The Carbon Tax debate… as promised I’m going to attempt to share with you how the evening went. I, like so few others, was prepared to listen to the ideas of the panel, both for and against, however it was evident quite early on, some were there just to heckle and yell. I love my city and for the most part its people but alas rudeness was all some of the audience could offer. Particularly disappointing was the heckling of a ‘well-known’ pastor from a local church whose personal behaviour was quite objectionable for that of a clergyman.
I was delighted to note that the affirmative team of Cllr Stanley, MP Laurie Ferguson and Senator Lee Rhiannon were prepared; they had at hand lots of data, statistics and facts, shared freely and with respect. They were well prepared! I thought (hoped) given the time and the opportunity that the Opposition would be the same, however without props and one liner’s there was very little to be added to the discussion. Not one piece of real information unless you believe knowing how many words were in the 18 pieces of legislation is an important fact.
Cllr Lucas was quite frankly embarrassing, after calling for this debate and being elected the speaker, one would have thought he would have made more of an effort. Sadly a few locals who had never attended a council meeting before were horrified that he is one of our councillors, in fact, they struggled to believe pretty much anything that he said or did, some actually asking if it was an act. For those of us accustomed to his antics, there was nothing new, he admitted he doesn’t read the minutes to council meetings (no news there) and when not vilifying the affirmative panel, spent a good deal of his time, sucking up to his colleague the ever blustful Craig Kelly, I really think I felt the room vibrate at one outburst.
Having never heard Russell Matheson speak I was hopeful he would bring some real debate and clear information forth. Alas if you could understand his mumbling, which was excessive, perhaps nerves, perhaps not, nothing of value was offered. I can see no reason for nerves as he was introduced as a former councillor, so one would expect had spoken in public before, which sheds a new light on the level of representation at other councils not only our own.
One of the key points being made by Lee Rhiannon and Laurie Ferguson were that council could begin doing things to make a difference and that not supporting renewable energy initiatives etc would in the long term be detrimental to councils ability to access grants etc. It’s not like LCC would be the first, Lee was able to list a number of councils who have already made some great moves towards being a better environmental citizen, alas our coalition will have nothing of it, so in about 338 days you will be able to decide if you want a forward thinking and moving council or the same old same old living in the past and not being willing or open to new ideas, technologies and options.
I like Tony Hadchiti (below) agree (I know its rare)that almost no one left with a different view than they arrived with, some felt there weren’t enough facts given however when an attempt to share those facts one could be excused for not hearing them over the heckling. No matter the number of calls to order, some just couldn’t be silenced.
I did have the pleasure of speaking with some people as they came and again when they left to see how they felt the evening had gone, when this video is uploaded and ready I’ll post it here for you to see for yourself… keep watching.
In the end I’m left wondering why would anyone not support a price on pollution and prefer another personal tax $1300+ (which is what the coalition proposes) and of course why anyone would want to give more subsidies (your tax dollars) to the polluters (which is where the coalition wants their new tax to be directed) when all we really want as humans is to take a little more care of our planet and ask those who stuff up to clean up…
Below is the running ‘twit’ commentary of Cllr Hadchiti, wouldn’t half show he doesn’t like the Greens, good to see his mind was
open closed sad, but what can you do when someone has such a bias they couldn’t even give it a chance from the get go, no surprises here. Between tweets, heckling and playing with an I-pad can’t be sure what he actually heard. (for fun posted in his favourite colour)