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02 April - Rally in Sydney against the Carbon Tax

Unread postby Max ADU » Tue Apr 02, 2013 5:26 pm

Today in Australian History
Saturday, April 2, 2011.


Thousands of people in Sydney rally against the proposed "carbon tax".
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A carbon tax is a pricing on carbon levied on the use of non-renewable energy sources, such as those derived from coal.

It requires that businesses and companies pay a set levy for each tonne of carbon they release into the atmosphere.

The then proposed legislation referred to it as a fixed carbon credit scheme, but 'Carbon Tax' is the term by which Australia's politicians and political commentators generally referred to it, and was the topic of the rally.

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The First Woman PM.
On 24 June 2010 Julia Gillard, member for Lalor, Victoria, was sworn in as Australia's first female Prime Minister.

The previous PM, Kevin Rudd, had seen a huge decline in popularity for a variety of reasons.

He was forced to stand aside after then-Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard called for a leadership ballot, gaining the support of the ALP Caucus.

Immediately after this, the Opposition began calling for a Federal election, which was held in September.

There would be "No Carbon Tax"
During the election campaign, one of Ms Gillard's key promises was that there would be no carbon tax under a government that she led.

The election resulted in a hung parliament with neither party gaining a majority. Ms Gillard was only able to form government with the suport of three Independent MPs and the Greens Party.

A key factor in her securing Greens support was the commitment to introduce a carbon tax, in direct conflict with previous promises.

Australians from all walks of life were angered at the broken promise and fearful of the increase in cost of living which it would mean for them personally.

Numerous surveys held at different times through 2011 indicated between 60% and 72% of Australians opposed the legislation.

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The People Revolt.
On 2 April 2011, a huge rally was held in Sydney in which thousands of people protested the proposed carbon tax. Estimates of attendees ranged between 5000 and 8000. In Hyde Park, a petition containing 25,000 signatures was presented to Senator Eric Abetz, Leader of the Opposition in the Senate and a member of the Tasmanian Liberal Senate Team.

This was the first of many anti-carbon tax rallies held across Australia throughout 2011.

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