Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011
The Australian Democrats national president Ms Julia Melland today called for clarity from the government on the nature of the details of the proposed carbon tax.

Ms Melland said today: "The Australian Democrats were the first political party in Australia to raise the issue of global warming back in the 1980s, and so we are well aware of the need for action.

"However there is still a great deal of uncertainty as to exactly how the carbon tax will operate. This uncertainty is playing into the hands of climate change denialists, such as Opposition Leader Tony Abbott.

"We call on the government to show us the detail. For instance, does the Prime Minister propose the Carbon Tax to be based on production, or on consumption? Will exports be exempt and imports taxed?"

Ms Melland said that any proposed carbon tax also needs to be part of the bigger picture, of encouraging investment in and take-up of renewable energy sources, such as wind, solar and thermal power.

"We need to get serious about climate change!" urged Ms Melland.

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A genuinely independent political force advocating for solutions based on compassion, justice and equality. The Australian Democrats stand up for the rights of all Australians. We strive to eradicate discrimination, bigotry and exploitation, and to end once and for all the marginalisation of Indigenous Australians, asylum seekers and other minority groups.
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