Consumer Action generally does not support repeal of the legislation that is not linked to imposing a price on carbon emissions, given the dire consequences for Australians from predicted impacts of climate change. Low income and vulnerable Australians are likely to experience the negative consequences of climate change first and worst. It would seem prudent to take precautionary action to avert dangerous climate change based on the weight of the scientific evidence available.
This submission focuses on the impacts of the removal of a price on carbon emissions, either as a fixed or floating price, and its relationship to energy retail bills in a marketplace that is not delivering the anticipated outcomes for consumers. It also makes comments specifically about the functions and powers provided to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission through Schedule 2 of the draft legislation.
A full copy of our submission is available by clicking: Carbon tax repeal legislation.