Car­bon tax turn-off

Townsville Bulletin - - Voice Of The North - Opin­ion Colleen Walker, Mount Louisa

JU­LIA Gil­lard has lied about two things – ‘‘ I will not im­pose a car­bon tax on any gov­ern­ment I lead" and her concern/ fair go for ‘‘ Aus­tralian work­ing fam­i­lies".

Let me take the lat­ter as the first has been well and truly cov­ered by the me­dia – the work­ing fam­ily.

She and The Greens, by im­pos­ing this tax ex­pect us to take the ini­tia­tive to­wards us­ing less car­bon – user pays. Our house­hold has gone to great ex­pense buy­ing en­ergy/en­vi­ron­men­tally efficient white­goods; us­ing only en­ergy sav­ing light bulbs; in­stalling so­lar hot wa­ter and so­lar pan­els.

We were very lucky to re­ceive the La­bor Gov­ern­ment’s re­bate – they were con­stantly chang­ing the goal posts and were on t he verge of r eneg­ing . . . thanks to the for­mer Mem­ber for Her­bert Peter Lind­say we fi­nally re­ceived the re­bate over six months later. Sen­a­tors Gar­rett and Wong never replied to any re­quests, they were too busy spend­ing tax­payer money on failed projects such as pink batts and wa­ter buy-back from ghosts!

We are still pay­ing off the so­lar pan­els and have of­ten won­dered the wis­dom of the ex­pense of in­stal­la­tion – the lat­est power bill has given us a huge $ 29 sav­ing and Yasi

Er­gon has deemed it il­le­gal to in­stall a switch that would en­able so­lar house­holds to ac­cess their own nat­u­ral power sup­ply. Er­gon has de­cided we use their sup­ply only and do with­out like ev­ery­one else when there’s a power fail­ure

knocked out the pan­els for a week un­til fixed.

In the case of loss of power sup­ply, Er­gon has deemed it il­le­gal to in­stall a switch that would en­able so­lar house­holds to ac­cess their own nat­u­ral power sup­ply. Er­gon has de­cided we use their sup­ply only and do with­out like ev­ery­one else when there’s a power fail­ure. As for so­lar hot wa­ter, af­ter three days of cloudy weather, we have to flick the ‘‘ legal’’ switch to heat the wa­ter. So, for peo­ple like us who are in debt to be en­ergy efficient and who are do­ing their best for the en­vi­ron­ment, we will be even more out of pocket when Ju­lia and her Gree­nie mates in­tro­duce the car­bon tax. And now I hear Christine Milne wants to in­clude the trans­port in­dus­try un­der a car­bon pric­ing regime. Folk liv­ing north of Bund­aberg are re­liant on the trans­port in­dus­try.

The same with petrol – post Yasi I couldn’t buy E10 at the bowser and I had to fill my car with un­leaded!

And Ju­lia and her cli­mate change com­mit­tee scoff at Mr Ab­bott’s claim that there won’t be rise in power bills? In petrol? In the very cost of liv­ing?

B. S. - Ju­lia - just wait un­til the next elec­tion.

PRICEY POWER: Are we get­ting value for money from so­lar pan­els?

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