"WE MUST CARE FOR OUR ENVIRONMENT, BUT WE NEED TO BE WARY OF EXAGGERATED CLAIMS."
– ROD MCGARVIE, FEDERAL SENATE CANDIDATE FOR QUEENSLAND
Family First's position is:
- Climate change has been occurring since time immemorial
- Many hundreds of eminent scientists have strongly criticised both the 'climate change doctrine' and the predictions made by the International Panel on Climate Change. Claims that 'there is a scientific consensus' and 'the science is settled' are not true.
- Carbon dioxide is not a pollutant, it is plant food. The more crops can get of it the better they grow. Despite 10 years of static agricultural land supply, 2014 yielded the greatest grain crop on record.
- Carbon dioxide has had no discernible influence on the world's climate in the past and there is no reason to believe it should in the future.
- The use of the phrase 'putting a price on carbon' is misleading and inane, and highlights either the ignorance or deception of those who use it.
- Australia contributes only 1% of total global CO2 emissions, a drop in the ocean considering the massive rates of China and India.
- As the UK experience has shown, the economic impact following the introduction of the European Emissions Trading Scheme cannot be accurately predicted by so-called 'economic modelling' (e.g. the Stern Report did not predict the doubling of electricity prices or the abandonment of investment in new power stations). The impact of such a scheme in Australia will be felt most by Australia's families and pensioners, as electricity prices could rise by up to 20% as a consequence.
- Where someone wishes to ‘do something’ about climate change, they must do so at their own cost. Low income people could not afford the capital cost of participating in photovoltaic (PV) solar panels or similar schemes, so ended up subsidizing the middle and upper classes with the capital cost of acquiring them. This is unconscionable, and can not be resolved through a tax and compensation scheme. This only churns money and continues to pick winners. The only way that people should address their own concerns on such matters is to spend their own money, or form private companies to invest in that area without government subsidies.
In summary, Family First opposes the introduction of any emissions trading scheme or so-called 'carbon tax' and believes it would be grossly irresponsible to proceed with such a policy that will involve major changes to the Australian economy without first having a proper, independent inquiry e.g. a Royal Commission, which was prepared to listen to the many distinguished scientists who disagree with the current 'climate change doctrine'.