It's particularly galling to listen to the Federal Opposition voicing concern about high petrol prices and the effect they're having on "battling families."
Give me a break! I don't recall similar concerns from the same rabble regarding the effect of "Work Choices" on the battling constituency.
It's hard to feel sympathy for the government, though. They've been running scared of the issue since the last significant rise in international oil prices. Instead of levelling with the population and explaining the true situation regarding energy supplies, they've dodged the issue and dug themselves a deeper hole in the process.
It's about time the government told the truth about energy prices. That energy's going to get a lot more expensive due to supply shortages. That the carbon trading scheme will compound the effect. That peoples lifestyles are going to change dramatically as cheap energy becomes a distant happy memory.
The government should be stating the unpleasant truth and challenging the opposition's ludicrous populist policies.
If the government doesn't start acknowledging the truth and planning for the inevitable, the consequences will be dire.