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False Carbon Tax advertising claims pose questions for Rudd

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Media Release

The Hon Greg Hunt MP Shadow Minister for Climate Action, Environment and Heritage

Friday 23 August 2013

False Carbon Tax advertising claims pose questions for Rudd

Labor has been exposed distributing false advertising claiming it has ‘abolished’ the Carbon Tax.

The deliberately misleading flyer includes an image of a docket listing the Carbon Tax with a red circle around the words ‘abolished’.

Not only do households continue to foot the bill for Labor’s Carbon Tax, it has gone up to $24.15 per tonne since Mr Rudd returned as Prime Minister.

The Carbon Tax continues to cost families $545 this year. If Kevin Rudd and Labor are re-elected, it will cost families $3,000 over the next six years.

The Labor Government is the only Government in Australia with a deliberate policy to increase electricity prices for all households, as well as the cost of doing business in Australia.

Far from abolishing the Carbon Tax, households will continue to be hit with rising costs with the tax increasing from $24.15 per tonne this year to $38 by 2019.

Mr Rudd must immediately explain why Labor is seeking to claim it has abolished the Carbon Tax - a tax the Labor Party itself introduced.

The blatantly false ALP flyers are being distributed in the West Australian seat of Canning.

Will Mr Rudd immediately instruct that this blatantly false claim be withdrawn?

Will Mr Rudd explain whether this deliberately false material is being used in other seats?

Will Mr Rudd inquire as to whether this was authorised by either the State or Federal ALP secretaries?

Mr Rudd must explain whether he approved the pamphlet and if he didn’t, who did?

Mr Rudd must order the immediate withdrawal of the false advertising and apologise for misleading Australian families.

Kevin Rudd has kept the Carbon Tax, clearly set out in the latest economic figures from Treasury.

The only difference between Julia Gillard’s Carbon Tax and Kevin Rudd’s Carbon Tax is that it has gone from a $64 billion to a $58 billion tax. That’s a major deadweight cost on the Australian economy.

The Carbon Tax will continue to drive up electricity prices, grocery bills and hurt Australian families.

If Kevin Rudd is re-elected the Carbon Tax will not only stay but it will continue to increase.

For Australian businesses, it is another cost which makes them less competitive and puts local jobs at risk.

Mr Rudd must explain why, like Julia Gillard, he says there will be no Carbon Tax under his Government when there continues to be.

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