NSW Government confirms the carbon price modelling is correct
Page MP Janelle Saffin has shown Opposition Leader Tony Abbott to be at odds with his State colleagues in NSW about the impact of the carbon price on the cost of living.
“I asked the Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency and Minister for Industry and Innovation Greg Combet, in Parliament last week about the measures that the Federal Government is putting into place to help families, pensioners and communities with the effect of the carbon price,” said Ms. Saffin.
“The carbon price is designed to bring the level of polluting gasses down over time which will benefit generations for years to come,”
“It’s a complex scheme as it’s about restructuring the economy and I want to see that it has as little impact as possible on people.”
“I note that in Page, the NSW Government said the carbon price impact on Ballina Shire Council will be $61,799. But what it failed to point out to locals is that this represents an increase of just 0.4 per cent of the council’s total rates income,” said Ms Saffin.
Mr Combet, in answering the question from Ms Saffin, advised that the NSW Local Government Minister recently issued a press release showing council rates will rise 0.4% as a result of the carbon price.
“For the average household, Deputy Speaker, this is 6 cents a week,”
“The NSW Government, has actually confirmed the Treasury forecasts, .
“To help households, this Labor Government is providing tax cuts, increases in family payments, pensions and other benefits.
“All up, an extra $10.10 per week on average will be delivered through the Government’s Household Assistance Package.” said Mr. Combet.
In Page, more than 33,000 pensioners will receive extra $338 extra per year if they are single and an extra $510 per year for couples; more than 12,700 people will receive increase in family assistance payments and; 43,000 taxpayers will receive a tax cut.
Ms Saffin said the Federal Government’s household assistance package should be welcomed by people living in Page.
“Most families feel the pressure of modern costs of living but Mr Abbott’s negative scare mongering won’t do anything to help households cope with these pressures,”
“In contrast, the government’s payments will put extra cash into household budgets to provide real relief and help with cost of living pressures.” said Ms Saffin.
Wednesday 6 June, 2012 Media contact: Matt Dunne 0417 287 456