Emitting verbal pollution

Do not listen to the Liberal Party’s misinformation on  the carbon price. 

Considering the ad nauseam misinformation and fear mongering of Liberal members both before and after the introduction of the carbon price, it’s understandable that some small business owners, such as the tow truck operator Bill Stewart (Your Letters, November 10), are feeling anxious. 

Therefore, it should come as no surprise to most, that Mr Stewart’s  fears are completely unwarranted. According to  cleanenergyfuture.gov.au/clean-energy-future/carbon-price/,  which I advise all small business owners to read:  “No, it’s not a tax on households or small businesses…” but rather  “… Australia’s biggest polluters will be required to pay for their pollution under the carbon pricing mechanism.” This site goes on to explain that only companies which emit large amounts of greenhouse gases or over 25,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions a year will be liable.  

The big polluters include coal-fired and gas power stations, mines and heavy industry.  Any slight increase in power or fuel will be minimal and compensated by the government.  

The ACCC has already been alerted to price increases falsely attributed to the carbon price.  The business Brumby’s Bakers, among others, have recently been fined for making false statements in advertising or letters to customers. It’s a pity the Liberal Party can’t be fined for its ongoing misinformation campaign. This means that Mr Stewart, along with all other small businesses emitting less than 25,000 tonnes of CO2  per year, is off the hook.  He is not required to report or do anything but continue operating his business as usual. 

I’ll be curious to read what Mr Tehan has to say about this? More misinformation and fear mongering I expect.

Lisa Owen, Greens convenor, Kelp Street, Warrnambool

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