Greens propose Carbon tax as interim measure
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.