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AUSTRALIANS are rebelling against the idea they should pay to fight global warming, entrenching the Federal Government’s woes on the issue. A new survey showed more than a third of voters don’t want to pay for climate-change bills.

The authoritative Galaxy opinion survey also found that those who buy the family groceries and low-income earners are in the forefront of the new resistance.

It is a sign much of the electorate accept Opposition Leader Tony Abbott’s ETS description as “a great big new tax”.

The Government’s abrupt, three-year pause in introducing an emissions trading scheme angered many of the 35 per cent of voters who believe human activity is changing the climate.

Now even some of those believers are refusing to pay the rises in power bills and other household costs which would be caused by an ETS, the survey has found.

About 35 per cent of all voters told Galaxy they did not want to pay a cent, and that group included 15 per cent of people who agreed with the concept of man-made climate change.

Of the change believers, 27 per cent would not pay more than $100 a year extra.

Almost half – 47 per cent – would not pay more than $100 a year to combat climate change, the poll commissioned by the Institute of Public Affairs showed.

About 60 per cent would not pay more than $300 a year.

If you buy the family groceries, you strongly oppose paying much if anything for an ETS.

The survey found 37 per cent of those who bought family supplies would not pay anything, and just over half would not pay more than $100 a year.

The survey showed two-thirds of respondents were not convinced by man-made climate change, despite “billions of dollars of government propaganda,” said John Roskam of the Institute of Public Affairs.

“These polls also show Australians won’t pay huge amounts of money to fix a problem they are not sure exists,” said Mr Roskam.

The lower your income, the less you are likely to want higher bills, which is why nearly half the unemployed oppose the idea.

The greatest opposition to paying even a cent extra came from Western Australia, South Australia and Queensland.

Herald Sun, 7 May 2010