Labor’s Waste Levy Hurts Businesses

16 Feb 2012 10:51 AMJann Stuckey

16 February 2012

Member for Currumbin and Shadow Minister for Small Business, Jann Stuckey, last night joined her LNP colleagues in State Parliament to oppose the Labor Government’s new industry waste levy.

“The Bligh Labor government stuck another dagger into the heart of small businesses by introducing a waste levy—or scrooge tax—on 1 December 2011, just before Christmas,” Ms Stuckey said.
“They were determined to beat their federal counterparts to the punch with its 1 July carbon tax.

“This is a flawed tax that will hurt struggling small businesses and the LNP has pledged to scrap it if we win Government at the March 24 election.

“In just over two months we are already seeing the damaging consequences of Labor’s waste tax that the LNP and the business community warned about.  

“Skip bin operators, restaurant owners, bakeries, and building and construction businesses on the Gold Coast have expressed their concerns at the increased costs this levy will have on their businesses.

“Other objectors to this tax said it would lead to an increase in illegal dumping.

“Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland statistics reveal a typical mid-size restaurant will face an extra $3,120 in waste fees per year just from this single regulation.

“One restaurant owner at Palm Beach said she was not even aware of the impending waste levy just days before its scheduled commencement because, like so many other businesses, they had received no notification about it.

“The added costs of the tax for this small restaurant will have to be passed on to customers, a move the owner fears could be enough to put them, and other local eateries, under.

“With the Federal Government’s looming Carbon Tax set to commence from July 2012, Labor will eventually tax business right out of Queensland.

“An LNP Government, on the other hand, will drive effective policy and regulation with regards to waste management, but will do so in a responsible way that does not penalise and crush small businesses.

“My advice to these affected businesses is to take their waste bills along to the polling booths on 24 March and make their case.

“Not Labor, not again, not this time.