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Carbon Tax 'Killed' Australian Manufacturing

by Mary Swire, Tax-News.com, Hong Kong

03 January 2014

Australia's unpopular carbon tax has helped damage the country's competitiveness, the Prime Minister's chief business adviser has claimed.

Maurice Newman, chairman of Tony Abbott's Business Advisory Council, told The Australian that "the scientific delusion, the religion behind the climate crusade, is crumbling." He argued that the country had become "hostage to climate-change madness," and warned that "for every 'green job' created, two to three jobs are lost in the real economy."

The Council brings together leaders from the manufacturing, resources, logistics, retail, financial, and constructed sectors. Created in December, 2013, it will meet three times a year with senior members of the Government to help guide programs and policies that are sympathetic to the needs of both small and large businesses in Australia.

Abbott's Coalition Government swept to victory in September with pledges to scrap the much-maligned carbon and mining taxes. Although the House of Representatives passed his carbon tax repeal package late last year, the Prime Minister does not have a majority in the Senate. The Labor party – ousted from office after the general election – has refused to support the legislation when the alternative remains the Government's "direct action plan."

Newman also made the controversial claim in The Australian that the United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPPC) was guilty of "dishonesty and deceit." He suggested that "If the IPCC were your financial adviser, you would have sacked it long ago."

Labor's acting environment spokesman, Shayne Neumann, said that Abbott should press Newman to withdraw his comments. The allegations, he cautioned, would "damage Australia's relationships with its trading partners, all of whom accept that climate change is real and are taking steps to reduce carbon pollution."

Neumann added that Newman's "ignorant comments" gave voice to "what we know Tony Abbott thinks about climate change," stressing that the Government's attempts to axe the carbon tax had made Australia a "laughing stock."

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Wow, Jan
Those are some weird claims. "Denial Kills?" We are talking about a trace gas which makes up 0.04% of the Earth's atmosphere, and it is a weak greenhouse gas. This is proved by the 40% increase in CO2 producing a negligible 0.6 degrees C warming, and nothing for the last 16 years. The hysteria around a warming that is real, but so small as to be difficult to measure, is unreasonable. Wait for 50 years, see if the trend restarts, or if temperatures decline again (no-one knows what will happen), before taking precipitate action. The UN are forever tainted by this campaign, and that includes the WHO: I will never trust their figures again.

Al Black on Saturday, January 4, 2014

The globalists have moved productive capacity to the emerging economies where constraints imposed by the western democracies are drastically reduced. The carbon tax (global warming) is a vehicle to place a significant competitive handicap on the western democracies in order to protect their newly made foreign investments against any resurgence by the western democracies. The competitive disadvantage that is mentioned is by design and is the planned outcome of the globalists. For instance, Germany finds itself in a similar position by the forced introduction of green technologies, wind power, solar power etc. In fact it has recently been disclosed that many of the newly constructed sea born wind generators are not even connected to the grid and yes the realization that this is hurting Germany's competitiveness was recently announced.

Allan on Saturday, January 4, 2014

There were heat waves in every century, brainwashed. Carbon Tax goes to the liberals to fund their pet projects, it doesn't go to citizens.

b on Friday, January 3, 2014

Denial kills. Deniers are complicit in the deaths of hundreds of thousands each year (World Health Organization)

When should we wake up, you think? Australia's beating heat records last year should not be ignored. Who elected these guys?

Improve the carbon tax. Carbon tax revenues should be returned to citizens as lowered (other) taxes or a simple refund: 100% of these fees returned would cushion consumers. Also, an import duty of high carbon footprint goods would protect manufacturers.

jan freed on Friday, January 3, 2014