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Analysis posted May 27 2012, 10:43 PM Category: Economy Source: InformationLiberation Print

Aussie Gov Says They'll Fine Anyone Who Blames Carbon Tax For Price Increases, Despite Carbon Tax Causing Price Increases

Chris | InformationLiberation

Australia's new carbon tax is going to cause costs to rise on everything across the board, it's a massive new tax on energy, therefor no industries will be able to escape the rising costs.

That said, the Australian government has declared it's illegal to "wrongly" blame the carbon tax for price increases, and they say those who do will face fines up to $1.1 million dollars.

Via The Daily Telegraph:
SHOPS and restaurants could face fines up to $1.1 million if waiters or sales staff wrongly blame the carbon tax for price rises or exaggerate the impact.

And households are being warned to watch out for telephone scammers offering to deposit carbon tax compensation into their bank accounts.

The prices watchdog, the ACCC, will today launch its countdown to the July 1 carbon tax with a special focus on helping small businesses understand their obligations and consumers to be vigilant for false claims.

It is releasing internet videos to help business, a 16-page guide and has set up a dedicated website

ACCC deputy chairman Dr Michael Schaper told the Herald Sun companies were entitled to increase their prices and did not have to justify or explain why.

"It is business as usual,'' Dr Schaper said.

But if they blamed the carbon tax they must be able to prove it and not use it as a cover for other price increases related to wages, rent or stock.

"If a business claims that a price is linked to the carbon price, that claim must be truthful and have a reasonable basis,'' he said.

Dr Schaper said the warning applied to comments made by staff over the phone, on the shop floor or in meetings.

It also covers advertising, product labels, websites, invoices, contracts and contract negotiations.

The ACCC has the power to force a business to substantiate that a price rise has been caused by the carbon tax.

The guide explains what businesses can and cannot do, and provides a checklist to follow.

Dr Schaper said businesses must be sure price rises were "based on your own costs''.
The idea you can somehow defend yourself and "rightly" blame your price increases on the carbon tax is nonsense. The law says your claims must be "truthful" and have a "reasonable basis."

Who determines what is truthful, and who determines what is reasonable? Not the business owner, that's for sure.

The hidden costs of a new tax can spread in entirely unpredictable ways, taxes are frequently passed onto consumers, other times they may ultimately fall on producers, there's no way to know exactly who will be ultimately paying these taxes, so there is no way to ultimately say what the "truthful" cost of these new taxes are on anything.

What we know for certain is costs will rise, but don't dare say it, or you could be fined $1.1 million dollars.

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Posted: Jun 06 2012, 6:40 PM


Christianity has been responsible for more atrocities over the course of that religion's existence than all the non-religious dictators have been in the course of history.

Also, Hitler was christian. Marx was not atheist - he believed in the religion of state, and deified the power of the state. Trotsky deified Marx for a while, then Lenin, then was driven out.

Atheism (sic) is based off logic and reason, and the ability to have a system of morals that include freedom, equality, and the right to choose in all matters personal and public, whereas any religion - especially christianity - is about oppressing people your holy fairy tale bible says are sinners or do wrong, and preaching about love and compassion while exhibiting appalling violence and disgusting habits.

Abortion? A woman's choice in an atheist's world (usually) In christianity it's a sin - unless you are killing your enemies women and children. Then it's god's order.

Homosexuality? No issue for most atheists - christians say it's an abomination - and yet Song of Solomon is rife with homosexual scenes and homosexual innuendo.

What else do you want me to say? God is fake, your religion is a scam, and you are a rabid fucking idiot who can't open his goddamn eyes and take a look at the realities of the world. So take your religious bullshit and cram it up your ass, then crawl away and rot in a hole so no one has to listen to you blather about how everyone is wrong because your book of lies says so.

Posted: Jun 08 2012, 4:42 AM

58179 Really? have they ever heard of freedom of speech? They're slowly trying to erode our fundamental human rights as they tax us for producing the same thing that all mammals produce, the same thing that feeds trees; Carbon. not really a surprise considering this is the same regime that booted our elected leader out and replaced him with a red headed retarded puppet bitch. To say the least this is a dark day for Australia, and personally I BLAME the CARBON TAX!

Posted: Jun 22 2012, 11:18 PM

72186 193200 is an imbecile.

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