With all the hoohah over the past few days over PM Gillard’s carbon (dioxide!) tax, it’s perhaps easy to forget some of the other current stuff-ups Labor is actively involved with.
Ten weeks on and there’s still no deal with Malaysia over a refugee swap.
There’s the mining super profits tax – not just the carbon tax – that our biggest industry with have to put up with.
There’s the $36 billion NBN that still somehow has to be paid for. Meanwhile, a bloke who just bought a new house can’t get a copper phone line connected – Telstra have stopped doing that – and has to wait three-odd years for his fibre cable.
And there’s the ongoing damage from the government’s naive decision to stop the live cattle trade (since resumed but so much damage is yet to be undone).
The suspension, prompted by cruelty concerns, was lifted last week and Indonesia plans to issue fresh import permits to get things moving over the next three months.
But Gulf Savannah Development says trade is still dependent on permits flowing through quickly.
The group’s chairman, Carpentaria Shire mayor Fred Pascoe, said it could take years to recover the costs from missing an important trading period with Indonesia.
“To be honest, I think we’d rather front a category 5 cyclone than the high pressure storm created by the government,” he said.
Mr Pascoe said it could take months to re-establish supply chain protocols.
Meanwhile, the Queensland manager of Australia’s largest livestock transport company doubts business will ever be the same.