Carbon tax to hit business
T O W N S V I L L E s m a l l business owners will be forced to account for an extra $ 30,000 a year as part of the federal government’s carbon tax policy, opponents to the move claim.
They are tipping electricity bills to rise at least 25 per cent when t he measure is introduced from July next year.
Lamberts Fresh Produce part owner Michael Burge fears the latest burden could spell the end for small businesses in Townsville.
Mr Burge said North Q u e e n s l a n d b u s i n e s s owners were already facing tough times.
‘‘ It’s concerning from a business perspective because we know this decision will carry added costs for us that we will have to pass on to the consumer,’’ he said.
‘‘ It’s not just a blanket tax on store owners, it will be felt through all levels of business.
‘‘ All our suppliers have a power bill and will be forced to pass on any input costs associated with the carbon tax on to us as well.
‘‘ We all fear what we don’t know and right now we don’t have any clear understanding of DETRIMENTAL: Charters Towers MP Shane Knuth the carbon tax will cripple already suffering North Queenslanders what is going to happen.’’
Dalrymple MP Shane Knuth said t he price hikes could be detrimental to the people of North Queensland.
‘‘ About 30 per cent of the gross income that comes from my region relates to agriculture so t h i s w i l l n o d o u b t severely impact a lot of people in this area,’’ he said. ‘‘ The people out there are battling with cyclones and floods and the rural economy is really suffering, so the last thing we want to hear is a massive tax.
‘‘ The talking point here i s n ’ t a b o u t c l i m a t e change and global warming, it’s about people try- ing to stand on their feet.
‘‘ We have pensioners who are already struggling to pay their electricity bills let alone having to deal with a rise of 25 per cent. There are a lot of battlers out there that don’t want to hear about a tax that scientists are still having trouble agreeing with.’’