Today the nation’s major business groups called on Labor to get out of the way and scrap the Carbon Tax.
In an unprecedented joint statement, the Business Council of Australia, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Australian Industry Group and the Minerals Council said:
“Australia’s Carbon Tax is one of the highest in the world. It is making our key industries less competitive every day it stays in place.
“Most businesses have been unable to pass their Carbon Tax-related costs on to customers. For small business especially, this has been a major burden that has reduced profitability, suppressed employment and added toalready difficult conditions.
“Acting now to repeal the Carbon Tax would boost business confidence and should be part of a broader national push to reduce high energy costs.
“Delaying repeal until the new Senate sits would not achieve anything for the environment. It would simply expose business to increasing and damaging uncertainty over the electricity prices they will be obliged to pay from 1 July 2014.
“We urge the Senate to repeal the Carbon Tax as soon as possible."
This joint statement follows the comments of Virgin CEO, John Borghetti who said “The best assistance the Government and the Opposition can provide is the removal of the Carbon Tax which has cost this industry hundreds of millions of dollars”.
Bill Shorten should listen to the businesses that create jobs and vote with the Coalition to scrap this job destroying tax.
The Carbon Tax is a $9 billion hit on the economy and on families. It is also, as the business leaders pointed out, a hit on jobs.
It’s time for it to go!
March 5, 2014 / 3 AdarII 5774
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