For the 1998 campaign Howard proposed a GST and formed government with support of the Democrats. As John Maynard Keynes said ‘‘ when the facts change I change my opinion, what do you do?’’. This is nothing like PM Gillard’s action re the carbon tax and to suggest so is duplicitous. Galen Ayr Get ready to live like cave people if Gillard’s carbon tax becomes a reality. Anyone who voted Labor should hang their heads in shame. Carbon crap! Angry 4850 AJS Deeragun; There is one glaring difference, when Howard did decide to push for a GST, he told the voters and went to the election on that platform, unlike Ju’liar Gillard who stated 48 hours before voting day there would be no carbon tax. Ron Kelso. To AJS. John Howard actually went to an election with the GST on the table & got elected. Labor wasn’t even elected in the last poll but slithered into power with the help of two snakes! Carbon tax will relegate Oz into 3rd world status & let’s all hear the ideology get us out of that predicament! CO2 4814 How about the federal opposition carrying on over this carbon tax & how Gillard is a liar, doesn’t Abbott remember his former leader whom said there would never ever be a GST people have short memories. What is the issue about a government @ any level being in debt, if money needs to be spent on things then it needs to be spent, that is the role of a government, when will people including all levels of government realise they are not businesses, they represent the people @ any cost. Jack 4811.