Push for a speedy end to carbon tax

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

THE voice of Aus­tralia’s res­i­den­tial build­ing sec­tor, the Hous­ing In­dus­try As­so­ci­a­tion (HIA), has urged the fed­eral par­lia­ment to give swift pas­sage to the Bill to re­peal the Carbon Tax when it sits next month.

‘‘The Carbon Tax is bad for hous­ing af­ford­abil­ity, and the hous­ing in­dus­try will wel­come the in­tro­duc­tion of the Bill to dis­man­tle it,’’ said HIA spokesman Gra­ham Wolfe.

‘‘Mod­el­ling con­ducted prior to the in­tro­duc­tion of the tax pro­jected an in­crease of be­tween 0.8 per cent and 1.7 per cent in­crease in the cost of build­ing a home, and we have not seen any ev­i­dence to the con­trary.

‘‘The hous­ing in­dus­try im­plored the pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ment not to in­tro­duce the tax, and we are now ask­ing in the strong­est terms that all sides of pol­i­tics sup­port its re­peal.

‘‘It is a bad tax. It adds to the bur­den on peo­ple buy­ing a new home.’’

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