Ever since life appeared on Earth, it has been nourished by four natural atmospheric gases – nitrogen, oxygen, water vapour and carbon dioxide. We breathe these gases every day and carbon dioxide is the plant food that supports all life on earth.

The taxes on carbon dioxide have thus achieved the politicians’ dream – taxing the air we breathe and the food we eat.

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Viv Forbes is a geologist/pastoralist who has walked along or been flooded by many rivers of Qld and NT. He and his wife have fed starving stock in the droughts and carted water for them. They have built, deepened or repaired at least 23 farm and station dams and managed construction and operation of mine dams. When Viv was employed by the Queensland State Government as a field mapping geologist they inspected the Nathan Gorge Dam site in 1964, 60 years ago. This dam was first proposed in 1922. It is still undeveloped over 100 years later.