29 May '11, 5am

Lifestyle - Hollywood star Blanchett under fire over carbon tax: SYDNEY - HOLLYWOOD A-lister Cate Blanchett foun...

SYDNEY - HOLLYWOOD A-lister Cate Blanchett found herself under fire on Sunday for fronting a campaign promoting the government's planned carbon tax, with critics saying she is out of touch with ordinary Australians. The wealthy Oscar winner features in a new advert, funded by a coalition of unions and green groups, urging Australians to 'Say Yes' to a tax on carbon. Australians are among the world's worst per capita carbon polluters and Labor Prime Minister Julia Gillard has proposed a carbon tax to be levied on major industrial polluters by July 1, 2012. She then plans a full emissions trading scheme in three to five years. But the proposals are not popular, with the conservative opposition saying a tax would damage the economy and drive up the cost of living by making energy far more expensive, bumping up electricity bills. 'A$53 million (S$70.1 million) Hollywood supers...

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