Treasurer Joe Hockey has pointed to the views of four major industry groups and said that business wants the carbon tax to be repealed.
AAP reports that Hockey again urged the Opposition to vote with the Government in the Senate and cut the tax.
Four business groups, The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Australian Industry Group, Business Council of Australia and Minerals Council of Australia released a joint statement on Wednesday which called for the Senate to pass the government’s package of bills.
The statement read – “Most businesses have been unable to pass their carbon tax-related costs on to customers.
“For small business especially, this has been a major burden that has reduced profitability, suppressed employment and added to already difficult conditions.”
Meanwhile, as The Australian reports, Hockey has denied accusations he pressured Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce to change his public statements about the effect the carbon tax has had on Qantas.
Originally Qantas said its “current issues are not related to carbon pricing”. Then yesterday the company said in a statement that carbon pricing was “among the significant challenges” for Qantas.
While admitting he spoke to Joyce about the issue, Hockey said Qantas clarified its own position without influence.