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Liberal leader lies about Labor’s CT plans

November 2, 2013

By Barry Tucker

In his latest email newsletter, released at 5.20 pm, 1 November, 2013, federal Liberal director Brian Loughnane lies about Labor’s intentions regarding the future of its Carbon Tax (carbon price).

Labor leader Bill Shorten has said Labor will oppose the federal Liberal government’s campaign promise to abolish the tax unless it is replaced by an emissions trading scheme. Loughnane claims this means Labor wants to retain and REINTRODUCE the tax if it regains government.

Liberal Coalition leader Tony Abbott held various positions on carbon tax and trading schemes in Opposition before choosing it as a vehicle to destabilise and topple the former Labor government, with the assistance of all news media, except for some individual journalists.

Loughnane’s newsletters do not appear on the Liberal party website. I have reproduced this one in full, in defiance of its copyright notice, in the interest of properly informing the public. It remains to be seen if the lies in the newsletter will be exposed in the news media.

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Dear Barry,

Today’s decision by the Labor Opposition not to support the unconditional removal of the Carbon Tax confirms that nothing has changed with Labor.

Bill Shorten has failed his first test of leadership.

Instead of supporting the repeal of the Carbon Tax, Mr Shorten and Labor now want to “amend it” and, importantly, keep in place the laws that underpin the Carbon Tax.

Labor wants to keep the Carbon Tax, so that they can easily re-start it, if they are elected again.

A strong leader would have stood up to Labor’s left and opposed the Carbon Tax – but Bill Shorten was too weak to do so.

Bill Shorten’ s refusal to unconditionally support the removal of the Carbon Tax threatens local jobs and will mean higher electricity prices.

Only the Coalition opposes the Carbon Tax and will remove it — no “ifs” or “buts”.

Regards,

Brian Loughnane
Federal Director
Liberal Party of Australia

Authorised by Brian Loughnane, Cnr Blackall and Macquarie Streets, Barton  ACT 2604.

Copyright © Liberal Party of Australia.

The Liberal government will not keep the Carbon Tax, no matter what happens. It will go to a double dissolution (new election for all upper and lower house seats) if it has to. Liberal strategy may have to be recalibrated following the Australian Electoral Commission’s announcement today that Greens Senator Scott Ludlam has been re-elected and Sports Party candidate Wayne Dropulich has won a Senate place after a recount of WA voting. The result, to be declared on Monday, means Labor and Clive Palmer’s United Party have each lost a Senate seat. This weakens Palmer’s position in the new Senate (from July 1, 2014), but he may demand a re-election because some 1300 Senate votes have gone missing.

The reference in Loughnane’s newsletter to Shorten’s decision leading to “higher electricity prices” is also a lie. Loughnane knows that Tony Abbott promised to keep the compensation for the CT. This was a key message in the election campaign that Loughnane devised and directed.

While some households are compensated, some are not. Big and small businesses are impacted by the tax, although it apples directly to only a few hundred of the biggest polluters.

The principle reason for higher electricity prices is the inflated cost of upgrading the ageing supply-side infrastructure and the deals that exist between State governments and electricity supply companies. Loughnane does not point this out in his newsletter. Former Labor Prime Minister Julia Gillard called an inquiry to try to fix some of these issues, but they remain intractable.

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