Taxes bring uncertainty to the mining industry
Posted on Tuesday, 9 November 2010
Member for Flynn Ken O’Dowd was sworn in as a Member of the 43rd. Parliament on Tuesday 28 September and immediately attacked the Labor/Greens/Independents alliance for immediately raising the issue of a further impost on Central Queensland Industry through the introduction of a Carbon Tax, which is now being disguised as a Carbon Charge.
“The electorate of Flynn will be the most affected by the Mining Resources Rent Tax and now the Carbon Tax.
Just one week before the election both the Prime Minister and the Treasurer ruled out a carbon tax and now they are hell bent on introducing these debilitating taxes.
These taxes bring uncertainty to the mining industry and associated businesses at a time when they need to be getting on with planning for the future.
Despite the State and Federal Governments claiming Central Queensland is in boom times we have seen several Central Queensland small to medium businesses being forced into receivership in the past two months. These business closures will have a ripple effect on Central Queensland for years to come.
It is time for the Federal Government to remove the uncertainty surrounding Federal Environmental approvals required by the LNG Industry so these companies can plan for the future with confidence. These companies cannot operate in a void. Mr. O’Dowd said.
ELECTRICITY TAX NOW A CERTAINTY AS GILLARD COMMITTEE PROCESS CORRUPTED
Member for Flynn Ken O’Dowd has said that Julia Gillard has corrupted her own climate change committee process by pre-determining the outcome and demanding it work to avoid scrutiny at the next election.
“Reports reveal that the Prime Minister wants to push through legislation for a carbon tax in the hope that people will have forgotten that it was her that pushed up power prices.
If Julia Gillard and her Green-dominated committee get their way, Australians will have a new electricity tax impost locked in stone next year. It will be a tax founded on a broken election promise.
Every time Julia Gillard and her cheer squad talk about a “carbon price” they are really talking about pushing up electricity prices”, Mr. O’Dowd said.