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Don't shackle economy to Carbon Tax, Abbott says

Monday, 24 February 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Author: Mary Swire
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Author: Mary Swire (Tax-News)

Australia's Prime Minister has called on the leader of the Opposition to "stop standing in the way" of manufacturing industries and allow the Government to "implement its mandate of repealing the carbon tax."

Speaking at a press conference in Canberra, Tony Abbott said that "the last thing we want to do is shackle our economy with a carbon tax." Pointing to the closure of the Alcoa plant at Point Henry, he claimed that the carbon tax had clearly been "doing its job," cutting aluminium manufacturing by 60 percent.

He added that if Bill Shorten was "serious about protecting jobs in manufacturing," he should let the Government press ahead with its repeal legislation in the Senate.

Turning to the situation in Western Australia more specifically, Abbott alleged that both the carbon and mining taxes are "anti-Australian taxes." With a by-election on the cards, thanks to September's poll being declared void, Abbott warned electors that if they hope to see the taxes "gone," they would need to vote for candidates who support repeal. The only candidates they can "rely on" are the Coalition's candidates, who will be best able to "support Western Australia by getting rid of these taxes."

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