GPs divided over carbon tax plans
MOST Australian GPs accept climate change is affecting the planet, but the profession is split over the best way to combat it, an MO poll has revealed.
The national poll showed while 70% of the 152 GPs surveyed believed in the science behind climate change, nearly half of respondents thought the Government’s proposed carbon tax would unreasonably increase the cost of living.
However, more than a third still supported the measure, saying it would make polluters pay and benefit the environment long-term. Only 17% did not believe there was enough evidence to support its introduction.
The poll comes amid ongoing community debate as the Government attempts to introduce its carbon tax over Opposition protests.
ANU Climate Change Institute executive director Professor Will Steffen said GPs who were looking for a cheaper alternative to a carbon tax to combat climate change would be disappointed.