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Opposition ramps up carbon tax campaign

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THE HON BRUCE BILLSON MP  Shadow Minister for Small Business, Competition Policy and Consumer Affairs Federal Member for Dunkley

Media Release - Tuesday 26 June 2012

Opposition ramps up carbon tax campaign

The Federal Opposition has taken the extraordinary step of writing to bakers, bottleshops, butchers, dry cleaners and fruit shops, providing valuable consumer information about the impact of the Gillard Government’s carbon tax on their business and customers.

Shadow Small Business Minister Bruce Billson said Labor has been trying to gag local small businesses about the true cost of the carbon tax and the flow-through impact to consumers by scaring them into silence with fines of up to $1.1 million.

“The Gillard Government has left small business dreadfully exposed with the world’s largest carbon tax and no direct compensation or analysis of how the tax will impact small business,” Mr Billson said.

“On top of this the Government has failed to properly inform consumers about flow through price consequences because of the carbon tax.

“Small businesses running ovens, fridges, equipment and air conditioning units will all experience cost increases under the carbon tax. Supplier costs to businesses will also increase.

“We’ve provided small businesses with small posters that they can stick up in their window to help explain to consumers how increased energy, refrigeration and inputs costs are impacting local small businesses.

Mr Billson said Labor has been shameless in using the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) in trying to silence businesses but consumers and small businesses need to know that the carbon tax is going to drive up prices.

“It’s important to recognise that July 1 is just the start of the pain as the price on carbon increases as per the Government’s time table,” Mr Billson said.

“A Coalition Government would scrap the carbon tax as it first order of business.

“This is a bad tax which is going to jack up the cost of living right as the economic storm clouds gather again with the crisis in Europe.”

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