As of yesterday, the Australian PM Julia Gillard implemented a new carbon tax scheme, according to which $23 (about €18) need to be paid by companies for each tonne of greenhouse gas emissions they are responsible for producing.
By having around 300 companies pay the aforementioned tax, it is expected that Australia's national economy will only have to benefit and that, throughout the next 20 years, countless new green jobs will be made available for the people living here.
As well as this, it is believed that such a tax is necessary in order to fight back climate change and control the amount of pollution caused by said companies.
On the other hand, members of the opposition argue that this new carbon tax, which is part and parcel of Julia Gillard's Clean Energy Future scheme, will only amount to an increased cost of living for Australian households.
They strongly believe that this new tax is to first and foremost take its toll on Australia's industrial cities, whose citizens will most likely lose their jobs and find themselves left without any means of making a living.
reports that, during one of her most recent interviews, Julia Gillard explained how, “The average impact of the carbon price on electricity bills will be $3.30 (roughly €2,6) this week. And this week, we are providing an average of $10.10 to each household in tax cuts and payment increases.”
Counteracting her claims, Tony Abbott, the leader of the opposition, argues that “The thing about the carbon tax is that it will hit every Australian family's cost of living.”
Seeing how, for the time being, nobody can say for sure what Australia's new carbon tax will do to the country's economy, citizens seem to display biased opinions with respect to this issue.
Thus, while some agree with the PM's decision, others gathered up in Sydney and Melbourne to protest against it.