If you’re a Liberal voter in Indi and you oppose a carbon tax you have every reason to be utterly incensed today.
Not because there’s any particular merit to your view, my observation is that the majority of people (although I concede not all) opposed to a carbon tax are opposed on the basis of climate change scepticism.
Of course people are entitled to this view, just as they are entitled to believe the moon is made of green cheese, but when you have outspoken lay people deciding they know better than 90% plus of a scientific community who have made it their life’s work to understand the complexities of our atmosphere and it’s impact on the environment. They’re not really entitled to have their view listened to by anyone that wants to be taken seriously, in my opinion.
No the people of Indi are entitled to a degree of righteous indignation because quite simply they’ve been screwed. They were screwed at the Liberal party branch meeting when the rank and file members were rolled to run a ring in barrister from Melbourne (presumably one who knew where a few bodies were buried) in a safe seat, THEIR safe seat.
They’ve been screwed because the hierarchy of the Liberal party hasn’t seen fit to install a candidate of better calibre despite the fact that Ms. Mirabella has seemingly done her level best since taking office to turn the gilt edged, iron clad safe seat of Indi into a marginal one.
They’ve been screwed by having their sitting member reflect poorly on them by being embroiled in scandal after scandal after scandal.
They’ve been screwed because term after term after term they’ve been saddled with a national embarrassment of a member who has proven time and again that she has nothing to offer the national dialogue but bombast, empty rhetoric, anachronistic ideologies and providing both a laughing-stock and a free kick for the political left.
Now they’ve been screwed by being denied a voice and a vote in parliament on not one but potentially two significant issues for no other reason than that their sitting member apparently lacks either the maturity or self-restraint or both to prevent herself being evicted from the parliament to which she is appointed to represent her constituents, over what amounts to a stunt.
While Sophie cools her heels in the political sin-bin, the carbon tax gets up by a whisker and the possibility of the Gillard government pushing through immigration “reform” looms large.
Despite Ms. Mirabella’s predictable (and frankly quite pathetic)”it’s not my fault it’s theirs” protestations it is her actions, her poor judgement and her disregard for proper process that has denied her constituents a voice in parliament today.
Of course there will no doubt be a significant number of Liberal voters in Indi who will trot out the standard “good on you Sophie” rhetoric. People like this deserve no-one’s sympathy, ultimately they would vote for a perma-pine post as long as it had a Liberal party badge on it. Rusted on idealogues like this are as much an anathema to the democratic process as appathetic “informal” voters and the ever fickle “swinging” voters.
Despite the fact that I don’t agree with them, I can’t help but feel a little sorry for Indi residents with legitimate concerns about a carbon tax.