Menzies House reports on the latest efforts to suppress opposition to the Carbon Tax, as around 4500 Australians opposed to the carbon tax have had their submissions to the Joint Select Committee on Australia’s Clean Energy Future Legislation rejected out of hand.
The 4500 number was stated by Senator Birmingham on his website:
This rushed ‘shotgun’ inquiry received more than 4500 emails in barely a week, but in an extraordinary abuse of democratic process the Labor-Greens majority opted not to receive them as submissions or publish them.
The Coalition dissenting report details the disgraceful treatment of the Australian people here:
In this report of Coalition Members and Senators we have included the comments of hundreds of Australians – not just those few who appeared before the committee in its select few days of hearings in south-eastern Australia, or those professional organisations who made detailed submissions, but also many comments from the more than 4,500 people who made submissions to this inquiry, which the Labor-Greens-Independent majority refused to have published.
To the thousands of people who feel like Noel Bowman, who stated in his submission that ‘I suppose no one will ever read this submission and in consequence I am wasting my time’, the Coalition members say we have tried to give you a voice. We could not quote or reference everybody, but in contrast to Labor’s determination to shut people out of this process we were even more determined to ensure that as many voices as possible from across Australia were heard.
Anecdotal evidence shows an overwhelming bias towards submissions in favor of the tax. According to the Bolt’s conversation, submissions in opposition were largely binned, leaving distorted public record.
If this is so, while the comrades responsible conveniently “disappearing” the opposition to Australia’s Clean Energy Future Legislation may get a “well done” from the Brown/Gillard government, but the similarities to the Road to Serfdom by Friedrick Hayek are unsettling.