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Simon seeks Rudd carbon tax review

ATA Chairman urges Rudd to revisit the carbon tax’s impact on the price of diesel for freight transport

July 1, 2013

Australian Trucking Association (ATA) Chairman David Simon has urged Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to revisit the carbon tax’s impact on the price of diesel for freight transport.

Simon wrote to the Federal Government congratulating Rudd on his re-elevation to the post and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese’s elevation to Deputy Prime Minister.

But he
also makes plain the trucking industry’s carbon tax concern, describing the extra amount as a “massive hit” that smaller operators especially will be forced to bear.

“The small businesses that make up most of the industry do not have the market power to increase their freight rates to cover the cost of the tax,” he says in the letter.

“We also urge you to drop the carbon tax on the fuel used by the rail industry.

“The ATA notes your comment that Australia needs to adjust to new economic challenges, including the challenges of increasing productivity and diversifying the economy.

“The trucking industry will have a critical role in supporting the trade exposed sectors of the economy to meet these challenges, as well as in keeping costs down for Australians.

“The ATA recently issued policy proposals that would, if implemented, help the trucking industry do its job more safely and efficiently. Our proposals would also help secure the future of the small businesses in our industry.”

There has been speculation that Rudd might seek to pull the sting from the Carbon Tax debate in the lead-up to the election by announcing a swift move to an emissions trading scheme, but an announcement on the tax is yet to be made.

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