Complaint lodged against ‘carbon tax collector’ ad – Business – Australian Broadcasting Corporation
The advertising has been run on television, online and on outdoor billboards.
In July last year the Government gave the ACCC a $12.8 million grant to deal with false and misleading claims about price rises under the carbon tax.
And new national consumer laws in force since January last year specify fines of up to $1.1 million per contravention.The ACCC has been told the advertisement may be misleading because it blames rising electricity prices on the carbon tax.
The advertisement shows a tax collector thrusting a collection tin at a pensioner demanding cash. When the pensioner objects, the carbon tax collector responds: “You use electricity, don’t you? Pay up.”
The chief executive of EnergyWatch, Ben Polis, then appears and says “the carbon tax comes in on July 1. We can’t stop it, but we can help you reduce your power bill.”
A disclaimer in small print states “carbon tax collector is a fictitious character”.
Strange Random Tax Collector Quote:
“The tax collector must love poor people – he’s creating so many of them” – Bill Vaughn (American industry author, mentor and subject-matter expert)
- CO2 Tax Australia – The Unions Wanted This Tax. Let Their Members Pay (papundits.wordpress.com)
- The carbon tax is unconstitutional, and that’s recognised in the legislation itself it says it’s found to be “unconstitutional,” (peterbdunn.wordpress.com)
- Tesla’s Elon Musk Calls Carbon Tax “Ideal” (ecopolitology.org)
- Stephen Harper’s risky, job-killing carbon tax (macleans.ca)
- Discussion Paper Next Step On Carbon Tax (hofcom.info)
Posted on March 30, 2012, in Article and tagged Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, Carbon tax, EnergyWatch, July 1, New South Wales, Tax collector, Total Environment Centre, YouTube. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.