Congratulations to Cate Blanchett and co.

Congratulations to Cate Blanchett, Michael Caton and all the other high profile Australians who have recently come out and put their support behind a carbon tax. Thank you for having the courage to stand up and be counted on what is, to quote Kevin Rudd, “The greatest moral challenge of our time.”

I find the criticism that they are receiving from the climate change denial lobby to be disgusting – just because someone is well off financially, why should that preclude them from taking action to stand up for what they believe in?

Why criticise Cate when the cashed up business lobby escapes scrutiny for trying to undermine this fundamental shift in the Australian economy in order to protect its own interests?

Ultimately it is the poor, particularly those in developing countries, who will suffer the most from the effects of climate change as farming becomes harder (making food more expensive) and natural disasters become more frequent and intense. The rich will be able to afford to move or adapt while the poor will be left to suffer so it’s good to see that not every high income earner is as selfish and short sighted as the Liberal party or the Murdoch press would have us believe.

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