The Hon. Greg Hunt MP
Minister for the Environment
Labor's carbon tax con continues
29 October 2013
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Labor cannot decide if it supports higher costs for Australian families or not.
Despite reports this morning suggesting Labor may consider repealing the carbon tax, Shadow Assistant Treasurer Andrew Leigh says Labor wants to "move straight to a floating emissions trading scheme".
An Emissions Trading Scheme is simply a Carbon Tax with a different name. Whether the tax is floating or fixed, electricity prices still soar and domestic emissions will continue to rise.
It seems 'Bill Shock Shorten' still wants to slug Australian families with higher electricity bills, higher gas bills and an overall higher cost of living.
The election result was a clear rejection of the carbon tax. Labor needs to end the flip-flopping.
Five days prior to the 2010 election campaign Julia Gillard declared 'there will be no carbon tax under a Government I lead.' Then the previous Government went ahead and introduced one.
In the lead up to the 2013 election Kevin Rudd declared "The Government has decided to terminate the carbon tax." Except he never did terminate the carbon tax.
Shadow Environment Minister Mark Butler said he agreed "with Tony Abbott on the repeal of the carbon tax".
Labor must accept the overwhelming message from the Australian people that the carbon tax must go.
Every day the Labor Party stands in the way of repeal is a day they stand for higher electricity prices.
Only the Abbott Government is committed to repealing the carbon tax to take the pressure off Australian families.