Typing in http://www.climatechange.gov.au these days takes you to the Department of the Environment. It used to take you to the Department of Climate Change – back in the days when we had a government that had climate change as a high priority.
The big bold headline you are now met with is . . .
Carbon tax to be abolished from 1 July 2014
Rather presumptuous, don’t you think?
We clicking on a link invited to do so, we see . . .
The Australian Government will abolish the carbon tax from 1 July 2014. This will lower costs for Australian businesses and ease cost of living pressures for households.
Not only presumptuous, but now a bit of bullshit has been added for good measure. Here’s more of the bullshit:
Why are we removing the carbon tax
Repealing the carbon tax and the Clean Energy Package is designed to:
- Reduce the cost of living – modelling by the Australian Treasury suggests that removing the carbon tax in 2014-15 will leave average costs of living across all households around $550 lower than they would otherwise be in 2014-15.
- Lower retail electricity by around 9 per cent and retail gas prices by around 7 per cent than they would otherwise be in 2014-15 with a $25.40 carbon tax.
- Boost Australia’s economic growth, increase jobs and enhance Australia’s international competitiveness by removing an unnecessary tax, which hurts businesses and families.
- Reduce annual ongoing compliance costs for around 370 liable entities by almost $90 million per annum.
- Remove over 1,000 pages of primary and subordinate legislation.
Rather odd, isn’t it?
I could have swore that on their site I read somewhere the claim that ‘We contribute to developing climate change solutions, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and adapting to the impacts of climate change‘.