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Canefarmers keen to see back end of carbon tax

HINKLER MP Keith Pitt has told Australian Parliament sugarcane farmers believe they would save 10% on their electricity bills with the repeal of the carbon tax.

Mr Pitt, a former cane farmer, said irrigators had been hit hardest by the tax.

"The tax inflated the price of goods like fertiliser and chemicals," he said.

"Many growers are eager to find ways to reduce their carbon footprint, but argue a tax is not the way to go about it.

"They're paying more for fertiliser, more to transport their products to market and more to dispose of their organic waste material."

Mr Pitt said growers were not able to pass the cost of the tax on to consumers because they did not set prices.

He also spoke on letters from Hervey Bay voters concerned about cost of living and lack of jobs for older people on the Fraser Coast.

Legislation to repeal the carbon tax is still to move through the Senate.

Visit http://www.parliament.gov.au for Mr Pitt's full speech.

Topics:  canefarmers, carbon tax, hervey bay, keith pitt, maryborough, sugarcane



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