Shorten Truth

16 Feb

Professor Sinclair Davidson at Catallaxy Files spots a tiny inconsistency:

The newspapers are full of the problems facing the aluminium industry. The basic problem as I see it is that the government has adopted a policy – the carbon tax – that should see the industry closing down (or at least massively reduced in size) but doesn’t want to admit to it. The AFR reports Bill Shorten explaining why the Treasury modelling doesn’t really show the industry collapsing (emphasis added).

Employment Minister Bill Shorten also rebuffed concerns based on the carbon tax modelling.

“It’s how you use that modelling – and that modelling depends upon the rest of the world doing nothing,” Mr Shorten said. “And the reality is the rest of the world is moving to lower emissions, greater carbon efficiency.”

Does Treasury know?

An equilibrium global permit price emerges to clear the global permit market.

The modelling assumes an eventual shift to a lower cost coordinated international policy framework, recognising that this is ultimately in all countries’ best interests. By 2016, a more coordinated international policy regime allows countries to trade either bilaterally or through a common central market. As a result, a harmonised world carbon price emerges in 2016.

That must be the exact opposite to what Shorten is saying.

Indeed. But then again, as regular readers of this blog know, Treasury modelling is a farce anyway. So maybe that is why it does not bother Bill Shorten to blatantly lie about the critical base assumptions used by Treasury in their CO2 derivatives scam modelling … since the predicted outcomes (just like global warmists’ “models”) won’t be anywhere near reality anyway.

This propensity to lie seems to be endemic amongst Labor’s leading politicians.

Perhaps I should have titled today’s earlier post, Labor’s Deficit Of Moral Hygiene”.

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