The Australian auto industry reacts angrily as the Queensland state government raises its motor-vehicle tax in the guise of a new environmentally friendly rating system. Premier Peter Beattie says the new transfer stamp-duty scheme effective Jan. 1 gives motorists an incentive to play a part in helping tackle global warming. The system also will give the state an extra A$200 million ($164 million) in annual tax revenue. “We think we have come up with a new system of motor-vehicle duty ...

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