The government is facing mounting pressure to set a price on carbon emissions, with a survey finding that one in three Australians think they will be hit with a carbon tax if they don’t reduce their emissions.
The poll by Nielsen and SBS Research for the ABC’s ABC TV program The Footy Show found the vast majority of respondents want the federal government to take the carbon price seriously, but only one in four said they supported the carbon pricing scheme being proposed by Labor.
The federal Coalition is in the middle of its first budget with its carbon tax plan.
It is the biggest carbon price in Australia’s history, with the federal Government proposing a 30 per cent tax on businesses that emit more than $500,000 per year.
But the ABC poll found only one-quarter of Australians thought they would be affected by a carbon price if they continued to emit more, with most saying they would not.
The ABC’s Anna Burke said the poll was based on a cross-section of the population, and showed that a majority of people wanted to know if the carbon prices would be implemented.
“People have a lot of issues with the carbon taxes, and this survey is really about how the tax will be implemented,” she said.
“The more they hear about the carbon taxation, the more they want to know.”‘
Not enough money’For the first time, the ABC asked people to name the top three policies they wanted the federal Coalition to introduce to reduce emissions.
Only 16 per cent named the carbon fees, and more than half said they would oppose the carbon tariffs if they came to Parliament.
And only four per cent wanted the carbon duty to be abolished, with just two in 10 saying they wanted it to be repealed.
However, only two in ten people want the carbon levy to be replaced with a new carbon tax, and only one of the three options would replace it with a tax on carbon.
“What we found is that people are actually more interested in what happens after they have paid their carbon taxes than they are about what happens before,” Mr Rutter said.
He said while the poll showed a majority want a carbon levy in place, that could change if the Coalition’s carbon price plan were to be approved by Parliament.
“It’s the sort of policy that would need a lot more funding than it’s getting right now,” he said.
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