Tasmania’s controversial water meter rollout has been less than smooth with complaints of faulty meters and damaged gardens and is behind schedule.
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The argument by big polluting carbon produces, Tony Abbott and the Liberal Party that we will destroy Australian Industry and Australian jobs is a very poor argument. It is also very sad that Julia Gillard and Bob Brown cannot do a better job of selling a carbon tax and the benefits that will follow.
Yes a carbon tax of about $25 per ton will add about $500 per year to the family budget but this will be offset or should I say it should be offset by a reduction in Income Tax and Company Tax so that most households and companies are not out of pocket at all. The only companies that will be out of pocket are the big polluters and yes jobs will be lost in this sector. But these jobs will be offset with new jobs in a new age low carbon economy. A carbon tax will invigorate the renewable energy sector, there will be increased money spent on research and new opportunities to become a world leader in renewable energy if we move first.
Bruce Felmingham who is principle consultant with IMC-LINK has continued on with his anti green, pro Tamar Valley pulp mill argument in in his Opinion column in this weeks Sunday Tasmanian on page 19.
This weeks column demonstrates he can only see the pulp mill and forestry debate from only one perspective. He writes “Those among the 80 per cent of Tasmanians who did not vote Green at the last state election and those opposed to Green philosophies in general will certainly see successful compromise as a remote possibility.”
Gunns Ltd yesterday released a report commissioned by Myriad research which is stage 1 of their community consultation process. The report revealed 40% of Tasmanian’s oppose the Tamar Valley Pulp Mill.
Who are the people that are negotiating the Tasmanian Forestry Statement of Principles, and who has given them the right to negotiate the use of Tasmania’s forest on behalf of the Tasmanian people?