Since the introduction of that dastardly imposition on human life, which Tony Abbott calls the ‘carbon tax’ , every job loss across the country has been attributed to it and Tony or his mates are lining up to shout it from the roof tops. For example, yesterday we read that CSR cuts 150 jobs from its glass business and whilst CSR mentioned not one word that the ‘carbon tax’ was responsible, have a guess who did? No, not Tony, but:
The federal opposition’s industry spokeswoman Sophie Mirabella said the CSR job cuts proved the carbon tax was exacerbating what was already a difficult time for manufacturing.”
As manufacturing struggles, this is the worst possible time to impose a carbon tax on Australian industry,” Ms Mirabella said in a statement.
“This tax is a reverse tariff on Australian industry and is resulting in a significant loss of competitiveness for those that are trade exposed.”
From Greg Bickley, Liberal candidate for Bendigo in Carbon tax sent small business to the wall:
Last weekend, one local business that had served the Kangaroo Flat community for 28 years took its last orders.
With proposed redevelopment of its premises and reduced profitability because of the carbon tax, the business could not afford to relocate. Jobs have been lost and a long-time business has closed.
From Michael Ronaldson, Senator for Corio and Corangamite in the Geelong Advertiser:
At Alcoa, Avalon Airport, Ford and Boral alone, more than 1000 Geelong jobs have been lost or threatened thanks to Labor’s policies, especially the carbon tax based on a lie.
Sophie again, this time on that masthead for human decency, her own website:
Since the announcement of the carbon tax (in February 2011), 41,700 manufacturing jobs have been lost in Australia. This equates to 1 job lost every 15 minutes – this was after manufacturing activity had expanded for 13 of the Howard Governments last 14 months in office.
Sarah Henderson, Liberal for Corangamite on her own website:
Geelong manufacturers are being damaged by Labor’s policies, according to Shadow Industry Minister, Sophie Mirabella, and Liberal candidate for Corangamite, Sarah Henderson.
“Friday’s announcement of over 200 forced redundancies, as part of the loss of 330 jobs at Ford, is another tragedy for Geelong,” Ms Henderson said.
“Local workers believed Prime Minister Gillard when she said in January this year: as a result of us making $34 million available to join with Ford in new investment to keep car manufacturing here, we’ll actually see the number of jobs grow. There will be an additional 300 jobs as a result.
“Instead, local jobs are disappearing almost every week under a Labor government that doesn’t seem to have any interest in implementing policies that encourage Australian industries rather than destroy them.
“As an industrial centre, Geelong already faces challenging economic conditions like a high dollar and intense import competition. Making a bad situation worse is a carbon tax and other out of control costs and regulations being imposed by the Gillard Government.”
For something different, Tony Abbott blames a recent increase in the unemployment rate as being due to the unlikelihood of Labor returning a surplus this year. Even the workers dismissed at Rosella last week are blaming Julia Gillard.
I won’t go on with any further examples. I think you know what I’m saying and besides, you have more than likely read any number of articles over the last year blaming Julia Gillard or Labor for every pink slip handed out to the unlucky worker.
It’s good to know, however, that the Opposition has been trying to warn us how this mongrel tax will ruin the country. Months before it was even introduced, Tony was on the ball:
The Carbon Tax is continuing to claim jobs in Australia’s aluminium industry.
Alcoa is to delay a $3 billion aluminium project in Western Australia while Norsk Hyrdro has warned the future of its Kurri Kurri smelter is unsustainable due to the Carbon Tax.
Alcoa, which has already announced a review of its Point Henry smelter in Victoria where 600 workers’ jobs are at risk, has reportedly delayed a major project in Western Australia until there is certainty about the impact of the Carbon Tax. The project would have created 1,500 construction jobs.
In New South Wales, Norsk Hydro at Kurri Kurri has already announced that more than 150 jobs will go, confirming the future of the entire smelter is under consideration. The closure would have an impact on 2,000 jobs in the region.
These jobs losses will have a significant impact on regional communities.
Well, how nice of Tony to care about job losses and the impact they have on communities. Personally, I think he’s full of shit. Abbott wouldn’t care one bit about job losses . . . anywhere. If he does then you’d expect he’d have a harsh word to his mate up north who recently sacked 10,600 public servants. And how about his own promise to sack between 17-20,000 federal public service jobs if elected later this year? Here’s the thing, quoting Tony Abbott: these jobs losses will have a significant impact on regional communities.
It’s a couple of years old now, but this article in the Newscastle Herald clearly sates the impact of communities that suffer from public service cuts (as was the case when the NSW State Govt shed 5,000 public service jobs):
The case for shedding thousands of public servants has not been made and there’s every reason to expect that fewer public servants will mean diminished public services and other flow-on community impacts. It’s not possible to surgically remove ‘‘back room’’ public servants without impacting on employees engaged in direct (frontline) service delivery.
The most visible public services rely on less visible policy development, financial management, monitoring and enforcement, law making and all the other functions that comprise the public service.
Axing public servants is unlikely to save money or improve the state’s economy. When other governments have abruptly retrenched public servants, the consequences have included redundancy packages, costly reliance on consultants for services previously fulfilled by public servants and the loss of capacity for higher level policy development, analysis and planning.
And of course, there are the immediate consequences for the employees, their families and communities.
Cutting staff to the minimum required to deliver basic services is likely to remove agencies’ capacity to innovate and experiment, to plan how to meet community needs in the future or to prepare for times of crisis and increased demand.
So that is the impact of cutting public service jobs. It has the same impact as any job losses, although on this occasion it is endorsed by the LNP. The LNP are willing to slash jobs at will, which in Tony Abbott’s case is to a fulfill a political and ideological ambition.
But in the meantime he’ll harp on and on that the ‘carbon tax’ kills jobs. He has no alternative to save jobs so he’ll keep attacking the government if jobs are lost. When all else fails, blame the government.
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