Senator Barnaby Joyce, leader of The Nationals in the Senate and shadow minister for regional development, local government and water, issued this media release today:
Local councils will be hit the hardest by the news that landfill sites will be up for a $200 million carbon tax bill, Shadow Minister for Local Government, Barnaby Joyce said today.
“There are 565 local governments in Australia and all will have higher costs imposed on them as a result of the carbon tax. At a stroke this puts the lie to the government’s deceitful claims that only the 500 “biggest polluters” will pay the tax.
Under the carbon tax, local governments will have to pay to turn on the street lights, they will have to pay to build a road and they will have to pay to take out the rubbish.
All of these extra costs are being shifted on to them without any form of compensation or even consideration by the federal government.
Ultimately, just like any other business, local governments will have to pass these costs on in the form of higher rates. I am sure everyone will be thankful for the carbon tax next time they get their rates notice.
The Brisbane City Council has already warned that rates will have to go up by 2%, the Dubbo City Council has estimated that its power bill alone will increase by $500,000, while the Tamworth Regional Council estimates an impact on their electricity bill of $300,000.”