Federal shadow minister for energy and resources Ian MacFarlane at Ken O’Dowd’s Gladstone electoral office.
Federal shadow minister for energy and resources Ian MacFarlane at Ken O’Dowd’s Gladstone electoral office. Kara Irving

Taxing time ahead

GLADSTONE may not be a "ghost town" but the impacts of the carbon tax are definitely being felt.

Yesterday member for Flynn Ken O'Dowd took shadow minister Ian MacFarlane on a tour of Curtis Island to the new LNG projects.

Mr MacFarlane said the cost of living in Gladstone would only get worse, if the Government didn't revoke the carbon tax.

"The carbon tax is still the biggest part of the recent increase in electricity prices. In Queensland it is 10% for households, but its 20 to 30% for industry, and those costs are impacting on businesses in this town," Mr MacFarlane said.

"The reality is, future investments will not come here," he said.



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