Carbon tax to hurt local business

A local transport company will be faced with more hurdles with the introduction of the Carbon Tax according to Opposition Leader Tony Abbot.

Mr Abbott visited Nolans Transport during a visit to Gatton last week as part of his campaign against the controversial tax.

Nolan's Transport CEO, Terry Nolan, said his company would face the loss of $300,000 per year if the tax was successfully passed through parliament.

“There are a lot of big producers in the Lockyer Valley and they have already been given a hiding by the floods earlier in the year,” he said.

“It's no different to elsewhere.

“Everyone has had a tough time with the floods and with the tax, the cost of freight will increase and the farmers can't afford that.

“We should go to a vote and let Australians decide and I think Australians would be better for it.”

If the tax comes into effect, it will do so next year and transport will be exempt for two years, but Mr Abbott said the scheme would still place pressure on Australian businesses.

“Obviously the tax is going to be very bad for the transport industry,” he said.

“There are no tangible goods in any store that don't rely on transport.

“This is not the environmental protection we need.”

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