Public transport advocate calls for tax reform


Families paying for policy neglect: The chief executives of some of Australia’s biggest companies recently called on the Government to get serious about climate change before the cost of inaction becomes too great, she said. Families pay the increasing daily price of an economically, socially and environmentally unsustainable addiction to oil.

Lip service to public transport: Cities are grinding to a halt under the weight of traffic while governments at all levels pay lip service to public transport. Each of these problems has at its heart a tax damage to inefficient resource use.

Time to strengthen renewables incentives: With predictions of a global peak (then decline) in oil production within the next decade, this is a time for tax reform that strengthens incentives for energy efficiency and innovation, and makes polluters pay the full cost of the damage they do to our children’s planet, she said.

The Age, 8/5/2006, p. B6

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