Schools, hos­pi­tals hit by car­bon tax

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NSW schools and hos­pi­tals are ex­pected to be hard­est hit by the gov­ern­ment’s car­bon tax, ac­cord­ing to Mem­ber for Mur­rayDar­ling John Wil­liams.

Af­ter look­ing at NSW Trea­sury mod­el­ling, Mr Wil­liams said the new tax will im­pact on bud­get al­lo­ca­tions for the two vi­tals ser­vices.

‘‘Cost­ings have shown the car­bon tax will im­pact the state’s public school bud­get by $19.9 mil­lion and the public hospi­tal bud­get by $26.5 mil­lion, af­ter the start of the tax in July,’’ Mr Wil­liams said.

‘‘House­holds are al­ready strug­gling with the in­creased cost of liv­ing and small busi­nesses are al­ready try­ing to deal with in­creases in electricity rates.

‘‘It is quite clear that the public is against the car­bon tax, even Kristina Keneally, for­mer La­bor NSW Premier, knows how un­pop­u­lar it is with the vot­ers.

‘‘She had pub­licly come out and called on the Prime Min­is­ter to with­draw or re­duce the car­bon tax - this com­ing from some­one who pub­licly sup­ported the tax in the lead up to the 2011 NSW State elec­tion.’’

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