Defenders of the status quo fought against working people having the right to vote: it was only in 1950 that all Victorians got the right to vote for the Legislative Council. Sir Winston Churchill in the 1930s was obsessed not only with combating Hitler but also with combating Gandhi, opposing any suggestion that India be given independence.
Under John Howard, the Coalition in the 1980s opposed the introduction of Medicare and compulsory superannuation with the same kind of wacky overstatement some of them now use on climate change (such as Joyce telling us we won't be able to buy steaks).
Remember the fear campaign waged against the introduction of unleaded petrol?
BTW: I still wonder whether the scheme is worth supporting.
. Perhaps we should rename it the "Carbon Pollution Compensation Scheme"
. Bin the CPRS
. Making sense of the Senate's emissions trading debate