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Pricing Carbon

October 12, 2011

It passed and it will pass the Senate.

Whyalla won’t become a ghost town and the price of Corn Flakes will not spike. Australia will have a carbon trading scheme and the media can interrogate Abbott about how he will repeal it, forgo the revenue and struggle with a budget black-hole, and what else he will do in government.

This is no time to revisit the might-have-beens such as where we would be if Prime Minister Rudd had implemented a cap and trade scheme in 2007 instead of shuttling it to the Garnaut review; or what would have happened if the Green Party had passed the Rudd legislation in late 2009.

The government now needs to talk to investors and facilitate investment in the renewables sector so that there are ribbon-cutting milestones along the path of reduced carbon dependence.

  1. Lynda Newnam permalink
    October 12, 2011 1:48 pm

    Absolutely, this is a genuine ‘moving forward’ moment. And each and every MP needs to use the communication tools available to engage with constituents, including big and small businesses within their electorates. They need to lead, to communicate excitement, even in the face of criticism, and keep the focus on this critical step to transition. The government should also roll out an expanded green loans program – a HECS equivalent. Difficult for many to get enthusiastic if they can’t join in the revolution.

  2. Les permalink
    October 12, 2011 7:03 pm

    Everyone seems to forget one thing, if you go back to basics the government is nothing but a representative of the people. Therefore it is my belief that the people should get to vote on big issues such as this. The GST is a good example, I didn’t agree with it but Howard did go to the people with a proposed GST and got re-elected so I just had to “suck it up”. THE PEOPLE DECIDED! That is how basic democracy works.

    The problem with the whole Carbon Tax issue is that this has not been put before the people. Regardless of how the politicians, scientists, academics, deniers, proponents etc think on the issue, something this big is still an issue for the people, or have we now passed into an age in Australia where government knows better than the people? Dangerous ground there…..

  3. s. willis permalink
    October 14, 2011 3:17 pm

    spoken like a true socialist supporter of UN agenda 21.
    the carbon DIOXIDE tax is an excuise to fund world government. if ALL the carbon tax collected wAS spent IN Australia.Even if spent on stupid pie in the sky GREEN’s projects at least the MONEY would benifit Australians in the form of jobs in the short term at least.
    Until the crazy green schemes fall over & go bust, due to lack of viability. but no Gillard want’s to give away billions of tax payers dallars to europe in the form of carbon bonds. worthless pieces of paper with a fabrocated value based on a lie. it’s insanity!

  4. Robert Tait permalink
    October 17, 2011 6:55 pm

    The Australian Greens could not simply pass the Rudd legislation in 2009. Labor plus Greens totalled 37 of 76 members of the Senate at that time. That is not a majority.

    • Bob Carr permalink
      October 17, 2011 7:41 pm

      Wrong. There were two Liberal Senators prepared to cross the floor on the issue. That opportunity was lost.

  5. Robert Tait permalink
    October 17, 2011 8:13 pm

    Right. That opportunity was lost. We will never know what the legislation that both Greens, ALP and Liberal rebels could agree on would look like. Good that there has been another opportunity. 😀

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