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Posted in Uncategorized by thecuriousmail on July 14, 2011

Australian Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, was in Brisbane

yesterday, addressing a community meeting on the new Carbon Tax.

Some people criticised the PM for being a liar, that before the last

Federal Election she unequivocably ruled out a carbon tax, but

then shortly after being elected, she announced that the

government would introduce such a tax.

Can we not now take each other at our own word?? Is it unfair now to take another person at their word??

Gillard made the observation that everyone should be entitled to change their mind. And for sure in principle

that is true, and I for one would encourage people to make up their own minds,  to be open to alternatives

and contrary evidence.

But Gillard is being morally fraudulent. She has obfuscated, saying she is for a cleaner and greener Australia, and

if you criticize her for her appalling pre-election deception, or the carbon tax itself, you are therefore not in

support of a cleaner and greener Australia.

Today, Gillard gave an address to the National Press Club and momentarily lost her composure when speaking

about her feelings: “It doesn’t come easy to me to expose my feelings as I make these decisions. I was the shy girl

who studied and worked hard,” and that tough decisions have to be made. For sure tough decisions have to be made,

but she has built her argument on a lie, and now seeks to justify her argument by cynical political strategies.

Gillard has still not explained her change of mind: everyone is entitled to change their mind, I agree with that, but

there has been no explanation from Gillard as to why she changed her mind, which leads one to believe that her

pre-election promise not to introduce a carbon tax was simply a lie, a deception.

If I opposed a carbon tax on the grounds of insufficient scientific evidence on the causes of global warming, but

then the main international scientific critics came out and said that there now was sufficient scientific evidence,

then this would be why I changed my mind.

But between Gillard’s pre-election no carbon tax commitment, and her post-election imposition of a carbon tax,

a few months, there was no major change in the scientific evidence or interpretation, and Gillard has never

alluded to any.

The Australian Prime minister is clearly two things:

A liar, and

A cynical political operator.

But the big questions is:

Does Gillard’s contemptible behaviour represent the behaviour of a minority, or a majority, of Australian politicians??

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