The Australian government says a new "carbon tax" helps reduce emissions, whereas the main opposition party says the only thing being brought down is the economy.

A ski resort gets to the nub of the issue: It's energy-intensive to run the Hotham Alpine resort, with its 84 snow-making machines and 13 lifts that use electricity costing $250,000 a season.

Andrew Thomas reports from Mount Hotham, Australia.

Source: Al Jazeera