Annastacia Palaszczuk’s new waste tax is set to slug all Queenslanders as businesses across the state will be forced to pass costs on to customers.
On a visit to a Northern Beaches seafood business today with Whitsunday MP Jason Costigan, LNP Shadow Small Business Minister Fiona Simpson said the new tax would push costs higher for businesses and everyday Queenslanders from the Cape to Currumbin.
“Small businesses are Queensland’s lifeblood and should be given the tools to be successful and grow, not taxed into the ground,” Ms Simpson said.
“This isn’t a waste solution, it’s another tax grab.
“This is Labor’s fifth tax since November and will just add to the pressure on small businesses who are already struggling to cope.
“The LNP will work with small businesses to ensure they can continue to drive Queensland’s economy and create jobs.”
LNP MP for Whitsunday Jason Costigan said it made no sense to slug all Queenslanders for a cross-border waste problem in southern Queensland.
“The Mackay community does the right thing in regards to waste and it is downright unfair for the Mackay-Whitsunday region to be hit with this tax,” Mr Costigan said.
“Fish and chips in Mackay are hugely popular with all the tourists that visit the Mackay-Whitsunday region and Labor’s tax will have a serious impact on our tourism market.
“This has nothing to do with changing behaviour, but everything to do with reaching into Queenslanders pockets and taking their money.”
“You don’t need a waste tax to get businesses to do the right thing. Kelly of Morgans supplies used cooking oil free of charge to a local company called Enviro Oils who collect at no cost and make Bio Diesel out of it.
“She’s been doing this since she began and now will be hit by an extra tax.”