Waste tax a seven-year stitch up from Labor

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LNP Shadow Environment Minister David Crisafulli has slammed the Palaszczuk Labor Government for using seven-year-old community consultation as an excuse to slug Queenslanders with its new waste tax.

"We knew this tax was a con job from the start and now we've learned Labor is using community consultation from 2011 to justify it," Mr Crisafulli said.

"For Labor Environment Minister Leeanne Enoch to say a great deal of consultation had been done in 2011 shows how out of touch this government is.

"It was a different levy in 2011, at a different rate, in a different time in the economic cycle and developed by a different Minister.

"The only thing that is the same is that it is another tax from a Labor Government, with Annastacia Palaszczuk around the Cabinet table.

"The waste levy in 2011 had a start price of $35 per tonne, but Labor's new tax will slug Queenslanders $75 per tonne.

"Using consultations completed in 2011 is offensive to the local governments, businesses and residents that will be hit hard by Labor's new waste tax.

"We saw with the rigged survey to rename the Lady Cilento Children's Hospital that Labor has no respect for proper community consolation and no respect for Queenslanders. You just can't trust Labor.

"This is not a waste solution based on good consultation – it's simply a blatant $1.3 billion tax grab from Labor.

"An LNP Government led by Deb Frecklington will not introduce any new taxes."

 
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