Wednesday 11 July 2012 Joint Media Release The Hon Peter Dutton MP, Federal Member for Dickson, Shadow Minister for Health and Ageing and Wyatt Roy, Federal Member for Longman
Moreton Bay Regional Council has received a shock notification from the Gillard Government’s carbon tax cop that it is one of Australia’s biggest polluters and has been told to brace itself for a major carbon tax hit.
The Gillard Government has remarkably named and shamed Moreton Bay Regional Council as one of Australia’s biggest polluters and will make ratepayers pay significant carbon tax costs.
“The world’s biggest carbon tax is going to do great damage to the budget of Moreton Bay Regional Council”, said local Federal MPs Wyatt Roy and Peter Dutton.
“It is clear the carbon tax is going to hit the Moreton Bay Regional Council budget, just like it will hit household budgets,” said Mr Roy.
The Australian Local Government Association estimates that the cost of the carbon tax on local councils (excluding landfill operations) will be a minimum of $185 million nationwide. Landfill carbon tax costs will be heaped on top.
“Moreton Bay Regional Council will pay carbon tax on the landfill operations they run or use. As tip charges go up and up, the risk of illegal dumping will also go up and up,” said Mr Dutton.
“It staggers belief that Moreton Bay Regional Council will be whacked for collecting and disposing household rubbish,” said Mr Roy.
“Local residents will be footing the bill for the carbon tax on their rates – just like they will be paying carbon tax on electricity, gas and groceries,” said Mr Dutton.
“Moreton Bay Regional Council is going to be hit with the carbon tax and, unfortunately, this cost will be foot by the people of the Moreton Bay Region,” said Mr Roy.
Mr Roy and Mr Dutton highlighted the clear difference between the Coalition and Labor on this issue – Julia Gillard has no mandate for the carbon tax and Tony Abbott will seek a mandate to scrap the carbon tax.
“Julia Gillard has no mandate from the people of the Moreton Bay region for the carbon tax. At the next election, the Coalition will seek a mandate to repeal this tax,” said Mr Roy.