Petition to axe carbon tax
WITH the Federal Government's carbon tax coming into effect on July 1, Member for Dawson George Christensen has embarked on a new campaign to "axe the carbon tax".
Mr Christensen says many local residents have said they don't want this carbon tax which has led to his fight to see it repealed.
"I don't expect them [the government] to budge but they need to know the will of the people," Mr Christensen said.
He believes the the implementation of the tax will mean an increase of at least 10 per cent on the average household's electricity bills.
He says there will also be increased costs for many Whitsunday businesses, particularly in the tourism industry.
"Cruise Whitsundays will be facing an approximately $770,000 carbon tax bill on their marine diesel alone over the next three years," he said.
Mr Christensen says tourism operators will be faced with a choice to either recoup the extra costs from customers or simply take the loss.
Meanwhile Greens candidate for the seat of Dawson Jonathan Dykyj says the carbon tax is an efficient and cost-effective way to reduce emissions.
"George is trying to make out that the carbon tax is like GST - that it will be on everything and around forever," Mr Dykyj said.
"It's fair enough for George to disagree with that policy but what's the coalition's alternative?" he asked.
"Their alternative is to give taxpayers money to the polluters rather than make the polluters pay."
Whitsunday Regional Council's mayor Jennifer Whitney said the costs to local government and ratepayers were yet to be known, but "we're anticipating it probably be an increase of about two per cent".
The anti-carbon tax petition was launched online last week and can be downloaded at www.axethecarbontax.com.au.