This was Opposition Leader Tony Abbott in full flight on 11 July 2012:
The carbon tax is already having a significant detrimental impact on the tourism industry. It’s added up to $6 to every airline ticket. The cost of taking a family of four to Perth and back is $48 more thanks to the carbon tax. QANTAS will have $110 million carbon tax bill this year. That’s seven times their half yearly tax bill. Virgin will have a $45 million carbon tax bill. That’s twice their half yearly tax bill.
This is what Virgin Airlines is actually charging to cover national carbon pricing:
1 – 900
901 – 2000
This is Qantas Airlines carbon price schedule for domestic flights:
1 - 700
701 - 1200
1201 - 1900
Jetstar calculated that domestic fares will go up by $5 for fuel and $2.80 for the carbon price for a total of $7.80 on a Melbourne-Sydney flight and by $6 for fuel and $6.86 for the carbon price for a total of $12.86 on a flight to Perth.
So the only time anyone is likely to pay a $6 or over carbon price component per domestic flight is if they are flying to Perth, West Australia or any other destination in the country which exceeds 1,900kms.
For millions of travellers each year, the cost impact of the carbon price on their ticket will be less than the cup of coffee they have at the airport.
At this point in time Abbott's relentless propaganda has begun to border on childish petulance.