Can I just cop a whinge for a second, about the carbon price? It’s a big deal at the moment in Australia, now that it is starting to look like a reality.
We just got a full A4 brochure in the mail entitled ”What a carbon price means for you.” I have to wonder how much they spent just on mailing everyone a brochure like this.
The first benefit on the front page is that ”9 out of 10 families will get some kind of benefit or break to offset the cost of living impact of the carbon price.” Much of the brochure is dedicated to how it is imperative to think earth friendly and cut carbon pollution, but then the only point about how a carbon price will bring down pollution is that companies will be encouraged to avoid the penalty and invest in clean energy and effiiencies. So why are we worried about a cost of living increase if the tax is only against big polluters?? Oh that’s right, the pollulters will simply pass along the cost of the tax to everyone else by selling products and services at higher prices.
I’m failing to see how, if these businesses are simply passing along the cost of the tax, how does this make them want to change the way they do business, their customers are bearing the cost, not them.
It’s just another way of infusing more cash into the government, and entity designed and run with one purpose in mind: to spend more money. Seems like a good time to become a civil servant, don’t you think?