“Kirsten, Do The Right Thing, Put Your State First, Vote Against The Carbon Tax”

8 Sep

Media release – Senator Barnaby Joyce, 8 September 2011:

Queensland going backwards under Labor

Unemployment data released today shows that Queensland is going backwards under Labor. At 6.2 per cent, Queensland has the highest unemployment rate in the country by far. The state with the next highest unemployment rate is New South Wales at 5.4 per cent.

We might have the State of Origin but we are losing on the economic footy field. Queensland used to be a powerhouse state but under Labor it is losing that mantle.

This is the worst possible time for Queensland to be facing a carbon tax. Modelling released by the Labor state government last month showed that Queensland will be hit the hardest by a carbon tax, with economic output predicted to be 3.5 per cent lower in Queensland, compared to 2.5 per cent lower in Australia.

The Rockhampton and Gladstone area will see economic activity fall by 8.2 per cent under a carbon tax, the Mackay area by 5.7 per cent, double to triple the impact of the carbon tax on the rest of Australia.

Kirsten Livermore, the federal member for the Rockhampton area, needs to do the right thing, put her state first and vote against the carbon tax. All Queenslanders should contact their local Labor members and ask them why they are planning to vote for a carbon tax which will do its greatest damage to Queensland.

The unemployment rate in Queensland increased in August to 6.2% from 5.6% in July. An extra 15,000 Queenslanders were made unemployed in August, on top of the 10,000 made unemployed in July.

Since the Howard government left office the unemployment rate in Queensland has increased from 3.8% (in November 2007) to 6.2% today. The number of Queenslanders unemployed under Labor has increased by 70,000, an increase of 80%.

More information – Matthew Canavan 0458 709433

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