Posted September 30, 2018 17:19:50 Queensland Senate is preparing to debate a proposed carbon tax on Monday.
Key points:Senate leader Annastacia Palaszczuk says the $30 billion a year bill would raise $6 billion a week to help pay for infrastructureKey points:”We want a national carbon tax.
We don’t want to put up with a carbon tax where we’re going to be subsidising people to go out to the bush and put a small amount of money into a gasifier,” Senator Annastia Palaszek said on the Senate floorThe proposal is one of the most significant changes to the Senate’s climate change legislation in years, and is set to be debated in the Senate on Monday, with the Senate leader saying it would raise more than $6bn a week.
Queensland Premier Annastace Palasza has already said she will support the tax if it is passed, and she is set on introducing the bill this week.
She said the plan was a direct response to the Australian Climate Commission’s report last year that predicted a carbon price of $60 per tonne.
“I know this is going to raise a lot of questions, and I think the Queensland people will want to know what the plan is, and the answer to that is we want to see a national national carbon price, and we don’t believe that that is in our best interests,” she said.
Quebec senator Annastacia Palazza is seen here speaking on the floor of the Senate during debate on a proposed $30-billion a year carbon tax in the State Parliament.
Senator Palaszik said Queenslanders could not afford to keep paying the $2.7 billion a month to the carbon tax introduced by the Labor government.
“It’s going to cost Queenslanders millions and millions and billions of dollars a year in increased carbon taxes,” she told the Senate.
“So we need to do something about it, and it is time we did it.”
The Senate is expected to vote on the bill next week.
The proposal would introduce a $30 per tonnes carbon tax, a one-off levy on electricity bills, and an excise on cars and trucks.
A spokesperson for Senator Palasak said it was an “innovative way to encourage investment and growth” in Queensland.
“The carbon tax is expected be a significant revenue source, with over 20 per cent of Queensland’s economy being reliant on emissions from burning fossil fuels,” the spokesperson said.
“With an expected carbon price being introduced in the new year, it is important to ensure we provide certainty for Queensland’s energy sector.”
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