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LABOR ,particularly Wayne Swan, is running the argument that the carbon price is not a carbon tax because it is not deducted from your pay packet.
An example of Swan’s statements to the press is: ‘‘ I accept that there’s a lot of confusion about the fact that we are bringing in an interim price, which people describe as a carbon tax, but it doesn’t operate like a traditional tax . . . it is not deducted from your pay packet, it comes from the big polluters . . . but the fact is that Mr Hockey’s description and Mr Abbott’s description of a carbon tax is absolutely incorrect.’’
Using his reasoning that the carbon price is not a tax because it does not come out of pay packets, Mr Swan vigorously accuses Tony Abbott and the Opposition of lying about the carbon price being a carbon tax.
Mr Swan’s reasoning that a carbon price is not a carbon tax is a matter of pointless political semantics.
The result is that it will be a cost to all businesses and taxpayers; hence it is best described as a tax.
Consider the following list of taxes, State and Federal, that do not come out of pay packets: Capital Gains Tax; Luxury Car Tax; Petroleum Resources Rent Tax; Gambling Turnover Tax; Pay Roll Tax; Wine Equalis- ation Tax and the proposed Minerals Resource Rent Tax.
This is not an exhaustive list, it is only a sample of taxes that are called taxes, even though they are not deducted from pay packets.
Everyone acknowledges the above as being taxes and they are legitimately referred to as taxes by all sides of politics.
Will Mr Swan now claim that anyone who refers to these taxes as taxes is lying and misleading the public because these taxes are not deducted from pay packets?
Will he set up a committee to rename the aforementioned as not being taxes because they are not de- ducted from pay packets?
No, because doing that would be as ridiculous as claiming that the carbon price is not a tax on all Australians.
Mr Swan, instead of putting your efforts into trying to redefine the carbon price as anything but a tax and accusing the Opposition of lying when they call it a tax, and before you make a final decision on the price of carbon ( aka carbon tax), put your efforts into giving us real details on the impacts of a carbon price to enable the Australian people to put forward some real feedback. BARRY LOWE,