Source: The Australian
TONY Abbott has attacked the sweeping powers of a new carbon tax regulator, questioning how it can effectively monitor invisible gas emissions.
The Opposition Leader this morning lashed the powers of the Clean Energy Regulator, set out in a draft legislative package, likening the body to a “carbon cop”.
The new regulator will be able to enter workplaces and compel individuals to hand over self-incriminating evidence and sensitive records.
“I mean this is a draconian new police force chasing an invisible, odourless, weightless, tasteless substance,” Mr Abbott told Nine’s Today Show.
“Not only is the carbon tax going to be with you every time you turn on the TV or open the fridge or get into bed with the electric blanket on, there’s now going to be a carbon cop.
“The carbon cop could hit you with 10 years in jail (and) million dollar plus fines.”