Carbon taxing greens routed in NSW Australia elections

Maybe there is hope and change after all:

Zorro says:

March 26, 2011 at 5:16 am

The AGW promoting, carbon tax toting, Australian NSW Labour government has just been virtually annihilated in the State elections – there is hope folks.

“It’s cataclysmic, I mean it’s a bloodbath,” Mr Foley, an upper house member, told ABC Television.

“The accumulated dysfunction … is what’s driving this result. It’s an accumulated dysfunction of four years, not 16.

Full story:

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/state-election-2011/coalition-romps-to-victory-in-nsw-20110326-1cbbt.html

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Henry chance

People don’t learn without pain. This may be progress.

John503

Australians need to get rid of these carbon dioxide taxing crooks before they destroy the entire economy.

Dr T G Watkins

Three cheers for Aussie good sense. Julia next I hope.
Nova, Carter, Plimner, Tisdale, Archibald etc. will make a difference eventually.

ew-3

Congratulations to the people of NSW.

I had been considering moving to Australia. But with all the global warming politics there I had taken that possibility off the table. It may get put back on the table. Which is good because I like those Aussie hats.
http://www.davidmorgan.com/images/1601khi_detail.jpg
;o)

L Nettles

The was a report that the Labour Leader in NSW delayed conceding so as not to interupt Earth Hour. Gaia will not be mocked

jorgekafkazar

“And so we may say that the real message of Earth Hour this year is: it’s lights out for Labor.” — Andrew Bolt

John Blake

Next step: Drape garlic over crucifixes, then when Labor’s death-eating Luddite sociopaths subside to horizontal, drive political-toxin stakes through their rent-seeking hearts. Either that, or undead Warmism will rise again.

Latitude

vote for me and….
I’ll shut down coal power, energy rates will obviously go up, costs of everything will go up, health care will cost more and service will go down, taxes will go up….
…oops, sorry wrong election

Richard G

Fair Dinkum.

Hide the decline!

Sweet.

pat

Interesting. The article does not mention carbon taxes. Noe does it mention Labor’s efforts to tax the mining industry (with all sorts of loony taxes being proposed). The fact that ‘safe’ Green Party seats are also in doubt, though, lends some credence to the hypothesis that it is not the tedium of incompetence that has swayed the voters (as the article asserts), but rather the old fashioned union/socialists agenda of Labor that left Australia as an economic and cultural backwater for most of the 20th Century, spooked the voters. I think AW is correct. The carbon tax played huge, and the Sydney Herald is covering for Labor by omitting mention of the same.

Gary Pearse

I read the article – no where did it say it was because of Labor’s GHG policies. I hope the joy is justified.

WTF

Hopefully here in Canada in our National election that was called today the Liberals, NDP and Greens will go down in CO2 spewing flames! No talk yet of anything AGW. In fact I would be surprised if it even comes up but the Libs and NDP are still true believers even if they don’t say it.

Theo Goodwin

Hallelujah! Dams are breaking all over.
Read Andrew Bolt’s blog for reporting on the election. Google Andrew Bolt.
Remember to communicate to your representatives and senators that you want strong support for the Republican effort to remove from EPA the power to regulate CO2. The vote comes up Tuesday or so.

BSM

Brilliant!!

Mooloo

but rather the old fashioned union/socialists agenda of Labor that left Australia as an economic and cultural backwater for most of the 20th Century, spooked the voters.
Which Australia are you talking about?
I live in NZ and the one near us is not “an economic backwater”. In fact it’s economy is one of the healthiest around, in temporary dislocation thanks to a property bubble (caused by both sides).
Nor is any longer a “cultural backwater”. That it isn’t cannot be linked to the conservative governments, with their “White Australia” policies etc. In fact it is the liberal left which has largely done that (they being far more into arts and cultural activity in general). You may not like it, but that doesn’t make it untrue.
I’m no fan of old-fashioned Socialism, nor union driven politics, but in our haste to blacken the other side let’s not make stuff up! That leaves us as bad as the ecotards.

mike g

Predictably,
Government supported climate scientists will resume there calls for an end to democracy, since it’s not, in their view, capable of rising to big environmental challenges.

Theo Goodwin

Amino Acids in Meteorites says:
March 26, 2011 at 11:25 am
My relatives tell me that life in Australia is rather wonderful. They are big into family.

