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Interesting little report in SMH of a spiel the Prime Minister gave an forum in inner west Sydney. 

Carbon protests ‘Americanise Australia’

Belinda Cranston

August 30, 2011 – 9:59PMAnti-carbon tax rallies that denigrate the prime minister are “Americanising” political debate in Australia, Julia Gillard has told a forum in Sydney’s inner west.

A mild-mannered group of Inner West Courier readers were invited to question Ms Gillard about her contentious plan for a carbon tax on big polluters at a forum in Strathfield on Tuesday.

Ms Gillard started the evening with a 15-minute spiel on the need for a carbon tax before taking questions from the audience, which included one from a seven-year-old boy wearing a suit.


By all accounts, the meeting seemed responsive to the Prime Minister.

A woman called Janie received a round of applause when she told Ms Gillard she thought her role as prime minister had been diminished by people referring to her as “JuLiar” at anti-carbon tax rallies.

I suppose the Prime Ministers detractors will get a kick out of this next part.

After Ms Gillard told the audience that, if the government’s plan to tax big polluters went ahead, renewable energy could provide as much as 40 per cent of Australia’s energy needs by 2050, the seven-year-old, Luke Ringrose, presented her with the first questions of the night.

Did she have the power to stop the factories from making so much pollution? And, if so, will that help address the problem of global warming?.

Luke earlier gave her a book from his class, full of ideas of what they would do if they were prime minister for a day.

“Expect to see some of them implemented soon,” Ms Gillard said.

Expect to see that on The Bolt Report.

A. Ghebranious 2011 (All Rights Reserved)

  1. Jennifer Baratta permalink

    Hey we have yet to pass any carbon tax here in America. Ash thanks

    • Catching up permalink

      I thought that many states have, am I wrong?

      Not passing it does not mean you are correct. Other means, that many say are more expensive are being attempted.

      I believe you also have a lousy, expensive health system that only the wealthy can afford.

  2. Catching up permalink

    Mr. Abbott says politics is a tough business.

    A bully who is the thrower of most of the dirt would say that, wouldn’t they.

    I note that they are quick Opposition, like all bullies have very thin skins.

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