Australia’s ‘kamikaze carbon tax lead’

So much for Australia winning planetary respect for imposing a carbon tax on its resentful citizens.

Miranda Devine writes in the Sunday Telegraph (Australia),

At the climate change confab which began in Durban, South Africa, last week, Australia’s delegates reportedly tried to make a statement about our world-leading tax and were rejected. They had to wait till day two.

The world has moved on and Australia sits like a shag on a rock, risking $100 billion on a gesture hardly anyone noticed.

As Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Bono and Al Gore jet towards Durban to mingle with 15,000 climate delegates, the truth is that the world financial crisis has spoiled their party.

Newly prudent nations, including the world’s biggest greenhouse gas emitters, have no intention of following the kamikaze lead of Australia, which produces just 1 per cent of global emissions.

Everyone but Australia has figured out we can no longer afford the luxury of empty gestures…

Read Devine’s Sunday Telegraph column.

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