Jarratt supports carbon tax hit on Whitsunday tourism

12 Jul 2011 11:39 AMJann Stuckey

12 July 2011

TOURISM Minister Jan Jarratt was supporting Labor’s carbon tax hit on Whitsunday tourism, the LNP said today.

LNP Shadow Minister for Tourism, Manufacturing and Small Business Jann Stuckey said the Minister, by remaining silent, was effectively backing Labor’s carbon tax.

“Labor leaders have turned their backs on tourism and Jan Jarratt has gone into hiding,” Ms Stuckey said.

“Where’s the care, where’s the understanding of how many tourism businesses are struggling – how many jobs are at risk, particularly in Ms Jarratt’s own seat of Whitsunday?”

Ms Stuckey said with the Premier telling the industry to “suck it up” (extra costs from carbon tax) the tourism industry had no support in state Cabinet.

“Jan Jarratt has been telling the industry to wait and see.

“They’ve waited. We’ve waited, and now the carbon tax details have been released, it’s clear Queensland tourism will suffer from higher domestic airfares, higher room rates and higher transport costs through the extra 6c a litre tax on marine diesel.

“Labor’s carbon tax will make tourism, particularly in Whitsunday less competitive, less attractive – right at a time when taxpayers’ dollars are being spent urging us to holiday in Queensland.”

Ms Stuckey said Labor’s carbon tax was a direct tax on Queensland’s struggling tourist industry.

“Labor is forcing a tax on us that will see more Aussies holiday overseas and bypass the Whitsundays.

“The CanDo LNP team opposes the carbon tax. We will stand up against Canberra, and fight for Queensland jobs and businesses.”