Mackay will have a local voice on the parliamentary inquiry into Labor’s Carbon Tax legislation, which was formed in Federal Parliament today.
Federal Member for Dawson, George Christensen, was one of five Liberal National Coalition Members and Senators elected to the committee.
There will be nine carbon tax-supporting members from the Labor-Greens alliance.
Mr Christensen said the Labor-Green alliance’s desire to avoid real scrutiny of their carbon tax was evident from day one of the committee.
Having elected a labor MP to chair the inquiry, the Labor-Green alliance voted to install Greens Deputy Leader Christine Milne as the deputy chair of the committee, despite a long-standing parliamentary tradition that the deputy chairmanship of parliamentary committees goes to the Opposition.
“Given Senator Milne was a key architect of Labor’s carbon tax, her appointment makes a mockery of any claims this inquiry is undertaking an honest assessment of the 19 carbon tax bills,” Mr Christensen said.
“To make matters worse, the timeline for the committee’s detailed consideration of these 19 bills, of more than 1,100 pages, more closely resembles a shotgun wedding than a detailed and thorough inquiry into sweeping reforms that will impact on every Australian.”
The committee was advised there was not enough time to hold hearings in all states and initial calls by Mr Christensen for a hearing to be held in Queensland were met with a suggestion that the Sunshine State could be consulted through a teleconference.
“I will be lodging a formal request for a hearing to be held in Queensland, preferably Mackay, as ours is the State and the region that will suffer the most under this tax,” Mr Christensen said.
“Labor has denied Australians a vote on whether or not to have a carbon tax and they are now trying to deny Australians the right to have a say on the carbon tax legislation.
“Australia is rapidly turning into a dictatorship as democracy went out the window at the last election.”
Despite the Labor-Greens alliance attempts to avoid any scrutiny of their carbon tax, Mr Christensen urged locals to have their say by making a submission to the inquiry.
Submissions (of any length) are due by 22 September 2011 and can be sent to:
Joint Select Committee on Australia’s Clean Energy Future Legislation
CANBERRA ACT 2600
Ph: 02 6277 4587
Fax: 02 6277 4774