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Consequences…

The list of companies affected by the Carbon (Dioxide) Tax has finally been released.

Remember, this is the list of the “worst polluters” who must pay for their evil sins, and such like.

Apart from the usual suspects of electricity generation, cement works, and brick makers, there sure are some surprises on the list:

  • Blacktown Waste Services
  • Brisbane City Council
  • Central Gippsland Water
  • Downer EDI
  • Fonterra Australia
  • Gladstone Council
  • Incitec Pivot
  • Kilcoy Pastoral
  • Kimberley Clark
  • La Trobe University
  • Maranoa Council
  • Melbourne Water
  • Murray Goulbourn Co-Op
  • SA Water
  • Simplot
  • Snowy Hydro (WTF?)
  • Tatura Milk
  • Teys Australia Meat
  • Toyota

I bet most readers won’t have a clue what most of those companies even do. So here they are, arranged by industry:

Garbage Disposal

  • Blacktown Waste Services

(just one of many, I gave up finding the others)

Water Supply

  • Central Gippsland Water
  • Melbourne Water
  • SA Water

Hydro-electricity Generation

  • Snowy Hydro

City Council

  • Brisbane City Council
  • Gladstone Council
  • Maranoa Council

(There are other councils as well)

Food and fruit processing, Rural / Agribusiness

  • Fonterra Australia
  • Kilcoy Pastoral
  • Murray Goulbourn Co-Op
  • Simplot
  • Tatura Milk
  • Teys Australia Meat

Manufacturing, Heavy Engineering & Electrical

  • Downer EDI
  • Kimberley Clark
  • Toyota

Fertilisers

  • Incitec Pivot

Universities

  • La Trobe University

The rhetoric and the reality are not lined up any more. There will be consequences for imposing the tax:

  • Water and sewer rates will rise (water authorities can’t pay a new tax without passing the added cost on).
  • Some council rates will raise (councils are likewise not a charity and have to get their operating costs from somewhere – namely ratepayers).
  • Fertiliser prices will rise. The farmers will be grateful.
  • Food prices will rise. Not just because of the increase in the prices of transport fuels, but because of cost increases in their processing.
  • Some manufacturing industries will close – I have left all the steel makers out of my lists, there has been a whole lot of newspaper bleating and announcement there already.

Just picking on the food processors list:

Fonterra Australia – Milk and Diary processor – one of the largest milk and dairy processors in the world and Australia, dominating Victoria, NSW and Tasmania. Brands in Australia are Mainland (cheeses), and many local milk brands, including Bonlac, Western Star, Perfect Italiano, Allowrie, Diploma.

Kilcoy Pastoral – Queensland boxed beef processor and exporter.

Murray Goulbourn Co-Op – Milk and diary processor – with brands including Devondale, Liddels, Cobram.

Simplot – one of the largest fruit and vegetable processors, with brands including Edgell, Birds Eye, John West, Leggos, Seakist, Top Cut, Chiko, I&J, Ally, Harvest.

Tatura Milk – another milk and diary processor, exporting most of its output as ingredients such as cream cheese, frozen cream, milk powder and infant formula.

Teys Australia Meat – a major Australian meat processor. A great deal of the beef purchased in Australia is processed by Teys.

Prediction: Food prices will have to rise, milk producers will get squeezed or screwed (again).

Some businesses, for example Simplot, have been known to have poor profitability for years but private ownership keeps the actual facts quiet. I’d expect some operations to be closed down with the usual further loss of rural employment. ¬†After all, why process tomatoes in Australia? We’ve been able to buy Italian canned tomatoes for lower prices than the local product for many years, and now the price difference will just get a whole lot more pronounced.

“Worst polluters” seems wildly overblown when considering what some of these companies do. As to why city councils should be paying the tax… beats me.

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