Australian PM dismisses anti-carbon tax campaign

13:50, July 24, 2011      

Email | Print | Subscribe | Comments | Forum 

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard on Saturday dismissed a series of anti-carbon tax advertisements paid for by big business, saying the facts are on the government's side.

Advertisements by the Australian Trade and Industry Alliance ( ATI) have begun appearing in newspapers across Australia, and will screen on television from Sunday.

The campaign aims to tell the public about the damage a carbon tax would do to industry.

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.

Gillard said the advertisements made some inaccurate statements.

"Looking at those print advertisements, to take just one point, a false claim was made about employment," she told Australia Associated Press, adding "there was a suggestion that employment was somehow going to go slow or go backwards under pricing carbon. It's simply not true."

"Employment in this country will go up by 1.6 million jobs by 2020, half a million of those jobs in the next two years," she said.

"I think it's important that Australians get the facts and of course the facts are on our side," she added.

In a move to sell its carbon tax, Labor government has also spent taxpayers' 12.8 million U.S. dollars on television advertising, which began last week featuring business owners, clean-energy companies and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) talking about potential investments in renewable technologies.

The government also plans to spend another 13.8 million U.S. dollars on print advertisements, run websites and fund other publicly available material about the carbon tax scheme.

The 24.8 U.S. dollars a tone carbon tax is expected to start from July 1, 2012, and will switch to Emissions Trading Scheme in 2015.

Source: Xinhua
  Weekly review  


  • Do you have anything to say?


Special Coverage
  • Premier Wen Jiabao visits Hungary, Britain, Germany
  • From drought to floods
Major headlines
Editor's Pick
  • ASEAN foreign ministers' meeting concludes in Bali
  • Heat wave hits NY, kids find good way to cool off
  • Dancers of Cloud Gate Dance Theater perform Water Stains on the Wall in China's Taipei
  • Female panda proved not to be pregnant yet in Taipei
  • Wounded passengers rescued after bullet train crash
  • National Twins Festival held in Hungary
Hot Forum Discussion