How Can A Tax Save The Environment?

“A carbon price is critical to addressing climate change,” Australian Greens Leader, Christine Milne.

This one simple sentence is enough to have the Clayton’s Environmentalists raising their glasses in agreeance and shouting “Here, Here”. Though will it really save the environment, and what other measures could the government have been taken?

First and foremost, making something more expensive will not stop people using it. All you have to do is have a look at the number of people who still drink and smoke, despite the regular price increases.

Putting a price on carbon will ultimately only benefit those who are trading in Carbon Credits.

It is widely acknowledged that Australia will not be able to keep up with the demand for carbon credits, which means that the short fall will have to come from overseas. How much pressure will this put on jobs, our economy, the ever-increasing cost of living, and national debt?

Any extra cost incurred by the producer, due to the purchase of carbon credits, or fluctuations in the carbon price will be automatically passed on to the consumer. The consumer, having grown accustomed to their big screen TV, X-Box, and various other household appliances and already stretched to breaking point on their household budget will simply go without in other areas that aren’t as important.

Who knows, this could even include buying cheaper homebrand products at the supermarket, a majority of which are imported, or even resorting to junk and fast food in an effort to feed their family.

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The Big Announcement

By now most of the readers of this blog would be aware that in 2013 I will be throwing my hat in the the ring of election madness as a candidate for a Senate seat in Queensland.

Why after all these years of having a go at they way politicians govern, would I possibly want to become one of them?

The answer is simple really, though a little bit corny too. I am doing this for the people of Queensland, and Australia in general. We have all been mislead and hoodwinked by the current crop of politicians for far too long, and a complicit media further perpetuates the deception. So much for their position as the Fourth Estate.

I can no longer sit idly by commenting on things after have happened or raising awareness before they do. So now I am asking the people of Queensland to vote me into a Senate seat, and into a position to stop the continual deception from happening.

When we learn about politics and voting, at first we are taught to be cautious and be wary of what they say. Then as time goes by we start voting for the politicians based on the party they represent, not what they can do for the electorate. The level of caution that we first displayed, should be repeated every time that we put pencil to paper and vote for someone.

The political party game that is being played has let us all down at both the State and Commonwealth level, and has let us down in a big way.

We have seen a Carbon Tax/Emission Trading Scheme become law because the leader of the Federal Australian Labor Party made a deal with The Australian Greens to form a minority government. This is despite her promise to the Australian people that there would be no ETS in a government that she leads, and the fact that a majority of Australian’s actually voted against the ALP.
In Queensland we have seen the virtual annihilation of the ALP at the last State election, due in no part to the perceived arrogance and mistrust in the party’s former leader.
In NSW, legislation has been passed to allow shooting in National Parks after the government did a deal with the two members from The Shooter’s Party, to allow their privatisation bill to pass.

So why should Queenslanders vote for me?

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Republic: To Be Or Not To Be?

This question alone is usually enough to get even the most sedate politically apathetic person fired up, and happy to voice their views on the subject.

Very rarely will you hear anyone say that they don’t have an opinion on the matter or really care one way or the other, with people being either for or against the idea.

There are those who believe that the time has now come for Australia to cut ties with the United Kingdom and take it’s rightful place on the world stage as an independent sovereign nation.

Whilst those on the other side of the fence support our current system believing that there is no need to ‘fix’ that which is not broken. Asserting that it has served us well in the past, and will see us through into the future.

Can either side claim to be right in this discussion, and if so, which one?
In this two part post, I will discuss the arguments and reasons put forward by both sides, starting with the pro-Republic side.

Australia isn’t an independent nation without becoming a republic.
This is statement couldn’t be further from the truth, because Australia became an independent nation on any one of the three dates listed below.

10 Jan 1920 – As a member state of the League of Nations.
Article X of the Covenant of The League of Nations guarantees soveriegn nation status when it became part of international law

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Is A Political Party It’s Leader Or The People Within It

Last week saw the resignation from Australian politics by the Australian Greens leader, Bob Brown.

Since the announcement, there has been all sort of speculation as to the future of the party without him at the helm.

Whilst the reasons behind his departure have been wide and varied, ranging from saying that it was due to his age, and that he has probably had enough of it all. Though to saying that he is getting out now before the next election and the voter backlash begins as a result of the carbon tax having a far greater increase on the cost of living than originally promised.

Regardless of his reasons, and what actually does happen to the party at the next election, the speculation alone should be enough to send a clear message to voters that it is time to move away from the archaic practice of voting for political parties.

As we have seen with the Queensland State election result, and the paltry number of members elected due to a protest vote away from the ALP. Prior to the election, former Premier, Anna Bligh, promised that she would stay in politics and lead the ALP, even if it was from the opposition. Yet, she went ahead and resigned even before the counting had finished in her seat, causing a by-election to be held.

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Australia and the ‘Carbon Tax’

This past weekend had to have been one of the most exciting ones for Australian television in a long time. On Sunday 10 July 2011 beginning at 12:00 EST the Australian Prime Minister, the Honorable Julia Gillard began her hard sell campaign for the Carbon Tax that the Australian tax payer will be burdened with from 01 July 2012.

And, I do use the term exciting very very loosely, only because the mind numbing hours of sport and fishing shows were replaced with mind numbing hours of political double-speak.

Monday was the first day of her national roadshow to ‘sell’ the carbon tax to the Australian people.  Really, this is a huge waste of money, because according to her, what she presented on Sunday will be the package that begins on 01 July 2012.

This statement alone should be enough to scare the pants off the Australian people. Usually when a draft bill is presented to the Australian Parliament, it begins in the House of Representatives where it is debated and voted on. Now we know that thanks to the support of a few independents the Labor Party has a majority vote there, so it will pretty much be rubber stamped because there is no way she will allow any member to vote against party lines. The bill will then head to the upper house or the Senate, as I mentioned in my podcast, a bunch of watermelons have control here. So for the Prime Minister to say that what she was launching on Sunday will be what begins on 01 July 2012 must mean that she is going to usurp Australia’s democratic process and this means that whatever debate or joint committees are formed will literally be a Clayton’s committee/debate. This also means that a deal has been done with the Watermelons before the bill has been presented to parliament.

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Podcast Episode 001 – Show Notes

And here are the promised show notes.

Policy of The Australian Greens:
http://greens.org.au/policies/human-rights-democracy/constitutional-reform-and-democracy

Australian Constitution:
http://www.aph.gov.au/senate/general/constitution/preamble.htm

Merriam-Webster’s Definition of indissoluble
http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/indissoluble

Link to past blog post
http://cameronblewett.com/2011/06/16/some-more-sad-statistics-for-queensland/

JD Schramm’s TED Talks video
http://www.ted.com/talks/jd_schramm.html

the JaneDear girls – Shotgun Girl (Official Music Video)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eaux5laKSE0