Carbon tax a tax on civilisation: Coulton
Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton has put the Gillard Government, Greens and regional Independent MPs on notice regarding their proposed Carbon Tax which he today labelled a “tax on civilisation”.
Mr Coulton has asked the Government, Greens and regional Independents Tony Windsor and Rob Oakshott, to outline to the public how a tax on the Australian people will in fact benefit the environment.
“I want the Government and their offsiders to explain to the Australian public, how increasing the cost of living of all Australians, will lower the global temperature. Show me the figures and facts they are basing this carbon tax on.”
Mr Coulton also came out swinging as the Greens announced their intention to push for petrol to be included in the final carbon tax, which Mr Coulton labelled as “reckless”.
“The inclusion of transport and petrol in the carbon tax would be detrimental to regional and rural economies,” Mr Coulton stated. “Under this carbon tax, driving to the supermarket will become more expensive, as will the food you intend to purchase. It is the most vulnerable in our communities which will be slugged with the rising cost of food, fuel and electricity.”
“They are expecting pensioners in my electorate – where there is no public transport, where it is 45 degrees in summer and where it freezes in the winter – to go without electricity. If you are a fixed income earner you have no choice but to turn off the switch.”
“The Greens are now in full control of the government’s agenda. Bob Brown is the real decision-maker in the Labor-Greens alliance government” Mr Coulton stated. “And just take a moment to think about how truly concerning that is.”
“The Nationals will continue their fight against the carbon tax on behalf of the people of regional Australia.”