There is already a mandate for a Price on Carbon in Australia

There is already a mandate from the last federal election for a Price on Carbon in Australia, as this may as well be a Tax as a CPRS etc…

What seats are held in Government is influenced by local electorates, and the modern targeting of marginal seats. If however your look at the primary vote Australia wide you get to see the trends. A detailed review of the below facts should enlighten most people.

It is clear from below that Australians support environmental policies and that in fact that a government should have been formed between Labor and the greens to address the environment. As stupid as Guillards “No Carbon Tax Statement” was there is a clear argument that this caused a swing way from labor to the greens (and not to the coalition). As much as supporters of one of the two major parties would think otherwise it is a feature of our vote that we can give a primary vote to a minor party and a first preference to a major party, this means a vote for someone else to have a “Balance of Power”.

We also know that the dumping of the conservatives of a “Price on Carbon” was done after Tony Abbott won power from Turnbull by one vote only. So there is a substantial number of conservatives in favor of a Carbon Price.

Top six parties in House of Representatives by Primary Vote


L/R Party Votes Total % Swing % Note
L Australian Labor Party 4,711,363 37.99 -5.40 Represents Dissatisfaction with Labor
R Liberal 3,777,383 30.46 +0.76 Indicates return of liberals post Howard ?
L The Greens 1,458,998 11.76 +3.97 Indicates a desire for environmental policies
R Liberal National Party of Queensland 1,130,525 9.12 +0.60 Indicates return of Lib Nats post Howard ?
R The Nationals 462,387 3.73 +0.16 Indicates return of Nats post Howard ?
R Conservative totals 5,370,295 43.31 +1.52 Gain Less than increase in informal votes
Informal vote 729,304 5.55 +1.6 Possible dissatisfaction with all parties
L Non conservative totals 6170361 49.75 -1.43 Close to half of all Australians

So the non-conservative vote at the last election was not only a majority of Australians but;

  • a loss less than the conservative gain
  • a loss less than the increase in informal votes
  • Followed a landslide to Labor the previous election (expected reduction)

The greens specifically

  • Biggest swing to greens of any party
  • Gained 74% of Labors loss
  • Gained 261% bigger swing than Conservative parties (top 3)

Top five groups in Senate by Primary Vote (next 1/5 of lowest)


L/R Party Votes Total % Swing % Note
L Australian Labor Party 4,469,734 35.13 -5.17 Large Swing away
R Liberal/Nationals 2,724,940 21.42 -1.54 Swing away
L The Greens 1,667,315 13.11 +4.07 Large swing to
R Liberal 1,092,601 8.59 -0.18 Loss in the Senate
R Liberal National Party 1,015,062 7.98 +0.26 small gain
R Conservative totals 4,824,6603 37.99 -1.46 Loss in the Senate
Informal vote 495,160 3.75 +1.20
L Non conservative totals 6,137,049 48.24 -1.1 Smaller loss than concervatives



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