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Australia's New South Wales Premier calls for crapping of carbon tax

06-14-2012 11:25 BJT

SYDNEY, June 14 (Xinhua) -- Australia's New South Wales (NSW) Premier Barry O'Farrell has called on the federal government to scrap the carbon tax after it was blamed for a surge in the state' s electricity and gas prices, local media reported Thursday.

Households'annual electricity bills in NSW are expected to rise by up to 427 AU dollars (424 U.S. dollars) from July 1 while gas bills will increase by up to 142 AU dollars (141 U.S. dollars).

The Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) said around half of the increases were due to the carbon tax and the other half were due to higher network costs.

"It's going to threaten not just the hip pockets of families across the state, it's going to threaten jobs, threaten exports and this federal government is deaf to it," O'Farrell told Macquarie Radio Network on Thursday.

"... it's about time this federal government put the national interest first and scrap the carbon tax because it's going to hurt NSW, it's going to hurt families, hurt jobs and hurt our industry, " he said.

Editor:Sun Luying |Source: Xinhua

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