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Hoteliers congratulate Abbott and urge carbon tax repeal

September 12, 2013 Headline News, Hotel News 1 Comment Email Email

egtmedia59After congratulating Tony Abbott and the Coalition on their election success, the Accommodation Association of Australia (AAA) has urged Labor to “acknowledge the result by not standing in the way of repealing the carbon tax”.

AAA president Garry Crockett welcomed the election of the Coalition government in Canberra, saying the accommodation industry looked forward to Abbott and his team using its mandate for reform.

AAA chief executive Richard Munro said he was pleased that repealing the carbon tax was on top of Mr Abbott’s ‘to-do’ list.

“There has been nothing positive about the carbon tax for the accommodation industry,” Munro said.

“It has imposed significant additional costs on accommodation businesses, due to increases in supplier charges, higher utility bills and it has robbed domestic visitors of discretionary income, eroding consumer confidence.

“The accommodation industry supports repealing the carbon tax and is calling on Labor to use its numbers in the Senate to ensure that this happens before the end of this year.”

The Accommodation Association pronounced itself pleased with several other Coalition policy commitments.

“A number of operators in the accommodation industry are small businesses, so we are pleased that the Coalition has promised a higher emphasis on supporting small businesses,” Munro said.

“On industrial relations, it’s vital that the current regime changes to take into account the 24/7 nature of the accommodation industry.

“The Accommodation Association plans to make this point to the Productivity Commission when it reviews the current, outdated workplace relations laws.”

Edited by Peter Needham

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  1. Stormy says:

    Yup Gary Crocket there’s nothing positive about a Carbon Tax – except for the fact that without a clean planet there’d be no tourism! I’m pretty sure most Eco-accommodation operations would disagree! That without a mechanism like a Carbon Tax, or an Emission Trading Scheme, business would make little, if any, effort to innovate and identify new ways to conduct our business. You know that since the Carbon Tax was introduced Australia has reduced emission’s by around 7%!! “The Climate Commission’s report examining escalating global action on climate change, released today, reveals emissions from electricity generation in 2012 dropped by 4.7 per cent on the previous year. And emissions from electricity hit the lowest levels seen since 2001-02 in the last six months of last year. Coal-use is being scaled back as gas and green energy grows, with Australia nearly doubling its renewable energy capacity since 2001.”

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    I’d have thought that the AAA would not be LNP stooge and be more responsive to the idea of a clean Australia!

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