Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

a[euro][approximately]CARBON TAX WILLCOSTUS MILLIONS' Employers Cite Horror Tax; Employers Warn of Pain Ahead

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

a[euro][approximately]CARBON TAX WILLCOSTUS MILLIONS' Employers Cite Horror Tax; Employers Warn of Pain Ahead

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Byline: ZANE JACKSON zane.jackson@qt.com.au

FEARS about the effects of the carbon tax are unsettling some Ipswich businesses a with one large company estimating it will lose millions.

Businesses say the lack of detail about the Federal Government's planned carbon tax is further stoking economic uncertainty.

There is speculation a carbon price could be announced as soon as next week, with the Australian Greens saying major hurdles have been overcome and talks are on track.

Some businesses told The Queensland Times they would have to pass on the costs to customers, while large aluminium company Capral, whose Bremer Park plant in Ipswich employs more than 300 staff, said the tax would cost it millions.

Capral managing director Phil Jobe said it was a concern for the company because ait is just another layer of costs and expenses that impacts our international competitivenessa.

aThe carbon tax will have an impact on us to the tune of several million dollars, namely through increased electricity and gas costs,a Mr Jobe said.

Darren Nolan, the compliance manager at the large Gatton-based transport company, Nolan's Transport, said it would have to pass the costs from the tax on to its customers.

The family-owned business has more than 100 vehicles and employs more than 250 staff.

aI can say that like any other business, if a carbon tax is passed on to a depleted transport industry, we'll have to pass the costs on,a he said.

aEvery business has the right to be concerned about the level of information that has been provided so far.

aThere has been no information on how it will work, how it will be implemented and moderated.a

Another big employer in the Ipswich region concerned about the tax is Kalfresh, the Kalbar-based business that grows, packs and markets fresh produce.

Kalfresh director Robert Hinrichsen said the carbon tax would make it harder for his business to be competitive.

He said it could give competitors from countries like China the edge over his business.

aI think for rural industries concerned, it's shaking our confidence in the future. It will cost us money.a

Some of Ipswich's big employers, including the council, QR National and the Swift Australia meatworks at Dinmore, are waiting on more details. …

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