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Carbon Tax drives up department's power bill by ten per-cent

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Shadow Minister for Universities and Research Brett Mason

Carbon Tax drives up department’s power bill by ten per-cent


The Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) has revealed the Carbon Tax has increased its electricity bills by more than ten per cent.

In a response to a Budget Estimates question asked by Queensland LNP Senator Brett Mason, DEEWR has revealed that the Carbon Tax has added tens-of-thousands of dollars to its power bills.

Senator Mason said it was little wonder Australian families and businesses were struggling with the cost increases created by the Carbon Tax if even the Government’s own departments were being slugged thousands of dollars extra with each power bill.

“The Government knows full well that no one can escape its Carbon Tax - not families, not schools, not small business. Everyone pays. The Government is even paying its own tax through increased electricity costs being paid by departments,” Senator Mason said.

In just one quarter, the electricity bills for DEEWR’s offices in Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney increased by nearly $40,000.

“Across 12 months that’s a $160,000 increase in electricity costs across just three of the department’s offices.

“The department is unable to provide costs for the impact of the Carbon Tax on its other offices but this increase cannot be unique. The Carbon Tax will cost tax payers millions of extra dollars right across all Commonwealth government offices,” Senator Mason said.

Senator Mason said it was ironic that miners were not paying the government’s resources tax yet the government was having to pay its own Carbon Tax.

“Unfortunately the big loser is the taxpayer, who gets to fork out extra money merely to keep the lights on in government offices,” Senator Mason said.