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TAS Country : June 21st 2012
6 Tasmanian Country Friday, June 22, 2012 Your say Carbon tax may finish us all off THE proposed carbon tax has attached severe social and economic consequences for all Australian small busines- ses and the consumers of their products. If you are a small or micro business, the cost increases you shall have to apply to your products to absorb carbon tax cost in- creases may render prod- ucts unaffordable to the consumer. This is due to the fact that many of us do not have the production capacity to spread the in- creases over large volume, whereas large retailers do and thus the impact to them shall be insignificant. Far from the Govern- ment meeting its obli- gation to secure compe- tition in the market place, this [the carbon tax] shall give entities such as large supermarket chains a greater monopolistic grip on essential food product delivery than they already have to the detriment of the consumer. We are already receiving written notification of car- bon tax-related price in- creases from service and product providers with in- dication that these price increases shall increase over time. Though these price in- creases appear minimal, in aggregation they are sig- nificant and, for many of us, beyond recovery. Every facet of food pro- duction and delivery in this country is dependent upon refrigeration and the indicated carbon tax- related increase to the cost of that is 500 per cent. A 10kg bottle of gas worth $350 shall jump to $1700. Re-gassing a house- hold fridge would cost 200 per cent more. What effect shall this have if you wish to establish a food business after July 1? No micro, small or me- dium business can accom- modate it and the con- sumers of this country, which are all of us, cer- tainly cannot. As a primary producer I have a moral obligation attached to my business. It is this: As a licensed fisher I have what must be con- sidered privileged access to what is a community owned resource. With that privilege is attached an obligation to deliver affordable seafood to the community with strict adherence to sustain- ability demands. The cost increases to my business from this carbon tax, which is now sur- facing in the form of let- ters from major suppliers, shall severely disturb those obligations. A government should be a partner in the pursuit of these obligations, not a conveyor of certain social and economic disturbance. The Government does not understand that we are already struggling under the weight of dupli- cate and excessive com- pliance as government entities, particularly in this state, cannibalise our business in their efforts to finance themselves. The hammer, which is the carbon tax, is the burden which may finish us off. This tax shall do no more than create a super- sized class of Australians living below the poverty line and we are all living in fear that it shall be irreversible. WJ Smedley Sea Eagle Seafoods, Eaglehawk Neck Burning questions in the mystery of farm forestry MYSTERY and magic sur- round Jan Davis's report on farm forestry (Farmers are being skinned alive, Tasmanian Country, June 15). Her anonymous informant claims to be expecting no less than $15.7 million in revenue over 35 years (provided he mills and markets every- thing himself) from his 299ha of timbered mar- ginal land, which he had gazetted to forestry as a Private Timber Reserve. This works out to $448,571 a year for the block or $1500 a year per hectare. With returns like this, you wonder why any farmers are still working, and how the plantation managers have managed to go broke. Jan points out that a more than 90 per cent decline in private forest logging in the past two years is not due to the collapse of MIS schemes or Gunns Ltd, or to failure of most Tasman- ian logging to gain inter- national accreditation. It is due to the cunning of environmental NGOs in the government-appointed IGA roundtable tent, who have somehow managed to siphon off the forestry powers of the state and federal governments. Faced with such wiz- ardry, you might just as well burn the forests. John Hayward Weegena Have your say SEND your letters to the editor, Tasmanian Country,93 Macquarie St, Hobart, Tasmania, 7000 or e-mail email@example.com We reserve the right to condense letters unless they are marked ''use in full or not at all''. Preference will be given to letters of less than 150 words. 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