Australia to unveil pollution tax

Jul 05, 2011
Environmentalists hold banners and placards during an anti-coal demonstration in Sydney. The country is set to unveil the full details of its contentious pollution tax within days, Treasurer Wayne Swan said Tuesday, promising help for households facing higher energy bills.

Australia will unveil the full details of its contentious pollution tax within days, Treasurer Wayne Swan said Tuesday, promising help for households facing higher energy bills.

The tax, to apply to Australia's top 1,000 polluters from mid-2012, follows two failed attempts by the ruling Labor party to introduce an (ETS) in a bid to cut blamed for global warming.

Australia is among the world's worst per capita polluters due to its reliance on and resources exports, and Labor plans to charge big business a fixed price per tonne of carbon dioxide emitted.

The levy will give way to an ETS within five years linked to global carbon markets.

Swan said the full details -- including the per tonne price and compensation for households and business -- would be unveiled on Sunday, following several months of intense multi-party negotiations.

"This price on will apply to fewer than 1,000 of our largest . It will not apply directly to households," Swan told reporters.

"We need to put a price on carbon to remain competitive, to drive investment in renewable energy... so we can have a clean energy future," he added.

"A clean energy future is absolutely essential if we are going to remain a first-rate economy for the rest of this century."

Swan said nine out of 10 households would get tax cuts or pension boosts to help meet rising living costs associated with the carbon levy and promised industry assistance, particularly for high-polluting exporters.

The carbon tax plan has met fierce resistance from groups including the Minerals Council of Australia and the Australian Coal Association, who have reportedly joined a multi-million dollar advertising campaign to have it axed.

Labor's conservative Liberal/National opponents also reject the tax, and the government needs the support of the eco-minded Greens minority party and a handful of rural independent lawmakers to get it through parliament.

One of the most significant economic reforms in Australia for decades, the has dominated public debate in recent months and Prime Minister Julia Gillard is staking her ailing leadership on its passage.

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Magnette
4 / 5 (2) Jul 05, 2011
How will they charge this to the flatulant camels? :-)
omatumr
1.5 / 5 (8) Jul 05, 2011
Australia to unveil pollution tax"


Surprise, surprise!

Politicians.

Control.

Power.

Taxes.

What a surprise!
Oliver K. Manuel
ted208
2.1 / 5 (7) Jul 05, 2011
PM JULIA Gillard promised under my GOVERNMENT there will be NO CARBON TAX.

JULIA Gillard has revealed more than three million low-income households will receive 100 per cent compensation for the proposed carbon tax - plus an extra 20 per cent buffer.
Bought and paid for!

The Prime Ministers safety net is designed to cover unexpected costs such as higher power bills in harsh winters or one-off purchases such as ELECTRIC BLANKETS?
What the F###, you couldn't make this up!

Oh thanks ever do much Juliar, I need a new electric blanket, because the global warming we were promised has not arrived.
Thex1138
1 / 5 (1) Jul 05, 2011
PM JULIA Gillard promised under my GOVERNMENT there will be NO CARBON TAX.

JULIA Gillard has revealed more than three million low-income households will receive 100 per cent compensation for the proposed carbon tax - plus an extra 20 per cent buffer.
Bought and paid for!

The Prime Ministers safety net is designed to cover unexpected costs such as higher power bills in harsh winters or one-off purchases such as ELECTRIC BLANKETS?
What the F###, you couldn't make this up!

Oh thanks ever do much Juliar, I need a new electric blanket, because the global warming we were promised has not arrived.


nice to see an Australian Liberal supporter at Physorg.... unfortunately.
astro_optics
2 / 5 (4) Jul 06, 2011
I'm considering leaving until now the best country in the WORLD. This tax is just a prelude to much worse thing.... time to look for a new home... time to move to Mars... plenty of CO2 there... the greenies will ban that too!
omatumr
1 / 5 (4) Jul 06, 2011
I'm considering leaving until now the best country in the WORLD.


In these troubled times, when the IPCC just got caught again, the superiority of scientific observations over scientific models is becoming ever more clear:

a.) In setting boundary conditions for
the results of scientific investigations,

b.) Politicians have inadvertently made
honest science a defiance of government.

What a heck of a mess!

With kind regards,
Oliver K. Manuel
Former NASA Principal
Investigator for Apollo
omatumr
1 / 5 (4) Jul 06, 2011
In these troubled times, when the IPCC just got caught again, the superiority of scientific observations over scientific models is becoming ever more clear:

a.) In setting boundary conditions for
the results of scientific investigations,

b.) Politicians have inadvertently made
honest science a defiance of government.

What a heck of a mess!

With kind regards,
Oliver K. Manuel
Former NASA Principal
Investigator for Apollo


Reference: "The IPCCs alteration of Forster & Gregorys climate sensitivity results"

http://judithcurr...results/
lightofreason
not rated yet Jul 12, 2011
There are simply too many of us using up too much of our precious resource. Unfortunately the 'trained dog ethic' (phrase coined by Richard Bachman in Roadwork) is something we have all been taught. Use lots of energy demanding devices - four wheel drives, flying to NY to go shopping (from London, England) for a weekend etc ad nauseum. Built in obsolescence for almost every item you can think of. When we learn to moderate our energy demands perhaps we can really begin to address these important issues. I am just hoping that it doesn't come too late. There are none so blind as those who will not see, and all that.

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