ACCORDING to the Pastoralists and Graziers’ Association, the WA Farmers Federation is "showing an inability to understand the draconian effect that the introduction of a price on carbon will have on agriculture", following what it refers to as a "back flip" over the organisation’s Carbon Tax Policy.
“WAFF have changed their position on Climate Change and a Carbon Tax more times than the Prime Minister, ”PGA President Rob Gillam said.
“On Monday WAFF stated on the ABC that they backed the tax, as a price on carbon will help agriculture in the long run.”
“On Wednesday WAFF issued out a statement claiming they were misquoted and that they do not support the current Carbon Tax model.”
“One has to wonder what their position will be on Friday.”
"A price on carbon is just another tax designed to increase the Government’s coffers. It is not about environmental stewardship, ”Mr Gillam said.
“It is an unnecessary burden on all Australians, who will be forced to pay higher prices for electricity, petrol and food; and is a major blow to the competitiveness of Australian farming businesses.”
''Any price on carbon will give our international competitors an unfair competitive advantage, whether on Australian supermarket shelves or in the global marketplace.''
“Any farming organisation that is supportive of the Government’s Carbon Tax and Carbon Farming Initiatives is assisting in destroying the livelihood of their members and the demise of Australian Agriculture.”