2 Apr 2011

Thousands protest in Sydney over proposed carbon tax

4:13 pm on 2 April 2011

Thousands of people turned out in Sydney on Saturday to demonstrate over a proposed carbon tax, with rallies by both supporters and opponents.

About 2500 people gathered at an inner city park in favour of adopting the carbon tax as a way to tackle climate change.

The ABC reports that a few kilometres away a larger crowd of about 4000 people chanted slogans in opposition.

Figures have been released showing a carbon tax could cost average households almost $A900 a year.

Climate Change Minister Greg Combet says concerns are premature as the tax amount is not set in stone and a compensation package to households has not been worked out yet.