The NSW Farmers Association Conference 2011 at the Sydney Showground says the carbon tax wil lead to economic losses of 4-5% for farming families.
The NSW Farmers Association Conference 2011 at the Sydney Showground says the carbon tax wil lead to economic losses of 4-5% for farming families.

NSW Farmers' hard line on tax

NSW Farmers Association is taking a hard line approach against the government’s carbon tax, saying it will prompt dramatic economic losses.

If one thing was clear from the sustainability taskforce meeting yesterday, it was farmers were far from impressed.

President Fiona Simson said the NSW Farmers Association had always opposed the carbon tax but now it was upon them.

The group voted to strongly oppose any price on carbon.

Through intense debate, the association also drafted a motion that would see them launch an advertising campaign explaining to the general public that the carbon tax would increase living costs and do nothing for carbon emissions.

The motion remained “on the table” as of deadline yesterday.

One vocal farmer spoke for the association’s stance against the tax, stating farmers could not pass down the costs to consumers.

Another farmer said the tax was only to pacify the Greens.

“It’s a total hypocrisy,” he said.

During his final speech as the association president Charles Armstrong said the tax was a direct assault on the social and economic fabric of regional Australia.

“The government cannot ignore this,” he said.

“It is worth thinking about the promises that the Prime Minister made to the people of Australia that there would be no carbon tax and that the carbon tax would not make anyone worse off.

“The hypocrisy of the government is exposed when we note that the average farming family will take an operating hit of four or five per cent.”

Despite the strong opposition to any price on carbon, Mr Armstrong said the association helped the government draft its Carbon Farming Initiative.



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