Territory Motorists who already fear they are being ripped off at the petrol bowser should start saving their pennies with fuel set to rise even more when the Carbon Tax comes in on July 1 Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory Nigel Scullion said.
“Recent media coverage has highlighted Territory’s high fuel prices, which show Darwin’s price is on average 18 cents higher than all the other state capitals, but it is going to get worse from July 1 when the carbon tax comes in,” Senator Scullion.
“I spoke in Parliament on this very issue today and things are not looking bright for us in the Territory.
“The carbon tax is a tax on remoteness that will hurt the Northern Territory more than anywhere else in Australia as fuel is a vital commodity to get around the vast expanses of the great place we call home.
“We already pay ridiculous prices to fill our car up in Darwin compared to elsewhere but fuel refineries will pay the carbon tax and the costs of running a service station will increase due to this toxic tax and all that will be passed on to consumers.
“That thought sends shivers down every Territorian’s spine as they travel around, especially with school holidays approaching.
“Not only will motorists feel extra pain but businesses will as well through indirect costs being passed on, showing Julia Gillard’s claims that only the big 400 polluters pay is a furphy.
“Mango farmers in the Territory aren’t known for being huge emitters but one told me he had done the sums on the impact of the carbon tax on his business and was expecting a 25% reduction in his profitability.
“The Mango grower told me he was expecting an increase in fuel of 3%, box costs up by 1.8% and an unknown expected jump in electricity prices to run cool rooms but it will be big given average power prices will go up by 10% across the country but with some higher increases in some states.
“How many businesses like this mango grower will invest in an industry with a 25% reduction in profitability?
“The Carbon Tax will impact heavily on the Territory business community, which is comprised of so many rural and remote enterprises that rely heavily on fuel and electricity.
“It is a toxic tax that increases the cost of living on individuals, on families and on communities that are currently doing it tough,” Senator Scullion said.
Download media release:
120621 carbon tax release UPDATED.pdf