BUDGET: Poll shows Australians prefer carbon price to deficit levy



Posted on 12 May 2014
Wave breaking on rock along coast on a windy day, Benijo, Anaga Peninsula, North East Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain, December 2008.
Wave breaking on rock along coast on a windy day, Benijo, Anaga Peninsula, North East Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain, December 2008.
© Wild Wonders of Europe /Inaki Relanzon / WWF
A new poll shows the majority of Australians would prefer to keep the existing carbon price rather than introduce a deficit tax.

When asked Which of the following revenue raising policies do you support most – The proposed deficit levy on high income earners or a price on carbon for companies with high emissions?, 52.5% said the price on carbon, 34% said the deficit levy, and 13.5% were undecided.

The ReachTEL poll surveyed 3,241 residents across Australia on the night of the 8 May 2014.

“The carbon price has long-term benefits for our nation and Australians can see that,” said WWF-Australia Climate Change National Manager Kellie Caught.

“Not only does the carbon price raise revenue for the budget, it tackles climate change by making polluters pay, drives investment in renewable energy, and helps save the Great Barrier Reef.”

“Both measures raise revenue but a deficit levy causes pain without the environmental gain.

“Given the choice Australians would rather the Government raises funds in a way that delivers multiple benefits.”

“Damaging climate change is not going away, it must be dealt with now, and having a carbon price is key,” said Ms Caught.


WWF-Australia contacts:
Mark Symons Senior Media Officer
t: 07 31036935
m: 0400 985 571
msymons@wwf.org.au

Wave breaking on rock along coast on a windy day, Benijo, Anaga Peninsula, North East Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain, December 2008.
Wave breaking on rock along coast on a windy day, Benijo, Anaga Peninsula, North East Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain, December 2008.
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