price in the next term.

It will be 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.

(Paul Kelly and Dennis Shanahan. The Australia August 20, 2010.)

Ned, the lie is that Murdoch and Abbott have insisted on calling a carbon-pricing scheme a tax, What we have is not a tax, it prices carbon and is leading to a market based mechanism. A Tax raises money for the government without reducing omissions but a carbon pricing scheme reduces omissions.

This is not my preferred approach. I would prefer the introduction of an Australian Standard and let the technocrats work out how. But however you look at it Julia Gillard did not lie.

Ned’s Comments have been included in the comments section of the original blog if anyone is interested in what he had to say. If he is still not satisfied then that is just the way it is.

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