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PM says Carbon Tax concerns aren’t valid

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THE HON DR SHARMAN STONE MP Federal Member for Murray

Monday 20 Aug 2012

PM says Carbon Tax concerns aren’t valid

Geoffrey Thompson Holdings in Shepparton has just received its first month’s electricity account in the new Carbon Tax era, and it is official. The bill includes a new line, ‘Carbon charge’. For July, this demands payment of $23,000, increasing the bill by just over 15% for the month. Over the course of the year, the Carbon Tax will cost them around $260,000.

Geoffrey Thompson Holdings operate seven cool stores in the region. They also have orchards in the Goulburn Valley and Harcourt regions.

During question time in the Federal Parliament on Monday, Member for Murray, Dr Sharman Stone asked Prime Minister Julia Gillard what she was going to do to about this business being hit with these huge Carbon Tax increases.

“The Prime Minister could not answer the question” Sharman Stone said.

“Minister Gillard claimed the Opposition was simply trying to whip up a scare campaign over the Carbon Tax, and that it really was not a very big deal.

“Geoffrey Thompson, who has been in business since the 1940s, has over 400 employees. The Prime Minister did not seem to understand the impacts.

“The Prime Minister said small businesses wouldn’t be charged the Carbon Tax except via their electricity bills and such businesses could simply pass on the Carbon Tax to their customers. Geoffrey Thompson and other businesses like them cannot. Coles, Woolworths and Aldi already pay around $4 below the cost of production per unit for their apples and pears.

“I offered to give the Government copies of the Thompson’s power bills. They said they did not want them” Sharman Stone said.

“Labor needs to acknowledge what the Carbon Tax is doing to local businesses. They should abolish it immediately.

“Sadly while it is a huge extra cost to businesses, it is acknowledged that the tax does not stop carbon emissions accelerating” Dr Stone said.

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