Coal industry fights back against carbon tax

THE coal industry has launched an advertising blitz against the Federal Government’s carbon tax.

Australian Coal Association Ralph Hillman said the campaign would highlight the impact of the tax through a series of TV ads featuring coal community members speaking about the industry and the effect the tax would have.

“Coal mining is a vital part of the Queensland economy and the tax will have a big impact on regional areas,” Mr Hillman said.

“We believe the public has a right to have all the facts before they make up their mind on the carbon tax.

“The government knows there is a better way to introduce a price on carbon.

“In the case of coal mining, the tax should be phased in at the same time as our international competitors – ensuring we don’t harm Australia’s long-term economic interests.”

ACA commissioned ACIL Tasman to model the effects of the tax on coal mines. They estimated 4700 direct jobs were at risk across the country, with 1000 in Queensland.

Factoring in indirect employment, overall job losses were put at 14,100.


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