The Hon. Greg Hunt MP

Minister for the Environment

The Hon. Greg Hunt MP

Minister for the Environment

Senate committee endorses repeal of the carbon tax

Media release
3 December 2013

The Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee's report into the carbon tax repeal bills supports what the Coalition has been saying for years.

The Committee's report recommends that the Senate support repeal of the carbon tax.

The Senate Committee held an inquiry into the carbon tax repeal and is now calling on the Opposition to respect the mandate given to the Government and not stand in the way of repeal of the carbon tax.

The report also heard that the carbon tax could potentially rise to a level up to $60 by 2020, up from the current price of $24.15 per tonne.

The committee also heard evidence that the carbon tax:

  • Is a multi-billion dollar deadweight on the nation's tax bill. Which is the equivalent to a 10 per cent increase in company tax revenue according to the Minerals Council of Australia
  • Is contributing to profit reductions of up to 12 per cent to the accommodation sector in Australia according to the Tourism Accommodation Australia
  • Repeal will mean a spending boost of $500 per annum for consumers giving the retail sector a major boost according to the Australian Retailers Association.

With the Senate set to vote on the carbon tax repeal legislation this fortnight, Labor has a very clear choice. Does it support higher electricity prices or does it support reducing the cost of living?

The Australian people delivered their verdict on the carbon tax. The House of Representatives delivered its verdict on the carbon tax. Now it's the Senate's turn to deliver its verdict on the carbon tax.

The only thing that stands in the way of repealing the carbon tax is the Labor Party.

The only person standing between Australian families and $550 is Electricity Bill Shorten.

Labor must accept the overwhelming message from Australian business and industry that the carbon tax must go.

Every day the Labor Party stands in the way of repeal is a day they stand for higher electricity prices.

Only the Coalition is committed to repealing the carbon tax and will not stop until it is scrapped.

Greg Hunt

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