Last week we saw the horrific scenes of riots and looters across the UK, but now it is Australia’s turn at a protest against a possible carbon tax.
Australia Prime Minister Julia Gillard has an environmental strategy she wants to stick to, but this includes a carbon tax that would potentially drive up the cost of household bills and also cost jobs, according to her conservative rivals.
During last year’s election campaign she ruled out introducing this tax, but seems to have gone back to the initial idea to help reduce greenhouse emissions, which has not gone down well with the general public.
Protests are ongoing throughout Canberra with placards reading “Ju-liar” and “Go away Julia”, which is critically harming her in the polls. She had to rely on the support of Australian Greens to become Prime Minister and claimed there would not be a carbon tax.
Next week, trucks from all over the country will move to the streets of Canberra to barricade roads around parliament in protest against the carbon tax, which would penalise 500 of the country’s big polluters.
So, the Australians are protesting against a carbon tax, but why? Would we benefit from this or is it too soon for a carbon tax?
Firstly it will hit businesses with high carbon emissions hard, paying AU$23 for each tonne of Carbon dioxide emitted to help Gillard cut emissions by at least 5 or 160 million tonnes within the next 10 years.
That would be a massive amount of carbon cut from the atmosphere, but at a cost for companies. However, there would be a multi-billion dollar compensation package for businesses and tax cuts for households. Sounds like the Australian government are trying to help us out and do there bit to protect the earth?
Some believe this tax will help save one of the world’s worst emitters of greenhouse gases, but others argue that it will cost the country dearly.
MP Bob Skatter said, “Australia has lost its manufacturing, all but lost its agriculture, it’s lost its tourism industry. We did have the mining industry, now we do not have a mining industry…the final nail in the coffin was banged in today with this tax.”
He obviously thinks the tax will have a derogative effect on the country, damaging different industries, reducing the money circulating, increasing energy bills and possibly taking away jobs.
I think there are strong arguments for both parties, but my opinion is against the tax. Yes, there are ways to cut your emissions at home and work, but I don’t think there is enough ways to cut the emissions now to implement a tax. Energy efficient cars are still a very new thing costing a lot of money, energy efficient home improvements are also relatively recent too, so I think it is too early to bring in this tax.
How would you feel if David Cameron wanted to implement this tax? Do you think the UK should introduce a carbon tax? Let me know what you think in the comment space below.
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