Car­bon de­bate sti­fled

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - BET­TINA WAR­BUR­TON

THE State Govern­ment says a mo­tion re­gard­ing a Queens­land car­bon tax at the La­bor Party con­fer­ence in Townsville to­day “will not be pro­ceed­ing to con­fer­ence for de­bate”.

The Bul­letin ob­tained three mo­tions from La­bor branches that had been merged and were set to be de­bated to­day.

Yes­ter­day a spokesman for An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk said the Pre­mier had pre­vi­ously ruled out a state- based car­bon price and the car­bon tax mo­tion would not pro­ceed to de­bate.

An LNP spokesman said that, just be­cause the Pre­mier’s of­fice said it would not be de­bated, “noth­ing was stop­ping the is­sue from be­ing raised” from the con­fer­ence floor.

“The Pre­mier’s of­fice would have no idea if this was to oc­cur, they would find out when it was hap­pen­ing,” the LNP spokesman said.

LNP Leader Tim Ni­cholls said La­bor had been caught out with their se­cret plan for a state- based car­bon tax.

“At the last minute, on the day their con­fer­ence started and af­ter their plans had been ex­posed, they pulled it,” he said. “This is fur­ther ev­i­dence that if La­bor win the next elec­tion, Queens­lan­ders will be slugged with a car­bon tax.”

Mr Ni­cholls said car­bon tax was “in La­bor’s DNA”.

“The fact they’re hid­ing their plan is dis­grace­ful,” he said.

“An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk’s failed power poli­cies are al­ready hurt­ing Queens­lan­ders, but she is hell bent on in­flict­ing the max­i­mum dam­age with a state- based car­bon tax.”

Mr Ni­cholls said La­bor had “form on the board” when it came to a car­bon tax.

“An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk and Bill Shorten will de­stroy our econ­omy if they are given the chance to do so,” he said.

The Pre­mier’s spokesman said only La­bor had a com­pre­hen­sive plan for en­ergy se­cu­rity and af­ford­abil­ity.

Townsville Cham­ber of Com­merce pres­i­dent Troy Popham said any fur­ther tax on small to medium busi­ness would have a big im­pact.

“It would be dif­fi­cult for busi­ness to sur­vive, par­tic­u­larly if any tax was spread over a small pop­u­la­tion, com­pared to a large pop­u­la­tion base that sits in the south­east,” he said.

Thuringowa MP Aaron Harper said the state could not set a car­bon tax.

Mund­ing­burra MP Co­ralee O’Rourke said the Pre­mier had stated there would not be a state- based car­bon price.

“And I’m sup­port­ive of this stance,” she said.

“We an­nounced a very com­pre­hen­sive plan for en­ergy se­cu­rity and af­ford­abil­ity in the Pow­er­ing Queens­land Plan in the lead up to the bud­get.

“Which is in stark con­trast to the LNP’s plan for the high ef­fi­ciency low emis­sion coal fired power sta­tion, which has been con­demned by the Fed­eral Trea­surer.”

Townsville MP Scott Ste­wart re­ferred calls for com­ment to the Pre­mier’s of­fice.

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