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Greens propose Carbon tax as interim measure

The Australian Greens are proposing that the federal government introduce a $20/tonne carbon tax as a two year interim measure while an Emissions Trading Scheme can be agreed upon. The Greens are proposing that Professor Ross Garnaut's suggestion of a two year carbon price, fixed at $20 a tonne, be implemented. This interim measure in the transition to a functional and effective Emissions Trading Scheme would provide a $5 billion dividend for households and further revenue to invest in renewable energy, energy efficiency and other emissions reducing options.
Greens propose Carbon tax as interim measure

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Bob Brown, leader of the Australian Greens, says "We Greens are putting forward another positive proposal to break the political deadlock and get Australia moving ahead to a clean future". The Liberal Party's refusal to support the government's Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme provides an opportunity to take a new approach immediately, giving Australian industry and households some amount of certainty while work continues on more substantive action.

The proposal (details available on request) would:

  • use the existing CPRS structure with a carbon price fixed at $20 a tonne (2005 dollars);
  • recycle revenue to support household, commercial, industrial and transport emissions reductions;
  • prevent the use of international offsets in the CPRS, as international trading is not possible in the interim fixed-price period;
  • be in surplus rather than deficit in the first two years; and
  • get moving immediately, bringing the start date back to July 1 2010.
You can read more about the Australian Greens' proposal on the Australian Greens' website and find information on the Safe Climate Bill at the Greens' MPs' website

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