The Federal Member for Aston, the Hon Alan Tudge MP, today welcomed the repeal of the Carbon Tax as relief for the Knox community.
“Today’s vote by the Senate to repeal the Carbon Tax is great news for local Knox families and small businesses”, Mr Tudge said today.
“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 Knox residents”, Mr Tudge 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 local businesses. This will make it easier for them to compete and employ more people”, Mr Tudge said.
“There are over 1,000 manufacturing businesses in Knox employing over 10,000 people, and scrapping the Carbon Tax will help those businesses reduce their high energy costs.
“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 Tudge 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, like the vital East West Link.
“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.”