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on Union members.
The high-profile head of Australia's biggest manufacturing union has warned it will withdraw support for the Federal Government's carbon tax if "a single job" is lost under the scheme.
Australian Workers Union national secretary Paul Howes has warned the Government that "if one job is gone, our support [for the carbon tax] is gone".
- Energy (electricity and gas, especially if from fossil fuels)
- Water (depending on your provider's carbon output)
- Waste (disposal to landfill)
- Transport (air, heavy construction and transport)
- Construction materials (cement, steel, aluminium, glass)
- Industrial chemicals (refrigerants, fire retardants)
- Air travel
- · Many agriculture, grower and forestry businesses consume high levels of energy to meet irrigation and processing requirements and may be exposed to significant cost increases.
Albury-Wodonga:The illegal dumping of household rubbish in the Wodonga area has dramatically increased and the Wodonga council says offenders are blaming their actions on the carbon tax.
The council has predicted illegal dumping will cost it about $10,000 this financial year, up from $3,000 the previous year. (link)
Sunshine Coast: SUNSHINE Coast Council's decision to increase tip fees to compensate for the carbon tax will lead to increased levels of illegal dumping, a leading anti-rubbish campaigner has warnedIn a damning letter to councillors, Tewantin resident Joe Jurisevic described the recent price increases as "short-sighted and reactionary".He warned that the fee increases would ensure the region faced a continuing problem with illegal dumping. (link)
Townsville: ILLEGAL dumping complaints have doubled since tip fees increased earlier this year forcing the council to install mobile CCTV cameras at rubbish hot spots and call on residents to dob in dumpers.Townsville City Council received an almost 100 per cent increase in the number of complaints on the issue since July, compared with the first six months of the year. (link)
THE Australian chairman of aluminium giant Rusal has bluntly urged Julia Gillard to suspend the introduction of the carbon tax in the absence of comparable international schemes, warning that it will push alumina refining to China and drive up global emissions.
John Hannagan told The Australian yesterday the carbon tax would cost Queensland Alumina Ltd, in which Rusal has a 20 per cent stake, about $20 million in the first year of the operation of the carbon tax. This would be the equivalent of forgoing about 150 jobs.
Over five years, he said, the company faced an impost of about $30m, or the equivalent of 250 jobs.
The carbon tax will hit the accommodation industry with costs of almost $115 million in its first year of operation, a new report has revealed.
The AEC Group research, commissioned by Tourism Accommodation Australia (TAA), showed the levy, implemented in July, will also see the sector's profitability shrink by up to 12% over the same period.
AUSTRALIA'S struggling tourism sector has warned the carbon tax will cost hotels and motels $115 million in its first year and slash profits by up to 12 per cent.
The nation's biggest manufacturing firms have also called on the Federal Government to scrap the climate-change scheme, saying it will "disadvantage" local companies seeking to compete on world markets.
As the Government defended the impact of the carbon tax on manufacturing, Origin Energy boss Grant King said that up to 30 per cent of small and medium sized enterprises' electricity bills stemmed from carbon pricing and other green schemes.