Sunshine Coast businesses will be unfairly slugged by Annastacia Palaszczuk’s new waste tax and forced to pass costs onto customers.
On a visit to a Sunshine Coast business today, LNP Shadow Treasurer Tim Mander and Local MP Fiona Simpson said the tax would push costs higher for businesses across Queensland.
“Cafes and seafood businesses go through a lot of oil and the new waste tax will hit hard when they have to get rid of it,” Mr Mander said.
“Businesses will either have to pass the cost on to customers by raising their prices or be out of pocket. That’s not fair.
“For Annastacia Palaszczuk to say these new taxes will have no direct impact on Queenslanders is a complete lie.
“Fish and chips are a favourite with families and tourists on the Sunshine Coast, and shouldn’t be hit by this ridiculous tax.
“This levy will impact every industry, from construction to manufacturing, tourism and hospitality.”
LNP Shadow Minister for Small Business and Maroochydore MP Fiona Simpson said Sunshine Coast businesses shouldn’t have to pay for a cross-border waste problem.
“If Annastacia Palaszczuk wants to stop waste coming across the border then she should enforce the current laws, not tax hard working businesses on the Sunshine Coast and across Queensland,” Ms Simpson said.
“Small businesses are Queensland’s lifeblood and are often run by mums and dads.
“Small businesses create jobs and should be encouraged to grow and be successful, not burdened by new taxes.
“Labor’s new waste tax means garages and tyre businesses will have to pay more to get rid of tyres and cafes disposing oil and grease traps will be taxed.
“It’s not a waste solution, it’s just another tax grab on Queenslanders.”