A price on carbon

ギラード首相/地球温暖化対策, 炭素価格制度の詳細発表
オーストラリア, 2011年, ジュリア·ギラード

In 2010 Julia Gillard was elected as Australia’s first female prime minister.

The key policy issue of her prime ministership has been the introduction of a tax on carbon emissions.

The carbon tax begins on Sunday (July 1st).

Many Australians are against the plan. An article in the Sydney Morning Herald last year said: “Julia Gillard faces a herculean task to sell her carbon pricing scheme.” (herculean = requiring great strength)

She began that task with a formal address to the nation, where she presented her arguments in a simple and straightforward way.

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Good evening.

I want to talk to you tonight about why the Government is putting a price on carbon and what this means for you.

The decisions I announced today mean around five hundred big polluters will pay for every tonne of carbon pollution they put into our atmosphere.

By 2020 this will cut carbon pollution by 160 million tonnes a year.

And because some businesses will put prices up, there will be tax cuts, increased pensions and increased family payments.

We have had a long debate about climate change in this country.

Most Australians now agree our climate is changing, this is caused by carbon pollution, this has harmful effects on our environment and on the economy – and the Government should act.

Economists and experts agree that the best way is to make polluters pay by putting a price on carbon.

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