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Carbon tax slugs families with even higher petrol prices.

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MEDIA RELEASE SF/158. Monday July 16, 2007


Oil giant Caltex's call for a carbon tax of an extra 10 cents a litre on petrol reveals how costs could soar for families under an emissions-trading scheme.

Senator Fielding said Australian families were struggling to make ends meet and already paying more than 50 cents a litre in petrol taxes.

“Family life is suffering because of high petrol prices yet families would have even more petrol pain from an emissions trading scheme or carbon tax,” he said.

“Caltex wants the government to hike petrol taxes by 10 cents a litre as a carbon tax so it does not have to manage the price of petrol under a trading scheme.

“Emissions trading or carbon taxes are meant to change behaviour to cut energy consumption, but we know families cannot do without their cars and higher prices have little effect. Charging extra for petrol is just revenue raising.

“Why should families be punished for using their cars to get to work, take their kids to school and manage their daily chores? Families in the outer suburbs and regions would be hardest hit as they have little, if any, access to public transport and depend entirely on their cars.”

FAMILY FIRST wants any emissions trading scheme or carbon tax to include compensation for families.

“This is particularly important for low-income families who could face financial ruin,” Senator Fielding said. “Of course we have to tackle global warming but it should not be at the expense of families.

“The Government should use revenue from the sale of trading scheme permits to offer financial assistance to families to help them reduce their energy bills, such as low-interest loans and subsidies to buy energy efficient products.”

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