Tourism whacked as carbon tax hits airlines

28 Feb 2012 5:04 PMJann Stuckey

28 February 2012

LABOR’S carbon tax was set to hit airlines with Virgin confirming today it will be forced to add a CT surcharge* to domestic and code-shared international flights from July 1.

LNP Shadow Minister for Tourism, Manufacturing and Small Business Jann Stuckey said the surcharge was another hit for Queensland tourism already hurting from the high cost of compliance, red tape, and government charges in Qeensland.

“It’s an unwanted and expensive bill being imposed on an vital industry under enormous pressure,” Ms Stuckey said.

“Unlike state and federal Labor, the LNP is totally opposed to the job-destroying carbon tax.

“We want the carbon tax scrapped because it makes travel more expensive and that hurts tourism.

“Every tourism operator in every electorate across Queensland knows just how bad the situation is, and yet every Labor member in Anna Bligh’s team have been cheering this tax on from the sidelines.

“Virgin’s decision will be the first of many similar increases from businesses forced to cover costs being imposed on their operations.

“The LNP is determined to support tourism – one of Queensland’s iconic industries and one of the four pillars of our economy.

“We are determined to fight this tax and already the LNP has pledged to detail the cost of Labor’s carbon tax on electricity accounts so that Queensland families know exactly what they are paying on top of their already sky-high bills under Labor.

“It’s time for change. It’s time to get Queensland back on track.”

Media contact: Jann Stuckey 0439 755 919