The Labor Member for Page, Janelle Saffin, continues to defend the carbon tax than listen to the people in her electorate.
I note in her letter to your paper, she dedicates 14 paragraphs in a rather lengthy letter defending the Labor government’s compensation for higher living costs incurred under the carbon tax. The point is, if there is no carbon tax, there is no need for any such compensation!
The carbon tax is bad news for regional communities including the North Coast. Even a poll in the Daily Examiner indicates that – 75 per cent of respondents are opposed.
Nor can the government guarantee adequate compensation for high living costs when an emissions trading scheme takes place in 2015. And if taxing the Australian people isn’t enough, they will now foot the bill of an advertising campaign.
The government says tax cuts are part of the compensation plan. What Ms Saffin doesn’t tell her electorate is that her government’s also increasing the tax rate applying to lower income levels from 15 to 19 cents, and from 30 to 33 cents, which will clawback much of the assistance families can expect.
The government says families will be $9.90 a week worse off and will give $10.10 back in compensation. That’s a 20 cents a week buffer. It’s not overly reassuring when the cost of living continues to rise, and electricity suppliers just this week warn of higher power bills due to the carbon price.
Under Labor’s carbon tax, according to Treasury modelling, Australia’s emissions will increase from 578 million tonnes in 2012-13 to 621 million tonnes in 2020. Where is the logic in that?!
It’s a shame for your readers that their local member refuses to take note.
Senator Fiona Nash
The Nationals Duty Senator for Page
Deputy Leader of the Nationals in the Senate
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