I was born yesterday under a non-cynical wandering star...
Clive Palmer has declared the Abbott government's Direct Action policy is "dead", saying his Palmer United Party will use its numbers in the Senate to block the Coalition's policy to replace the carbon tax.
Mr Palmer said on Monday the controversial policy, which aims to reduce emissions largely through payments to businesses, was “hopeless” and would be "gone" if his party, Labor and the Greens all vote against it, as they have previously indicated.
“It’s goodbye Direct Action,” Mr Palmer told Fairfax Media.
Mr Palmer had said earlier in the day he would not support Direct Action if the Abbott government made any changes to the pension, in light of
growing speculation that there are plans to raise the pension age to 70 and tighten eligibility requirements.
But on Monday afternoon Mr Palmer went a step further and said there would not be any circumstance in which his party would vote for Direct Action.
The government plans to spend up to $1.55 billion over the next three years on the scheme, but several senior economists have questioned whether Direct Action can meet its emissions reduction target of 5 per cent with that budget.
Mr Palmer said the policy did not make economic sense and questioned whether it would have any environmental effect.
“We can’t see any reason to vote for Direct Action,” Mr Palmer said.
“We think it’s hopeless.”
Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/clive-palmer-says-hopeless-direct-action-plan-dead-without-pup-support-20140421-zqxee.html#ixzz2zVNQg4Ig
If I were cynical, I would believe that Abbott and Palmer made a pact a few years ago... I would believe that they had planned all along to kill off the carbon tax, do nothing about climate change and raise the age for the pension...
But I am not cynical, so I believe that Palmer does not believe firmly in anything... Because why would Palmer try to enforce a deal with Abbott not raising the pension to let Abbott have his stupid "direct action"?... Is this a form of "blackmail?" Two unrelated issues? Horse trading?... "Horse trading knowing the result?"
If I were cynical I would believe that Palmer and Abbott made a deal to sell the same product under different brand names... If you don't understand what I mean, all businesses do it... They compete against themselves in order to stop other idiots taking more of the market share... They invent a plethora of new products with the same ingredients. But this one is a beauty... If I were cynical I'd believe that Abbott is not keen on his "direct Action" anyway has he believes that global warming is crap. This is where the other bigot comes in: George Brandis who presently is softening the ground to make sure the science of global warming gets hit on the head...
If I were cynical, I would be thinking that the plan to cancel the National Water Commission is part of this grand plan to let business footloose and fancy free in the landscape...
But obviously I am not a cynical geezer: I just think they're all idiots.
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