Queenslanders will be about $170 better off a year after the
repeal of the carbon tax, the state's energy minister says.
After days of debate and stalling tactics, the Senate on
Thursday voted 39 to 32 to unwind the carbon pricing scheme
introduced by Labor in 2012.
Queensland Energy Minister Mark McArdle has told a budget
estimates hearing the repeal means the standard household
electricity tariff should now only increase by 5.1 per cent
instead of 13.6 per cent in the 2014-15 financial year.
"That will now see a reduction in power bills in Queensland
of $170," Mr McArdle said.
Mr McArdle also said the tax's axing will provide tariff
reductions for businesses and farmers.
"The industry must respond to the repeal of the carbon tax by
passing on the savings to Queensland families," he said.