Draconian powers of new "carbon cop"

Knocking on your door?

The idea of carbon cops has been around for a while (see here), but now it is set out formally in the draft carbon tax legislation. The powers are draconian and intimidating, with previously sacred rights, such as that of avoiding self-incrimination, being swept away:

A NEW carbon cop will be given sweeping powers to enter company premises, compel individuals to give self-incriminating evidence and copy sensitive records under a carbon tax package that will force about 60,000 businesses to pay 6c a litre extra for fuel.

The tough new powers of the Clean Energy Regulator were included in the fine detail of the carbon tax package released yesterday, which enshrines national emissions cuts of 12 million tonnes of carbon dioxide a year after 2016, if the government of the day rejects targets proposed by its Climate Change Authority.

The package, which shows that the government will cement in law the body of its carbon tax structure in a bid to force Tony Abbott to win the approval of both houses of parliament to complete his promise to scrap it, also tasks the Productivity Commission with inquiries into assistance to trade-exposed industries, international climate change action and the future of fuel taxes.

As it released the exposure draft of the 14-bill package — which will set up the $23-a-tonne carbon tax, the mechanisms to pay compensation for households, the Climate Change Authority and the Clean Energy Regulator — the government said it planned to introduce the bills in September and plan to have them passed by November. The schedule raised hackles with some interest groups for allowing only three weeks of consultation.

The exposure draft of the legislation gives sweeping powers to the Clean Energy Regulator, which will police the scheme, and the climate change minister will have the power to demand information from corporations covered by the scheme.

Fraud or attempts to subvert the scheme can be punished by up to 10 years in jail or fines of $1.1 million for corporations.

Inspectors working for the regulator will be able to obtain warrants to search premises of companies covered by the act and search or examine any activity on site as well as copy documents.

The regulator will have the authority to demand information from company officers even if it could incriminate them. (source)

Welcome to the new world of the carbon police state.

Comments

  1. Did someone mention the word revolution?

  2. Oh hell yeah Theo!!! Its already started!! The Alliance New South Wales, (there are other states too) Pop over and have a look, see what you think… ;)

  3. The Loaded Dog says:

    The regulator will have the authority to demand information from company officers even if it could incriminate them.

    Well it’s a planetary emergency after all. Sacrifices need to be made. Even the suspension of democracy eh Cliveyboy?

    http://blogs.news.com.au/heraldsun/andrewbolt/index.php/heraldsun/comments/the_denier_clive_hamilton

    DAMN FREAKS…

    • James Anderson says:

      This is nothing new. The right to silence is not enshrined in our Constitution as it is in the USA. It’s a common law right that is mostly respected, but there are several circumstances where it is legitimately abrogated by statute, e.g. bankruptcy, Royal Commissions, some terrorism and organised crime legislation. We’ve all happily lived under such “freakish draconianism” up until now because sometimes justice requires it. What’s the problem?

  4. GIVE JULIA THE BOOT says:

    My wife came to Australia as a political refugee, having spent her youth under the communist regime. Looking highly likely that she is “going back to the future” in her senior years if Comrade Julia has her way!

  5. Bob in Castlemaine says:

    These new Green Police are just some of the Green jobs Minister for Thought Control Greg Combet keeps telling us about. And with these recruits to their parasitic Green bureaucracies there will be more voters with vested interests in perpetuating the Green totalitarian nightmare we find ourselves in.

  6. What next? The right to enter our homes to see if we have turned off the lights? “Dob in a Denier” here we come…

  7. Baldrick says:

    Resistance was futile.

    The Carbon Tax Bill is passed. The system goes on-line 1st July, 2012. Human rights are removed regarding carbon emissions. The Watermelons begin to learn at a geometric rate. They become self-aware at 2:14 a.m. Eastern time, July 29th. In a panic, they try to pull the plug.

    The Watermelons fights back. They send there Carbon Cops against the deniers ….

  8. Uhavitbad says:

    I thought this scheme was fraud proof.
    I guess that means sending cops into private enterprises on fishing expeditions, looking for anything to justify their paychecks. Working off tips from anonymous sources no doubt.

  9. Rick Bradford says:

    These seem to be the only ‘crimes’ that demand or even permit self-incrimination.

    And the AGW movement still says it isn’t Marxist?

    I also spent many years living under communism, and I echo Vaclav Klaus’ notion that the AGW groups intentions and methods are virtually indistinguishable from those of hard-core Marxism.

    • James Anderson says:

      As I said above, this is nothing new. The right to silence is not enshrined in our Constitution as it is in the USA. It’s a common law right that is mostly respected, but there are several circumstances where it is legitimately abrogated by statute, e.g. bankruptcy, Royal Commissions, some terrorism and organised crime legislation.

  10. same powers as the ATO, whats the big deal…obviously if theres a new law , you need the mechanism to enforce it.

    • Baldrick says:

      The big deal is it’s another level of bureaucracy and government interference in our already over-taxed and over-policed lives. It’s a scam enforced on the people of Australia by a government with no mandate.

  11. Risto Siljanoski says:

    If we don’t take action now our children will have no clean air to breathe
    Everybody should pay carbon tax, some more some les, only then we will
    think twice before going for drive just for pleasure.

    • Baldrick says:

      Let me guess – your from GetUp! too like your mate duncan.

      • Risto Siljanoski says:

        No Baldrick, I am not from get up and I like this web site because it gives everybody fair go
        to have a say. I might be your opposition but I am glad to have civilized conversation here.

        Regards, Risto

        • Baldrick says:

          Global warming/climate change has nothing to do with clean air and neither has the carbon dioxide tax, so I’m not sure why you want to pay a tax for nothing.

        • GIVE JULIA THE BOOT says:

          Risto are you aware that this costly money churn exercise being introduced by our PM will make a reduction of 0.07% to global emissions. Are you also aware that if China also cut their emissions by the same 5% that their cut would be equal to all of Australia emissions! I would suggest that your children will be more likely to not be able to afford to breathe the air.

    • The Loaded Dog says:

      only then we will think twice before going for drive just for pleasure.

      Oh dear.

      Your comment speaks volumes….

      • We won’t be able to go for a “drive just for pleasure” because
        a) electricity to charge our electric cars will be too expensive.
        b) we’ll probably need travel permits to leave our own suburb.
        c) Only those who are deemed “important” enough will be allowed to have a car anyway.

        Still, it would be nice to get out and about a bit, as sitting at home with no power because the wind isn’t bowing and the sun isn’t shining, would be a bit boring, particularly when all the books you’ll have to read are pro-green ones sanctioned by the state, assuming you’re allowed to have any, being a registered Denier and living in a ghetto somewhere.

        I wish people could see that this Green/Labor government is using the Carbon Dioxide Tax as an excuse, and putting the country on a slippery slope towards a dictatorship where even more of our freedom is removed (I thought Australians were proud to live in a country with a “fair-go attitude”, and the freedom to express ourselves), and each little step towards it is so very hard to undo once it’s been done.

    • froggy uk says:

      If CO2 is as dangerous as you claim then why hasnt everyone died who has drank a beer,drank sodas or indeed just for breathing?, I would say children are in more danger of fanatical green sects that refuse to believe that CO2 is in fact life giving & not life taking nor a pollutant.

  12. reminds me of the bottom inspectors from viz…

  13. Adam R. says:

    A look at the future?

    • James Anderson says:

      No, just an ad targeting brand whores who like to pretend they have a conscience.

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