That's what the emissions trading scheme means at the end of the day - it's a new tax on everything.
(For non-Australians the GST is the Goods and Services Tax, or the VAT in Europe - it's a consumption tax.)
From Tim Blair:
UPDATE II. The Australian‘s Christian Kerr:
They should have been uttering similar phrases much earlier: “The politics are tough now because conservatives years ago allowed the debate to get away from them; frightened of being labelled nature-haters, they declined to attack anti-progress green arguments as they were being formed. Result: in 2009 they’re dealing with a full-blown religion, and they’re discovering that logic isn’t much of a weapon against faith.”