Abbott's world of pain

The Coalition is asking voters to believe it can scrap the carbon tax and fund Labor's tax breaks through budget cuts, without anyone noticing the difference. When this proves false there will be a world of pain.

We are living through a period of political fantasy that for some people, especially the hugely popular Coalition, is quite pleasant. But as any psychologist will tell you, returning to reality usually involves a good deal of pain.

First the fantasy. It centres on the carbon tax and its components are these:

– Labor's carbon tax won't reduce emissions, but will hurt everyone.

– It's a market based scheme (good) but goes too far ($23/tonne, bad).


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