Stop the presses: Fairfax cuts explained by carbon tax

There's been a lot of amazing claims about the impact of the carbon tax, but yesterday's assertion from Senator George Brandis that it directly destroyed 1900 jobs at Fairfax just might take the cake.

Yesterday, when it was announced over Sky News that Fairfax would be cutting 1900 jobs, one of the journalists on the floor at Business and Climate Spectator joked about taking bets on how long it would take before the Coalition tried to blame it on the carbon tax.

We all had a good laugh at how preposterous this would be, but sure enough Senator George Brandis came to the party with this in Parliament yesterday:

Senator BRANDIS: My question is to the minister representing the Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, Senator Wong. I refer the minister to the announcement by Fairfax Media today that it plans to slash 1,900 jobs …… Does the minister accept any responsibility for the loss of yet thousands more Australian jobs as a direct result of this toxic tax based on a lie?

Not content with that, he repeated the claim but with some more hyperbole:

Senator BRANDIS: Mr President, I ask a further supplementary question. What is the government’s message to the some 1,900 Fairfax Media employees whose jobs have been destroyed by its carbon tax? Why are they faced with unemployment? Why are their families faced with hardship when Julia Gillard went to the last election promising there would be no carbon tax under the government she leads?

I can see it now.

Darryl Kerrigan from ‘The Castle’ unable to find jousting sticks to decorate his pool room because the Trading Post dropped its print edition back in 2009 – he can blame the carbon tax.

Specialist fax and typewriter retailer goes out of business – must be that damn carbon tax increasing the cost of paper.

Your local corner milk bar closing? Nothing to do with $1 per litre milk at Coles and Woollies – it’s that darn carbon tax.

Bad game of golf? Must be the carbon tax.

“Sir I haven’t done my homework because of ….the carbon tax.”

“Sorry honey, not tonight, that carbon tax has given me a splitting headache.”