The Burdekin has delivered a resounding “no way” to carbon tax in a comprehensive ballot result for the electorate of Dawson.
Opposition to the carbon tax was voiced on more than 1000 votes from the Burdekin, compared with just 35 who agreed with the tax now being considered by the Senate.
After more than 6,000 ballots from voters in the Dawson electorate were recorded, 96.7% of Burdekin voters were against the carbon tax and a similar result (94.1% opposition) was recorded across the electorate.
Federal Member for Dawson, George Christensen, said having more than 6,000 registered Dawson voters return the ballot made it a comprehensive sample of the electorate
“The number of responses is four times the size of samples taken by national polls and no matter how you slice and dice it, just about every man, woman and dog is against this tax,” he said.
“There were a lot of passionate responses, from Yes and No voters, but across all regions and demographics, opposition to the tax is consistently more than 90 per cent.”
From the 6,010 votes on the Dawson electoral roll, 5655 were against the tax.
“There was an enormous response to the ballot,” Mr Christensen said. “The ballot did not push the case for or against the tax because we wanted an accurate gauge on public opinion.
“We knew from the people we spoke to and the calls coming in to the electorate office that people were very upset at not having an opportunity to vote.
“At the last election, the Gillard Labor Government sought and received a mandate to not have a tax so it’s not surprising that people are angry that one is being delivered.”
Mr Christensen said Labor and the Greens had rushed the tax through the House of Representatives as quickly as they could to avoid any scrutiny of the 19 pieces of legislation.
“It is now being considered by the Senate but the fight is not over yet. It’s important that we maintain the pressure to have this tax stopped before it ever sees the light of day.”