Australian PM changes carbon tax ahead of election

Jul 15, 2013 Full story: WRAL.com

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said Tuesday he will transform a deeply unpopular carbon tax a year ahead of schedule, in a bid to cut costs to households as a national election looms.

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trev

Geelong, Australia

#1 Jul 15, 2013
'the greatest moral challenge of our lifetime'

tax on so called 'carbon emissions' to be reduced from $23/tonne to $6/tonne - reason: to ease cost of living pressures.

This simply proves that

a) rudd thinks climate change is not really a serious issue after all

b) he is a massive hypocrite

c) he thinks australians are second class citizens and is willing to sent billions our money offshore to foreigners as part of this carbon trading sham

d) Is a total idiot because this price is not set by australia which means it potentially could be way higher by the time we sign on

more policies written on back of an envelope from rudd and his team of children

Since: Dec 10

Perth, Australia

#2 Jul 16, 2013
trev wrote:
'the greatest moral challenge of our lifetime'
tax on so called 'carbon emissions' to be reduced from $23/tonne to $6/tonne - reason: to ease cost of living pressures.
This simply proves that
a) rudd thinks climate change is not really a serious issue after all
b) he is a massive hypocrite
c) he thinks australians are second class citizens and is willing to sent billions our money offshore to foreigners as part of this carbon trading sham
d) Is a total idiot because this price is not set by australia which means it potentially could be way higher by the time we sign on
more policies written on back of an envelope from rudd and his team of children
You know you guys will whinge at anything....firstly labor wanted and ETS and the Libs blocked it....then Gillard came in and they altered it to a carbon tax which the Libs reckoned was going to make the price of a leg of lamb too expensive for the average Sunday lunch...this was false of course, and now all you liberal naysayers are screaming because Rudd is going to give people an extra $380 a year in their pocket...Get off Abbotts negativity train..no one believes any of you are doing this for the good of the average joe....except Rudd and Labor it seems....and mining need to pull their heads in as well, they have started their scaremongering in support of the Liberals lies only most of us are sick to death of their billion dollar profits and crying poor.
vvooiitt

Sydney, Australia

#3 Jul 16, 2013
Are we to be fooled by this?

"This is the fiscally responsible thing to do," Rudd told reporters in the northern city of Townsville. "The nation's 370 biggest polluters will continue to pay for their carbon pollution, but the cost will be reduced, meaning less pressure on consumers."

Coal and gas power-stations discharge of CO2 is a pollutant? CO2 which has a trace presence of 0.038 % of the atmosphere is highly valuable and plays an essential natural role to ecosystem. We would be extinct without this 'pollutant'.

Compare this for whatever effect a gaseous substance could possibly have on climate: Nitrogen 78 %, Oxygen 21 %, Argon 1%. And the global warming priests want you to believe CO2 has some magical influence on climate?

Water vapor has the most significant of any of the atmospheric constituents on global temperature.

Hey, Rudd, why don't we impose a TAX on the rivers and oceans which give off this 'global warming pollutant'? Makes as much sense.
trev

Belmont, Australia

#4 Jul 16, 2013
not whinging, just pointing the total idiocy of this policy. can you tell me what this tax will achieve?

how is he 'giving' people $380 exactly? have you asked yourself how much he is taking with the other hand? if people are so stupid to believe they are getting something for nothing then there is no hope for you.

your response is typical of alp apologists - you cannot justify the policy so you just harp on about abbott abbott abbott.
Ahomana wrote:
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You know you guys will whinge at anything....firstly labor wanted and ETS and the Libs blocked it....then Gillard came in and they altered it to a carbon tax which the Libs reckoned was going to make the price of a leg of lamb too expensive for the average Sunday lunch...this was false of course, and now all you liberal naysayers are screaming because Rudd is going to give people an extra $380 a year in their pocket...Get off Abbotts negativity train..no one believes any of you are doing this for the good of the average joe....except Rudd and Labor it seems....and mining need to pull their heads in as well, they have started their scaremongering in support of the Liberals lies only most of us are sick to death of their billion dollar profits and crying poor.

Since: Dec 10

Perth, Australia

#5 Jul 16, 2013
trev wrote:
not whinging, just pointing the total idiocy of this policy. can you tell me what this tax will achieve?
how is he 'giving' people $380 exactly? have you asked yourself how much he is taking with the other hand? if people are so stupid to believe they are getting something for nothing then there is no hope for you.
your response is typical of alp apologists - you cannot justify the policy so you just harp on about abbott abbott abbott.
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When does any government give you anything that they don't take back in some way or other, the whole point is to make money and make those who use the services pay for them, the Liberals are all about letting big business get off paying so that the rest of us have to pick up the slack, when without us they wouldn't have a business or be making those billion dollar profits so it is about time that they started paying their fair share, but if the Libs have their way that will never happen and we will see more jobless as these companies rort the 457 visa's to bring in unskilled foreign workers to undermind our wages and our standard of living for bigger profits for business.

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