Tuesday night’s Insight, hosted by Jenny Brockie, will tackle the heated subject of Carbon Tax.
Let the games begin….
The debate has been loud and angry. Since the government announced the introduction of a fixed price on carbon pollution to take effect from July next year, public opinion has been divided and there have been protests across the country.
As Australians keenly await for more details, Insight tests public support, looking at the possible winners and losers of the carbon price scheme. We look at the likely effects on household budgets and electricity prices, the big businesses that are for and against the plan, and what motivates the No Carbon Tax groups.
Professor Ross Garnaut, an economist and the Climate Change Advisor to the government. In 2008 he released the Garnaut Climate Change Review to examine the impact of climate change on the Australian economy. The review recommended an emissions trading scheme (ETS) as the centerpiece of Australia’s policy to reach emissions reduction targets. He has since been commissioned to provide an update to his report.
Chris Johnson, President of the Consumer and Taxpayers Association (CATA). The group is behind the recent No-Carbon Tax rallies in Canberra and Melbourne.
CATA and similar groups have been compared to the conservative ‘Tea Party’ movement in the United States. Chris says CATA is not associated with any political party and believes the Government’s plans to price carbon should be an issue that the Australian public gets to vote on.
Brad Page, CEO of the Energy Supply Association of Australia, the peak representative body for the electricity and downstream gas industry in Australia. Brad also sits on the Government’s business roundtable on climate change. He warns there could be problems with energy security if financers lose confidence in the government’s carbon price plans.
Senator Christine Milne, Deputy Leader of the Australian Greens. The Greens have said they support making sure Australian industry is compensated for trade exposure as a result of the carbon tax.
Insight airs at 7:30pm Tuesday on SBS ONE.