I had a good idea of what I was going to do for today’s post when I was walking around the Harbour Town shopping complex over at the Gold Coast last weekend. You see, books here in Australia are quite expensive, but just as in the UK, we have cheap book shops too.
Clearly a Street Atlas of South Yorks, including Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield, along with a publication detailing the Top Stocks of 2008, are the sort of reference books anyone living in Australia 2011 would find hard to live without.
I expect to see an “all books for a dollar” closing down sale sometime soon.
You see, I thought that was funny. It’s not. This is.
Carbon is the 15th most abundant element in the Earth’s crust and the fourth most abundant element in the universe by mass after hydrogen, helium, and oxygen. It is present in all known life forms, and in the human body carbon is the second most abundant element by mass (about 18.5%) after oxygen. This abundance, together with the unique diversity of organic compounds and their unusual polymer-forming ability at the temperatures commonly encountered on Earth, make this element the chemical basis of all known life.
Tax is the most abundant element removed from the wallets of all good and hard-working people around the Earth and the entire universe and cheeses people off far more than all the hydrogen, helium and oxygen put together. It is present in all known life forms, goods, services, whether organic or not making it the financial pain in the butt of all known life.
Now lets put the two together….
So what can be worse than tax? Yes, carbon tax! How can you tax the chemical basis of all known life? The whole thing is a sick joke, we’re all going to be ripped off and there’s a politician here in Australia who wholeheartedly agrees. And how!
You’ve surely read my post Australian politics explained, so you know the role of Senate within the Australian political system. Well, meet Senator Mary Jo Fisher. But first, a little background.
Carbon Tax in Australia
Julia Gillard, our current Prime Minister of Australia, said before her election “There will be no carbon tax under the government I lead”. Well guess what? Now she wants to introduce a carbon tax. It’s causing a whopping great hullabaloo here in Oz.
So a few days ago Senator Mary Jo Fisher stepped up to the podium to have her say. This may well be the greatest political speech since Churchill’s beaches gig. But where Sir Winston’s speech was inspirational, this speech is more akin to Python-esque ridicule. John Cleese would have been proud.
Senator Mary Jo Fisher has now overtaken Bob Katter as my favourite Australian pollie. Please, enjoy this wonderful speech, stick with it, it warms up. It also explains carbon tax perfectly…….
Yes, a tax is a tax is a tax. Hokey pokey! Go get ’em girl. Don’t you wish you had politicians like this in your country?
To find out the real ugly truth about the people behind this con, take a look at my post called The great carbon tax swindle!
My thanks to regular reader Jonno for for sending me the link to the YouTube.