Dear Friends on the land, and in the
The Gillard Labor government is hell-bent on destroying what
generations of Australians and farmers have worked for and is doing so in the
name of a regressive carbon tax that ordinary Australians have been denied a
say on, considering it can easily be said the people voted Not to have the tax.
This week the warning bells farmers and regional communities just rang even
louder, nby way of the words we did not need to hear.
Labor’s chief climate advisor Professor Ross Garnaut exploded the government’s
myth that only the big polluters will pay, confirming in his own words:
‘Australian households will, ultimately, bear the full cost of a carbon
His final report, released this week, exposed the plan to fully include
agriculture in the carbon tax regime from as early as 2015, overseas nations
have already found the tax not only wanting, but with continued increase is the
very emissions it is said to reduce.
Australian farmers have been promised for years that their direct emissions
will be excluded under a carbon regime. Now, in the final stages of a deal with
the Greens and a hand full of sell out Independents, it appears all bets are
Farmers are now squarely in this government’s carbon tax sights. Prof Garnaut’s
‘The proposed date for inclusion of New Zealand agriculture (2015) is a
good time for a review of whether circumstances have changed enough for
Australia to have full coverage of the land sector.’
The paper also justifies farmers’ concerns that the proposed Carbon Farming
Initiative may be just a Trojan horse to get bureaucrats through the farm gate
to develop measurement systems accurate enough to ensure agriculture’s full
coverage under a scheme. Again, Prof Garnaut writes:
‘The Independent Committee should undertake this review in 2015 and examine
the barriers to full coverage of the land sectors in the emissions trading
scheme. The review should examine experience in measuring and administering
offsets for land-based emissions within the Carbon Farming Initiative.’
The Nationals figures show these revelations coincided with new research from
the Australian Farm Institute. Modelling shows that a carbon price of $36 per
tonne would wipe almost $37,000-a-year off the bottom line of WA grain growers.
Overseas countries have proven their respective governments have
had no success at such a low price on carbon, so what may lie ahead in terms of
price increases, with over 11 billion estimated to be raised based on $25 a tonne.
The National Farmers’ Federation added its voice, on behalf of Australia’s
136,000 farmers, to the growing mainstream chorus saying ‘NO’ to a carbon tax.
Saying No brings with it attacks on ones credibility, yet those blindly
following the Gillard governments price on Carbon, do so with little or know
idea of the terms to be applied by the legislation, one wonders when Julia
earned such trust, considering a vote for Labor was a vote for No carbon tax,
only months ago.
It will be ordinary Australians footing the bill for the government’s $13.7
million carbon tax advertising blitz, earmarked in the federal budget, and the
sell will have no truth what so ever, pictures of old power stations closed
over 30 years ago, showing enhanced emissions to scare the people into action,
all at our expense and Australians will keep on paying once a carbon tax is in,
not the big polluters.
Norway as an example, has increases its Co2 emissions by over
40% since the introduction of their Carbon tax, and their people and industry
have suffered as a consequence, good reason for Gillard to keep the details of
her legislation out of plain sight.
Another example, agricultural production in this country is a mainstay of our
economy and fundamental to our quality of life. Our farmers drive $155
billion-a-year in production, $32 billion in annual exports and support 1.6
That’s a hell of a lot to sacrifice at the altar of a carbon tax, considering
our farmers are amongst the most efficient in the world.
We must act in the best interests of our environmental future, but a carbon tax
is not the solution. It will kill Australian production and jobs in favour of
jobs in countries that don’t tax carbon dioxide and will result in us importing
more from countries with higher CO2 emissions than our own, resulting in zero
gain for the planet.
To throw all that we have worked for out the window, only to see rising global
food demand shift to higher polluting countries, makes no sense, and blindly
following the promises of a government that have not earned such faith even
Mark M Aldridge
Independent Candidate South Australia
Proud members of the Alliance Australia