by Tim Wilson, November 7, 2011
Today SD has released a new report looking at the influence of the greens movement over the Australian economy. Importantly, the green movement are successfully influencing Australian government policy and restructuring, and restricting, the operations of the Australian economy based on their values. Their influence is making the Australian economy economically unsustainable.
There are numerous examples of the greens movement influencing the Australian economy. The carbon tax is an obvious case where the greens movement has succeeded in creating unsustainable false foundations of the back of a tax for their favoured industries. The new clean energy fund is equally as problematic.
But the influence of certification schemes is also becoming a problem. Voluntarily these schemes are designed to increase consumer choice and awareness about non-price value propositions. But as the greens movement is achieving, if they are legislated they are handing control of supply chains for primary industries to opaque and questionable certification bodies that green groups have significant influence over.
The long term outcome is that the Australian economy will become strangled by their influence harming sustainable economic, social and environmental development. And we will establish a poor precedent for other countries to follow.