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February 24, 2010: "Climate change framework announced" - news release from the Prime Minister of Australia.

"The Government will propose that the carbon price commences on 1 July 2012, subject to the ability to negotiate agreement with a majority in both houses of Parliament and pass legislation this year.  A carbon price is a price on pollution."

Read whole news release (note repeated science mistakes - referring to carbon dioxide emissions as "pollution", etc.).

Sample of media criticism:  

February 26, 2011: "Impossible to warm to Gillard's tax", by Andrew Bolt, Herald Sun, Melbourne, Australia.

"At least four times in the fortnight before the last election, a desperate Gillard and her deputy, Treasurer Wayne Swan, swore they would not impose a carbon tax - a tax on carbon dioxide emissions that will drive up the cost of power.

  • On August 12, Swan insisted there would be no carbon tax if Labor won: "We have made our position very clear, we have ruled it out."
  • On August 18, he added: "What we rejected is this hysterical allegation that somehow we are moving towards a carbon tax."
  • On August 16, Gillard was categorical: "There will be no carbon tax under the government I lead."
  • Two days before the poll she said it again: "I rule out a carbon tax."

Why those promises? Because the Liberals were campaigning against the tax, and Labor knew if it had to rule it out to save itself.

And so, in the August 21 election, more than 80 per cent of voters backed parties that had promised no carbon tax.

The trouble is, one of them was lying. Flanked by the triumphant Greens, Gillard this week revealed she'd cheated her way into office. The public will now get the tax that most voted against, and which she'd promised not to introduce."

Read whole piece.

Listen to ABC Radio coverage.


Prime Minister Julia Gillard with Greens Leader Senator Bob Brown. Picture: Kym Smith Source: Herald Sun

Watch video on The Australian Web site explaining why, politically, PM Gillard took this move.