Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Not Convinced It's the Best Way to Go; Tax May Force Company to Import Overseas Materials

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Not Convinced It's the Best Way to Go; Tax May Force Company to Import Overseas Materials

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Byline: Scott Harlum Reporter

BALLINA-based business owner Bruce Loxton believes in climate change, but is not convinced a carbon tax is the best way of achieving a reduction in carbon emissions. He is also concerned the new carbon tax will impact on the competitiveness of his business.

Mr Loxton's business, Kimberley Kampers, produces eco-friendly camper trailers and camping equipment at a factory at Ballina. The business employs about 80 people, had a turnover last financial year of $20 million, exports to five countries and competes locally with imported goods, particularly from China.

aPersonally I am very eco-oriented, and I do believe we need to be proactive and we do need alternative energy investments,a Mr Loxton said.

aBut the question in my mind is whether the carbon tax is the right way to stimulate that.a

Mr Loxton said he thinks more direct investment in green technology needs to be made, and community-based green-energy initiatives developed. …

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