10,000 in Sydney say 'yes' to a carbon tax

06 Jun, 2011 06:41 AM
Big day ... protestors carrying banners. PHOTO: SMH
Big day ... protestors carrying banners. PHOTO: SMH

AT PARKS across the country, thousands of people, including at least 10,000 in Sydney, rallied yesterday to support a price on carbon, as part of a national climate change campaign.

Simultaneous rallies were held in most capital cities as part of the second stage of the ''Say Yes'' campaign which was launched last week by the actors Cate Blanchett and Michael Caton.

Blanchett, who was criticised for appearing in the campaign's advertisement, which urges people to back the federal government's proposed carbon emissions tax, was among the crowd at the Sydney rally.

''What people are asking for is an ambitious price [on carbon], an investment in renewable energy,'' Simon Sheik, the organiser of the rally and national director of GetUp!, told the crowd at Prince Alfred Park.

''Today is a big day, because today Australian's will ask their government for a price on carbon,'' he said.

Unsigned letters were given out for people to hand on to their neighbours, arguing the case for climate action and attacking the claim the carbon tax will be directly levied against families.

It argues the carbon tax will affect fewer than 1000 of the biggest polluting companies and that they will have to pay a ''small price'' per tonne of carbon pollution. The Treasurer, Wayne Swan, who attended the rally in Brisbane, said a carbon price would tilt the balance towards investment in renewable energy and forms of power generation that produced lower emissions.

''Treasury modelling shows a carbon price will see gas-fired electricity generation expand by between 150 and 300 per cent over the period to 2050 … dirty energy will become more expensive and clean energy cheaper under a carbon price,'' he said.

''Treasury's modelling shows the renewable electricity sector (other than hydro-electric power) is projected to be six times bigger than it is today … dirty energy will become more expensive and clean energy cheaper.''

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6/06/2011 9:00:21 AM

And the quiet majority says No.
6/06/2011 9:14:57 AM

And approximately 18,000,000 less gullible Australians (ie. not living in a major city) didn't say yes to a carbon tax.
Loc Hey
6/06/2011 10:08:55 AM

The only poll or rally needed is an election.
Pro Freedom
6/06/2011 10:41:12 AM

And those of us who don't care about schmoozing with movie stars still say NO.
Bill Pounder
6/06/2011 11:04:06 AM

Pt. 1. The poll is 12 mths old for starters. The 5% of voters who are "climate sceptics" is an exaggeration. Q9.Thinking about the causes of climate change, which, if any, of the following best describes your opinion? Climate change is entirely caused by natural processes: 4.9% Climate change is mainly caused by natural processes: 12.6% Climate change is partly caused by natural processes and partly by human activity: 45.8% Climate change is mainly caused by human activity: 27.6% Climate change is entirely caused by human activity: 4.5
Bill Pounder
6/06/2011 11:04:13 AM

Pt.2. The sceptics 4.9%, the warmistas 4.5%. Hmmm, sceptics win, and we can also draw similar conclusions from the other responses. http://www.australianclimatemadne ss.com/2011/06/survey-results-spu n-to-fit-warmist-agenda/ The survey was commissioned by the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility & funded by the fed govt's Dept of Climate Change & Energy Efficiency's Climate Change Adaptation Research Grants program. How about that! L-NP (59%) ITS BIGGEST ... LEAD EVER OVER ALP (41%) MAJORITY OF AUST'NS (53%) DO NOT WANT THE CARBON TAX joannenova.com.au
Reap What You Sow
6/06/2011 12:07:11 PM

You all had your choice. There have been anti-CTAX rallies all over the place. Clearly you don't care enough to make the effort to support your cause. BigBilly3, there's no correlation between the figures you quote and support for a CTax.
Let us pay, in the name of the farter the sun and the holy gas
6/06/2011 12:07:43 PM

This looks like the mass deluded having a rally after their Sunday prayers
6/06/2011 2:18:05 PM

Only way to know for sure what the public want is to call an election - until then the government can spin all it likes but it means nothing
6/06/2011 4:05:38 PM

Perhaps many contributors to these columns need to prepare themselves for what is to come and stay . Carbon is going to be taxed starting before the next election . It will remain taxed because there is no way the Coalition will have a majority in the Senate to push through a bill to stop taxing carbon. and in addition there are plenty in the Coalition that quietly support taxing carbon. Funny we have a political party taking action that will cause them to lose votes . Can the pundits here enlighten me as to why this is so?
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