This is a quote from the Australian August 20, 2010 by Paul Kelly and Dennis Shanahan.
“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.“
The Article goes on to report on Julia Gillard’s promises for the labour if they won the (then) next election. Things like health reform, education reform and so on.
As far as I can see Julia Gillard was totally up front about her intentions and has kept to her promises.
The continuous attack on Julia Gillard for (supposedly) lying is the issue that continues to be Tony Abbott’s only line of attack. It is amazing that a nothing who has nothing like Tony Abbott can wreak havoc on a good government aided only by the Murdoch press.
On the issue of the relationship between Murdoch and Abbott look at Abbott’s speech at the IPA dinner.
John Howard has said that Rupert Murdoch has been by far Australia’s most influential international businessman; but I would like to go a little further. Along with Sir John Monash, the Commander of the First AIF which saved Paris and helped to win the First World War, and Lord Florey a one-time provost of my old Oxford College, the co-inventor of penicillin that literally saved millions of lives, Rupert Murdoch is probably the Australian who has most shaped the world through the 45 million newspapers that News Corp sells each week and the one billion subscribers to News-linked programming.
One thing I agree with is that Murdoch has ‘shaped the world through the 45 million newspapers that News Corp sells.’ I feel that the world would have been much better off without Murdoch shaping it.
Other parts of the speech, such his incoherent ramblings about the Garden of Eden, must give rise to grave questions about what Australia would become if he ever Abbott became Prime Minister.
But then again he would probably be Prime Minister in name only. The real power, if you take Abbott’s speech seriously, would be The Great God Murdoch.