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NOT COPING: CPRS made impossible to sell after Copenhagen farce

copenhagenAustralia’s plenipotentiary extraordinaire, also known as Kevin 707, has landed with a thud.

First it was the ungrateful rejection by conference delegates of the wisdom of him and the other wise men which was reflected in a draft treaty which they were accused of cooking up in secrecy.

Then there were the diplomatic skills he wasted on the leaders of the 60 countries to whom he spoke and who apparently did not listen.

Finally, when reputations really were on the line, President Obama turned to China’s premier to produce a document to justify the 4,000 strong jamboree at Copenhagen, and had it endorsed by the leaders of India, Brazil, South Africa and Ethiopia.

Where was Kevin? Playing a bit part off-screen by being one of the 27 leaders to fall into line behind the document.

Without Kevin’s diplomatic skills is it any wonder that the final document was a damp squib?

And now Kevin must face the home front, in between planning for the next conference of course.

Former Liberal leader Malcolm Turnbull unintentionally sucked Labor into nailing its colours to the mast on an emission trading scheme, or an extracting tax system, depending on one’s views about the ETS.

There is not a way back even though the demand that Australia lock itself into a position before the Copenhagen conference now looks as stupid as many ordinary Australians thought it was.

So we press on. The ETS legislation will be re-introduced in February even though the odds are that we shall not have a clue about what the rest of the world will promise to do, let alone actually do.

However the sanctimonious, moral certitude in which Labor cloaks itself probably will sound hollow, even if it is echoed by Malcolm Turnbull.

Labor is confronted by the reality that, from the time the Nationals and the Greens, for diametrically opposed reasons, came to the same conclusion, either it or the Liberals were going to be caught in a pincer.

With Malcolm Turnbull as leader, it looked as though the Liberals would be caught as the Nationals moved into traditional Liberal regional, and perhaps even outer metropolitan, seats on the back of the Liberals support for an ETS.

Now, however, it is Labor which will need to counter a Greens’ attack it in the inner metropolitan seats for selling out the environment and a Coalition attack in regional and outer suburban seats that it is threatening jobs and forcing up the cost of living of the average Australian.

And all this when the Copenhagen conference, which was to provide the moral legitimacy for Labor’s position, has ended in tatters.

To make matters worse, not only did key Liberals obviously anticipate this outcome but backed their judgment by arguing that the ETS legislation should be deferred until after Copenhagen.

Not that the Liberals’ gamble was extravagant: despite the talking up by environment groups of China’s commitment to the process, it was never clear why China would risk surrendering effective control of the rate of its future development.

And, with mid-term Congressional elections in the USA next year, it was not obvious how President Obama could capitulate to China, even if he wanted to.

Nevertheless the Liberals took the gamble and, not surprisingly, Tony Abbott is claiming bragging rights.

It may be a Merry Christmas for most of us, but there may not be a lot of Christmas cheer at The Lodge this year.

John Ironmonger


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  1. It would be too easy to describe Rudd as Australia’s worst ever Prime Minister. Unfortunately, describing him as Australia’s most vain, sanctimonious, brittle, hollow, underachieving and just plain inept Prime Minister ever is so long-winded as to sound like a quote from the man himself.

    Posted by Gregoryno6 | December 22, 2009, 8:34
  2. Looks like mighty mouse has slipped on the tasty cheese this time.

    Posted by scarlet pimpernell | December 22, 2009, 9:07
  3. Rudd is a patronising fraud. He said he was a fiscal conservative . Next, he racks up $315 Billion dollar of misspent debt.
    The to win the world over on the issue of climar change, he goes and tells them about Gracie.

    This man is seriously deluded and should be jettisoned before he does anymore damage to the nation and Australia’s reputation in the world.

    Posted by The Rudd & Copenhagen Shuffle | December 22, 2009, 9:39
  4. A great article and we now await to see what Rudd and Abbott do . Who will get it Wong.

