Saturday, 23 March 2013

What price the truth at the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry?

Written by Robbert Veerman    March 13th 2013


I see it but I still don't believe it! 
With national polls repeatedly showing that the overwhelming majority of Australians want action on global warming, how can it be true that the huge membership of the ACCI (see list below, from Wikipedia) takes a different view? Were those hundreds of thousands of ACCI business folk excluded from the polling?
I think ACCI's recent stand against any kind of emissions trading/carbon price may well be a fraud on their own membership. I think it may be worth contacting each of their member organisations to confirm they are being fairly represented?
The ACCI offered no alternative to an ETS whereby we all might shoulder Australia's very large per capita share of Carbon Dioxide emissions. It just wants its members to avoid a tax that is actually mostly paid by ordinary consumers. 
The average effect of the current 'carbon price' across a broad basket of goods is around 1% . Is Australian industry so weak and on the point of collapse? Should I now rush in fear and take my superannuation investments overseas? It's time for ACCI either to identify which of its members are prepared to turn their backs on our beautiful country or to get real, get its hands out of OUR pockets and get back to business.
If that 1% is sufficient to "endanger" Australian industry then spare a thought for the effect of the massive increase in CO2
Robbert Veerman
(Sorry for the long list) 
Members of ACCI are state and territory chambers of business, and national industry associations. They include:
  • ACT & Region Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Australian Made Campaign Limited
  • Business SA
  • Chamber of Commerce and Industry Western Australia
  • Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland
  • Chamber of Commerce Northern Territory
  • Employers First
  • NSW Business Chamber
  • Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Ltd
  • Victorian Employers' Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • ACCORD
  • Agribusiness Employers’ Federation
  • Air Conditioning and Mechanical Contractors Association
  • Association of Consulting Engineers Australia
  • Australian Beverages Council Ltd
  • Australian Hotels Association
  • Australian International Airlines Operations Group
  • Australian Made, Australian Grown Campaign
  • Australian Mines and Metals Association
  • Australian Newsagents' Federation
  • Australian Paint Manufacturers’ Federation Inc
  • Australian Retailers’ Association
  • Bus Industry Confederation
  • Live Performance Australia
  • Master Builders Australia Inc
  • Master Plumbers’ and Mechanical Services Association of Australia
  • National Baking Industry Association
  • National Electrical and Communications Association
  • National Fire Industry Association
  • National Retail Association Ltd
  • NSW Business Chamber
  • NSW Farmers Industrial Association
  • Oil Industry Industrial Association
  • Pharmacy Guild of Australia
  • Plastics and Chemicals Industries Association Inc
  • Printing Industries Association of Australia
  • Restaurant & Catering Australia
  • Standards Australia
  • Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce

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