I’ve never believed the hype that green power will give us a net increase in jobs. But I may have to stand corrected. An awful lot of green speech police will be needed when the government makes it illegal to reference carbon taxes as a reason why their costs have gone up. In the land down under, that is what is now happening, with businesses being warned they could face up to a 1.1 million dollar (Australian) fine if they link their price increases to the carbon tax.
On cue comes the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, which this week issued warnings to businesses that they will face whopping fines of up to $1.1m if they blame the carbon tax for price rises.
It says it has been “directed by the Australian government to undertake a compliance and enforcement role in relation to claims made about the impact of a carbon price.”
Businesses are not even allowed to throw special carbon tax sales promotions before the tax arrives on July 1.
“Beat the Carbon Tax – Buy Now” or “Buy now before the carbon tax bites” are sales pitches that are verboten. Or at least, as the ACCC puts it, “you should be very cautious about making these types of claims”.There will be 23 carbon cops roaming the streets doing snap audits of businesses that “choose to link your price increases to a carbon price”.
Instead, the ACCC suggests you tell customers you’ve raised prices because “the overall cost of running (your) business has increased”.
Carbon cops and speech police. I could understand if this was France, but I am quite disappointed in Australia. My image of the rugged, individualist Aussie sure conflicts with their socialist bent. How could the Crocodile Dundee’s of the world go so wrong?