Australia's uprising is from workers. Workers, who every day drive trucks and travel in aeroplanes all over Australia to work in mines and on cattle stations and in hundreds of industries that service them.
They may be a little unkempt; they could afford to stand a little closer to a razor blade and a little further away from a tattoo gun, but what they lack in inner-city elegance, they more than make up for in a sense of proportion and reality. They do not like being treated as fools.
The federal Labor government has indeed treated them and millions of others as fools.
All other things considered, the real outcome of the carbon tax will in fact be both job losses and real wage decline. Treasury knows this and the Treasurer knows this, or at least he should.
The petitioners are angry because they have been told that the carbon tax will save the world from climate change. Yeah sure, by lowering global temperatures by 0.0004 degrees by 2020! And that the carbon tax will not cost more than they can be compensated for. It is our money that we compensate ourselves with for a carbon tax! Yeah sure Julia!
According to Newspoll, only 30 per cent of Australians support the government's "plan to put a price on carbon".
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