    Posted by Dad | December 22, 2009, 9:40
  5. “Without Kevin’s diplomatic skills….” ?????? What skills are you talking about Andrew? The sad little man was never a Diplomat,he was nothing more than a middle-rank clerk who worked for a time in DFAT.His only experience of “Diplomacy” was watching a few real Diplomats at work and possibly managing to pick up a bit of the body language and jargon peculiar to the trade.His claim to be a “Diplomat” is like so many of his other claims,nothing but a lie.That the lie has been swallowed by so many MSM stooges is amazing.

    Posted by Anonymous | December 22, 2009, 10:53
  6. With the worlds highest per capita carbon footprint and an energy dependent export sector Australia will always struggle to take the high ground on climate change.

    Without real action at home our words remain hollow on the global stage.

    At home at the next election we can safely split into the Liberals ‘do nothing'(0% reduction), the ALP ‘do little'(5%-15% reduction) and Greens ‘do too much’ (40% reduction) camps… and then we can have another all round circus event in the senate while never meeting the 25% reduction required to meet the now internationally agreed target of limiting warming to 2 degrees.

    Pity about that…because the global carbon party is coming to an end and we will face a generational hangover here in the world’s driest continent.

    But hey, at least our 3 political parties will have maintained their distinct brand positioning in the electorate.

    Posted by RUDDERLESS in carbon constrained world | December 22, 2009, 11:45
  7. Love him or hate him at least Rudd is having a go at trying to do something about climate change. Why should’nt our national leader be haviong a go and putting Australia’s views on the national scene.
    Gillard stays home and runs the ship very capably while Rudd has a crack at least.

    Posted by Fair is fair | December 22, 2009, 12:26
  8. Having a go at becoming the next UN sec gen, more like.

    Posted by mick | December 22, 2009, 14:44
  9. I suppose the leaders of the 60 countries who chose not to listen when the preposterous little poseur spoke to them were not the kind of people to be impressed by a creep who is most widely known for his disgusting habit of eating his own ear-wax in public.No doubt they’d all been well briefed on his various “qualities” and would be aware of his predilection for ear-wax.

    Posted by Anonymous | December 22, 2009, 14:49
  10. An ETS is inevitable – or so I wrote in a Sunday paper some months ago when I was captured in the orbit of my oh so hetero friend Malky.

    I would have done anything for the man if only he’d lusted after me like he lusted after Mr Rudd’s ETS.

    Now I am opposed to an ETS and think people who sleep with female hotboxes should get divorced by their wife.

    They are competition for the wife after all. There are some things that a wife simply cannot compete with though and these sins can be forgiven.Can you guess what they are?

    Posted by Pissy Chryne | December 22, 2009, 18:01
  11. Maybe we can sell that Lesbian Penny Pong for a good price in a Thailand bar so we can give all the money to corrupt African Governments.

    There is no truth in the story that I was offering Robert Mugabe $150M Aus. If he voted for Global warming.

    Posted by KRudd | December 22, 2009, 20:24
  12. I am prepared to offer all Australians free SCUBA gear so they can survive the rising sea levels.
    I am prepared to sell our Sussex St. head quarters for $200.00 because it will be underwater within 9 months, now no-one is prepared to back me or the Chinese Lesbian or Ross Garnaut on my ETS. I will sell all of my Mid Night SOIL CDs so we can support sinking Pacific nations.
    I will swear off all Drugs and stop dancing like an idiot. Please vote for Global Warming.

    Posted by I’m a Phsycho (Peter Parrott) | December 22, 2009, 20:34
  13. ISRAEL has admitted that in the 1990s, its forensic pathologists harvested organs from dead bodies, including Palestinians, without their families’ permission.
    The issue emerged with publication of an interview with the then-head of Israel’s Abu Kabir forensic institute, Jehuda Hiss. The interview was conducted in 2000 by an American academic, who released it because of a huge controversy last summer over an allegation by a Swedish newspaper that Israel was killing Palestinians to harvest their organs. Israel hotly denied the charge.


    Posted by Anonymous | December 22, 2009, 21:33
  14. I hope Rudd remembered to pack his hair dryer this time.

