Queensland Senator Ian Macdonald said today he had been overwhelmed by the positive response to the repeal of the Labor-Greens Carbon Tax.
“We (the Abbott Government) have been inundated with third-party endorsements of our commitment to ditch this toxic tax,” he said.
“Everywhere I go, people are telling me how pleased they are that the tax is gone and that the savings are going to be passed on to consumers.”
Senator Macdonald said endorsements had been received from industry groups such as the Minerals Council of Australia, Australian Industry Group, the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association, Australian Retailers Association, the Master Growers Association and the National Farmers Federation.
AGL Energy Limited took out full-page newspaper advertisements promising to pass on to consumers the benefits of the repealed Carbon Tax.
“This is just one example of how the abolition of the Labor’s Carbon Tax will benefit all Australians.
“It’s easy to see how out of step the Greens and the Labor Party are with public opinion,” said Senator Macdonald.
“The Carbon Tax was the result of a deal done by former Prime Minister Gillard with the Greens in a brazen bid to grab power after the 2010 election.
“The consumers of Australia paid dearly for this blatant act of political convenience that made no perceptible difference to climate change.
“The world’s biggest Carbon Tax imposed by Labor was meant to reduce Australia’s emissions by 5%, but considering that Australia emits less than 1.4% of the world’s carbon, a 5% reduction of 1.4% was not ever going to make one iota of difference to the world’s climate.
“The Abbott Government’s direct action plan is a far more practical way to tackle climate change issues,” he said.