Federal Member for Aston, Alan Tudge MP, asked the Prime Minister in Question Time today why Rowville printer, Mystique Printing, should pay for the carbon tax given it has just been certified as carbon neutral.
Mystique was declared as carbon neutral by the Gillard Government last month. Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change, Mark Dreyfus, said that Mystique was the "first Australian printing company to be certified carbon neutral."
Federal Member for Aston, Alan Tudge MP, asked the following question to the Prime Minister in Question Time today:
I refer the Prime Minister to the praise her Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change gave to Mystique Printing – a small printing company in Rowville in my electorate - as being, and I quote, the "first Australian printing company to be certified carbon neutral".
Given that this business is carbon neutral, why is the Prime Minister hitting it with a carbon tax that will cost it thousands of dollars in higher electricity, transport and paper costs?
The Prime Minister claimed that Mystique would not have to pay for higher costs, clearly contravening her government's own modelling which says that electricity prices will go up at least 10%.
Mr Tudge said, "It is ridiculous that a local business that is already carbon neutral will be hit with a carbon tax which will cost them thousands of dollars in higher electricity, transport and paper costs."
"Mystique has already made the decision to conduct its business in an environmentally sustainable manner. It gets an accolade from the government for being carbon neutral and then the government slugs them with a carbon tax!"
"The fact is her carbon tax will particularly hurt small and medium manufacturers in Knox, and with that jobs. No wonder the Prime Minister is unwilling to defend it," Mr Tudge said. Media enquiries: Katrina Flannery 9887 3890 / 0488 650 179