Final Report - The Carbon Tax: Secrecy and spin cannot hide carbon tax flaws

Final Report - The Carbon Tax: Secrecy and spin cannot hide carbon tax flaws

1 November 2011

© Commonwealth of Australia 2011
ISBN 978-1-74229-539-8

View the report as a single document - (PDF 871KB)

View the report as separate downloadable parts:

Membership of the committee (PDF 30KB)
Executive Summary (PDF 25KB)

The trampling of democracy
Issues covered by this report
Recommendations of the Final Report
Recommendations of the Interim Report

Chapter 1 - Introduction (PDF 14KB)

Terms of reference
Conduct of the inquiry to date
Structure of the report

Chapter 2 - Government secrecy on Treasury Modelling Information preventing proper scrutiny (PDF 142KB)

The Joint Select Committee's assessment of the Treasury's modelling
Submitting the modelling to public scrutiny
Cherry picking the best pieces of the modelling
The effect of the carbon tax on the economy
Committee comment

Chapter 3 - The international trading of carbon emission permits (PDF 111KB)

Market instability and immaturity
Dominance of the EU ETS
Structural flaws with the EU ETS
Uncertainty of ETS establishment in many countries
Uncertainty over what constitutes a carbon permit
'Carbon Criminals'
Committee comment

Chapter 4 - Property Rights (PDF 33KB)

Carbon units and property rights
Certain Uncertainty
Committee comment

Chapter 5 - The rise and cost of the green bureaucracy (PDF 122KB)

The regulatory structure
The cost of the regulators
A deficient consultation process
Rise of the green machine
Committee comment

Chapter 6 - Community understanding of the carbon tax reforms (PDF 40KB)

Undue haste
Government advertising and promotion

Government Senators' Dissenting Report (PDF 346KB)

   Direct Action
   Investment and Business Certainty
Government Senators' Dissenting Report: Appendix 1

Dissenting Report by Senator John Madigan (PDF 6KB)
Additional Comments by Senator Nick Xenophon (PDF 23KB)
APPENDIX 1 - Submissions and Additional Information received by the committee (PDF 22KB)

Additional Information and Tabled Documents
Answers to Questions on Notice

APPENDIX 2 - Public Hearings and Witnesses (PDF 15KB)

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Select Committee on the Scrutiny of New Taxes
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Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

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