Australian Carbon Price Proposal Opposed by 60% of Voters, Newspoll Says

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s plan to put a price on carbon by introducing laws aimed at curbing emissions is opposed by most voters, according to a Newspoll opinion survey.

The survey shows that about 60 percent of voters are against the proposal, while 30 percent are in favor, according to the poll of 1,201 people conducted between April 29 and May 1 for the Australian newspaper. Emissions should be priced at between A$20 and A$30 a metric ton, rising at 4 percent a year, climate change adviser, Ross Garnaut, said last month.

Gillard wants to set a carbon price for Australia, the world’s biggest coal exporter, starting in July 2012 before a trading system that may begin as early as 2015. The nation has set a target of generating 20 percent of its power from renewable sources including wind and solar by 2020.

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