A BUNDABERG canegrower has warned farmers will be hit hard by the carbon tax which was passed in federal parliament yesterday.
Grower Allan Dingle said farmers would be slugged with a dramatic rise in costs of products such as fuel, fertilisers and machinery.
"Some people are going to be hit harder than others because we can't pass this price on," he said.
"We are going to have to absorb (the cost).
"If it gets too expensive, people are just going to walk away."
Mr Dingle also said if there were fewer farmers out working the land, food would become more expensive.
The controversial tax was passed through the Senate yesterday afternoon and means carbon will cost $23 per tonne.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard said this morning at the Carbon Expo Australasia forum in Melbourne the tax would only have a third of the cost impact at the GST.
"Yet the scale of the transformation it unleashes will be immense," she said.
"Within the space of just 38 years - 2012 to 2050, well within the lifetime of most of us in this hall, our nation will cut 9 out of every 10 tonnes of the carbon pollution we would otherwise have released into the atmosphere."
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