Updated February 18, 2018 06:20:23 The Australian footwear industry has been hit hard by the devastating floods and bushfires that have devastated the nation’s coastline.
While the industry is in good spirits, there are concerns that the new government’s push for a carbon tax will make things even worse.
The new carbon tax is set to be introduced on February 18.
In response to the government’s carbon tax, the Australian Footwear Manufacturers Association (AAFMA) has been lobbying for an end to the tax, calling it a “federal overreach” and “a major blow to the industry”.
“The carbon tax has been shown to cause significant damage to Australian manufacturing, which will be detrimental to the Australian economy in the long term,” said the organisation’s president, Ian Tuck.”AFLMA will be calling on the government to reverse the tax immediately and return the money back to Australian workers.”
But the Australian Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Energy (ACME) says the carbon tax would be a major blow for the industry.
“This would cause major harm to Australian footwear manufacturers and to the broader economy as a whole, by reducing manufacturing jobs in Australia and overseas,” said ACME president Paul Tully.
“Our manufacturers and retailers already rely on imported goods from China, the United States, the European Union and other countries for their products and our customers rely on these same products for their clothing, shoes and other products.”
The introduction of a carbon price will significantly reduce demand for Australian-made goods.””
Australia’s footwear industry will also lose a significant amount of jobs as a result of the introduction of this tax,” he said.”
It will take many years to recover from the economic and societal costs of a climate change-induced downturn.”ABC News is on ABC Radio National from 7:30pm to 9:30am Monday to Friday.
Catch up on the latest news in climate change, health and politics on the ABC News app.ABC Environment and Energy reporter David Miller said the government had failed to properly prepare for the floods and fires, which have caused $50 billion in damage to coastal communities.”
I think they’re going to be very difficult to respond to this tax, as well as the economic impact it’s going to have,” he told ABC Radio Melbourne’s The Sunday Show.”
But they’ll also be very hard to answer questions about.
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