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Linfox joins the carbon tax brigade

Linfox has backed government plans to impose a carbon tax from July 2012, but says transitional assistance is a must

By Brad Gardner | April 14, 2011

Linfox has joined a group of some the most influential companies calling for the Federal Government to put a price on carbon emissions.

The transport and logistics giant has lent its name to a letter signed by companies including GE, AGL, BP, Fujitsu and IKEA urging the Government to implement “a well-designed carbon price to support the transition to a low-carbon economy”.

The joint statement, which has also been signed by the Australasian Railway Association and WestNet Rail, says a carbon price is critical to giving business certainty and creating jobs and investment as Australia moves to a cleaner economy.

“As the costs of action are outweighed by the costs of delay the carbon price should be implemented as soon as possible,” the joint statement says.

“A price should be accompanied by appropriate transitional assistance for households and trade-exposed industry, as well as complementary measures that reduce emissions at least economic cost.”

The statement, which has been posted on GE’s website, says the companies are urging others to join them in pledging support for a carbon price.

The Federal Government is currently negotiating with the Greens, independents and the business community to introduce a carbon tax from July 1 next year.

Climate Change Minister Greg Combet yesterday told the National Press Club the Government would provide assistance to low and middle-income households to help them adjust to any price rises from a carbon tax.

He told the Press Club the Government was using the scrapped Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS) framework as a basis for negotiations on the tax.

If introduced, the CPRS would have cut the diesel excise by one cent for every one cent rise in the price of fuel due to emissions trading.

The Government’s climate change advisor, Ross Garnaut, has recommended a price of $20 to $30 per tonne of carbon, which he estimates will increase fuel prices by between five and seven cents a litre.

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