Even schools, hospitals feel carbon tax

Even schools, hospitals feel carbon tax

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Implementation of the carbon tax is now just 20 days away, and still the surprises continue about just how wide-ranging the new tax will be.

One reason for the carbon tax’s unpopularity is that the electorate rightly feels kept in the dark over where and how the tax will apply.

Carbon confusion reigns. The government’s messages have been mixed, to say the least, beginning with Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s pre-election promise that there would be no such tax under her leadership.

The government moved on from that stance a little too quickly for public tastes.

Now we have government ads that promote compensation to cover the increased costs of living that the carbon tax will bring about, yet the ads decline to mention the tax itself.

It’s more than slightly worrying. So, too, is the exclusive news in today’s Daily Telegraph that Sydney hospitals and schools will face extensive carbon tax bills. This doesn’t fit at all with the government’s rhetoric about punishing so-called big polluters.

According to NSW Treasury analysis, our public health system could be hit with carbon tax bills of $120,000 per hospital per year. Public schools are warned to expect annual carbon tax bills of about $9000. The list of beneficial things that schools and hospitals could do with this money is probably infinite, and almost all of them would have a more positive effect than sending those funds to Canberra.

Consider, too, the pointless and expensive extent of financial “churn” involved.

State hospitals and schools are funded by taxes. They then return some of those taxes to cover their carbon tax debt, at which point a segment of those taxes is redirected to certain households as part of the government’s compensation plan.

It appears to be a massive amount of effort in order to achieve very little at all, apart from hostility throughout the electorate.

On that score, and that score alone, the carbon tax has been an extraordinarily efficient device.

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The adults started it

Children have at least two profound innate skills. One is to rapidly absorb information about the world around them, particularly in the area of communication.

The other is a powerful awareness of just how to get the attention of parents.

Combine these two abilities and it’s no wonder that swear words are so irresistible to even the very youngest of children.

Incredibly, after listening to an adult conversation that may include thousands of words, a child will effortlessly detect and then repeat the one word that is “naughty”. Perhaps they pick up on the clear use of these words to provide emphasis.

As for a solution, even the least profane household would be hard-put to conceal a child from language heard on television, in schoolyards and at sporting events. Especially, and regrettably, at sporting events featuring rugby league teams from Queensland.

Language happens.

Thankfully, children are also quick to pick up on parental instructions. If you can’t stop the bad words, you can still have your say on why they are bad.

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