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Monday, March 07, 2011

Why we need a carbon tax, by the Coalition's environment spokesman


In 1990 Greg Hunt co-authored a university thesis entitled A Tax to Make the Polluter Pay.

His conclusion:

"Ultimately it is by harnessing the natural economic forces which drive society that the pollution tax offers us an opportunity to exert greater control over our environment."

Here it is:

A Tax to Make the Polluter Pay

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