“The most obvious is that following an inconclusive federal election outcome in 2010, the carbon tax is essentially a political device born out of a negotiation to form a coalition government with minority partners whose ideology demanded genuflection to a lofty, if theoretical, carbon reduction strategy. The carbon tax may serve worthy agendas, but seriously addressing climate change is not one of them.”
IF the answer is a $23 tax per tonne of carbon dioxide emissions from July 1, what was the question? Can you remember or suggest what specific problem we are trying to solve with this tax and its successor, the emissions trading scheme?
Let me propose several possible options and rate their likelihood on a 0-5 scale, with 0 meaning implausible and 5 denoting an issue to which such a tax is the most logical response.
Remember that Australian households, our cars, industries, farms and animals contribute about 1.4 per cent of global emissions. These are said to be causing a long-term warming trend possibly responsible for environmental and climate catastrophes in the decades ahead. Notwithstanding 20 years of warnings about damage to our ecosystems, global emissions are growing at record rates of about 4 per cent annually (that is, each year by three times Australia’s total emissions).
The carbon tax is the centrepiece of Australia’s response to this global issue and its earliest impact, which sees financial rebates to low-income households and individuals, has just begun. Framing the questions should be straightforward and here are the most obvious ones.