11 Jul '11, 4pm

Australia Unveils Carbon Tax to Fund a 'Clean Energy Future'

Australia Unveils Carbon Tax to Fund a 'Clean Energy Future'

The Australian government yesterday unveiled its long-awaited carbon tax plan , immediately sparking a row over the economic impact of the controversial carbon levy. As widely anticipated, Prime Minister Julia Gillard confirmed yesterday that the new tax will come into effect from July next year, hitting Australia's top 500 emitters with a Aus$23 (US$24.74) a tonne carbon tax. She also confirmed the tax will rise 2.5 percent a year until 2015, at which point the levy will transition into an emissions trading scheme that is expected to be the world's third national greenhouse gas cap-and-trade scheme after the EU and New Zealand. Gillard hailed the proposals -- which have been put together following months of tense negotiations between the minority Labor government and the Green and independent MPs it will rely on to pass the tax -- arguing they represented the cheapest mea...

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