Australians still unconvinced about carbon tax

Australians are still confused and concerned about the carbon tax, a new report from the Climate Institute entitled Climate of the Nation 2012 has confirmed.

The carbon tax, which has increased electricity prices across Australia, was bought in on July 1 as part of the federal government's initiative to fight climate change and has since drawn a mixed response from the public.

The findings from the Climate Institute, which were released yesterday (July 23), indicate that while 64 per cent of Australians agree that climate change is occurring only 28 per cent of respondents are in support of the carbon tax.

The institute has attributed that figure to a degree of misinformation, noting that support for the carbon price increased to 47 per cent when people were informed that the revenue raised by the tax goes to supporting renewable energy initiatives.

"Party politics and cost scares have taken their toll but a strong majority... still accepts humans are at least partly driving climate change and broader anxiety about climate impacts point to support for climate action being up for grabs," said Climate Institute chief executive officer John Connor.

"Our research was carried out at a time of highly politicized and poorly informed debate preceding the start of the carbon laws. Some of these findings are concerning but not surprising and set out policy and communication challenges on solutions, impacts and opportunities."

More than 1,100 adults from throughout Australia were surveyed online in order to compile the report.

Posted by Charlie Moore