The details of the carbon tax are announced this Sunday. All the media are planning special wraparounds and editions. But here’s something we prepared earlier.
THE AUSTRALIAN: PAGE 1 SPLASH: Green Gamble – The Gillard government, in one last desperate throw of the dice to avoid electoral annihilation, is gambling its fortunes on a tax on carbon that attacks the very foundations of the resource boom and puts Australia in a lonely position ahead of the global pack.
The long-awaited announcement of the so-called multi-party agreement on the carbon tax was seized upon by the Opposition and industry groups as an ill-timed drag on the economy’s last remaining engine and by community groups (get Pell/Jensen or another churchman on record) as a blow to working families.
A spot Newspoll, carried out on Sunday as the details were just emerging (just read it out to them over the phone), suggested the government was likely to be disappointed in its hopes for a poll bounce out of a tax which has sparked talk of capital strikes by global fund managers (Terry McCrann will give you a quote).
PAGE 1: Coal Comfort (Paul Kelly analysis) – Let there be no mistake. In a profound and irreversible shift in Australian politics whose reverberations will be felt for generations, a fringe group of radicals has seized the national political agenda and left the reforming spirit of the Hawke/Keating/Howard years in tatters.
PAGE 3: Warming? What Warming? (Monckton Op-Ed) – Adolf Hitler was a great believer in climate change and built bunkers below his Bavarian hideaway to deal with the inevitable melting of the ice-caps. And like today’s climate charlatans, the Fuhrer knew scientists could be bought.
PAGE 3: The Forgotten People (Case Study) – For hard-working Matt and Nicky Spencer of Mt Druitt, the carbon tax is the final straw that will drive this hard-working couple from their home. Already struggling with their $600,000 mortgage and payments on their three investment properties, Matt and Nicky must now find the extra $1.20 they will pay in electricity bills a year ($1.15 of which will be rebated).
THE HERALD SUN/DAILY TELEGRAPH: Editor’s Note: Pictures and illustrations are going to sell this one. I don’t want to see any boring tables or graphics and if you’re going to run a temperatures chart, run it upside down this time.
PAGE 1: Cate’s Rates – It’s 6am at Blacktown station, bitterly cold and Murray Johnson is worrying how he’ll pay the 500 per cent increase in train fares caused by a carbon tax pushed by Hollywood star Cate Blanchett sitting comfortably at home in her Hunter’s Hill mansion. (Photo collage of Blanchett as Queen Liz the First chopping off a battler’s head).
BACK PAGE: Footy in the Dark – Australia’s great sporting stadiums may have to sacrifice flood-lit football (take the groundsman to the pub, he’ll tell you) as the carbon tax sends power bills spiralling and deprives battlers of one of the last remaining pleasures of life.
BUSINESS: Green Grab – Insert Terry McCrann rant. (Just make sure his batteries are charged)
TODAY TONIGHT: The Copenhagen Connection – Australia’s carbon tax was sealed in this shady lane way in Copenhagen by Kevin Rudd during the aborted summit at the end of 2009 (We can film this in Fitzroy if we do it at the right time of day; get a couple of cops on bicycles to chase you).
A CURRENT AFFAIR: The Carbon Diet – Scientists have warned the federal government’s new carbon tax threatens cutting edge research that suggests carbon-based diets could be the secret to sustained weight loss. (Shoot Tracey having burnt toast for breakfast).
ABC NEWS RADIO: Carbon Crash/Taxing Times/Temperatures Rising (We just need a cute two word headline, it doesn’t really matter what; just make sure it starts with ‘The Opposition has slammed…’ and don’t worry about running this before the policy is announced)
ABC 7.30: Analysis: Leigh Sales interviews Chris Uhlmann who interviews Peter Hartcher and Samantha Riley about what the carbon tax might mean for the next Neilsen and Newspoll.
60 MINUTES: Hot for Teacher: The world isn’t the only thing that’s warming. Feel the room getting h-o-t-t-e-r as Liz Hayes interviews Greg Combet about all that ‘alternative’ energy.
2GB: Alan Jones: (Just ensure the spittoon is on hand and keep Al’s physician on standby.)