Palaszczuk Needs To Come Clean On Carbon Tax For Queensland

by Ted Sorensen

Palaszczuk Labor Government Ministers divided on introducing a carbon tax

Premier promised Queenslanders ‘no new or increased taxes’ under her government

A Queensland carbon tax will cost jobs and increase the cost of living

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk needs to come clean and rule out slugging Queenslanders with a carbon tax to subsidise renewable energy.

Opposition Leader Tim Nicholls said Labor Government Ministers Steven Miles and Mark Bailey have made conflicting statements on the matter, confusing Queenslanders and fueling further speculation of internal division within Labor ranks.

“The Premier needs to come clean once and for all on whether Queensland families are bound for more hip pocket pain under this clueless Labor Government,” Mr Nicholls said.

“Annastacia Palaszczuk promised Queenslanders before the election there would be ‘no new or increased taxes’ under her government.

“Here we are again, being softened up for another broken promise from a Premier who’s got all the hallmarks of Labor leaders past – using Queenslanders as cash cows to prop up their budget shortcomings.

“Who can forget the now infamous words of former Prime Minister Julia Gillard who said there would be no carbon tax under her government? This promise was broken and everyone paid the price.

“Gillard’s carbon tax cost jobs and Palaszczuk’s carbon tax is no different. It’s now become clear that Annastacia Palaszczuk and Labor have taken Queenslanders for a ride.”

Mr Nicholls said Queenslanders were still paying for the Bligh Labor Government’s Solar Bonus Scheme that added around $89 to the average Queenslander’s electricity bill this year alone.

“Every time Labor tinkers with the energy sector in this state, Queensland families are left to pick up the tab,” he said.

“The Palaszczuk Government’s flawed electricity merger, its deregulation delay and this latest plan to impose a carbon tax are just going to hurt Queenslanders and end up costing jobs.”

Key Facts:

*         Revelations of a Queensland carbon tax were revealed in a paper released by the government’s Queensland Renewable Energy Expert Panel

The paper states:

Imposing an additional levy on coal and/or gas generation would act as a de facto carbon price for affected generators, increasing their cost of production as well as revenue raising for government.

The scheme would act as a wealth transfer from consumers to government.

*         The Panel was established to develop ways for the Government to meet its election commitment of 1 million roof tops by 2020 and 50 per cent renewable energy use by 2030.

*         A Queensland Productivity Commission report found that this target will be met by 2022 with no change to current policy settings.

*         The commission found the cost of subsidising solar feed-in tariffs will likely fall disproportionately on low income households.

*         The cost to electricity customers over the life of Labor’s Solar Bonus Scheme is estimated at $4.4 billion.

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