Labor’s climate change guru Professor Ross Garnaut has told journalists the price on carbon he believes must be urgently implemented will have to be higher than the mooted $20 per tonne.
But he didn’t say, and the journalists apparently didn’t ask, what he believes that price should be.
He should tell us.
A $20 per tonne price on carbon is estimated to generate $10 billion in revenue.
It will push up the price of most goods and services, adding to the escalating cost of living.
What does Professor Garnaut believe the price should be?
“Ross Garnaut is obviously preparing the ground for the Gillard government,” Senator Boswell said. “He’s testing the water.
“Prime Minister Gillard, who said before the election that she would not impose a carbon price this term, is now kowtowing to the Greens, independents Rob Oakeshott and Tony Windsor, by transforming into the undisputed champion of a carbon tax.
“Importantly, Labor’s serial economic mismanagement of just about every program on the federal government’s books means she is now desperate for funds.
“A higher carbon price would give her much more money to mismanage.”
Senator Boswell said Australians should be aware that the petroleum industry rule of thumb is for a 2.5 cents per litre increase in the retail price of fuel for every $10 of a carbon price, and Alan Moran of the Institute of Public Affairs has estimated a $40 per tonne price on carbon will double power prices.
“The looming price on carbon will impact massively on every Australian family,” Senator Boswell said.
“Professor Garnaut should tell us what he believes that price should be.
“And Prime Minister Gillard should tell us if she agrees with Professor Garnaut.”