Cynthia Lauren Thorpe

Thanks for your balanced honesty, WTF.
You’re right. They ‘play’ the Aussies JUST LIKE the Dems & RINOS ‘play’ the U.S.A.
What will it take for you guys to SEE the game, here? The ‘joy’ of victory?
Julia and her ‘team’ walk ‘lock-step’ with Barry and his. They are merely pawns.
I’ve been here 4 years, which is long enough to SEE that Australia is even more
a police state than America has become. It just has ‘fewer humans’ and therefore,
we breathe easier – for the moment.
Geez… The naivete of most of you is disheartening, indeed.
WAKE UP. They’ve planned this crap from the Start. Maybe I should mail you my copy of ‘The Beach’ – an ‘end of times’ movie – about how Australia is the last best place on earth… It was written and filmed WELL BEFORE I WAS BORN in 1957.
Oh. And one last little tidbit I was just ‘given’ by God, let’s see if you can ‘get it’…
‘Have you ever heard the saying: ‘Think outta the Box”? – Well, my dears – just where in the world do you ‘S’cientists imagine those words ‘imply’ that you are?’ Think about it and then WAKE UP. ‘Cause we’ve ALL been programmed into this kinda thinking.
And, then – If you don’t ‘speak up’ after you’ve woken up – then I’ve done all that I’m capable of doing to assist you…but, I still PRAY for you all.
C.L. Thorpe

ShrNfr

Now to run them out of the US, bad science and all.

Garacka

Is it correct that “liberal” in Australia is not the same as liberal in other parts of the ‘west”?

I keep hearing that Australians are very level-headed, practical-minded etc, etc. But it is in their country that a prime minister lady is blabbering nonsense about ‘carbon’ and taxes all the time. How did it get to this stage? How did it get so bad?
How is this an example of the practical-mindedness of Australia? In fact, isn’t it an example of the failure of practical-mindedness?
It couldn’t have happened if the Julia person did not have some support – not necessarily popular support though.

Mountainbear

GO AUSSIES!

but, but, the Greens are saying: “At the moment we seem to be holding quite well”

Al Gored

WTF says:
March 26, 2011 at 12:00 pm
“Hopefully here in Canada in our National election that was called today the Liberals, NDP and Greens will go down in CO2 spewing flames! No talk yet of anything AGW…”
Sorry. Watched CTV for a moment today and there was Green Party Fuhrer Elizabeth May – Maurice Strong’s pet – going on about it.

Andy G

The PM of deception says that industry wants some “certainty” on the carbon issue.
It should be pretty obvious to her now that…
It is certain she will lose the next election.
It is certain that Mr Abbott will repeal the carbon tax
So the only way to give industry “certainty” is not implement this most moronic of tax.

Tim Clark

Congrats, mates. I quaffing a Wicked Elf right now in your honor. Here’s to you……………

Theo Goodwin

Shub Niggurath says:
March 26, 2011 at 1:08 pm
“It couldn’t have happened if the Julia person did not have some support – not necessarily popular support though.”
I can answer your one specific question, about Julia. Before getting the post, she said “No carbon tax.” After getting the post, she passed a carbon tax.

Aynsley Kellow

Mooloo:
‘That it isn’t cannot be linked to the conservative governments, with their “White Australia” policies etc.’
The White Australia Policy was initiated by labour demands for protection from cheap imported labour from Asia and the Pacific. It was the first piece of legislation passed after federation. In the words of former Australian Labor Party Prime Minister Gough Whitlam, the ALP was racist before it was socialist. It was maintained with bipartisan support, but you are wrong to describe it as a policy of the conservatives.
There is much more to the the ALP rout in NSW, although the carbon tax was one factor, particularly in the coal mining areas in the Illawarra and the Hunter Valley – traditionally ALP, but they swung to the Coalition.

Alexander K

I agree with Mooloo. Australia has probably been damaged least by the banksters of all the Western economies and the green/carbon/CO2 stupidities are not the whole of life. Now that the egregious Gillard and her coterie of carbon fraudsters are getting their comeuppance, life in the land of floods and droughts will eventually return to how it should be there once more.

WTF

“Al Gored says:
March 26, 2011 at 1:17 pm ”
Sorry you had to watch CTV and see Lizzy May let alone listen to her prattle. Hope you hadn’t eaten yet! 😉

Garacka says March 26, 2011 at 1:02 pm :
Is it correct that “liberal” in Australia is not the same as liberal in other parts of the ‘west”?

