Livermore challenged to stand up

SHADOW treasurer Joe Hockey yesterday set his sights firmly on Kirsten Livermore, accusing the Capricornia MP of failing her constituents.

Mr Hockey, who was in Rockhampton in the wake of the Gillard Government’s carbon tax announcement on the weekend, said Central Queensland would suffer greatly under the tax.

“I say to Kirsten Livermore, it is now time to stand up for your constituents rather than standing for Julia Gillard,” Mr Hockey said. 

“The clear message from constituents in Rockhampton is they don’t want a carbon tax, they don’t want higher prices, they don’t want to lose their jobs and they want to get rid of Julia Gillard.

“From our perspective this (carbon tax) is about the future of Australia and our economy.

“The (only) jobs I want to see go are Julia Gillard’s, Wayne Swan’s and the whole Labor Government, Kirsten Livermore included.

” He said the carbon tax would have a big effect on some of the businesses in Central Queensland. 

“CQ is where jobs are affected and people are affected. I spoke to a laundry cleaning business here that had a gas bill of $36,000 a month and an electricity bill of $10,000 a month,” Mr Hockey said.

Mr Hockey said the business had more than 60 employees and they would notice a significant increase in the cost of doing business because of the carbon tax. 

“He is livid about the carbon tax. And he will not get a zack of compensation from Julia Gillard.” 

He finished the press conference with his final thought on the carbon tax scheme. 

“You don’t need compensation if you are not causing injury. It’s not good enough to give Australia a bloody nose and offer a band aid.”   



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