I thought I had better post another discussion point for those who haven’t read Ayn Rand; so how about this article, by the Sydney Daily Telegraph’s Miranda Devine, to which Dr Dave and CommonSenseMajority alerted us the other day.
Basically, the Australian government is actively censoring any opinion which opposes, ridicules or in any way negatively highlights the all-encompassing effects of the Carbon Tax whose 18 legislative bills passed through the federal Senate last week. From the article,
On cue comes the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, which this week issued warnings to businesses that they will face whopping fines of up to $1.1m if they blame the carbon tax for price rises.
It says it has been “directed by the Australian government to undertake a compliance and enforcement role in relation to claims made about the impact of a carbon price.”
Businesses are not even allowed to throw special carbon tax sales promotions before the tax arrives on July 1.
“Beat the Carbon Tax – Buy Now” or “Buy now before the carbon tax bites” are sales pitches that are verboten. Or at least, as the ACCC puts it, “you should be very cautious about making these types of claims”.
There will be 23 carbon cops roaming the streets doing snap audits of businesses that “choose to link your price increases to a carbon price”.
Instead, the ACCC suggests you tell customers you’ve raised prices because “the overall cost of running (your) business has increased”.
To be honest, I’m not overly concerned about it, given that, as I’ve been pointing out here repeatedly, the axe is due to fall on the mob responsible for this lot, and will be replaced by a new government that is committed to repealing it. But are there parallels of this in your own country? And how far-reaching into the future to you think they might be?