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Carbon Economy

Climate change and the new narrative: understanding the politics and the impacts

Matthew Tukaki's picture

In this challenging series of articles, CEO of the Sustain Group, Matthew Tukaki, will discuss the changing nature of politics and the impacts it is having on the climate change and business response debate. This first blog covers the politics of the debate and policy execution is important while his second blog will provide a detailed industry analysis of the impacts, both directly and indirectly. 

Carbon Tax: Getting our value from the revenue

John Kirk's picture

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?

Of heroes and monsters

patrickcallioni's picture

With the carbon tax Gillard has shown her political stripes as a strategist; much like Howard did with the GST.

Opposing racism and supporting multiculturalism not the same thing

Peter Fritz's picture

Peter Fritz AM responds to the 14 Key Consultation Questions from the Issues Paper on a Sustainable Population Strategy for Australia and shares his perspective on adopting Australian culture.

The ‘Green’ Hype

Scott Warren's picture

Never before has the subject of ‘green’ practices been taken more seriously.

Engaging with Economics

Ian McAuley's picture


Econommists are coming to agreement about the need for change but the message is not filtering through.


Lithium could help Bolivia rival Australia

toribrownrigg's picture

Will Bolivia step up to the world stage and compete with Australian exporters?

Leading by example

patrickcallioni's picture

Government leadership in carbon footprint reductions would have the dual benefit of setting an example and helping the local green tech industry get established. 


Green Capital Global Challenge

Les Pickett's picture

The Carbon War Room has announced the first wave of cities selected to participate in the Green Capital Global Challenge. 



A Greenhouse Gas Trajectory Change-Enabler

Andrew Jones's picture

The Fifth World Urban Forum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, was this week the location of the launch of the Global Greenhouse Gas  Standard for cities, enabling a common approach for cities to calculate greenhouse gas emissions within their boundaries.