Poll shows majority of Australian against carbon tax

08:07, June 07, 2011      

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The majority of Australians are against the federal government's plan to impose a carbon tax, latest Galaxy poll showed on Monday.

The poll of 500 people around Australia conducted on June 1 and 2, published in News Limited, revealed 58 percent are opposed to the carbon tax, with just 28 percent in favor. The remainder are undecided.

It showed two-thirds of voters want Prime Minister Julia Gillard to call an election before introducing the tax, and three- quarters believe the tax will leave them financially worse off and deliver little or no benefit for the environment.

In a sign the Government has failed to convince the public of the benefits of its climate change policies, it also only seven percent accept Gillard's promise that millions of Australians will be "better off" under the carbon tax package after compensation.

"The problem for the government is that most voters believe the personal cost outweighs the environmental benefits," Galaxy chief executive David Briggs said in a statement released on Monday.

In responses to the latest, poll, Opposition Leader Tony Abbott, who has long been opposing the tax, has again raised doubts about the need to drastically cut carbon emissions.

"The prime minister does have a legitimacy problem and she should do the right thing by the Australian people and not introduce this tax without seeking a mandate for it at an election, " Abbott told Macquarie Radio on Monday.

The released of the latest poll came following Sunday's "Say Yes" campaign across the nation, which attracted tens of thousands of supporters who rallied to support the federal government to put a price on carbon dioxide emissions.

The Australian federal government plans to finalize details of its carbon pricing scheme in early July, ahead of legislation being introduced to Parliament by September and a fixed carbon price starting on July 1, 2012.

Source: Xinhua
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