Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton has said that the Government has followed through on their clear mandate to repeal the carbon tax after being elected in September last year.
“Today’s vote by the Senate to repeal the Carbon Tax is great news for regional families, agriculture and small businesses”, Mr Coulton said.
“Scrapping the Carbon Tax will save the average household around $550 a year, including around $200 on the average household electricity bill and around $70 on the average gas bill. This will reduce cost of living pressures for all Australians”, Mr Coulton said.
“The Government’s consumer watchdog, the ACCC, has been given extra funding and powers to ensure that savings are passed on to consumers.”
“Scrapping the Carbon Tax will also take a cost burden off regional businesses. This will make it easier for them to compete and employ more people”, Mr Coulton said.
“I’ve listened to many residents concerned about how this unfair tax has imposed a real burden on their small businesses and their family.”
“The Carbon Tax is a $9 billion a year hit on the economy. It hurts small businesses and costs jobs.”
“Scrapping this tax has been a grassroots effort led by the Prime Minister, but helped by the voices of everyday Australians. It may have taken time and there were obstacles along the way, but we’ve done this together”, Mr Coulton said.
“Scrapping the Carbon Tax is just one part of our plan to build a stronger economy and create more jobs. It is also important we get the Budget under control, continue to reduce paperwork and build the infrastructure we need to ensure job growth in the future.”
“There’s much more to do, but removing the world’s biggest Carbon Tax from the backs of everyday small businesses and families is an important step in building a stronger economy.”