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Why should we pay this carbon tax: it sucks

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Australians are not stupid.  They know a carbon tax would take money out of their pay.

They also know that a carbon tax would increase the cost of almost everything they buy. And they might lose their jobs because of it.

Julia Gillard wants to tax us more money.  Tony Abbott doesn’t.

That’s pretty simple.

When Julia Gillard is on TV talking about this, her aim is to convince people to pay more tax.

Doesn’t it always sounds the same :  ” yabba…yabba….climate change ….yabba …..yabba…..climate change.”

Sure, the climate changes,  but why should you and I pay more tax because of that.

The suits tell you that China is doing it, so we must do it too.

But that’s rubbish. China is building big dams to make electricity.  Why don’t we do the same?  We have big rivers and lots of water in Queensland. You’ve seen it on TV.

Carbon pricing is a 10 year old idea that has passed its ‘used by’ date. This carbon tax is a dodgy con job. And you are the ones being conned.

Written by ianandsue

May 22, 2011 at 11:28 pm

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European airline tax headed for turbulent skies

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Like Australia’s controversial proposal for a carbon tax, the airline trading scheme put forward by the European Union (EU) is facing some big obstacles.

For a start, the airline tax, which the EU rather optimistically suggests may operate from early 2012, has been vigorously opposed by airlines from China, the United States, Japan, South Africa, Singapore and even some  European Union countries.

The Americans and the Chinese may well challenge whether the tax is legal; a step that would have financial and timetable implications.

To further confuse the issue, other airlines may moves their bases in a bid to find loopholes in the tax.  This is because of debate and apparent confusion over whether the EU tax would apply for the whole flight to and from Europe, or just the part of the flight that is actually  in European skies.

Additional confusion seems to centre on what the EU intends to do with money raised from the tax.  Would this be directed to helping improve the airline industry – a move that would probably  be supported by all  — or just go into the coffers of EU member states. We’ve all heard about European economic management in countries like Iceland, Ireland and Greece.

Then there is the question of what the EU could do (if anything)  should the tax be simply ignored.  Any further heavy handed approach – like the media articles in non carbon price countries over recent days – might just invite retaliation.

And, like all these so-called Green programs, there is always the contentious issue of exemptions.  Who gets what …. and why?  And what about me?

Europe does not have a great track record in preventing fraud and profiteering in carbon emissions trading anyway  The whole airline carbon tax proposal begs the question of whether it will be yet another naive and massive handout to rip-off merchants.

Rather than the plain sailing suggested by some media outlets, the EU’s airline tax has a lot of turbulence to overcome before we see whether it has wings, whether it stalls on the ground, and whether it actually achieves anything.

Written by ianandsue

May 16, 2011 at 2:32 am

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Europe isn’t exactly a poster child for climate change

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Those who support the idea of a carbon tax on Australians are quick to point to Europe as a model.

From my experience, these people often talk about the “success” of a carbon tax in Sweden or somewhere – and then suggest that such taxes or carbon trading systems are inevitable everywhere.

Without wishing to dimish the exploits of a country with less than 10 million people and a history of high taxes and big bureaucracies,  the overall European picture does not exactly make it the poster child for climate change.

Among the engine-room economies, France abruptly ditched its carbon tax plan in the past year after the punters hammered the government at the polls; Germany is trying to untangle a mess of carbon trading fraud and abuse;  and in other countries including Britain, France, Spain, Denmark and Holland, more than 100 people have been arrested as fraud and profiteering emerged in carbon trading — for the fourth time.

The Telegraph in Britain reported that last  March it emerged that some governments, in particular Hungary, had started “recycling” credits, or selling on old ones that had already been used for financial gain.

By the end of last year, criminals had stolen credits from Romania in a hacking attack, prompting the closure of its national registry, and allowances were also reported missing in Switzerland.  Then credits taken in another cyber attack bounced from the Czech Republic to Poland, Estonia and Liechtenstein before disappearing.

After the Czech fiasco, the European Commission finally moved to close the entire spot-trading market indefinitely.

In Britain, identity checks were said to be carried out on everyone who registered as a carbon trader.  However,  The Sunday Telegraph reported that the register contained  dozens of companies with addresses in suburban residential streets, sometimes unreachable addresses and Hotmail, Gmail or Yahoo email accounts.

Carbon tax supporters in Australia are quick to claim that, for every incident of farce and crime, there have also been success stories. But, it’s impossible to deny that its history of carbon taxing and trading makes Europe anything but  some squeaky clean Green utopia.

In fact, its credibility generally is so poor that the European experience is hardly something to which Australia should aspire.

Earth to Julia Gillard, Tony Windsor and Rob Oakeshott!!

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May 13, 2011 at 1:03 pm

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