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National welcomes carbon tax axing

Don Brash MP National Party Leader

21 December 2005

National welcomes carbon tax axing

National Party Leader Don Brash is pleased the Government has finally accepted National's campaign to axe the carbon tax.

"This tax was going to burden all Kiwis, particularly those in important export industries like fishing and forestry.

"The tax was unlikely to lead to any real decline in greenhouse gas emissions, so it was a policy that was never going to achieve what it was billed to do.

"But it is now absolutely critical for Labour to consult National before locking in any new climate change policy. Clearly, this will be an issue that future governments will continue to grapple with.

"And there is no gain for New Zealand in having a policy that chops and changes.

"All New Zealanders, householders and businesses alike, will benefit from a consistent climate change policy that is fair on everyone," says Dr Brash.

The National Party launched a nationwide campaign to 'axe the carbon tax' on December 1.

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