Isn’t the Abbott plebiscite just a pointless and expensive stunt?

Aaaaand this is why I love Kudelka.

tony abbott filling out a ballot paper for a carbon tax plebiscite

PLEBISCITE

1. DO YOU SUPPORT A CARBON TAX?

[   ] YES [   ] NO

2. IF TONY ISN’T GOING TO PAY ANY ATTENTION TO THE RESULT IF YOU SAY YES, IS THIS A BIT OF A POINTLESS AND EXPENSIVE STUNT?

[   ] YES

Tony Abbott at the ballot booth (wearing speedos) does a doubletake and says: “…HEY!”

Title at the foot of the cartoon says: STOP THE WASTE



Categories: culture wars, environment, parties and factions

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7 replies

  1. That man is unbelievable. You don’t get to only take the answer that you wanted. But I guess he’s been having that argument since the election, hasn’t he.

  2. For a man who continually bangs on about Labor and it’s pointless waste just exactly what is a plebiscite then Tony? Besides, neither side of the political spectrum is going to pay any attention to the results. Gillard is going ahead and Abbott will abolish. So in the greater scheme of things…just more hypocrisy from the opposition leader.

  3. My short answer: Yeah, let’s have a plebiscite on the carbon tax, just like the one we had about the GST…
    Oh. Yeah.
    My long answer is here: <a href="http://megpie71.dreamwidth.org/17319.htmlhttp://megpie71.dreamwidth.org/17319.html</a&gt;

  4. I’d like for Mr Abbott to hold a plebiscite. I imagine it would bite him on the finger, escape into the Parliamentary gardens, and in a few months’ time there’d be hundreds of feral plebiscites roaming wild around Canberra. And then the AEC would employ me full-time to herd them.

  5. From Peter Hartcher yesterday on the anniversary of #spillard in the Fairfax rags:

    There is a clear contradiction between Abbott’s dominion over the public mood and his impotence in Parliament.
    This week demonstrated it powerfully. Abbott has managed to turn the Australian public against the idea of a carbon tax. Yet when he tried to force Parliament to call a national plebiscite on the carbon tax, he failed immediately. It was a stunt – the outcome of a plebiscite does not bind a government, and Abbott said he would not be bound by it either.
    Gillard may be the head of a minority government, but she has so far shown an iron grip on a parliamentary majority.
    Of the 151 bills that the Gillard government has supported, 151 have passed the House of Representatives. Abbott has successfully blocked nothing, and successfully proposed nothing.
    As the government proceeds to get its signature initiatives through Parliament, Abbott risks looking increasingly ineffectual, full of empty bluster and with nothing else to offer.

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