    The heat would really have risen at Copenhagen if he hadn’t.

    Posted by Hairy Harry | December 23, 2009, 9:54
  15. When will Kevin Rudd, the diplomatic genius and saviour of the earth, be shown up as the tyranical, micromanaging, hot aired, do nothing, bureaucrat he always has been?

    Posted by Darkhorse | December 23, 2009, 20:01
  16. Is the author of this story the J Ironmonger who was once a lumbering ruckman with Fitzroy?

    Posted by Anonymous | December 27, 2009, 19:59
  17. I’m back!

    Posted by Just_In McKeegan | December 29, 2009, 21:36
  18. When Howard Costello and Lees introduced the GST the liitle people gat $4per week in compensation and Howard got $70.
    Later this was changed to tax relief.
    Don’t believe any of the pollies.

    Little people 19 years @ $208 py
    BIG Pollies 19 Year @ $3640 per year.

    The ETS will be the same. Just another big rip off on the voter.

    Posted by candid | December 30, 2009, 13:19
  19. Candid, your analysis is crap.

    If you reduce income taxes, even proportional to amounts actually paid, then you will obviously see more benefits going to people who pay lots of income tax, ahead of those who don’t pay that much (like me, a single income family on one median income). But, if the tax rates were as they were 10 years ago, I would be paying a marginal 48.5c in the dollar, rather than my current 31.5c (including medicare).

    There is no way someone could pretend that this extra 17c per dollar is not a good thing. It means that instead of being highly taxed under the old scales, I am now only moderately taxed.

    Of course, the lower tax brackets being scaled have given me most benefits, but both changes have been good for the economy.

    But the big difference is now I have a bigger incentive to save. A simple guy like me doesn’t like margin loans and can’t afford to negatively gear, but if I spend the money at the shops, I pay GST, if I save or invest, I pay only about 63% of the tax that I would have on my savings under the Pre-GST tax scales.

    Posted by Twitter follower | December 30, 2009, 13:53
  20. Maybe Rudd could reduce his own emissions by not using the hair dryer.

    Posted by Texas Pete | December 30, 2009, 17:28
  21. He could reduce them even further by not breathing.

    Posted by Gregoryno6 | December 30, 2009, 21:56
  22. Hey son pass me the Bong can ya mate?

    Posted by Rob McJannett | December 30, 2009, 22:29
  23. Twitter follower

    you are missing the point. I was saying that the Tax relief given in 2000 for GST compensation was skewed to give the rich like yourself more than the poor like myself.

    You have only commented on Income Tax.

    Your incorrect Twittering assumes that the Tax relief has more than compensated you for the increase in GST Tax.
    What GST are you paying on the items you buy?
    In the period before GST there was not any taxes on many products that you purchased.

    Seeing you are an expert in Tax prove to us poor people who only earn enough to survive that the Tax relief is more than the GST charge each year,

    The rich like yourself have been compensated.

    One example of the GST is that a first home owners scheme was introduced. This only gave back to those Australians the increase in GST on the house price.

    Thus house prices have increased at least a far higher rate than the $204 per annum given to those unfortunate in the society who cannot afford houses.

    Twitter you are a follower of the spin put out by the pollies. Become an original thinker and not be so selfish.
    HIP Pckets win elections!
    Twitter follower how much will the State Governments get out of an ETS TAX. Bet it’s 10%

    No I am right GST is an insidious Tax and the State and Federal Governments grow fat on it.

    It is inflationary, and adds to the cost of all products, and eventually comes out of our pockets.

    Posted by candid | January 2, 2010, 5:30
  24. Taxes are bad, it means less money. If the planet becomes uninhabitable, I’ll throw the cash I save in the face of the force of nature.

    Posted by Freedom from taxes | January 3, 2010, 16:44
  25. Let’s stop trying to feign excitement by suggesting this issue will make the next election interesting. How great a smashing it will be for the Coalition is the only interest.

    Posted by Greg | January 3, 2010, 23:19