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The carbon tax has been repealed by the Senate today in a 39 to 32 win for the Australian Government. Included in the repeal Bill is extra funding and powers to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to ensure that savings are passed on to consumers.

 

Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson said today’s vote is great news for local families and small businesses.

 

“Scrapping the carbon tax will save the average household around $550 a year, including around $200 on the average household electricity bill and around $70 on the average gas bill. This will reduce cost of living pressures for all Australians.

 

“The repeal Bill will also take a cost burden off local businesses. This will make it easier for them to compete and employ more people.

 

“Having listened to many residents concerned about how unfair the carbon tax has been, this is truly a great win for the whole community,” he said.

 

Scrapping the carbon tax is just one part of the government’s plan to build a stronger economy and create more jobs.

 

“There’s much more to do, but removing the world’s biggest carbon tax from the backs of everyday small businesses and families is an important step in building a stronger economy,” Mr Wilson said.

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MEET RICK

I was inspired to run for Parliament following my involvement in a decade-long campaign to deregulate the wheat industry, which brought about the end of the Australia Wheat Board’s monopoly.

“I stand proudly for the Liberal philosophy of free markets, vigorous competition, small government and individual responsibility. These are the principles that guide me in my life and in this place. My track record in public life shows clearly that I am prepared to stand up for those principles.”

“To the electors of O'Connor, I reiterate the commitment that I have made to work tirelessly on your behalf, to always be frank and honest about the challenges we face, and to work cooperatively and collaboratively to improve the lives of the people who live in the greatest part of the greatest nation on earth”

– Rick Wilson MP Maiden Speech.