The announcement that Labor will cut the carbon tax compensation is another broken promise that will hurt Knox families, said Alan Tudge MP, Federal Member for Aston.
“The Prime Minister Julia Gillard promised no carbon tax and then the Minister for Climate Change Greg Combet promised a carbon tax with compensation – and both promises have been broken”, said Mr Tudge.
“Families throughout Knox are feeling in their hop pocket what happens when you trust this government.
“Greg Combet promised again and again that local families would get assistance to help compensate for the massive carbon tax hit on household electricity and gas bills.”
Greg Combet’s promises were clear:
“The household assistance is permanent and fully funded.” – Media Release, 30/11/2012
“No, we will not be cutting any household assistance. We’re committed to it and you might recall that there are further tax cuts that have been legislated from 2015 as well.” – Press Conference, 28/08/2012
Mr Tudge said Labor broke its word on the carbon tax, on the family tax benefit, on the surplus and now it is breaking its promise on carbon tax compensation.
“This is a direct consequence of Labor losing control of the Budget.”
“This week Labor broke their promise on the Family Tax Benefit and the carbon tax compensation, what promise will they break tomorrow?”
“Labor has run up five successive deficits and almost $300 billion in gross debt and Australia has nothing to show for it but pain for Knox families.
Mr Tudge said only the Coalition could offer Australian families the certainty of a government that would keep its word, bring the Budget back under control and implement Our Plan to deliver Real Solutions and a strong, prosperous economy.