Shadow federal industry minister Sophie Mirabella has stated that the Coalition aims to assist manufacturers by removing the carbon tax and overhauling the anti-dumping regime.
During a visit OneSteel’s Mayfield facility with local Liberal candidate Jaimie Abbott, Mirabella repeated the opposition’s pledge to remove the tax on carbon if successful at the September 14 election.
‘‘It [the carbon tax] has destroyed confidence, it has pushed up energy costs and it has pushed up the cost of living that all feeds through to a higher cost to do business,’’ The Newcastle Herald reports her as saying.
Anti-dumping was also listed as an area in which the Coalition would act.
‘‘Currently we don’t have world’s best practice and we have goods being dumped here at a lower price than it costs to manufacture them in their country of manufacture,’’ said Mirabella, pledging a “fairer playing field” for manufacturers.
The federal government announced in December last year that it would devote more resources to investigating dumping complaints, which have tripled over the last two years, and create an Anti-Dumping Commission for the purpose.
At the time, the opposition accused the government of stealing its policies to combat dumping.
Federal Industry minister Greg Combet said that there was no need to change policies on either the carbon tax or anti-dumping.
“Our anti-dumping reforms deliver stronger protection for Australian industry against unfair competition from overseas,” he said.
“In addition, our carbon price reforms support trade-exposed industries and include specific support for steel manufacturers.’’