Australian business groups launch anti-carbon tax ad campaign

15:32, July 21, 2011      

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Australia's industry groups on Thursday launched an advertising campaign against the federal government's proposed carbon tax.

Advertisements by the Australian Trade and Industry Alliance ( ATI) have begun appearing in newspapers across Australia.

ATI is formed by business groups across the economy, such as The Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Coal Association, the Minerals Council and the Housing Industry Association.

According to Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief, Peter Anderson, the campaign aims to tell the public about the damage a carbon tax would do to industry.

"What we're doing is making sure that the public are aware of facts and information ... so that they themselves can form a view, " he told ABC Television on Thursday.

Anderson said the industry groups agreed on the need to tackle climate change, but Australia must not calibrate a response until other major industrialized nations were on board.

He described the carbon tax as "an own goal for our country", saying it would weaken the economy with no material gain to the environment.

"The business community needs to express clearly to government and the parliament the concerns that exist because they're real concerns," he said.

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