Andrew Leigh confirms return of carbon tax and rise in power bills under Labor

Andrew Leigh’s comments in The Australian today is yet another confirmation that Labor would restore their failed carbon and mining tax slugs on Australians at the first opportunity, Senator for the ACT Zed Seselja said today.

“The confirmation from Andrew Leigh that the carbon tax would be imposed on Australians under a Labor Government highlights Labor’s support for higher electricity bills and extra cost of living pressures on Australian families, Senator for the ACT Zed Seselja said today.

“The carbon tax was a policy of hurting Australian families, putting jobs at risk and damaging Australia’s international competitiveness,” Senator Seselja said.

“In its last year of operation, the carbon tax was a $7.6 billion hit on the Australian economy and during Labor’s time electricity prices rose dramatically.

“Scrapping the carbon tax has delivered families and businesses in the ACT the biggest drop in electricity prices on record.

“According to the Consumer Price Index for the September Quarter 2014 released in October last year, power bills in the ACT are up to 11.5 per cent lower than they would have been with the carbon tax.

“The Government is committed to tackling climate change without a multi-billion dollar carbon tax that drives up the cost of living for Australian families and businesses.

“Andrew Leigh and Bill Shorten want to take away the savings ACT families and business are seeing with their plan to bring back the carbon tax,” Senator Seselja concluded.