Carbon price can stop power pain: Gillard
Unless a carbon price is introduced next year, Australians face a decade of rising electricity prices and the risk of blackouts, Prime Minister Julia Gillard says.
In an interview with News Ltd, she acknowledged that households are struggling to pay high power bills, and said things will get even worse for families if investment uncertainty in the electricity industry continues.
Mr Gillard says the only solution is to resolve the debate over carbon pricing which is delaying investment decisions.
“We can’t have the next decade be like the last decade – uncertainty, under-investment, rising prices, risks of blackouts,” she said.
“I’ll be explaining carbon pricing and seeking by the end of the year to deliver a national understanding about how we’re going to price carbon. We’ve got to get this right. We’ve got to deal with the complex problem of carbon pricing.”
News Ltd says both main political parties are spoiling for a major fight on carbon pricing in 2011.
coalition will this week roll out a new advertising poster with the message: “Labor and the Greens – carbon tax on everything.”
Ms Gillard admitted she’s vulnerable to the opposition campaign, but will counter it by explaining the problem through advocacy – and she didn’t rule out a government advertising campaign.
h/t to Scarlet Pumpernickel