The Spectator Australia cover for July 12. Photo: The Spectator Australia
The Palmer United Party's last-minute manoeuvring to delay the passage of the carbon tax repeal bill through the Senate this week didn't take just the Coalition by surprise.
Readers of The Spectator Australia have received copies of the magazine that features a cover celebrating the tax's demise.
The front page features a cartoon of Prime Minister Tony Abbott with media personalities Andrew Bolt and Alan Jones leaping in the confetti-filled air, surrounded by party hats and whistles.
The image is emblazoned with the words: "Our victory! The carbon tax repeal vindicates Alan Jones, Tony Abbott and Andrew Bolt."
Tom Switzer, editor of The Spectator Australia, said he was looking on the bright side.
"I never thought print magazines would still break stories before actual events, but sometimes one gets lucky.
"Of course, if the carbon tax is not repealed next week, I'll be avoiding sharp objects for a while!"
While the magazine might be guilty of jumping the gun, the bill is still expected to pass in coming weeks with crossbench support.
In an editorial dated July 12 but available online on Friday, July 11, the magazine sounded confident the bill would be passed.
"Barring any more sudden Ricky Muir-like surprises, it looks as if the Senate will repeal the carbon tax; so allow us a little gloating," said the editorial.
They described their anti-climate change action campaign, mounted in 2008, as a bid to stand athwart history yelling "stop".
"We yelled because, like broadcaster Alan Jones, pundit Andrew Bolt and the Institute of Public Affairs, we hoped to be heard in a conformist climate. These were the days of Tim Flannery’s hysteria, the Garnaut Report’s hype and Kevin Rudd’s ‘greatest moral challenge’."
The editorial goes on to present the magazine's view of the history of the carbon management policies proffered by politicians such as former prime ministers Julia Gillard and Kevin Rudd, as well as former opposition leader Malcolm Turnbull.
It doles out political and leadership lessons for both parties, claiming the scene is set for the repeal of one of the most controversial laws in Australian history.
"When global warming alarmism was dominant in late 2009, Mr Abbott - encouraged by people like us - had the political nerve and moral conviction to provoke people into questioning the religious fervour of carbon pricing. To wit, he has been able to pioneer a new direction in climate policy that has transformed Australian politics. Bring out the champagne!"
The article ends by singling out UK politician and climate change campaigner Lord Deben, who earlier this week accused Mr Abbott of "recklessly endangering our future", claiming his global brand had become toxic as consensus grows about the futility of climate pricing.