Rudd Cutting Toxic Green Taxes
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  • Jim__L

    Has VM’s thinking changed, on the desirability of a carbon tax?

  • crocodilechuck

    The superficial, erroneous ‘analysis’ on this site never ceases. Kevin Rudd moved from a ‘carbon price’ to an emissions trading scheme (which was always on the cards) one year early:

  • ljgude

    That’s a detailed and helpful article Crocidilechuck – thanks. After reading Carbon Editor Peter Hannam in the SMH I would have to say that Rudd’s move is more a classic hip pocket pre election move than any deep shift in Green policy. Here in Perth WRM’s basic point that Australia is concerned with the China slowdown is spot on. You can see it in the malls and the shopping districts – like Subiaco. Of course Perth has been the leading Australian boomtown with its real estate becoming some of the most expensive in the world. In my experience Australian consumers cut back in anticipation or harder times more than Americans who, for example, demonstrated a capacity to spend right through the dotcom bubble in the early 2000s. I also think this is a canny move by Rudd who can sell himself without having to carry the ball of incumbency against Abbot. One of the key ways he can blunt the Liberal’s (conservative party for you Yanks) reputation for fiscal management is to demonstrate the government’s willingness to make cuts. Given what has happened to my electricity bill – I hear Rudd loud and clear. Even though the polls have been showing that Labor is on the nose with the electorate, I’m not counting them out and won’t be surprised if Labor wins the election.

  • Atanu Maulik

    Where ever you look, wheels are coming off the global green movement. Great news for the future of global economy.

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