Abbott claimed that the proposed action would save families an average of $550 per annum. The ABC fact-checked this claim when it was made at the Rooty Hill debate and found the saving to be $134 when compared to the then planned Labor early move to a trading scheme.
The legislation will be effective from 31 July 2014 even if passed later than that date.
Labor and The Greens are standing firm, so Abbott will have to try his luck with the new senate from July 2014. I believe there is a recount in progress in WA but in any case the LNP will only have 33 of the 39 votes it needs to pass the legislation. Since the Palmer United Party will control either three or four of the votes, dealing with them will be inevitable. Palmer wants to scrap the tax, but wants all the tax collected to be repaid. Then Abbott will need two or three of the other floating votes. Since repealing the tax is a high priority it would seem a perfect opportunity for the floaters to go hard.
Meanwhile Labor after Shorten announces his full team on Friday will have ample time to contemplate the future. Jungney said this last night:
Old Labor is justifiably hanging on in Australia as the political life world transitions from industrial age politics to genuinely post industrial politics. It is lost, bereft, studded with barnacles and obscene pre-modern accretions of belief which are a drag on rational practice.
The ALP, if it is to have any meaningful future, must change into a broad based party of inclusive liberal democracy focused on policies designed to further global ecological survival. This period for the ALP is the shakedown during which reform towards the goal of democracy, institutional democracy, as a good in and of itself, is won and lost. Global ecological survival, as a rational policy end, must be its natural project.
The democratisation of all institutions, public and private, and all spheres of life, public and private and spaces in between, built on the common interest of maintaining the material conditions for all life, is the radical project.
Now, the ALP is either part of that solution or it is part of the problem. I’d say recent changes are a positive sign, but we don’t have the luxury of time for an extended end game.
Geoff Gallop has a thoughtful piece at New Matilda. Rather than extract or summarise I’d urge you to read the whole article.
Tanya Plibersek outlined her focus to Fran Kelly yesterday with an interesting comment about refugees:
Ms Plibersek aims to pursue three primary tasks as deputy opposition leader, including defending the legacy of the Gillard-Rudd era, and describing Labor’s ‘alternate vision’ for Australia.
The third task she describes as, ‘healing the sort of [internal] divisions we’ve been talking about this morning’.
Ms Plibersek also responded to Mr Shorten’s claim that Labor is ‘pro-refugee’, emphasising the importance of Australia having a ‘strong humanitarian refugee intake’.
She said that the experience of her parents as Slovenian migrants gave her a ‘degree of compassion and sympathy for those who come to Australia’.
‘The difference with my parents is that they waited in refugee camps,’ she said.
Australia and the planet are waiting, and the prospect of a double dissolution looms.