Wiki has a bit to say on this; perhaps someone can take a look at that and comment as to their veracity on this subject:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_political_parties_in_Australia

pat

MooLoo
“I live in NZ and the one near us is not “an economic backwater”. In fact it’s economy is one of the healthiest around, in temporary dislocation thanks to a property bubble (caused by both sides).”
Indeed it is. And has been for almost 4 decades. But it is not the 20th Century. And the Australian turnaround began about 1980 or so.

David L. Hagen

Labor’s proposed carbon tax was a clear part of the NSW election run-up. See:
Dump Labor to send message on carbon tax

Carbon tax hits NSW election race

pat

BTW, It is the LABOR Party. Britain has The Labour Party. And it was indeed Labor that instituted the racial quotas and European style unionism, particularly 1940’s English unionism, that stifled Australia’s economy and culture.

janama

Garacka says: Yes the term Liberal in Australia stands for the Liberal party which is the conservative party. The left party is the Labor (sic) party.
This was a State Election.
The pre election predictions were that Labor would lose but the swing of 17.1% was way above expected and what they needed to gain power.
You may recall the march on the federal parliament last week over the carbon tax, I suspect the increase in the swing was due to the support for last week’s protest coming out in the rest of the community.

janama

but rather the old fashioned union/socialists agenda of Labor that left Australia as an economic and cultural backwater for most of the 20th Century, spooked the voters.
Mooloo – check out the number of artists, actors, film directors, musicians that are mainstream America yet originated in Australia.
economic backwater?? 1.00 Australian dollar is worth 1.02 US dollars. 5 years ago it was worth US 0.50C Unemployment is 5%

Moray Watson

The labour leader delayed conceding so as not to interrupt Earth Hour ?
No surprise there. It is a perfect example of what I am hearing referenced a lot these days, that “intellectuals” put ideas before people.
It is the putting of AGW ideology before people that is turning people off . As the understanding spreads of what the proponents of AGW/Socialism/Islam would do to curb our freedoms and destroy our western culture the pushback is amassing.
Putting ideas before people lost them popularity, and the right to govern. And while oblivious to the reason for their rot, they once again, with no sense of irony or self awareness what so ever, put ideas before people one last time by delaying the their concession to respect Earth Hour. No class, no respect, no courtesy.
By the way. Turn on all your lights. It’s People Hour.

sHx

Actually, the carbon tax didn’t feature as an issue at all in the NSW elections, but it is understandable why some people would want to spin it that way. This is politics after all.
Although the Greens didn’t win two seats in the lower house of the parliament as they hoped, they did increase their vote by 1.5 percentage point. This may reflect as more seats for the Greens in the upper house of the parliament.
In my local electorate (Balmain), the Labor candidate won over the strong Greens candidate in the primary votes. After preferences were distributed, Labor got 51% to Liberal’s 49%.
I voted Labor because voting for a right wing party is against my constitution. The Greens could have won my vote, if they hadn’t turned the climate change issue into an apocalyptic religious crusade. Worse, the Greens arrogantly refused to direct their preferences to Labor, which very nearly helped a right wing candidate win the seat.
At the end of the day, we all had a good day fulfilling our civic responsibilities, and democracy won.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Preferential_voting_system
http://www.abc.net.au/elections/nsw/2011/guide/balm.htm
http://www.abc.net.au/elections/nsw/2011/

Tenuc

Good to see that there are still some Australians left who can see through the damaging ‘green socialist’ agenda.

Robertvdl

Formula 1 2011 Australian Grand Prix
The Season Starts!
They also pay a carbon tax?
Listen how they burn fossil fuels.

R James

The dumping of Labor was cause by a long list of party instability, inaction, and dodgy politics. They were doomed without a carbon tax threat, which is largely a federal issue. However, the carbon tax is a big thing here.
Firstly, our prime minister clearly stated before the last federal election that she wouldn’t introduce a carbon tax, and now (no doubt driven by the Greens who put her in power) she’s blatantly broken that key election promise. We don’t like to be treated with such contempt.
Secondly, the government is broke, and needs to increases tax somewhere to make up the shortfall in the budget. If they can do it under the disguise of environment control, they hoped we would cooperate. Unfortunately, the voters aren’t so stupid.
Thirdly, more and more people are doubting the validity of anthropogenic climate change.
Overall, the name “Labor” isn’t popular here these days, and the federal issues no doubt flowed into the State election yesterday. Despite all this, we are still a strong economy, and enjoy a lifestyle equal to any of the best I’ve experienced overseas.

