Monday, 16 June 2014

Memo to those new Australian senators due to take their seats on 1 July 2014

Memo to senators-elect Joe Bullock, Matthew Carnavan, Bob Day, Chris Ketter, Jacqui Lambie, Glenn Lazarus, David Leyonhjelm, James McGrath, Ricky Muir, Linda Reynolds, Janet Rice and Zhenya Wang,

A national price on carbon pollution came into effect on 1 July 2012.

The Australian economy did not subsequently crash and burn, as then Opposition Leader Tony Abbott had predicted.

In fact the national Gross Domestic Product (GDP) increased in the 2012-13 financial year by 2.6 per cent, labour productivity rose by 2.2 per cent over the same period, the number of employed persons grew by over 122,000 nationally and, the Consumer Price Index (CPI) stood at 2.4 per cent which was the sixth lowest cost of living figure in the Australian Bureau of Statistics 12 nation international comparison table.

Likewise, the amount of greenhouse gas emissions produced by the electricity production/consumption fell by 5 per cent between January 2012 and December 2013 according to the December 2013 quarterly update of the National Greenhouse Gas Inventory released in April 2014, with a national fall across all industry sectors of 0.8 per cent.

Emissions from waste and industrial processes also began to fall.
What this all means is that the so-called Carbon Tax is working efficiently and effectively in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

To repeal the Clean Energy Act 2011 and associated legislation and regulations would be a wanton act of ideology-driven vandalism.

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