Anaylst to PCA: Carbon Tax to Balloon Construction Costs Much Higher Than Anticipated

THE cost of building an office tower could rise 1.7 per cent under a carbon tax, substantially more than the previous estimates of between 0.2 and 0.5 per cent.

Building a 200 square metre home would also rise by 1.7 per cent, or about $18 per square metre, because of the tax, according to new research prepared for the Property Council of Australia, by adviser Allen Conosulting Group.

An initial price of $23 per tonne of carbon will be imposed on Australia’s top 500 carbon emitters from July 1, 2012. This will rise to $25.50 per tonne in the 2015 financial year.

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Australia’s Biggest Council Blames Carbon Tax For Chunk of Upcoming Rate Rises

THE federal Labor government’s carbon tax has been blamed for a spike in rates, to be passed on by Australia’s largest council next financial year.

Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the average ratepayer will face an increase of $54.62 per annum – reflecting a 4.5 per cent jump.

Mr Quirk said this rate could have limited to $31.48 a year (representing 2.6 per cent) if the carbon tax was removed.

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