Preliminary Perceptions on the Introduction of Carbon Tax in Australia

By Mei-Leng Rankin, Kabossa Msimangira and Ernest Mudogo.

Published by The International Journal of Sustainability Policy and Practice

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The recent carbon tax legislation in Australia has attracted significant interest in the country. Little is known about perceptions on the effectiveness of the tax on carbon emission control. The objective of this paper is to present preliminary results of a study to examine the views of different stakeholders on carbon tax as a means of reducing carbon emission. Using secondary data, we identified key perceptions on carbon tax. Cross case analysis was used to analyse the data. The results lead to the conclusion that the introduction of a carbon tax in Australia is not accepted by most stakeholders despite of potential benefits to the country. The paper contributes to the literature on better understanding of stakeholders’ perceptions on carbon tax. In addition, the paper provides recommendations and future research areas.

Keywords: Carbon Tax, Carbon Price, Carbon Emission

The International Journal of Sustainability Policy and Practice, Volume 9, Issue 1, pp.15-32. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 722.470KB).

Mei-Leng Rankin

Lecturer, Faculty of Business, Northern Melbourne Institute of Tafe, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Mei Leng Rankin has extensive experience as a lecturer in tertiary education in Australia. Her main areas of teaching are in the field of economics and quantitative methods. Her past research interest included the development of business courses that incorporated sustainability issues in all aspects of studies. This research led to the successful development of an undergraduate degree in Accounting with a sustainability focus at the Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE (NMIT), where she currently teaches. Her current research interest includes the development of sustainable business practices, carbon tax, and investigating strategies for effective learning at higher education.

Dr. Kabossa Msimangira

Senior Lecturer, Higher Education, Faculty of Business, Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE, Melbourne, Vic, Australia

Dr. Kabossa is a Senior Lecturer and discipline leader of Business, Faculty of Business, Hospitality and Personal Services, Higher Education, at the Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE (NMIT). He is a certified fellow member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (FCIPS), U.K./Australia. He has been active in training, consultancy and research in the areas of purchasing/procurement, logistics, management, operations management, supply chain management and supply chain integration. He has published articles in peer reviewed international journals. Before joining NMIT, he worked at the Open Polytechnic of New Zealand, United Nations, and the University of Dar – es - Salaam.

Dr. Ernest Mudogo

Senior Lecturer, Higher Education, Faculty of Business, Melbourne, Vic, Australia

Ernest earned his PhD from Macquarie University, Australia and holds a Masters degree in finance from the University of Birmingham (U.K.). He is also a chartered management accountant (U.K.), a chartered secretary and administrator (U.K.) and a chartered global management accountant. His experience included teaching accounting and finance at several universities and advising on public financial management reforms.