Knox families and businesses will be forced to pay even more for gas, electricity and other goods as a result of the federal government lifting the carbon tax by a further 5% on July 1 this year.
It has already had a significant increase on the cost of living for Knox families including:
Increased Knox residents’ electricity bills by 10%
Increased gas bills by 9%.
Adding significant costs to our 1000 manufacturers in Knox, who are already under pressure from the high dollar and fierce international competition.
Increased Knox Council rates by at least 1.5% last year.
An additional $400 in cost for the average Knox family.
These costs will increase again on 1st of July despite the carbon tax already being the highest economy wide carbon tax in the world.
The Coalition has committed to scrap the carbon tax, but maintain the compensation so that families will get real cost of living relief.
Federal Member for Aston, Alan Tudge MP, said that a further increase to the Carbon Tax would hurt families and put jobs at risk.
“How the government justify putting up electricity prices even further, when they have already gone up so much?” Mr Tudge said.
“This will hurt families who are already struggling with cost-of-living pressures and put more pressure on our local manufacturers.”
“We will scrap the Carbon Tax as the first item of business if elected to Government on September 14.”