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Carbon Tax is Gillard’s elaborate deception, says Hartsuyker



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June 22, 21012

Carbon Tax is Gillard’s Elaborate Deception,

says Hartsuyker

The introduction of the carbon tax on July 1 sees the Prime Minister’s elaborate deception of the Australian people come to fruition, The Nationals’ Federal Member for Cowper, Luke Hartsuyker, said yesterday (Thursday).

Speaking in the House of Representatives, Mr Hartsuyker said that on that day every power point in the country would become a tax collection agency for the Gillard Government. On the North Coast, power bills would be increasing by 19.8 per cent and around half would be due to the carbon tax.

“The Treasurer and Deputy Prime Minister would have us believe that half is a tiny fraction. I assure the Deputy Prime Minister that half is not a tiny fraction and that a 10 per cent increase in power bills is going to greatly disadvantage the people of the North Coast.

“They said that power costs would rise by 10 per cent over five years. What we have got is almost a 10 per cent increase on the first day. And what are we going to see as the carbon tax increases—as the government predicts it will—all the way to $350 a tonne from $23 a tonne—a figure already out of kilter with taxes around the world. At $350 a tonne, what will the price of electricity be then? What will the Prime Minister say to the people of Australia then?”

Mr Hartsuyker also drew attention to the effects of the carbon tax on small businesses.

“We have a situation where small business on the North Coast is struggling under increased costs and we have a Government, supported by the Independents, making a bad situation worse. Many businesses are struggling and reducing their energy consumption any way they can, but they have already been doing that for quite some time and they have very few alternatives but to pay the increased costs or go out of business.

“I think that the backbone of this country is small business and if this carbon tax goes through, well, it's going to crucify and close a lot of stores, which are already closing. People are finding it very hard out there in this economy and I think it's just going to get worse and worse if this carbon tax goes ahead.

“If we are going to maintain reasonable levels of employment in coastal communities we need to remove from small business every pressure that we can. A carbon tax moves in exactly the opposite direction. It is a tax on small business, a tax on employment and a tax on competitiveness. It is a tax that makes no logical sense.”

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