Memo to Tony: it is now 2 July and the sky hasn’t fallen. Time to come out of the bunker. And, while on the carbon tax, surely it is easy to see that the whole purpose of the levy is to make carbon pollution more expensive, thus giving us consumers an incentive to reduce or to look for alternative products.
Sure, electricity will be dearer. But why not switch to lower-wattage new-technology lights, shorten the time in the shower, switch to ‘Time Of Use’ electricity metering and run the expensive appliances like washing machine and dryer in the off-peak hours?
Tax on fuel for grocery deliveries will make this more expensive. Why not buy more locally grown fruit and vegetables instead of the stuff supplied by the big grocers, who move all their goods through capital city warehouses? Your food may even taste fresher and better.
And by shying away from buying from the big polluters we give the innovators a chance to develop less-polluting products, which then will lower the prices.