A Statement by Mr Viv Forbes, Chairman, The Carbon Sense Coalition, Australia, 22 Aug 09.
The Chairman of the Carbon Sense Coalition, Mr Viv Forbes, today called for an audit by
the Productivity Commission into PM Rudd’s Green Jobs Plan.
“Whenever politicians claim to create jobs, close examination usually finds that the jobs
were created in another country and their policies have merely created more welfare
“Much of the tax funded subsidy money being thrown at “alternative energy” is creating jobs
in China making the hardware. Then it employs a few short term people installing the stuff.
In the end, the only real jobs created are repairing wind towers and cleaning dust off solar
panels. Even these are not real jobs because the moment the government stops forcing
electricity companies to use their expensive and unreliable green power, these jobs will also
“Real jobs are those that produce unsubsidized goods or services that can be sold in open
markets at a profit.
“Jobs that depend for their existence on government subsidies or mandates are not jobs,
but welfare with fancy names. They live off taxes paid by real jobs.
“For example, spending $19 million of tax payers’ money on a mindless slaughter of wild
camels “to save the environment” is green job creation. Harvesting camels in a sustainable
industry is a real job.
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