Australia brings in contentious carbon tax

Jul 01, 2012
This file photo shows anti-carbon tax protesters, known as The Convoy of No Confidence, in front of the Parliament House in Canberra, in 2011. Australia on Sunday introduced the controversial carbon tax in a bid to tackle climate change, with Prime Minister Julia Gillard hailing the move amid opposition warnings it will stifle industry.

Australia on Sunday introduced a controversial carbon tax in a bid to tackle climate change, with Prime Minister Julia Gillard hailing the move amid opposition warnings it will stifle industry.

The tax on corporate pollution, which led to demonstrations across the vast nation, will force about 350 major to pay Aus$23 (US$23.5) for every tonne of carbon they produce.

It comes into effect on the same day as an equally contentious levy on mining profits, the hard-fought Mineral Resource Rent Tax on and coal which helped topple former prime minister Kevin Rudd.

But Gillard hailed the introduction of the in Australia, one of the world's worst per capita polluters.

"Our nation's been involved in a debate now for many long years about putting a price on carbon and tackling climate change, and we have got this done," Gillard told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

"Yes, with a fixed price, a carbon tax if you like for the first three years, and then with an emissions trading scheme to follow."

The government hopes the scheme will mean that by 2020, Australia's will be at least 159 million tonnes less per year than it would be otherwise -- the equivalent, it says, of taking 45 million cars off the road.

The plan is for it to transition to a market-based after three years.

But the tax has been bitterly opposed by the conservative opposition, which argues it will see the cost of living soar and hurt industry, and have vowed to repeal it if they win office in the 2013 elections.

"(The carbon tax) is the slow boa constrictor sapping life out of one business after another," opposition lawmaker Warren Truss, leader of the Nationals, told the ABC.

Gillard said future governments would have difficulty scrapping the tax, which is helping to fund other benefits for families.

"As a Labor government, we haven't done all of this for no reason, we've done it because we believe it's pivotal to Australia's future," she told the ABC programme Insiders.

"Today is a Sunday where Australians will go about their ordinary lives, but today is day too when we seize the future, we seize a clean energy future."

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mememine69
2.3 / 5 (15) Jul 01, 2012
Phys.org needs to officially renounce the CO2 exaggeration,otherwise history will not be kind to this insane era of climate control.
CapitalismPrevails
2.1 / 5 (14) Jul 01, 2012
Government is the biggest possible parasite ever.
Parsec
3.2 / 5 (11) Jul 01, 2012
Phys.org needs to officially renounce the CO2 exaggeration,otherwise history will not be kind to this insane era of climate control.

Study after study has shown that as a scientific issue, climate change is real. The doubt that currently exists in peoples minds is about their ideological identity and the incredibly effective propaganda spread by the same people that cast doubt on the link between smoking and death by various diseases, all brought to you via the American Enterprise Institute, solely funded by the oil and gas industry.

I cannot imagine this site, or any science site, taking a position on a scientific issue based on ideological or political evidence.

Seriously now... Can you?
Parsec
3.8 / 5 (13) Jul 01, 2012
Government is the biggest possible parasite ever.

This is a science site, not a political or religious site Please do not violate the Comments guidelines. You will get reported if you do.
NotParker
2.7 / 5 (14) Jul 01, 2012
"climate change is real"

Climate always changes. Always has. Always will. But there are factors other than CO2 at play.

A homework task I always give to the CO2 cult: In which part of the IPCC reports do they discuss an 8% increase in bright sunshine?

Nowhere.

http://i40.tinypi...fyok.jpg

A cult worships one god. Scientists consider all factors.
Parsec
3.5 / 5 (11) Jul 01, 2012
"climate change is real"

Climate always changes. Always has. Always will. But there are factors other than CO2 at play.

A homework task I always give to the CO2 cult: In which part of the IPCC reports do they discuss an 8% increase in bright sunshine?

Nowhere.

http://i40.tinypi...fyok.jpg

A cult worships one god. Scientists consider all factors.


You are seriously attempting to refute all the evidence of climate change with SUNSHINE Data in the UK? Surely you can see that the amount of sunshine is related more to cloud cover than anything else, its also quite local, and doesn't have anything to do with solar energy impact on the entire planet. To measure that you need to get above the atmosphere. According to satellites, it goes up and down by 1-2% depending on what part of the solar sunspot cycle your in.
gregor1
2.3 / 5 (9) Jul 01, 2012


the Church of Climatology is about as credible as the Church of Scientology. All they have is computer models and no evidence. This tax is about the Greens deliberately setting out to destroy the Government. Ironically this is likely to put the conservatives in power, with no effective opposition, for a very long time.
Vendicar_Decarian
3 / 5 (10) Jul 01, 2012
After a year without winter, over a million Washington DC citizens will be without power until Friday due to violent weather associated with climate change, and GregorTard claims there is no evidence.

"All they have is computer models and no evidence." - Gregor1

The only good Conservative is a dead Conservative.
gregor1
2.5 / 5 (8) Jul 01, 2012
They still haven't caught you then? This legislation is giving the conservatives in Australia a huge free kick. The left has been led by the nose by the Greens (who are soon to go extinct), and it will take decades for them to recover there.
Your 'evidence' is weather not climate and says nothing at all about anthropogenic CO2 and its influence on global climate which is what this tax is about.
Vendicar_Decarian
3.7 / 5 (6) Jul 02, 2012
It is quite telling that every time a story appears about the science of climate change, some Conservative ignoramus starts yammering about the evils of gubderment and socialism.

Clearly the objections to Climate Change reality are political ones.
Vendicar_Decarian
3.7 / 5 (3) Jul 02, 2012
118'F in Kansas on Thursday. Millions Of Americans without power due to excessive power consumption for air conditioning and violent storms associated with the heat.

"Government is the biggest possible parasite ever." - CapitalismHasFailed

Denial is death.
Vendicar_Decarian
3.7 / 5 (3) Jul 02, 2012
Without question GregorTard is correct on this point because the "church of climatology" only exists in his small, confused, Conservative mind.

If only GregorTard hadn't dropped out of public school before graduating from grade 8.

"the Church of Climatology is about as credible as the Church of Scientology." - GregorTard

Denial is death.
Vendicar_Decarian
3.7 / 5 (3) Jul 02, 2012
Carbon tax will drive innovation: Australian business group

A group of almost 300 Australian businesses says a price on carbon will drive innovation and keep the country internationally competitive.

http://www.abc.ne.../4102424

Denial is death.

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