Carbon crunch time

A CARBON tax would be the death knell for many struggling Noosa businesses a state commerce leader claims.

Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland president David Goodwin said in Noosa that the unpopular Federal Government impost would not change business behaviour in any way other than forcing many of them to close their doors.

Mr Goodwin, speaking at Monday’s Noosa Chamber of Commerce meeting, said it would be pointless to offset the carbon tax for local households if the “family breadwinner” was forced on to an unemployment line that would be fully stretched by a carbon tax.

Mr Goodwin said it was possible to see the effect of the last couple of years of the GFC in Noosa with falling business confidence and reduced investment. “Eventually it affects employment and the general well being of families and the whole community,” he said.

Mr Goodwin said he was being phoned by trade union leaders urging the chamber to ramp up its fight against the carbon tax because of its likely damage to a still-struggling economy.

“This will impact any business that runs a computer, or an engine or drives a car or runs a freezer – anything that runs on energy,” he said.

“France adopted it, Spain adopted it and both went into recession – so much so that France removed its carbon tax a month ago.”

Mr Goodwin said three out of four Queenslanders surveyed opposed the move and there was a 95% rejection by businesses for a tax on carbon emissions.

He said the worst areas to be hit immediately will be the manufacturing businesses, agriculture sector along with building and construction sectors.

“If you’re living in Noosa and feeling things are a little bit rough, that’s your reason, building has stopped.”

Mr Goodwin said Noosa’s economy was also dependent on tourism and discretionary spending.

And he said just the prospect of this extra financial burden was having a negative impact on the economy.

“Already we’ve seen an instant drop in business confidence with the carbon tax and once the confidence goes, investment goes and that’s tomorrows’ jobs.

“Our calculations are that people are running on margins of 2 and 3% and they won’t be able to make money under a carbon tax.”

Mr Goodwin urged all Coast businesses to join a grassroots campaign to oppose the tax and kill it.

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