Barnaby: Tomorrow Is D-Day For Anna Bligh

18 Aug

Media Release – Senator Barnaby Joyce, 18 August 2011:

Bligh’s day of delivery for Queensland looms

The carbon tax heat will turn to Queensland Premier Anna Bligh when the Council of Australian Governments meets in Canberra tomorrow.

Leader of The Nationals Warren Truss and Nationals’ Senate leader Barnaby Joyce – both Queenslanders – are calling on the Premier to make good on her pledge to ‘put Queensland first’ by rejecting the carbon tax.

On May 22 the Premier told reporters: ‘I think Queenslanders, like other Australians, want to see the details of the carbon tax’. She then pledged to put the interests of Queensland first, adding: ‘I look forward to (seeing) those details and when we do we will be putting Queensland first’.

“Tomorrow is D-Day for the Premier,” Mr Truss said. “Anna Bligh can put Queensland first by putting Julia Gillard and her carbon tax last.

“In fact, Federal Treasury figures reveal that the carbon tax will have its biggest impact on Queensland, with the state’s bottom line gutted to the tune of $250 billion – the equivalent of losing an entire year out of the state’s production.

“Even Queensland Treasurer Andrew Fraser has conceded the asset value of the state’s electricity generators will plummet by $1.7 billion. The Queensland Resources Council estimates that the state stands to lose $1 billion in coal royalties, as well as shedding more than 13,000 jobs.”

Senator Joyce added: “The epicentre of the effect of a carbon tax is Queensland. Our state’s major export is the major export of the nation, it is coal, it is carbon.

“Why should the person in Ipswich pay more for power for something that is not going to change the climate? Nobody wants this tax and Anna Bligh is crucial in trying to stop it. She can make the difference and stop this tax.

“All she has to do is to stand up for Queensland, not for Sussex St, in Canberra tomorrow.”

Today’s release of the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ employment data shows that unemployment in regional Queensland has increased by almost 1 percentage point over the last year – climbing from 5.4% in July 2010 to 6.3% today.

Areas that have been hardest hit include:

§ Townsville / Mt Isa area rose from 2.9% to 7.5%.

§ Wide Bay up from 6.5% to 10.7%.

§ Gold Coast increased from 5.6% to 6.7%.

§ The unemployment rate in Cairns remains high at 8.2%.

This is the wrong time to impose a carbon tax on regional Queensland.

Anna Bligh needs to join with Ted Baillieu, Barry O’Farrell and Colin Barnett in telling Julia Gillard to dump her destructive tax. If the Premier is fair dinkum about the interests of Queensland she’ll reject the carbon tax tomorrow.

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2 Responses to “Barnaby: Tomorrow Is D-Day For Anna Bligh”

  1. Bamftiger August 18, 2011 at 9:03 pm #

    Just put up a post at imfiplc.blogspot.com – the real cost of electricity under the carbon tax will be way higher than even most people imagine.

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