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Carbon Tax Having Little Effect on Dairies

13 November 2012

AUSTRALIA - A study carried out by Melbourne University indicates the carbon tax is having little effect on dairy farmers.

While dairy farms are big users of electricity, the research suggest price hikes have little to do with the carbon tax.

Dr Richard Eckard, the director of the Primary Industries Climate Challenges Centre at the University of Melbourne, told ABC Rural that other factors are to blame.

"Dairy farms wouldn't have seen much of an effect in their business," he said.

"There have been electricity price rises since January, but our research would suggest the actual carbon tax is itself has only had a two and half per cent increase in electricity prices attributable to the tax."

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