The toadying Michelle Grattan, in “Once-burnt public goes cold on price for carbon”, bemoans the growing opposition to a carbon dioxide tax:
The globe may be warming, but the political climate for moving Australia to a lower emission economy seems colder by the day. This week’s Age/Nielsen poll had support for a carbon price at 34%, a fall from 46% in February. [...]
Gillard can take heart from this week’s Essential Research poll in which only 39% supported a carbon price, but this rose to 51% when compensation was mentioned. [So, bribery works, and the PM should be gladdened thereby.]But Gillard would be very lucky to get that sort of bounce. Once the compensation details are released, fresh attacks will come. Many people will be overcompensated but some will partially or fully miss out. Even though this is perfectly reasonable, there will be screams.
It is perfectly reasonable to overcompensate some people, and to neglect others altogether, with funds raised by taxing efficient power generation, predicated on the ridiculous notion that a beneficent and essential trace gas is a pollutant! What, we may well wonder, would this journalist consider unreasonable? Notice the haughty, dismissive disdain for ordinary people’s pain; countless jobs could be terminated, the economy might be wrecked beyond repair and, for many, the daily costs of living may become unaffordable, but though lives be ruined, Michelle Grattan casually slights the likely and understandable protests as well as the anguish of suffering as “screams”, the unsympathetic, sycophantic cunt.