Labor: Making poor people pay for the green indulgences of the rich

Caption: A Labor politician robbing from the poor to pay for solar panels on Prince John’s castle.

Some years ago, a UK study found that the most ostentatiously ‘green’ households tended to have the largest carbon footprints. Having dutifully recycled their Marks & Spencer?s bags and cycled the 1.8 children to their expensive private school all year, the green elite feel entitled to their carbon-spewing overseas holidays.

But their disproportionate carbon footprint is not the least hypocrisy of the green-left. Even as they wring their hands over ‘inequality’, they enthusiastically endorse policies that disproportionately cost poor people in order to fund their obsession over ‘climate change’. Quote:

The poll finding that people with fat pay packets want us to do more to stop climate change comes as no surprise to anyone who?s tried to find a parking space in Fitzroy North.

We have known for some time the strength of the green vote is closely correlated with the concentration of late-model German vehicles squeezed against the kerbstones of tastefully renovated terraces.

We know too that carbon anxiety is at its peak in seats like Melbourne, Wentworth, Higgins and Sydney where, whether they vote red, blue or green, few are short of a bob or two.

In the poorer regions of Australia they have other things on their minds. End of quote.

Rich people obsess over such policy fripperies as ‘refugees’ and ‘renewable energy’. Poor people just want to know where their jobs will be coming from, and how much tax they?re going to be slugged with. Quote:

Polling by YouGov-Galaxy finds that most of those earning more than $150,000 support Labor?s 45 per cent emissions reduction target.

Those on low and middle incomes prefer the Coalition?s lower target, as do the middle-aged, elderly and those with children. The strongest supporters of Labor?s vanity target are the wealthy and the unattached, unencumbered, unpropertied and arguably un?realistic singles in the cities.

Both parties? targets will get us to Paris, the experts assure us, but naturally the rich want to fly first class, particularly if they don?t have to pay for it. End of quote.

Which Labor are determined to make sure they don?t. For all their bleating about ‘fairness’, Labor are committed to policies which are grossly unfair. Quote:

Modelling by Brian Fisher of BAE Economics?predicts the cost of wholesale power will rise by 58 per cent, which modelling by the Menzies Research Centre forecasts will add about $150 to an average household power bill. Fisher also forecasts a drop in real wages of about $347 a fortnight?

A quarterly household power bill of $400 represents about 1.6 per cent of the disposable income of a family in the top income quintile in Canberra, for example, but would eat up 7.3 per cent of disposable cash in the bottom quintile in South Australia.

The discrepancy becomes worse the more prices rise. MRC modelling of Labor?s 45 per cent target forecasts that the poorest Australians in some states could be spending more than 10 per cent of their disposable income on electricity by 2030, a slice five times larger than the fortunate 20 per cent at the top of the income ?ladder.

Those figures don?t begin to convey the iniquity of Labor?s policy. The elderly, and pensioners in particular, will be badly hit. Small businesses, like your local milk bar, will suffer more than, say, your local bank. Dairy farmers will find their margins squeezed even further. End of quote.


But as Julia Gillard so infamously put it: why should Labor help them? They never vote for Labor, anyway. But the real scandal here is that Labor are happy to hammer the very people it claims as its base ? the working-class ? in order to suck up to millionaire Greens in Fitzroy and the Harbourside Mansion set in Sydney.