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Australia will tax its carbon emissions

I listened today to historically important speeches by the Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Minister Greg Combet on the Governments’s carbon tax proposal. Of course  I knew the announcement was coming but to find out the details of the proposal – in the link – and to hear such a clear and eloquent defence of the proposal from both was exciting. It is a political statement as well as an important application of the principle that markets are the best way of addressing carbon pollution problems.  After a series of meandering twists Labor has finally got to the point it should have been at a year ago. Congratulations to all those who contributed to this outcome.

It will be a tough time for the Government over the coming months as Tony Abbott unleashes his populist anti-market carbon policy critiques.  My hope is that the Australian people will come to recognise the essential economic illiteracy and hypocrisy of the Abbott criticisms. As the Coalition do not have a credible climate change policy my view is that there will be enormous pressure on them not to abandon the Labor policy even should they win the next election. The only way they could credibly do this would be to make explicit either their economic illiteracy or their underlying commitment to climate change denialism.

Since the Bob Hawke and Paul Keating years of government there have not been major efficiency-generating microeconomic reforms in Australia.  The overturning of the WorkChoices legislation by Labor shows that the faults have not entirely been on the conservative side of politics.  Putting Australia on the path towards a less carbon-dependent energy future and doing so in an economically efficient way is a refreshing deviation from trend.

I liked this brief report and the sensible brief commentary by Lenore Taylor.

An excellent supportive editorial in The Australian.

8 comments to Australia will tax its carbon emissions

  • via collins

    I really , really hope that you are right Harry.

    It’s a real pleasure to post here before Observa brings a link or three to a News Ltd organ to try and disprove your point of view.

    Hopefully this is a banner week in both progressive government policy, and the quick demise of the repellent elements of News Ltd as well.

    I found it quite staggering that following a leader’s speech announcing new plans for the country, we had to suffer an opposition leader naysaying the same plans, and granstanding for the next election. It made me wonder what history would be like if each leader was hamstrung similarly. Quite bizarre. Is this post-modernism? Please explain.

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  • observa

    Ah yes News Ltd and Co who bring you your Watergates and some of us our Climategates and Greenpeace/IPCC Exxagerationgates, not to mention those ghastly Halal Mussies up north eh? More phone hacking here perhaps?
    or simply reporting cap and trade for dummies?

    So vc, we’re all deeply shocked that some journos crossed our amorphous, fuzzy line to bring us our nightly feed of conspiracy theories and whistleblowing by invasion of privacy, illegal means or just sailing close to the wind with whistle blowers and the like. We all want them to ‘keep the bastards honest’ or is it only them other bastards? Perhaps Julian Assange and Wikileaks can explain the fine nuances of it to we deeply shocked innocents in all this. He had an interesting take on privacy as I recall. Something like what’s yours is mine and what’s mines me own I believe but perhaps you can explain it better vc.

  • observa

    Not quite as black and white as all the pontificating pollies make out eh vc? Still the journos crossed the fine line of community sensibilities and should pay the penalty but that raises a couple more questions. How would we define that line in law in a global digital world, or like the eternal problem of a Constitutional Bill of Wrongs, just put black letter law in the too hard basket and leave it to the community to decide each case on its merits. As for who should pay the price for overstepping, should not the directors, shareholders and innocent fellow workers of News Ltd be able to sue the butts off any miscreants and their proven complicit masters? Just like Co director unlimited liability for their deliberate floutiong of the law and shortcomings eh? Why shouldn’t miscreant, rogue employees or a clique of them have similar unlimited liability for crossing the line vc, or are they always just poor innocent victims of ‘the system’? Where have we heard that miserable line before- I was only following orders/industry practice/peer pressure/my mates/Wikileaks…

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