It’s terrific to be here at Adelaide Ice. I’d like to thank Michael Goonan and his staff for making myself and Nigel McKenna, our candidate for Port Adelaide, so welcome. This is another very iconic Australian business which is going to be badly damaged by the carbon tax; is being badly damaged by the carbon tax. Making ice is very simple, as everyone knows. What it requires is power and refrigeration and the cost of power is going up and up and up thanks to the carbon tax and the cost of refrigeration is going up and up and up, not just because the price of power is going up but because the cost of refrigerant gases has quadrupled under the carbon tax. So, this is one of so many thousands and thousands and thousands of Australian businesses which is being badly damaged by this toxic tax which the Prime Minister told us she would never introduce, and then she did. This was a Prime Minister who said one thing to win votes and did the opposite to hold office and that’s why people just don’t trust this government; why people just don’t trust this Prime Minister.
So, our plan for the small businesses of Australia, our plan for the forgotten families of Australia, is quite clear. We get rid of the carbon tax, we reduce red tape, we boost jobs and that will help all Australians to get ahead. It will help to deliver the strong and prosperous economy that we need for a safe and secure Australia.
Now, I’m going to take a few questions, obviously, but before I do I’ll just ask Nigel McKenna, our candidate for Port Adelaide, to say a few words. Nigel has lived most of his life in this area. He’s a small businessman. He understands the people of Port Adelaide and he knows just how toxic this carbon tax is. READ MORE »