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Tuesday, 8 November 2011
Page: 8470

Senator McKENZIE (Victoria) (10:13): Maybe I can clarify this for the minister and use broader language, in fact the same language that is in Securing a clean energy future, to describe the sorts of impacts of the carbon tax that I am talking about. Rather than calling them job losses, maybe we will call them 'socioeconomic impacts'. Could the minister outline the modelling, projections or thought that has been given to the socioeconomic impacts of the carbon tax on the Latrobe Valley? Well, you have answered that as best you can, minister, but I would ask the same question about the Goulburn Valley in Victoria. It is a region of Victoria heavily reliant on horticultural production and obviously food processing makes up a key component of the local economy.