Carbon tax a worry for family budget

SHANNON Jones of Casino is terrified by the possible effects of global warming and wants her new baby-boy to enjoy a clean world.

But with increased electricity and mortgage payments stretching her family budget, she is worried the government’s carbon tax compensation package won’t cover the increased costs and will leave her further out of pocket.

Mrs Jones married her husband Dave 12 months ago, and five months ago the couple had their first child, Mason.

Mrs Jones is studying to become a primary school teacher and Mr Jones is an electrician.

The couple earned a combined income of about $55,000 last financial year and live in a modest three-bedroom home in Casino.

“We get by but there is nothing left over each week after the mortgage, bills, groceries and petrol,” Mrs Jones said.

“Then they bring in the carbon tax. It is OK for the government to say we’ll compensate, but we’ve worked out that all Dave will get back in tax is $5 a week - not much,” she said.

“This is the story for a lot of families that aren’t considered low income earners but are already having to budget to get by.”

Mrs Jones said something had to be done about climate change.

“It’s terrifying to imagine what could happen if we don’t put a stop to the big polluters,” she said.

“And I know we have to set an example, but Australia is just a tiny part of the problem."



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