ON Australian Green Policy

Motivated by the green party on whose vote she relies in the parliament, Australia’s prime minister Julia Gillard tackles Australia’s position as the global top per capita greenhouse gas polluter. A carbon tax of 24US$ per tonne will be levied on the countries 500 top polluters. Half of the raised money will be redistributed to the population in order to compensate rising energy prizes, an additional 40% will be spent helping companies to adjust to modern energy and carbon saving and measures. Consequently the government also aims at reducing Australian carbon emission by 80% by 2050 joining other countries with advanced environmental and technology standards.

ON-green-policy: A smart and farsighted move on many terms.

  • Australian companies and economy will become much more energy efficient and competitive
  • Australia stand up as a progressive, solidly and nice country
  • The government can reasonably hope that many more jobs in the renewables energy sector will be created that may be lost in carbon intensive industries
  • By scrapping income taxes for about one million people (lifting tax threshold from 6000.- to about 20’000 Dollars) the measure should certainly be attractive to many poor people

On more general terms it is important to note that the green party, although small, has a significant impact. Votes given to the greens have certainly not been lost this time. On the contrary the carbon tax has only been possible because of green voters. Thanks to them, Australia is now in a position of an ecological frontrunner, really a much more suitable role as the one of the dirty pig!

Sources: Economist, Courrier International

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