CARBON TAX AND ETS

JLN opposes the introduction of a carbon tax or ETS – until our major trading partners introduce a similar tax for their energy use.

“Whether it’s a carbon tax that is a fixed charge on energy – or an ETS that is a floating price on energy use … I don’t believe that just making Australian pensioners, businesses and families pay more for their energy … will stop world Climate change.” Senator Jacqui Lambie.

JLN believes in climate change and the need to de-carbonise the base-load energy production of all the world’s nations.

However, JLN also understands the critical need to protect Australian workers’ wages, conditions and job security by ensuring that, when compared with international competitors, our manufacturers, businesses and households are able to access some of the world’s most reliable and cheapest electricity and energy.

JLN notes that Parliamentary Library Research of OECD’s 2013 energy prices shows that Canada, Norway, United States, South Korea, Switzerland, Israel, Finland, Luxenbourg, France, Sweden and New Zealand (11 advanced economies) have electricity cheaper than Australia’s average household price of 19.75 US cents per Kilowatt Hr or 26.86 Australian cents per Kilowatt Hr.

JLN also notes that Germany, which relies on 12.33% of its energy from renewable sources according to the same research, has average household electricity prices at 37.26c US cents – or 50.67c Australian cents per Kilowatt Hr., which is almost double that of Australia’s electricity prices.

JLN understands that a carbon tax or Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) will ultimately increase the cost of energy to Australian businesses and households – and will strongly oppose the introduction of either energy taxes – until a binding world agreement on these

taxes is reached by our major trading partners. That would mean other countries would experience the same percentage rise in energy prices as Australia, should those taxes be imposed.

In the meantime, while Australia waits for the world agreement on a carbon tax or an ETS, JNL strongly supports the following two measures, which are assured to quickly lower carbon emissions while keeping power prices low, while guaranteeing reliability of supply:

  1. The doubling of base-load renewable energy in the form of Hydro Electricity
  2. A community debate, followed by a national referendum on the introduction of nuclear power generation

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