Ken O’Dowd.
Ken O’Dowd.

O'Dowd takes aim at taxes

LIBERAL-National party candidate for Flynn Ken O’Dowd said in an interview with the Observer yesterday the biggest issue influencing Gladstone voters was the uncertainty of the mining tax issue.

“Companies such as Rio Tinto, the Gladstone Port Authority and the coal mining industry will be affected by this issue as well as the future Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) uncertainty,” Mr O’Dowd said.

“This uncertainty doesn’t go well for the vibrant industries in Gladstone,” he said. “The ETS system will hit coal-fired powerhouses which will deeply affect our aluminium industry.”

Mr O’Dowd said other issues influencing Gladstone voters were the ageing population and mental health care.

“Underlying all this is a struggling economy with a debt growing at $700,000 per week, which is just reckless spending and will need to have the brakes put on it.

“The Liberal-National Party will bring a Government that has better policies than the Labor Party and will bring budgets back into line,” he said.

“I have worked in small business myself and know how a business operates, whether it be a small business or a large Government it all works the same.”



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