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Minister Wortley says too early for Carbon Tax modelling

Jul 02, 2012

Mark Goldsworthy MP

Shadow Minister for State/Local Government Relations
Shadow Minister for Veterans’ Affairs
Shadow Minister for Consumer Affairs


Minister Wortley says too early for Carbon Tax modelling

Under Opposition questioning in Budget Estimates this week, State/Local Government Relations Minister Wortley said it was too early for his Government to undertake any modelling on how the carbon tax will affect councils in South Australia.

This is despite a number of councils already factoring in a carbon tax cost in their budgets, including Tea Tree Gully Council ($500,000), Mitcham Council ($190,000), Charles Sturt Council ($1.2 million) and West Torrens Council ($414,000).

In Budget Estimates, Minister Wortley stated:

“...it is very early; it is actually too early for the government to get precise and accurate data.” (Hansard, 25/06/12)

Asked again whether the Government had carried out modelling on the effect of the carbon tax on Councils, Minister Wortley responded:

“None that I've got.” (Hansard, 25/06/12)

“It is simply unbelievable to think that Minister Wortley hasn’t requested any modelling on how the carbon tax will affect local councils,” Shadow State/Local Government Relations Minister Mark Goldsworthy said.

“It really symbolises just how out of touch this Labor Government has become with South Australians.

“I have spoken to a number of councils about this issue, all of whom are concerned about the impact the carbon tax will have on ratepayers.

“The Liberal Party has argued long and hard against the carbon tax – this is just another example of how this tax will drive up the cost of living and impact on everyday family life.”

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