Poll: Most Australians support keeping carbon price

ALMOST 70% of Australians support a "polluter pays" method for reducing carbon emissions, in contradiction to the Abbott Government's direct action policy, a national survey has found.

The Reachtel poll of more than 2800 voters for WWF Australia also found respondents want the new Senate to ensure a price on pollution remains.

It shows that while many voters backed Prime Minister Tony Abbott's election policy to abolish the carbon tax, voters may have already adjusted to Labor's existing policy.

WWF Australia climate change national manager Kellie Caught said the survey showed senators preparing to vote on the carbon tax abolition should take into account the changing views.

"The majority of Australians want the new Senate to negotiate to keep some form of price on carbon pollution," she said.

"Repealing the carbon price will actually cost the budget at least $18 billion to 2020; that's more than $1400 per taxpaying Australian.

"If we keep the carbon price we can avoid some of the more unpopular measures," she said.

The survey was released as Clive Palmer prepared on Wednesday to declare exactly where he stood on the carbon and mining taxes, despite previously saying he opposed both.

It also comes on the second-last parliamentary sitting day in Canberra before the Senate changes hands, with the government hoping to get six of eight crossbench votes to secure its passage through the Upper House.

United States Ambassador to Australia John Berry also spoke in Canberra on Wednesday, saying the US did not dictate what action Australia should take.

However, he said as one of the world's largest polluters, the powerful nation would like to see more countries, including Australia, take a more aggressive approach in tackling climate change in preparation for the next international talks next year.

Topics:  abbott government carbon emissions pollution

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