The shires of Collie and Harvey are in the sights of the Labor Government’s ‘Carbon Police’.
These two local councils will have to prove to the Clean Energy Regulator why they should not pay more than half a million dollars each year in carbon taxes.
Collie and Harvey are the only two shires in the Greater Bunbury area to be contacted by the regulator.
“The Shires have been targeted simply because they use or own a rubbish dump, which is a core service they provide to their ratepayers,” Federal Member for Forrest Nola Marino said.
“Waste deposited from July 2012 will incur a carbon tax for at least the next 40 years under Labor’s legislation.
“The government is desperate to squeeze another $185 million from Australian councils.
“This could lead to increased fees and charges, rates rises or cuts in services.”
There are less than 40 days until the introduction of the tax.
Mrs Marino expressed her outrage in a speech to Parliament on Tuesday.
“All this household pain will come from a monumentally stupid and now infamous tax which the Prime Minister and Treasurer said we would not have,” she said.
Clean Energy Regulator officials have told Senate Estimates that the two shires were on their list of 104 councils they wrote to last Friday.
The Regulator’s chair and CEO, Chloe Munro, told Senate Estimates that their “best guess” was that about 70 will actually be liable to the carbon tax.
The regulator believes they may produce over 25,000 tonnes each of emissions a year.
Mrs Marino said the Coalition will make scrapping the carbon tax the first order of business in Government.