The introduction of a carbon price has been one of the more controversial decisions from the federal government's Clean Energy Future plan. John Kirk will be keeping a close eye on where the revenue raised from this tax goes.
Do we need a price on carbon emissions? In my opinion there is no doubt that it is necessary. The big question is how to make sure Australia derives the most benefit from funds raised through the tax.
The only way we as a community will begin to understand the ramifications of our individual carbon emissions is to have a price put on them. Will this stop us from using electricity, driving cars, or continuing to use products that require intensive carbon emissions? Not if history is an indicator.
We have always found those extra few dollars to continue using those things we see as essential to our comfort and convenience. Hopefully though, it will make us more aware of the cost of our impact on the environment.
More importantly though; how is the government going to use the revenue from this tax?