In years of monitoring reader feedback, I’ve never seen white hot fury like this.
Steve of West Gippsland Posted at 7:34 AM February 25, 2011
All GIllard’s beloved carbon tax will achieve, will increase the cost of living. Of course, what would she know, she has never done an honest days work in her life. She was a lawyer after all !!! A carbon tax is Australia will do nothing for cleaner energy & will do nothing to affect Climate. It will keep her in power by brown-nosing to the greens, continue to destroy the fabric of this country, reduce our global competitiveness, further destroy our manufacturing industry, and increase our cost of living for no value. The Dictator Mubarek remained in power for 30 years. The Terrorist Dictator Gudaffi has been in power for 41 years. The wimp Gillard, with any hope, will not last 30 months. I woke up this morning happy, after reading this, I am very very angry. Maybe we need to follow in the footsteps of Egypt and Tunisia, and have a peoples revolt against this Government, before Gillard & her cronies destroy this wonderful country. And as for the rogue rural independents, show some spine and force this country back to the polls, before it is destroyed. Do the right thing by the country and withdraw your support for this lying and incompetent regime.
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Almost 25,000 Herald Sun readers – 85pc of those who voted – were against the tax.
It was opposition echoed across the media and even taking into account ABC and Fairfax consumers, who would normally favour Gillard, the hostility was palpable.
Media Monitors Australia reports that just 38 per cent of the talkback calls nationwide on the subject, made by mid-afternoon yesterday, were favourable.
“Anything below 43 would generally be considered highly unfavourable,” group communications manager Patrick Baume explained. “It’s roughly equal to about the lowest point in Kevin Rudd’s personal standing.”
Mr Baume said the issue has provoked more fury than asylum-seekers: “This has already got more calls and much more anger in one day than the asylum-seeker funerals got in a week.”
But here’s the message that should keep Gillard sleepless:
“While they aren’t as heavily unfavourable, they are still unfavourable overall,” Mr Baume said. He said 53.2 per cent of ABC callers opposed the Prime Minister’s plan.
An online poll on the Left-leaning Melbourne Age website showed opposition for a carbon tax running at 57 per cent late yesterday.
It’s hard to know what pundits Laurie Oakes and Paul Kelly have been smoking but their opinions today seem hallucinatory.
But Gillard was looking and sounding more confident than at any time since she knifed Rudd and took his job last June. It was Gillard, not her media advisers, who decided she should face two of the country’s toughest talkback hosts – Alan Jones in Sydney and Neil Mitchell in Melbourne.
She acquitted herself well, particularly in the toe-to-toe with Jones, who increasingly acts as the Liberal Party’s godfather.
Suddenly Gillard looks like a leader with a plan, and she’s firing on all cylinders. Her performance in Parliament after Thursday’s announcement was devastatingly effective.
She can triumph against such obstacles only by redefining her political persona as an iron lady reminiscent of Margaret Thatcher’s strength and conviction. Nothing else will suffice. This climate change decision is driven by Gillard’s belief strong leadership is Labor’s only hope after the poll-driven equivocation of the Rudd era — witness her fiery interviews yesterday with 2GB’s Alan Jones and 3AW’s Neil Mitchell.
I suppose they’ve been around long enough to know they can’t completely alienate their Labor readers with a dose of hard cold truth, so they dissemble as elegantly as they can. Iron Lady, indeed.
And how can such prominent commentators ignore the week’s most important finding in the whole climate change debate? In fact how could the entire commentariat, with two exceptions – Andrew Bolt and Christoper Pearson, miss it?
On the same day, the Institute of Public Affairs released the findings of a Galaxy poll it had commissioned. The poll was taken last week and replicated the results of another taken eight months ago. Only one-third of Australians think the world is warming due to human carbon dioxide emissions.