Carbon tax a "lost cause"
Reader in politics at the University of Queensland Ian Ward said the public had made their minds up on the issue and any effort to sell the [carbon] tax was "a lost cause".Anti-carbon tax opinion was driven by right-wing dominated media reports, right? Wrong:
Dr Ward said the tax was being used as a fulcrum for wider resentment and anger towards the Labor government over failures to manage past problems such as the asylum seeker issue.Australians are merely reacting to perceived Labor government incompetence.
"It's not as if the carbon tax issue has damaged the government, the government was damaged when it took up this issue," he said.
"This is an issue on which opinion is entrenched, it's an issue which is a touchstone for much wider resentment of the Labor government.