Australia brought in a carbon tax on July 1 2012 under what was called the Clean Energy Act and it was repealed shortly after on July 17, 2014.
Canada and Australia are very similar – we have similar GHG emissions with 1.6% and 1.8% respectively. Australia has a significant oil and gas sector and a reliance on coal for cheap energy.
With the carbon tax, which they introduced as a cap and trade system, the same accusations and promises were made – that they were big polluters and the tax was a feel good solution to all of their problems.
They were told that they would lead the world and that this was a moral issue. Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?
Dr. Chris Berg, research fellow from the Institute of Public Policy in Australia was here in Calgary to talk about the carbon tax earlier this week.
Watch my interview with Dr. Berg as he tells me what the last straw was for Australians, the hidden costs associated with the tax and what we can do to fight the tax that’s about to be pushed on us in the new year.
The Canadian Taxpayers Federation brought Dr. Chris Berg to Canada for a tour to talk about the repeal of the carbon tax in Australia.
He will be speaking at several events throughout the week and if you’d like more information, visit www.taxpayer.com.