Labor's Carbon Tax 2.0 to Cost CQ Jobs

Today's leak of Labor's secret plans for "Carbon Tax: The Sequel" pit them against jobs in Central Queensland, Senator Matt Canavan said.

"Labor's pro-tax agenda makes them anti-jobs," said Rockhampton-based Senator Canavan. 


"The biggest issue in Central Queensland right now is keeping families in jobs, and Labor want to introduce a carbon tax that will destroy jobs in Central Queensland. 

"The former Bligh Government showed that the carbon tax would cost 21,000 jobs in Queensland and the biggest impact was going to be in Central Queensland.

"And, as we all know, the sequel is usually worse than the original. 

"Economic modelling released by the Bligh Labor Government about Labor's original carbon tax revealed that the Rockhampton and Gladstone area would see economic activity fall by 8.2 per cent under a carbon tax, and the Mackay area by 5.7 per cent. This was double to triple the impact of the carbon tax on the rest of Australia.

"Most of the jobs lost because of a carbon tax will be lost in regional Australia because that is where most of Australia's mining, manufacturing and power generation jobs are."

Senator Canavan said Labor should immediately come clean with people over their secret plans to increase electricity prices and cost jobs. 

"Labor needs to come clean and reveal their secrets: what price will their new carbon tax be set at? How much will it increase electricity prices by? And how many jobs will be lost thanks to this new tax? 

"Labor's newly selected candidate for the seat of Capricornia should come clean and answer whether she supports Labor's plan to destroy jobs through a new carbon tax. Labor's first carbon tax put a massive burden on meatworks in Rockhampton. Will Labor's new tax apply to them too? 

"Reports today suggest that Labor wants to shut down coal fired power generation in Australia. That will cost thousands of jobs that rely on the coal mining sector and the cheap energy it provides.

"If Labor gets to introduce its carbon tax, everyone will pay through higher prices for electricity, transport and ultimately all everyday items that use these as inputs."​

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