Carbon tax to spike power bills: NSWMC

NEW South Wales families and businesses will be slugged with increased power bills following Senator Bob Brown’s parting carbon tax legacy, claims the New South Wales Minerals Council.
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Lauren Barrett

Australian Greens leader Bob Brown called it quits on Friday after 16 years of service.

Brown was the key force behind the carbon tax, which is set to be implemented on July 1.

NSWMC chief executive officer Stephen Galilee said NSW would cop the brunt of the carbon tax.

In contrast, Victoria’s coal industry would receive almost all of the compensation from Canberra.

“Around 90 per cent of power usage in NSW is derived from black coal,” he said.

“Residents in NSW will see their power bills rise as the increased tax on providing coal to NSW power stations drives up energy costs.”

It is likely Victorian power generators may receive almost all of the $1 billion in compensation in the first tranche of government payments.

“In contrast, NSW black coal power producers will get nothing,” Galilee said.

While the council supported the need to act on climate change, Galilee said the carbon tax policy was not the right way to act.

“We accept the science of climate change and that action is necessary to reduce emissions,” he said.

“However, the carbon tax creates a self-imposed competitive disadvantage on our mining industry, despite the fact that there will likely be no net reduction in global emissions.”

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