I’m really grateful when those who are stand up to be counted. Cate Blanchett and Michael Caton have done our future generations a mighty good turn by declaring their support for a carbon pricing scheme – come carbon tax – come whatever name the pollies care to call it. The furious reaction by Tony Abbott to their declaration of support is testament indeed to their potential to influence this debate when the ordinary person meets with no response.
I am concerned about the future of this planet, as are many of my friends. Some politicians are concerned about the future of this planet and some politicians choose to ignore their own concerns in the chase for power. The current public dissent within the opposition’s ranks I hope is not only a sign that the thinking members of the Liberal Party are feeling uncomfortable with the strategies adopted by their leader, but a small glimmer of hope that they will stand up and be counted also – hypocrisy can be a very uncomfortable place to live.
The argument that we can’t be the first to adopt this measure would be laughable even if it were a true. I have no doubt that cyclical changes in the world’s climate exist – the science shows this. But in the absence of a cataclysmic event to account for the current changes, and the opinion of a so very many respected scientists around the world, it is unbelievable that the very people entrusted to ensure the wellbeing of our country now and for the future, persist in denying that action is necessary NOW. Many of us thought it was necessary years ago but as always, despite the rhetoric thrown around at election time, pragmatism, the unwillingness to upset the big end of town and the desire for power win every time – except in the case of our Kevin ’07 who discovered that failure to act on his moral impulses lost him the support of the very people who voted him in and subsequently the golden crown.
The release of the latest “rich list” topped by Gina Rheinhardt and other mining interests makes a farce of the threats from the mining sector that they would have to close many of their operations down when a super profits tax was proposed. Our Julia went to water on that one. Let’s hope she maintains her stance on carbon pricing.
There is no doubt that we will all have to pay in many ways to protect our world for future generations – if it is not too late already. We will need to ensure that the least able in our society are looked after – for the rest of us, we who are older, and our children have a much, much better life than most of our parents’ generation. It won’t hurt us to watch our pennies for a change.