REFORM? WHAT REFORM?
At the National Press Club today, the Prime Minister said that:
putting a price on carbon was her government’s equivalent to the floating of the dollar – a reform that would transform the country.
Well, no, not really. In economic terms, the definition of a reform is
re•form (r -fôrm )
v. re•formed, re•form•ing, re•forms
1. To improve by alteration, correction of error, or removal of defects; put into a better form or condition.
This clearly is not what Julia Gillard is doing. The reform Gillard has in mind has no intention of improving the economy, and will certainly not have the sorts of benefits we now associate with the floating of the dollar.
It is in reality an ‘environmental reform, but unfortunately, the reform that Gillard has in mind also has no intention of improving the environment. According now to many experts and the Gillard government’s own advisers, it will have absolutely no measurable effect on the climate, the environment or anything else.
However, those journalists who object are admonished, and publicly told by the Prime Minister herself, no less, in what must be a National Press Club first:
Don’t write crap.
It can’t be that hard. And when you have written complete crap, I think you should correct it.
I hope dear reader that what I have written is not crap.