24 June 2014
FEDERAL Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce said the Coalition Government is delivering on its commitment to scrap Labor’s carbon tax and cut electricity and gas prices for Australian families.
This week, the Government reintroduced its carbon tax repeal legislation to the House of Representatives.
Labor betrayed the people of New England Electorate when they introduced the carbon tax. Labor betrayed the people of New England in March when they voted against repeal of the carbon tax, Mr Joyce said.
“The Government was elected with a mandate to scrap the carbon tax and reduce costs for business and households, boost jobs and manufacturing, and restore Australia’s international competitiveness,” Mr Joyce said.
“Households in New England are forecast to be around $550 a year better off, on average in 2014/15 without the carbon tax. Electricity bills are forecast to be around nine per cent lower than they otherwise would be.
“On 1 July 2014, the carbon tax is set to hike up by more than five per cent, rising from $24.15 to $25.40 per tonne.
“The carbon tax will continue to hit New England Electorate families and businesses every day because Labor refuses to accept the outcome of the election. They have refused to give families and businesses much needed relief.”
“There should be no doubt about our determination to get rid of Labor’s painful yet pointless tax,” Mr Joyce said.