Australian Carbon Price Would `Unlock Free Market Genius,' Gillard Writes

A price on carbon in Australia would unlock “the genius of the free market,” encouraging investment and innovation, Prime Minister Julia Gillard wrote in an article published in the Sydney Morning Herald.

Gillard, whose column was also carried in other Fairfax Media Ltd. publications, said putting a cost on carbon was the “only prudent answer” to uncertainty that has delayed investment in power generation.

Gillard said the move would be a reform similar in scope to floating the nation’s currency and cutting tariffs, a step needed to reshape the way the Australian economy works.

“By resetting price signals, we will open the door to a new era of investment and innovation,” Gillard wrote, “creating thousands of jobs for Australians in the industries of tomorrow.”

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