MEDIA RELEASE: Taxpayers, working families to pay the price for Kerryn Phelps’ climate crusade

The Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance (ATA), a 75,000+ member national grassroots advocacy group representing the nation’s taxpayers, today condemned policy propositions by newly minted Wentworth MP Kerryn Phelps which will punish hardworking taxpayers and their families with higher prices for cars and consumer goods as well as more expensive, less reliable electricity.

“Kerryn Phelps’ eagerness to prioritise failed, heavy-handed climate policy above cheap and reliable power may be bearable for well-off voters in her electorate, but is deeply out of touch with the realities faced by middle Australia.” Said Satya Marar, ATA Director of Policy. “Reachtel polling shows that a majority of voters in key swing electorates support cheaper electricity over meeting the mandates of international climate change agreements.

“Phelps has demanded an ‘emissions reduction standard’ or carbon tax ‘by stealth’ that will punish working Australians, especially those on city fringes and in rural areas, with higher prices for their cars, lawnmowers and other goods. Australians voted resoundingly against carbon taxes in the 2013 Federal election and this harebrained proposition is an unwanted blast from the past.

“Furthermore, Phelps’ misguided call to restore the Climate Change Authority will waste taxpayer funds on an unnecessary, redundant bureaucracy. The CCA’s primary focus was to advise on the now-repealed carbon tax and the Australian government is already well-informed on climate change and its management by the Bureau of Meteorology and the CSIRO.

“Finally, Phelps’ demand that taxpayers fund corporate handouts for unreliable, expensive and intermittent wind and solar, is unfair to millions of Australians as such subsidies have distorted our energy generation market and driven coal-fired power stations into premature retirement while hurting families and driving companies out of business with higher power bills. Solar and wind should compete on an equal footing with other power sources.

“If Phelps were serious about climate policy, she would advocate against Australia’s moratorium on nuclear energy, with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change finding that a nuclear power plant has a quarter of a solar farm’s carbon footprint. Not for policies which punish Australian families, businesses and taxpayers already struggling with high cost of living, tax and regulatory burdens.”

To read more about the ATA's Cheap Energy Guarantee policy solution for cheap and reliable electricity, visit www.cheapenergyguarantee.com.au 

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