Monday, 20 June 2011
An Australian View Of The EU And The Carbon Tax
One of my readers (you know who you are) spent many years in Australia and keeps a close eye on national issues there. He sent this link in which one of Australia's respected journalists wrote a a persuasive article for the National Affairs this weekend.
It highlights the EU and the carbon tax from an Australian perspective. Here are a couple of quotes to whet your interest:
In foreign policy we are much closer to the US, hard-headed, pragmatic, jealous of our national sovereignty, much less interested than Europeans in pooling sovereignty in supra-national organisations such as the EU. The UN has a better name in Australia than it does in the US, but it has nothing like the legitimacy and normative power that it has in Europe.
Europe plays a role in our carbon tax debate in several ways. Bizarrely, it is the government's model. The latest report by Ross Garnaut constantly extols Europe's emissions trading scheme.