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Labor must listen to the people and support Coalition's move to scrap the Carbon Tax



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Luke Hartsuyker MP Federal Member for Cowper

MEDIA RELEASE

23 June 2014

Labor must listen to the people and support Coalition’s move to scrap the Carbon Tax

Federal Labor must step up and support North Coast families and small business by supporting the Coalition’s move to scrap the Carbon Tax, Federal Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker said today.

The Coalition Government today re-introduced the Carbon Tax repeal bills into Federal Parliament for the second time. If passed, they will reduce the cost of living for local households.

“Last September, Australians sent a very clear message that they wanted the Carbon Tax axed and it’s now time for the Labor Party to listen,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

“This is an important vote for North Coast communities because it will help build a stronger economy, create more jobs and reduce the overall costs on families by $550 a year.

“Power bills are forecast to be around nine per cent lower, while gas prices are forecast to drop by seven per cent once the tax is axed.

“Family budgets and business balance sheets have taken a severe hit as a result of Labor’s Carbon Tax. This financial year the Carbon Tax is forecast to cost business $7.8 billion. Individual bills are expected to total $6.9 billion.

“At the same time there has been no meaningful cut in carbon emissions.

“In the lead up to last year’s federal election Labor told the Australian people they would repeal their own Carbon Tax. Such a commitment came on the back of Julia Gillard’s 2010 commitment that ‘there will be no Carbon Tax under a government I lead’.

“But every time Labor has the chance to vote and scrap it, they can’t bring themselves to do it.

“It’s another reminder why Australians should never look at what Labor says, but rather what Labor does. If Labor doesn’t support the repeal it will confirm that Labor has not changed under Bill Shorten.”

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