Meat processor Teys Australia has urged the new Senate to allow the federal government to fulfill its election pledge to repeal the carbon tax.
The Land reports that Teys’ general manager Tom Maguire made a statement yesterday claiming a “direct link” between scrapping the tax and increased competitiveness.
“It’s quite clear that manufacturers are closing down across the country, due in part to unnecessary costs and charges on business,” said Maguire.
“While eliminating the carbon tax is only scratching the surface of what needs to be done, it’s an important first step and will stimulate business investment.”
Other concerns identified by Teys included industrial relations and opening new markets.
Teys employs 4,500 across the country, with several sites in regional Australia.
There is a record 18 crossbenchers in the new Senate, which will sit for the first time at the beginning of next month.
The Australian Financial Review points out that the success of bills repealing the former government’s carbon tax are not guaranteed success, following a series of strident comments from Palmer United Party leader Clive Palmer.
The PUP has three Senators.