For those of you who do not know, the Gatton District is located some 100k west of Brisbane, Nolan's Transport is one of the biggest employers in the area, and only last year was given the "Business of the Year" award.
Nolan's Transport has been earmarked as one of Julia Gillard's 500. This Company has been going for 102 years, is still run by the family, operates 126 transports and employs 265 people. "There will be no Carbon Tax under any government I lead" Gillard has targeted this Company as one of her 500 "guests" to pay carbon tax.
Last year, this Company was told it put out 144,700 tonnes of carbon gas. So, 144,700 tonnes x $23 = $3,328,100.00. Yes, that is correct - 3.3 million dollars!!!
Where is Australia headed if companies like this one, (and there are several much bigger than Nolan's - LinFox comes to mind) are put out of business? Our Prime Minister said there would be no extra charges on transport or fuel. What do you call 3.3 million dollars on just one operator?
Any transport company producing less than 25,000 tonnes of carbon tax pays nothing. If Nolan's goes broke or shuts down operations and another 126 replacement transports are put on the road by smaller Companies under the 25,000 tonne limit to take up the slack, then exactly the same amount of carbon gas will be produced, illustrating the futility of the whole exercise.
Mr. Nolan said in an interview that if he put what the Company was worth into a bank account, he would make ten times as much in interest as he makes now, throwing 265 people out of work.
This is just one scenario. What about the other 499 companies that will also be hit by this ridiculous tax?
Additionally, do not forget the other smaller companies which will fail because they depend on these larger companies which are doomed to either fold or cut back on their work-force.
IMO Julia Gillard's Labor Party and the Greens are going to take us all down with this Carbon Tax. We, as Australians, should protest and protest until we cannot protest any more!