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“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

Barnaby: “Innovation Labor Style”

18 Jul

Media Release – Senator Barnaby Joyce, 18 July 2011:

Innovation Labor style: let members vote for themselves

Greg Combet has said today on ABC AM that the carbon tax will bring about innovation. I agree. It will be about innovation.

Innovation like:

Now that power is so much dearer, how do I stay warm? Likewise, now that power is so much dearer, and it’s summer, how do I stay cool?

Now that they are shutting down a major power supply, how do we maintain affordable base rate power?

Now that our competitors don’t have a carbon tax and we do, what are we going to discount so that we can sell the product? Or do we just shut down the product?

Now that the government has a tax that they can put up whenever they like, do I trust them to not put it up whenever they like?

Now that the government is $197.1 billion gross in debt, borrowing an extra $3 billion just last week, do I think that in due course they will just use this revenue stream as a desperate attempt to pay back people overseas?

This is all innovation and much more that we can expect from Labor’s carbon tax.

However, the sort of innovation that Australia needs to fix all this is as follows:

If one Labor lower house member, such as Sharon Bird, Stephen Jones, Kirsten Livermore, Joel Fitzgibbon or Yvette D’Ath crosses the floor the carbon tax will not come in.

Now that is truly simple innovation that could really get rid of this tax.

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