Thousands of manufacturing jobs at risk from carbon tax

19 Apr 2011 2:07 PMJann Stuckey

19 April 2011

QUEENSLAND’S struggling manufacturing sector faces massive job shedding from Anna Bligh’s refusal to reject Labor’s carbon tax, the State Opposition said today.

LNP Shadow Minister for Manufacturing and Small Business Jann Stuckey warned thousands of Queensland jobs were at risk because the Premier preferred to play politics than stand up for local firms and local jobs.

“State Labor is refusing to back Queensland workers,” Ms Stuckey said.

“This is about protecting thousands of local jobs at a time when Queensland businesses are at tipping point.

“Manufacturing is absolutely vital to our economy …accounting for 11,000 individual businesses, which combined, employ nearly 190,000 Queenslanders.

“Our economy is already scraping along the bottom, with CommSec putting our performance last on the national league table. We simply cannot afford Julia Gillard’s carbon tax.

“The LNP will oppose Labor’s carbon tax. Under the Can Do LNP team, Queenslanders will power Queensland again, not politics.”

Ms Stuckey said State Labor had proved it’s not interested in saving local manufacturing jobs.

“Last week we had the fiasco of Labor’s buy-local campaign printed on imported T-shirts.

“This week we can’t get a word out of the Bligh team about how it will stand up for local jobs.”
Media contact: Jann Stuckey 0439 755 919