Central Queensland ‘set to surge’ as carbon tax nears an end
CAPRICORNIA MP Michelle Landry believes Central Queensland is set to surge after the Federal House of Representatives last night voted to repeal the Carbon Tax.
And while the repeal must still face a vote in the Senate, Ms Landry said the chances of the tax being axed were "sounding very positive".
Late yesterday, Palmer United Party leader Clive Palmer said his senators would support the Coalition.
"It's sounding very good," Ms Landry told The Morning Bulletin from Canberra last night.
If the tax is scrapped, Ms Landry said Central Queensland families, businesses, industries and major employers would feel the benefit.
"The carbon tax was costing everybody and if the repeal progresses through the Senate, Australians will be rid of the dreadful tax and be better off for it," she said.
"It was an impost on local business and it added a huge amount each year to a family's energy bill."
Ms Landry said Rockhampton's Teys meat works had been paying more than $1.2million in carbon tax.
"That's money that could be reinvested into the business with the opportunity to create more jobs," she said.
"One local coal company was likely to pay up to $40 million in carbon tax.
"Truck drivers, cattle farmers, mines, meat processors, local businesses, home owners and families in Central Queensland would all face a 5% increase in carbon costs unless it is axed."
But for now, Ms Landry said she was happy to see the repeal make it through the Lower House, describing the victory as "historic".
"I'm very happy to have achieved this," she said.
"It's another one of our election promises and we're carrying them through slowly, but surely."