Minister for Energy Angus Taylor MP has joined local Member for Barker Tony Pasin in Millicent today to discuss Labor’s proposed energy tax and its impact on the region’s major employers.

Labor’s plan to nearly halve carbon emissions by 2030 will increase the cost of electricity, gas, fuel and new cars. 

Minister Taylor joined Mr Pasin at Kimberly Clark Australia’s Millicent operations to hear from the business about the importance of keeping their energy costs down.

“The independent Fisher Report shows that the businesses in Barker, just like this one that employs hundreds of people, will be worse off if Labor introduces its energy tax,” said the Minister.

“Crippling businesses with a huge increase in electricity, gas and fuel costs will make balancing the books each month extremely hard,” said the Minister. 

The report explains that Labor’s energy tax will increase wholesale electricity prices by 58%, and wholesale gas prices by 70%, which will have a direct impact on competitiveness and profitability of every small businesses.

“Bill Shorten’s energy tax will impose a huge cost on business in Barker,” Mr Pasin said.

“I am committed to standing up for jobs in Barker and I am committed to opposing this economy wrecking tax which will have a devastating effect on business and jobs here in Barker,” Mr Pasin said.

Labor’s targets will send energy-intensive industries overseas, taking jobs with them. The Fisher Report estimates that Labor’s reckless targets will slash over 336,000 jobs.

Only the Morrison Government has a sensible plan to reduce emissions at the lowest cost to the economy while also supporting jobs and investment in business and industry.

Media Contact: Charlotte Edmunds 8531 2466