When the government decided to tax the highest greenhouse-emitting industries, surely it realised that this would be a tax burden on the entire economy, being that it is based on the very thing being taxed. This includes, believe it or not, the hospitals.
A secret report reveals the controversial tax will add 15 per cent to hospital power bills.
Private hospital patients also face higher charges, as leading operators warn they will pass on tens of millions of dollars in costs of the Gillard Government’s greenhouse emissions scheme.
2A report commissioned by the Victorian Department of Health reveals the state’s public hospitals will have to find $12.3 million more for energy bills in the first year of the carbon tax.
And this is just in Victoria.
“Should the Federal Government not come to the party and compensate our hospitals for this massive impost, it’s Victorian patients that will suffer,” Health Minister David Davis said.
Here we have the Victorian government trying to accommodate the carbon tax rather than standing up to it. If we can’t count on the Liberals to oppose a carbon tax that the overwhelming majority of the public opposes, what can we do? Thanks God Tony Abbott is leading the party at the federal level, rather than Malcolm Turnbull.