Why is Australia afraid of leading the world?

Australia's carbon tax may be more comprehensive and higher than others, but global competitiveness is a function of an awful lot more than the carbon tax.

When did Australia decide that we didn’t want to lead the world on doing something good for the rest of the world? That instead we’d prefer to be an extremely timid follower or, maybe better, a free loader? This fight to not lead the world in having an effective and comprehensive price on carbon pollution is starting to become a bit ridiculous. Does it really matter if our carbon tax is higher than someone else’s if our taxes on some other production input are lower?

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