Australian carbon tax to be challenged at High Court
16 March 2012
Matthew Gilleard - ITR
Australian mining magnate Clive Palmer has announced his intention to go to the High Court regarding the Australian government’s planned tax on carbon emissions, saying he has advice that the legislation is not constitutionally acceptable.
“Our advice is that the carbon tax in its current form is unconstitutional,” Palmer told Australia’s ABC network, but he would not elaborate when probed.
“I can only go on the advice that I’m given,” he said. “And so we’ll be looking forward to the challenge.”
Palmer is a financial backer of Tony Abbott’s opposition coalition party, and his criticisms of the Gillard government’s carbon pricing mechanism have been well publicised.
“You can’t really tax carbon. The other thing about it, of course, is it’s a joke. Of course the air moves right around the world. If you tax...
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