Australia's new carbon tax received a cool reception in a poll Monday, showing Prime Minister Julia Gillard's mechanism to tackle climate change is unpopular and her government on track to lose office.Only 33 percent support the measure introduced Sunday, according to the Nielsen survey published in the Sydney Morning Herald, with 62 percent of the 1,400 voters polled opposing it.The centre-left Labor government has launched a drive to sell the carbon tax, which imposes a levy of Aus$23 (US$23.50) per tonne of carbon emissions on about 350 of the country's top polluters.
CANBERRA — Australia’s government moved on Tuesday to scrap its carbon tax and bring forward an emissions trading scheme a year earlier than planned, a policy shift certain to be a focal point in an election likely to be held within weeks.
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said he wants the fixed price on carbon emissions to end on June 30, 2014. A floating carbon price, or emissions trading scheme (ETS) that will be linked to the European carbon market, will start the following day.
Australia on Sunday introduced a controversial carbon tax in a bid to tackle climate change, with Prime Minister Julia Gillard hailing the move amid opposition warnings it will stifle industry.The tax on corporate pollution, which led to demonstrations across the vast nation, will force about 350 major polluters to pay Aus$23 (US$23.5) for every tonne of carbon they produce.
Thousands of Australians rallied around the nation on Sunday to support a tax on the carbon emissions blamed for global warming, as a new report outlined the risks of climate change for sea levels.In Sydney, demonstrators gathered at Prince Alfred Park as part of the "Say Yes" campaign, carrying banners that read: "Say yes to cutting carbon pollution" and "Cut carbon pollution, unlock clean energy."