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Powell Media Release – Another rubbish Labor tax – rushed through (3 August 2011)

DESPITE reforms supposed to better scrutinise legislation Labor Members reverted to form and voted to ram through their new waste tax with a truncated committee period, bypassing any scrutiny.

LNP environment spokesman Andrew Powell said the reforms were supposed to strengthen and enhance scrutiny of legislation.

“But Labor have proved it wants no scrutiny and no accountability and stumbled at the first hurdle,” Mr Powell said.

“The Bligh government wanted no in depth consideration of its waste tax – because it’s a tax that’s going to hit Queenslanders.

“Labor cannot hide the fact this is another tax the Bligh Government didn’t mention before the last election,” he said.

Mr Powell said the levy, set for introduction in December, could hit our most vulnerable hard by raising waste charges for residential aged care operators by at least 35 percent.

“The Bligh Government is taxing the life out of Queenslanders to pay for its out-of-control spending,” said Mr Powell.

“This is another Labor lie and another desperate Labor grab for cash from a sector that’s already struggling with soaring running costs.

“A CanDo LNP Government will work with waste generators to implement industry-driven reduction solutions.

“The LNP is committed to a waste reduction strategy that doesn’t penalise the resident aged-care sector or the people they support.

“Unlike Labor, we will be open and accountable and ensure Queenslanders power Queensland again, not politics,” Mr Powell said.

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