24 February 2011 – As Australian federal politics dives into the nitty-gritty of debating a carbon tax, it is important to think about taxation and the role it plays in our society, argues cartoonist Stuart McMillen.

“What sort of activities does our current taxation system encourage? What sort of activities does it discourage? Are business interests and environmental interests inherently at odd with each other? Does a tax on waste ‘add costs’ to the economy, or does it simply shift them from one sector to another? Is a carbon price really just a ‘great big tax’, or is it merely a tool for steering the behaviour of industry?”

See the full comic Green Tax Shift