Lady Life Grows

THANK YOU Aussies!!!
I want to turn the yellow areas of the Earth (see satellite photos of the Earth) green. And only fossil fuels can do it.

Andy G

sHx,….
I can tell you that the carbon tax WAS a factor in this election. I for one have always voted Labor, until now.
The absolute main reason for voting Liberal was because of the deceitful way in which the Carbon Tax was introduced. I cannot vote for a party, be it at Federal level or State level that thinks that this level of deceit is acceptable.
I have many friends who also think this and have changed their vote to the Liberals.
You only have to look at the massive swings in the industrial and mining centres to know that the carbon tax was a major extra issue in these areas.

PaulH

I guess global warming causes election disruption. ;->

King of Cool

This is more than a landslide victory. It is a clap of thunder from down under.
In Bathurst, which takes in the coal mining and electricity producing town of Lithgow, there was a staggering 32% swing away from Labor and a 36% swing to the Coalition National Party. This is unprecedented in Australian electoral history.
The town of Newcastle, one of Australia’s main industrial ports and home of the former BHP steelworks is considered as the beating heart of Labor. They have held the seat for 81 out of the last 84 years. Even that looks like going down to the Coalition, not even dreamt of by O’Farrell.
The same story can be told all over Labor heartland from the Port Kembla steelworks area south of Sydney, to in the Hunter Valley west of Newcastle to the working class districts to the west of Sydney. NSW DOES NOT LABOR AND IT DOES NOT WANT A CARBON TAX.
Voters have also reacted violently to the Independents presently holding Australia’s fate in Federal Parliament. In Tamworth, Tony Windsor’s state successor and Independent candidate Peter Draper has been booted out of office losing 15% of his vote and the Nationals gaining 9%. And in Port Macquarie, Rob Oakeshott’s successor Peter Besseling has been categorically sacked with an emphatic 35% swing to the National Party.
This message is loud and clear. THE PEOPLE FROM THESE AREAS ARE BEING MISREPRESENTED IN CANBERRA.
Barry O’Farrell has stated that he will fight the carbon tax. Labor has said that the election was all about state issues and poor Labor performance. It will go ahead with a carbon tax. With the Queensland election next, we are in for some interesting times.

As several have pointed out, and correctly, the Carbon Tax was not an issue in this election. As a state election, albeit the most populated state in Oz, there is not much we can say about that tax.
The Labour party in NSW has been dysfunctional and apparently corrupt (aren’t they all, though) for quite some time. That is what brought them down, fair and square, as the departing premier admitted.
Yes, the ‘Liberal’ party is the ‘Conservative’ / ‘Republican’ / right wing party down here. It is actually a long-standing coalition.
And to those wishing to move here, I would sincerely recommend it. The standard of living is much higher than in Europe and the US. The Aussie dollar is very strong right now, so prices are a bit skewed, but when (perhaps if) it ever drops to match the others, or they rise again, it is much cheaper than Europe, and on a par with the US. The country is vast, and there are opportunities to match. Think of the US about 100 or even 150 years ago, but with all the modern infrastructure. Also consider the world’s largest ever market is just growing, and fast, right next door. Asia is just a step away, not the other side of the world. Also consider the vast resources of coal, gas, iron and sugar that that market will be wanting (to execute 100 years of development in two decades), and that we have.
All of that opportunity added to some of the best, laid back and generous people I have ever come across in all my world travels. Best country in the world, mate!

Iren

“The was a report that the Labour Leader in NSW delayed conceding so as not to interupt Earth Hour. Gaia will not be mocked”
She was quoted as saying something of the sort but, in fact, conceded at about 8:35, right in the middle of Earth Hour. Even that gaia holy of holy Bob Brown, the Greens leader, came on air during Earth Hour, to hype how well they were doing in the two seats both of which, thankfully, they have lost (although I think one is still in doubt). However, no one should be surprised at their hypocricy since the whole cult is based on “do what I say, not what I do” anyway.
For those saying that the result is not linked to the proposed carbon tax, take a closer look at the swings in some of the industrial and mining areas around Newcastle, which have always been Labor heartland. While the overall swing was about 17.5%, in some of these areas it exceeded 30%! Quite a message to Canberra I would say.

Robertvdl

It does not matter who we vote for they are all the same sh…. Or do you think the other party won’t come with something like a carbon tax when they need the money