Teys Australia calls for more cuts after carbon tax repeal
GET your hands out of our pockets.
That's the message from Teys Australia, who has paid more than $1.2 million in carbon tax since the controversial measure was bought in.
On Thursday night the Abbott Government took the first step towards its election promise of abolishing the tax after it was repealed in the House of Representatives.
Teys' general manager for corporate affairs Tom Maguire said they were happy about the move, but were hoping for more cuts to help local businesses.
"Regional manufacturing is really important (for Rockhampton), so what we've got to do is get costs down for these businesses," he said.
"The government unfortunately is a large part of these costs.
"Let's hope a bit of sanity prevails and they bring the costs down further."
Mr Maguire believes the carbon tax is a really good start, provided energy retailers drop their prices in response.
"Overall we're looking to the government for their leadership to reduce as many costs for rural manufacturing as possible.
"It's important to do that so we can get as much money back to the cattle producer as possible, because they're struggling at the moment."
He said they have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in direct costs for carbon emissions, as well as compliance costs, like carbon auditing the business.
This is in addition to "six figure sums" for hidden costs like buying electricity and coal.
"This current government is telling us … they want businesses to stand on their own two feet," he said.
"What I'd say back to the government is we're very happy to stand on our own two feet, but get your hands out of our pockets."
Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry said the decision was a victory which would give local families, businesses and industries a huge "pick up".
"It was an impost on local business and it added a huge amount each year to a family's energy bill," she said.
The repeal will now head to the Senate for consideration.