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Journeys : MNJ Aug Sep 2011
The ta x needs to be simple. Directly ta x big polluters, with incentives for improvement. Quarantine 1% of GST for carbon tax and add a few of the currently non- GST items back into the GST mix. Compensate pensioners and the lowest income earners. Use the money raised well - for new technology research and infrastructure. Love cars and love driving, but accept there will be some cost to me at the bowser. The whole point of a carbon tax is to decrease the use of fossil fuels. A higher price for petrol might make people think about whether they really need to drive three blocks to buy the milk, or whether it is worth driving all the way to Glenorchy to buy cheap bananas. While higher petrol prices will affect my choice of transportation, I see this as a positive as I already choose to use public transport as a first option as much as possible. I also work on low-income issues for Tasmanians and know that petrol price increases will have drastic effects on low income earners. Responsible social policy would see rebates for low income earners and also improved public transportation. I do not agree that the carbon tax should be absorbed in the fuel excise but more of the fuel excise should be used for better roads and better public transport. Compensation makes no sense. It’s defeating the object of the exercise, but maybe the tax should kick in on electricity above a certain usage level, and petrol at more than a certain usage level. Money should go to discounting bus fares which are high in Tasmania. Also the money could be used to pay unemployed a wage to plant trees for free on unused farm land, the farmer eventually being able to harvest the trees. some comments in regard to public transport and other alternative forms of mobility We live in a rural area so public transport barely exists and although we walk and cycle for recreation, they aren’t alternatives for travelling to work etc. No public transport available from where I live to where I work. Too far from workplace to walk and much too hilly with narrow and pot-holed roads to ride a bike. Carbon tax won’t help these issues. Governments should be encouraging the uptake of electric vehicles by way of ta x incentives (both carbon tax and others). Companies such as Better Place (http://australia.betterplace.com) who build EV infrastructure (charging stations, battery swap stations) should be encouraged to set up in Tasmania. We are going to have to alter how we use private vehicles, both to lower carbon emissions and also because petrol is a finite resource. A rise in price is about the only thing that will make the majority of people really think about how they use their cars and demand better public transport. I support increasing the tax on fuel if it means an increase in funding to more sustainable transport options e.g. bike lanes, better public transport etc. It has to happen, and the use of cars for short and unnecessary trips is rife. A significant proportion (>50%) of all trips are less than 5km - people could, more often than not, walk or cycle these trips. I would use public transport a lot more IF a lot more public transport were available. Unfortunately public transport in my area is woeful, limiting that as an option, however once in town I am tending to walk more. Public transport in North West Tasmania is poor; if better options were available I would consider using it but it is not a viable option, which is very unfortunate as the lack of good transport affects lots of people. some comments about a carbon/fuel tax The Government already gets too much tax on petrol and doesn’t use it for the purposes it should i.e. infrastructure etc so why should the poor old motorist pay more and more? Enough is enough. Increasing fuel prices should discourage people from using fuel. Therefore, I think it should help reduce carbon emissions into the atmosphere and prolong our oil supplies for use by subsequent generations. The Government collects more than enough taxes from motorists now. Should they introduce a carbon tax they should be forced to absorb the cost themselves. Also they do not provide public transport in regional areas of Tassie which gives us no choice but to continue to use our own transport. general comments about climate change/taxes The carbon ta x is a very positive move for Australia. We need to encourage development of alternative forms of energy that don’t contribute to greenhouse gases. I want my children and future grandchildren to have all the advantages I have had a clean environment and access to all forms of transport including cars. But those cars need to be much more energy efficient (eg. electric, hybrid), safer and quieter. What is a carbon tax if we have to pay it on Hydro power? IT IS NOT A CARBON tax but a tax on everything for NO reason. Bring it on! If we don’t pay for our pollution now then we will pay tenfold for the problems it causes in the future. I strongly believe that there will be no change in behaviour in carbon pollution unless there is a cost to consumers. All aspects of our lifestyle are wasteful of fuel and energy and this behaviour is embedded in our society. Pricing pressure is one of the triggers that will drive efficiency and reduce carbon pollution. I would hope that the R ACT does not advocate against the carbon ta x. Climate change is happening now - we see its effects daily in the news – hurricanes, f looding, storm surge inundations, beach erosion, extreme snowstorms, rainfall, bushfires, tornados, high winds etc. We need to act now to have any chance of curbing its worst effects - burying our heads in the sand and carrying on with business as usual is not tenable and an abdication of our responsibility to our children and future generations. We must ACT strongly now - this is just a part of what we need to do - FAST!! Pensioners and low income earners are paying the same GST as millionaires, this carbon tax will most likely be the last straw for a lot of us that are battling to survive now. A carbon tax will do nothing towards solving global warming and will simply lead to detrimental financial situation for Australian households. This survey is skewed - it assumes that there WILL BE a carbon tax. There should be NO carbon tax, and the Commonwealth Government should have the intestinal fortitude to go to an election on this issue. Is the R ACT a proponent of the ta x? The survey suggests so. In our community August / September 2011 7
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