OK, the heat is now on the Rudd government and the poorly perceived Brendan Nelson is banging on the lack of the ALP governments action on petrol prices. Media then reports that Nelson is showing some backbone and that it is important that he keep the government accountable on these issues.
But lets step back a minute. Whilst I am not condoning that Rudd be accountable, let’s just look at the record on petrol prices and the previous government. Was it not the Liberals who introduced GST and which compounded on the sales tax? Was it not Howard who agreed to propel Australia into a mid-east conflict that saw petrol soar to record prices? Was it also not Howard and the Libs who sat back and idly watched petrol hit 90c, then a dollar, then $1.20 and $1.30? Now prices are at the $1.47 to $1.63 (depending on the cycle), the Liberals are crying foul!
Perhaps they should have looked at their money grabbing schemes of years gone by in which they loaded fuel excises to ensure that they maintained their massive budgetary surpluses.
This is perhaps the ultimate lime kettle.