Ms Gillard said that around the world other nations were moving to cut carbon pollution with Australians joining 850 million people around the world who live with a carbon pricing.
“500 million Europeans live with carbon pricing and 200 million Chinese(sic)."The European carbon tax market has a crisis with prices falling below A$6.30 (Link).
As to PM Gillard's "200 million Chinese" living with a carbon tax, it had not started when she made that statement. Was she misinformed? Or was it yet another lie?
Today Bloomberg report that: (link)
China will wait until after this year to introduce a tax on carbon, deferring to concern that economic growth might suffer, a government researcher said.There is a distinct difference between Australia's $23 tonne (rising to $29 tonne) and Europe's $6 or China's proposed $1.60 tonne.
The nation eventually expects to introduce a levy of 5 yuan to 10 yuan (80 cents to $1.61) per ton of carbon, Jia Kang, head of research at the Ministry of Finance, said in Beijing yesterday. The tax, proposed in China’s latest five-year plan, was intended to apply to carbon emissions from fossil fuels, KPMG International said in a May 2011 report.
The carbon tax is “still in internal discussions,” as there is “obvious opposition,” Jia said without identifying the opponents.