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Carbon tax to hurt Canberran castaways


Peter Jean

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott visits the ACT RSPCA in Canberra.

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott visits the ACT RSPCA in Canberra. Photo: Andrew Meares

He was already worried about how families and small businesses would cope with the carbon tax. But what about the homeless dogs, cats, birds and lizards who need to be kept warm during cold Canberra nights?

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott took his anti-carbon tax roadshow to the RSPCA in Weston yesterday, where he was informed the animal welfare organisation was facing a $5000 to $10,000 increase in its $40,000 annual electricity bill thanks to the tax on big polluters.

‘‘Everyone will pay the tax, including tens of thousands of charities,’’ Mr Abbott warned.

But Climate Change Minister Greg Combet dismissed the animal-loving Opposition Leader’s concerns about cats and dogs as ‘‘silly’’ and Prime Minister Julia Gillard accused Mr Abbott of trying to scare animals.

‘‘He’s moved on from human beings and now he’s trying to scare animals,’’ the Prime Minister told Parliament.

Ms Gillard said the RSPCA had failed to apply for funding under a $300 million program set up to help community organisations and local councils reduce their energy use

But ACT RSPCA chief Michael Linke said the grant program was not suitable for the charity, which used 80 per cent of its electricity on animals through devices such as heated slabs for dog and cat kennels and hot boxes for birds and lizards.



  • It's a Carbon Price, not a Carbon Tax - why can the media not get the terms right in their reporting? Seriously? It's being applied to big polluters - not to the individual tax-payer. Quite simple really - I also agree with Combet and Gillard's comments - Abbott is definitely strange. Most animals, domestic or otherwise have survived for thousands of years without electricity - it's natural survival for them (or Darwinism).

    Date and time
    June 27, 2012, 9:38AM
    • Yet again Mr Abbott working the media into a frenzy of doom and gloom!

      It's about time the opposition leader put some real policy,s of his own on the table instead of negative contrive! on a daily basis!

      Date and time
      June 27, 2012, 9:58AM
      • yes and i can easily say humans have been surviving thousands of years without electricity. I guess you could do out without it and its a matter of Darwinism that you can survive without it.

        Talking about polluters i hope the water desalinization plants which haven't been mothballed are getting a huge carbon tax placed on them do you know how much electricity one of those things uses?

        Date and time
        June 27, 2012, 1:39PM
        • When will these politicians learn that we the voting public are over the opportunism and hypocritism they seem to display.

          We want the traditional values of accountability and ownership of decisions in the political process.

          Date and time
          June 27, 2012, 2:22PM
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