There is a three letter word the BBC and others does not wish to mention – tax. The main reason Mr Rudd, the previous Labour PM lost his job, was higher taxes. Parliament and people disliked his higher taxes and charges in the name of a climate change policy, and voted them down. Then he tried a new tax on resource companies. He thought that too would be popular – why not tax the rich and successful corporates. Australians instead thought he was taxing one of the foundations of their economic success, and they objected strongly.
Ms Gillard did her best to clean up the mess, but she too belonged to a party associated with damaging higher taxes. It should act as a warning to all who think higher taxes are fair , green and popular. In Australian they were seen as mean, damaging and unhelpful.