Queensland Minister for Health Lawrence Springborg
Springborg Slams Carbon Tax Impact On Health
Victor P Taffa
The Royal Flying Doctor Service will be slugged $361,000 a year by the federal government’s heartless carbon tax, according to Queensland Health Minister Lawrence Springborg.
Speaking in State Parliament today, the Minister said that the carbon tax was unfair to the iconic RFDS, the mainstay of medical services in rural and remote Queensland.
In addition to the hefty impact on the RFDS, the Minister said Careflight aerial retrieval services and the Queensland Emergency Helicopter Network in Queensland would be slugged $116 000 a year.
“People across Queensland who rely upon these services are going to be substantially impacted upon.” Mr. Springborg said.
“This is the real hidden cost of the carbon tax in this state.”
“When a person gets sick they’ll have Julia Gillard propped up on the stretcher right beside them with her hand in their pocket.”
Mr. Springborg said Queensland Treasury estimated the carbon tax would cost Queensland health a total of $29 M a year.
“This is a system that is already struggling under a massive deficit it inherited from the former Labor government.” Mr. Springborg said.
He said that the federal Climate Change Minister, Greg Combet, confirmed that the carbon tax would have a 0.3 % impact, costing even more than was estimated by Treasury.
“This adds up to $30 Million a year, $30 Million a year less for employing nurses, $30 Million a year less for operations and $30 Million a year less for hospital beds in Queensland.” Mr. Springborg said.
Mr. Springborg said the carbon tax was a tax on being sick; a tax on our emergency departments and a tax on surgery.
He said the Labor Opposition in Queensland was nowhere to be seen as their federal comrades inflicted an insidious disaster on Queenslanders.