Tax: Now with 10% More Carbon.

As I write this the Prime Minister of Australia is answering questions in Parliament about her proposed Carbon Tax. This issue has divided the country as its supporters shout about it being the only way to curb those nasty, un-green industrialists from destroying planet earth and the detractors argue garrulously that it is an unfair tax that will affect those that are least able to defend themselves- the poor. There is the school of thought that says that as climate change cannot be definitively proven, or even proven to be an unnatural occurrence, then it is wrong to impose a definitive tax.

While we have all been focused on these issues and crystal gazing at what impact this proposed tax will actually have on the carbon output of Australian industries, I think that we have missed the opportunity to ask some more important questions. One question that I would like answered is what will this tax actually achieve? Not “what do the government say that it will achieve”, but what will be the actual outcomes. Will the government spend this new revenue on improving industrial carbon output? If so how much of it? All of it? I don’t think so.

Obviously some of the money is going to go towards giving pensioners and welfare recipients a hand out to pay for the higher priced electricity that they are forced to use. Utility bills have about doubled in Australia in the past couple of years so this increase is almost inhuman and it brings us to the brink of a society where those that are wealthy enough can be warm and have basic first world amenities like refrigeration and electric light but many will be too poor to pay for them.

The projections of the government’s income from the Carbon Tax is around $73 billion over three years. How much of those billions will actually be used to alleviate the financial pressure on the poorest people, how much will be spent to clean up industry, and how much will be used to pay back $48 billion in debt that the Labor Government incurred through the Stimulus Package in 2009? We all knew when they gave us our $900 AUS that they would want it back- with interest. No matter how much they try and compensate the financially disadvantaged folk that struggle to pay their bills now, the pressure that this tax will put on inflation through increased production and transport costs will ensure that the poor will only get poorer.

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D G Mattichak jr was born in 1963 in Syracuse New York and immigrated to Melbourne Australia with his family in 1972. He was educated in one of Melbourne’s exclusive private schools before studying art at Preston Technical College. D G Mattichak jr has been a student of the occult arts since the early 1980s and has become well known in Australian magickal circles and, in recent years, around the world due to a string of essays on a variety of occult subjects http://www.scribd.com/dmattichak/shelf . He discovered the “key to the order & value of the English alphabet” from Aleister Crowley’s Book of the Law in 1983 and has since used this English Qabalah to unlock the secrets of Thelemite magick. Success in these methods admitted him to the highest levels of attainment in various Hermetic disciplines and until recently he has been passing on his knowledge to private students, many of whom have gone on to become notable occultists in their own right. After almost three decades of study and development D G Mattichak jr has finally been able to distil his knowledge of magick and Thelema into a book- A Comment on the Verses of the Book of the Law, the first in a planned series of books on Hermeticism and Thelemite magick, revealing, for the first time in over a century, the secrets of magick that have been hidden in Crowley’s magnum opus, the Book of the Law. D G Mattichak jr currently lives in Melbourne Australia with his artist wife Michelle and their two cats. He has had a long career as an al a carte chef in Melbourne’s vibrant hospitality scene and now spends his time writing blogs on cooking, writing and, in the guise of Master Ankh af na Khonsu, about magick. He is also one of the founding members of the Mt Franklin Annual Pagan Gathering and regularly contributes to its official website http://mountfranklinannualpagangathering.blogspot.com/ as both an administrator and as an author. D G Mattichak jr’s first book Loot was released in 2009. His books are available through amazon.com at http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias=stripbooks&field-keywords=D G Mattichak&x=13&y=20 .
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2 Responses to Tax: Now with 10% More Carbon.

  1. Ed Hurst says:

    My impression is the political support for such a thing here in the US is lacking by a wide margin right now. Not that it will prevent pushing it through, just that it won’t be right away.

    • It only just passed the parliament here by one vote so it hasn’t really got much support here either Ed. I would really rather think that it was the change for good that Gillard and co are promising but I can see that it is just another slew of lies. Still, the rest of the world will watch and see how we go here. Time will tell if I am right. I fear that I am.

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