Snowdon must stand up for Lingiari
“Labor members of parliament have one day left to keep faith with their electorates and vote against Julia Gillard’s carbon tax in Parliament tomorrow,” Senator for the Northern Territory Nigel Scullion said.
“Warren Snowdon can restore faith with the people of Lingiari by supporting the Coalition’s amendment which prevents the carbon tax coming into place before an election.”
“Voters in Lingiari will be watching very closely to see how Mr Snowdon represents them on this issue,” Senator Scullion said.
“Mr Snowdon must not betray the voters of Lingiari by voting for the carbon tax which will drive up the cost of living, threaten jobs and do nothing for the environment.
“Julia Gillard said ‘there will be no carbon tax under the government I lead’ and tomorrow all members of parliament will have the chance to vote against the carbon tax that the Prime Minister promised we wouldn’t have,” Senator Scullion said.
“At a time of international economic uncertainty, this is the worst possible time to be introducing the world’s biggest carbon tax.”
“There is a better way. The Coalition’s Direct Action plan is a strong and effective policy that will reduce carbon emissions by 5 per cent by 2020 without a new tax. Our Direct Action plan is costed, capped and fully funded from savings to the budget. Direct Action means no costs to households, no new taxes, and no increase in electricity prices as a result of the policy,” Senator Scullion said.
“The Coalition’s commitment to the Australian people is that we will do everything in our power to fight this toxic tax.”
“The Coalition will oppose the carbon tax in opposition and rescind it in government.”
“This parliament has no mandate to introduce a carbon tax,” Senator Scullion stated.
“On the government's own figures, 3 million Australian households will be worse off under the carbon tax – many in Lingiari and throughout the Territory,” Senator Scullion said.
“On the Government's own figures, dual income families will be worse off once they have the income of a school teacher and a shop assistant; or that of a policeman and a part-time nurse.”