‘D’ is for the Death of Democracy and Debate

Shorten was asked on the ABC’s 7.30 program about his ‘plan’ to cut carbon emissions by 45 per cent by 2030 but he refused to specify a cost. Source: DailyMail.co.uk
Climate economist Brian Fisher’s home egged

Shorten made his comments about Dr Fisher after Fisher’s modelling found the best-case estimate of Labor’s 45 per cent emissions ­reduction target on 2005 levels by 2030 with open access to inter­national permits would result in a GDP loss of $53 billion.

Bill Shorten ridiculed Dr Fisher yesterday, likening him to ‘doctors that the big tobacco companies used to roll out in the 70s and 80s to say that smoking was healthy for you’.

‘This fellow and his report ­remind me of the doctors that the big tobacco companies used to roll out in the 70s and 80s to say that smoking was healthy for you. We will file this report under ‘P’ for propaganda’, Mr Shorten said.

Fisher responded:

‘That’s ­really not a sensible comparison to draw. I’m happy to provide advice to any government and in fact I have. I worked as a bureaucrat for the Hawke-Keating government, I worked as a bureaucrat for the Howard government. I provided the same sort of economic advice to both sets of governments. I probably annoyed both of them equally’.

Subsequently, one… Simon Holmes a Court, supporter of ‘independent’ Warringah candid­ate Zali Steggall, tweeted Dr Fisher’s address­ yesterday afternoon

The original tweet has now been removed and replaced with this one:

Brian Fisher is the MD and chairman of BAEconomics, and has worked as a bureaucrat for [both] Labor and Coalition governments. He told The Australian that it appeared ­’extreme­ly difficult’ to have ­rational, economic debate about climate change in today’s political environment and his family felt disturbed by what had happened to their Canberra­ home yesterday.

It is not the first time Dr Fisher has been threatened. After his initial modelling on Labor’s climate policy was released­ in March, strangers hung outside his house ‘just being genera­lly annoying’.

He was also sent a bullet in the mail in the early 1990s when he worked for the commonwealth and conducted modelling on how the government should extract itsel­f from the collapsed wool buffer stock scheme.

‘The environment in which this one (the egging) has ­happened is a fair bit different ­because in the past we’ve been able to identify exactly who has been involved and they were all mental­ly disturbed’, Dr Fisher told The Australian.

‘I’ve been doing this sort of modelling for 25 years because I have an interest in the area and, secondly, I thought there wasn’t any rational, transparent debate about the cost of these (climate) policies, whether it be Coalition or Labor’.

‘It appears in today’s world that is extremely difficult [to have a rational debate]. I’m having ­serious second thoughts about whether I’ll ever do this again. It’s hopeless’.

Source: The Australian

On 28 April, Shorten’s deputy

Tanya Plibersek attacked the PM for ‘running the dirtiest campaign she had ever seen in her 20 years of politics’. She said it was a desperate campaign, ‘full of lies about Labor’s policies’.

‘The reason he’s lying about our policies and disparaging Bill in this way is because he’s got nothing positive to say’, Plibersek told ABC television on Sunday.

Source: The Senior

The cost of Labor’s new taxes was calculated by the Treasury…so who’s lying? Maybe there IS NOTHING POSITIVE TO SAY.

All the dirty stuff seems to be from the left:


‘New level of nastiness’: Police release CCTV in hunt for offensive Abbott posters

NSW Police confirmed they were investigating after caricatured heads with expletives written across the former PM’s forehead were found along Spit Road in Mosman and around Manly and surrounding suburbs.

Source: SBS


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