The 7 who'll pay half the carbon tax bill

A remarkably small number of companies face a direct liability under the carbon price and just seven will foot more than half the bill, with the NSW government leading the pack.

The total amount of CO2 equivalent emissions liable in the first year of the carbon price or tax (depending on your point of view) for the $23 per tonne fee is 284,562,865 tonnes.

Of course, a large proportion of these emissions will be covered by permits which the government has issued for free either as compensation, or to shield trade-exposed businesses from loss of competitiveness.

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