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Carbon tax is “dumb” Tony Abbott tells manufacturing industry

Federal Opposition Leader Tony Abbott told Australia’s leading manufacturing and supply companies that a carbon tax was a “dumb" way to go about reducing emissions, and that it could see the “death” of the industry in Australia.

Speaking at Manufacturers’ Monthly’s Endeavour Awards last night, Abbott said that market forces will not see the country lose the manufacturing sector, however a “new big” carbon tax will be the defining factor.

“It can’t be fixed, it has to be fought, and if it’s not fought, the manufacturing sector in this country, I regret to say, is almost certain to die,” Abbott said at the Awards. “I think this is as stark as that, the choice that you face; do you fight or do you die?”

Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change Mark Dreyfus, who also attended the industry’s leading awards night, told the audience that the government is carefully considering the price of carbon “to make sure there are opportunities for [Australian] manufactures as the country moves to a low-carbon economy along with the rest of the world”.

“The carbon price will create opportunity for our manufactures to improve their resource efficiency, to develop low-carbon products and technologies and to maintain competitiveness in a changing global environment,” Dreyfus said.

Hosted by Manufacturers’ Monthly, the Endeavour Awards recognises the achievements of Australia’s manufacturing industry over the past year. This year the awards also celebrated the publications 50th anniversary.
 

Annie Dang is a journalist at Manufacturers’ Monthly.

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